Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Huset's Speedway Brandon, SD-- July 1, 2008--The Fourth of July came early for the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, in their last visit to Huset's Speedway...
Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Huset's Speedway
Brandon, SD-- July 1, 2008--The Fourth of July came early for the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, in their last visit to Huset's Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota on June 13, as there were fireworks galore. A late race tangle between Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers, as they battled for the second spot had the crowd on their feet, as Craig Dollansky took the checkered flag for the win after battling Schatz for the lead, using a slide job on the 25th lap to get around the two-time defending series champion. The series will return to the high-banked 3/8-mile on Thursday, July 3 to open a busy Independence Day weekend stretch of three races in a four-day period in three states.
Dollansky, who is third in the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series points, has five career wins at the track located just outside of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion has finished in the Top-10 in 23 of the 24 events contested this season, and has four A-Feature wins. He leads the series in laps led, as well as wins in the Crane Cams Dash to earn pole positions.
Schatz was victorious last season at the track for the second time in his career and heads back to Huset's riding a three-race win streak. He leads the series with nine A-Feature wins this season, including six in the month of June. He has a 96-point lead over Meyers in the standings, as he chases his third consecutive series title.
Meyers has eight career Top-10 finishes at Huset's Speedway, including a win in 2001. He started eighth last month at the track and quickly worked his way into the top-three before the late race contact from Schatz caused him to nearly spin as he came down the front straightaway, winding up in the third spot. The native of Clovis, California has five A-Feature wins this season as he chases his first World of Outlaws title.
Joey Saldana who is currently fourth in championship points has eight Top-10 finishes at Huset's Speedway in his career, including last month. The second generation driver won his first A-Feature event of the season in the Boothill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas on June 20. He has 21 Top-10 finishes in 24 starts this season.
Jac Haudenschild has six career wins at Huset's, including the 1999 Gold Cup, which paid $20,000 to-win. He finished fourth last month at the track and has four consecutive Top-Five finishes there. He is currently fifth in championship points as he closes in on his first A-Feature win of the season.
Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion, is the current active leader in wins with the series at the track with six. The native of Bloomington, Indiana has 23 Top-10 finishes in his career at Huset's Speedway. He has won twice this season and finished second on Sunday night at Cedar Lake Speedway to move to within four points of the Top-Five in the championship standings.
Kerry Madsen, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, has six career Top-10 finishes at Huset's Speedway, including a seventh-place performance last month. He led a number of laps on Sunday night at Cedar Lake Speedway en route to finishing fourth. He is seventh in points with 15 Top-10 finishes, as he closes in on his first win of the season.
Chad Kemenah, the 2006 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, enters this week eighth in points on the strength of 12 Top-10 finishes. He earned his first career Top-Five finish at Huset's Speedway last month, as he too continues to close in on his first A-Feature win of the season.
Shane Stewart has two career wins at Huset's Speedway, both coming with the former World of Outlaws Gumout Series. He won the Crane Cams Dash last month at the track to earn the pole position for the A-Feature. He led early in the race before finishing in the sixth spot. The 2005 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year won earlier this season at Knoxville Raceway.
Terry McCarl is a six-time track champion at Huset's Speedway and the winningest driver in the history of the track with 77 career triumphs. He has won at least one race at the track in each of the last 13 seasons. He won for the first time at the track with the World of Outlaws in 2006 and was 10th in the series first visit of the season to the track last month.
Daryn Pittman has five career Top-10 finishes at Huset's, including a seven-place run last year. He enters action this week with 12 Top-10 finishes on the season and is just outside of the Top-10 in the championship standings.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. continues to have a very strong start to his sophomore season with the World of Outlaws. The native of Sunnyvale, Texas has nine Top-10 finishes, including a fourth-place effort last Friday night at River Cities Speedway. He competed at Huset's Speedway earlier this season in a weekly show, setting fast time in time trials, before engine trouble ended his night prior to the A-Feature.
Kraig Kinser made his first start at Huset's Speedway since 2005 last month. He has two career Top-10 finishes in a limited number of starts at the track. This season he has five Top-10 finishes to-date.
Jason Sides has eight Top-10 finishes in his career at Huset's Speedway, including finishing eighth last month. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee who was the series top rookie in 2003, has five Top-10 finishes this season.
Tony Bruce Jr., who is in his second full-season with the World of Outlaws, has three career starts at Huset's Speedway. He finished just outside of the Top-10 in the series race at the track in 2007.
Chad Hillier also is in his second season with the World of Outlaws in 2008. He has three starts at Huset's Speedway during his career. He picked up a Top-10 finish earlier this season at Tri-City Speedway in Illinois.
Paul McMahan recently returns to World of Outlaws competition piloting the No. 6 machine for car owner Lonnie Parsons. In just his second start for the team, McMahan finished ninth at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin on Sunday night. He set fast time at Huset's Speedway last season with the World of Outlaws, and in his career has six Top-10 finishes at the track.
Current Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year leader Lucas Wolfe of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania will miss the event after sustaining a back injury on Sunday at Tri-City Speedway. He earned a third-place finish at Huset's Speedway earlier this season in a weekly event at the track in his first ever visit to the high-banked track.
2008 Race Recap- June 13: Craig Dollansky picked up his first career Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws A-Feature win at Huset's Speedway and his fifth overall victory at the high-banked track.
