CONCORD, N.C.: Donny Schatz's car wasn't perfect in the final World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series race of the season.
The car wouldn't stick through the middle and late stages of the race. Especially on the long runs after a caution.
But it didn't matter. The end result was perfect.
Schatz capped off his eighth World of Outlaws championship coronation with a victory Saturday night in the season-ending Bad Boy Off Road World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
It was Schatz's series leading 25th win of the season. This particular 30-lap march was worth $12,000.
"You can compare the 25 wins to the 31 wins last year and say last year was our best year, but I won [the championships this year] by a bigger margin and dug out of a 100-point hole," Schatz said.
"We had four DNFs this year, and here we are. That shows what this team is made of. They aren't going to give up. It shows how strong you can be to yourself and people around you."
Continued Schatz, "Do I want to do it that way next year, no. But it shows we can do it. So, I feel good about going out with a win. I'm going to enjoy it and start again."
Schatz, who started fifth, looked good early and often in this one, settling into third behind David Gravel and Greg Hodnett on the initial start.
Ian Madsen got over the cushion on Lap 2. He was able to save it, but Sammy Swindell came in late and spun along the inside berm in Turn 4.