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World of Outlaws Return to Eldora Speedway on June 2 After Mother Nature interrupted the World of Outlaws on April 14 at Eldora Speedway, the series will return for their second event of the season at the half-mile on Saturday, June 2. On...

World of Outlaws Return to Eldora Speedway on June 2

After Mother Nature interrupted the World of Outlaws on April 14 at Eldora Speedway, the series will return for their second event of the season at the half-mile on Saturday, June 2.

On April 13, the series took to the resurfaced track for the first competitive laps of the season. With most of the drivers using the bottom of the track, Jason Meyers came out on top, as he earned his second-career World of Outlaws A-Feature win at the historic oval. The native of Clovis, California started fifth and steadily worked his way forward, taking the lead from Jac Haudenschild with just three laps remaining. He began the night by turning the only sub-13 second lap in time trials to earn the fast time honor.

Donny Schatz finished second in the event last month. The reigning World of Outlaws Champion has earned three-straight runner-up finishes at the half-mile. He leads the series with seven A-Feature win entering the pair of events this weekend in Ohio He won the Historical Big One at Eldora in 2002, and also has a World of Outlaws preliminary feature win to his credit at the track.

Joey Saldana was sixth last month at the track. He won twice last season at Eldora, including his second career Kings Royal triumph, with his car owner Kasey Kahne in attendance for the big payday. Saldana also has won several O'Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions events at the track. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana enters the pair of events this weekend with five A-Feature wins on the season, as he continues to battle Schatz for the top spot in the World of Outlaws standings. Saldana, a second generation driver, was the 1996 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year.

Daryn Pittman finished fifth last month at Eldora. The former World of Outlaws Gumout Series Champion has two wins this season, including one on a half-mile track during the Florida DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma is third in points on the strength of 19 Top-10 finishes.

Danny Lasoski finished seventh in the first event of the season at Eldora. He won his second race of the season last week at Grandview Speedway in Pennsylvania in dramatic fashion edging Schatz by 0.036 seconds. Lasoski is the 2001 World of Outlaws champion and also a four-time winner of the Knoxville Nationals.

Steve Kinser is the all-time leader in wins with the World of Outlaws at Eldora Speedway. The 20-time series champion has won 33 times in World of Outlaws competition at the famed half-mile. He won his fifth A-Feature of the season on Memorial Day at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in New York. With a solid East Coast swing, the native of Bloomington, Indiana moved up to the fifth spot in championship points.

Craig Dollansky won twice at Eldora last season and had a strong run at the track back in April. With veteran crew chief Mike Woodring recently joining the team, Dollansky finished fourth in just their second race together on Monday night at Rolling Wheels. Dollansky, a native of Elk River, Minnesota is a former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion.

Paul McMahan finished ninth last month at Eldora Speedway, which is owned by his car owner, two-time NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart. McMahan recorded five straight Top-10 finishes to close out the first Eastern swing of the season. He is eighth in points as he closes in on his first A-Feature win of the season.

Jason Solwold had a very consistent night when the series visited Eldora last month. He finished ninth in the A-Feature, after turning the second fastest lap in time trials and earning a spot in the Crane Cams Dash. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington heads to Ohio with 14 Top-10 features on the year, including one on Monday night at Rolling Wheels.

Jac Haudenschild led 23 laps at Eldora last month and finished fourth. The Ohio native has won five World of Outlaws A-Feature events at the track. He also has won at the track with the All Star Circuit of Champions as well as in a non-wing sprint car. He heads back to his home state this week with 10 Top-10 finishes.

Jason Sides finished third at Eldora last month. In 2004, he won the Kings Royal at the half-mile, to earn his first World of Outlaws A-Feature win. He was a season-best second at New Egypt Speedway on May 20, finishing just 0.028 seconds behind Steve Kinser in the closest finish of the season. Sides, a native of Bartlett, Tennessee is the 2003 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year.

Tim Shaffer is a two-time winner at Eldora Speedway in World of Outlaws competition. The native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania and the 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year won at the half-mile in 1999 and 2000. He has eight Top-Five finishes this season, including three second-place efforts.

Terry McCarl finished in the Top-10 three times last season at Eldora, including a runner-up finish in the Knight Before the Kings Royal. He is a six-time Knoxville Raceway and Huset's Speedway Champion.

Kerry Madsen, the current leader in the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award had a consistent night at Eldora in April, and looks to build on that this weekend. The native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia earned his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature victory in February during the Florida DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.

Randy Hannagan has competed at Eldora a number of times over his career. He enters the event this week solidly in the 15th spot in the World of Outlaws championship standings. He is the 1995 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, and has won at the storied track three times with the All Star Circuit of Champions.

Justin Henderson raced his way into the A-Feature in the series first visit of the season to Eldora last month. The second-year driver is 16th in points heading to Ohio, and won his first Crane Cams Dash of the season last Friday in the Eckerd Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Chad Kemenah, the reigning World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has three wins at Eldora with the All Stars. He is a native of Findlay, Ohio and a four-time All Star champion.

Jeremy Campbell, who is in his second full season with the World of Outlaws won at Eldora in 2003 with the All Stars. He is solidly in the Top-20 in points heading into the pair of events in Ohio this weekend.

Chad Hiller, one of the contenders for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award made his first start at Eldora in April. Prior to that he had visited the track as a crew member and also as a spectator. After a strong run at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on Monday, he vaulted into the Top-20 in championship points.

Fellow rookie drivers that will be in action on Saturday, June 2 include: Tony Bruce Jr. of Kansas, who earned his best career World of Outlaws finish last Friday night, when he was third in the Eckerd Outlaw Showdown, Zach Chappell of Oklahoma, who is a former American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) national champion, and Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Texas, the reigning ASCS Sooner Region titlist.

Dion Hindi raced his way into the A-Feature last month at Eldora by way of the B-main, and earned an A-Feature finish.

Also in action will be second-year driver Jason Martin of Kansas. He earned a career-best fourth-place finish last month at Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky.

Brooke Tatnell finished sixth last Friday night in Charlotte in his first race back after spending time with his family in Australia. He finished in the Top10 four times last season at Eldora.

Veteran Brian Carlson will miss the event as he continues to recover from ligament and muscle damage to his left leg sustained earlier this month at Lake Ozark Speedway in Missouri.

On Saturday, June, 2 at Eldora Speedway, adult tickets will be $25, with senior citizen $23, children ages 12-15 will be just $12, with those 7-11 only $6, and kids 6-under will be admitted free of charge.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , 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 , Chad Kemenah , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.