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Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Orange County Fair Speedway Middletown, NY-- September 23, 2008-- Long before auto racing was around, Orange County Fair Speedway was around and hosting horse racing. The storied...

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Orange County Fair Speedway

Middletown, NY-- September 23, 2008-- Long before auto racing was around, Orange County Fair Speedway was around and hosting horse racing. The storied track has been in existence since 1857, with 1919 marking the first season the facility hosted an auto race. Stock racing began at the track in 1948. Fast forward nearly 45 years and the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series made their first visit to the track in 1983.

There have been 10 different drivers to pick up wins in the 20 A-Feature events that the series has sanctioned at the sprawling 5/8-mile over the last 25 years. Four series champions have been victorious with the series at the track during that stretch. The World of Outlaws will make their annual visit to Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York on Wednesday, September 24 for an event which was postponed by rain earlier this season.

Prior to the 2008 racing season, new clay added to the track, which has softened the surface and has produced two and three-wide racing in their weekly racing program. The track record of 16.836 seconds established by Kerry Madsen last season in the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series events is expected to be challenge on Wednesday night. It will be the final of three races this season in the state of New York for the World of Outlaws.

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion won the first race at the track for the series back in 1983 and is the winningest driver with the series at Orange County Fair Speedway with five A-Feature triumphs. He was victorious earlier this season at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge. New York the other 5/8-mile track on the series schedule to claim his 36th career win in the Empire State. The native of Bloomington, Indiana currently has 549 career A-Feature wins with the World of Outlaws.

Daryn Pittman added his name to the list of drivers that have won at the track last season, leading all 25-lap of the event. He has three consecutive Top-Five finishes at the track. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma who has won four times this season with the World of Outlaws has two career wins in the state of New York.

Donny Schatz, the two-time defending series champion has four consecutive Top-Five finishes at Orange County Fair Speedway, including two straight runner-up performances. He has five wins in his career in the state of New York and eight consecutive Top-10 finishes in the state. The North Dakota native leads the World of Outlaws championship standings on the strength of 14 A-Feature wins and 51 Top-10 finishes.

Jason Meyers, who is currently second in points has two career starts at the sprawling 5/8-mile. He finished fifth last season and was sixth in his debut in 2004. In his career, he has 11 Top-10 finishes in New York, including a win last season at Lebanon Valley Speedway. The native of Clovis, California has nine overall wins this season along with a series-best 42 Top-Five finishes as he chases his first series title.

Joey Saldana enters the event on Wednesday, September 24 at Orange County Fair Speedway tied for the third spot in the series standings, on the strength of five A-Feature wins, including last Friday night at the famed Eldora Speedway in Ohio. He has 18 Top-10 finishes in his career in New York, including a win at Lebanon Valley. He has a couple of Top-10 finishes at Orange County in his career.

Jac Haudenschild has 14 career Top-10 finishes at Orange County, with six Top-Five finishes. He won his second career race in the state of New York on Sunday night at Lebanon Valley Speedway, to earn his fourth win of the 2008 campaign. He has over 50 Top-10 finishes in his career in New York. He is solidly in the sixth spot in points as he continues his first season behind the wheel for the Carnahan Motorsports team.

Chad Kemenah, the 2006 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, who is seventh in the series standings, has two Top-10 finishes at Orange County in two starts during his career. He was eighth in 2006 and ninth last season. He picked up his fifth career Top-10 finish in New York on Sunday night at Lebanon Valley Speedway. He has 32 Top-10 finishes this season entering this week's trio of races.

Kerry Madsen, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, set a new track record in time trials last season at Orange County Fair Speedway in his debut at the track. He picked up a Top-10 finish earlier this season at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, which is also a sprawling 5/8-mile. The native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia has 34 Top-10 finishes as be battles Kemenah for the seventh spot in the series standings.

Terry McCarl, picked up a Top-10 finish at Orange County Fair Speedway in his debut at the track in 1992. He has made two career starts at the largest tracks on the World of Outlaws schedule. The six-time Knoxville Raceway and Huset's Speedway track champion recently finished sixth at Lebanon Valley Speedway to earn his 24th Top-10 finish of the season.

Sam Hafertepe Jr. made his debut at Orange County Fair Speedway last season during his rookie campaign with the World of Outlaws. He matched his career-best finish on Sunday night at Lebanon Valley Speedway coming home third, to earn his first career Top-Five in the state of New York. The native of Sunnyvale, Texas has 16 Top-10 finishes this season.

Kraig Kinser who was the 2004 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, finished seventh in his only start at Orange County back in 2004. The son of 20-time series champion Steve Kinser has five Top-10 finishes in his career in a limited numbers of starts in New York. In his first season driving for Tony Stewart Racing, the third generation driver has 16 Top-10 runs, including a win at Grays Harbor Raceway in Washington.

Jason Sides, who wore the rookie crown in 2003, finished seventh in his first trip to Orange County in 2004. He has 16 Top-10 finishes this season with six of those being Top-Five performances as he closes in on his first win of the year.

Tony Bruce Jr. made his debut at Orange County Fair Speedway last season during his rookie season with the World of Outlaws. The sophomore driver won his first career A-Feature with the series earlier this season at 34 Raceway in Iowa.

Chad Hillier also visited the sprawling 5/8-mile for the first time last season. He has made five starts in his career in the state of New York. The native of Burlington, Washington has five Top-10 finishes this season.

Lucas Wolfe, who is in his first full season on the road with the World of Outlaws, finished 10th in his first trip to Orange County in 2004. He has six Top-10 finishes this season.

Paul McMahan has finished eighth in each of his last two starts at Orange County Fair Speedway, including last season. He has 14 Top-10 finishes this season as he chases his first win aboard the No. 6 machine for car owner Lonnie Parsons.

