WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES AT A GLANCE: Duel in the Dakotas through Powercom Park West Fargo, ND -- June 30, 2005 WHAT The World of Outlaws Sprint Series swings invades Red River Valley Speedway Friday and Saturday in West Fargo, N.D., for...
WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES AT A GLANCE: Duel in the Dakotas through Powercom Park
West Fargo, ND -- June 30, 2005
The World of Outlaws Sprint Series swings invades Red River Valley Speedway Friday and Saturday in West Fargo, N.D., for the Duel in the Dakotas. The Outlaws then roll July 4 to Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., and July 6 to The Raceway at Powercom Park in Beaver Dam, Wis., for one-night events.
* To get to Red River Valley Speedway, take Interstate 94 west of Fargo to Exit 343, then go 0.7 miles east on I-10 (on the Red River Valley Fairgrounds).
* To find Cedar Lake Speedway, take Wisconsin SR 64 one mile east of SR 35, go 4.1 miles north on CR C to CR CC, then 1.8 miles west.
* Powercom Park is 0.4 miles east of US 151 on SR33, then South on Raceway Road.
* At Red River Valley, the gates are set to open at 5 p.m. with time trials at 6:30 p.m. and racing to follow.
* At Cedar Lake, the action begins at 7 p.m.
* At Powercom, pit gates are set to open at 2 p.m., main gates at 3 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m. and qualifying and racing to follow.
* At Red River Valley, adults 13 and older are $40 in advance, $50 on race day. Children 12 and under are $20 in advance, $30 on race day.
* At Cedar Lake, adults are $30, children are $10 and the pits are $40.
* At Powercom, Advance Reserve Chair Back Seats are $35, Advance Reserve Seats are $30, General Admission (day of) is $35, an Advance General Admission/Pit Pass Combo (Sold ONLY in Advance) is $35 and valid only for the pit and grandstand area, NOT valid for a reserved seat. Children are half price (does not include chair back seats) and kids Age 6 and under are FREE.
ABOUT THE TRACKS
* Red River Valley Speedway is a high-banked half-mile oval. Craig Dollansky set the single lap record of 14.786 seconds on July 4, 2002.
* Cedar Lake Speedway is high-banked, 3/8-mile oval. Danny Lasoski owns the single lap record by turning a lap in 11.085 seconds on July 7, 2003.
* The Raceway at Powercom Park is a high-banked, 1/3-mile oval. Daryn Pittman established the track record of 11.275 seconds on July 10, 2001, in a Gumout Series event.
* The Outdoor Channel will air all of the action from the Eagle Nationals at 8 p.m. (ET) on July 6. The Outdoor Channel will then air the Duel in the Dakotas at 8 p.m. (ET) on July 13.
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.
* Saldana to defend Duel title: Joey Saldana, who was injured in a three-car crash during a heat race June 17 at Eagle Raceway, is expected to return to action July 1 in the preliminary feature of the Duel in the Dakotas at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. Saldana, who had a concussion that resulted in spells of dizziness, has vastly improved and will be ready to defend his Duel in the Dakotas title.
* Sharing honors: There hasn't been a repeat winner in the Duel in the Dakotas since Sammy Swindell captured the event in 1995 and 1996.
* Hometown hero: Fargo native Donny Schatz won the Duel in 2002. He'll be aiming for his fourth victory this season when the Outlaws invade Red River Valley Speedway Friday and Saturday nights.
* Half-milers: The Duel in the Dakotas at Red River Valley Speedway is on half-mile oval. Including preliminary features, the series has raced 16 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), Kraig Kinser winning twice (Las Vegas, Knoxville), and Donny Schatz (Las Vegas), Danny Lasoski (Knoxville), Jason Meyers (Granite City) and Jeff Shepard (Volusia) each winning once.
