Minot preview

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Nodak Speedway Minot, North Dakota-- August 15, 2008-- Nodak Speedway in Minot, North Dakota had been waiting a long time for the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car ...

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Nodak Speedway

Minot, North Dakota-- August 15, 2008-- Nodak Speedway in Minot, North Dakota had been waiting a long time for the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series to make a stop at the high-banked 3/8-mile, and that wait came to an end in 2006 before a capacity crowd which saw Terry McCarl pick up the inaugural series win. Last season, an even bigger crowd saw Daryn Pittman pick up a victory, with Donny Schatz battling for the lead.

The World of Outlaws will make their third consecutive visit to Nodak Speedway on Sunday, August 17 in the finale of the Gerdau Ameristeel Northern Tour, which consists of the four events in the state of North Dakota this season.

Donny Schatz, the two-time defending Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion, who was born and raised in Minot, has two career wins at Nodak Speedway. In seven career starts at the track he has five Top-10 finishes. He came from the back of the field to take the lead in the inaugural World of Outlaws event at the track in 2006, before he had a tire explode and was battling for the lead last season when contact with eventual winner Daryn Pittman ended his night. Schatz has 15 career wins in his home state, including earlier this season at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. He leads the World of Outlaws with 12 A-Feature wins and remains the only driver that has finished in the Top-10 in every A-Feature event.

Pittman finished fourth in the World of Outlaws debt at Nodak Speedway in 2006 and backed that up with the win last season. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma won his second career race in North Dakota on Tuesday night at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo. He has four A-Feature wins this season, including one on a 3/8-mile track at Wilmot Speedway in Wisconsin. Since winning the 25th Annual Kings Royal last month he has moved into the Top-10 in the championship standings and is currently closing in on the eighth spot.

Terry McCarl led 13 laps en route to the win at the track in 2006. He finished seventh last season in his second start at the high-banked track. The six-time Knoxville Raceway and Huset's Speedway track champion has three career wins in the state of North Dakota. He is currently 10th in points as he closes in on his first win of the season.

Jason Meyers, who is currently second in points, finished fifth last season in his debut at Nodak Speedway. The California native has won six times this season and leads the World of Outlaws with 32 Top-Five finishes as he chases his first series title. He has two career wins in North Dakota, with both of those coming at Red River Valley Speedway.

Craig Dollansky led the first 20 laps of the World of Outlaws inaugural race at Nodak in 2006, and will make his third career start at the track on Sunday. The native of Elk River, Minnesota has won seven A-Feature events this season, including three on high-banked 3/8-mile tracks. He has 35 Top-10 finishes this season in 40 races and is currently third in points. The former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion has four career wins in North Dakota.

Joey Saldana finished third at Nodak Speedway in 2006 and was sixth last season. The second generation driver who pilots the familiar No. 9 for Kasey Kahne Racing finished second on Tuesday night at Red River Valley Speedway to bring his career total to 13 Top-Five finishes in North Dakota, with four of those being wins. He has won twice this season and is currently fourth in points.

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion led a number of laps last season in his debut at Nodak Speedway and finished third. Dating back to 1981, he has 16 wins and 41 Top-Five finishes in North Dakota. He has won five times this season, including most recently at Charter Raceway Park in Wisconsin. The native of Bloomington, Indiana is solidly in the fifth position in the championship standings.

Jac Haudenschild finished ninth last season in his second start at Nodak Speedway. The veteran from Wooster, Ohio has won twice in his career in North Dakota and was third on Tuesday night at Red River Valley Speedway. He has 30 Top-10 finishes this season as he chases his first win of the 2008 campaign.

Kerry Madsen, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, finished eighth last season in his debut at Nodak Speedway. The native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia was battling for the lead with Jason Meyers earlier this season at River Cities Speedway before contact between the pair sent both cars spinning. Madsen has three career Top-10 finishes in just a handful of starts in North Dakota.

Chad Kemenah, the 2006 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, finished fifth in his debut in Minot in 2006. The Ohio native has 23 Top-10 finishes this season and led a number of laps at Wilmot Speedway in Wisconsin in the series most recent event on a 3/8-mile track.

Shane Stewart, who wore the rookie crown in 2005, will be making his debut at Nodak Speedway on Sunday. The native of Bixby, Oklahoma has two career wins in North Dakota, to go along with 13 Top-10 finishes. He has one win this season with the World of Outlaws, with that coming at the famed Knoxville Raceway.

Sam Hafertepe Jr. made his first start at Nodak Speedway last season. The sophomore driver has finished fourth and sixth this season in two starts in North Dakota. He has 12 Top-10 finishes as he chases his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature win.

