WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES: THE WEEK AT A GLANCE Colorado Springs, CO -- May 10, 2005 WHAT The World of Outlaws Sprint Series takes on the All Star Circuit of Champions in The Ohio Challenge, a $10,000-to-win event Saturday at K-C Raceway in...
WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES: THE WEEK AT A GLANCE
Colorado Springs, CO -- May 10, 2005
The World of Outlaws Sprint Series takes on the All Star Circuit of Champions in The Ohio Challenge, a $10,000-to-win event Saturday at K-C Raceway in Chillicothe, Ohio.
Take U.S. 23 12 miles south of Chillicothe, then go 2 miles west to 2535 Blain Highway in Waverly, Ohio.
The pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. and main gate at 4 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. with time trials slated for 7 p.m.
Reserved seats are $32 and general admission is $27. Children 7-15 are $15. Kids 6 and under are free. For more information, call 740-289-4114.
* The World of Outlaws Sprint Series is at www.woosprint.com.
* K-C Raceway is at www.kc-raceway.com.
ABOUT THE TRACKS
K-C Raceway is a high-banked, 3/8-mile oval. Kenny Jacobs established the track record of 11.174 seconds on July 31, 2003.
TELEVISION THIS WEEK
* At 8 p.m. ET Wednesday (May 11), The Outdoor Channel will broadcast coverage of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series event from historic Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa.
* Coverage of the race this past Saturday at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., will be broadcast May 18 on The Outdoor Channel.
* The Outdoor Channel will broadcast coverage of this weekend's The Ohio Challenge at K-C Raceway on May 25.
NEWS & NOTES
* On the Web: The Official World of Outlaws Sprint Series Web site is overhauled and now alive at www.woosprint.com. Among the features are updated driver biographies with individual statistics and pictures, race-by-race statistics, detailed track information and race coverage, series news and team press releases.
* Circle time: The race Saturday at K-C Raceway is on a 3/8-mile oval. The series has raced five times this season on tracks that size, at Pike County Speedway, Houston Raceway Park, Batesville Speedway, Outlaw Motor Speedway and 81 Speedway. Steve Kinser held off Brooke Tatnell to win at Pike County, Donny Schatz edged Steve Kinser at Houston, Kraig Kinser dominated at Batesville, Steve Kinser snuck past Jason Meyers late at Outlaw, and Daryn Pittman cruised to victory at 81 Speedway.
* Victory parade: Jason Meyers became the eighth different feature winner Saturday at Tri-City Speedway when he held off Sammy Swindell for the victory. Steve Kinser leads the win list with six victories, his most recent coming April 30 in the finale at Knoxville Raceway. Next on list is Donny Schatz with three victories. Kraig Kinser was the hottest driver on the circuit in early April, winning on back-to-back nights at Batesville Speedway and I-55 Raceway. He also has a preliminary feature win at Las Vegas. Tim Shaffer picked up his second victory of the season May 6 at Lake Ozark Speedway. Daryn Pittman was winner April 23 at 81 Speedway in Wichita. Craig Dollansky has won a feature and a preliminary, while Jeff Shepard won a feature at Volusia Speedway Park. In Preliminary Features, Danny Lasoski has won twice, most recently April 29 at Knoxville Raceway, and Sammy Swindell has won once, at Eldora.
* Looking back: When the World of Outlaws Sprint Series raced last competed at K-C Raceway, Jason Meyers waited out a two-hour rain and fog delay and charged from the 12th starting position to victory. "It was one of the highlights of our year," Meyers said. "I'm looking forward to going back to try to repeat."
