Originally written August 11, 2013 on Fox Sports:
This was supposed to be the year that Donny Schatz's dominance at the Knoxville Nationals came to an end. Schatz answered his doubters with a performance that left many wondering if he'll ever lose here again. Schatz charged from the back of the field Saturday night to win the Knoxville Nationals sprint car race for the seventh time in eight years. Schatz earned $150,000 for winning the world's premier sprint car event. He started 21st, the furthest back of any winner at the nationals. Brian Brown was second, followed by Justin Henderson, Paul McMahan and Chad Kemenah. The race came less than a week after NASCAR star Tony Stewart, Schatz's team owner, broke his leg racing sprint cars in nearby Oskaloosa. ''I wouldn't call it doubt. I was calling it motivation,'' Schatz said. ''This race team is unbelievable.'' Fellow NASCAR driver Kyle Larson finished sixth. Not only had Schatz won six of the last seven nationals, he was th...
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