Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Cedar Lake Speedway New Richmond, WI-- June 27, 2008--For the last 25 years, Cedar Lake Speedway has been a staple on the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series ...
Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Cedar Lake Speedway
New Richmond, WI-- June 27, 2008--For the last 25 years, Cedar Lake Speedway has been a staple on the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule. The high-banked 3/8-mile located in New Richmond, Wisconsin had provided some of the most thrilling events the series has contested over that time and has always been a favorite track of the drivers.
In 26 A-Feature events dating back to 1983, 11 different drivers have won at least one A-Feature event with the series. Steve Kinser won the inaugural series event at the track and is the winningest active driver at Cedar Lake Speedway with five A-Feature wins in Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series action. Another chapter in this storied history will be added on Sunday, June 29 as the best sprint car drivers in the world tackle the always racy bullring.
Kinser, the 20-time series champion, last won at the track in 2003. In 22 starts at Cedar Lake Speedway, he has 21 Top-10 finishes. This season the native of Bloomington, Indiana has 12 Top-10 finishes, including two A-Feature wins this season and is just outside of the Top-10 in points. He enters the trio of races this week with 545 career A-Feature wins.
Donny Schatz the two-time defending series champion and current series point leader has five career wins at Cedar Lake Speedway, with all of those coming in a 360-sprint car. The native of Fargo, North Dakota leads the series with seven wins this season, including most recently in the finale of the Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park last Saturday night. He is the only driver that has finished in the Top-10 in all 22 A-Feature events this season. He has 13 career Top-10 finishes at Cedar Lake Speedway, including five with the World of Outlaws.
Jason Meyers has five career starts at the high-banked 3/8-mile and has finished eighth or better in all five of those races. He has finished second in each of his last two starts at the track. He currently has five A-Feature wins and leads the series with 18 Top-Five finishes as he continues to battle Donny Schatz for the series point lead.
Craig Dollansky won with the World of Outlaws at Cedar Lake Speedway in 2004. The native of Elk River, Minnesota has four A-Feature wins this season and is solidly third in points as he battles with Schatz and Meyers. Dollansky has 21 Top-10 finishes in 22 starts this season with the World of Outlaws.
Joey Saldana has five consecutive Top-10 finishes in just six starts at the track. He was fourth last season in the 30-lap event that went green to checkers non-stop. He recently won his first A-Feature event of the season at Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas, driving for Kasey Kahne Racing. The second generation driver is fourth in points on the strength of 19 Top-10 finishes.
Jac Haudenschild won at Cedar Lake in 1989 with the World of Outlaws. The veteran driver has 13 Top-10 finishes at the track, with seven of those being Top-Five performances. In his first season driving for the Carnahan Motorsports team, Haudenschild is fifth in points with 15 Top-10 finishes.
Kerry Madsen, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has three career Top-Five finishes at Cedar Lake Speedway in just a handful of starts. He finished fifth last year at the track and has had a very consistent 2008 season, racking up 14 Top-10 finishes in the first 22 events of the year. Twice he has been the runner-up in an event at the high-banked 3/8-mile.
Shane Stewart, the World of Outlaws top rookie in 2005, has only raced at Cedar Lake Speedway three times in his career, with the last of those being in 2006. The native of Bixby, Oklahoma has one win this season and recently moved into the eighth spot in points on the strength of 12 Top-10 finishes.
Chad Kemenah, the 2006 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year made his first career start at the track last season. The native of Findlay, Ohio is currently ninth in points with 10 Top-10 finishes, as he continues his first full season behind the wheel for Hard 8 Racing Team owned by Jon Kantor.
Terry McCarl has two career wins at Cedar Lake Speedway, with those coming in the annual Jerry Richert Memorial in 2002 and 2003. He finished sixth last season in the World of Outlaws event at the track and has seven career Top-10 finishes in 11 starts. The six-time Knoxville Raceway and Huset's Speedway track champion is 10th in points this season.
Daryn Pittman matched his season best finish last Saturday night at Dodge City Raceway Park, finishing second. He has a couple of Top-10 finishes in his career at Cedar Lake. He is just outside of the Top-10 in point entering the trio of events this week.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. made his first career visit to Cedar Lake Speedway last season. The sophomore driver has had a very strong start to the 2008 campaign, racking up eight Top-10 finishes as he too sits just outside of the Top-10 in points.
Kraig Kinser, the 2004 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year last competed at Cedar Lake Speedway in 2005. He has one career Top-Five finish in just three starts at the high-banked 3/8-mile. He recently picked up his fifth Top-10 of the season driving for Tony Stewart Racing.
Jason Sides has three Top-10 finishes in five starts at the track. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee has four Top-10 finishes this season driving his familiar No. 7S.
Tony Bruce Jr. made his first career start at Cedar Lake last season. The native of Liberal, Kansas earned a season-best fourth-place finish at Knoxville Raceway a couple of weeks ago. He won an event on Tuesday night in South Dakota with the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) in a 360-sprint car.
