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WoO Sprint Car Series Preview: Riverside International Speedway & Tri-State Speedway

 (The Spokesman-Review)
(The Spokesman-Review)

The World Of Outlaw Sprint Car Series has competed on ¼-miles three times this year with three Joey Saldana and Jason Meyers picking up wins in those event. Both of those drivers are locked in a tight point battle as the Top-Five in the series standings are separated by just 75 markers heading into this weekend’s pair of races. Donny Schatz, the three-time and defending series champion leads 20-time title winner Steve Kinser by 28 markers, with Meyers third, Saldana fourth and Craig Dollansky fifth.

WHAT
• The string of events on high-banked bullrings continues this weekend for the World of Outlaws as the series heads to Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas followed by a stop at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana. Both tracks are ¼-miles and provide some of the best racing all season for the series. The series has competed on ¼-miles three times this year with three Joey Saldana and Jason Meyers picking up wins in those event. Both of those drivers are locked in a tight point battle as the Top-Five in the series standings are separated by just 75 markers heading into this weekend’s pair of races. Donny Schatz, the three-time and defending series champion leads 20-time title winner Steve Kinser by 28 markers, with Meyers third, Saldana fourth and Craig Dollansky fifth. Kinser has two career wins with the World of Outlaws at Riverside International Speedway, along with seven wins at Tri-State Speedway with the series. Dollansky is the defending race winner at Tri-State Speedway and has won two of the last three races for the series at the track, while Donny Schatz was victorious at Riverside last season.

WHEN

• On Friday April 24 at Riverside International Speedway, the pit gates will open at 3 p.m. Central, with the grandstand gates also opening at 3 p.m. Central with time trials set for 6:30 p.m. Central.

• On Saturday, April 25 at Tri-State Speedway, the pit gates will open at 2:30 Central, with the grandstand gates opening at 3:30 Central with hot laps set for 6 p.m. Central.

WHERE
• Riverside International Speedway is located in West Memphis, Arkansas. Take I-55 to exit 4 in Arkansas, then -.3 miles south, then 0.2 miles east on Broadway, then south on Legion Road.

• Tri-State Speedway is located in Haubstadt, Indiana, three miles north of I-64 on U.S. 41.


TICKETS

• On Friday, April 24 at Riverside International Speedway all tickets will be $35. For tickets call the track at 901-840-1970 or 901-508-6200 or visit http://www.riversideinternationalspeedway.com.

• On Saturday, April 25 at Tri-State Speedway, general admission tickets on the day of the race are $30 for adults, $15 for children ages 6-12, with kids 5-under admitted free of charge in the general admission section. Reserved tickets for adults are $35, with reserved tickets for children ages 12-under $25. For ticket information call 812-768-6025 or visit http://www.tristatespeedway.com.

ON THE INTERNET
• Listen live as the Voice of the Outlaws, Johnny Gibson, calls the action at all World of Outlaws Sprint Series events on the DIRTVision.com. cybercast, as well as on the DIRT Radio Network Go to http://www.DIRTVision.com for more information on all the features, including updated results from each night of racing as well as a chat room to interact with other fans listening to the action.


• The World of Outlaws is at: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com/sprint
• Riverside International Speedway is at: www.riversideinternationalspeedway.com
• Tri-State Speedway is at: http:// www.tristatespeedway.com
• DIRTVision is at: http://www.dirtvision.com


ABOUT THE TRACKS

• Riverside International Speedway is a high-banked ¼-mile. The track record of 11.060 seconds at 81.374 mph was established by Jason Solwold on May 5, 2007.

• Tri-State Speedway is a high-banked ¼-mile. The track record of 11.110 seconds was established by Sammy Swindell on October 8, 2004.

