News and notes 2007-04-30

World of Outlaws News & Notes World of Outlaws teams are busy preparing this week for a stretch of 13 races in the next four weeks, that will begin at the recently reconfigured Tri-City (Ill.) Speedway this Friday and Riverside International ...

World of Outlaws News & Notes

World of Outlaws teams are busy preparing this week for a stretch of 13 races in the next four weeks, that will begin at the recently reconfigured Tri-City (Ill.) Speedway this Friday and Riverside International Speedway in Arkansas on Saturday. With 16 events already in the books in 2007, there have been eight different drivers visit the winner's circle, while 12 drivers have led laps in A-Feature competition. In a thrilling event last Saturday at Knoxville Raceway, three drivers traded the lead four times, before current point leader and reigning series champion Donny Schatz picked up the win.

A New Look: Schatz took to the track for the first of eight races with a special Snap-on Tools paint scheme on his familiar No. 15 at Knoxville Raceway on Saturday. The car was set to be debuted at I-55 Raceway on April 7, but Mother Nature interrupted those plans. The win was his third straight at the famed half-mile. The Snap-on car will next be in action at Lake Ozark Speedway in Missouri on May 12.

And Then There Was One: Craig Dollansky transferred from his heat race into the A-Feature on Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway, and now is the only World of Outlaws driver that has accomplished that feat in each of the first 16 events of the season. He is the only one of the 27 full-time drivers with the series that has not had to compete in the B-Main or rely on a provisional.

"There are a lot of strong teams out here following the tour week in and week out, so that is definitely a great accomplishment," acknowledged Dollansky. "We just have to keep doing out job and working hard each night. We haven't found victory lane yet this year, but we are close. If we keep making headway like we did at Knoxville, we will get there sooner rather than later."

Family First: After a very solid ninth-place finish at Knoxville Raceway on Saturday night, Brooke Tatnell returned home to Australia to be with his father George who continues a courageous battle with cancer. Car owner Larry Woodward, crew chief Troy Renfro, and the entire Woodward Racing team support Tatnell 100 percent.

"Everything has to take a backseat when it comes down to family," said Tatnell. "When Larry and I first sat down and put this together, Larry was the one that said, 'If your dad gets sick, I want you to go home.' It's getting to that time, where I need to go home and be with him. We'll come back and race another day."

While he wants to win every time he hits the track, Tatnell is quick to point out that there is far more in life than racing. During the off-season season, he and his wife, Amy, welcomed their first child, Emma, into the world. That event has brought a whole new perspective to the always optimistic driver.

"Family is more important than anything in this world," Tatnell said. "They make pieces of metal every day of the week, but you only get one father. It was his birthday on Saturday and we had hoped to come away with a win."

Tatnell is very proud of the work that his family and friends have been doing to help other cancer victims and their families during their time of need.

"My sisters, my family, and my friends did a 24-hour Relay for Life to help the Cancer Foundation over the weekend," Tatnell said. "Through the generosity of people, they raised $12,000. It's make you pretty proud to see all the people that care when others are suffering. It makes us realize how lucky we are to race each day."

Winning Ways: Danny Lasoski picked up a win in the Second Annual Bob Ramey Memorial sanctioned by the Winged Outlaws Warriors on Sunday night at Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Missouri. Lasoski won the third heat and started on the pole in the 20-lap main event, which ran green-to-checkers. The 2001 World of Outlaws champion led every lap at the track, where the Outlaws will compete on June 20.

Fast Again: Jason Meyers stopped the clocks first in time trials for the second straight event on Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway. The native of Clovis, California turned a lap of 14.753 seconds with a stellar field of 56 cars in attendance. Meyers has set fast time at three events this season. He moved up another spot in points after Knoxville and enters the events this weekend sixth in the championship standings.

Filling In: Tim Kaeding will fill in for Brooke Tatnell this weekend in the No. 2 car for Larry Woodward Racing. Kaeding sustained deep bruises to his knees in a vicious accident on Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway, but is ready to climb back into the cockpit. The third generation sprint car star won earlier this season in World of Outlaws competition at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. He has driven the last several races in the No. 11K field by Kinser/Stewart Racing, out of the Tony Stewart Racing shop.

"We hold Tim Kaeding in the highest regard and believe he is one of the most talented racers in the country," said Brett Frood, Chief Operating Officer of Tony Stewart Racing. "Over the past several weeks, we have experimented with a two-car operation in an effort to keep Tim behind the wheel on a nightly basis. Ultimately, we have decided that Tony Stewart Motorsports will be unable to field a second car for the 2007 racing season. We are committed to focusing 100% of our efforts on the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevrolet/Eagle team as the season continues."

Quickly Approaching: The return of the World of Outlaws to SPEED is just around the corner on Sunday, May 13. The event from Eldora Speedway on April 13 that was taped for broadcast will air at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, May 13, with Bobby Gerould handling play-by-play duties, Brad Doty offering expert analysis, and Sean Buckley reporting from the pit area. This will be the first of 12 World of Outlaws events broadcast on SPEED this season.

Up and Running: Chad Hillier and the DIRT Inc. (DeWitt Industries Racing Team) recently debuted a web site for the team. The site can be accessed via: www.dirt-inc.com. It contains a full World of Outlaws schedule with current race results for the team, as well a detailed look at Hillier who is a contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award. In addition to these features, there is a photo gallery along with a links to team sponsors.

Rookie Experience: Tony Bruce Jr., Zach Chappell and Sam Hafertepe Jr., three of the five contenders for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award, were not even born the last time the World of Outlaws competed at Riverside International Speedway in 1981. On Saturday, May 5, the trio of drivers will be considered "veterans" at the ¼-mile located in West Memphis, Arkansas, as they all have competed at and had a great deal of success at Riverside in the past with the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS).

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Craig Dollansky , Brooke Tatnell , Jason Meyers , Tim Kaeding , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.