News and notes 2007-05-11

World of Outlaws News & Notes The World of Outlaws are set for a doubleheader in Missouri this weekend. Tonight, the best sprint car drivers in the world will take part in the Second Annual Missouri High Banked Nationals at the blazing fast U.S.

World of Outlaws News & Notes

The World of Outlaws are set for a doubleheader in Missouri this weekend. Tonight, the best sprint car drivers in the world will take part in the Second Annual Missouri High Banked Nationals at the blazing fast U.S. 36 Raceway. On Saturday, May 12 the series will travel to the state-of-the-art Lake Ozark Speedway for the first time since 2005.

TV Time: The Sprint Car stars from the World of Outlaws return to SPEED at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, May 13, as the event from Eldora Speedway on Friday, April 13 was taped for broadcast. The warriors from the World of Outlaws Late Model Series will make their 2007 SPEED debut on Sunday, May 20.

The World of Outlaws will be televised 20 times this season on ESPN2 and SPEED while the World of Outlaws Late Model Series is set for six appearances on SPEED. The one-hour broadcasts will air on Sundays from May 13 to Nov. 4, when the series champions will be crowned during the World Finals from The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Buckle Up: Donny Schatz the reigning World of Outlaws Champion began serving as a spokesman for the national Click or Ticket seatbelt enforcement campaign this week. The native of Fargo, North Dakota helped kick off the month of activities for the program on Wednesday at various locations in his hometown of Minot including: Nodak Speedway where the World of Outlaws will compete on Tuesday, August 14. The reigning Knoxville Nationals winner also spoke to students at his former high school in Minot.

On Thursday, he took part in a press conference at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, where the series will race on Saturday, June 30, as well as speaking at Westside Elementary School, to share the importance of seatbelt usage. Pledge cards for the national Click It or Ticket campaign will be available at every World of Outlaws events at the Schatz Motorsports Merchandise Trailer and fans are encouraged to stop by and pick one up.

"This is a great program to be involved with," said Schatz. "I know how important it is to buckle up every time I get into a vehicle. We hope to get that message out there not only in North Dakota, but across the country. Hopefully, through efforts of everyone involved we can save some lives."

Penalty Altered

Following a thorough process, the World of Outlaws independent Appeals Board altered an earlier decision against driver Terry McCarl following an incident in the pit area on April 21 during the World of Outlaws event at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

McCarl's was fine was upheld but the Board reduced the penalty of 75 driver points in the World of Outlaws championship standings for conduct detrimental to the sport of sprint car racing to 50 points.

Going Back to School: Sam Hafertepe Jr., one of the contenders for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award with the World of Outlaws, visited Winston Elementary (K-6) and Winston High School (7-12) in Winston, Missouri on Friday, before heading to the track. The native of Sunnyvale, Texas spoke to the high school students first, followed by the elementary school students. The young driver spoke about fairness, choices, respect, and character. His No. 15 sprint car was on display outside the school's gym, providing students an opportunity to see it and take photos with him.

Meet & Greet: Jason Martin met fans on Friday afternoon in preparation for the Second Annual Missouri High Banked Nationals at U.S. 36 Raceway, at the Hy-Vee supermarket on Belt Highway in St. Joseph, Missouri. Martin, driver of the NOS Energy Drink No. 36 was joined by the Naughty NOS Girls, who provided free samples of the energy drink.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Donny Schatz , Sam Hafertepe Jr.