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World of Outlaws Ready for Thunder on the Hill at Grandview Speedway The World of Outlaws will invade Grandview Speedway in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, May 23 for Thunder on the Hill. Donny Schatz won a thrilling battle last season in the...

World of Outlaws Ready for Thunder on the Hill at Grandview Speedway

The World of Outlaws will invade Grandview Speedway in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, May 23 for Thunder on the Hill. Donny Schatz won a thrilling battle last season in the event as held off Daryn Pittman and Craig Dollansky for the win, before a packed grandstand.

Schatz leads the way again this season into the high-banked 1/3-mile having won two of the past three World of Outlaws events. He is undefeated in Pennsylvania in 2007, after winning two events at Williams Grove Speedway last week. He set fast time at Grandview last season en route to winning his first career A-Feature event at the track. He enters the event this week, leading the World of Outlaws championship standings as he seeks his second straight title. The native of Fargo, North Dakota leads the series with six A-Feature wins to go along with 20 Top-10 finishes in the first 23 events of the season.

Joey Saldana is right behind Schatz in the standings, trailing by only 22 points heading into the Thunder on the Hill event. Saldana, the 1996 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has won five A-Feature events this season, and has led the most laps of anyone in the series, in addition to being fastest in time trials on four occasions. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana has 19 Top-10 finishes as he chases his first series crown. He has finished in the Top-Five in his last two starts at Grandview Speedway.

Daryn Pittman had a solid night during Thunder on the Hill last season. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma led 24 laps before finishing in the second position. This season he is third in points on the strength of two wins and 17 Top-10 finishes.

Jason Meyers heads to Grandview Speedway fourth in championship points. The native of Clovis, California has two wins on the season, to go along with 15 Top-10 finishes. In his last visit to Grandview in 2004, Meyers turned the fourth fastest lap in time trials.

Danny Lasoski set fast time in his last visit to Grandview Speedway in 2004. The 2001 World of Outlaws Champion is currently fifth in points, on the strength of one win and 15 Top-10 finishes.

Steve Kinser has won four times in his career at Grandview Speedway, the most of any driver. He is coming off of his fourth win of the season on Sunday at New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey. The 20-time World of Outlaws Champion has 14 Top-10 finishes on the season.

Craig Dollansky finished third last season at Grandview Speedway. He is currently seventh in the point standings on the strength of a win on May 12 at Lake Ozark Speedway, along with 16 Top-10 finishes. He finished fifth on Sunday at New Egypt Speedway.

Paul McMahan has jumped into the eighth spot in points heading into the Thunder on the Hill event. The native of Nashville has nine Top-10 finishes on the season with four of those being in the Top-Five. He turned in the fifth fastest lap in time trials in his last visit to Grandview in 2004.

Jason Solwold continues to close in on his first win of the season as heads into action on Wednesday ninth in points. He has 12 Top-10 finishes on the year. It will be his first visit to Grandview Speedway. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington won two World of Outlaws preliminary features last season.

Jac Haudenschild did well on the high-banked 1/3-mile last season as he came home fourth in the Thunder on the Hill event. The native of Wooster, Ohio is currently 10th in the championship standings this season on the strength of nine Top-10 finishes as he closes in on his first win of the season.

Terry McCarl ran a very solid eighth last season at Grandview Speedway. The native of Altoona, Iowa has 12 Top-10 finishes on the season as he too chases his first win of the campaign. He enters the event on Wednesday; just nine points out of the Top-10 in the championship standings.

Jason Sides is coming off a season-best finish of second on Sunday night at New Egypt Speedway, where he led the first 18 laps of the event and came up just 0.028 seconds short of his second career World of Outlaws wins. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee has nine Top-10 finishes on the season and is just 22 points out of the Top-10.

Tim Shaffer has competed at Grandview Speedway a number of times in his career. The 1999 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the year last competed at the track with the series in 2004. He has eight Top-Five finishes this season including three runner-up finishes.

Tim Kaeding will make the start at Grandview for Larry Woodward Racing as he continues to fill in for Brooke Tatnell, who led laps at Grandview last season after winning the Crane Cams Dash. Kaeding finished third on Sunday night at New Egypt Speedway. He won earlier this season in his home state of California at Thunderbowl Raceway. The third generation star has 10 Top-10 finishes on the season.

Kerry Madsen, the current leader in the battle for Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award will make his first start at Grandview on Wednesday. The former Knoxville Raceway champion earned his first World of Outlaws A-Feature in February during the season opening Florida DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.

Randy Hannagan ran very strong at Grandview last season, as he was the fourth quickest in time trials and backed that up with a 10th place finish in the A-Feature. The 1995 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year picked a season-best finish of seventh at U.S. 36 Raceway in Missouri on May 11.

Justin Henderson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota will make his second career start at Grandview this week. He has five Top-10 finishes on the season and led laps earlier in the year at the storied Manzanita Speedway in Arizona.

Chad Kemenah, the reigning World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year was the fifth fastest driver in time trials at Grandview last season. He currently has four Top-10 finishes on the season, with a season-best finish of third at Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky in April.

Jeremy Campbell will make his second career start at Grandview on May 23. The second-year driver jumped into the Top-20 in points this past weekend. He finished just outside of the Top-10 last season in his first race at the high-banked 1/3-mile.

Tony Bruce Jr. of Kansas competed at Grandview for the first time in his career last season. The current contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award is 20th in overall points as he closes in on his first Top-10 finish of the season.

Other drivers that will be in action include: veteran Dion Hindi of New Mexico, who competed in the event last season, as well as second year driver Jason Martin of Kansas. Veteran Brian Carlson of Indiana, who won a heat race at Grandview in World of Outlaws action last season will miss the event as he continues to recover from muscle and ligament damage to his left leg that he sustained at Lake Ozark Speedway on May 12.

Drivers current contending for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award that will be in attendance include: Bruce, Zach Chappell of Oklahoma, Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Texas, Chad Hillier of Washington, and Madsen.

On Wednesday, May 23, adult advance tickets will be $30, with children ages 6-11 just $10, and kids 6-under will be admitted free. For ticket information call: 215-860-5631, or visit www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com and go to Advance Tickets on sale.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , 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 , Tim Kaeding , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.
Teams Williams