WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES AT A GLANCE: I-96 through Kokomo Lake Odessa, MI -- June 8, 2005 WHAT The World of Outlaws Sprint Series begins a swing through the Midwest Thursday with three events promoted by SLS Promotions. The run begins ...
WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES AT A GLANCE: I-96 through Kokomo
Lake Odessa, MI -- June 8, 2005
The World of Outlaws Sprint Series begins a swing through the Midwest Thursday with three events promoted by SLS Promotions. The run begins Thursday at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich., then rolls June 11 to Sheboygan County Fair Park in Plymouth, Wis., and June 14 at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Ind.
* To find I-96 Speedway, take Interstate 96 to exit 64. I-96 Speedway is a half mile south and then 3/4 of a mile west.
* For Sheboygan County Fair Park, take SR 23 East of SR 67, then go a half mile south on CR 0.
* To go to Kokomo Speedway, travel north 2 miles from the junction of SR 22 and US 31 on US 31. At Morgan Street, go west 1.3 miles, and then turn north on Davis Road.
* On June 9 at I-96, the pit gates open at 2 p.m., the grandstands at 4 p.m. and hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m.
* On June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park, the pits open at 2 p.m., grandstands at 4 p.m. and hot laps at 6 p.m.
* On June 14 at Kokomo Speedway, the pits open at 2 p.m., the grandstands at 4 p.m. and hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m.
* At I-96 Speedway, reserved seats at the track are $35 and general admission is $33.
* At Sheboygan County Fair Park, all seats are reserved. Tickets bought in advance are $32 or purchased at the track are $35. There is a pit combo available for $38, which includes a reserved seat plus a pit pass. Children 12 and under are $12 in advance or $15 on the day of the race.
* At Kokomo Speedway, both front and back stretch bleachers will be reserved. A "Pit Combo Ticket" will be available for $38. This will give you a reserved seat with pit access. These will be available for advance sale ONLY. You must be a minimum of 14 years old to enter the pits. -- Non-World of Outlaws members will be as follows: Each team (driver and 4 crew members) will be $25.00 each. Teams exceeding 5 members (including driver) will be $40.00 each. All walk in pit passes will be $40. "Pit Combo Tickets" will not be available the night of show. -- General Admission tickets will be as follows: Reserved ADULT (top half) -- $32 in advance, $35 on race day; reserved kid 0-12 (top half) -- $12 in advance, $15 on race day; reserved ADULT (lower) -- $30 in advance, $33 on race day; reserved kid 12 and under (lower) -- $12 in advance, $15 on race day.
ABOUT THE TRACKS
* I-96 Speedway is a semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval. Mark Kinser set the track record of 15.443 seconds on June 15, 1997.
* Sheboygan County Fair Park is a semi-banked, 1/3-mile oval. Joey Saldana established the track record of 11.326 seconds on July 31, 2004.
* Kokomo Speedway is a quarter-mile semi-banked dirt oval where the series has not raced since 1996. Mark Kinser set the track record of 13.119 seconds on June 13, 1996.
NEWS & NOTES
* On the Web: The Official World of Outlaws Sprint Series Web site is overhauled and now alive at www.dirtmotorsports.com/sprint. Among the features are updated driver biographies with individual statistics and pictures, race-by-race statistics, detailed track information and race coverage, series news and team press releases.
* A Dash to the victory: How important is it to make it into either of the Dashes? Extremely important. Nobody has won an A-feature yet from deeper in the field than the eighth starting position. The most common position on the grid for an A-feature winner this season has been the outside of Row 1, where seven drivers have raced to victory. There have been six winners from the pole and from the inside of Row 2, while two drivers won from the outside of Row 2 and the inside of Row 3. There also was a winner from the inside of Row 4 and the outside of Row 4.
