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World of Outlaws Ready to Return to Lake Ozark Speedway After a thrilling debut at the state-of-the-art Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Missouri in 2005, the World of Outlaws will return to the semi-banked 1/3-mile on Saturday, May 12 after a...

World of Outlaws Ready to Return to Lake Ozark Speedway

After a thrilling debut at the state-of-the-art Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Missouri in 2005, the World of Outlaws will return to the semi-banked 1/3-mile on Saturday, May 12 after a one year hiatus. The event will wrap up a doubleheader weekend in the state of Missouri for the series, as they also take to the high banks of U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn on Friday, May 11.

In the series inaugural visit Lake Ozark Speedway, Tim Shaffer picked up a convincing win, with Steve Kinser finishing second after an epic battle with Paul McMahan who wound up third. Shaffer shot around Daryn Pittman in traffic on the seventh lap and led the rest of the way in the 40-lap event. Shaffer enters this year's event with eight Top-10 finishes on the year, with six of those being in the Top-Five, including a fifth-place effort last weekend.

Kinser heads to Lake Ozark Speedway for his second start on the 1/3-mile, a very solid seventh in the World of Outlaws championship standings. The 20-time series champion has won twice this season, and has 10 Top-10 finishes. The native of Bloomington, Indiana is coming off a very solid third-place finish last weekend.

McMahan will make his first start at the track behind the wheel of the No. 20 for two-time NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart's team. The native of Nashville is just outside the Top-10 in points, with six Top-10 finishes on the year, including a season-best finish of fourth last weekend.

Donny Schatz leads the championship point standings by nine makers over Joey Saldana heading into the weekend. Schatz has four wins on the year, and an impressive 15 Top-10 finishes in the first 17 events of the year. The reigning series champion leads the series with three wins in the Crane Cams Dash, which has earned him three pole positions.

Saldana leads the series with five A-Feature wins, including two on 1/3-mile tracks, and also has led a series-best 153 laps heading into this weekend. The 1996 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year finished sixth in the series inaugural visit to Lake Ozark Speedway in 2005. On that night the native of Brownsburg, Indiana turned in the fourth quickest lap in time trials, and also earned a spot in the Crane Cams Dash.

Pittman led the first six laps in 2005 at Lake Ozark, before getting bottled up in traffic and ultimately had debris cut down a tire. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma enters this weekend with plenty of momentum after winning last weekend in the series return to Riverside International Speedway. The former World of Outlaws Gumout Series Champion is currently third in championship points, on the strength of 13 Top-10 finishes.

Craig Dollansky had a steady night in the series first to Lake Ozark Speedway, coming home in the ninth spot. The native of Elk River, Minnesota is currently fourth in the World of Outlaws championship standings, on the strength of 12 Top-10 finishes. He charged from the 27th starting spot last weekend to finish ninth in his first visit to Riverside International Speedway.

Danny Lasoski is the only full-time World of Outlaws driver that hails from the state of Missouri. In the series last trip to the track, the native of Dover set fast time with a very solid field of cars in attendance. He enters this weekend fifth in points, on the strength of 11 Top-10 finishes. He won his first race of the season on April 6 at Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky.

Jason Meyers gears up for his second race at Lake Ozark Speedway as one of the most consistent drivers with the World of Outlaws over the last month. In the month of April, he finished eighth or better in every single event. He opened up May last weekend with his 10th Top-10 finish of the season. He is currently sixth in points, as he prepares for the doubleheader in the Show-Me State this weekend.

Terry McCarl was the second fastest in time trials in 2005 at Lake Ozark Speedway. The native of Altoona, Iowa finished just outside the Top-10 in the A-Feature that night. He enters the events this weekend eighth in points, on the strength of 11 Top-10 finishes. He continues to build momentum with Brian Kemenah on board as crew chief.

Jason Solwold will make his second start at the track this weekend. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington is currently ninth in World of Outlaws points, with nine Top-10 finishes. He led early in the race last weekend at Riverside and finished a very solid second, as he continues to chase his first A-Feature win of the season.

Jac Haudenschild is currently 10th in points heading into the weekend. The native of Wooster, Ohio has seven Top-10 finishes on the season, as he seeks his first win of the year.

Also in action will be: 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Jason Sides of Tennessee making his second start at the track, along with current Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year leader Kerry Madsen of Australia, who will make his first trip to the 1/3-mile.

Tim Kaeding will make his second start at the track, as he continues to fill-in for Brooke Tatnell who is in Australia with his father George, who continues a courageous battle with cancer. Kaeding was 10th in his first to Lake Ozark Speedway in 2005 and also was 10th last weekend in his first race substituting for Woodward Racing.

Justin Henderson will be making his first visit to the track on Saturday. The second-year driver has five Top-10 finishes on the year. Randy Hannagan, the 1995 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year set fast time at Lake Ozark Speedway in 2004 with the All Star Circuit of Champions, and has a couple of Top-Five finishes with the All Stars at the 1/3-mile.

Chad Kemenah the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year raced at Lake Ozark Speedway in 2004 with the All Star Circuit of Champions, recording Top-Five finishes in both of his starts at the track.

Second year driver Jeremy Campbell raced at Lake Ozark in 2004 with the All Stars and picked up a Top-10 finish. Making their debuts at the track this weekend will be veteran Dion Hindi of New Mexico, second-year driver Jason Martin of Kansas, and veteran Brian Carlson of Indiana.

A number of contenders for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award will also be in action including: Tony Bruce Jr. or Kansas, Zach Chappell of Oklahoma, Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Texas, Chad Hillier of Washington, and Madsen.

On Saturday, May 12, at Lake Ozark Speedway reserved tickets in the Top Five rows of each section will be $32, with general admission tickets $30. Children ages 12-under will be admitted free of charge.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Brian Carlson , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Tim Kaeding , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.