Jason Sides also made his debt at Nodak Speedway last season. The 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has 11 career Top-10 finishes in North Dakota, including two this season in the same number of starts. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee has finished in the Top-10 in five consecutive events.

Kraig Kinser, who was the series top rookie in 2004, will be making his debut at Nodak Speedway on Sunday as he continues his first season driving for Tony Stewart Racing. The third generation driver has 10 Top-10 finishes in his career in North Dakota.

Tony Bruce Jr. made his first start at Nodak Speedway last season and has five career starts in North Dakota. He was victorious earlier this season on a high-banked 3/8-mile, claiming the series inaugural visit to 34 Raceway in Iowa.

Chad Hillier is another driver who visited Nodak Speedway for the first time in his career last season. In his second full season with the World of Outlaws, the Washington native has four Top-10 finishes.

Paul McMahan paid his first visit to Nodak Speedway last season. He has 10 career Top-10 finishes in North Dakota. The veteran driver has nine Top-10 finishes in 2008 with the World of Outlaws as he chases his first win of the season.

Lucas Wolfe made his first start in North Dakota on Tuesday night at Red River Valley Speedway, in his first race in the seat since injuring his back in June. The native of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania has four Top-10 finishes this season.

What to look for at Nodak Speedway:

* Donny Schatz, who has won twice in his career at Nodak Speedway, is looking for his first World of Outlaws win at the track. He charged from the back of the field to the lead in 2006 before having a tire explode and was battling for the lead last year when contact with Daryn Pittman ended his night.

* Steve Kinser, the 20-time series champion is the winningest driver with the series in the state of North Dakota with 16 victories. He led a number of laps at Nodak Speedway last season in his debut at the high-banked 3/8-mile, finishing third.

* Daryn Pittman who won the series most recent event in North Dakota at Red River Valley Speedway is the defending race winner at Nodak Speedway and has finished fourth or better in both of his career starts at the track.

* Terry McCarl won at Nodak Speedway in 2006 in the World of Outlaws debut at the track. He finished seventh last season at Nodak Speedway.

* Three drivers will be making their debut at Nodak Speedway on Sunday, Kraig Kinser, son of 20-time series champion Steve Kinser, along with Shane Stewart, the series top rookie in 2005 and Lucas Wolfe who is in his first season on the road with the World of Outlaws.

* The event will wrap up the four-race Gerdau Ameristeel Northern Tour for the World of Outlaws, which was comprised of the races in the state of North Dakota this season.

By the Numbers- Nodak Speedway:

0.375- Miles around Nodak Speedway

1- World of Outlaws driver that hails from North Dakota, Donny Schatz

2- Drivers that have won an A-Feature event at Nodak Speedway with the series

3- Consecutive seasons, including this season, that the World of Outlaws have competed at the track

4- World of Outlaws events in North Dakota this season; Drivers that have led laps in A-Feature competition at the track with the World of Outlaws

7- Track records that have been established in time trials at World of Outlaws events this season

9- Laps led by Steve Kinser last season at Nodak Speedway

13.331- Track record set in time trials by Donny Schatz last season

15- Drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws that have raced at Nodak Speedway in the past

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

21- Drivers that have won a Crane Cams Dash to earn a pole position this season with the World of Outlaws

26- Laps led by Daryn Pittman en route to winning at Nodak Speedway in 2007

30- Drivers that competed in the World of Outlaws at Nodak Speedway last season

32- Top-Five finishes for Jason Meyers to lead the series

40- Top-10 finishes for Donny Schatz this season in the same number of races

101.268- Track record in miles per hour

114- Miles from Dacotah Speedway where the World of Outlaws compete on August 16 to Nodak Speedway in Minot

2006- Year the World of Outlaws first competed at the 3/8-mile track

10,000- Dollars the winner will receive on Sunday, August 17

51,690- Dollars in the total purse on Sunday, August 17

Tickets: On Sunday, August 17 at Nodak Speedway, reserved seats in Sections P-Q-R-S-T of the grandstand will be $33 for adults and $15 for those ages 12-under, while reserved tickets in Sections K-L-M-N-O of the grandstand will be $30 for adults and $15 for those 12-under. General admission tickets in the north and south grandstands will be $30 for adults, $12 for those ages 6-12, with kids 5-under admitted free of charge with a paying adult. Pit Combos are also available for $38 if purchased in advance and include a reserved seat and pit pass.

Two-day tickets are also available for the race at Dacotah Speedway and Nodak Speedway for $64 if purchases in advance. For Tickets contact SLS Promotions at: 815-344-2023 or visit www.slspromotions.com.

-credit: woo

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Lucas Wolf , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.