Along the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series Trail March 19, 2003 Young Jeremy Campbell raised the eyebrows of many in the sellout crowd at Devil's Bowl Speedway Saturday when he raced past 11 cars to finish in 14th place in the 30th Annual Spring...
Along the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series Trail
March 19, 2003
Young Jeremy Campbell raised the eyebrows of many in the sellout crowd at Devil's Bowl Speedway Saturday when he raced past 11 cars to finish in 14th place in the 30th Annual Spring Nationals.
Campbell, 19, was racing at the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series birthplace for the first time. He used his first provisional of the year to start the 30-lap "A" Feature and raced with 1995 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Randy Hannagan through the field from the back of the pack.
Campbell and 20-year-old crew chief Josh Forshee form the youngest driver/crew chief duo in O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series history. Campbell, who finished seventh in the World of Outlaws Gumout Series standings a year ago, ranks 13th in O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series points after six events.
Steve Kinser, who won four O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series championships before Campbell was born, moved past Jac Haudenschild and Craig Dollansky into second place in the standings with his runner-up run at the Spring Nationals. The defending and 17-time series champion is 16 points behind 2001 series champion Danny Lasoski.
With seven Mopar engines malfunctioning during Promoter Lanny Edwards' events at high-speed tracks in Oklahoma City and Mesquite, TX, Lasoski had crew chief Jimmy Carr change several as they battled to maintain the points lead. "The Dude" also leads the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series with four quick times through the first eight racing programs.
Engine and mechanical failures in the #21 Hop & Sack J&J at State Fair Speedway and the Devil's Bowl allowed Jeff Shepard, Joey Saldana and Shane Stewart to pass 2002 Manufacturers Hard Charger of the Year award winner Daryn Pittman in the point standings.
Stewart continued to climb in the rankings by driving MIN Motorsports' #4M MCI into the top 10 in his fifth straight main event. Only Lasoski and "The Wild Child" have more top-10 finishes than Stewart, the 2002 Gumout Series runner-up. Saldana's #17 Eagle Raceway-sponsored sprinter is also an MCI, a new chassis manufactured in Indianapolis by Steve Melson.
Johnny Herrera, racing with no spare engines in NASCAR Winston Cup crew chief Billy Wilburn's trailer last weekend, recorded top-three finishes at State Fair Speedway and the Devil's Bowl.
Goodyear representatives was pleased to see Donny Schatz and Herrera finish 1-2 at State Fair Speedway Friday, especially since their cars were equipped with Goodyear tires. Tyler Walker and Kinser provided the 1-2 punch for Hoosier Tires Saturday at Devil's Bowl Speedway. Schatz' $10,000 victory in Oklahoma City was J&J Auto Racing's first in O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series competition this season.
Following Friday's $51,600 race at Pike County Speedway in Magnolia, MS, and Saturday's Texas Shootout at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, TX, the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series will sanction the Texas Showdown at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track March 28-29.
SCN Radio will make its 2003 O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series debut at the semi-banked, 4/10-mile oval located in Fort Worth, TX. The Sprint Car Network, the official radio network of the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series, will broadcast 26 "great show on dirt" events over 46 dates this season. SCN Radio's live broadcasts can be heard on many radio stations nationwide and on its web site, located at "http://www.sprintcarnet.com".