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Huset’s Speedway Prepares For Friday World of Outlaws Stop

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

Craig Dollansky won both of the World of Outlaws races at Huset’s Speedway last season. In the last eight races at the track, there have been seven different winners, with Dollansky the only repeat victor in that span.

World of Outlaws Preview: Huset’s Speedway

Courtesy: World of Outlaws Media Relations

Brandon, SD-- April 28, 2009—For the last 20 years, Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota has been a staple on the World of Outlaws calendar and that tradition will continue in 2009 as the series will make two separate visits to the high-banked 3/8-mile with the first of those coming this week, on Friday, May 1. The event will serve as the season opener for the track.

Craig Dollansky won both of the World of Outlaws races at Huset’s Speedway last season. In the last eight races at the track, there have been seven different winners, with Dollansky the only repeat victor in that span. Dating back to the World of Outlaws debut at the track in 1983, 11 different drives have picked up wins with the series. Steve Kinser, the 20-time series champion along with three-time series title winner Sammy Swindell have each won six times at the track with the series to lead all active drivers.

Donny Schatz, the three-time and defending series champion, has won at Huset’s Speedway twice with the series, while six-time track champion Terry McCarl earned his first win with the World of Outlaws in 2006.

Entering this week’s event, the Top-Five in the World of Outlaws championship standings are separated by just 71 markers, with Steve Kinser taking over the top spot after winning at Tri-State Speedway last weekend. Joey Saldana is currently second, with Donny Schatz third, Jason Meyers fourth and Jason Sides fifth.


Slidejobs- Huset’s Speedway:

Winningest of all-time Terry McCarl, who has won a record six Huset’s Speedway track championships, has won nearly 80 times at the track in his career. He won at least one race at the high-banked 3/8-mile every year from 1995-2007. He won for the first time in his career with the World of Outlaws at the track in 2006. He is currently eighth in points on the strength of eight Top-10 finishes and nearly won at Tri-State Speedway in Indiana last weekend, leading a number of laps before contact with eventual winner Steve Kinser ended his night.

“People say you’re heading back to Huset’s and Knoxville and I certainly enjoy that, but it would have meant a lot to win the race at Haubstadt, because it’s not the home track,” said McCarl recently. “I’m disappointed that we’re not in the top five in points right now, because we definitely have a top five team.”

Also near the top of the win list: Danny Lasoski, the 2001, World of Outlaws champion, has three track championships to his credit at Huset’s Speedway along with 40 career wins. After a slow start to the year, he has steadily climbed to the 10th spot in the series championship standings on the strength of seven Top-10 finishes, with six of those being Top-Fives. He was victorious twice at Huset’s last season


Back on top: Steve Kinser took the lead in the World of Outlaws championship standings for the first time since 2005 after winning at Tri-State Speedway on Saturday night. The 20-time series champion has won six times at Huset’s Speedway with the series over the years and finished third in his most recent start at the track last season. He has finished in the Top-10 in 13 of the first 14 races this season.

“We are running strong and that’s good, but we still need to be a little faster,” Kinser recently said. “We are worried about winning races. We need to stay focused on that.”


Nine for 9: Joey Saldana has nine career Top-10 finishes at Huset’s Speedway as he looks for his first win at the high-banked track. He has finished in the Top-10 in five of his last six starts at the track. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana finished second at Tri-State Speedway in his home state and in the process moved into the second spot in the series standings.


Close to home: Donny Schatz raced a number of times early in his career at Huset’s Speedway, making the trip south from Fargo, North Dakota. He has four career wins at Huset’s, including two with the World of Outlaws with the most recent coming in 2007. After a rough pair of races last weekend, he enters this weekend third in points and has won three times this season.


Running up front: Jason Meyers finished third and fourth in two starts at Huset’s Speedway last season. The native of Clovis, California has one career win at the track, with that coming in 2001. He has finished in the Top-10 in each of his last seven starts at the track.


Victory lane ahead: Jason Sides continues to close in on his first win of the year. He finished third on Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway and has 10 Top-10 finishes this season with four of those being Top-Fives. He has nine career Top-10 finishes at Huset’s Speedway and was second in his debut at the track in 2001. The 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year is currently fifth in the series standings.