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* A Dude sighting: Team Mopar's Danny "The Dude" Lasoski is scheduled to sign autographs at the McGonigal dealership June 14 in Kokomo, Ind. The Tony Stewart Motorsports team will be on hand to greet fans from noon to 1 p.m. CST at the team's transporter display. Race fans will be able to purchase driver T-shirts and have photos taken with the team, as well as enjoy a live radio remote from Kokomo's WWKI 100.5 FM station. Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws Series champion, is fifth in the 2005 series' points chase. The team competes with Mopar power built by Paul Kistler of Kistler Engines. The McGonigal dealership is located at 1220 East Boulevard in Kokomo, Ind. Race fans can contact the dealership by phone at (765) 459-0381 for other inquiries. For more information regarding Mopar, Lasoski or McGonigal, log on to www.moparspeed.com, www.dannylasoski.com or www.mcgonigal.com.
* Race for a cause: The upcoming race June 22 at Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Mo., will feature not only the World of Outlaws Sprint Series, but also a celebrity late model race including drivers Danny Lasoski, NASCAR's Tony Stewart and the NHRA's Gary Scelzi. The event will support the Michael Ross Memorial Foundation, which donates its proceeds to the Bay Cliff Health Camp, a summer camp that offers a therapy center and outdoor recreation camp for handicapped children. Advanced Grandstand Reserve tickets are on sale now at Yeager Cycle (660) 826-2925 for $32. The day of the race Grandstand Reserve tickets are $34, General Admission is $32, children 6-13 are $10, and children 5 and younger are free.
* Rush to sponsorship: Rush Racing welcomes Coachmen Recreational Vehicles as an associate sponsor. Coachmen Industries has been in the RV business for more than 30 years, founded in 1964 by three brothers who built the recreational vehicle company on such principals as "our word is our bond" and "business goes where it is invited and stays where it is well cared for." The kinds of principles that the Rush Racing team and it's champion Aussie driver, Brooke Tatnell, are proud to have backing their team as it chases the 2005 World of Outlaws Championship. Coachmen is recognized as one of the largest full-line RV manufacturers in the world. It's that kind of demonstrated success that the Rush Racing team was formed on, and will continue, with the addition of the Coachmen sponsorship, to strive for in performance and results.
* Half-milers: The race Thursday at I-96 Speedway is on half-mile oval. Including preliminary features, the series has raced 14 times this year on half-mile circuits with Steve Kinser winning four times (Volusia, Eldora, Knoxville and Williams Grove), Sammy Swindell winning three times (twice at Eldora, once at Hagerstown), Craig Dollansky winning twice (Manzanita and Williams Grove), and Kraig Kinser (Las Vegas), Donny Schatz (Las Vegas), Danny Lasoski (Knoxville), Jason Meyers (Granite City) and Jeff Shepard (Volusia) each winning once.
* Racing on thirds: Kokomo Speedway, site of the Outlaws race on June 11, is a 1/3-mile oval. It will mark the sixth race on a track that size this season for the Outlaws, with four different winners. Steve Kinser won May 24 at Grandview Speedway, Tim Shaffer has captured A-mains May 6 at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo., and Feb. 25 at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. Craig Dollansky won Feb 26 at Bakersfield Speedway near Bakersfield, Calif. On April 2, Kraig Kinser won at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo.
* Quarter master: When the Outlaws race June 14 at Kokomo Speedway, it will mark the second time this year they've raced on a quarter-mile oval. Steve Kinser won April 16 at quarter-mile Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.
* Victory parade: Sammy Swindell earned his second A-feature victory of the season Saturday night at Eldora Speedway. Swindell also has a preliminary feature win April 8 at Eldora. Steve Kinser leads the way with 10 victories, most recently winning May 30 at Lebanon Valley Speedway. Next on win list is Donny Schatz with three victories. Kraig Kinser won on back-to-back nights at Batesville Speedway and I-55 Raceway, and also has a preliminary feature win at Las Vegas. Tim Shaffer picked up his second victory of the season May 6 at Lake Ozark Speedway. Jason Meyers earned his second win of the season June 3 in Hartford, Ohio. Brian Paulus raced to a victory June 1 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. Daryn Pittman was the winner April 23 at 81 Speedway in Wichita. Craig Dollansky has won a feature and a preliminary, while Jeff Shepard won a feature at Volusia Speedway Park. In Preliminary Features, Danny Lasoski has won twice, most recently April 29 at Knoxville Raceway and Joey Saldana won May 20 at Lernville.