* The Mean 15: The impressive 2005 edition of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series' Mean 15 racers includes Craig Dollansky (No. 7 owned by Karavan Motorsports), Tim Kaeding (No. 83 owned by Dennis Roth), Kraig Kinser (No. 11k owned by Steve Kinser Racing), Steve Kinser (No. 11 owned by Steve Kinser Racing), Danny Lasoski (No. 20 owned by Tony Stewart Motorsports), Paul McMahan (No. 11h owned by David Helm), Jason Meyers (No. 14 owned by the Elite Racing Team), Brian Paulus (No. 28 owned by Pender Motorsports), Daryn Pittman (No. 21 owned by Titan Racing), Joey Saldana (No. 2 owned by Woodward Racing), Donny Schatz (No. 15 owned by Schatz Motorsports), Tim Shaffer (No. 6 owned by Parsons Motorsports), Jason Sides (No. 7s owned by Sides Motorsports), Brandon Wimmer (No. 7tw owned by Wimmer-Luck Racing), and the No. 35 Rick Wright-owned car driven last weekend by Travis Rilat, who set quick time at Tri-City Speedway.
* On tour, too: Several other drivers have committed to running the bulk of the schedule with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series in 2005 with hopes of earning a spot in a future Mean 15: Australian Brooke Tatnell is back in the series with Rush Racing. Terry McCarl, who has won the past six 410 sprint championships at Knoxville Raceway. Shane Stewart, who is battling for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title. Jason Solwold, who has seven top-10s has been running with the series since Volusia Speedway Park. Randy Hannagan, a long-time Outlaws competitor is running occasionally with the series again. Sammy Swindell, a sprint car legend and three-time Outlaws champion. Kevin Swindell, 16, who became the youngest driver to finish in the top 10 with the Outlaws when finished sixth in the feature at Parramatta City Raceway in January.
* Tune into the Web: If fans can't get to any of the three tracks this weekend to see the racing this weekend, they can experience the excitement of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series live on Dirtvision.com through the DIRT Radio Network, where announcer John Gibson keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the event. To listen to the audio broadcasts, log on to www.dirtvision.com and click on the DIRT Radio Network logo. Listeners will need Windows Media Player 9 or higher to listen to the DIRT Radio Network. Companies who are interested in advertising on the new DIRT Radio Network should contact Mark Noble, DIRT MotorSports VP Sales and Marketing, at 719-884-2141. For technical support or questions, e-mail email@example.com.
* Hear it firsthand: RACEceiver is the Official Driver Communicator of DIRT MotorSports. A compact radio receiver that conveniently fits into a driver's pocket, a RACEceiver allows each driver to hear directions from series officials, which greatly enhances the safety and timeliness of events. A similar version available to fans will allow RACEceiver users to hear what information series officials are relaying to the drivers. For more information about RACEceiver, visit www.raceceiver.com, call 866-301-7223, or look for their sales trailers at various events.
Craig Dollansky, a Mean 15 racer from Elk River, Minn., who is second in points
* On the level of competition in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series this year: "I think it's very competitive throughout the whole field. You've got a lot of good race teams out here and night-in and night-out even heat races are tough to get through. That shows you how strong a field it is every night on the tour right now."
* On competing against with drivers from other series: "We go in and run against tough competition in different parts of the country, and then you've got the All Stars or just other different sanctioning bodies that come in and race with us and every weekend is a tough weekend, no matter who you're racing against, no matter what the series is, no matter what the racetrack is, or what part of the country you're in. It's just tough competition. It'll be fun racing with the All Stars [this weekend]. They have a good group of guys there and it'll be fun going and racing with them."
Tim Kaeding, a Mean 15 racer from San Jose, Calif., who is leading the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award
* On the level of competiton within the Outlaws: "Just coming from California where I was one of the fastest guys out there, and then coming to race with these guys who are used to racing 100 times a year to where I'm used to racing 40 times a year is tough. There are 15 to 20 good cars every night that could be capable of winning. Everybody's out here doing what they're supposed to do, race and try to keep the money coming in and finish. It's a lot harder nowadays compared to about five years ago when there were only five or six Outlaws teams and now there are 15 good traveling teams. I think the competition level is up probably higher than it has been in the past 10 or 15 years running with these guys. Hopefully everybody can stick with us and run throughout the whole year with us and get some new winners and first-time winners."
