Outlaws on target

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Who's chasing who?

"Jason Meyers is the man," said World of Outlaws racer Donny Schatz yesterday.

Actually, Schatz knows he is the target.

He's the season leader coming into the Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway. And he's loving it.

"I'm just joking around. We like to play around a little," said the Fargo, N.D., driver said of his team - one half of NASCAR star Tony Stewart's sprint car enterprise.

Keeping it light - while being serious on the track.

"It's fun to have the bull's- eye on the back of the car," he added.

While Schatz is the target, Meyers is holding a bow and arrow directly behind him.

Meyers has hit full stride this season, taking the checkered flag seven times so far in '08.

"This has definitely been our best year so far," said Meyers.

It's been a culmination of everything, said the fifth-year Outlaw from Clovis, Calif. That includes his learning curve, an excellent car and, above all, teamwork.

Actually, Meyers summed it one word - "Chemistry" -before adding: "Great crew members, and Charlie Garrett has put a great engine in the car.

"And it really takes communication. The driver, the crew, crew chief, really learning to be on the same page."

Besides chasing Schatz, Meyers feels he is on target with his own goals in his relatively new WoO venture. As in getting to the top.

"One-hundred-and-nineteen points behind Donny Schatz," he said, confident he's in range. "To catch him, we think that's what we can do."

Schatz is the benificiary of team communciation, as well.From top to bottom.

"Tony's informed every night of what's going on with the team," he said of Stewart, who's known for voicing his straight-up opinions in the usually carefully-worded world of NASCAR.

"I was just talking to him last week, although he's got a lot going on right now with that new deal of his."

Stewart has left Joe Gibbs Racing, with whom he won a championship in the familiar orange No. 20 car, to start his own team in the big stock car series.

Stewart runs WoO cars for Schatz and Kraig Kinser, the son of Outlaw legend Steve Kinser.

Schatz's deal is more of a union for the 11-year WoO vet. This is his first full season with Stewart.

Some of his crew members had worked with Stewart previously.

"These guys are all guys I've worked with before," Schatz said. "We're using the same equipment I used, so it's been a smooth transition."

Schatz said he heard that Stewart had been looking to add another team and they got together.

It was a case of two guys who loved to race "anything with a motor" finding themselves on the same page.

"We met, and by the end of that day we had a handshake," he said.

Now Schatz finds himself both a target and on target.

"This is where I wanted to get to."


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