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World of Outlaws Head to Lebanon Valley Speedway The World of Outlaws will make their second of three visits to the state of New York on Sunday, July 22 when they invade Lebanon Valley Speedway. The high-banked half-mile has been playing...

World of Outlaws Head to Lebanon Valley Speedway

The World of Outlaws will make their second of three visits to the state of New York on Sunday, July 22 when they invade Lebanon Valley Speedway.

The high-banked half-mile has been playing host to the World of Outlaws since 1981 and has held a series a race for 27 consecutive seasons including this year. Ten drivers have won at the track in World of Outlaws A-Feature competition.

Steve Kinser is the winningest driver with the series at the track, having taken the checkered flag nine times. He won in the series inaugural visit to the track in 1981 and won in his most recent visit in 2005, when he led 15 laps to pick up the win. The 20-time World of Outlaws champion has eight A-Feature wins on the season, including last Friday night in the Knight Before the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway. Prior to action on July 20, the native of Bloomington, Indiana had 541 career A-Feature wins with the series. He entered the second East Coast swing of the season sixth in points.

Donny Schatz is the defending winner of the race at Lebanon Valley. He led all 30 laps last season to pick up his second career win at the track. He also won in 2001. The reigning World of Outlaws champion is in the midst of a three-race win streak that began at the Kings Royal last weekend at Eldora Speedway and carried over to the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway and the opening night of the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway and has earned him $85,000. He continues to lead the championship standings as he chases his second straight title.

Joey Saldana is a former winner at Lebanon Valley. He tamed the high banks in 2003, and enters the event this season with nine A-Feature wins on the season. He is second in championship points as he continues to chase his first World of Outlaws title. In his last two visits to the sprawling track, the native of Brownsburg, Indiana has two Top-10 finishes.

Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws Champion holds the track record at Lebanon Valley, after turning a lap of 16.383 seconds in time trials on May 27, 2003. In his last visit to the track he finished just outside of the Top-10. He finished second in the opening night of the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway on July 19.

Jason Meyers last competed at Lebanon Valley Speedway in 2005. The native of Clovis, California began the second East Coast swing of the season with three A-Feature victories. He won a heat race in his last visit to the half-mile two years ago.

Daryn Pittman finished third last season at the high-banked half-mile. He is currently fifth in championship points with three A-Feature wins on the season. He won earlier in the season on a half-mile at Volusia Speedway Park in the season opening Florida DIRTcar Nationals.

Craig Dollansky has run strong in his last two trips to Lebanon Valley with an eighth-place finish in 2005. He led a number of laps in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup on Wednesday and finished second in that event. He won earlier this season at Lake Ozark Speedway in Missouri and is seventh in championship points.

Paul McMahan finished third in his last visit to the track in upstate New York in 2005. Driving for two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, McMahan has two wins on the season, with one of those coming at Eldora Speedway, which also is a high-banked half-mile. McMahan is currently eighth in the championship standings heading into action on July 20.

Jason Solwold competed at Lebanon Valley Speedway in 2005. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington finished fourth in the Kings Royal last weekend at Eldora Speedway.

Jac Haudenschild competed at the track last season. The native of Wooster, Ohio has two A-Feature wins on the season, including at Red River Valley Speedway in North Dakota, another high-banked half-mile. He also won the prestigious Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park last week for the first time in his career.

Tim Shaffer won a heat race in his last visit to Lebanon Valley in 2005. He finished eighth on the opening night of the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway. He has 19 Top-10 finishes as he continues to close in on his first win of the season.

Terry McCarl finished sixth last season at the half-mile. He won earlier this season on a track that size at Knoxville Raceway, just down the road from his home in Altoona, Iowa. Last weekend he finished in the Top-Three on both nights at Eldora Speedway.

Jason Sides last competed at Lebanon Valley Speedway in 2005. The 2003 Kevin finished third on the opening night of the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway, as he continues to chase his first win of the season. He earned a season-best second-place finish during the first East Coast swing of the season at New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey.

Kerry Madsen the current leader in the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award will make his first trip to Lebanon Valley Speedway on Sunday, July 22. The native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia won earlier this season on a half-mile during the Florida DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.

Randy Hannagan finished 10th last season at Lebanon Valley. The 1995 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year is currently 15th in the championship standings, with five Top-10 finishes.

Justin Henderson competed at the track for the first time last season and finished just outside of the Top-10. The native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota has nine Top-10 finishes on the season, including a career-best third-place finish at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin earlier this month.

Chad Kemenah the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the year will make his second start at the half-mile. He finished fifth last season in the 30-lap A-Feature. He recently joined Hard 8 Racing and picked up his first Top-10 finish with the team at the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway last weekend.

Chad Hillier will make his first trip to Lebanon Valley Speedway as a driver. He visited the track in 2005 as a crew member for the Selma Shell team. The native of Burlington, Washington is currently second in the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award.

Jeremy Campbell competed at the track for the first time last season and finished just outside the Top-10. The second-year driver has three Top-10 finishes on the season and has been fastest in time trials twice.

Tony Bruce Jr., another of the contenders for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award will make his first visit to Lebanon Valley on Sunday. The native of Liberal, Kansas is third in rookie points and has two Top-Five finishes on the season.

Sam Hafertepe Jr. will make his first journey to the half-mile on Sunday. The rookie from Sunnyvale, Texas, turned in the fourth quickest lap in time trials on the opening night of the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway on July 19. It was his second straight Top-Five effort in time trials.

Jason Martin competed at Lebanon Valley Speedway for the first time in his career last season and finished in the Top-15. The native of Liberal, Kansas is in his second season competing full-time with the World of Outlaws.

Brian Carlson raced at Lebanon Valley Speedway last season with the series and earned an A-Feature finish. The native of Linden, Indiana missed a number of races earlier this season as recovered from a leg injury.

Rookie Zach Chappell will miss the event as he continues to recover from a knee injury sustained earlier in the month.

On Sunday, July 22 at Lebanon Valley Speedway reserved tickets will be $25, with general admission tickets $24.

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