Series returns to Lone Star Speedway in 2009

World of Outlaws Return to Lone Star Speedway in Texas in 2009 Kilgore, TX-- December 16, 2008--The last time that sprint cars took to the track at Lone Star Speedway was on March 12, 2004 when the World of Outlaws were in town. In fact, that...

World of Outlaws Return to Lone Star Speedway in Texas in 2009

Kilgore, TX-- December 16, 2008--The last time that sprint cars took to the track at Lone Star Speedway was on March 12, 2004 when the World of Outlaws were in town. In fact, that was the last time a race of any kind took place at the blazing fast high-banked half-mile located in Kilgore, Texas.

After sitting dormant for the better part of the last five racing seasons, the track will come back to life in 2009 under the guidance of Lisa and Sam Hafertepe Sr., the parents of World of Outlaws competitor Sam Hafertepe Jr.

The Hafertepe family purchased Lone Star Speedway recently and will bring the World of Outlaws back to the track on Friday, April 10, 2009 for a full night of racing.

"We've been racing our whole lives and owning a track is something that we always wanted to do," said Sam Hafertepe Sr. "We knew we couldn't build one from the ground up, so this was kind of our way of meeting that goal in the middle. It's a complete family effort. If it wasn't for my wife (Lisa) we probably would not have bought the track. She has played a very big role in this and has been working very hard and Sammy has been helping a lot as well. It's certainly been a lot of work, but we're making progress and we are very excited about it."

The World of Outlaws first competed at Lone Star Speedway in 1985 with three-time series champion Sammy Swindell picking up the win in that event. He would go on to claim victories in all three races that season for the series at the track. The Tennessee native won the first five events contested by the World of Outlaws at Lone Star Speedway.

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion, has two wins in his career at the half-mile. He was victorious in 2003 and also in the most recent event for the series at Lone Star Speedway in 2004. He has finished in the Top-Five in all seven of his starts at the track.

Other current World of Outlaws drivers that have had success at Lone Star Speedway include: Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws champion, who won at the track in 2002 with the Gumout Series and has three career Top-10 finishes at the track, as well as three-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz, who has finished fourth and second in his two career starts at the track. Also, Joey Saldana has two career Top-10 finishes in two starts at the half-mile with the World of Outlaws and Jac Haudenschild, who won five times with the World of Outlaws in 2008, finished fourth in his debut at the track in 1986 and followed that up with a seventh-place finish that same season.

Lone Star Speedway hosted sprint car racing for the first time in 1984 and 2007 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Shane Carson, who heads Industry Relations for the World of Outlaws, won the first four sprint car races ever held at the track. He also competed in the first two World of Outlaws events at the half-mile in 1985, finishing third and eighth.

"The track is in an area where they don't get to see sprint car racing all that much, so it will be good for the fans," said Carson of the World of Outlaws return to Lone Star Speedway. "I'm glad to see the Hafertepe family with the track and they'll do a good job. It was always a racy track and I enjoyed racing there. It will be good for the series to go back there."

The track's web site which is currently under construction and can be found at: lonestarspeedway.com.

The 2009 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series seasons kicks off February 6-8 at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida with the 38th Annual Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Joey Saldana , Sam Hafertepe Jr.