WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES AT A GLANCE: Route 66 Raceway and I-55 Raceway Beaver Dam, WI -- July 6, 2005 - WHAT The World of Outlaws Sprint Series races Friday at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., for the first time since 2002 and Saturday...
WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES AT A GLANCE: Route 66 Raceway and I-55 Raceway
Beaver Dam, WI -- July 6, 2005 -
The World of Outlaws Sprint Series races Friday at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., for the first time since 2002 and Saturday at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., for the second time this season.
* If traveling to Route 66 Raceway on I-55 Northbound: Exit on North River Road. Go East on River Road to Route 53 (Chicago Street). Go North on Route 53 to the track. If traveling to the event on I-55 Southbound: Go South on I-55 to the I-80 Interchange. Go East on I-80 to Route 53 (Chicago Street). Go South on Route 53 to the track. If traveling to the event on I-80 Eastbound: Go East on I-80 to Route 53 (Chicago Street). Go South on Route 53 to the track. If traveling to the event on I-80 Westbound: Go East on I-80 to Briggs Street. Go south on Briggs Street to Laraway Road. Go West on Laraway Road to the track. If traveling to the event on I-57 Northbound: Go North on I-57 to Manhattan-monee Road. Go West on Manhattan-monee Road (through the town of Manhattan) to Route 53. Go North on Route 53 to the track.
* For I-55 Raceway, take Interstate 55 to Herculaneum exit (#178), head east on U.S. 61/67, go north to Herky-Horine Road, then 1/2-mile west.
* At Route 66 Raceway, gates open at 5 p.m. with on-track action at 6 p.m.
* At I-55 Raceway, gates will open at 3 p.m., warm-ups shortly after 6 p.m., qualifying at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.
* At Route 66 Raceway, adults are $30 and children 12 and under are $10. Call the ticket office at 815-727-RACE (7223) for more information.
* At I-55 Raceway, tickets are $32. Call (636) 479-3219 for more information.
ABOUT THE TRACKS
* The Route 66 Raceway Dirt Oval is a moderately banked 1/2-mile oval that is part of a 240-acre multi-purpose facility that also includes a state-of-the-art 1/4-mile drag strip. Mark Kinser owns the track record in an Outlaws event with his 14.058-second lap on Oct. 10, 1999.
* I-55 Raceway is a high-banked, 1/3-mile oval. Steve Smith's 10.189-second lap on March 30, 2002, is still the track record in an Outlaws 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. Also, a link to the press kit and official rulebook can also be found at the bottom of the home page.
* Getting freaky: Danny Lasoski and Steve Kinser are set to appear at 12:30 a.m. (ET) Saturday night on SPEED Channel's SpeedFreaks TV, a show hosted from the Mopar Speedshop by Kenny Sargent, Crash Gladys, Statt Mann and Lugg Nuttz from the Mopar Speedshop. Lasoski, in his third year with Mopar power, is fifth in the Outlaws championship standings, and will be going for his fifth Knoxville Nationals title in August. Kinser, the 19-time series champion, is leading the standings with 12 victories.
* Heating up: July begins one of the busiest months of the season for not only the World of Outlaws Sprint Series, but all of the series owned by DIRT MotorSports, which is sanctioning 108 events this month from sprints to late models to modifieds. "The competition for the championship points funds is heating up within all our series as we move towards the heart of racing season," said DIRT Chairman and CEO Paul A. Kruger. "With so many events across the country, and through our national television broadcasts, we are able to bring the action and excitement to fans and our investors no matter where they live."
* Reassessment: The No. 35 Rick Wright-owned car, 18th in World of Outlaws Sprint Series owners' points, did not attend the race Monday night at Cedar Lake Speedway. Travis Rilat has been the fourth different driver to pilot the car this year. Mark Kinser, Kerry Madsen and Peter Murphy also raced the car on the Outlaws circuit in 2005.
* Half-milers: The race Friday at Route 66 Raceway is on a half-mile oval. Including preliminary features, the series has raced 17 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), Jason Meyers winning twice (Granite City and Red River Valley), and Brian Paulus (Red River Valley), Donny Schatz (Las Vegas), Danny Lasoski (Knoxville) and Jeff Shepard (Volusia) each winning once.
* Racing on thirds: I-55 Raceway is a 1/3-mile oval. After the series competes Wednesday night at Powercom Park, it will mark the ninth race on a track that size this season, including preliminaries, for the Outlaws, with five 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: When Brooke Tatnell took the checkered flag Monday night at Cedar Lake Speedway, he became the 12th different winner this season on the Outlaws circuit. 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. 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. 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 earned a World of Outlaws Sprint Series victory 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.
* 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.
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The Month of Money is right around the corner and the World of Outlaws Sprint Series racers sound off on whether or not already having run at some tracks earlier this season will be helpful as the series returns to them for a second and third time in 2005. Also, the series races Friday at Route 66 Raceway in conjunction with the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race in Joliet, Ill., just a short drive southwest of Chicago, one of the world's top business centers and one of the largest markets the series will visit this season, something the drivers support. Here is their take on those issues:
Craig Dollansky, a Mean 15 racer from Elk River, Minn., who is third in points with one A-feature victory and 14 top-five runs.
* On returning to tracks: "It definitely helps once you've been there. Going back for the second time in the same year, hopefully you learned some things from the first race that you can apply to the second time to make things better."
* On racing in big markets: "I think it's very important to be in those markets, especially tying in with NASCAR. I think that's very successful when they do that."
Tim Kaeding, a Mean 15 racer from San Jose who has one victory and six top-five runs this season
* On returning to tracks: "I think going back to these tracks for a second time is going to help us out a little bit. I think we have a good basis on where we need to start every night now. I think we're just getting better. It has taken us a little bit of time. We started off good, but had some bad luck the last couple of weeks. Hopefully we can end up winning some of these big-money shows coming up because we've run good at the tracks that are paying the big money."
Kraig Kinser, a Mean 15 racer from Bloomington, Ind., who has four victories this season, most recently winning in June at historic Knoxville Raceway
* On returning to tracks: "It's going to be a help for us, but it's definitely helping everybody else, too, so we just have to stay ahead of them."
* On racing in big markets: "It's a plus for the whole sport. I hope everything goes smooth there to get back to those tracks that draw the big crowds because you can catch the eye of all different sorts of people and that's a must for our sport."
Steve Kinser, a Mean 15 racer from Bloomington, Ind., who is leading the standings in his quest to win a 20th series championship
* On racing in big markets: "You want to be in some bigger markets for your sponsors, for sure. They enjoy having you in those areas. It's always a plus when you get in them, but you have to run in all types of venues. You can't just give up on all the racetracks because they're a little out of the way, but it is nice to be in a market area where there are a lot of people. It's good for the corporate world."
Danny Lasoski, a Mean 15 racer from Dover, Mo., and the 2001 series champion who has 18 top-10s this season
* On returning to tracks: "Most of the teams that have been out here, we've been to these racetracks so many times in the spring and the fall, we pretty much know what to expect. Some of the younger guys will see a little difference in the dirt and how the air is. We're coming to the Month of Money and I can't wait for Knoxville."
* On racing in big markets: "The bigger markets, as well as running in conjunction with the Nextel Cup Series, because of the exposure you get. That's what really go the ball rolling with Bass Pro Shops and Quaker State and all these guys coming on board. The guys from Nextel Cup come over and watch us and see what a good product we have."
Terry McCarl, a six-time Knoxville Raceway track champion from Altoona, Iowa, who has finished in the top-five in the past four Outlaws A-feature events
* On returning to tracks: "It's better for me. Everywhere we've been we've done better the second time we've been there. On the tracks I've raced the past few years, we've been pretty fast. On the ones I haven't been to, it takes me a night or two to get used to them or change my setup around a bit. I'm looking forward to Eldora. We were real fast the last time we were there. I'm planning on taking $50,000 out of there, hopefully, in a few weeks."
