Schatz wins Knoxville Nationals again

KNOXVILLE – Donny Schatz won the Knoxville Nationals sprint car race in Iowa on Saturday night for the eighth time in nine years.

Schatz collected $150,000 for the win, by far the richest purse in sprint car racing.

Schatz nearly led from start to finish in yet another stellar run for the No. 15 car in the sport’s marquee event.

Brian Brown was second for the third year in a row, followed by Kerry Madsen, Craig Dollansky and Justin Henderson.

“I just have to say that I can’t believe it,” Schatz said.

Brown surpassed Schatz with seven laps to go by sliding into a high groove. But Schatz took the lead back two laps later and clinched his fourth consecutive Knoxville title by 1.2 seconds.