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Tight Points Battle For World Of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Heading To Williams Grove

Donny Schatz’s lead in the championship standings is down to a single point over 20-time series champion Steve Kinser, who used a runner-up finish at Delaware International Speedway to chop 18 points off the margin.


Courtesy: World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Media Relations

The slimmest of margins: Heading into the pair of events at Williams Grove Speedway this week, three-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz’s lead in the championship standings is down to a single point over 20-time series champion Steve Kinser, who used a runner-up finish at Delaware International Speedway to chop 18 points off the margin. Schatz finished 11th on Tuesday night. Joey Saldana is third in points 40 markers out of the lead, with Jason Meyers fourth and Craig Dollansky fifth.

Faster and faster: Danny Lasoski picked up his first win of the season on Tuesday night at Delaware International Speedway and it was also the first win for a new JEI Chassis that his crew chief Barry Jackson recently designed and built. The team debuted the car at Tri-State Speedway a couple of weeks ago and have finished sixth or better each and every time they have run the car. Lasoski also set fast time on Tuesday night and was third quick the race before at Eldora Speedway and second quick prior to that at Knoxville Raceway. Lasoski moved up to seventh in the championship standings and is just 10 markers out of the sixth spot.

“This is about the fourth or fifth night on this XP-1 chassis that Barry (Jackson) came up with and it’s a little different than anything else,” said Lasoski. “We haven’t run out of the Top-Five with it yet and I am very excited about that. We’re really getting the bar rolling now. Paul Kistler has also stepped it up and is doing a great job with our engines.”


A season best performance:
Jac Haudenschild picked up his best finish of the season on Tuesday night at Delaware International Speedway coming home third. It was his seventh Top-10 run of the year with four of those being Top-Fives. He used that to move up a few spots in the championship standings to eighth. He lined up third behind Danny Lasoski and Steve Kinser on a late restart Tuesday night as he looked to maybe snag one more spot in the late going.

“I thought I might have (been able to get a run on Kinser), but I couldn’t get going,” Haudenschild noted after the race. “We ended up third and we’ll take it.”


Momentum heading to his home track:
Lucas Wolfe matched his best finish of the season with a fifth-place performance on Tuesday night. He also was fifth earlier this season at Manzanita Speedway, another big, fast, sprawling half-mile similar to Delaware International Speedway. The sophomore driver jumped up a couple of spots in points and is now just outside of the Top-10 heading to his home track of Williams Grove Speedway later this week.

“It was definitely good to get a strong finish,” said Wolfe. “Hopefully good results will follow this and we’ll be able to stay this competitive and get even more competitive as the weeks go on.”


Back up front: Daryn Pittman made his first start with the World of Outlaws since the end of February at Las Vegas on Tuesday night in Delaware. The 29-time winner with the series finished fourth to earn his second Top-Five of the year with the World of Outlaws. Pittman has been competing predominately in the Central Pennsylvania area and will be in action both nights at Williams Grove as well.

“It was a solid night for us all around,” he noted. “I was concerned about the number we drew and that it would be tough for us to get qualified well. We have been struggling at qualifying shows in Pennsylvania. To come up here and run fourth is never your goal, and with as bad as we have been running it was a good effort for us.”


A strong presence: A very stout field of 33 cars signed in to compete at Delaware International Speedway, with the Pennsylvania Posse well represented, with Fred Rahmer in attendance, as well as Lance Dewease, Greg Hodnett, Mark Smith, Cody Darrah, Doug Esh and Stevie Smith, all of whom made the A-Feature.

Keep up with all the action: The number of “Followers” keeping up with the World of Outlaws via Twitter online and through text messages on cell phones continues to grow and has nearly tripled in the last week and a half. Updates are provided throughout race nights beginning with hot laps and continuing all the way through the final checkered flag of the night. To sign-up visit: http://twitter.com/worldofoutlaws and receive live race updates, anywhere, anytime.