* Measuring up: The race Monday at Cedar Lake Speedway is on a 3/8-mile oval. The series has raced seven times this season on tracks that size, at Pike County Speedway, Houston Raceway Park, Batesville Speedway, Outlaw Motor Speedway, 81 Speedway, and Huset's Speedway. Steve Kinser held off Brooke Tatnell to win at Pike County, Donny Schatz edged Steve Kinser at Houston, Kraig Kinser dominated at Batesville, Steve Kinser snuck past Jason Meyers late at Outlaw, Daryn Pittman cruised to victory at 81 Speedway, Jason Meyers outlasted the field at Sharon on a night when several top contenders ran into various trouble, and Brian Paulus started on the pole and won at Huset's.
* Racing on thirds: The Raceway at Powercom Park is a 1/3-mile oval. It will mark the eighth race on a track that size this season, including preliminaries, for the Outlaws, with four different winners. Steve Kinser won twice at Eagle Raceway and at Grandview Speedway, Tim Shaffer 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.
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* Victory parade: Brian Paulus won Tuesday night at Huset's Speedway for his second victory of the season. He also won June 1 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. Steve Kinser leads the way with 12 victories, most recently winning June 18 at Eagle Raceway in the 22nd Annual Eagle Nationals. Kraig Kinser captured the preliminary feature Friday night at Knoxville Raceway, and after Saturday's main event was canceled by a downpour accompanied by high winds and lightning, his victory will stand as his fourth A-feature win of the season. He also has a preliminary feature win at Las Vegas. Jason Meyers earned his third win of the season June 22 at Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Mo. Donny Schatz also has three A-feature victories, at Parramatta, Las Vegas and Houston. Tim Shaffer picked up his second win of the season May 6 at Lake Ozark Speedway. Sammy Swindell won his second A-feature victory of the season June 4 at Eldora Speedway. Swindell also has a preliminary feature win April 8 at Eldora. Tim Kaeding became the 11th different winner this season when he earned his first World of Outlaws Sprint Series victory of the season June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park. 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 and Joey Saldana has won once.
* 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 three top-fives and has been running with the series since Volusia Speedway Park. Sammy Swindell, a sprint car legend and three-time Outlaws champion, who has two A-feature victories this year. 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.
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Kraig Kinser, a Mean 15 racer from Bloomington, Ind., who earned his fourth A-Feature victory of the season last week at Knoxville Raceway
* On racing at Red River Valley Speedway: "It's always great when you go to a place like that because you've got all the people who appreciate you, and you appreciate them being there. It's a real nice race. We usually have a lot of fun up in Fargo, I always have every time I've been up there. It's a nice place and Donny [Schatz] is always looking to do good up there. It's always a challenge when you go there. It's a quick track and you don't know what to expect."
* On building momentum toward the Month of Money: "We're just taking it one day at a time. We've been running real good. I hope it doesn't stop. We haven't been off that bad."
* On the top four drivers in points: "You definitely don't want to have bad finishes. We had quite a few bad ones earlier in the year, but we're bouncing back. It's tough when you get up there and you're running in the top five and you look up and you still got Dad, and Craig and Jason right in front of you. It's tough. It's like, 'Man, what can you do to gain points on them.' You just have to be as consistent as you can and not have as many bad nights as other people."
Steve Kinser, a Mean 15 racer from Bloomington, Ind., who has 12 A-Feature victories and leads the points in his quest for a 20th championship
* On racing at Red River Valley Speedway: "It's a lot of fun going up there. I always enjoy racing up there. It's just one of those places we enjoy going to run, at least I do. There are a lot of good race fans up from there and up in Canada so it's a lot of fun racing there."
Terry McCarl, a six-time Knoxville Raceway track champion from Altoona, Iowa, who is coming off of back-to-back top-five runs at Knoxville and Huset's
* On racing at Red River: "When I was a kid, my dad used to go up to places like Fargo and the fans were always real appreciative of the drivers even back then so they've had great fans for a long time and that does make it fun to go to places like that when you have that kind of fan support."