 

PREVIOUS WINNERS

World of Outlaws Sprint Series A-Feature winners at Riverside International Speedway include:
2008- Donny Schatz on July 5
2007- Daryn Pittman on May 5
1981 - Steve Kinser on March 28, Sammy Swindell on August 1
1980 - Tim Green on April 5, Terry Gray on September 16
1979 - Ron Shuman on April 7, Steve Kinser on August 26

World of Outlaws Sprint Series A-Feature winners at Tri-State Speedway include:

2008- Craig Dollansky on July 6
2007- Steve Kinser on April 21
2006- Craig Dollansky on April 15
2005- Steve Kinser on April 16
2004- Tim Kaeding on Oct. 8
1999- Mark Kinser on May 16
1998- Mark Kinser on May 10, Sammy Swindell on June 21
1997- Steve Kinser on May 11, Sammy Swindell on June 22
1996- Mark Kinser on May 12
1995- Stevie Smith on May 14, Steve Kinser on July 16
1994- Andy Hillenburg on May 15, Dave Blaney on July 17
1993- Dave Blaney on May 16, Andy Hillenburg on July 18
1992- Gary Wright on May 10, Sammy Swindell on July 26
1991- Doug Wolfgang on May 12, Steve Kinser on July 14
1990- Doug Wolfgang on May 13
1989- Steve Kinser on May 14
1988- Bobby Davis, Jr., Sammy Swindell on May 15 (co-winners)
1980- Steve Kinser on May 11
1979- Lee James on May 13, Larry Gates on Aug. 19


FEATURE WINNERS: There has been 12 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature event held in 2009. The winners include: Joey Saldana (Volusia Speedway Park, Silver Dollar Speedway, Thunderbowl Raceway, Lone Star Speedway and Houston Raceway Park), Donny Schatz (Volusia Speedway Park-twice and The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway), Jason Meyers (Silver Dollar Speedway and Paducah International Raceway), Randy Hannagan (Thunderbowl Raceway) and Chad Kemenah (Manzanita Speedway).

1/4-MILE WINNERS: Riverside International Speedway and Tri-State Speedway are both high-banked ¼-mile ovals. The World of Outlaws have raced three times this season on tracks that size. The winners include: Joey Saldana (Silver Dollar Speedway and Houston Raceway Park) and Jason Meyers (Silver Dollar Speedway).


DRIVER WEB SITES


World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series drivers that maintain their own Web sites on the Internet include:
Craig Dollansky-http://www.dollanskyracing.com
Sam Hafertepe Jr.-http://www.sam15.com
Jac Haudenschild-http:/www.haudenschildracing.com
Danny Lasoski- http://www.dannylasoski.com
Kerry Madsen- http://www.kerrymadsen.com
Kraig Kinser-http://www.kraigkinser.com
Steve Kinser-http://www.stevekinser.com
Terry McCarl-http://www.terrymccarl.com
Jason Meyers-http://www.eliteracing.net
Joey Saldana-http://www.joeysaldana.com
Donny Schatz-http://www.donnyschatz.com
Jason Sides- http://www.sidesmotorsports.com
Sammy Swindell- http://www.swindellmotorsports.citymaker.com
Lucas Wolfe-http://www.lucaswolfe.com
For information on Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender Brian Ellenberger visit: http://www.worldofoutlaws.com/sprint/Drivers/Brian%20Ellenberger.aspx

2009 STAT ATTACK

There have been 12 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature events in 2009.

A-Feature winners (5 Different Drivers) Driver, Hometown – Wins

1- Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana- 5

2- Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 3

3- Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 2

4- Randy Hannagan, San Jose, California- 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio- 1

Lap leaders, including A-features and preliminary features Car, driver, hometown - Total laps led (12 Different Drivers)

1- Joey Saldana- Brownsburg, Indiana- 112- laps

2- Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 70 laps

3- Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 65 laps

4- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 32 laps

5- Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio- 30 laps.

