2007 Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Year in Review: Part III As the calendar turned to August, the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series teams began to prepare for the biggest race of the year, the ...
2007 Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Year in Review: Part III
As the calendar turned to August, the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series teams began to prepare for the biggest race of the year, the Knoxville Nationals, but first they had one more event on ESPN2 to contest.
The final round of the "Summer of Money" came at Charter Raceway Park in Wisconsin, where Jason Solwold survived a wild night in which the green flag was thrown five separate times before a single lap was completed. He would go on to lead all 40 laps of the event on the high-banked 1/3-mile to earn his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature victory. The following night was postponed due to rain and was rescheduled for a Sunday night in September.
The Knoxville Nationals awaited the best sprint car drivers in the world on the following weekend, with Danny Lasoski winning on the opening night and Kerry Madsen winning the Kele World Challenge on Friday night. The star of the weekend was Donny Schatz who claimed a record $150,000 for his second consecutive Knoxville Nationals triumph, with Joey Saldana finishing second for the second straight year in the event.
With the pressure of sprint car racing's biggest event behind them, the series visited Nodak Speedway in Minot, North Dakota, where Daryn Pittman won for the fourth time on the season.
Another trip north of the border took the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series to Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, where Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz were victorious.
Skagit Speedway was the next stop for the series, with Brooke Tatnell winning the opening night of the two-day event. Craig Dollansky was victorious on night number two to earn a hearty $25,000 pay day, with the cameras from SPEED capturing all of the action on both nights.
The Gold Rush Tour continued with a return to Grays Harbor Raceway in Washington, where Shane Stewart picked up the win after Craig Dollansky ran out of fuel on the last lap. Joey Saldana scored his 10th win of the season on the high banks of Cottage Grove Speedway in Oregon, before heading south to the Golden State.
The Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway opened a busy month of September and saw Danny Lasoski win both nights on the half-mile, with his car owner at the time and California native Dennis Roth in attendance.
Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California again hosted the Gold Cup Race of Champions this season, with Jonathan Allard and Joey Saldana winning the preliminary features. It was Saldana taking the overall win in the finale to pocket $50,000 for his biggest win of the season.
The inaugural series race at Clay County Speedway in Iowa was victory number 15 for Donny Schatz. He made it number 16 just two nights later at Heartland Park Topeka in Kansas, with Daryn Pittman wrapping up a busy stretch of races winning the previously postponed event at Charter Raceway Park in Wisconsin.
A final stop at Eldora Speedway accounted for Joey Saldana's 12th A-Feature win of the season.
Daryn Pittman made it two wins in a three-race period as he was the victor in the previously postponed event at Orange County Fair Speedway in New York, leading into the Williams Grove National Open.
Chad Layton won the opening night of the National Open, with Donny Schatz dominating the finale to earn the $50,000 payday. In the process, Schatz became the first driver in sprint car racing history to win the Knoxville Nationals, Kings Royal, National Open, Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup and Williams Grove Summer Nationals in the same season.
A return to the Midwest took the series to Princeton Speedway in Minnesota on the first weekend of October, where rain was the winner on the opening night. The following night a standing room only crowd saw Donny Schatz claim the win on an unseasonably warm day. It was the 18th A-Feature win of the season for the native of North Dakota.
Schatz continued his march toward the 2007 Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series title by winning at Thunderbowl Raceway in California the following weekend. Danny Lasoski won his sixth race of the 2007 campaign at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, the following weekend. Kerry Madsen, who claimed the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award in convincing fashion, won his second race of his rookie season at Perris Auto Speedway in California to wrap up the month of October and the West Coast portion of the 2007 schedule.
A cross-country trip was in store as the series headed east to The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway for the inaugural Outlaws World Finals. A hearty field of 48 cars took part in two separate time trial sessions on the opening night of the three-day extravaganza with Donny Schatz and Lucas Wolfe setting fast time.
In the first feature event, it was Jason Meyers winning for the fifth time in 2007, while Steve Kinser capped off the season by winning the finale, live on SPEED in a thrilling battle with Danny Lasoski and Daryn Pittman.
Donny Schatz won his second consecutive Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series title, with Joey Saldana second in championship points, Danny Lasoski third, Daryn Pittman fourth and Jason Meyers fifth. The rest of the Top-10 was: Steve Kinser in sixth, Craig Dollansky in seventh, Paul McMahan in eighth, Tim Shaffer in ninth and Jason Solwold in 10th. A total of 21 teams completed the entire season with the series.
The 30th anniversary Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season begins on February 8, 2008 with the 37th Annual Florida DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.