* On how the fans impact the race: "It's the pre-race hype and stuff. Those the fun things that make it an event. That's what makes the Knoxville Nationals or those big races an event. It's more fun for the fans, but it's also more fun for us. If you're going to win a race, it's nice to have that kind of atmosphere or that kind of crowd."
* On building momentum toward the Month of Money: "It's good to win all the time. The money is obviously what we need to survive, but I don't think about it that much. I'd like to win the King's Royal because it's the King's Royal. I'd like to win the Knoxville Nationals more than anything because it's the Knoxville Nationals. People always talk about that million-dollar race, the drivers are going to be crashing themselves. We'll crash each other for a $20-to-win heat race. It's competitiveness. But it does help make it a bigger event, it makes the atmosphere a lot better, the fans are way more excited, which gets us more excited. It's kind of the aura of the event that makes it more fun. That's one thing about the Nationals, it's the aura of the whole week. You just feel it in the air. That's what makes it awesome for us, too."
Paul McMahan, a Mean 15 racer from Nashville with 14 top-10 runs, including back-to-back runner-up finishes last week at Sedalia, Mo., and Knoxville, Iowa
* On the fans at Red River Valley Speedway: "It's a great race. We get a lot of dedicated fans there. They come from Canada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota -- they come from everywhere."
* On racing in front of huge crowds: "It's nice to go to places that have a lot of fans. No matter where I'm at, whether there are two people sitting in the stands or 200,000, I'm up for it all the time. You try to run good every night but when you run better at places with big crowds you can build your fan base. Right now I don't have a big fan base outside of California so I have to go to places like Knoxville and Fargo and run good so I can build up my fan base."
Jason Meyers, a Mean 15 racer from Clovis, Calif., who has three victories this season
* On the fans at Red River Valley Speedway: "Fargo is a lot of fun because they absolutely love us. Everybody gets behind it, the stands are packed, the people are all around the hotel. It's just a good time. You're appreciated to no end up there. It's like I've never seen it before. It's usually a great race and a good weekend."
Brian Paulus, a Mean 15 racer from Mechanicsburg, Pa., who earned his second victory of the season Tuesday night at Huset's Speedway
* On Red River Valley Speedway: "The facility has become a beautiful facility, and the fans are definitely supporting the fact that the track has rebuilt itself and made itself nice. -- No matter what the conditions, it's always a good race and I think that's why the fans support it so much. It's pretty cool to go up there."
* On building momentum toward the Month of Money: "Last season, we didn't get fast up until the week before the Knoxville Nationals and we carried it through the last 36 to 40 races of the season. We ended the season expecting to run top-five and top-10 virtually every night. This season started out so bad we were never expecting to ever hit it. We were watching other cars pick up speed and some fall off. We just figured we'd be a mediocre 15th-place team all season then we got these three [crew] guys all lined up and before we knew it we were fighting for top-fives. Then we picked off a win in New York, went to Eldora and ran seventh, then ran three straight nights in the top four. Just every night, our confidence is building. We know our engine program with Kistler is awesome, we have one motor from Kriner, that's awesome. Our Maxim chassis are perfect. The Hoosier tires are perfect. All of our sponsors, Arnold Transportation, Hank's, Race Punk, Jake's Carts, Travel Centers of America, regardless of whether we were running 21st or third, they're just excited to work with us and we like doing things with them. To start picking up speed in April rather than August has been a big morale booster for all of us. We do things now to the car visually just to keep people guessing, and it seems to be working."
Travis Rilat, a native of Forney, Texas, who drives the Mean 15 car owned by Rick Wright
* On racing in front of big crowds at Red River Valley Speedway: "It's just such a big event and the people are really into it and it pumps you up. It gets you a lot more excited about it and really gets you going a lot better behind the wheel."
* On the team improving race to race: "We're gradually doing better. We still have a ways to go but everything has been working out really well. I think we're getting a lot better and hopefully we'll bump up and get some top-10s and some top-fives and take it one step at a time and do the best we can."
