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World of Outlaws Head to Eldora Speedway The World of Outlaws will visit Eldora Speedway for the final time this season on Friday, September 21 as part of the American Revolution Weekend presented by Chevrolet. This will mark the fifth and final...

World of Outlaws Head to Eldora Speedway

The World of Outlaws will visit Eldora Speedway for the final time this season on Friday, September 21 as part of the American Revolution Weekend presented by Chevrolet. This will mark the fifth and final event of the season for the series at the famed half-mile.

In the first four A-Feature events contested at the track this season, four different drivers have visited the winner's circle. Jason Meyers won the first race of the season at the track on April 13, followed by Paul McMahan's victory on June 2. Steve Kinser won the Knight Before the Kings Royal on July 13, with Donny Schatz taking home the $50,000 win in the Kings Royal on July 14.

The World of Outlaws have sanctioned 119 A-Feature events at Eldora Speedway dating back to the series inaugural season of 1978. In that span, 26 different drivers have won at the track, including 11 current World of Outlaws drivers.

Donny Schatz won the Kings Royal for the first time in his career in the series last visit to the track in July, leading 35 laps, en route to his first A-Feature victory at the track. In four starts this season at Eldora, the native of Fargo, North Dakota has finished sixth or better in each one. To date, he has 16 A-Feature wins, including eight on half-mile tracks, along with 61 Top-10 finishes and leads the championship standings by 53 markers over Joey Saldana, as he seeks his second consecutive title.

Saldana finished sixth in the Kings Royal and was fifth on the Knight Before the Kings Royal this season. He has won 11 A-Feature events in 2007, and has set fast time 11 times to lead the series. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana has 58 Top-10 finishes, with 38 of those being in the Top-Five. Saldana won twice last season at Eldora and has three career wins at the half-mile, including two in the famed Kings Royal.

Danny Lasoski has three Top-10 finishes at Eldora this season. The 2001 World of Outlaws champion has one career A-Feature win at the track. This season he has won five times, including a sweep of the Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway in California which was on a half-mile. He is third in championship points with 42 Top-10 finishes heading into action this week.

Jason Meyers won at Eldora in the series first visit of the season to the track in April, on a blustery day. He has won three more events since that time, including most recently on a half-mile at Lebanon Valley Speedway in New York. The native of Clovis, California is fourth points, just 26 markers out of the third spot. He won his eighth Crane Cams Dash of the season on Sunday night at Charter Raceway Park in Wisconsin to earn his eighth pole position. He has 43 Top-10 finishes on the season, with 30 of those being in the Top-Five.

Daryn Pittman won on Sunday night at Charter Raceway Park in Wisconsin to claim his fifth A-Feature victory of the season. At Eldora Speedway this season, he has three Top-10 finishes, including a fourth-place performance on July 2. He recently moved into the fifth position in the championship points, just 18 markers out of fourth. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma has 44 Top-10 finishes on the season, with 22 of those being in the Top-Five.

Steve Kinser led all 30 laps to win the Knight Before the Kings Royal on July 13 to bring his A-Feature win total with the World of Outlaws to 33 at the track. He has won several other events and preliminary feature at the half-mile, and is the winningest driver in the history of the track. Along with his win, he has two other Top-10 finishes this season at Eldora. Heading into action this weekend, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion has won nine times on the season, including three events on half-mile tracks. He is just 44 points out of the Top-Five in the championship standings.

Craig Dollansky led the first five laps of the Kings Royal in July and finished seventh in the event. The former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion won twice at Eldora last season and has three career A-Feature wins at the track. He also is the track record holder, turning a lap of 12.707 seconds in time trials in 2002. He has three A-Feature wins on the season to go along with 42 Top-10 finishes, which place him solidly in the seventh spot in the championship points.

Paul McMahan won earlier this season at Eldora on June 2, as he has a spirited battle with Jason Solwold in that event. Making the win even more special is the fact that Eldora Speedway is owned by McMahan's car owner, NASCAR star Tony Stewart. He has finished in the Top-10 in three of the four events at the half-mile this season, including a sixth-place performance in the Kings Royal. McMahan also won at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin earlier this season. He has 34 Top-10 finishes and is eighth in the standings.

