DIRT MOTORSPORTS SIGNS TOP SPRINT CAR DRIVERS/TEAMS FOR 2006 The World of Outlaws Sprint SeriesÂ® Signs the Initial 5 Teams for 2006 NORMAN, OK / September 19, 2006 / DIRT Motor Sports, Inc., announced that it has signed agreements with five of...
DIRT MOTORSPORTS SIGNS TOP SPRINT CAR DRIVERS/TEAMS FOR 2006 The World of Outlaws Sprint Series® Signs the Initial 5 Teams for 2006
NORMAN, OK / September 19, 2006 / DIRT Motor Sports, Inc., announced that it has signed agreements with five of the best sprint car drivers and teams in the world to participate in the 2006 World of Outlaws Sprint Series®. As in 2005, the World of Outlaws will assemble the best collection of sprint car drivers to appear at all 2006 series events.
The initial drivers to sign for 2006 include veteran favorites and rising stars, all of which are currently battling to lock up hotly contested Top 10 positions in the 2005 Point Championship:
* Craig Dollansky, of Elk River, Minn., pilots the No. 7 Karavan Motorsports VMAC/Fulton Performance Products J&J. With a shop based in Fox Lake, Wis., Mean 15 racer Dollansky, 39, and his crew are routine contenders for the World of Outlaws Sprint Series championship. Known as the Crowd Pleaser, Dollansky this season has two A-feature victories and three preliminary feature wins with 12 races remaining. After his back was injured in a crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2003, Dollansky raced back to contender status in 2004 with 22 top-five runs and 40 top-10 finishes. The inaugural World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion in 2000, Dollansky steadily climbed the ranks with the Outlaws, eventually leading the championship standings during the first two months of the 2005 season and running up front night in and night out. You can find more information on Craig and the No. 7 team at www.dollanskyracing.com.
* Brooke Tatnell, of San Souci, New South Wales, Australia, drives the No. 8 Rush Racing Castol/Steel Dreams/Easy Rider's Cafe Eagle. With first-year World of Outlaws Sprint Series owners Bob Campbell and Tim Hanson based in Burlington, Wash., and the team headquartered in Des Moines, Tatnell and his crew have become one of the series' top five teams in less than a season. Tatnell, who turns 34 on September 28, scorched through July. Not only did he earn a spot in the Mean 15 in a five-event race-off, but he also posted the team's first victory on July 4 at Cedar Lake Speedway then repeated the result later in the month at Fulton Speedway and on the preliminary night of the Princeton National. He entered the season having just captured the 2005 Australia Sprintcar Championship to go along with his 4 Australian World Series Championships. The three time United States NCRA Champion is known as one of the fiercest 410 competitors in the world. Fans cheered in 2003 when he became the first Australian driver to win a World of Outlaws Sprint Series A-feature event by grabbing the checkered flag at Jetmore Motorplex in Kansas. You can find more information on Brooke and the No. 8 team at www.rushracingsprintcars.com.
* Donny Schatz, of Fargo, N.D., drives the Schatz Motorsports No. 15 ParkerStore/Bellerud/Petro Stopping Centers J&J. One of the most fierce sprint car racers in the world, Schatz, 28, was the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year in 1997 and never stopped pushing to excel since then. A Mean 15 racer, Schatz has six World of Outlaws Sprint Series A-feature victories in 2005, one season after posting the best year of his career with six wins, 36 top-fives and 50 top-10s. Among the 30 A-feature victories in his career, Schatz has won the Gold Cup Race of Champions at quarter-mile Silver Dollar Speedway; the Short Track Nationals at high-banked, 1/3-mile Eagle Raceway; and major events on intimidating half-mile Williams Grove and Eldora speedways. You can find more information on Donny and the No. 15 team at www.donnyschatz.com.
* Daryn Pittman, a native of Owasso, Okla., drives the No. 21 Titan Garages & Carports/Hop-n-Sack Convenience Stores Maxim owned by Reeve Kruck's Titan USA team. When Mean 15 racer Pittman won in April at 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kruck became the first Australian car owner to record an A-feature victory in the 28-year history of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series. Heading down the stretch, Pittman, 27, is one of the series' hottest drivers with three wins, 12 top-fives and 26 top-10 runs to move back into the top 10 in the heavily contested championship standings. The 1998 Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year, Pittman went on to capture the 2001 World of Outlaws Gumout Series championship and is a threat to win every night out. You can find more information on Daryn and the No. 21 team at www.darynpittman.com.
* Terry McCarl, of Altoona, Iowa, drives the Lori McCarl-owned No. 24 Big Game Treestands/Country Builders/Clean-O/Bosma Poultry Eagle. One of the most personable drivers competing today, McCarl, 40, won six consecutive Knoxville Raceway 410-sprint championships before rejoining the Outlaws in 2005 on a regular basis for the first time since 1992. In 2004, McCarl toured long enough to earn his first two victories with the Outlaws in Joplin, Mo., and Tulare, Calif. Also a promoter in central Iowa, McCarl has accumulated more than 200 victories in his career on 42 tracks between the United States and Australia. This season, McCarl is routinely one of the fastest qualifiers night after night and has 11 top-five runs and 24 top-10s to show for it. You can find more information on Terry and the No. 24 team at www.terrymccarl.com.
"DIRT MotorSports will continue to focus on increasing the overall awareness and participation in 410 sprint racing," said Brian Carter, Vice President and CFO of DIRT. "Our long-term strategy is built around creating increased opportunities for the drivers, teams and promoters and at the same time delivering an unmatched racing experience for the fans. We have made significant progress in 2005 toward these goals and expect the same in 2006. The results of these efforts are significant and our increasing reach into the market can be measured by the attendance during 2005 and the 1.6 million fans that watched the World of Outlaw programs on the Outdoor Channel® in August of 2005.
"These teams have taken a stand for the sport and sprint fans across the country and are committed to providing the 29th season of The Best Show on DIRT. Their competition in 2006 to be the King of the Outlaws will carry on the colorful tradition and legacy of the World of Outlaws," continued Carter. "It takes a tough driver and a well-organized team to compete at this level. These initial teams have displayed unmatched fortitude, character and loyalty, the true making of today's sprint car heroes."
Fans can follow the excitement of the famous World of Outlaws as they battle for the 2005 championship every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. EST on the Outdoor Channel®. Live audio broadcasts of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series can also be heard online through the DIRT Radio Network on www.Dirtvision.com. Rebroadcasts are shown on Fridays at 1 a.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m. ET. For more information on the World of Outlaws Sprint Series broadcasts visit www.outdoorchannel.com and www.dirtmotorsports.com.
DIRT recently announced that it has secured up to 50 weeks of prime time programming dedicated to the World of Outlaws Sprint Series on the Outdoor Channel in 2006. In addition, The Outdoor Channel has extended the 2005 season schedule to include up to 8 additional weeks of primetime programming. These special one-hour programs will include biography shows such as "Off Season with the Outlaws" biography shows as well as other feature programs focusing on the drivers, teams and 28-year history of the World of Outlaws. Upcoming broadcasts will also include the World of Outlaws Sprint Series annual banquet held at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas.
About DIRT MotorSports
Based in Norman, OK, DIRT MotorSports, Inc. is the premier dirt racing and sports entertainment company dedicated to the promotion of competitive dirt track racing. DIRT MotorSports is the largest sanctioning body for sprint, late model and modified dirt track racing in the United States and also owns and operates several dirt tracks. DIRT MotorSports operates the industry's most prominent national touring series' including the World of Outlaws Sprint Series® broadcast on the Outdoor Channel® (Nasdaq: OUTD); the World of Outlaws Stacker 2® Late Model Series® broadcast on SPEED Channel® and the DIRT Modified Series. "World of Outlaws" is a registered trademark of DIRT MotorSports.
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