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Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Cottage Grove Speedway Cottage Grove, OR-- August 30, 2008-- A busy stretch of four races in four days will wrap up for the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series...

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Cottage Grove Speedway

Cottage Grove, OR-- August 30, 2008-- A busy stretch of four races in four days will wrap up for the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Tuesday, September 2 at Cottage Grove Speedway in Oregon as the 2008 edition of the Gold Rush Tour continues.

The visit to the high-banked ¼-mile which is one of just three tracks on the 2008 schedule where the drivers turn sub 10-second laps in time trials, will mark the series only visit of the season to the state of Oregon.

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion is the winningest driver with the series in the state of Oregon, with five triumphs, including three at Cottage Grove Speedway. He won for the first time at the high-banked ¼-mile in 1995. One of his most memorable moments came at the track in 2004, when he finished second to his son Kraig, who earned his first career World of Outlaws win in that event. In his career, Steve has 18 Top-10 finishes in 21 events in Oregon, with the majority of those coming at Cottage Grove Speedway.

Kraig Kinser led 12 laps en route to his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature win at Cottage Grove, taking the lead from Craig Dollansky and holding off his father down the stretch. The event on September 2 will be the first start at the track since 2005 for Kraig and just his second career event in Oregon. He is in the midst of his first season behind the wheel for Tony Stewart Racing.

Donny Schatz, the two-time defending series champion also earned his first win at Cottage Grove Speedway, with that coming in 1998, as he held off Jac Haudenschild, three-time series champion Sammy Swindell and Steve Kinser for the victory. In his career, he has 11 Top-10 finishes in the state of Oregon. The North Dakota native finished second last season at Cottage Grove. He battled back after he was going for the lead on the sixth lap, when he drifted up the track and went over the banking between the first and second turns. He kept the car going and rejoined the race in 14th. He regained a couple of spots before the caution flag flew on the eighth lap, where he lined up 11th for the restart. He remains the only driver that has finished in the Top-10 in each and every event this season.

Joey Saldana took the lead from Tim Shaffer on the 13th lap last season to earn his first career win at Cottage Grove Speedway and his first victory in the state of Oregon. The second generation driver has nine Top-10 finishes in his career in Oregon. He has won three times this season driving for Kasey Kahne Racing and is currently fourth in points. He has finished seventh or better in each of his last four starts at Cottage Grove Speedway.

Jason Meyers finished fourth at Cottage Grove Speedway last season and has five Top-10 finishes at the track in his career. He was victorious earlier this season on a ¼-mile in the Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park in Ohio. He is currently second in points as he chases his first series title and has won eight times and leads the series in Top-Five finishes.

Craig Dollansky finished fifth in his debut at Cottage Grove Speedway in 1997. In his career, he has three Top-Five finishes at the ¼-mile. He has won seven times this season and is currently third in points. The native of Elk River, Minnesota leads the series in laps led, and is one of just three drivers that has led more than 200 laps of A-Feature racing competition this season.

Jac Haudenschild has five Top-Five finishes in his career at Cottage Grove Speedway. The native of Wooster, Ohio finished second at the track in 1998 as he looks for his first career win in the state of Oregon. He recently won his first event of the season at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton.

Chad Kemenah, the 2006 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year made his debut at Cottage Grove Speedway last season. In his career, he has made two starts in the state of Oregon. He recently picked up a season-best second-place finish at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton and is a solid seventh in points, on the strength of 27 Top-10 finishes.

Kerry Madsen, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, finished 10th at Cottage Grove Speedway last season. He has made two career starts at the bullring. The native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia has 29 Top-10 finishes this season as he closes in on his first win of the campaign.

Daryn Pittman has three consecutive Top-Five finishes at Cottage Grove Speedway, as he chases his first career win at the track. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma has won four times this season and is solidly in the Top-10 in points.

Terry McCarl finished fourth in his debut at Cottage Grove Speedway in 2005. The six-time Knoxville Raceway and Huset's Speedway track champion has 19 Top-10 finishes this season as chases his first win of the season.

Shane Stewart, the 2005 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, won for the first time in his career last season at Cottage Grove Speedway during Northwest Speedweek. He has three career Top-Five finishes in the state of Oregon, with two of those being wins. He was victorious with the World of Outlaws earlier this season at the famed Knoxville Raceway in Iowa.

Sam Hafertepe Jr. who continues his sophomore season with the World of Outlaws made his debut at Cottage Grove Speedway last season. The native of Sunnyvale, Texas has picked up 13 Top-10 finishes this season.

Jason Sides has four career Top-10 finishes at Cottage Grove Speedway, with three of those being Top-Five performances. This season he has 12 Top-10 finishes as he chases his first win of the season.

Tony Bruce Jr. made his first career start at Cottage Grove Speedway last season. He won his first World of Outlaws event earlier this season at 34 Raceway in Iowa, in the series debut at the high-banked track.

Chad Hillier won in his debut at Cottage Grove Speedway in 1997. In his career at the bullring, he has 12 Top-10 finishes, with five of those being Top-Five performances. He began the Labor Day weekend with five Top-10 finishes this season.

Lucas Wolfe, who is in his first season on the road with the World of Outlaws, will make his debut in Oregon at Cottage Grove Speedway. The native of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania has visited a number of tracks for the first time this season from coast-to-coast.

Paul McMahan won at Cottage Grove Speedway in 1996. In his career at the high-banked ¼-mile, he has four Top-10 finishes including last season. He has nine Top-10 finishes this season as he chases his first win of the campaign.

