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World of Outlaws Return to Cottage Grove Speedway The World of Outlaws will return to Cottage Grove Speedway on Wednesday, August 29, to battle for the $10,000 top prize on the always racy ¼-mile, as the 2007 Gold Rush Tour continues for the...

World of Outlaws Return to Cottage Grove Speedway

The World of Outlaws will return to Cottage Grove Speedway on Wednesday, August 29, to battle for the $10,000 top prize on the always racy ¼-mile, as the 2007 Gold Rush Tour continues for the series. Of the drivers present, 22 World of Outlaws championships will be accounted for, as well as 781 career feature wins in series competition.

Leading the way will be reigning World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz, who earned his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature win at the track in 1998. Since then, the native of Fargo, North Dakota has gone on to win 64 more A-Feature events. He leads the series this season with 14 A-Feature wins, as well as laps led, Top-Five finishes, Top-10 finishes and is the only driver to have earned more than $300,000 in prize money though the first 58 events of the season.. He continues to chase his second consecutive series title.

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion has won three times in his career at Cottage Grove Speedway, including most recently in 2002. Also, his son Kraig won at the track in 2004 to earn his first career World of Outlaws win in an event that he finished second in. The native of Bloomington, Indiana began the week with nine A-Feature wins on the season and 542 in his career. He is currently fourth in the championship point standings on the strength of 39 Top-10 finishes.

Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws champion is a past winner at Cottage Grove Speedway. He took the checkered flag first at the ¼-mile in 1999 and most recently in 2005. The four-time winner of the Knoxville Nationals has three A-Feature wins on the season and is a very solid third in points.

Joey Saldana, driving for Kasey Kahne Racing will look for his first win at Cottage Grove Speedway. He has finished seventh or better in his last two visits to the ¼-mile. The 1996 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year currently has nine A-Feature win on the season and is second in the championship points, 54 markers behind Donny Schatz. Saldana leads the series in fast time awards with nine to his credit through the first 58 events of the season.

Jason Meyers has finished in the Top-Five in his last two visits to Cottage Grove Speedway. The native of Clovis, California is currently sixth in championship points, on the strength of four A-Feature wins, including most recently on July 28 at Lebanon Valley Speedway in New York. He has 37 Top-10 finishes on the season.

Daryn Pittman won earlier this season on a quarter-mile at Riverside International Speedway in Arkansas and will look to match that at Cottage Grove Speedway. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma has four A-Feature wins on the season and is sixth in championship points on the strength of 38 Top-10 finishes.

Paul McMahan finished fourth at Cottage Grove Speedway last season with the National Sprint Tour. The California native who now calls Nashville home is in his second season driving for Tony Stewart Racing and has two A-Feature wins on the season, including at Eldora Speedway which is owned by his car owner. McMahan also was victorious at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin.

Craig Dollansky finished third in his last visit to the track in 2005. He has three wins on the season, at Lake Ozark Speedway in Missouri and I-96 Speedway in Michigan and most recently at Skagit Speedway in Washington, last Friday night. He has 36 Top-10 finishes on the season.

Jason Solwold earned his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature win at Charter Raceway Park in Wisconsin on August 3. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington has 33 Top-10 finishes on the season, including two strong runs at Skagit Speedway where he is a former track champion.

Tim Shaffer, the 1999 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, last competed at Cottage Grove Speedway in 2005 with the World of Outlaws. The native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania is 10th in championship points on the strength of 28 Top-10 finishes.

Jac Haudenschild has one win on a quarter-mile this season, with that coming at Limaland Motorsports Park in Ohio in the Brad Doty Classic. The native of Wooster, Ohio also has won at Red River Valley Speedway in North Dakota. He has competed at Cottage Grove Speedway a number of times in the past with the World of Outlaws.

Terry McCarl has two A-Feature wins on the season and finished fourth in his last visit to the high-banked ¼-mile in 2005. The six-time Knoxville Raceway champion has 26 Top-10 finishes on the season and is just outside of the 11th spot in the championship standings.

Jason Sides, the 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year finished second last season at Cottage Grove Speedway with the National Sprint Tour. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee picked up his second career World of Outlaws win earlier this season at Ohsweken Speedway in Canada.

Kerry Madsen competed at Cottage Grove Speedway for the first time in his career last season with the National Sprint Tour. The native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia is the current leader in the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award. He won earlier this season at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida and to-date has 14 Top-10 finishes.

Randy Hannagan the 1995 series Rookie of the Year, last competed at Cottage Grove Speedway with the series in 2004. The native of San Jose, who now calls Pittsboro, Indiana home, earned his seventh Top-10 finish of the season on Saturday night at Skagit Speedway.

Justin Henderson of South Dakota will make his first trip to Cottage Grove Speedway on August 29. The second-year driver has 12 Top-10 finishes on the season and has led laps at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin and Manzanita Speedway in Arizona.

Jeremy Campbell, a native of Monroe, Michigan, will also make his first appearance at Cottage Grove Speedway this week. The second-year driver used a strong fifth-place finish on Saturday night at Skagit Speedway to move into the 17th spot in the championship standings.

Chad Kemenah, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, will make his first visit to the high-banked ¼-mile on Wednesday. After missing three events due to a concussion he returned to action this past weekend at Skagit Speedway. He has 10 Top-10 finishes on the season.

Chad Hillier, another of the rookie contenders, has competed a number of times at Cottage Grove Speedway during his career in a 410-sprint car as well as a 360-sprint car. He finished 10th last season at the track with the National Sprint Tour.

Tony Bruce Jr. and Sam Hafertepe Jr., two more of the rookie contenders will make their first starts at Cottage Grove Speedway this week. Bruce has two Top-Five finishes on the season, while Hafertepe has two Top-10's.

For ticket information for the event on Wednesday, August 29, call Cottage Grove Speedway at 541-942-7561 or visit: www.cottagegrovespeedway.com.

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