Donny Schatz, a Mean 15 racer from Fargo, N.D., who has three victories this season
* On racing in front his home crowd: "It's always good. I wish we were doing a lot better than we are, but I guess that's the way racing is. You have good and bad. We're kind of hoping that it's our turning point. It's been our turning point before and it would kind of cool if we could turn around our whole program there and get a win. It's one of those things that's pretty neat to see the people cheering. They're real big Outlaws supporters and there are a lot of Donny Schatz supporters so that's kind of cool, as well."
Tim Shaffer, a Mean 15 racer from Aliquippa, Pa., who has two victories this season
* On racing at Red River: "We race hard every night, but you definitely want to put on a great show for the fans because they definitely treat us good up there and we enjoy going back."
* On being prepared for the approaching the Month of Money: "Right now we're just looking for a balance in our racecar. The main thing is to get consistent and try as hard as we can."
Jason Sides, a Mean 15 racer from Bartlett, Tenn., and the 2004 King's Royal champion
* On the fans at Red River Valley Speedway: "That place always gets a really big crowd and it makes it fun to race there. It's probably one of our biggest crowds other than the Nationals. It's a really good place to race and the atmosphere is really good."
* On building momentum with a strong run at Knoxville: "We're getting things ironed out and getting the cars working. We got a motor back and if we can continue this onto next month then we should be in pretty good shape."
Jason Solwold, a native of Mt. Vernon, Wash., who is running for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award
* On racing in front of big crowds at Red River Valley Speedway: "I've been there once and I did pretty well the first time so I'm a little bit excited for it. It's always fun to go back to some place you've been. It's way less stressful."
* On building momentum: "The more we go back to places I've been to it seems like we do better the second time around. A lot of the places I've never been to, but there are some places we go to I've never been to and we actually do halfway decent, but any place we go back to for the second time is always better."
Shane Stewart, the current Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award leader from Bixby, Okla., who has 14 top-10 finishes this season
* On racing at Red River Valley Speedway: "It's fantastic. I haven't been to Fargo in a couple of years, but when I was there with the Gumout Series it was awesome. It's got a Knoxville Nationals attitude to it. Everyone camps out front in their motorhomes. It's just a good atmosphere and anytime you can go race in front of a group of fans that enjoy sprint car racing as much as we do, it really makes wants you win in front of them because they give you big cheers."
Brooke Tatnell, a native of Australia who has 19 top-10 runs this season, including the past 12 A-features in a row
* On racing in front of big crowds at Red River Valley Speedway: "It's cool. We have the joy of racing, but it's a bigger joy when you know the grandstands are full. You're not conscious of how many people are in the stands, but it is pretty cool to know that when you go to Fargo you know that's going to be a sellout crowd. That's what I grew up around watching my dad race when the grandstands were full. It's encouraging because you know you're not the only one enjoying what you do."
* On his string of strong runs: "The team is strong. It's the confidence of having this team since the day I got here. That first day here we jumped off the plane and ran top-five. That showed me how strong we were going to be as a team. -- We've got that consistency of top-10s, now it's time to really step it up and start putting some wins on the board. We have everything here to win. We still are a first-year team, but we're only here to win. We're not here to just run top-10s."
Brandon Wimmer, a Mean 15 racer from Fairmount, Ind., who is running for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award
* On racing at Red River Valley Speedway, where he competed last year for the first time: "We were in the middle of the pack. There's a good crowd up there and the track is OK. We'll see what we can do.
* On the fans: "We don't make it up to that area very often so when we do, there's always a good fan count and they're always glad to see us."
After the Duel in the Dakotas at Red River Valley Speedway and races at Cedar Lake Speedway and The Raceway at Powercom Park, the Outlaws return July 8 to Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., where the series will be racing in conjunction with the NASCAR event at Chicagoland Speedway and July 9 to I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo.