Shaffer Tuned Up For Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup At Lernerville Speedway Rossburg, OH -- July 17, 2005 -- For all those who say there's no passing in a World of Outlaws Sprint Series race, Tim Shaffer would beg to differ. Friday night with...
Shaffer Tuned Up For Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup At Lernerville Speedway
Rossburg, OH -- July 17, 2005 -- For all those who say there's no passing in a World of Outlaws Sprint Series race, Tim Shaffer would beg to differ.
Friday night with a 51-car field at Eldora Speedway for the Knight Before the Kings Royal, Shaffer needed a provisional to reach the main event. Starting last in the 26-car field, Shaffer went to the bottom of the high-speed, high-banked half-mile oval and surged to 12th in only six laps, moved to eighth with nine laps down, seventh with 11 laps down, and fifth with 17 laps down. By the time a red flag waved to refuel the cars with 10 to go, Shaffer was in fourth. After a scramble on the restart, Shaffer moved up to third and was closing fast on second when the checkered flag finally waved for Steve Kinser.
It marked the first time any driver in Outlaws history who used a provisional was able to finish as high as third. Afterward, Shaffer rightfully wore a huge smile on his face, something he's done quite a bit since joining Lonny Parsons' Casey's General Stores team in the middle of the 2004 season. It also has given the Aliquippa native and former Lernerville Speedway champion some momentum as he and the Outlaws head Tuesday into the Sarver, Pa., track for the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup.
More than anything, it was a sign of how much fun the team, which includes Adam Kinnear, Shane Bowers and Glen Beaton, is having under Parsons' watch. Plus, that excitement carried over to Saturday night, where the team finished fifth in the Kings Royal.
"This year with Lonny and part of last year, he made it fun again," said Shaffer, a Mean 15 racer who is 10th in the Outlaws championship standings. "That means a lot. You spend a lot of time out here on the road and give up a lot of family time, normal life. Everybody has to have fun on the team or I don't think you can be successful because it's such a grueling year. I've got a 4-year-old son now and if I give up time for him to be out here, I'm going to do the best I can. Lonny is able to put the fun back into it and that means a lot."
It sounds simple, but the intensity and constant pressure on drivers and teams to perform is significant. Already this season several teams have removed drivers or shuffled crews in an effort to improve. That wears on a team over the course of a 100-race schedule.
"I don't think it has to be all that stressful," Parsons said. "You've got to go into the thing knowing that everything isn't going to be rosy and try to keep your focus and not give up on things because it's awful easy to beat yourself up unnecessarily. You have to get a little enjoyment out of any job you do. I've kind of used that as one of my mottos in life. I just wouldn't do anything for a living that I absolutely hated. I think having a little enjoyment in your job, whatever it might be, is pretty important. That's the way I try to look at it and push it off on all the guys. Bad things happen and good things happen, but getting a sour attitude really isn't going to change anything."
It was that positive attitude that carried the team from the tail of the A-main Friday night at Eldora past 23 other cars.
"It's really hard to do that here," said Shaffer, who is hoping to improve on his runner-up finish to Ed Lynch Jr. in the thrilling 2002 Silver Cup that is generally accepted as the greatest race in track history. "We were very lucky. We did get the right setup on the car and it seemed like I was doing the right things. That's just hard to do here. I never dreamt that we could come that far from the back to the front. It's something I'll never forget. It's just an accomplishment being able to go forward here like that."
Parsons nervously watched as Shaffer, who gave Parsons his first victory as an owner last October, sliced his way through the field.
"I guess at that time you're automatically waiting for something to happen," Parsons said. "There's just so many things that can go wrong. I knew we were good from the outset. We found a place to race on the racetrack where nobody else was. I've seen it happen before with others. At that point, you want the race to go on and on because you're getting better all the time, but on the other hand you're wanting it to end because disaster might be right around the corner."
But Shaffer avoided any pitfalls and believes he can carry that momentum into Tuesday at Lernerville, a track Shaffer called home for so many years as he came up through the ranks.
"You always build on anything that's a positive like that," said Shaffer, who has six top-fives this season. "At Joliet, we were fast there and it was a half-mile but we got a flat tire. Everybody's always saying we're good on small tracks but not good on the big one. Well, we've been good on both. It's going to take time. We're gelling together and trying to get all the pieces put together right. It's working more and more. I go back to being a new team together. The more we're together, the better off we're going to be. I'm looking down the road to next year. This year is just to build a team to be strong, to be competitive and consistent. I believe we can do that next year.
"This racing deal is funny. One night you can be a hero and the next night you're a zero. There's a lot of truth to that. Going back to Lernerville, I want to do really good. You have a run like [Friday] night and it definitely helps. It helps everybody on the team. It helps me. I might look at it a little different when I get there. A better attitude means a lot in this racing business, especially nowadays because the cars are so close, so equal. It's so hard to get any edge today. I think the teams have to be thinking right and the drivers need to be thinking right and everybody has to be on their games to be successful because it's really tough out here."
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The World of Outlaws Sprint Series invades Lernerville Speedway Tuesday (rain date Wednesday) for the $30,000-to-win Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup before heading Thursday to Williams Grove Speedway for the three-night $20,000-to-win Summer Nationals.
To get to Lernerville Speedway, take SR 28 north of Interstate 76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) to exit 17, then go 4.6 miles north on SR 356.
To get to Williams Grove Speedway, take U.S. 15 seven miles southwest of I-76 (Pa. Turnpike), go 1.5 miles northwest on SR 74, then west on Park Place.
At Lernerville, fans will be able to enter the pits for a Meet-n-Greet with the teams from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., at which time the pits will be cleared and only those with a pit wristbrands will be allowed to re-enter. From 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. there will be a tailgating competition with a live remote from Y-108 FM and radio personality Zeke will assist in the judging (prizes include a new grill). Time trials are slated to begin at 7:15 p.m. with racing at 8 p.m.
