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World of Outlaws Preview: Canadaigua Speedway

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

Steve Kinser raced in the state of New York for the first time in 1979 and for the last 30 years, he has amassed an amazing record in the state, rattling off 36 wins to go along with 83 Top-Five finishes.

Courtesy: World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Media Relations

Canadaigua, NY—May 22, 2009—Canadaigua Speedway has long been known as the “Land of Legends” for the vast talent of drivers that have taken to the half-mile located at the Ontario County Fairgrounds in New York in a variety of different machines. Over the years many legends of sprint car racing have competed at the track and for the first time since 1999, the World of Outlaws will pay a visit to Canadaigua Speedway on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 for a full night of racing with $10,000 awaiting the winner.

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion, leads all drivers with four wins at Canadaigua Speedway with the series, with the first of those coming in 1983 in his first visit to the track. In 15 career starts at Canadaigua, the native of Bloomington, Indiana has 12 Top-10 finishes.

Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws title winner, was victorious at the half-mile in 1998. He has finished sixth or better in three of his four career starts at the track, including a runner-up performance in his debut at Canadaigua in 1997.

Jac Haudenschild won at Canadaigua in 1992 and set a new track record in time trials at the half-mile in 1997, a mark that still stands. In the series most recent event at the half-mile in 1999, Stevie Smith was victorious to bring the number of winners in A-Feature events to nine, dating back to 1983.

The event at Canadaigua Speedway on Memorial Day will be the World of Outlaws first of three separate visits to the Empire State this season, with a date at Lebanon Valley Speedway in July and Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in October as part of Super DIRT Week.

Slidejobs- Canadaigua Speedway:

What a record: Steve Kinser raced in the state of New York for the first time in 1979 and for the last 30 years, he has amassed an amazing record in the state, rattling off 36 wins to go along with 83 Top-Five finishes. He won in his debut at Canadaigua Speedway in 1983 and is the winningest driver with the series at the track with four triumphs. Entering the trio of races this weekend, he is second in the championship standings as he chases his record 21st title.


Looking for one more spot: Donny Schatz has improved upon his finish from his previous visit to Canadaigua by one spot in each of his last two starts. He was third at the track in 1998 and second in 1999, as he looks to score his first career win at the half-mile. The three-time and defending series champion has five career wins in the state of New York. He is the current series point leader and is tied for the series lead with five A-Feature wins this season, with all of those coming on half-mile tracks. The North Dakota native has 22 career Top-Five finishes in New York.


Looking for number two: Danny Lasoski heads to Canadaigua Speedway looking for his second win of the 2009 campaign and also the second win of his career at the track. He was victorious there in 1998 and has finished sixth or better in three of his four career starts at the facility. He is currently seventh in the series championship standings as he continue his first season driving for car owner Lonnie Parsons.


Looking to keep the mark: Jac Haudenschild set a new track record in time trials at Canadaigua in 1997 and looks to retain that mark this season as the World of Outlaws return to the track for the first time in 10 years. Haudenschild was victorious at the half-mile in 1992. He has two career wins in New York to go along with 24 Top-Five finishes. He is seeking his first win of the 2009 season.

It’s been a while: Joey Saldana has just one start in his career at Canadaigua, with that coming in 1996. The second generatin driver has won five times this year and is tied with Schatz for the series lead in that category. He is currently third in points as he chases his first series title driving for Kasey Kahne Racing.


Making his debut: Jason Meyers will be making his debut at Canadaigua Speedway on Memorial Day. The native of Clovis, California has made 17 starts in his career in New York and has one victory and 12 Top-10 finishes. He finished second in all three of his starts in the Empire State in 2008. Meyers is currently fourth in the series championship standings.


It’s been a while two: Craig Dollansky has made just one start in his career at Canadaigua Speedway with that coming in 1998. He has 14 career Top-10 finishes in New York as he looks for his first win in the state. In the midst of his first season driving for Kasey Kahne Racing as a teammate to Joey Saldana, Dollansky is currently fifth in points.


First timers: Five drivers will make their first visit to Canadaigua Speedway on Memorial Day, led by Jason Sides, who is currently sixth in points. Also third generation star Kraig Kinser will pay his first visit to the half-mile. Lucas Wolfe, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year will make his maiden trek to the tracks, along with Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Texas who picked up a career-best third-place finish in New York last fall and current rookie contender Brian Ellenberger of Pennsylvania.

By the Numbers: Canadaigua Speedway
0.5- Miles around Canadaigua Speedway
3- Current drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws that have won at the track
4- Wins for Steve Kinser at the half-mile in his career
6- Current drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws that have won in the state of New York
9- Drivers that have won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws at Canadaigua Speedway
14.773- Track record at Canadaigua Speedway set by Jac Haudenschild in 1997
15- A-Feature events contested by the World of Outlaws at Canadaigua Speedway dating back to 1983
25- Laps in the A-Feature events that have been contested at Canadaigua dating back to 1983
31- Consecutive years that the World of Outlaws have competed in New York
36- Wins for Steve Kinser in his career with the World of Outlaws in the state of New York to lead all drivers
83- Top-Five finishes for Steve Kinser in his career in New York with the World of Outlaws
121- Total events for the World of Outlaws in the state of New York dating back to 1979
121.844- Track record at Canadaigua Speedway in miles per hour
455-Miles from Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, Virginia, where the World of Outlaws compete on Saturday, May 23 to Canadaigua Speedway in New York
1983- Year the World of Outlaws first competed at Canadaigua Speedway
1999- Year the World of Outlaws last competed at Canadaigua Speedway
10,000- Dollars the winner will receive on Monday, May 25
51,690- Dollars in the total purse on Monday, May 25




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