Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH-- May 29, 2008--The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series drivers have one final tune-up this weekend at the famed Eldora Speedway in...
Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Eldora Speedway
Rossburg, OH-- May 29, 2008--The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series drivers have one final tune-up this weekend at the famed Eldora Speedway in preparation for the 25th Annual Kings Royal in July. With $50,000 again on the line in the Kings Royal, teams will try a number of different combinations on Saturday, May 31 as they look for their perfect set-up for when they return to Eldora in July.
This will be the second visit of the season for the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series to the high-banked half-mile, with the winner set to take home $10,000. Craig Dollansky was victorious on April 11, as he overtook Donny Schatz on a lap 21 restart, after Joey Saldana who was leading, shredded a tire. Dollansky has six career wins at the track and is currently third in the World of Outlaws championship standings on the strength of 11 Top-10 finishes.
Donny Schatz, the two-time defending World of Outlaws champion and 2007 Kings Royal winner finished second last month at Eldora. He recently moved into the second spot in points as he chases his third consecutive title. He won earlier this month at Knoxville Raceway, to earn his first World of Outlaws win for Tony Stewart Racing.
Jason Meyers, the current series point leader finished eighth last month at Eldora. The native of Clovis, California has five A-Feature wins this season, including three on half-mile tracks. In the first 12 events of the season, he has 11 Top-10 finishes.
Joey Saldana enters the event on Saturday, May 31 fresh off a win at Eldora with the All Star Circuit of Champions last month. In his career, the native of Brownsburg, Indiana has 15 wins at the half-mile. He dominated the World of Outlaws event on April 11 before having the problem with his tire. Saldana is currently fourth in points as he chases his first World of Outlaws win of 2008.
Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion is the winningest driver in Eldora Speedway history, with 57 overall triumphs. He has 31 A-Feature wins with the World of Outlaws at the track, including his first career series win in the series inaugural 1978 season. The native of Bloomington, Indiana finished sixth last month with the World of Outlaws at the track after starting 21st, and also earned a Top-Five finish with the All Star Circuit of Champions at Eldora, during a break in the World of Outlaws schedule. He won the series most recent event on Memorial Day at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in New York and is fifth in points.
Jac Haudenschild is also one of the winningest drivers all-time at Eldora, with 23 victories. Of those, eight have been in World of Outlaws A-Feature events. He enters this weekend sixth in points, on the strength of six Top-10 finishes.
Kerry Madsen was fourth last month at Eldora, to earn his best-career finish at the venerable track. The reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award winner is currently seventh in points on the strength of eight Top-10 finishes driving for the Vermeer Motorsports team.
Terry McCarl was running in the Top-Five last month at Eldora, before he ran out of fuel with just a few laps remaining. The native of Altoona, Iowa ran strong last season at the track and finished in the Top-Five at the Kings Royal. He has five Top-10 finishes this season.
Chad Kemenah, a native of Findlay, Ohio has had a number of strong runs over the years at Eldora. The 2006 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has racked up five Top-10 finishes to stare the 2008 campaign, with three of those being in the Top-Five. He was running in the Top-10 at Eldora last month before a flat tire ended his night.
Daryn Pittman has four career wins at Eldora. He is another of the drivers that has two starts at the track this season, as in addition to the World of Outlaws event on April 11, he competed in the All Star Circuit of Champions race as well.
Tim Shaffer came from the 23rd starting position last month to finish sixth at Eldora. He is currently just outside of the Top-10 in the series championship standings.
Shane Stewart had a Top-Five run going at Eldora last month when he too lost a tire. The native of Bixby, Oklahoma has two Top-Five finishes in the last three starts and also leads the series with three quick time honors.
Jason Sides scored his best finish of 2008 at the half-mile last month, coming home third. He is the 2004 winner of the Kings Royal. He too is just outside of the Top-10 in points.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. was second fastest in time trials at Eldora last month, though problems in the early going of the main event knocked him out of contention. The sophomore driver recently earned his best series finish at Virginia Motor Speedway where he came home third.
Lucas Wolfe, the current Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award leader made his first starts at Eldora Speedway last season and was a very solid ninth in the event last month.
Kraig Kinser will make his third start of the season at Eldora on Saturday, as he too competed in the All Star Circuit of Champions event last month in addition to the World of Outlaws race on April 11. The third generation driver earned a season-best fifth-place finish on Memorial Day at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in New York.
Tony Bruce Jr. and Chad Hillier, who both continue their sophomore seasons with the World of Outlaws, both gained nine spots last month at Eldora. Bruce charged from the 20th spot on April 11 to finish 11th while Hillier turned in a very respectable run as well, coming from 25th to finish 16th.
2008 Race Recap: Craig Dollansky earned his sixth career win at Eldora Speedway, taking the checkered flag on April 11.
Dollansky lined up second behind two-time defending series champion Donny Schatz on a restart with 10 laps to go and slid under him exiting the second turn. Schatz battled back down the stretch, with Dollansky holding him off after a restart with just two laps remaining.