* On competing with drivers from other series: "Once you go out there and race, you're racing against the racetrack and the guys who are around you. It doesn't matter who it is, you've got a lot of good guys in the All Star deal and a lot of good guys in the Outlaws deal. It's just a state of mind and a state of place. If you're racing with a guy in the back of the pack and you're overdriving the car, you're not going to go anywhere. If you can get over it and just keep remembering you have to race against yourself and the racetrack, then I think you have a better chance of going forward."
Kraig Kinser, a Mean 15 racer from Bloomington, Ind., and a two-time feature winner this season who won the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award in 2004
* On the level of competition within the series: "The competition last year was real good. Coming into this year, a lot of good cars can win every night. It's shown with how many different cars are running up in front that it's definitely going to be tough to get a good finish in points and just stay up there all year. There are so many cars running good night-in and night-out. The guys are racing well, good drivers out here, good cars, it's going to be tough all season long."
* On racing against the All Stars: "I ran with a lot of those guys when I first started out, especially going into K-C. There are a lot good drivers, not just All Star drivers but local drivers that run good there every week. You go into a track where a lot of people run good, it's like going into Knoxville. You've got seasoned guys at that one track that have seen it every which way. It's tough to get timed in, tough to get through your heat and tough to get a good start in your feature. The way the track goes, it gets real slick so you have to hit a setup on it real good, too. We've been real good with setups this year, hopefully we get setup for there. A lot of the guys who run with the All Stars are good friends of mine. We're just racecar drivers and it doesn't matter when you get to the track what series or who you run for, you just want to be up front and win."
Steve Kinser, a Mean 15 racer from Bloomington, Ind., who has won a series-high six features this season
* On competition in the sprint car division: "It's good everywhere. The sprint car series is pretty deep no matter what part of the country you go to. You don't know what you're going to run into until you get there and see how everybody's been running. You don't know how all the Ohio guys are going to be running and all the Pennsylvania guys when we get in there. I know they were all down in Florida and everybody was running pretty good down there."
* On the competition within the series: "We got a good field of cars traveling all the time right now. It's not something that has not happened before, but I think all the guys who are out here are going to stay out here [for the whole season]. It makes it hard on the some of the guys in the back five or six cars with us and some of the local cars, too. The more cars you have, the tougher it makes."
Danny Lasoski, a Mean 15 racer from Dover, Mo., who set quick time last Friday night at Lake Ozark Speedway
* On the level of competition this year: "Without a shadow of a doubt, it's the toughest ever. Not only do you have a record number of cars following the World of Outlaws, but a record number of quality cars. On any given night, I think there are 18 teams that can win. When you do that, you've got a mixture of a great year and as far as competition it's not going to get any better than that."
Terry McCarl, a six-time Knoxville Raceway 410-sprint track champion from Altoona, Iowa, who is racing with the World of Outlaws in 2005
* On the level of competition with the Outlaws: "In 1992 I ran the whole Outlaw deal and I've followed it as long as it has been around and I don't think there's any year that's even close to this year. You've got 19 full-time travelers, then you throw in Sammy and Kevin Swindell, out West you get [Dennis Roth's second car] and Randy Hannagan. Chad Kemenah comes in quite often. I think there's no comparison. Back in 1992 when I ran it, there were a few teams that didn't have any money and I was the team then. One of the teams that's just not quite ready to be out there. This year, this isn't anybody out here that shouldn't be out here. They're all capable of winning every night. There's no weakness. Back when I ran in 1992, I ran top-five twice all year, but we were running on Sammy's used tires. It's not only how many cars there are now, but they're all really good teams. It makes it tough for the local guys when we roll into town to make any money. I don't think there's any comparison to any other year, and I've been following it quite a bit. I think, by far, this is the toughest year ever."