6- Randy Hannagan, San Jose, California- 25 laps

7- Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tennessee- 19 laps

8- Cody Darrah, Red Lion, Pennsylvania- 15 laps

Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tennessee- 15 laps

9- Peter Murphy, Clovis, California- 10 laps

10- Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 6 laps

11- Johnny Herrera, Albuquerque, New Mexico- 2 laps

Time trial leaders (6 Different Drivers) Rank - Driver, Hometown - Quick times

1- Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 4

2- Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 2

Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana- 2

Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tennessee- 2

3- Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Oklahoma- 1

Track records established during 2009 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series events (3)

1- Joey Saldana, March 13, Silver Dollar Speedway (1/4-mile), Chico, California, 10.918 seconds at 82.433 mph

Terry McCarl, March 20, Thunderbowl Raceway (1/3-mile), Tulare, California, 12.713 seconds at 94.297 mph

Joey Saldana, April 17, Paducah International Raceway (3/8-mile), Paducah, Kentucky, 12.825 seconds at 105.263 mph

Crane Cams Dash Winners (10 Different Winners) Rank - Driver, Hometown - Dash Wins

1- Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio- 2

Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 2

2- Cale Conley, Vienna, West Virginia- 1

Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio-1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

Peter Murphy, Clovis, California- 1

Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana- 1

Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 1

Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tennessee- 1

Pole Positions (10 Different Drivers) Rank - Driver, Hometown – Poles

1- Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio- 2

Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 2

2- Cale Conley, Vienna, West Virginia- 1

Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio- 1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

Peter Murphy, Clovis, California- 1

Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana- 1

Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 1

Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tennessee- 1

B-main Winners (9 Different Winners) Rank - Driver, Hometown - B-Main Wins

1- Roger Crockett, Medford, Oregon- 1

Cody Darrah, Red Lion, Pennsylvania- 1

Brian Ellenberger, Butler, Pennsylvania- 1

Randy Hannagan, San Jose, California- 1

Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio- 1

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 1

Toni Lutar, White Rock, British Columbia- 1

Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 1

Daryn Pittman, Owasso. Oklahoma- 1

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award

1- Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW- 3

2- Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 2

3- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 1

Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio- 1

Johnny Herrera, Albuquerque, New Mexico- 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio- 1

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 1

Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 1

Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 1

Penske Power Position

1- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 2

2- Randy Hannagan, San Jose, California- 1

Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio-1

Greg Hodnett, Memphis, Tennessee- 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio- 1

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 1

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 1

Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

Jason Solwold, Mt. Vernon, Washington- 1

Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tennessee- 1

SuperClean Start Award

1- Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tennessee- 3

2- Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 2

3- Jonanthan Allard, Chico, California- 1

Jason Johnson, Eunice, Louisiana- 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio- 1

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 1

Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW- 1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

Crane Cams Engine Builder Challenge

Don Ott 43

Speedway Engines 42 -1

Shaver Specialties 41 -2

Kistler 38 -5

Chassis Builder Challenge

Maxim 56

J&J 52 -4

 

NEWS & NOTES

• On the Web: The Official World of Outlaws Sprint Series Web site at http://www.worldofoutlaws.com/sprint includes driver biographies with individual statistics, pictures, race-by-race statistics, detailed track information and race coverage, series news and team press releases. There also are links to the Official 2009 Rulebook and the 2009 Membership form.

• Sign on, tune in: DIRTVision.com will again be providing fans, media, teams, promoters, and sponsors with access to live and on-demand cybercasts of many World of Outlaws, and DIRTcar Racing sanctioned events this year. For more information visit: www.DIRTVision.com.


• Tune into the Web: If fans can’t get to any of the upcoming events, they can experience the excitement of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series live on DIRTVision.com through the DIRT Radio Network, where announcer Johnny Gibson keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the event. To listen to the audio broadcasts, log on to www.DIRTVision.com and click on the DIRT Radio Network logo. Listeners will need Windows Media Player 9 or higher to listen to the DIRT Radio Network. For technical support or questions, e-mail webmaster@DIRTVision.com




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