2007 Race Recap: Joey Saldana began and ended the night on top at Cottage Grove Speedway. He became the first driver in the history of the track to turn a sub 10-second lap in time trials and finished the night by winning the A-Feature event.

The 40-lap event started with pole sitter Donny Schatz leading into turn one with Shaffer charging to the lead on the back straightaway. Several times during the first five laps, Schatz would inch ahead, but at the line Shaffer was officially scored the leader each time.

As he was battling for the lead on the sixth lap, Schatz drifted up the track and went over the banking between the first and seconds turns. He kept the car going and rejoined the race in 14th. He regained a couple of spots before the caution flag flew on the eighth lap, where he lined up 11th for the restart.

After Saldana took the lead from Shaffer, he began to open a sizeable lead, though in lapped traffic he got held up a couple of times, allowing Shaffer to close back in. In the middle stages of the 40-lap event, Saldana ran the high side of the track and later in the race, began to protect the bottom.

Shaffer closed to within a couple car lengths of Saldana with four laps to go. The caution flag flew on the following circuit, at which time a fuel stop was called for, giving the leaders open track for the final three laps. Saldana restarted on the high side of the track and powered his way into the first turn. On the first lap back under green, Schatz charged around Daryn Pittman and Jason Meyers on the high side of the track to move into third. He then powered his way around Shaffer on the final lap to finish second.

Jason Meyers wound up fourth, with Daryn Pittman rounding out the Top-Five.

What to look for at Cottage Grove Speedway:

* Cottage Grove Speedway is one of just three tracks on the World of Outlaws schedule where the drivers turn sub 10-second laps in time trials. Joey Saldana stopped the clocks at 9.991 seconds last season.

* Eight different drivers have been victorious at Cottage Grove Speedway in the 12 A-Feature events contested, dating back to 1994. Steve Kinser and Danny Lasoski are the only drivers that have won more than once at the track, as each has won three times at the high-banked ¼-mile.

* Steve Kinser has won three times at Cottage Grove Speedway, with the first of those coming in 1995. He also was victorious in 2000 and 2003. He has 18 career Top-10 finishes in 21 starts in the state of Oregon.

* Kraig Kinser, the 2004 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year won his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature event during his rookie season at Cottage Grove Speedway. He passed Craig Dollansky for the lead and then held off his father, 20-time series champion Steve Kinser for the win.

* Kinser's teammate, Donny Schatz, the two-time defending series champion won his first career A-Feature event with the World of Outlaws at Cottage Grove Speedway in 1998. He leads the series with 12 A-Feature wins this season and is the only driver that has finished in the Top-10 in all 45 A-Feature events through August 23.

* Jason Meyers finished fourth at Cottage Grove Speedway last season and has five Top-10 finishes at the track in his career. He was victorious earlier this season on a ¼-mile in the Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park in Ohio

* Joey Saldana who won at Cottage Grove Speedway last season has finished seventh or better in each of his last four starts at the track. He was the only driver last season to turn a sub 10-second lap in time trials, en route to setting a new track record.

* Shane Stewart, the 2005 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year won at Cottage Grove Speedway last season. He has two career wins in the state of Oregon.

* Chad Hillier, the only World of Outlaws driver that hails from the Pacific Northwest, was victorious at Cottage Grove Speedway in his debut at the track in 1997. He has 12 career Top-10 finishes at the track.

By the Numbers- Cottage Grove Speedway:

0.25- Miles around Cottage Grove Speedway

1- Event in the state of Oregon this season for the World of Outlaws

2- Drivers that won their first A-Feature event with the World of Outlaws at Cottage Grove Speedway: Donny Schatz and Kraig Kinser; Drivers that led laps in the A-Feature at the track last season

3- Laps led by Donny Schatz en route to his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature win at Cottage Grove Speedway in 1998; Wins for Steve Kinser at the track; A-Features contested on ¼-mile track by the World of Outlaws this season

7- Drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws this season that have won at Cottage Grove Speedway during their career

9.991- Track record established by Joey Saldana in time trials last season 11- Drivers that have won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws this season

12- A-Feature events contested by the World of Outlaws at the high-banked ¼-mile dating back to 1994;

14- Drivers that have led laps in World of Outlaws competition at Cottage Grove Speedway

15- Drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws who competed with the series at Cottage Grove Speedway last season

18- Drivers competing full time with the World of Outlaws this season

28- Laps led by Joey Saldana at the track last season en route to winning

32- Drivers that competed with the series at the high-banked ¼-mile last season

45- A-Feature events contested by the World of Outlaws through August 23

90.081- Track record in miles per hour at Cottage Grove Speedway

93- Laps led by Steve Kinser in his career at Cottage Grove Speedway

105- Points that separate Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers atop the World of Outlaws standings

250- Miles from Gray Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington where the World of Outlaws compete on September 1 to Cottage Grove Speedway in Oregon

1994- Year that the World of Outlaws first raced at Cottage Grove Speedway

10,000- Dollars the winner will receive on Tuesday, September 2

Tickets: On Tuesday, September 2 at Cottage Grove Speedway, tickets for adults will be $37, while tickets for children ages 12-under will be $20. For ticket information visit: www.cottagegrovespeedway.com.

Next Up: The 55th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California, which will again pay $50,000 to the winner this season.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Lucas Wolf , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.