Paul McMahan, a Mean 15 racer from Nashville who finished third Friday night at Lake Ozark Speedway after a crowd-thrilling duel with Steve Kinser
* On the competition within the series: "The competition every year gets tougher and tougher. This year we have a lot more cars running with us. Then the local competition is still real stout. When you go into somebody's back yard where they run day-in and day-out, they have a little bit of an edge on us. They have the same equipment as we do, the same motors as we do. There's nothing we have that anybody else can't go buy. We're just fortunate enough to do this 100 times a year where other people can't. You go into somebody's home turf, there's always the local guy that's a threat there and you have to watch out for them, too."
* On racing Saturday at K-C Raceway: "When you go to Chillicothe, you got Chad Kemenah who's real tough, you got Greg Wilson, Byron Reed's really tough there. Jim Nier, the guy who owns the track has many laps around there. Butch Schroeder, you can go on down the list of everybody who runs in Ohio, besides Pennsylvania, Ohio is one of the hardest we go to. Going to a racetrack where the All Stars run five to 10 times a year, they've got a lot more laps around that place than we do. It's just racing, anybody can win on any given night. Everybody has the same equipment. The All Stars have the same stuff we got. There's nothing different than what we have, we just do it a lot more."
Jason Meyers, a Mean 15 racer from Clovis, Calif., who picked up his first victory of the season Saturday night at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.
* On competition within the series: "Probably the biggest change from our vantage point is when you have a bad night, you don't get your car up to seventh, you get up to about 15th. There are just a lot of good teams out here. You got to remember, when you're off one night, out of 15 teams there are probably eight or nine that are on. It makes it a little tougher to turn a bad night into a good night. We have a lot of teams that seem to have put some money behind them and have good equipment."
* On racing against drivers from other series: "We are going into the heart of All Star country and you'll have a few guys that run pretty good, Chad Kemenah for sure and a few other guys. It'll make the race exciting to have a good car count with good quality cars. We welcome that. It's good for the cars, it's good for the fans, it's good for everybody."
Brian Paulus, a Mean 15 racer from Mechanicsburg, Pa., who has four top-10 runs in 2005
* On the competition within the Outlaws: "It's been very weird to go to every single race and every single race there are 18 or 19 full-time Outlaws, and then add in Sammy and Kevin, Randy Hannagan has come and gone a couple of times. That's 22 or 23 full-time cars weekly. That's been pretty tough racing with everybody. [At Knoxville] we got our first top-five and that's something to be proud of for us at this point. We had a weak start to the season and it's just a matter of getting everything going again 100 percent and getting back on our feet. Knowing we could go to Knoxville where the locals are as strong as they are, and have the top All Stars show up with Chad Kemenah and Jeremy Campbell and Danny Smith, we stepped up and had a good run."
* On upcoming challenges: "When we get to K-C Raceway, I know the All Stars are racing there with us. I expect at least 55 cars, and there won't be very many slouches at that place. Then we go to Lernerville, and that's never an easy show. Their top 10 guys are really strong racers. Then you hit the dreaded Pennsylvania swing, and just getting in the show is just something to be proud of at some point. If you can get in, it's just a matter of keeping up with their locals and still racing with the normal Outlaws that you run with every week."
Daryn Pittman, a Mean 15 racer and native of Owasso, Okla., who earn a victory last month at 81 Speedway
* On the competition within the series: "This is by far the toughest I've ever seen it out here. It's tough when it's just us by ourselves. If the All Stars don't have a race and they come run with us, it just makes it that much tougher. There's several guys that run the All Star deal that you have to be concerned with who generally qualify really good and put themselves in position to be a threat. It's by far the toughest I think anybody's ever seen. The whole sprint car division is strong across the country. When you put that many good cars at one racetrack, it's awfully hard to make the show."
