Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Virginia Motor Speedway Jamaica, VA-- May 21, 2008-- For the last 30 years, the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series has visited tracks from coast-to-coast in ...
Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Virginia Motor Speedway
Jamaica, VA-- May 21, 2008-- For the last 30 years, the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series has visited tracks from coast-to-coast in nearly every state, but one state that has been absent from this list is Virginia. That will all change on Saturday, May 24 as the series makes their inaugural visit to the state-of-the-art Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, Virginia. This will be one of four tracks that the series will visit for the first time this season during their 30th Anniversary celebration.
This will be just the second ever 410-sprint car that Virginia Motor Speedway has hosted and the first since 2006. Chad Kemenah currently holds the track record in time trials at the track for 410-sprint cars. He turned a lap of 16.087 seconds in 2004. The overall track record which all the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series drivers will be shooting for was set two years later at 15.864 seconds.
Kemenah, Tony Bruce Jr. and Sam Hafertepe Jr. are the only current Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series drivers have competed at the pristine high-banked half-mile during their careers.
Kemenah, the 2006 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year with the World of Outlaws competed at the high-banked half-mile in 2004 with the All Star Circuit of Champions and finished second in the A-Feature, after setting fast time and winning a heat race. The native of Findlay, Ohio is currently eighth in points with five Top-10 finishes this season.
Bruce and Hafertepe both competed at the high-banked half-mile, competing in an event with the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) in 2006.
Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion will look to add to his remarkable record of winning at tracks he visits for the first time with the series. He has accomplished this feat over 50 times in his career. He was victorious for the first time this season last Thursday night at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania which was his 544th career A-Feature win.
The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series has competed seven times on half-mile tracks this season, with five different drivers picking up victories. Leading this list is current championship point lead Jason Meyers who won at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida along with Manzanita Speedway in Arizona. Overall, the native of Clovis, California has four A-Feature wins to lead the series.
Craig Dollansky who is second in points, just five markers behind Meyers has also won twice on half-miles, picking up wins at Volusia Speedway Park and Eldora Speedway. He has eight Top-10 finishes in nine starts and leads the Qwik Liner Cup, which awards points to the Top-Five drivers in time trials at each of the first 13 events of the 2008 season.
Donny Schatz, the two-time defending series champion earned his first win of the season on May 3 at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa, which is also a half-mile. In his first season driving for Tony Stewart Racing, Schatz is the only driver that has finished in the Top-10 in all nine events this season and is third in points, just seven points behind Meyers.
Joey Saldana driving the Kasey Kahne owned machine heads to Virginia Motor Speedway fourth in points, just 39 markers out of the lead. He has eight Top-10 finishes in the first nine events of the 2008 campaign, with five of those being in the Top-Five.
Jac Haudenschild who always excels on high-banked high speed tracks like Virginia Motor Speedway is sixth in points, on the strength of four Top-10 finishes. The veteran from Wooster, Ohio is in his first season driving for the Carnahan Motorsports team.
Kerry Madsen, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year is tied with Haudenschild in points, and has five Top-10 finishes to start his sophomore season with the series.
Terry McCarl, who is a six-time track champion at Knoxville Raceway and Huset's Speedway, is ninth in points entering this weekend's events, on the strength of four Top-10 finishes, with three of those being Top-Fives.
Daryn Pittman rounds out the Top-10 in points and has racked up five Top-10 finishes to start off the 2008 season.
Also in action at Virginia Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 24 will be 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Tim Shaffer, along with Jason Sides the series top rookie in 2003, current rookie leader Lucas Wolfe of Pennsylvania, Shane Stewart, the rookie of the year in 2005, Kraig Kinser who wore the rookie crown in 2004 and sophomore driver Chad Hillier.
All the drivers will be chasing the $10,000 top prize and will be looking to put their name in the record books as the first World of Outlaws A-Feature winner at Bill Sawyer's immaculate Virginia Motor Speedway.
What to look for at The Dirt Track @ Virginia Motor Speedway:
* The race will mark the series first ever visit to the state of Virginia. It will be one of four new tracks the series visits this season.
* Chad Kemenah is the only current World of Outlaws driver that has competed at the track in a 410-sprint car. He finished second in 2004 with the All Star Circuit of Champions after also setting fast time.
* Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion has won over 50 times during his career in his first time visiting a track with the series, including last year at USA Race Park in Tucson, Arizona, as well as Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
* Tony Bruce Jr. and Sam Hafertepe Jr. both competed at Virginia Motor Speedway in 2006 in 360-sprint cars with the American Sprint Car Series.
* The World of Outlaws have competed seven times this season on half-mile tracks, with five different drivers having reached the winner's circle. Jason Meyers and Craig Dollansky lead this list with two wins each on half-miles.
* Just seven points separate the Top-Three drivers in the championship standings, with Jason Meyers leading Craig Dollansky and Donny Schatz. Joey Saldana is fourth, just 39 points back.
* One of the strongest fields in World of Outlaws history is assembled this year with 18 drivers currently competing full-time with the series. Of these drivers,14 have won A-Feature events with the series.
By the Numbers- Virginia Motor Speedway:
0- Races in the state of Virginia for the World of Outlaws prior to May 24
0.5- Miles around Virginia Motor Speedway
1- 410-sprint car race that Virginia Motor Speedway has hosted (2006- All Star Circuit of Champions)
2- Wins for Jason Meyers on half-mile tracks this season; Wins for Craig Dollansky on half-mile tracks this season
4- A-Feature wins for Jason Meyers through May 15 to lead the series
5- Drivers that have won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws this season
7- Drivers that have been quickest in time trials this season; Drivers that have earned the KSE Race Products Hard Charger Award in 2008
9- Top-10 finishes for two-time defending series champion Donny Schatz in nine starts this season; Drivers that have won the Crane Cams Dash to earn pole positions
10- Drivers that have led laps in A-Feature competition this season
14- Drivers currently competing with the World of Outlaws that have won an A-Feature event with the series during their career
15.864- Track record at Virginia Motor Speedway in a 360-sprint car set in 2006
16- Drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws that have earned at least one Top-10 finish this season through May 15
16.087- Track record for a sprint car set by Chad Kemenah in 2004
18- Drivers currently competing full-time with the World of Outlaws
22- Championships accounted for by drivers that will be competing on May 24; Points that Craig Dollansky has in the Qwik Liner Cup to lead all drivers
71- Laps led by Craig Dollansky this season to lead the series
327- Miles from The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway where the World of Outlaws compete on May 23 to Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, Virginia
798- Total wins accounted for with the World of Outlaws by drivers entered in the event on Saturday, May 24
10,000 Dollars the winner will receive on Saturday, May 24
51,300- Dollars earned by Jason Meyers through May 15 to lead the series
Tickets: On Saturday, May 24 at Virginia Motor Speedway, general admission tickets for adults will be $35, with general admission tickets for seniors (ages 60-over) as well as military personnel $32, with general admission tickets for students (ages 13-17) $25, with general admission tickets for children ages 7-12 just $15, and kids ages 6-under will admitted free of charge with a paying adult. Reserved tickets will also be available for $40. For tickets visit: www.vamotorspeedway.com/tickets or call (804) 758-1867.