At Williams Grove, the action is set to begin at 7:45 p.m.
At Lernerville, general admission tickets are $35 for ages 13-and-up and $18 for ages 6-12. Reserved seats are $37 for ages 13-and-up and $19 for ages 12-and-under.
At Williams Grove on July 21-22, reserved seats are $28 and general admission seats are $27. On July 23, reserved seats are $30 and general admission seats are $28.
ABOUT THE TRACKS
Lernerville Speedway, which is owned by DIRT MotorSports, is a high-banked, 4/10-mile clay oval. Joey Saldana established the track record with a lap of 12.334 seconds on May 15, 2002.
Williams Grove Speedway is a semi-banked, half-mile oval. Brian Paulus set the record of 16.140 seconds on April 26, 2002.
THE MARCH TO THE MEAN 15
Because the Kings Royal ran a special format, the race did not count toward the March to the Mean 15 featuring Brooke Tatnell, Terry McCarl, Shane Stewart and Jason Solwold. Those four racers will conclude their battle for the final spot in the elite group of sprint car racers Tuesday night in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway. In the fourth race of the March on Friday at Eldora, Tatnell extended his advantage with a sixth-place finish in the A-main. Tatnell has been the top-finishing racer in each of the events in the March. McCarl maintained second place with a 14th-place run after pacing the field in time trials. Stewart finished 17th in the feature to hold onto third place while Solwold missed the A-main in the 51-car field.
On Tuesday, Tatnell needs only to start the A-main to win the March no matter how any of the other three drivers fare.
NEWS & NOTES
* TV time: Fresh off his Kings Royal victory, Steve Kinser will join Dave Despain Sunday on SPEED Channel's Wind Tunnel, which airs from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. (ET). The World of Outlaws Sprint Series points-leader, Kinser raced to the Kings Royal title Saturday night at Eldora Speedway, claiming the crown worth $50,000 for the sixth time in his career.
* Segway® giveaway: It might not have a wing on top, but one of the most talked about vehicles in the pits at all of the Outlaw races is the Segway® Human Transporter. Tuesday night at Lernerville Speedway, a lucky World of Outlaws Sprint Series fan will win a Segway courtesy of Rush Racing and its entire race team during the main event of The Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup. A Segway HT is a two-wheel, self-balancing personal transporter designed to take people anywhere they want to go, even a local dirt track. Many of the top drivers and their team members have been seen running through the pits or attempting the famous slide jobs on each other. Now one lucky fan will get their chance to experience the thrill of a Segway. -- Fans can pick up a ticket for the drawing at the Rush Racing Apparel trailer just outside the entrance to the stands. Tickets will be available during the fan appreciation and autograph sessions scheduled to take place between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Rush Racing, and a link to Segway, can be found on the Internet at http://www.rushracingsprintcars.com.
* Half-milers: Lernerville Speedway is a shade shorter than a half-mile while Williams Grove is a paper-clip half-mile. Including preliminary features, the series has raced 20 times this year on half-mile circuits with Steve Kinser winning six times (Volusia, Eldora three times, 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), Donny Schatz winning twice (Las Vegas and Route 66 Raceway), and Brian Paulus (Red River Valley), Danny Lasoski (Knoxville) and Jeff Shepard (Volusia) each winning once.
* Silver Linings: Heading into Lernerville on Tuesday for the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup, Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell are tied for the most A-feature wins in World of Outlaws events at the track. Each has won 15 times, however only one of Kinser's victories came in the Silver Cup while three of Swindell's wins came in Western Pennsylanvia's largest annual motor sports event, including the inaugural Silver Cup in 1992. Mark Kinser dominated the event in the 1990s, winning it from 1996 through 1999 and again in 2001. -- Other winners at Lernerville include Joey Saldana and Donny Schatz in Outlaws events, and Craig Dollansky, Jason Meyers and Shane Stewart in Gumout Series races.
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* Victory parade: Steve Kinser leads the World of Outlaws A-feature win-list with 14 victories. When Stevie Smith took the checkered flag Wednesday night at Attica Raceway Park, he became the 14th different A-feature winner this season on the Outlaws circuit. Kraig Kinser won his fourth A-feature of the season in June at Knoxville Raceway. He also has a preliminary feature win at Las Vegas. Jason Meyers earned his fourth win of the season July 2 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. Donny Schatz also has four A-feature victories, at Parramatta, Las Vegas and Houston and Joliet, Ill. Brian Paulus won June 28 at Huset's Speedway for his second victory of the season, and he also was the preliminary feature winner at the Duel in the Dakotas at Red River Valley Speedway. Tim Shaffer picked up his second win of the season May 6 at Lake Ozark Speedway. Sammy Swindell won his second A-feature of the season June 4 at Eldora Speedway. Swindell also has a preliminary feature win April 8 at Eldora. Craig Dollansky has won two features, most recently at Powercom Park, and he also has a preliminary feature win. Single-event winners include Tim Kaeding June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park, Daryn Pittman April 23 at 81 Speedway in Wichita, Brooke Tatnell July 4 at Cedar Lake Speedway, Chad Kemenah July 9 at I-55 Raceway, and Jeff Shepard Feb. 11 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), 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. 83 Dennis Roth-owned Beef Packers car.
* 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, a former track champion at Skagit Speedway who has three top-fives. 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.
* 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 departing Williams Grove, the Outlaws will head north for a one-night event July 25 at Fulton Speedway in Fulton, N.Y., then return to Michigan for an SLS Promotions race July 27 at Hartford Speedway Park, before heading to Minnesota for the July 29-30 SLS Promotions' Princeton Nationals.