Jason Solwold has four Top-10 finishes at the famed half-mile this season. He was second on June 2, when he led 22 laps. He was fourth in the Kings Royal, as well as on the Knight Before the Kings Royal. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington won his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature event in August at Charter Raceway Park in Wisconsin and has 38 Top-10 finishes on the season, to place him ninth in championship points.

Tim Shaffer has two career A-Feature wins at Eldora. He won for the first time at the track in 1999, the season in which he earned the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award with the World of Outlaws and followed that up with another win at the track in 2000. This season, the native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania has 35 Top-10 finishes, as he continues to close in on his first A-Feature win of the season.

Terry McCarl finished second in the Knight Before the Kings Royal and was third in the Kings Royal this season. The six-time Knoxville Raceway track champion has won twice this season, including one event in the state of Ohio at K-C Raceway, where he had a spirited battle with reigning World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz. McCarl has 30 Top-10 finishes on the season.

Jac Haudenschild has won four World of Outlaws A-Feature events at Eldora during his career. He led 23 laps in the series first visit of the season to the track and finished fourth. He was eighth in the most recent stop at the track for the Kings Royal. The native of Wooster, Ohio has two wins this season, including one in the state of Ohio at the Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park, as well as on a half-mile at Red River Valley Speedway in North Dakota. He has 29 Top-10 finishes on the season as he continues his second season driving for car owner Rick Wright.

Kerry Madsen who continues to lead the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award, was ninth in the Knight Before the Kings Royal The native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia recently moved into the 13th spot in the championship points, on the strength of 18 Top-10 finishes. He won his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature event earlier this season on a half-mile at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida.

Jason Sides finished third in the series first visit of the season to Eldora Speedway back in April. The 2004 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year also won the Kings Royal that same year to earn his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature triumph. This season, he won at Ohsweken Speedway in Canada, as the World of Outlaws returned to Canada for the first time in over 25 years. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee has 21 Top-10 finishes on the year.

Randy Hannagan finished seventh at Eldora on June 2. The 1995 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has won at the half-mile in the past with All Star Circuit of Champions. He has 10 Top-10 finishes on the season, including two in the last three races. He was fifth last Friday night in the series return to Heartland Park Topeka.

Justin Henderson heads to Eldora with 12 Top-10 finishes on the season. The native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota has led laps this season at Manzanita Speedway in Arizona as well as at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin, where he earned a career-best third-place finish in the July. He has set fast time once this season, as well as winning a Crane Cams Dash to earn a pole position.

Chad Kemenah finished ninth in the Kings Royal this season. The event was just his fourth race behind the wheel of the No. 8K for Hard Eight Racing, which he joined in early July. The reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year finished sixth on Sunday night at Charter Raceway Park in Wisconsin to earn his 12th Top-10 finish of the season.

Jeremy Campbell won at Eldora in 2004 with the All Star Circuit of Champions. The native of Monroe, Michigan is in his second full season with the World of Outlaws and is solidly in the Top-20 in points. He has eight Top-10 finishes on the season and led a number of laps at KC-Raceway in Ohio earlier this season, after winning the Crane Cams Dash to earn the pole position.

Sam Hafertepe Jr. visited Eldora for the first time in his career this season back in April. The native of Sunnyvale, Texas is currently second in the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award.

Chad Hillier will compete at Eldora Speedway for the fifth time this season on Friday night. The native of Burlington, Washington is third in rookie points.

Tony Bruce Jr. continues his rookie season with the World of Outlaws and has three Top-10 finishes on the season, including two Top-Fives. The native of Liberal, Kansas is just outside of the Top-20 in points.

On Friday, September 21 at Eldora Speedway, adult tickets for World of Outlaws portion of the American Revolution Weekend presented by Chevrolet will be $25, with tickets for children ages 12-15, $15, while tickets for kids 7-11 will be $6 and kids 6-under will be admitted free.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , 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.