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World of Outlaws Ready for I-55 Raceway Pevely, MO--April 4, 2007-- When polling World of Outlaws drivers to find out what their favorite tracks to race on are, one facility is mentioned more times than not, and that is the high-banked...

World of Outlaws Ready for I-55 Raceway

Pevely, MO--April 4, 2007-- When polling World of Outlaws drivers to find out what their favorite tracks to race on are, one facility is mentioned more times than not, and that is the high-banked ultra-racy 1/3-mile I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri. The track which is co-owned by Ray Marler and NASCAR star Ken Schrader will play host to its 28th World of Outlaws event on Saturday April 7. Since the first series visit in 1987, there have been 17 different drivers earn an A-Feature victory at the track.

In the last 12 series races at the facility, located just outside of St. Louis, there have been 12 different winners .

Last season reigning series champion Donny Schatz won the event in April leading all 40 laps. Brooke Tatnell led 33 laps to take the checkered flag in July, after a thrilling battle with Schatz and Daryn Pittman. Schatz enters the event this Saturday second in points, only two markers out of the lead, on the strength of three A-Feature wins to start the season, along with 10 Top-10 finishes. Tatnell is seventh in points, in his first season driving for Larry Woodward Racing.

Nine drivers that will be in attendance for the event have won at I-55 Raceway. On top of this list, is Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws Champion who has visited the winner's circle at the 1/3-mile four times, with the most recent coming during the 2003 season. The native of Bloomington, Indiana also won in 1987, the first year the series visited the track. Kinser has one win so far this season, and is eighth in points.

Next on the list is Jac Haudenschild, who has three triumphs at I-55. The native of Wooster, Ohio won in 2002, as well as 2000, in addition to his first win at the track in 1999. The fan favorite, is just 17 points outside the Top-10 in the championship standings, and has earned five Top-10 finishes. He was fourth last April on the high banks.

Other current World of Outlaws drivers that have won at I-55 Raceway include: Craig Dollansky, who won in 2004, and heads to I-55 solidly in the fourth spot in points this season. He was third last weekend, and has eight Top-10 finishes in the first 11 events of the 2007 season. He was fifth last July at I-55 Raceway.

2001 Champion Danny Lasoski, won at I-55 Raceway in 2004. He currently is sixth in points, with seven Top-10 finishes. The native of Dover, Missouri drivers for veteran car owner Dennis Roth of California.

Daryn Pittman won at I-55 in 2002. He currently has 20 World of Outlaws A-Feature triumphs, with the most recent coming in February. He is third in points on the strength of eight Top-10 finishes, including a fourth last weekend. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma, is just 90 markers out of the lead as he chases his first series title.

Two current series drivers scored their first career World of Outlaws A-Feature win at the track. Randy Hannagan was victorious in March of 2001, and Chad Kemenah, the reigning World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year earned his first series triumph in July of 2005 at I-55 Raceway.

Joey Saldana, the current point leader looks for his first win at I-55. He has four wins on the year and three consecutive entering the weekend's events. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana finished second last April and sixth last July at the track.

Terry McCarl, who enters this weekend fifth in points, was seventh last July at I-55 Raceway. He also set fast time last April in the series first of two visits to the track. McCarl has seven Top-10 finishes on the year.

Tim Kaeding is ninth in points, heading into the pair of events this weekend. He won at the end of February in his home state of California. He has six Top-10 finishes in the year, as he looks for his first win at I-55.

Also in action will be Paul McMahan driving for two-time NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart. Tim Shaffer, the 1999 series rookie of the year, seeks his first win at I-55. He was seventh in his last visit to the track in 2005. Jason Meyers, who was 11th in his last visit to I-55, is only 31 points out of the Top-10 as he heads to I-55. Jason Solwold of Washington was seventh last April at the track. Jason Sides returns to I-55 just outside the Top-10 in points, looking for his first win of the season. He was 13th in 2005 at I-55. Justin Henderson competed in both events at I-55 last season. Jeremy Campbell finished 10th last July at the track. Dion Hindi competed in both events last season for the World of Outlaws at the track. Jason Martin scored a very solid Too-15 finish last July at the track. Brian Carlson turned in the fifth fastest lap in time trials last July at I-55, as he solidly raced his way into the A-Feature.

Six contenders for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award will be on-hand on Saturday April 7 at I-55 Raceway. They included current rookie leader Kerry Madsen of St. Mary's NSW, Australia, who won on the second night of the season in Florida. Madsen was 10th last April at I-55 Raceway with the series. Also in attendance will be Tony Bruce Jr. of Kansas, Zach Chappell of Oklahoma, Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Texas, Chad Hillier of Washington, and James Mosher of New Mexico.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Ken Schrader , 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.