World of Outlaws Sprint Series At A Glance: Red River Valley Speedway Knoxville, IA -- Aug. 15, 2005 -- By Chris Dolack, World of Outlaws Senior Writer WHAT Coming off a victory in the 45th Annual Knoxville Nationals, Kraig Kinser leads the ...
World of Outlaws Sprint Series At A Glance: Red River Valley Speedway
Knoxville, IA -- Aug. 15, 2005 -- By Chris Dolack, World of Outlaws Senior Writer
Coming off a victory in the 45th Annual Knoxville Nationals, Kraig Kinser leads the World of Outlaws Sprint Series into Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D., on Tuesday for the second time this season.
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).
The front gates open at 5 p.m.
Tickets are $40 for adults 13 and older in Rows 20-28, $20 for adults 13 and older in Rows 1-19, and $10 fo children 12 and under. For more ticket information, go to Red River Valley Speedway's Web site at www.redrivervalleyspeedway.com.
ABOUT THE TRACK
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.
The Outdoor Channel will then air the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals from Williams Grove at 8 p.m. (ET) on Aug. 17 and the Polydome Princeton National from Princeton Speedway on Aug. 24.
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, links to the press kit and official rulebook can also be found at the bottom of the home page.
* Kraig conquers: The World of Outlaws Sprint Series is coming off of the 45th Knoxville Nationals. Kraig Kinser, of Bloomington, Ind., dominated the A-main. After starting on the pole, he led all 30 laps to win $140,000. Donny Schatz, of Fargo, finished second and earned $70,000 while four-time champion Danny Lasoski, of Dover, Mo., was third and pocketed $35,000.
* Hot stuff: Rush Racing's TRU FIRE No. 8 Eagle driven by Brooke Tatnell was declared by fans to be the Best Appearing car during the Nationals in the XR Best Appearing competition presented by HyVee. In addition, the Rush Racing team was declared the Best Appearing crew to complete a sweep, which netted the group $10,000 in cash and awards, about half of what the team spent on the paint and apparel for the event.
* Elite performance: When the World of Outlaws Sprint Series competed July 1-2 in the Duel in the Dakotas at Red River Valley Speedway, Jason Meyers captured his fourth A-feature victory of the season after leader Donny Schatz slowed on the frontstretch with three laps to go. Brooke Tatnell was second followed by Kraig Kinser, fast-qualifier Terry McCarl and preliminary feature winner Brian Paulus.
* Half-milers: Including preliminary features, the series has raced 29 times this year on half-mile circuits with Steve Kinser winning seven times (Volusia, Eldora three times, Knoxville, Williams Grove and Hartford), Sammy Swindell winning four times (twice at Eldora, once at Hagerstown and Knoxville), Craig Dollansky winning twice (Manzanita and Williams Grove), Kraig Kinser winning three times (Las Vegas, and twice at Knoxville), Jason Meyers winning twice (Granite City and Red River Valley), Donny Schatz winning twice (Las Vegas and Route 66 Raceway), Fred Rahmer winning twice (Williams Grove and Knoxville), and Brian Paulus (Red River Valley), Danny Lasoski (Knoxville), Jeff Shepard (Volusia), Jason Johnson (Williams Grove), Paul McMahan (Williams Grove), Jac Haudenschild (Eldora) and Shane Stewart (Knoxville) each winning once.
* Victory parade: Kraig Kinser captured the Knoxville Nationals for his sixth A-feature victory of the season. He also has a preliminary feature win at Las Vegas. -- Shane Stewart won the preliminary A-main Friday night at Knoxville Raceway, visiting Victory Lane with the Outlaws for the first time this season and making him the 21st different driver to do so. There have been 16 different A-feature winners. -- Steve Kinser earned his series-leading 16th A-feature victory by winning July 30th at Princeton Speedway. Kinser, the Kings Royal winner, also has a preliminary feature victory this season in the Eagle Nationals at Eagle Raceway. -- 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, winning most recently on July 8 in Joliet, Ill. -- Tim Shaffer's victory July 19 in the Silver Cup was his third of the season, going with wins Lake Ozark Speedway and Thunderbowl Raceway. -- Brian Paulus won June 28 at Huset's Speedway for his second victory of the season, and picked up a preliminary feature win in the following race at Red River Valley Speedway. -- Craig Dollansky has won two features, most recently at Powercom Park, and he also has two preliminary feature wins. -- Brooke Tatnell has two A-feature victories, winning at Cedar Lake and Fulton speedways, as well as a preliminary feature win at Princeton 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. -- Fred Rahmer won the Summer Nationals crown July 23 and picked up a preliminary feature win in the Knoxville Nationals on Aug. 10. -- Single-event winners include Jac Haudenschild on Aug. 5 at Eldora Speedway, Stevie Smith July 13 at Attica Raceway Park, Tim Kaeding June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park, Daryn Pittman April 23 at 81 Speedway in Wichita, 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 while Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan and Jason Johnson have each won once.
* P&P's new partner: P&P Motorsports introduced a new Marketing Partner in Toy, Toy, Toys, Inc., during the Knoxville Nationals. The partnership will promote the company's new brand Freaky Flickers that is currently being launched in toy and convenient stores across the nation. The toys are what are hoped to be the next big fad amongst kids and even adults. Currently there are 40 different characters to collect and are sold in four-packs. Adults and kids attending this year's Knoxville Nationals can purchase Freaky Flickers at Brian Paulus' merchandise trailer. -- Freaky Flickers are small gumball sized toys developed by Peter Gantner that are soft rubber molded in the shape of different colorful characters like Robo, Aargh!, Smiley and more that kids of all ages can flick, bounce or roll off walls, gameboards or whatever.
* 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 P&P 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), Brooke Tatnell (No. 8 owned by Rush Racing), and Brandon Wimmer (No. 7tw owned by Wimmer-Luck Racing).
* 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: 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 also is chasing top rookie honors; 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; and Jac Haudenschild, who is in Dennis Roth's No. 83jr machine but drove the No. 83 car to victory Aug. 5 at Eldora.
* 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. For technical support or questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
After leaving Red River Valley Speedway, the Outlaws invade Billings Motorsports Park in Billings, Mont., for a two-night show Aug. 19-20; Grays Harbor Speedway in Elma, Wash., for a two-night show Aug. 26-27; and Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., for a one night event on Aug. 30.