World of Outlaws Wrap-Up: Brad Doty Classic & Kings Royal Concord, NC--July 19, 2009 Another successful venture: A familiar face was a major part of the 21st Annual Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park in Ohio last ...
World of Outlaws Wrap-Up: Brad Doty Classic & Kings Royal
Concord, NC--July 19, 2009
Another successful venture: A familiar face was a major part of the 21st Annual Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park in Ohio last Wednesday night as the Hall of Fame driver again was at the forefront of promoting the event that bears his name. After a brief sprinkle just before the driver's meeting, clear skies prevailed and a picture perfect night greeted fans and competitors alike at the immaculate ¼-mile owned and operated by the University of Northwestern Ohio.
"I am very, very happy," said Doty after the race. "This promoting business, I don't know if I am cut out for it. Last year we had beautiful weather and the crowd was down a little from the year before that (2007). This year we had the worst weather conditions we probably could have had and had one of the biggest crowds we have ever had. It looked a little shaky at first, but the crowd supported it and it filled out and we had a really good night."
Nothing but respect: Jason Meyers led 14 laps in the Brad Doty Classic last Wednesday night as he chased his second consecutive win in the annual event. He wound up second after Steve Kinser got around him with six laps to go. The California native had glowing words when asked about the Hall of Famer.
"Brad is a great person," said Meyers. "He was a great driver and such a great guy to be around. It's such an honor to have won this race once and it's a win I will always cherish and remember."
A special presenter: One of the many traditions of the Kings Royal is the annual coronation of the driver that wins the race with the title of "King." Presenting that honor to Donny Schatz who became "King Donny XXVI" after winning on Saturday night was National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member Bob Kinser, the father of Steve and the grandfather of Kraig.
"That was really neat," said Schatz of having Bob Kinser bestow the title on him. "I feel like I am part of the clan. Kraig is my teammate and Steve and I have gotten along really well this year. We've had a lot of fun together. We have a lot of respect for each other. I hope he is the guy I get to race right down to the wire for the championship. For that to be coming from Bob was really neat. There is a lot of history with the Kinser family and a lot of heritage. It's fun to be part of it."
Closing in on that elusive first win: After leading 20 laps in the Brad Doty Classic before he got into the wall and upside down while running second, Sam Hafertepe Jr. rebounded in the Kings Royal, matching his career-best finish with the World of Outlaws with a third-place performance with a stout 47-car field in attendance. The third-year driver from Sunnyvale, Texas came close a couple of times last season to picking up his first World of Outlaws win.
"Experience," deadpanned Hafertepe when asked what it will take to get that first win. "You can't win races if you don't know how. We are running up front every night and sure enough it's going to come pretty soon."
Nearly a second crowd: Dale Blaney led a couple of laps on Saturday night in the Kings Royal and ran in the Top-Three all night, eventually finishing second. He battled Donny Schatz early in the race, trading slide job a number of times in turns one and two. He fell back to third near the middle of the race and then worked his way back around Sam Hafertepe Jr. with just a handful of laps remaining. A late caution put the leaders in clear track, making it tough for Blaney to get any type of run on Schatz.
"When we had the red with four laps to go, I was just thought to myself, hang on to second, because he is not going to make a mistake in open track," said Blaney. "We just hung in there and too what we could get."
Doing it the hard way: Terry McCarl had a very strong weekend at Eldora Speedway, winning the Knight Before the Kings Royal and coming from the 22nd starting spot in the Kings Royal to finish fifth. After turning the seventh quickest lap in time trials, he lined up on the inside of the second row in the first heat race, with just the Top-Three advancing to the A-Feature. He came up just one spot short of transferring and thus had to run the B-Main, which he finished fourth in to earn a spot in the Kings Royal main event. After passing 17 cars he earned the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award for his efforts.
"We had a great car," shared McCarl. ""We just qualified in a bad spot. Things went our way last night (Friday) and just didn't quite go our way tonight enough to get a victory. We showed we had a car fast enough to get a win if we would have had track position and we just didn't get it. That's the way it goes, sometimes things go your way and sometimes they don't. On one hand I am disappointed, but I am proud of my guys for pulling out a Top-Five from where we started."
A great cause: On Saturday, July 25, the World of Outlaws Benevolent Fund will host a Benefit Lunch at Williams Grove Speedway during the Summer Nationals. The lunch will offer Sprint car fans the opportunity catch up with current World of Outlaws drivers and bid on a limited number of unique items all in an effort to aid the organization that helps injured drivers.
The event will take place on the grounds of Williams Grove Speedway; in the camping area just off of the road each of the haulers enter the track. Lunch will be served from 12-1 p.m. Eastern and the items up for auction will be sold between 1:00 -- 1:30 p.m. Eastern. Items including wing panels and body parts from current World of Outlaws cars as well as getaway packages to the 2009 World Finals and the 2010 Knoxville Nationals.
Lunch tickets will be available on-site and all fans are encouraged to attend. Questions can be directed to Diane Schatz and she can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com or by calling 701-282-8105.
Photo Gallery: The Media Gallery section of www.WorldofOutlaws.com continues to be updated after each event. Visit www.worldofoutlaws.com/sprint/MediaGallery.aspx to see Photo Galleries from 2009 World of Outlaws events. A Photo Gallery from the Knight Before the Kings Royal and the Kings Royal will be posted very soon.
Keep up with all the action: The number of "Followers" keeping up with the World of Outlaws via Twitter online and through text messages on cell phones continues to grow and recently surpassed the 1,000 "Follower" mark. Updates are provided throughout race nights beginning with hot laps and continuing all the way through the final checkered flag of the night. To sign-up visit: twitter.com/worldofoutlaws and receive live race updates, anywhere, anytime.
Up next: The Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twin 30's at Lernerville Speedway in Pennsylvania with $15,000 on the line for the winner of each segment.