The race began with Joey Saldana leading from the pole position. Early in the race, he opened a comfortable lead over Schatz. Saldana was out front for the first 20 laps, before having a tire explode, giving the lead to Schatz under caution. There were a number of drivers that lost tires while running in the Top-10 over the course of the 30-lap event. There were also a couple of drivers that ran out of fuel late in the going.
Schatz, lined up second and ran there for the entire distance, after being the fastest driver in time trials and finishing second in the Crane Cams Dash. Several times early in the race he caught Saldana right as the pair was about to enter lapped traffic, only to have the caution flag fly. While he inherited the lead under caution, he was never officially credited with leading a lap under green flag conditions.
Jason Sides recorded his best finish of the season, coming home third. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee who won the Kings Royal in 2004 at Eldora started ninth on Friday night and steadily worked his way to front, passing Chad Kemenah and Kerry Madsen in the middle of the race and taking advantage of some bad luck that plagued Terry McCarl and Shane Stewart late.
Kerry Madsen finished fourth, to earn his first Top-Five finish of the season. The reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year started sixth and found himself locked in an early battled with Terry McCarl. He too gained a couple of spots late when Stewart suffered a flat tire and McCarl ran out of fuel.
What to look for at Eldora Speedway:
* Steve Kinser is the winningest sprint car driver in Eldora Speedway history, with 57 total wins, of which 31 are A-Feature wins with the World of Outlaws. The 20-time series champion won the first ever series event at the half-mile in 1978.
*Craig Dollansky has six wins during his career at the storied track, including four with the World of Outlaws. He is the most recent winner with the series at the track, scoring a win on April 11.
* Jason Meyers won at Eldora in 2007, in the first race after the track was resurfaced. He also was victorious in 2002 at the track, filling in for the injured Craig Dollansky.
* Joey Saldana has a total of 15 wins in his career at Eldora, with four of those being World of Outlaws A-Feature triumphs, including two in the Kings Royal. His most recent win was last month with the All Star Circuit of Champions.
* Donny Schatz, the two-time defending series champion won the Kings Royal last year at the track and also was victorious in 2002 in the Historic Big One. He finished second there last month with the series.
* Jac Haudenschild has 23 career wins at Eldora Speedway, including eight in World of Outlaws A-Feature events.
* Daryn Pittman has two career wins with the series at the track, including the Historic Big One in 2003. He had four Top-10 finishes last year at Eldora.
* Tim Shaffer came all the way from the 23rd starting spot last month at Eldora Speedway to finish fifth. He earned the KSE Race Products Hard Charger Award in the process.
By the Numbers- Eldora Speedway:
0.5- Miles around Eldora Speedway
1- Driver that has finished in the Top-10 in each event this season, Donny Schatz
2- Full-time World of Outlaws drivers that hail from Ohio: Jac Haudenschild and Chad Kemenah
3- Wins for Jason Meyers on half-mile tracks in 2008 to lead the series
4- Drivers that won a Crane Cams Dash at the half-mile to earn a pole position
5- Drivers that have won A-Feature events on half-mile tracks this season with the World of Outlaws; Events scheduled for the World of Outlaws at Eldora Speedway in 2008
8- Events this season thus far on half-mile tracks for the World of Outlaws
9- Drivers that led laps in A-Feature events at Eldora Speedway last season with the World of Outlaws
10- Laps led by Craig Dollansky en route to winning at Eldora on April 11; Current World of Outlaws drivers that have won an A-Feature with the series at the track
12.707- Track record set by Craig Dollansky on April 13, 2002 at Eldora Speedway
18- Positions gained by Tim Shaffer last month at Eldora to earn the KSE Race Products Hard Charger Award after lining up 23rd and finishing 5th
20- Laps led by Joey Saldana at Eldora last month before having a tire explode
28- Points that separate Jason Meyers and Donny Schatz at the top of the World of Outlaws standings
29- Drivers that have won an A-Feature with the series at the track dating back to 1978
30- Drivers that competed with the series at Eldora on April 11
57- Wins for Steve Kinser in his career at Eldora Speedway, including preliminary features
121- Events held by the World of Outlaws at the track, including preliminary features dating back to 1978
138 Miles from Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio where the World of Outlaws compete on May 30 to Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio
1978- Year that the World of Outlaws first competed at the half-mile
10,000- Dollars the winner will receive on Saturday, May 31
Tickets: On Saturday, May 31 at Eldora Speedway tickets for those ages 16-over will be $25 with tickets for those ages 12-15, $12, while tickets for children ages 7-11 will be just $6, with kids 6-under admitted free of charge. For more information on tickets visit www.eldoraspeedway.com or call the Eldora Speedway ticket office during normal business hours at: (937) 338-3815.
Next Up: The month of June opens with a doubleheader weekend at Knoxville Raceway, on June 6 and June 7 with the cameras from SPEED capturing all the action on both nights.