Dollansky lined up third and quickly moved into the second position on the opening lap, charging past Danny Lasoski. He began to track down early leader Shane Stewart as front runners were in traffic just four laps into the 35-lap event. Dollansky took the lead on the fifth lap exiting the second turn as Stewart jumped the cushion and brushed the wall. As the pair exited the fourth turn and went down the front straightaway side-by-side, it was Stewart officially being credited with the lead. By the time the pair exited the first turn, it was Dollansky taking the lead on lap six.
He began to pull away as Stewart had his hands full with Donny Schatz who was looking to move into second. Dollansky was able to put a few lapped cars between himself and the other contenders after taking the lead on the sixth lap. Schatz got around Stewart on the 11th circuit and began to track down Dollansky.
After clearing all of the lapped cars, Schatz chased Dollansky for a couple of laps, before diving under him coming off the fourth turn on the 17th lap to take the lead. He quickly opened a few car length lead as Dollansky got bottled up in traffic.
After going non-stop for the first 23 laps, the caution flag flew on the 24th go-around. On the restart, Dollansky used a textbook slide job in turns one and two to inch ahead of Schatz and retake the lead. He quickly pulled out to an eight-car length lead. A red flag with nine laps to go for a Dusty Zomer flip set up a shootout between Dollansky, Schatz and Jason Meyers who was running third.
Another strong restart propelled Dollansky to a healthy lead as the laps wound down. With five to go, he was again in traffic, which he masterfully sliced his way through to pick up the win.
Schatz and Meyers waged an epic battle late in the race, trading the runner-up spot four times. On the last lap, there was heavy contact as Schatz got into Meyers exiting the fourth turn, causing Meyers to nearly spin as he came down the front straightaway.
Schatz wound up second, with Meyers third, while Jac Haudenschild was fourth and Chad Kemenah fifth.
What to look for at Huset's Speedway:
* Terry McCarl is the winningest driver in Huset's Speedway history with 77 A-Feature triumphs. He won for the first time with the World of Outlaws in 2006 at the track, where he has won six championships.
* Donny Schatz, the two-time defending series champion, won last season at the track and has two A-Feature wins with the World of Outlaws in his career at Huset's Speedway. He has won three consecutive races and leads the series with nine A-Feature wins.
* Steve Kinser, the 20-time series champion has six A-Feature wins with the series in his career, dating back to the series inaugural race at the high-banked 3/8-mile in 1983. He has won twice this season and has 545 career A-Feature wins.
* Jac Haudenschild has six career wins at the track, including the 1999 Gold Cup, which paid $20,000 to win.
* Shane Stewart won twice at Huset's Speedway with the World of Outlaws Gumout Series in 2001 and 2002.
* Paul McMahan will be making his third start in the No. 6 machine for car owner Lonnie Parsons. He picked up his first Top-10 finish for the team in just his second start on Sunday at Cedar Lake Speedway.
* The event at Huset's Speedway will kick off a busy month of July that will see the series race 16 times and travel thousands of miles.
By the Numbers- Huset's Speedway:
0.375- Miles around Huset's Speedway
1- Driver that has finished in the Top-10 in every event this season- Donny Schatz
2- Events for the World of Outlaws this season at Huset's Speedway
3- Drivers that led laps in the A-Feature event at the track on June 13; Drivers that have won on 3/8-mile tracks with the series this season
5- Drivers that have won multiple races with the World of Outlaws at Huset's Speedway; Laps led by Shane Stewart on June 13 at the track; Events this season for the World of Outlaws on 3/8-mile tracks through June 29
6- Track championships for Terry McCarl at Huset's Speedway; A-Feature wins for Steve Kinser at the track during his career
8- Drivers that have won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws this season; Laps led by Donny Schatz en route to a runner-up finish last month at Huset's
10.426- Track record established by Terry McCarl in time trials on August 17, 2002
11- Drivers that have won an A-Feature with the series at the track dating back to 1983
12- Drivers that have been quickest in time trials this season with the World of Outlaws
15- Drivers that have won a Crane Cams Dash this season to earn a pole position
16- Drivers that have led laps in A-Feature competition this season; Races scheduled for the World of Outlaws in the month of July
22- Laps led by Craig Dollansky en route to winning at Huset's last month
32- A-Feature events contested by the World of Outlaws at Huset's Speedway dating back to 1983
30- Drivers that competed with the series last month at Huset's Speedway
77- Feature wins at Huset's for Terry McCarl (All-time Leader)
96- Point lead that Donny Schatz has over Jason Meyers in the championship standings
154- Laps led by Craig Dollansky in A-Feature competition to lead the series
269- Miles from Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin where the World of Outlaws compete on June 29 to Huset's Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota
1983- Year that the World of Outlaws first raced at Huset's Speedway
10,000- Dollars the winner will receive on Thursday, July 3
145,700- Dollars won by Donny Schatz this season to lead the series
Tickets: On Thursday, July 3 at Huset's Speedway, all seats are general admission, which will be $35 for adults, $10 for juniors (Ages 8-14), with kids 7-under admitted free of charge & under are free. For tickets visit: www.husets-speedway.com or call (605) 582-3536.
Next Up: The Fourth of July weekend continues for the World of Outlaws at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas, followed by a stop at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana.