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Manzanita Speedway Awaits World of Outlaws With just four events remaining on the 2007 schedule, the World of Outlaws will head to the storied Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, October 19 for the Outlaw Desert Classic. Five...

Manzanita Speedway Awaits World of Outlaws

With just four events remaining on the 2007 schedule, the World of Outlaws will head to the storied Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, October 19 for the Outlaw Desert Classic.

Five drivers that have won with the series in the past at the track will be in attendance, including Steve Kinser, who has nine career victories at Manzanita, as well as Donny Schatz who won at the track earlier this season. Also in action will be Danny Lasoski and Daryn Pittman who won at the half-mile last season, as well as former winner Jac Haudenschild.

Schatz heads back to Manzanita Speedway on a three race winning streak that has brought his season total to 19 A-Feature victories. He currently is tied for sixth all-time on the World of Outlaws win list with 1995 series champion Dave Blaney with 70 wins. On March 3 at Manzanita, he took the lead from Justin Henderson on the 13th lap and would lead the rest of the way to earn his second career win at the track. The native of Fargo, North Dakota leads the series in laps led, wins in the Crane Cams Dash, Top-Five finishes, Top-10 finishes and money earned, as he continues to close in on his second consecutive World of Outlaws title. In the 71 A-Feature that events that have been contested this season, he has 67 Top-10 finishes.

Joey Saldana finished second in March at Manzanita. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana has won 12 A-Feature events this season, and is second in championship points. He leads the series in fast time honors, stopping the clock first in time trials on 11 occasions. The second generation driver has 63 Top-10 finishes, in his second season driving for Kasey Kahne Racing.

Danny Lasoski won for the first time in his career at Manzanita Speedway last season. The 2001 World of Outlaws champion has won five times this season, including a sweep of the Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway in California, which is a sweeping half-mile track similar to Manzanita. The native of Dover, Missouri is third in championship points on the strength of 45 Top-10 finishes.

Daryn Pittman won for the first time in his career last season at Manzanita. The former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion has won six times this season, including on a half-mile at Volusia Speedway Park during the Florida DIRTcar Nationals. He is currently fourth in championship points, on the strength of 48 Top-10 finishes, just 38 markers out of third. He is one of just four drivers that has led over 200 laps of feature competition on the season. He also has won the Crane Cams Dash five times to earn the same number of pole positions, in addition to picking up the KSE Race Products Hard Charger Award eight times throughout the year.

Jason Meyers has won four times this season, including on a half-mile at Lebanon Valley Speedway in New York. The native of Clovis, California is fifth in points, just 20 markers out of fourth and 58 points out of third. He has 45 Top-10 finishes on the season, along with eight wins in the Crane Cams Dash that have earned him the same number of pole positions. Meyers has also stopped the clocks first in time trials five times in 2007.

Steve Kinser is the winningest driver in World of Outlaws competition at Manzanita Speedway. The 20-time series champion has won nine times at the half-mile. His first win at the track came in 1979 and his most recent victory there was in 2005. He has won nine times this season to bring his career total to 542 wins, including three events on half-mile tracks. He also was victorious at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in the World of Outlaws inaugural visit to the track. The native of Bloomington, Indiana is sixth in championship points, just 48 markers out of the Top-Five on the strength of 48 Top-10 finishes this season.

Craig Dollansky finished 10th in the World of Outlaws first visit to Manzanita in the spring. The native of Elk River, Minnesota has won three times in 2007, including on a half-mile at I-96 Speedway in Michigan. He also earned $25,000 for winning at Skagit Speedway in August, as part of the Gold Rush Tour. The former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion is seventh in points on the strength of 45 Top-10 finishes. He also has won the Crane Cams Dash six times to earn the same number of pole positions.

Paul McMahan won at Manzanita last season and was fifth this season at the track back on March 3. Driving for Tony Stewart Racing, he has won twice this season, including on a half-mile at Eldora Speedway in Ohio, which is owned by his car owner. McMahan is eighth in the championship points on the strength of 37 Top-10 finishes.

Tim Shaffer recently moved into the ninth spot in the standings, after earning his 38th Top-10 finish of the season last Saturday night in the Dave Helm Memorial at Thunderbowl Raceway. He has 24 Top-Five finishes in 2007, as he continues to close in on his first win of the season. The 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has set fast time on three occasions this season, in addition to winning the Crane Cams Dash three times to earn the same number of pole positions.

Jason Solwold finished eighth in the World of Outlaws first visit of the season to Manzanita Speedway in the spring. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington won his first career A-Feature with the series at Charter Raceway in Wisconsin in August. Entering competition this week, he has 40 Top-10 finishes and is solidly in the Top-10 in championship points.

Jac Haudenschild won at Manzanita with the World of Outlaws in 1998. The native of Wooster, Ohio has two A-Feature wins this season, including on a half-mile at Red River Valley Speedway in North Dakota, as well as in his home state in the Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park. He has 32 Top-10 finishes as he heads to the Arizona desert.

Terry McCarl has also won twice this season, including on the half-mile at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa, where he is a six-time track champion. He also won a thrilling battle with Donny Schatz at K-C Raceway in Ohio. The native of Altoona, Iowa has 31 Top-10 finishes this season and is just three points behind Haudenschild as the pair continues to battle for the 11th spot in the championship standings.

Kerry Madsen set a new track record at Manzanita in the spring, as he toured the half-mile in 15.235 seconds. The current leader in the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award earned his 21st Top-10 finish of the season last Saturday night in the Dave Helm Memorial, which honored his late car owner. Madsen, a native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia won his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature event earlier this season on the half-mile at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida.

Jason Sides finished sixth at Manzanita earlier this season. The 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year finished second last Saturday night at Thunderbowl Raceway in California to pick up his 22nd Top-10 finish of the season. He earned his second career World of Outlaws victory earlier in the season at Ohsweken Speedway in Canada, in the series first event north of the border in over 25 years.

Randy Hannagan is very solidly in the Top-15 in championship points as the series makes their final stop this season at Manzanita. The 1995 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has 11 Top-10 finishes in 2007, including a runner-up effort at Knoxville Raceway earlier in the season.

Justin Henderson led the first 12 laps of the event on March 3 at Manzanita and finished seventh on that night. The native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota earned a career-best third-place finish at Cedar Lake Speedway in July, on another night that saw him lead a number of laps. Heading into action this weekend, he has 13 Top-10 finishes on the season.

Chad Kemenah heads to Manzanita this weekend with 13 Top-10 finishes on the season. The Outlaw Desert Classic will be the first time he has competed with Hard 8 Racing at the track. He joined the team in July and quickly earned a Top-10 finish in the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway on the famed half-mile.

Jeremy Campbell has competed at Manzanita a number of times during his career. The second-year driver from Monroe, Michigan currently has eight Top-10 finishes in 2007. He led a number of laps at K-C Raceway in Ohio in July, after winning the Crane Cams Dash to earn the pole position.

Sam Hafertepe Jr, Chad Hillier and Tony Bruce Jr., who are second, third and fourth respectively in the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award standings, and will be in action on Friday, October 19. They all competed with the World of Outlaws at Manzanita Speedway earlier this season.

On Friday, October 19 at Manzanita Speedway, adult reserved tickets in sections AA-DD of the bleachers will be $32, with tickets in sections A-D in the main grandstand $35, with reserved tickets for kids in the main grandstand and bleachers $15. Adult general admission tickets will be $30, with kids 6-12 years of age just $10, while kids 5-under will be admitted free of charge. For ticket information 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 , Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Tony Bruce Jr.