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World of Outlaws Preview: Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twin 30’s

The biggest one-day event on the World of Outlaws schedule is going to be even bigger this season, as the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania will be Twin-30 laps features on Tuesday, July 21 with the winner of each segment earning $15,000.


Courtesy: World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Media Relations

Sarver, PA—July 19, 2009—The first 30-lapper will be a standard World of Outlaws event, with time trials, heat races and the Crane Cams Dash setting the starting lineup for the A-Feature. Following a short break after the first event in which drivers and crews will be able to work on their machines, all lead lap cars will be inverted and the second 30-lap segment will be run. The driver with the best overall finish in both segments will be crowned the overall 2009 Silver Cup champion.

The Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup was contested for the first time back in 1993 with Jeff Swindell claiming the victory. Eight different drivers have won the famed event over that span with Mark Kinser leading that list with five triumphs.

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion, is the defending winner of the event, dominating all 40 laps last season. He has won the Silver Cup twice in his career, with the first of those coming back in 1994.

Donny Schatz, the two-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, has also won the Silver Cup twice in his career, with those victories coming in 2006 and 2007. He opened the “Month of Money” for the World of Outlaws with a win on Saturday night in the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway.

One of the most popular wins in Silver Cup history came in 2002 when multi-time Lernerville Speedway track champion Ed Lynch Jr. won over fellow hometown driver Tim Shaffer.

Shaffer would add his name to the record books the following year winning the prestigious event over Sammy Swindell and Steve Kinser.

The 2009 Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup will be the first of two separate visits for the World of Outlaws to Lernerville Speedway this season with the second coming in September.


Slidejobs-Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twin 30’s

Always up front: Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion, is the defending winner of the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup. He has won the event twice in his legendary career and has a total of 17 victories at Lernerville Speedway dating back to his debut at the track in 1979. He has over 50 career Top-10 finishes at the always racy four-tenths-mile. The native of Bloomington, Indiana leads the World of Outlaws in Top-10 finishes this season and recently won his second race of the 2009 campaign. He is just a few points behind Jason Meyers as in the series championship standings as the pair battles for the third spot.


Looking for number three:
Donny Schatz, the three-time and defending series champion, won the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup for the first time in 2006 and won it again the following year. He was second in the event last season and has five consecutive Top-10 finishes in the race. He won for the first time in his career at Lernerville in 2003. The North Dakota native has won 10 times this season including the famed Kings Royal on Saturday night and leads the series in Top-Five finishes as he chases his fourth consecutive title.


Home sweet home:
Brian Ellenberger will get his first chance to compete as a full-time World of Outlaws driver at his home track of Lernerville Speedway in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup. The native of nearby Butler, Pennsylvania has three career wins at the track including last season. It will also be the first time he has been home in a couple of months as he continues his rookie season with the series. He enters the event with three Top-10 finishes on the season, including a career-best third-place performance at Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas last month.

“I am absolutely excited to head over there,” said Ellenberger. “That’s a great facility and the Risch family does a great job with the track. There’s nothing like getting back home and getting to run on some of these tracks where I cut my teeth.”


Holding the mark:
Joey Saldana set a new track record at Lernerville in 2002, and that mark still remains today nearly seven seasons later. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana has one career win at Lernerville with that coming in a preliminary feature in 2005. He raced for the first time at the track in 1992 and has nearly 20 Top-10 finishes there in his career. The second generation driver leads the World of Outlaws in wins this season with 12 as he chases his first World of Outlaws title.


Chasing that big win: Jason Meyers finished third in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup last season as he chases his first “Month of Money” win with the World of Outlaws. The native of Clovis, California has two career victories at Lernerville including last spring. He also was victorious at the track in 2000, with the Gumout Series, in his first year on the road full-time and it was his first win outside of the state of California. He is currently third in points as he too chases his first World of Outlaws title.