Brooke Tatnell, who is filling in for the injured Craig Dollansky, won at Orange County in 2006. He has two career wins in the state of New York. In his first race for the Larry Woodward Racing team on Sunday at Lebanon Valley Speedway, he started 21st and worked his way to a 10th place finish to earn the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award.

2007 Race Recap: Daryn Pittman earned his first career win at the sprawling track in an event last September after the original event was postponed by rain in May.

Pittman started on the outside of the front row and quickly took the lead from pole sitter Joey Saldana, as he went on to lead all 25 laps, en route to claiming his sixth A-Feature win of the season.

Pittman was challenged early in the race by Saldana. After winning a drag race down the front straightaway on the opening lap, Pittman opened a slight advantage when the caution flew on lap four. Saldana looked low heading into the first and second turns on the ensuing restart, but could not quite close the gap.

The leaders entered lapped traffic on the ninth lap, giving Jac Haudenschild who moved into third on the opening lap, an opportunity to battle Saldana for the runner-up spot. As the pair continued to negotiate lapped traffic, this gave Donny Schatz the chance he needed to close in.

On lap 12, Schatz got around Haudenschild to move into third and set his sights on Saldana, while Pittman continued to lead in traffic.

Saldana continued to run second, and on a lap 17 caution it was discovered that he had a right rear tire that was going flat. He elected to stay on the track and restarted in the second spot and was running fifth when the tire expired on lap 20, bringing out a caution.

Pittman led on the restart, with Schatz behind him. Schatz moved to the low side of the track on lap 20, as Pittman was running high, but he could not quite close the four car length gap between them. At the line, Pittman won by over a second.

Haudenschild was third, with Steve Kinser fourth and Jason Meyers rounding out the Top-Five.

What to look for at Orange County Fair Speedway:

* New clay was added this season at Orange County Fair Speedway that has made the track softer and very conducive to two and three-wide racing. The track record of 16.836 seconds set by Kerry Madsen last season is expected to be challenged on Wednesday, September 24

* Steve Kinser has five wins in his career at Orange County Fair Speedway. He won the series first race at the track in 1983 and has five consecutive Top-Five finishes at the track. He has won five times this season, including at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in New York, the other 5/8-mile track on the World of Outlaws schedule.

*Donny Schatz, the two-time defending series champion has four consecutive Top-Five finishes, including runner-up performances the last two seasons at the track. He leads the series with 14 A-Feature wins this season as he chases his third consecutive series title.

*Jason Meyers finished fifth last season at Orange County and was sixth in his first visit to the track in 2004. He is currently second in points and leads the series with 42 Top-Five finishes this season.

* Jac Haudenschild has 14 Top-10 finishes during his career with the World of Outlaws at Orange County Fair Speedway, including six Top-Five runs. He is currently in the sixth position in points and won his fourth race of the season on Sunday night at Lebanon Valley Speedway in New York.

* Kerry Madsen set a new track record at Orange County Fair Speedway last season in his debut at the track. The reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year is currently locked in a battle with Chad Kemenah for the seventh spot in the series standings, just one point out of that position.

*Daryn Pittman, who won at Orange County last season, has three consecutive Top-Five finishes at the largest track on the World of Outlaws schedule. He has won four times this season.

*Brooke Tatnell, who is currently filling in for the injured Craig Dollansky won at Orange County in 2006. He finished 10th in his first start for the team on Sunday night at Lebanon Valley Speedway.

By the Numbers- Orange County Fair Speedway:

0.625- Miles around Orange County Fair Speedway

2- Races on 5/8-mile tracks this season for the World of Outlaws

3- Races in the state of New York for the World of Outlaws this season

5- A-Feature wins for Steve Kinser at Orange County

9- Track records that have been established in time trials with the World of Outlaws this season

10- Driver that have won World of Outlaws A-Feature events at the 5/8-mile track

13- Drivers that have won with the World of Outlaws this season

15- Drivers currently competing with the series that raced at Orange County Fair Speedway in 2007

16- Drivers that have been fastest in time trials with the series this season

16.836- Track record established by Kerry Madsen on September 26, 2007

17- Drivers currently competing full time with the World of Outlaws

20- A-Feature events that the World of Outlaws have contested at Orange County Fair Speedway, dating back to 1983

23- Drivers that have led laps in feature racing competition with the World of Outlaws this season; Drivers that have won a Crane Cams Dash to earn a pole position

25- Laps led by Daryn Pittman en route to the win at Orange County last season

121- Miles from Lebanon Valley Speedway where the World of Outlaws competed on September 21 to Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York

133.642- Track record in miles per hour set by Kerry Madsen last season

377- Laps led by Jason Meyers this season to lead the series

1857- Year that the racing surface was laid at the Orange County Fairgrounds for horse racing

1919- Year that the first auto race was held at the Orange County Fairgrounds

1948- Year that stock car racing began at what became know as Orange County Fair Speedway

1962- Year the annual season ending "Eastern States" weekend began at the track

1983- Year the World of Outlaws first raced at Orange County Fair Speedway

10,000- Dollars the winner will receive on Wednesday, September 24

Tickets: On Wednesday, September 24 at Orange County Fair Speedway, general admission tickets will be $30 for youth and seniors citizens and $32 for adults, while reserved tickets for youth and senior citizens will be $35, with reserved tickets for adults $37. Tickets for the original race on May 18 will also be honored. For ticket information visit: www.ocfsmotorsports.com.

Next Up: The Morgan Hughes National Open at Williams Grove Speedway on September 26 and 27, with the finale airing LIVE on SPEED at 8 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, September 27, with the winner receiving $50,000.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Lucas Wolf , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.
Teams Williams