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Kinser, Schatz Lead World of Outlaws Back to USA Race Park on March 2 Concord, NC--Jan. 29, 2007 -- After two exciting races at USA Race Park in Tucson last season, the World of Outlaws will return to the racy 3/8-mile state-of-the-art facility...

Kinser, Schatz Lead World of Outlaws Back to USA Race Park on March 2

Concord, NC--Jan. 29, 2007 -- After two exciting races at USA Race Park in Tucson last season, the World of Outlaws will return to the racy 3/8-mile state-of-the-art facility in the Arizona desert this season on Friday March 2.

Leading the way will be defending World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz who won at USA Race Park last October. That was one of his series leading 17 A-Feature wins, as he earned his first series title.

Making his first visit to the track will be 20-time World of Outlaws Champion Steve Kinser, as he looks to add to his 533 career World of Outlaws A-Feature triumphs this season.

Also, Danny Lasoski the 2001 World of Outlaws Champion will be in action. He raced in both World of Outlaws events last season at the track driving for California native Dennis Roth's team.

Terry McCarl, who set a new track record of 13.127 seconds in time trials last March in his first visit to the track, returns to the southwest looking to break that mark. McCarl has already scored a win this year in early season action in Florida.

Also returning to USA Race Park will be Craig Dollansky, who scored two Top-10 finishes at the track last year, as he seeks his first World of Outlaws title. He won six A-Feature events with the series last season, along with scoring two preliminary feature triumphs. Joey Saldana, driving for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne will also be in attendance. Saldana won seven races last season, and was sixth in the fall race at USA Race Park.

California native Tim Kaeding, driving for Steve Kinser Racing will also be on-hand, along with fellow Golden State drivers Randy Hannagan and Jason Meyers.

Making their first appearances at the racy 3/8-mile oval will be: Tim Shaffer and Jason Sides, along with Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award contender Kerry Madsen.

Dion Hindi, from Albuquerque will have one of his shortest treks of the season, as he makes the trip to USA Race Park. Also hailing from the capital of New Mexico is rookie James Mosher, who also competed at the track last season.

Other drivers returning to the track include: Becca Anderson, rookie Tony Bruce Jr., Brian Carlson, Jeremy Campbell, Jac Haudenschild, Justin Henderson, rookie Chad Hillier, Jason Martin, Daryn Pittman, Jason Solwold, and Brooke Tatnell.

Paul McMahan driving for two-time NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart won the inaugural race last season leading wire-to-wire in a 30-lap contest, over a hard charging Schatz and local favorite Johnny Herrera, a 12-time World of Outlaws A-Feature winner in his career.

After the series inaugural visit last year, before a large and enthusiastic crowd, many drivers had very high remarks for the facility, and could not wait to return to the track, including McMahan who will go down in history as the series first winner at the 3/8-mile oval.

"I'll tell you what, this place is really a neat racetrack, I really enjoyed it -- and not only because I won," said McMahan from the winner's circle at USA Race Park last March. "It was a neat racetrack all night long for me."

Chad Kemenah, who went on to claim the 2006 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award, finished fourth in his first visit to the track last season. This early momentum helped the native of Findlay, Ohio establish himself as the driver to beat for the rookie honors.

"It was a really, really fun racetrack to race on," said Chad Kemenah, after his first race at USA Race Park. "It got wide there and had a cushion and it was probably an awesome race for the fans to see."

The series returned to the track for the second time last year on October 21, with Schatz picking up a very emotional win, dedicating it to Ted Johnson, the Founder of the World of Outlaws, who had passed away the day before. Schatz dominated the night, setting fast time, winning the first dash, and leading all 30 laps of the A-Feature.

Of the drivers expected for the event this season on March 2, they account for 22 series titles and an amazing 811 A-Feature wins, since 1978. Also five former Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award winners are expected to be in attendance.

-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 , Becca Anderson , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Chad Kemenah , Tim Kaeding , Tony Bruce Jr.