Oh so close: Danny Lasoski has been close to winning a few times at Lernerville Speedway in his career, as he has finished second on four separate occasions at the track. He has 25 career Top-10 finishes at the track including in four of his last five starts there. The 2001 World of Outlaws champion has won four times this year and is currently fifth in the series standings.


Running up front:
Jason Sides continues his strong 2009 season. He recently finished third in the Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park in Ohio to earn his 27th Top-10 finish of the season. He is just a few points behind Danny Lasoski as the pair battles for the fifth spot in the series standings. Sides has a couple of Top-10 finishes in his career at Lernerville including a sixth-place run in the 2007 Silver Cup.


Knows the track well: Craig Dollansky has always run strong at Lernerville Speedway, picking up a win in 2000 with the Gumout Series. He has 13 career Top-10 finishes at the track and has finished ninth of better in three of the last four Silver Cups at the track. In his first season driving for Kasey Kahne Racing, the Minnesota native is currently seventh in points as he closes in on his first win since joining the team.


A lot of laps:
Jac Haudenschild visited Lernerville Speedway for the first time back in 1982. He has 24 career Top-10 finishes at the track, with 10 of those being Top-Fives as he looks for his first win at the Western Pennsylvania oval. The recent inductee into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame has 19 Top-10 finishes this season as he chases his first win of the year.


Something to build on: Kraig Kinser picked up the best finish of his career at Lernerville Speedway in last year’s Silver Cup finishing ninth. The third generation driver has made just a handful of starts at the track in his career. He recently finished fourth in the Brad Doty Classic as he closes in on his first win of the season.


A home state race: Lucas Wolfe, who hails from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, will compete for the fourth time in his career at Lernerville Speedway this week. The reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year finished just outside of the Top-10 in the event last year. He is currently 10th in the series standings with seven Top-10 finishes.


Learning the track: Sam Hafertepe Jr. picked up a career-best ninth-place finish last season at Lernerville Speedway. He was second quick in time trials at the Silver Cup in 2007 and was sixth quick at the track in qualifying last spring. The native of Sunnyvale, Texas finished third on Saturday night in the Kings Royal to match his best career World of Outlaws finish. He is just outside of the Top-10 in the series standings.

By the Numbers: Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twin 30’s
0.4-Miles around Lernerville Speedway
2- Visits to Lernerville Speedway this season for the World of Outlaws
3- Wins for Brian Ellenberger in his career at Lernerville Speedway, his home track
4- Drivers that led laps in A-Feature events at Lernerville Speedway last season with the World of Outlaws
5- Track records that have been established in time trials this season at World of Outlaws events
8- Drivers that have won the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup dating back to 1993
10- Drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws that competed in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup last season
12- Drivers currently competing full-time with the World of Outlaws
12.234- Track record set by Joey Saldana in 2002
16- Drivers that have been quickest in time trials with the World of Outlaws this season
17- A-Feature wins for Steve Kinser in his career at Lernerville Speedway
18- Consecutive years of the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup including this year
19- Drivers that have won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws at Lernerville Speedway
24- Top-Five finishes for Donny Schatz to lead all drivers
30- Laps in each of the A-Feature events that will be held on Tuesday, July 21
39- A-Feature events contested this season by the World of Outlaws through July 18
40- Laps led by Steve Kinser to win the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup last season
44- Points that separate Donny Schatz and Joey Saldana in the series standings entering the event
47- Drivers that competed in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup last season
68- A-Feature events contested by the World of Outlaws at Lernerville Speedway dating back to 1979
269- Laps led by Joey Saldana this season to lead the series
327- Miles from Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio where the World of Outlaws compete on Saturday, July 18 to Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania
1979-Year the World of Outlaws first competed at Lernerville Speedway
1993- Years the first Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup was held
5348- Points earned by Donny Schatz through July 18 to lead the series
15,000- Dollars the winner of each of the Twin 30’s will receive
113,380- Dollars in the total purse for the 2009 Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twin 30’s
217,650- Dollars earned by Donny Schatz to lead the series


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