* On racing in big markets: "I was working on a couple of sponsors and one of the markets they wanted was Chicago, and then Dallas and Charlotte would be nice, too. We race in a lot of places, but we need to hit the bigger areas as far as population for our group to grow."
Paul McMahan, a Mean 15 racer from Nashville who is seventh in points with seven top-five runs
* On returning to tracks: "If you went there last time and you were real good, you're basically going to do the same thing. If you weren't any good, you know not to do that. But we've been to these tracks many years in a row. We always go in with our same type of setups if they worked, and if they didn't we try something different. It's nice to go back because some things that worked last year didn't work this year so we get a second shot at it. With the Month of Money coming up, it's nice to have been at Lernerville and Knoxville and Eldora before the big money races come so you can try some things and see what works."
Jason Meyers, a Mean 15 racer from Clovis, Calif., who has four victories this season and is second in the standings
* On returning to tracks: "Well, we have a few tracks coming up that we're definitely not going to do what we did last time. I think the biggest thing coming up here is the Month of Money and we're going to click off a lot of races in the next 35 or 40 days, a lot of important races. We're running well right now. We're not going to worry about the points chase right now, we're going to take it one race at a time and we're going to go to every race to win and keep working hard."
* On racing in big markets: "I think this a very important weekend. I'm anxious to see what the turnout will be. I think this will be a good opportunity for some of us to shine. For some of those, including myself, who want to go to the next level, this will be a very important weekend for us, as far as PR and as far as racing. But we're going to go into the race like any other race, hoping something good comes out of it."
Brian Paulus, a Mean 15 racer from Mechanicsburg, Pa., who has two victories and a preliminary feature win this season
* On returning to tracks: "Sometimes it helps. It's kind of weird. There's a high and a low to it. If you had a really good run the first time, you can go into that track with a lot of confidence. If you struggled, your mindset is that you have to do better than the last time. There are tracks that you love and tracks that you hate, but luckily for us, from here to the rest of the year there might be only two tracks that I would not like to go to, but out of the other 60 tracks we have to go to, I think all of them suit us pretty well."
* On racing in big markets: "Joliet has always been a really nice place. When they first built the track, we raced there with the All Stars and then we ran some Outlaws shows there and every time we went back it got better and better and the racing conditions got better. It's a neat place, with the Nextel Cup track next door and the drag strip, the always try to tie it in with something."
Daryn Pittman, a Mean 15 racer and native of Owasso, Okla., who has a victory this season in Wichita
* On returning to tracks: "You hope you get better when you come back, but sometimes it doesn't work that way. We've been struggling so bad here lately, we can't help but get better. We're looking forward to it. I'm excited to go to Eldora for the King's Royal and some of these other places, but we've been struggling at those places, too. I'm excited to get to them because they're big races, but I'm nervous about how our performance will be. We definitely need to find something to get a lot better. This is a big month and a big couple of weeks ahead and you definitely want to take advantage of it rather than let them waste away."
* On racing in big markets: "Any time we go to those big venues, it's great. Every time we've been to Joliet that they've had an event going on, it's packed. To see 10,000 or 12,000 people sitting up there, it's awesome and always adds a little more pressure to perform. It's always good to perform in front of big crowds and get a win in front of a big crowd.
Joey Saldana, a Mean 15 racer from Brownsburg, Ind., who recovered from a hard crash in June at Eagle Raceway top post a top-10 run Monday at Cedar Lake Speedway
* On returning to tracks: "The notes really just give you a starting spot and you go from there. Notes from years past, everything you do and your experience on the track, knowing when a track goes from the top to the bottom half way through the race, you just learn that. It always helps. Coming back the second time around is better. Look at Steve Kinser, he's been doing this for more than 20 years. When he comes to these tracks it's like a local racetrack for him. There are local guys who haven't raced their tracks as much as he has. He just makes you look stupid and that's because of his experience."
Donny Schatz, a Mean 15 racer from Fargo, N.D., who has three victories this season
* On returning to tracks: "The racetracks are never the same way twice. Everywhere we go it's different. You go there with a base line and you know more or less for tire choices, but they always have different characteristics when you go back, at least most places do."
