Jeremy Campbell and the World of Outlaws Set to Invade Jim Nier's K-C Raceway Norman, OK -- April 28, 2006 -- What do racers do when they have a weekend off? Go home and mow the lawn? How about taking a trip to the lake for some fishing? Maybe...
Jeremy Campbell and the World of Outlaws Set to Invade Jim Nier's K-C Raceway
Norman, OK -- April 28, 2006 -- What do racers do when they have a weekend off? Go home and mow the lawn? How about taking a trip to the lake for some fishing? Maybe just watch a baseball game on television? Or just catch up on some sleep?
If you're Mean 15 driver Jeremy Campbell, you go racing of course. With a couple of recent gaps in his schedule, the native of Monroe, Mich., found some time to take the wing off the top of his No. 10c Americas Best Value Inn/G-Force Racing Gear Maxim and race with some of the best non-wing sprint car drivers at a couple of tough Midwestern tracks.
"That was my first time ever in a non-wing three weeks ago," said Campbell, who is in the thick of the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award Presented By Maxim Racing and ButlerBuilt. "I had never even watched a non-wing show. It's fun and different. You have to finesse the car and work the pedals. You use both the gas and brake. You have to pedal out of it because the car is so light."
With the World of Outlaws schedule about to become extremely busy in the next couple of weeks, Campbell will keep the wing bolted on and prepare for the long days and nights of traveling from coast to coast to bring fans the best sprint car racing in the world.
One track Campbell, who at 22 is the youngest of the Mean 15 racers, knows pretty well is Jim Nier's K-C Raceway in Chillicothe, Ohio, where on May 13 the World of Outlaws will battle the All Star Circuit of Champions in the Ohio Challenge II. Campbell has raced on the high-banked track in the past with the All Stars, recording a couple of top-10 finishes. K-C Raceway is often referred to a "flat out" track due to the high banking, sheer speed and blistering laps the winged monsters will turn.
"It if builds up a cushion, you just keep your foot down and go through the stuff and keep it going," Campbell said. "It depends on the track. I've been there when it's been dry slick and when it's had a nice cushion. When it has a nice cushion, you just have to be on top and just go all out. I like to run around the top. When it gets dry slick you may have to pedal it through the bottom."
Not only does Campbell like the track surface and racing excitement at K-C Raceway, but it is within shouting distance of his home state. Since the team is doing most of its work right now out of the Indianapolis area, it is tough to find time to make it home to the Wolverine state.
"It's one of the near tracks and one of the places you can actually go home after the race," Campbell said. "Being home once in a while does help."
Campbell knows the fans will see a competitive race and that some of the best weekly 410-sprint car drivers in Ohio will attempt to defend their home turf against the Mean 15. The World of Outlaws Sprint Series has only competed three times at the ultra fast oval and that may bode well for Campbell.
"I've raced there plenty of times, and it will be exciting," Campbell said.
Campbell currently is in the top-10 in series points. His best finish so far in this young season was a second on the opening night of the Las Vegas World of Outlaws Nationals at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In total, he has four top-10s so far.
"What our goal is for the year is to win the rookie of the year and to finish in a good position in points," Campbell said. "For sure in the top-10, but if we could crack the top-five, that would be awesome."
Look for Campbell and the rest of the World of Outlaws to mix it up with the All Star Circuit of Champions May 13 on the high banks of K-C Raceway and see if they can shatter the track qualifying record of 10.915 seconds set last fall by Brock Mayes. The speeds will be incredible, and Campbell will be awfully glad he has the wing on the car.
For tickets or information about the Ohio Challenge II featuring the World of Outlaws at K-C Raceway, go to www.kc-raceway.com or call 740-289-4114.
Once the checkered flag flies at K-C, Campbell and the rest of the World of Outlaws will load their trucks, head down the highway and continue their Eastern swing as they will do battle May 16 with the Pennsylvania Posse at Grandview Speedway before rolling May 19 into Lernerville Speedway for the Commonwealth Clash that sets the stage for Sharon Speedway's highly anticipated $50,000 Challenge on May 20.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Series is brought to the fans across the country by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Hoosier Racing Tire and The Outdoor Channel. Promotional Partners include AMB i.t., Choice Hotels and The University of Northwestern Ohio. Associate sponsors are ButlerBuilt Motorsports Equipment, Maxim Racing and RacinSoles. Contingency sponsors include DART Machinery, MSD Ignitions and Wrisco Industries.