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Hoosier Sprint Nationals at Kokomo Speedway Up Next for World of Outlaws The World of Outlaws will take to the always racy ¼-mile at Kokomo Speedway in Indiana on Tuesday, June 5 for the Hoosier Sprint Nationals. This will be the series final...

Hoosier Sprint Nationals at Kokomo Speedway Up Next for World of Outlaws

The World of Outlaws will take to the always racy ¼-mile at Kokomo Speedway in Indiana on Tuesday, June 5 for the Hoosier Sprint Nationals. This will be the series final event of the season in Indiana and lone event at Kokomo.

Last season, the 40-lap A-Feature at the track ran non-stop in just over eight and a half minutes. Even more impressive was the fact that all 24 cars were running at the end of the event, which is a rarity on any track, let alone a ¼-mile where the car are constantly in contact with one another.

Craig Dollansky came out on top leading all 40 laps to collect the $10,000 payday. He began the night by turning in the second-fastest lap in time trials with a stellar field of 47 cars on-hand. He followed that up with a second-place finish in the second heat race, and then he won the Crane Cams Dash to earn the pole position for the A-Feature. This native of Elk River, Minnesota won his first World of Outlaws event of the 2007 season on May 12 at Lake Ozark Speedway in Missouri. He is solidly in the Top-10 in championship points heading into the event at Kokomo.

In the 19 World of Outlaws events at the track dating back to 1978, 11 different drivers have visited the winner's circle. Of the drivers that will be competing on Tuesday, June 4, four have won A-Feature events at the track.

Steve Kinser leads that list with six wins. His son Kraig, the 2004 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year also won at the track in 2005. Kinser, a 20-time World of Outlaws Champion won in the series first ever visit to Kokomo in 1978. The native of Bloomington, Indiana has six wins this season, including last Friday night at Sharon Speedway in Ohio, as well as the first World of Outlaws event of the season in his home state at Tri-State Speedway, back on April 21. He is currently fifth in championship points on strength of 18 Top-10 finishes.

Danny Lasoski the 2001 World of Outlaws Champion won at Kokomo in 1991. The native of Dover, Missouri is currently fourth in championship points on the strength of 20 Top-10 finishes. Among those are two wins, one at Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky in April, and on May 23 at Grandview Speedway in Pennsylvania.

Jac Haudenschild, who is currently 10th in the World of Outlaws championship standings won at Kokomo in 1985. He had a very strong run at Sharon Speedway last Friday night, finishing sixth, and he finished just outside the Top-10 at Eldora on Friday night, as he continues to close in on his first A-Feature win of the season. The native of Wooster, Ohio has 11 Top-10 finishes on the season.

Donny Schatz, the reigning World of Outlaws champion finished third last season in the event, at Kokomo Speedway, one of his series-best 42 Top-Five finishes en route to the title. He is coming off a very solid weekend that him finish fifth on Friday night at Sharon Speedway and sixth on Saturday night at Eldora, as he continues to lead the standings, as he chases his second consecutive title. The native of Fargo, North Dakota has won a series best seven A-Feature events and has racked up 25 Top-10 finishes in the first 28 events of the season.

Joey Saldana will head to Kokomo in search of his first World of Outlaws title, as he continues his second season driving for Kasey Kahne Racing. The native of Brownburg, Indiana has won five races this season. He finished fifth at Kokomo last season. Heading into the Hoosier Sprint Nationals, the home state driver has five A-Feature wins to go along with 22 Top-10 finishes as he trials Schatz by just 68 points. Saldana leads the series in laps led, and also has set fast time on five occasions to lead the series.

Daryn Pittman ran strong at Kokomo last season, finishing sixth. The former World of Outlaws Gumout Series Champion will look for his first win on the quarter-mile to match an earlier win this season at Riverside International Speedway in Arkansas, which is also a ¼-mile. In addition to this, he has won on the half-mile at Volusia Speedway Park in the finale of the Florida DIRTcar Nationals to open the season in February. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma is currently third in points with 21 Top-10 finishes.

Jason Meyers will look for his first win at Kokomo on Tuesday, June 5. The native of Clovis, California has been one of the most consistent drivers over the last month and a half with the series. He has two A-Feature wins, coming at Eldora Speedway in April and U.S. 36 Raceway in Missouri in May. He is sixth in points with 18 Top-10 finishes.

Paul McMahan won his first race of the season this past Saturday night at Eldora Speedway, which is owned by his car owner Tony Stewart, a native of Indiana. McMahan is currently seventh in points on the strength of 13 Top-10 finishes.

Jason Solwold had another strong run on Saturday night, as he led a number of laps at Eldora and finished second, as he continues to close in on his first World of Outlaws A-Feature win. Last season, he finished just outside the Top-10 at Kokomo Speedway. He won two preliminary features in 2006 with the World of Outlaws, including one on a ¼-mile track during the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar (Calif.) Speedway.

Other drivers that will be in action at the Hoosier Sprint Nationals at Kokomo Speedway on Tuesday, June 5 include: Jason Sides of Tennessee, who is the 2003 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, Tim Shaffer of Pennsylvania, the 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, Terry McCarl of Iowa who finished second at Kokomo last season, along with Brooke Tatnell and Kerry Madsen of Australia.

Randy Hannagan was 10th in 2006 at Kokomo and will return to the track fresh off a seventh-place run at Eldora on Saturday night. Justin Henderson of South Dakota, who finished seventh last season at the track, will be in action, along with reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Chad Kemenah will return to Kokomo. Second-year driver Jeremy Campbell, who holds the track record at Kokomo, after turning a blistering 11.021 second lap in time trials last season, will also be in action.

Veteran Dion Hindi of New Mexico will also be in attendance, along with second-year driver Jason Martin of Kansas, who set fast time at Sharon Speedway in Ohio last Friday night. Veteran Brian Carlson will miss the event, as he continues to recover from muscle and ligament damage to his left leg sustained earlier in the month at Lake Ozark Speedway.

Drivers currently competing for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award that will be in action include: Tony Bruce Jr. of Kansas, Zach Chappell of Oklahoma, Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Texas, Chad Hillier of Washington, and Madsen.

For ticket information for the Hoosier Sprint Nationals at Kokomo Speedway call SLS Promotions at 815-344-2023 or visit www.slspromotions.com.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , 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 , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.