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World of Outlaws Preview: Grays Harbor Raceway

Kraig Kinser was victorious for the first time in his career at Grays Harbor Raceway last season and became the eighth different winner in the last eight A-Feature events for the World of Outlaws at the track dating back to 2000.


Courtesy: WoO Sprint Car Series Media Relations

Elma, WA—September 4, 2009—Labor Day will be celebrated by the World of Outlaws doing what they know best, and that is racing as they make their annual stop at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington on Monday, September 7.

 

Kraig Kinser was victorious for the first time in his career at Grays Harbor Raceway last season and became the eighth different winner in the last eight A-Feature events for the World of Outlaws at the track dating back to 2000. He took the lead from Washington native Jayme Barnes late in the race in lapped traffic and used a strong restart with two laps to go to pull away for the win.

 

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champions, has won at the track with the series, with two of those being A-Feature victories and two preliminary feature triumphs. He has finished on the podium in 10 of his last 12 starts at Grays Harbor Raceway.

 

Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers, who are currently first and second in the World of Outlaws championship standings, have each won A-Feature events with the series at the track as well. Schatz won at the track in 2005, while Meyers was victorious in 2003.

 

The event at Grays Harbor Raceway is the eighth of 12 nights of racing that make up the Gold Rush Tour for 2009 and is the final event of the season for the series in the state of Washington.

 

 

Slidejobs- Grays Harbor Raceway:

 

Looking to repeat: Kraig Kinser won at Grays Harbor Raceway for the first time in his career last season, taking the lead late in the race in lapped traffic and withstood a late caution to score his first win as a member of Tony Stewart Racing. In each of his last four starts at Grays Harbor, the third generation driver has finished sixth or better. He has racked up nearly 30 Top-10 finishes this season as he continues a very strong second half of the campaign and recently moved into the eighth spot in the series championship standings.

 

 

Always near the front: Steve Kinser has always run strong at Grays Harbor Raceway, scoring four wins with the first of those coming in 1998. Dating back to 1996 he has racked up 18 Top-Five finishes at the high-banked 3/8-mile. The 20-time series champion finished third at Grays Harbor last season and has 12 consecutive finishes of eighth or better at the track, with 10 of those being podium finishes. He has won twice this season and is currently fourth in points.

 

 

Plenty fast: Donny Schatz has had a lot of success in his career at Grays Harbor Raceway, scoring a win at the track in 2005 and racking up 15 Top-10 finishes dating back to his debut at the 3/8-mile in 1997. The three-time and defending series champion recently won his 100th career A-Feature with the World of Outlaws and leads the series in Top-Five finishes as he chases his fourth consecutive title.

 

 

Knowing the way to Victory Lane: Jason Meyers swept both races for the World of Outlaws at Grays Harbor in 2003, taking the checkers first in the preliminary feature and then capping the event off with an A-Feature win, and has finished in the Top-10 in 10 consecutive events at the track. The California native has won five times this season and is currently second in points as he chases his first World of Outlaws title.

 

 

Looking to add one to the list: Joey Saldana has come close to winning at Grays Harbor Raceway in the past, finishing second at the high-banked 3/8-mile in 2007 and looks to add to his series leading 15 A-Feature wins this season on Monday night. He has seven career Top-10 finishes at the track in the home state of his car owner Kasey Kahne. Saldana is currently third in the series championship standings as he chases his first series title.

 

 

Oh so close: Jason Sides has come close to winning a couple of times in his career at Grays Harbor Raceway. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee has nine Top-10 finishes in his career at the track with three of those being Top-Fives. He won earlier this season on a 3/8-mile track at Ohsweken Speedway in Canada as he continues the best season of his World of Outlaws career. The 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year is currently fifth in points on the strength of nearly 40 Top-10 finishes.

 

 

Looking to add a fourth: Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws champion, has won three times in his career at Grays Harbor Raceway and is chasing his first victory with the World of Outlaws at the track. Dating back to 1998 he has racked up 17 Top-10 finishes at the track with 11 of those being Top-Fives. He has won five times this season and is currently locked in a tight battle with Jason Sides for the fifth spot in the series standings. In three starts at Grays Harbor last season, the native of Dover, Missouri finished first, second and fourth in the World of Outlaws event.

 

 

Continuing his surge: Craig Dollansky looks to continue his strong second half of the 2009 season at Grays Harbor Raceway on Labor Day. The native of Elk River, Minnesota has eight career Top-10 finishes at the track including two runner-up performances in 2004. He has won three times this season and is currently seventh in the series championship standings as he continues his first year behind the wheel for Kasey Kahne Racing, owned by the Washington native.

 

 

Ready for the high banks: Jac Haudenschild has always been fast at Grays Harbor Raceway. The veteran from Wooster, Ohio has eight career Top-10 finishes at the track with three of those being podium runs as he chases his first win at the track. He has racked up nearly 30 Top-10 finishes this season as he chases his first win of the year aboard the familiar No. R19 for the Carnahan Motorsports team.

 

 

Second time around: Lucas Wolfe will make his second start at Grays Harbor Raceway on Labor Day. He finished 11th in his debut at the track last season and continues to run strong in his second full season the road with the World of Outlaws. The reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award winner is currently 10th in the series championship standings as he chases his first career win with the series.

 

 

First timer: Brian Ellenberger continues his first trip to the Northwest at Grays Harbor Raceway Park on Monday, September 7. The native of Butler, Pennsylvania who is the leading contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award, made his debut in the Evergreen State at Skagit Speedway a few days ago. He continues to gain priceless experience as he visits tracks for the first time in his maiden season on the road full-time.

 

 

By the Numbers: Grays Harbor Raceway:

0.375- Miles around Grays Harbor Raceway

1- Driver competing full-time with the World of Outlaws that will be making their debut at Grays Harbor, Brian Ellenberger

2- Drivers that led laps in the A-Feature event at the 3/8-mile last season

3- Races for the World of Outlaws in the state of Washington this season

8- Laps led by Kraig Kinser to win at Grays Harbor last season

10- Drivers that have won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws at Grays Harbor; Drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws that competed at Grays Harbor last season with the series

11- Drivers currently competing full-time with the World of Outlaws

11.915- Track record at Grays Harbor Raceway set in 2004 by Craig Dollansky

24- World of Outlaws championships accounted for by drives competing full-time with the series

27- Total events contested in the state of Washington for the World of Outlaws dating back to 1978

47- Drivers that competed with the World of Outlaws at Grays Harbor Raceway last season

165- Miles from Skagit Speedway in Alger, Washington where the World of Outlaws compete on September 4-5 to Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington

1996- Year the World of Outlaws first competed at Grays Harbor Raceway

10,000- Dollars the winner will receive on Monday, September 7

51,690- Dollars in the total purse on Monday, September 7

 

 

Tickets: On Monday, September 7 at Grays Harbor Raceway, reserved tickets will be $38, with premium tickets available for $53. For tickets visit http://www.graysharborraceway.com or call 360-482-4374.


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