* On racing in big markets: "It's important to get in that market. Our job is marketing as well as it is racing and you have to get around the big populations. We go to a small town that gets 6,000 people or we're going to a big town that gets 6,000 people at the races. The end result is how many people come to the races no matter how big the town is."
Tim Shaffer, a Mean 15 racer from Aliquippa, Pa., who has two victories this season
* On returning to tracks: "The main thing is being together as a team. The longer we're together, the more success we'll have. Coming around the second time around with the same team is definitely better. You're working and concentrating together better as a team. That's why you Danny [Lasoski] and Steve [Kinser] where they've been to these tracks together as a team for years and years, and that's probably why they're so successful at them."
Jason Sides, a Mean 15 racer from Bartlett, Tenn., who is preparing to defend his title July 16 in the King's Royal at Eldora Speedway
* On returning to tracks: "I think it's always helpful the second time around, but it's still tough out here. If you make the show out here, you're doing good. It's so tough out here right now when you make the show, that's one accomplishment, then a top-five is always a good thing. Right now, a top-10 is even good."
Jason Solwold, a former track champion at Skagit Speedway from Mt. Vernon, Wash., who has three top-five runs this season
* On returning to tracks: "I think it will be way better. It seems like the more we go back to some places the better we get."
* On racing in big markets: "I think we should only race in bigger markets. The racetracks are nicer and you get a lot more people. It's a lot easier for the racetracks to survive that way, as far as having fans. Usually the more people, the better the racing is. Everybody seems to get pumped up a little bit more. You go to a big city, everybody is so up and ready to go. It just seems like it makes it a little bit better."
Shane Stewart, the leading driver in the chase for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award from Bixby, Okla.
* On returning to tracks: "It means everything to me, especially going back to Lernerville, Williams Grove. I think now when we go back to Williams Grove we know our motor will run. It's just more confidence on my part than anything. I look forward to going back to them. Williams Grove will be a big, big test for us. I think we've turned our program around the past two or three weeks. I'm really looking forward to going back to Williams Grove and having a good run."
* On racing in big markets: "It's real important. Everybody knows how many people live in Chicago. I think it's real important to get back to places like Chicago and Fort Worth, the really nice high-dollar facilities that the NASCAR guys visit. There are a lot of NASCAR fans that are sprint car fans also. I think the more markets we can get into that are that size is important for the sport."
Brooke Tatnell, an Australia native who hasn't finished out of the top 10 since May 27 and Monday night earned his first Outlaws victory since 2003
* On returning to tracks: "I guess some of them it's good because you can say I've got to learn from the last time I was there, like Williams Grove, and there's a couple where you don't want to go back because you had a good run. It's definitely important, but it's all about momentum and right now we've got a lot of momentum so hopefully that will carry us through the swing through Pennsylvania, the King's Royal and the Knoxville Nationals.
* On racing in big markets: "We've got to go to all those market areas. If we can't make the statement to corporate America, we're just going to be backyard farmers racing weekends. We need corporate sponsors, and you only have to look at the demographics of it. We have to be at those places, whether there's a NASCAR track there or not. We have to be in the heartland, and Chicago is one of those places we need to be."
Brandon Wimmer, a Mean 15 racer from Fairmount, Ind., who is running for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award
* On returning to tracks: "It's always a help when you have been somewhere because you kind of know where to start from at the beginning of the night. Dirt tracks are never the same night in and night out, but to go to the same track again always helps because you can always get at least a basic setup on it. We've had some really good runs at Eldora, hopefully in this Month of Money we can have some better runs."
* On racing in big markets: "It's why you come out here. Those are the races you want to do good because there's all the NASCAR people out there, there's so many people watching. There are people watching every night, but when you go to those tracks there are really a lot of people and you want to go in and have a good night."
After competing Saturday at I-55 Raceway, the World of Outlaws Sprints Series will catch its breath before rolling July 13 to the Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway and launching the Month of Money in earnest July 15-16 at Eldora Speedway with the Knight Before the King's Royal and the King's Royal.