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09-07-2011

COMP Cams® Powers Donny Schatz To Knoxville Nationals Win

Memphis, TN – Donny Schatz won his fifth Knoxville Nationals using a Shaver Engine powered by COMP Cams®.

Donny Schatz is certainly no stranger to victory lane at Knoxville Raceway. The three-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion from Minot, ND, has hundreds of A-Main victories under his belt, and had already won the prestigious Knoxville Nationals four times prior to his triumph on Saturday night, August 13th. His fifth victory in the event, though, may have been the hardest to come by at the tough half-mile speedway that is known for requiring big horsepower and nerves of steel in the driver’s seat. A rod through the oil pan of his Tony Stewart Racing entry’s 410 c.i. primary engine during Wednesday’s preliminary action forced Schatz’s team to go to a Ron Shaver back-up engine for the remainder of the week. However, Schatz had garnered enough points before the engine failure to be locked into Saturday’s main event, where he gridded in the 13th position. The replacement engine took Schatz to the front of the field and a $150,000 payday in the 50-lap race.

“The Knoxville Nationals is the biggest sprint car race in the country, and to win it is a big deal,” said Ron Shaver of Shaver Racing Engines, the Torrance, CA, based company responsible for Schatz’s powerplants. “Despite the failure with the primary engine, the back-up performed flawlessly and delivered plenty of horsepower. We place our reputation on the line each time an engine leaves the shop, and COMP® valve train parts are an important part of our winning combination.”

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