“My guys have been doing a great job,” said Sides. “They have been working so hard. Running consistent is what we need to keep doing.”


Getting back in the swing of things:
Sammy Swindell, the three-time World of Outlaws champion, continues to run strong in 2009. He is tied with Steve Kinser with six wins at Huset’s Speedway with the World of Outlaws, which is the most among active drivers with the series at the high-banked 3/8-mile. The native of Germantown, Tennessee is currently sixth in points on the strength of 10 Top-10 finishes.


Chasing three in a row:
Craig Dollansky won both World of Outlaws events at Huset’s Speedway and has six career wins at the high-banked oval located just outside of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In his career at the track, Dollansky has 19 Top-10 finishes. He is in the midst of his first season driving for Kasey Kahne Racing and is currently seventh in points on the strength of nine Top-10 finishes.


Building momentum:
Kerry Madsen has finished in the Top-10 in seven of his nine career starts at Huset’s Speedway, including in one of the events last season for the World of Outlaws. The native of St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia is coming off a very strong weekend that saw him finish fourth and seventh and move into the ninth spot in points, just one marker out of eighth.

“We felt like we made some gains,” noted Madsen. “Hopefully we can keep these consistent runs up and maybe I can get a few wins.”


Learning the track: Kraig Kinser has made just a couple of starts at Huset’s Speedway in his career. He finished second at the track in 2005 and earned a Top-10 in his debut at the high-banked 3/8-mile in 2000. He has six Top-10 finishes this season as he continues his second season driving for Tony Stewart Racing.

“Racing at Huset's can be pretty tough,” explained the third generation driver. “The wall on the outside really makes it feel narrow getting out of the corners and heading down the straightaways. There a lot of nights when you have to be right on that wall, so having a good-handling car is really key. It’s one of things you have to have to succeed there.”


Knocking on the door:
Jac Haudenschild has won seven times in his career at Huset’s Speedway, though he is still chasing his first win at the track with the World of Outlaws. He has five consecutive Top-Five finishes with the series at the high-banked track.


Strong runs: Sam Hafertepe Jr. finished sixth last season at Huset’s Speedway in just his third start at the track, while Lucas Wolfe made his debut in a weekly show there last season and finished a very solid third. He missed both of the World of Outlaws events at the track in 2008, while sidelined with a back injury.


Another new track:
Brian Ellenberger, who is contending for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award this season, will make his first start at Huset’s Speedway this weekend.


By the Numbers: Huset’s Speedway
0.375- Miles around Huset’s Speedway
3- Track championships for Danny Lasoski at Huset’s Speedway
6- Wins for Steve Kinser with the World of Outlaws at Huset’s Speedway in his career; Wins for Sammy Swindell in his career at the track with the series; Track championships for Terry McCarl at Huset’s Speedway
7- Drivers that have won A-Feature events this season with the World of Outlaws
10.426- Track record established by Terry McCarl in 2002
11- Drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws this season that competed with the series at the track last season
12- Drivers that have won the Crane Cams Dash this season to earn pole positions
14- A-Feature events that have been contested through April 25
15- Drivers that have led laps in feature competition this season
21-Consecutive years the World of Outlaws have competed at Huset’s Speedway including this season31- Point lead that Steve Kinser has over Joey Saldana in the World of Outlaws standings
33- A-Feature events contested by the World of Outlaws at the track dating back to 1983
35- Laps led by Craig Dollansky in the World of Outlaws most recent event at Huset’s Speedway
40- Career wins for Danny Lasoski at Huset’s Speedway
79- Career wins for Terry McCarl at Huset’s Speedway to top the all-time win list
112- Laps led by Joey Saldana this season to lead the series
787- Miles from Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana where the World of Outlaws raced on April 25 to Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota
1983- Year the World of Outlaws first competed at Huset’s Speedway
10,000- Dollars the winner will receive on Friday, May 1
51,690- Dollars in the total purse on Friday, May 1
65,775- Dollars earned by Joey Saldana this season to lead the World of Outlaws




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