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World of Outlaws Head to Eagle Raceway for Eagle Nationals The World of Outlaws will invade the high-banked 1/3-mile Eagle Raceway on Saturday, June 9 for the Eagle Nationals. The World of Outlaws have sanctioned 36 A-Feature events at...

World of Outlaws Head to Eagle Raceway for Eagle Nationals

The World of Outlaws will invade the high-banked 1/3-mile Eagle Raceway on Saturday, June 9 for the Eagle Nationals.

The World of Outlaws have sanctioned 36 A-Feature events at Eagle Raceway dating back to 1981. Five drivers currently competing full-time with the series have won at the track located in Lincoln, Nebraska, led by Steve Kinser.

Last season, Daryn Pittman swept the Eagle Nationals, which was a two-day event, winning both the preliminary feature and the A-Feature in the annual spring event, to claim his first World of Outlaws wins at the track. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma has won twice in 2007, and heads to Eagle solidly in the third spot in championship points. He has 21 Top-10 finishes on the season, with 10 of those being in the Top-Five.

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion, last competed at Eagle Raceway in 2005, and led every single lap of feature competition that season. He swept both nights of the Eagle Nationals in the spring and followed that up with a sweep of the 1/3-Mile Short Track Nationals in the fall of that same year. In total, he led 140 consecutive laps of racing at the track in 2005, including in preliminary features. In his career, he has won 15 A-Feature events at Eagle Raceway. This season he has five wins and is fifth in championship points.

Donny Schatz, the reigning World of Outlaws champion won at Eagle last fall, taking the lead with just three laps to go, after starting the A-Feature in the 15th spot in the 1/3-mile Short Track Nationals. That marked the farthest back a winner came from all season. Last spring in the Eagle Nationals, he finished in the Top-Five on both nights and led laps in the feature on the opening night. He has three career A-Feature wins at the track The native of Fargo, North Dakota currently leads the World of Outlaws standings on the strength of seven A-Feature wins and 26 Top-10 finishes heading to Eagle Raceway.

Joey Saldana finished sixth or better in all three of the events last season at Eagle Raceway. Driving for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne, the native of Brownsburg, Indiana is currently second in points on the strength of six A-Feature wins on the season. Through the first 29 events of the season he recorded 23 Top-10 finishes. He won on Tuesday night in the Hoosier Sprint Nationals at Kokomo Speedway in his home state.

Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws champion is a former winner at Eagle Raceway in series competition. He won at the 1/3-mile in 2004. The native of Dover, Missouri has two wins on the season including edging Schatz on May 23 at Grandview Speedway in Pennsylvania by 0.036 seconds. He is fourth in points, just four markers out of third, on the strength of 19 Top-10 finishes.

Jason Meyers ran strong in his last visit to Eagle Raceway in 2005, recording Top-Five finishes in both A-Feature events, including a runner-up performance in the Eagle Nationals. The native of Clovis, California has been one of the most consistent drivers this season with the World of Outlaws and is currently sixth in championship points on the strength of two A-Feature wins and 19 Top-10 finishes heading into the Eagle Nationals.

Craig Dollansky led a number of laps at Eagle Raceway last season, and finished in the Top-three in all three of the events at the track. He won his first race of 2007 at Lake Ozark Speedway in Missouri in May, and recently welcomed veteran World of Outlaws crew chief and car owner Mike Woodring to his team. In just their second race together, Dollansky finished fourth at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in New York on Memorial Day. He also was fourth on Tuesday night at Kokomo Speedway in the Hoosier Sprint Nationals, and is seventh in championship points, with 18 Top-10 finishes.

Paul McMahan set fast time in his last visit to Eagle Raceway in 2005. Driving for two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, he is solidly in the Top-10 in championship points and won his first race of the season last Saturday night at Eldora Speedway in Ohio, which is also owned by his car owner. The native of California who now calls Nashville home is eighth in points on the strength of 13 Top-10 finishes.

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Jason Solwold continues to close in on his first World of Outlaws A-Feature victory. He earned his fourth Top-Five finish of the season on Tuesday night at Kokomo Speedway, after leading several laps last Saturday at Eldora Speedway, where he finished second. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington won two preliminary features last season, one at Silver Dollar (Calif.) Speedway during the annual Gold Cup Race of Champions, and the other at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania during the National Open. Solwold heads into the Eagle Nationals with 16 Top-10 finishes.

Jac Haudenschild has won twice at Eagle during his career. He earned his first win at the track in 1989 and followed that up with a triumph in 2002. He is currently 10th in World of Outlaws championship points on the strength of 11 Top-10 finishes, with four of those being in the Top-Five.

Also in action at the Eagle Nationals will be: Jason Sides of Bartlett, Tennessee, who earned two Top-10 finishes in 2005 at the 1/3-mile. Sides is the 2003 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year. Tim Shaffer, the 1999 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year will also be in attendance, along with six-time Knoxville Raceway and Huset's Speedway track champion Terry McCarl, in addition to current rookie leader Kerry Madsen of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia, another former Knoxville Raceway champion. Randy Hannagan, the 1995 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year finished in the Top-10 in both A-Feature events at the track in 2006, and is coming off a strong run in the Hoosier Sprint Nationals on Tuesday night.

Justin Henderson who finished in the Top-10 last fall at Eagle will also be in action, along with reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Chad Kemenah of Ohio, and second-year driver Jeremy Campbell of Michigan, who was sixth in the Eagle Nationals last season, along with second-year driver Jason Martin of Kansas, veteran Dion Hindi of New Mexico, and Brooke Tatnell who led a number of laps last fall at the track and finished second.

Current rookie contenders that will also be in action include: Tony Bruce Jr. of Kansas, Zach Chappell of Oklahoma, Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Texas and Chad Hillier of Washington.

Veteran Brian Carlson of Indiana will miss the event after sustaining ligament and muscle damage at Lake Ozark Speedway in Missouri last month.

Adult advanced tickets are $30, with tickets the day of the race $35. Tickets for young adults (6-13) are $10, with children (5-under) admitted free of charge with the purchase of an adult ticket, with a 1 child per ticket limit. Additional Children will be at $10 per Child). Pit pass combos will be available for advance purchase only for $35. For ticket information call: 402-238-2595 or visit www.eagleraceway.com.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Brian Carlson , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild , Sam Hafertepe Jr.
Teams Williams