Photo Gallery: The Media Gallery section of www.WorldofOutlaws.com continues to be updated after each event. Visit http://www.worldofoutlaws.com/sprint/MediaGallery.aspx to see Photo Galleries from 2009 World of Outlaws events. A Photo Gallery of the event at Delaware International Speedway will be online within the next couple of days.

Up next: Two full nights of racing at the famed Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania on Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15 as the World of Outlaws first East Coast swing of the season continues.

2009 STAT ATTACK

There have been 17 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature events in 2009.

A-Feature winners (8 Different Drivers) Driver, Hometown – Wins

1- Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana- 5

Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 5

2- Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 2

3- Randy Hannagan, San Jose, California- 1

Tim Kaeding, San Jose, California- 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio- 1

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 1

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 1


Lap leaders, including A-features and preliminary features Car, driver, hometown - Total laps led (18 Different Drivers)

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

2- Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 73 laps

3- Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 70 laps

4- Randy Hannagan, San Jose, California- 49 laps

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

6- Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio- 30 laps

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 30 laps

7- Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 28 laps

8- Tony Bruce Jr., Liberal, Kansas- 22 laps

Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tennessee- 22 laps

9- Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 19 laps

10- Tim Kaeding, San Jose, California- 18 laps

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

Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tennessee- 15 laps

12- Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Missouri- 14 laps

13- Peter Murphy, Clovis, California- 10 laps

14- Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 5 laps

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

Time trial leaders (7 Different Drivers) Rank - Driver, Hometown - Quick times

1- Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 5

2- Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 3

Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tennessee- 3

3- Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 2

Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana- 2

4- Tony Bruce Jr., Liberal, Kansas- 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 (15 Different Winners) Rank - Driver, Hometown - Dash Wins

1- Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio- 2

Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 2

2- Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Missouri- 1

Cale Conley, Vienna, West Virginia- 1

Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 1

Randy Hannagan, San Jose, California- 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio-1

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 1

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

Peter Murphy, Clovis, California- 1

Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana- 1

Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 1

Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tennessee- 1

Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tennessee- 1


Pole Positions (15 Different Drivers) Rank - Driver, Hometown – Poles

1- Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio- 2

Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 2

2- Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Missouri- 1

Cale Conley, Vienna, West Virginia- 1

Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 1

Randy Hannagan, San Jose, California- 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio- 1

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 1

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

Peter Murphy, Clovis, California- 1

Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana- 1

Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 1

Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tennessee- 1

Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tennessee- 1



B-main Winners (14 Different Winners) Rank - Driver, Hometown - B-Main Wins

1- Roger Crockett, Medford, Oregon- 1

Cody Darrah, Red Lion, Pennsylvania- 1

Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 1

Brian Ellenberger, Butler, Pennsylvania- 1

Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas- 1

Randy Hannagan, San Jose, California- 1

Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio- 1

Jesse Hockett, Warsaw, Missouri- 1

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 1

Toni Lutar, White Rock, British Columbia- 1

Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 1

Daryn Pittman, Owasso. Oklahoma- 1

Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana- 1

Tommy Worley, Farmington, Missouri- 1

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award

1- Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW- 4

2- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 3

3- Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 2

4- Daron Clayton, Sikeston, Missouri- 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

Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tennessee- 1


Penske Power Position

1- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 2

Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio-2

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 2

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 2

2- Randy Hannagan, San Jose, California- 1

Greg Hodnett, Memphis, Tennessee- 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio- 1

Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tennessee- 1

Jason Solwold, Mt. Vernon, Washington- 1

Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tennessee- 1

Brooke Tatnell, San Souci, NSW, Australia- 1

SuperClean Start Award

1- Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tennessee- 3

2- Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 2

3- Jonanthan Allard, Chico, California- 1

Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 1

Jason Johnson, Eunice, Louisiana- 1

Tim Kaeding, San Jose. California- 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio- 1

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 1

Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW- 1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana- 1

Brooke Tatnell, San Souci, NSW, Australia- 1

Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania- 1


Crane Cams Engine Builder Challenge
Don Ott 64
Speedway Engines 58 -6
Shaver Specialties 57 -7
Kistler 55 -9

Chassis Builder Challenge
Maxim 79
J&J 74 -5


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