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World of Outlaws Return to Heartland Park Topeka The World of Outlaws will return to Heartland Park in Topeka, Kansas for the first time since 2002, on Friday, September 14 for a full night of racing. Three former World of Outlaws champions...

World of Outlaws Return to Heartland Park Topeka

The World of Outlaws will return to Heartland Park in Topeka, Kansas for the first time since 2002, on Friday, September 14 for a full night of racing. Three former World of Outlaws champions will be in attendance, including 20-time titlist Steve Kinser, as well as reigning series champion Donny Schatz and 2001 champion Danny Lasoski. Of the drivers present, well over 800 series wins will be accounted for and 22 series titles. This will mark the third and final event of the season for the World of Outlaws in the state of Kansas in 2007.

Leading the way will be reigning World of Outlaws champion and two-time Knoxville Nationals winner and current point leader Donny Schatz who won at Heartland Park Topeka in 2001. The native of Fargo, North Dakota has won a series-best 15 A-Feature events, including on Wednesday night at Clay County Fair Speedway, as he looks for his second consecutive title. He also leads the series in money earned, Top-10 finishes, Top-Five finishes, Crane Cams Dash wins and pole positions.

Joey Saldana will look for his first win at Heartland Park, as he enters the event second in championship points, as he continues to chase his first World of Outlaws title, driving for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne's team. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana and second generation driver has 11 A-Feature wins on the season and leads the series in laps led. He also has stopped the clocks first 11 times in time trials to lead all drivers. He has 19 consecutive Top-10 finishes entering the three races this week.

Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws champion won at Heartland Park in 2002, in the series last visit to the track. He has won five times this season, including twice on 3/8-mile tracks at Tri-City Speedway in Illinois and Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky. His most recent two victories came at Calistoga Speedway as part of the 2007 Gold Rush Tour, as he swept both nights of racing on the half-mile. The native of Dover, Missouri is solidly in the third spot in the championship points, as the series hits the stretch-run of the season.

Steve Kinser looks for his first win at Heartland Park Topeka on September 14. He finished second in his last visit to the track in 2002. He has won nine times this season, to bring his career total to 542 A-Feature events. He has won twice this season on 3/8-mile tracks, at USA Race Park in Arizona and Castrol Raceway in Canada. In the 63 A-Feature events this season, he earned 42 Top-10 finishes. The native of Bloomington, Indiana is fourth in championship points.

Jason Meyers heads to Kansas fifth in championship points on the strength of four A-Feature wins. He has won twice this season on 3/8-mile tracks, including at U.S. 36 Raceway in Missouri as well as at Dodge City Speedway in Kansas. In the 64 A-Feature events this season, he earned 39 Top-10 finishes.

Daryn Pittman has won once this season in the state of Kansas, picking up the victory in the finale at Dodge City Raceway Park in June. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma has four A-Feature wins on the season, with the most recent coming on a 3/8-mile track at Nodak Speedway in North Dakota. The former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion is sixth in points, just six points out of the fourth position.

Craig Dollansky recently won his third A-Feature of the season, taking home $25,000 at Skagit Speedway in Washington. The native of Elk River, Minnesota has 40 Top-10 finishes on the season, as he heads to Kansas.

Paul McMahan heads to Heartland Park in the midst of his second season behind the wheel for Tony Stewart Racing. He has won twice this season including at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin, which is a 3/8-mile track similar to Heartland Park Topeka. He also won at Eldora Speedway, which is owned by his car owner. He finished fifth on Wednesday night at Clay County Fair Speedway.

Jason Solwold earned his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature win in early August at Charter Raceway Park in Wisconsin. The native of Mount Vernon, Washington is solidly in the Top-10 in championship points, earning 36 Top-10 finishes on the season. He set a new track record in qualifying at Clay County Fair Speedway.

Tim Shaffer continues to close in on his first win of the season. The 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year is 10th in championship points with 33 Top-10 finishes, with 20 of those being in the Top-Five and five of those runner-up performances.

Jac Haudenschild has won twice this season, and is just outside of the Top-10 in the championship standings. He earned his 28th Top-10 finish of the season last Saturday night in the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in California, with a runner-up performance.

Terry McCarl has won twice this year including in one of the most thrilling races of the season at K-C Raceway in Ohio, when he passed Donny Schatz using "The Wave" which was seen on ESPN2. The native of Altoona, Iowa is a six-time Knoxville Raceway track champion.

Jason Sides, returns to Heartland Park Topeka with one win on the season, at Ohsweken Speedway in Canada, in the series first event north of the border in over 25 years. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee has 21 Top-10 finishes on the season.

Kerry Madsen, a native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia continues to lead the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award. He won his first career A-Feature with the World of Outlaws earlier in the season at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida.

Randy Hannagan, the 1995 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, has finished in the Top-10 a number of times at Heartland Park Topeka during his career. The native of San Jose, who now calls Pittsboro, Indiana home, has nine Top-10 finishes on the season, including a sixth-place finish on Wednesday night.

Justin Henderson of South Dakota continues his second full season with the World of Outlaws, driving for Dan Oswalt, a native of Kansas. Henderson has 12 Top-10 finishes on the season and has led laps at Cedar Lake Speedway as well as Manzanita Speedway.

Chad Kemenah, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year will make his first start at Heartland on Friday night. The native of Findlay, Ohio has 10 Top-10 finishes on the season.

Jeremy Campbell continues his second full season with the World of Outlaws. He led a number of laps earlier this season at K-C Raceway in Ohio and has seven Top-10 finishes on the season.

Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Texas, Chad Hillier of Washington and Tony Bruce Jr. of Kansas are second, third and fourth in the standings for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award.

For ticket information for the World of Outlaws return to Heartland Park Topeka on September 14, visit www.hpt.com or call 785-862-7223.

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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 , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.