Manzanita pre-race notes

World of Outlaws Return to Manzanita Speedway on March 3 Concord, NC--Feb. 14, 2007 -- Manzanita Speedway is long known for being one of the most storied racing venues in the entire country. The spacious track located in Phoenix, Arizona has ...

World of Outlaws Return to Manzanita Speedway on March 3

Concord, NC--Feb. 14, 2007 -- Manzanita Speedway is long known for being one of the most storied racing venues in the entire country. The spacious track located in Phoenix, Arizona has played host to countless events dating back to its inception in 1951. The winner's list is a venerable "Who's Who" of American Open-wheel racing. The World of Outlaws look to add to this legacy on Saturday March 3 in the Cactus Classic, as they return for the first of two visits to the facility this season. With a record number of drivers following the series in 2007, the competition on the track will be second to none.

Of the drivers that will be on-hand for the event, they account for well over 800 World of Outlaws A-Feature wins, as well as 22 series titles. There will also be five former winners of the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award in action. Five drivers that have won a series event at the track will be looking to add to their win totals as they arrive at the always blazing fast half-mile.

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws Champion has won nine A-Feature races at Manzanita dating back to 1979. The native of Bloomington, Indiana, last raced at the track in 2005 and won, as he also did in 2004. From 1986-1996, there were six World of Outlaws events contested at the track, and Kinser won all six of them in a row. Before taking to the road this season, the legendary driver traveled to Australia, where he won twice and had nine Top-Five finishes in the 10 events he contested again many fellow World of Outlaws competitors.

Donny Schatz, the reigning World of Outlaws Champion and current series point leader won at Manzanita in 1999. The native of Fargo, North Dakota has already won this season in series action while in Florida and has finished in the Top-Three in every event, as he seeks his second consecutive title. Prior to the World of Outlaws season opener, the 1997 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year spent time in Australia, where he won six total races, including five in a row at one point, in addition to the $50,000 Sprintcar International.

Daryn Pittman won the series last World of Outlaws event at the track last October. After winning the dash to earn the pole position, the native of Owasso, Oklahoma was out front for all 30 laps, as he turned in a very dominating performance. This season he has already picked up a victory on a half-mile track, and is solidly in the Top-Five in points as he heads west. He also won a race Down Under prior to the World of Outlaws season opener in Florida.

Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws Champion won a thrilling race at Manzanita last March, as he scored two A-Feature wins on the season. So far in 2007, he has finished sixth or better in each event and finds himself second in points, just behind reigning series titlist Donny Schatz.

Jac Haudenschild won at Manzanita in 1998, which accounts for one of his 44 career World of Outlaws A-Feature triumphs. The native of Wooster, Ohio, who is always a fan favorite, also holds the track record at the half-mile. He turned a blistering lap of 15.34seconds on January 30, 1997.

Terry McCarl, who finished in the Top-Five in both events at Manzanita last season, opened the 2007 campaign very consistently and finds himself just outside of the Top-Five in points. The native of Altoona, Iowa won once last season on a half-mile track, and would like to add his name to the list of legends that have won at the corner of 35th and Broadway in Phoenix.

Also, Brooke Tatnell will be in attendance, driving for veteran car owner Larry Woodward. The native of San Souci NSW, Australia ran strong at Manzanita last season, and he will be joined by fellow Australian, Kerry Madsen, who is competing for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award. Madsen, who will make his first start at the desert track, won his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature event on February 10, as part of the DIRTcar Nationals.

Tickets for the Cactus Classic on Saturday March 3 start at $28 for adults and just $10 for children ages 6-10. For ticket information call 815-344-2023 or visit www.slspromotions.com.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jac Haudenschild