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Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Skagit Speedway Alger, WA-- August 27, 2008--The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series first visited Skagit Speedway in Washington in their inaugural season of...

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Skagit Speedway

Alger, WA-- August 27, 2008--The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series first visited Skagit Speedway in Washington in their inaugural season of 1978 and continued to visit the track off and on over the years, with the high-banked three-tenths mile now serving as a staple when the series visits the always scenic Pacific Northwest.

Two full nights of racing are on tap this week to kick off a busy Labor Day weekend for the World of Outlaws, beginning on Friday August 29 and Saturday, August 30, which will see the series compete four times in a five day period, beginning at Skagit Speedway, where the winner of the finale on Saturday night will pocket $25,000.

Chad Hillier, the lone full-time World of Outlaws driver that hails from the state of Washington, is the only driver in the history of Skagit Speedway to win a sprint car title in all three sprint car divisions at the track. In his career, he has 26 wins at the track and nearly 100 Top-10 finishes.

Donny Schatz, the two-time defending series champion won a preliminary feature at Skagit Speedway in 2005 and has made five starts at the track in his career and has Top-10 finishes in all five of those events. He currently leads the series with 12 A-Feature wins as he chases his third consecutive title and remains the only driver that has finished in the Top-10 in all 45 events this season. The North Dakota native holds a 105 point advantage in the series championship standings.

Jason Meyers, who is chasing his first career Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws title has six career Top-Five finishes at Skagit Speedway. He finished sixth in the opener of the two-day event at the track last season. He is in the midst of a string of 18 consecutive Top-Five finishes and leads the series with 37 finishes of fifth or better. He is currently second in points as he chases his first career title and won his eighth event of the season last Saturday night in Edmonton.

Craig Dollansky won $25,000 at Skagit Speedway last season for his victory in the finale of the two-day event. In five career starts at the bullring, he has five Top-10 finishes. The native of Elk River, Minnesota has won seven times this season and leads the series in laps led. He is currently third in points, on the strength of 39 Top-10 finishes.

Joey Saldana, who drives for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne, whose home track is Skagit Speedway, won in his first visit to the track in 2002. The 1996 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year finished second in the finale at the track last season. He has won three times this season and is fourth in points.

In his career at Skagit Speedway, 20-time series champion Steve Kinser has won once, with that coming in 1995. He finished second last season in the opener at the track and was leading the $25,000 finale before a mechanical problem in the driveline ended his night. He has nine Top-Five finishes in 11 career starts at the high-banked three-tenths-mile. The native of Bloomington, Indiana has won six times this season and is fifth in points.

Jac Haudenschild has six Top-10 finishes in his career at Skagit Speedway, where he competed for the first time in 1994. The veteran driver from Wooster, Ohio recently won his first event of the season on the opening night of the Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton. He has 34 Top-10 finishes on the season and is solidly in the sixth position in points.

Chad Kemenah, the series top rookie in 2006 finished fifth in his first two starts at the track during his rookie season. He earned a season-best runner-up finish last Friday night at Castrol Raceway, as he continues to close in on his first win of the season. He is currently seventh in points on the strength of 27 Top-10 finishes with 10 of those being Top-Five performances.

Kerry Madsen, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, finished fifth and eighth in his first two career starts at Skagit Speedway last season. The native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia has 29 Top-10 finishes this season as he chases his first win of the campaign.

Daryn Pittman has three Top-Five finishes in five starts at Skagit Speedway in his career, including a runner-up performance in his debut at the track in 2002. He has won four times this season, including the $50,000 Kings Royal last month and is solidly in the Top-10 in points.

Terry McCarl finished fourth in the finale at Skagit last season and has four Top-10 finishes in just a handful of starts at the track. He picked up two Top-10 finishes last week at Castrol Raceway to bring his season total to 19. He is currently 10th in the series championship standings.

