World of Outlaws Preview: KC-Raceway Alma, OH--July 31, 2009--The busiest stretch of the season wraps up for the World of Outlaws this weekend at K-C Raceway in Ohio, on Saturday, August 1 as the series will compete for the 14th time in a 28-day...
World of Outlaws Preview: KC-Raceway
Alma, OH--July 31, 2009--The busiest stretch of the season wraps up for the World of Outlaws this weekend at K-C Raceway in Ohio, on Saturday, August 1 as the series will compete for the 14th time in a 28-day period as they make their annual stop at the high-banked 3/8-mile bullring.
The World of Outlaws made their debut at K-C Raceway in 2003 and the event this weekend will mark the seventh consecutive season that the series has competed at the track. Donny Schatz, the three-time and defending series champion, was victorious at the track last season and leads the series with three wins at K-C Raceway, with the others coming in 2005 and 2006.
Jason Meyers won at K-C Raceway in 2004 and in the six pervious events at the track for the World of Outlaws, four drivers have picked up wins. Daryn Pittman was the winner in the series inaugural race at the track in 2003, while Terry McCarl won there in 2007.
The race this weekend will mark the World of Outlaws lone visit to K-C Raceway and will be the sixth of seven races in the state of Ohio this season for the series.
Heading into the race on Saturday, August 1, Donny Schatz holds a 46-point lead over Jason Meyers in the series championship standings as he chases his fourth consecutive title. Joey Saldana is third in points, with 20-time series champion Steve Kinser fourth and Jason Sides who recently won his first race of the season in fifth.
Slide jobs: KC-Raceway:
Always at the front: Donny Schatz has three A-Feature wins at K-C Raceway with the World of Outlaws. He has finished fourth or better in all five of his career starts at the track. The North Dakota native has won 10 times this season and leads the series with 27 Top-Five finishes as he chases his fourth consecutive title. He has won two of his last three starts at K-C Raceway and was third in the other. This season he has twice on 3/8-mile tracks.
A trio of wins: Steve Kinser has three career wins at K-C Raceway with the first of those coming back in 1981. He has eight career Top-10 finishes in nine starts at the track. The 20-time series champion has won twice this season is currently fourth in the series championship standings. He has racked up 34 Top-10 finishes this season with 23 of those being Top-Five performances. The 20-time series champion is chasing his first World of Outlaws win at K-C Raceway.
A home state race: Jac Haudenschild competed at K-C Raceway for the first time back in 1978, winning for the first time at the track that same season. The native of Wooster, Ohio has two career victories at the track in his home state. He finished seventh at the track last season and heads there with the momentum of two Top-Five finishes at Ohsweken Speedway in Canada this week as he closes in on his first win of the season.
Plenty of starts: Joey Saldana has turned the most laps of any driver competing full-time with the World of Outlaws at K-C Raceway as he has over 30 starts at the track in his career dating back to 1989. He won for the first time at the track in 1995 with the All Star Circuit of Champions. He has finished in the Top-10 in the last four World of Outlaws races at the track and was fifth there last season. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana leads the series with 12 A-Feature wins this season and is currently third in points.
A good track record: Jason Meyers has five Top-10 finishes in six career starts at K-C Raceway with one of those being a win with the World of Outlaws in 2004. He finished third at the track last season. He won for the fifth time in 2009 on Tuesday night at Ohsweken Speedway in Canada and leads the series with 36 Top-10 finishes. He is currently second in points, just 46 markers behind Donny Schatz as he chases his first series title.
Back in the winner's circle: Jason Sides was victorious in the World of Outlaws most recent race at Ohsweken Speedway in Canada on Wednesday night. The 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year moved up a spot in points as well after the win and now is fifth. He has three career Top-10 finishes at K-C Raceway and was fourth in his debut at the track in 2001. He has 31 Top-10 finishes this season with 14 of those being Top-Five performances.
Return visit: Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws champion, will make his first start at K-C Raceway in two years this weekend. He was victorious in his debut at the track in 1993 with the All Star Circuit of Champions and has three career Top-10 runs at the high-banked bullring. The native of Dover, Missouri was won five times this season and is currently sixth in points, just five markers behind Jason Sides.
Plenty of momentum: Craig Dollansky heads to K-C Raceway with three consecutive podium finishes this week, including his first win of the season on Sunday at Lebanon Valley Speedway in New York. It was his first win as part of Kasey Kahne Racing. He has four career Top-10 finishes at K-C Raceway. He is currently seventh in points on the strength of 30 Top-10 finishes with 14 of those being Top-Fives.
Some good runs: Kraig Kinser has three career Top-10 finishes including a couple of runner-up performances at K-C Raceway in a limited number of starts in his career at the track. The third generation driver finished ninth at Ohsweken Speedway on Wednesday night to earn his 20th Top-10 finish of the season. He is solidly in the Top-10 in points as he continues his second full season driving for Tony Stewart Racing as a teammate to Donny Schatz.
It's been a while: Lucas Wolfe competed at K-C Raceway with the World of Outlaws in 2005 and will return to the track for the first time since that race this weekend. The reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year missed last year's race as he was recovering from a back injury. He finished sixth in the most recent World of Outlaws event at Ohsweken Speedway to earn his 10th Top-10 finish of the season. He is currently 10th in the series championship standings.
A track he knows: Brian Ellenberger, who is a contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award this season, has competed seven times in his career at K-C Raceway. He will make his first start at the high-banked bullring since 2007 this weekend. He finished a career-best fourth at the track in 2001.
By the Numbers: K-CRaceway:
0.375-Miles around K-C-Raceway
1- Driver competing full-time with the World of Outlaws this season that hails from the state of Ohio, Jac Haudenschild
2- Drivers that led laps in the feature event at the track last season
3- Wins for Donny Schatz in his career at the track with the series to lead all World of Outlaws drivers
5- Drivers that have won on 3/8-mile tracks this season with the World of Outlaws; Wins for Joey Saldana on 3/8-mile tracks this season to lead the series
6- A-Feature events contested by the World of Outlaws at K-C Raceway dating back to 2003
7- Events in the state of Ohio this season for the World of Outlaws
8- Driver competing full-time with the World of Outlaws that raced with the series at K-C last season
10.915- Track record set by Brock Mayes in 2005
11-Events contested on 3/8-mile tracks for the World of Outlaws through July 29
17- Laps led by Donny Schatz en route to winning at the track last season
27- Top-Five finishes for Donny Schatz to lead the series
36- Top-10 finishes for Jason Meyers to lead the series
42- Drivers that competed with the World of Outlaws at K-C Raceway last season
46- Points that separate Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers in the World of Outlaws championship standings
123.683- Track record in miles per hour set in 2005
443- Miles from Ohsweken Speedway in Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada where the World of Outlaws competed on July 28-29 to K-C Raceway in Alma, Ohio
2003- Year the World of Outlaws first competed at K-C Raceway
10,000- Dollars the winner will receive on Saturday, August 1
51,690- Dollars in the total purse on Saturday, August 1
Tickets: On Saturday, August 1 at K-C Raceway, adult general admission tickets will be $30, with tickets for children ages 7-12 just $15 and kids 6-under will be admitted free of charge. All tickets will be sold the day of the race. For ticket information call the track at 740-978-6575 or 740-663-4141 or visit www.kc-raceway.com.