Chad Hillier also made his first start at Cedar Lake in 2007, turning the second fastest lap in time trials. The Washington native picked up his first Top-10 of the season at Tri-City Speedway on June 8.
Paul McMahan won at Cedar Lake Speedway last season. He will be making his debut this weekend behind the wheel of the No. 6 for car owner Lonnie Parson. In his career at Cedar Lake Speedway, McMahan has four Top-10 finishes, including podium finishes in his last two starts at the high-banked 3/8-mile.
Lucas Wolfe, who was the leading contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award this season will miss the event after sustaining a back injury at Tri-City Speedway in Illinois on June 8.
2007 Race Recap: Paul McMahan was victorious in the 30-lap lap contest that went non-stop from green to checkers in just over six-and-a-half minutes.
The race began with Justin Henderson using a strong start to take the initial lead as he charged into the first turn with pole sitter Kerry Madsen in-toe. McMahan started fourth and passed Joey Saldana at the drop of the green and by the end of the opening circuit he charged around Madsen using the high side of the track, and set his sights on Henderson.
McMahan patiently ran second with Henderson leading, while the latter opened up a couple of sizeable leads in open race track. As traffic began to become more prevalent, McMahan began to reel Henderson in. On the 20th lap he dove to the inside of Henderson and took the lead exiting the second turn. Henderson fought back on the high side as the pair entered the third and fourth turns.
With heavy lapped traffic encompassing the field for the last eight laps of the event, McMahan was able to put a distance between himself and Henderson and later Jason Meyers.
Meyers was able to slip around Henderson with just three laps remaining to finish second. Henderson earned his best career World of Outlaws finish with his third-place effort.
Joey Saldana was battling with McMahan early in the race when the latter was running in the second position. He would wind up fourth with Kerry Madsen in fifth.
What to look for at Cedar Lake Speedway:
* Steve Kinser leads the series with five A-Feature wins at the track and in 22 career starts has 21 Top-10 finishes.
* Donny Schatz has five career wins at Cedar Lake Speedway, all in 360-sprint car. He leads the World of Outlaws with seven wins this season.
* Terry McCarl has two wins at Cedar Lake, with both coming in the Jerry Richert Memorial. The Iowa native set the track record in time trials in 2004.
* Jac Haudenschild won at Cedar Lake in 1989 with the World of Outlaws. The veteran driver excels on high-banked bullrings like Cedar Lake.
* In five career starts at the track, Jason Meyers has five finishes of eighth or better, including two consecutive runner-up performances.
* Craig Dollansky leads the World of Outlaws with 153 laps led in feature racing competition. He has won four times and is currently third in points.
* Paul McMahan who won at Cedar Lake Speedway last season with the World of Outlaws will be making his first starts behind the wheel of the No. 6 for the Parson Motorsports team this weekend
By the Numbers- Cedar Lake Speedway:
0.375- Miles around Cedar Lake Speedway
2- Drivers that led laps last season in the A-Feature event at the track for the World of Outlaws
3- Events in the state of Wisconsin for the World of Outlaws this season
4- Events contested this season by the World of Outlaws on 3/8-mile tracks
5- Wins for 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser at the track; Current World of Outlaws drivers that have won an A-Feature event with the series at Cedar Lake Speedway
6- World of Outlaws Champions that have won an A-Feature event with the series at the track
7- Drivers that have won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws this season
10.775- Track record set by Terry McCarl on September 11, 2004
11- Drivers that have won a World of Outlaws A-Feature event at Cedar Lake Speedway dating back to 1983; Laps led by Paul McMahan en route to the win last season
12- Cars that were in attendance for the first-ever event at Cedar Lake Speedway in 1957
15- Drivers that have led laps in feature competition with the World of Outlaws this season; Drivers that have won the Crane Cams Dash to earn a pole position in an A-Feature
22- Top-10 finishes for Donny Schatz this season in the same numbers of starts
24- Seasons in which the World of Outlaws have competed at Cedar Lake Speedway
29- Drivers that competed with the World of Outlaws at the track last season
51- Years that racing has been contested at the track
55- Points that separate Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers atop the World of Outlaws standings
85- Spectators that attended the first race at Cedar Lake Speedway in 1957
153- Laps led by Craig Dollansky this season to lead the series
277- Miles from Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, North Dakota where the World of Outlaws compete on Saturday, June 28 to Cedar Lake Speedway
1957- Year that Cedar Lake Speedway was founded
1983- First year that the World of Outlaws competed at Cedar Lake Speedway
10,000- Dollars the winner will receive on Sunday, June 30
125,700- Dollars earned by Donny Schatz through June 21 to lead the series
Tickets: On Sunday, June 29th at Cedar Lake Speedway, adult general admission tickets will be $30, with general admission tickets for children $15. For tickets visit: http://www.clstickets.com/tickets.asp or call 1-866-425-7386
Next Up: A return to Huset's Speedway in South Dakota for the final visit of 2008 to the always racy high-banked 3/8-mile.