Shane Stewart has won twice at Skagit Speedway in his career, including the 2004 Dirt Cup which paid $20,000. He has won once this season with the World of Outlaws, with that victory coming at the famed Knoxville Raceway in Iowa. He has 21 Top-10 finishes this season and is just outside of the Top-10 in points.

Sam Hafertepe Jr., who is in his sophomore season with the World of Outlaws, made his debut at Skagit Speedway last season. The native of Sunnyvale, Texas has 13 Top-10 finishes this season as he chases his first career series win.

Jason Sides, the series top rookie in 2003, finished in the Top-10 in his first two events at the Skagit Speedway last season. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee has 12 Top-10 finishes this season and has been one of the most consistent drivers over the last month and a half.

Kraig Kinser, the 2004 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year will be making his debut at Skagit Speedway, as he continues his first season behind the wheel for Tony Stewart Racing. The native of Bloomington, Indiana has nine Top-10 finishes, including a season-best third-place performance at Nodak Speedway in North Dakota last week.

Tony Bruce Jr. has competed four times in his career at Skagit Speedway, with his debut coming at the track in 2006. He won his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature event on July 30 in his debut at 34 Raceway in Iowa. He has three Top-Five finishes this season as he continues his sophomore campaign with the World of Outlaws.

Lucas Wolfe, who is in his first full season on the road with the World of Outlaws will make his debut at Skagit Speedway this weekend as he visits Washington for the first time in his career. He recently returned to action after missing nearly two months of action after suffering a back injury.

Paul McMahan has a couple of wins in his career at Skagit Speedway to go along with nine Top-10 finishes. The veteran driver has nine Top-10 finishes this season as he continues to close in on his first win of the year.

2007 Race Recaps:

August 24: Brooke Tatnell picked up his second consecutive win at Skagit Speedway in the opener of the two-night event, trading the lead a couple of times with Daryn Pittman to earn the $8,000 top prize.

The race began with a series of yellow flags that led to three complete restarts before a single lap was in the books. On the fourth start, Daryn Pittman won a drag race with Tatnell down the front straightaway to take the lead entering the first turn on the high side of the track. Tatnell quickly fought back and took the lead on the low side on the fourth lap.

On the ninth lap, Pittman shot back into the lead and then endured back-to-back cautions near the midpoint of the 30-lap event. He began to open a sizeable lead as the leaders entered lapped track.

A couple more cautions negated this lead and on a restart on the 23rd lap, Tatnell charged back into the lead. On the following circuit, Pittman was forced to the work area with a flat right rear tire, while running second.

Tatnell lead on the subsequent restart with Jason Solwold and Steve Kinser behind him. With five laps to go, Kinser dove under Solwold to move into the runner-up position, while Tatnell weaved his way through traffic en route to his first win of the season. Behind Kinser and Solwold, it was Tim Shaffer and Kerry Madsen rounding out the Top-Five.

August 25: Craig Dollansky used a very fast race car and a little bit of luck to pick up the first win of his career at Skagit Speedway, pocketing $25,000 for the triumph.

After running in the Top-Three for the entire race, Dollansky took advantage of Steve Kinser's misfortune, as the 20-time World of Outlaws champion suffered a mechanical failure in the driveline of his car. At this time, Dollansky was right behind Joey Saldana and quickly powered his way to the lead on the high side of the track as Saldana momentarily lifted off the throttle.

The event began with Saldana taking the lead from his outside front row starting spot. He would show the way for the first seven laps, before getting caught in very heavy traffic and having to hit the brakes coming off the fourth turn, giving Kinser the opening he needed to dive low and take the lead on the eighth lap.

Kinser quickly began to pull away in traffic, as he sliced his way through traffic. The yellow flag flew on the 27th lap, giving Saldana and Dollansky another shot at Kinser, who quickly pulled away again on the restart.