* Looking back I: Last September at I-96 Speedway, Steve Kinser earned his 16th World of Outlaws A-feature win of the season after leading all 30 laps. It also marked the 16th different speedway where Kinser won in 2004.
* Looking back II: Only a second place finish in his heat race kept Joey Saldana from sweeping the World of Outlaws debut in July 2004 at Sheboygan County Fair Speedway. Saldana set a track record in qualifying, won the first Dash, and led all 40 laps in the A-feature, holding off Steve Kinser in a thrilling duel. The victory was Saldana's third of the 2004 season.
* Looking back III -- way back: The Outlaws will race at Kokomo Speedway for the first time since 1996, when Dave Blaney captured the checkered flag worth $6,000 for his fourth victory of the season.
* The Mean 15: The impressive 2005 edition of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series' Mean 15 racers includes Craig Dollansky (No. 7 owned by Karavan Motorsports), Tim Kaeding (No. 83 owned by Dennis Roth), Kraig Kinser (No. 11k owned by Steve Kinser Racing), Steve Kinser (No. 11 owned by Steve Kinser Racing), Danny Lasoski (No. 20 owned by Tony Stewart Motorsports), Paul McMahan (No. 11h owned by David Helm), Jason Meyers (No. 14 owned by the Elite Racing Team), Brian Paulus (No. 28 owned by Pender Motorsports), Daryn Pittman (No. 21 owned by Titan Racing), Joey Saldana (No. 2 owned by Woodward Racing), Donny Schatz (No. 15 owned by Schatz Motorsports), Tim Shaffer (No. 6 owned by Parsons Motorsports), Jason Sides (No. 7s owned by Sides Motorsports), Brandon Wimmer (No. 7tw owned by Wimmer-Luck Racing), and the No. 35 Rick Wright-owned car now being driven by Travis Rilat, who set quick time May 7 at Tri-City Speedway.
* On tour, too: Several other drivers have committed to running the bulk of the schedule with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series in 2005 with hopes of earning a spot in a future Mean 15: Australian Brooke Tatnell is back in the series with Rush Racing. Terry McCarl, who has won the past six 410 sprint championships at Knoxville Raceway. Shane Stewart, who is battling for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title. Jason Solwold, who has two top-fives and has been running with the series since Volusia Speedway Park. Sammy Swindell, a sprint car legend and three-time Outlaws champion. Kevin Swindell, 16, who became the youngest driver to finish in the top 10 with the Outlaws when finished sixth in the feature at Parramatta City Raceway in January.
* Tune into the Web: If fans can't get to any of the upcoming races, they can experience the excitement of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series live on Dirtvision.com through the DIRT Radio Network, where announcer John Gibson keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the event. To listen to the audio broadcasts, log on to www.dirtvision.com and click on the DIRT Radio Network logo. Listeners will need Windows Media Player 9 or higher to listen to the DIRT Radio Network. Companies who are interested in advertising on the new DIRT Radio Network should contact Mark Noble, DIRT MotorSports VP Sales and Marketing, at 719-884-2141. For technical support or questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Hear it firsthand: RACEceiver is the Official Driver Communicator of DIRT MotorSports. A compact radio receiver that conveniently fits into a driver's pocket, a RACEceiver allows each driver to hear directions from series officials, which greatly enhances the safety and timeliness of events. A similar version available to fans will allow RACEceiver users to hear what information series officials are relaying to the drivers. For more information about RACEceiver, visit www.raceceiver.com, call 866-301-7223, or look for their sales trailers at various events.
After racing at Kokomo Speedway, the series shifts to Nebraska for a two-night show June 17-18 at Eagle Raceway, June 22 at Missouri State Fair Speedway, June 24-25 at Knoxville Raceway and June 28 at Huset's Speedway.