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The World of Outlaws will return to Grays Harbor Raceway on Monday, August 27 for the fifth race of the Gold Rush Tour for 2007. Four current World of Outlaws drivers have won at the track including reigning champion Donny Schatz, as well as...

The World of Outlaws will return to Grays Harbor Raceway on Monday, August 27 for the fifth race of the Gold Rush Tour for 2007. Four current World of Outlaws drivers have won at the track including reigning champion Donny Schatz, as well as 20-time champion Steve Kinser, along with Jason Meyers and Tim Shaffer.

Schatz won in the series last visit to the high-banked 3/8-mile in 2005. He has four straight Top-10 finishes at the track, including preliminary features and in his career has 14 Top-10 finishes at Grays Harbor Schatz is the current World of Outlaws championship point leader as he chases his second consecutive title. The native of Fargo, North Dakota leads the series with 14 A-Feature wins and 50 Top-10 finishes on the season. He also leads the series in laps led, Top-10 finishes, Top-Five finishes, Crane Cams Dash wins and pole positions.

Joey Saldana has led a number of laps at Grays Harbor Raceway in his career and has six Top-10 finishes at the track, with his best career finish at the track, a second in 2003. Driving for Washington native Kasey Kahne, he has won nine times this season and is less than 100 points out of the lead in the championship standings as he chases his first series title. The 1996 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year leads the series with nine quick time awards in time trials.

Danny Lasoski won twice last season at Grays Harbor Raceway with the National Sprint Tour. In the World of Outlaws last visit to the track in 2005, he earned two Top-10 finishes. The 2001 series champion has won three times this year and is solidly in the third position in the championship points.

Steve Kinser has won two A-Features with the World of Outlaws at the track, with the first coming in 1998 and the most recent in 2004. He also has won two preliminary features at the high-banked 3/8-mile. Kinser recently won his first race in Canada as part of the Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton. He has nine A-Feature wins on the season and is fourth in the championship point standings.

Daryn Pittman has finished in the Top-10 in the last four A-Feature events that he has competed in at Grays Harbor Raceway, with one of those being a fifth-place performance in 2003. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma has four A-Feature wins on the season, with the most recent coming last week at Nodak Speedway in North Dakota. He is fifth in championship points, just outside of the fourth spot entering action this weekend.

Jason Meyers holds the track record of 10 seconds flat at Grays Harbor Raceway set last season. In the last seven World of Outlaws events at the track, including preliminary features, the native of Clovis, California has finished in the Top-10 each time, capped by two wins in 2003, in the preliminary feature and the A-Feature. He has won four times this season and is just outside of the Top-Five in championship points.

Craig Dollansky finished second in both events at the track in 2004. He also has set fast time twice with the World of Outlaws at Grays Harbor. He has six career Top-10 finishes at the track. To date this season, the native of Elk River, Minnesota has two A-Feature wins, including at Lake Ozark Speedway in Missouri, which is a high-banked track similar to Grays Harbor.

Paul McMahan has four Top-10 finishes in his career with the World of Outlaws at the track. He was a career-best third in the finale of the event in 2003. Driving for two-time NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart, he has won twice this season, at Eldora Speedway and at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin, which is a high-banked 3/8-mile very similar to Grays Harbor.

Jason Solwold has competed at Grays Harbor Raceway a number of times in his career. He is one of two drivers following the series full-time that hails from the state of Washington. He has won in the past at the track with the former Northern Sprint Tour in a 360-sprint car. He won his first career A-Feature with the series earlier this month at Charter Raceway Park in Wisconsin and is solidly in the Top-10 in points.

Tim Shaffer has two career wins with the World of Outlaws at the track. He won an A-Feature in 2002 and a preliminary feature in 1998. In those two events, he led a combined 55 laps. He has 10 career Top-10 finishes at the track including preliminary feature. He enters the weekend with 26 Top-10 finishes as he continues to close in on his first win of the season.

Jac Haudenschild has five career Top-10 finishes at Grays Harbor Raceway. The native of Wooster, Ohio finished third in both events in 2002 to mark his best career performances at the high-banked track. He has won twice this season, at Red River Valley Speedway in North Dakota and at Limaland Motorsports Park in his home state of Ohio.

Terry McCarl finished third and fourth in the World of Outlaws last visit to the track in 2005. He also won a 360-sprint car race at the track prior to the World of Outlaws events at the track that same season. The six-time Knoxville Raceway track champion has two A-Feature wins this season with the series, one at his home track of Knoxville and the other at K-C Raceway in Ohio.

Jason Sides finished in the Top-10 last season in an event at Grays Harbor Raceway. The 2003 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year was seventh in the series last visit to the track in 2005. In his career, he has four Top-10 finishes at the track, including a fourth in his rookie season. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee put his name in the record books last month when he became the first driver to win a World of Outlaws event in Canada in over 25 years. It was his second career victory with the series.

Kerry Madsen competed at Grays Harbor Raceway for the first time in his career last season. The native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia is the current leader in the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award. The 2005 Knoxville Raceway track champion won his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida to open the season.

Justin Henderson will make his first trip to Grays Harbor Raceway on August 27. The native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota has 10 Top-10 finishes on the season. He earned his best career finish at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin last month, finishing third after leading a number of laps on the high-banked 3/8-mile.

Jeremy Campbell will also make his first visit to the high-banked 3/8-mile on August 27. The second-year driver from Monroe, Michigan has six Top-10 finishes on the season and led a number of laps at K-C Raceway in Ohio last month.

Chad Kemenah will make his first at Grays Harbor Raceway on Monday. The reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year missed a couple weeks of action recently after sustaining a concussion in the Knoxville Nationals. He has 10 Top-10 finishes on the season, with two of those being third-place performances.

Chad Hiller, a native of Burlington, Washington has competed at Grays Harbor a number of times during his career. He is the only driver in the history of Skagit Speedway also in the state of Washington to win a track championship in all three sprint car divisions. Hillier is currently second in rookie points.

Tony Bruce Jr. and Sam Hafertepe Jr., two more of the contenders for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award will make their debuts at Grays Harbor Raceway on Monday. Bruce has two Top-Five finishes on the season, while Hafertepe has two Top-10's.

On Monday, August 27 at Grays Harbor Raceway all tickets will be reserved. Adult tickets will be $35, with tickets for children ages (6-14) will be $17, with kids 5-under admitted free of charge. Tickets for the premium seating section will be available for $50. For ticket information call 360-568-2529 or visit: www.graysharborraceway.net.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.