On the 31st lap, Kinser slowed on the front straightaway with a mechanical failure in the driveline. He coasted around to the back straightaway and the yellow flag came out to push his car into the pit area. He would wind up 18th after leading 21 laps. Saldana inherited the lead, but thought the caution was out and lifted just enough to give Dollansky the shot he needed to take the lead.

On the ensuing restart, Dollansky powered to a sizeable advantage and as the laps wound down, he stealthfully worked his way through traffic to take the checkered flag ahead of Joey Saldana, Tim Shaffer, Terry McCarl and Jeremy Campbell.

What to look for at Skagit Speedway:

* Chad Hillier, the lone full-time World of Outlaws driver from the state of Washington, has won 26 times in his career at his home track, and is the only driver that has won a sprint car title in all three divisions of sprint cars that the track runs.

* Craig Dollansky won last season at Skagit Speedway to pick up the $25,000 top prize. In five career starts at the high-banked three-tenths mile, he has five Top-10 finishes.

* Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion has nine Top-Five finishes in 11 starts at Skagit, including a win in 1995. He has won six times this season and is currently fifth in points.

* Donny Schatz, the two-time defending series champion extended his streak of Top-10 finishes to 45 races after a runner-up finish at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton last Saturday night. He leads the series with 12 A-Feature wins this season as he continues to chase his third consecutive title.

* Joey Saldana won in his first visit to Skagit Speedway in 2002. He drives for Washington native Kasey Kahne, who holds the track record at Skagit Speedway set in time trials in 2003.

* Jason Meyers heads to Skagit Speedway in the midst of a string of 18 consecutive Top-Five finishes that began with a win on July 9. He leads the series with 37 Top-Five performances and is second in points on the strength of eight A-Feature wins.

By the Numbers- Skagit Speedway:

0.3- Miles around Skagit Speedway

1- Driver that has won a track championship in all three sprint car divisions at the track, Chad Hillier, the only Washington native competing full-time with the World of Outlaws this season

2- Drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws that will be making their debut at Skagit Speedway, Kraig Kinser and Lucas Wolfe

3- Races for the World of Outlaws this season in the state of Washington

5- Drivers that led laps at Skagit Speedway last season in World of Outlaws A-Feature events

7- Drivers that have won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws at Skagit Speedway

8- Track records that have been established in time trials this season

9- Laps led by Craig Dollansky en route to winning the $25,000 finale at the track last season

11- Total events contested by the World of Outlaws at Skagit Speedway dating back to 1978; Drivers that have won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws this season

11.118- Track record set by Kasey Kahne in time trials at Skagit Speedway in 2003

16- Drivers that have been quickest in time trials this season

18- Drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws this season

19- Drivers that have led laps in A-Feature competition this season with the series

43- Drivers that competed with the World of Outlaws at Skagit Speedway in 2007

45- Top-10 finishes for Donny Schatz in the same number of events this season

284- Laps led by Craig Dollansky this season to lead the series

711- Miles from Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where the World of Outlaws competed on August 22-23 to Skagit Speedway in Alger, Washington

1978- Year that the World of Outlaws first competed at Skagit Speedway

1995- Year that Chad Hillier first won a championship at Skagit Speedway- Sportsman Sprint Division

Tickets: On Friday, August 29 at Skagit Speedway, adult tickets will be $35, with tickets for juniors (Ages 7-17), as well as seniors (Ages 65-over) and Military personnel $25, with kids ages 6-under $10. For ticket information visit: www.skagitspeedway.com/pages/tickets.

On Saturday, August 30 at Skagit Speedway, adult tickets will be $35, with tickets for juniors (Ages 7-17), as well as seniors (Ages 65-over) and Military personnel $25, with kids ages 6-under $10. For ticket information visit: www.skagitspeedway.com/pages/tickets.

Next Up: A stop on Labor Day at Grays Harbor Raceway Park in Elma, Washington, as the 2008 Gold Rush Tour continues.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Lucas Wolf , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.