Joey Saldana, a Mean 15 racer from Brownsburg, Ind., who has a top-five and six top-10 runs this season
* On competition within the series: "When I had my car out here in 2000, there were 18 full-time teams and the Outlaws had TNN and everything was rolling along pretty good. Then it seemed like 2001 it fell off some, 2002 it fell and it kept getting worse. Now they've got the TV package [with The Outdoor Channel] going in the right direction and new ownership and everything. It's definitely tough. I know that first year we came out here with 18 teams, it was pretty tough for us. I've seen it good and bad. Even though in the past they haven't had as many teams following them, the competition still comes to the races. The tracks where it is tough, it's still tough. It's just when you're going to the tracks now where they don't really have a 410 local base of cars, you've got 20 good cars that are going to be there. That's good for the Outlaws to promote because now they can go to different places they couldn't go in the past, and they can bring a field of cars. That's what the people want to see. As long as I'm making the races, I'm happy, but it's been tough on us this year. When there's that many good cars, you've got to have a really good engine program. That's one thing I had with my own team, a really good engine program. If you don't have that, you're in trouble."
Donny Schatz, a Mean 15 racer from Fargo, N.D., who has three victories this season
* On the level of competition in the series: "The competition is as good as it's ever been. You see the Great One, he's still dominating and is still in winning form. And everybody else who is out here, on any given night they can be up there racing for a win. There are a couple of guys who start up there and are going to stay there. You don't see many cars coming through the field like you used to. If you do, it's a pretty miraculous thing. The competition level is up there pretty good. You don't ever see it decline. The cars and motors keep getting better and everybody is getting more accessible to all that stuff and that knowledge, making it pretty tough. We have not been very good and it's making it a lot tougher on us, but it's just a matter of time before we get our problems worked out and get everything straight and we'll be back in the winning mode. Hopefully it's sooner than later, but that's just the way racing is. When you're good you can carry it, and in this day and age the competition is so good that you can't make up for a little error any more."
Tim Shaffer, a Mean 15 racer from Aliquippa, Pa., who won Friday night at Lake Ozark Speedway
* On the level of competition: "We have 18 to 20 cars every night with really good equipment and good drivers. There are nights where you're seeing it with guys using provisionals a lot more than they have in the past. It's very tough."
* On a celebrating his victory: "It's definitely a boost for your mindset and everything else, but that night's over and we move on to tonight. As tough as it is now with as many cars we have, you can win one night and not make the show the next night. You've got to stay on your game. Everybody's got to do their part and the best thing with our deal is that we're becoming a nice, strong team."
Jason Sides, a Mean 15 racer from Bartlett, Tenn., who finished fifth Saturday night at Tri-City Speedway
* On the level of competition: "It's probably better than it has been in the past 10 or 15 years. I've only been here three years, but this year is by far the most competitive with the amount of cars that are running. Even back when it was Sammy, Steve and [Doug] Wolfgang, it was still just those three and then different tracks brought different cars. This year, with 18 or 20 full-time travelers, it makes it tough to run good night-in and night-out."
* On racing Saturday at K-C Raceway: "It's a different night, but just another race. Those guys that come, they've got four or five really good cars anytime they run with us. As far as the All Stars vs. the Outlaws, they're there to race, too."
Jason Solwold, a former track champion at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., who has four top-five feature runs this season
* On racing in Ohio and Pennsyvlania: "I've never raced further east than Eldora. There are a lot of really good racecar drivers out in Pennsylvania and a lot of racecars so that'll be interesting. You'll kind of see what you what you really have when you go out there and do well. We'll be all right. It's just a learning curve for us. We're getting faster as every week goes by."
Shane Stewart, a Bixby, Okla., native with 11 top-10s who is running for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award
* On the competition within the Outlaws: "Talking to the guys who have been out here for a long time, I think it's been the toughest series for them, too. Just for example, at Lake Ozark Speedway, I missed going from 13th to 8th by 0.03. That's like a blink of an eye. That's pretty much how it's been almost every night in qualifying, and out here qualifying is everything. Steve Kinser's a good example of that because he always qualifies in the right spot, he's always up front. More than likely, if you don't have any bad luck throughout the night, if you start up front you're going to end up front. It's very difficult to start 16th or 17th and crack the top five. Generally, you get to seventh and eighth and then you start running into guys who are just as good as you, or better, and you can't get around them. It's extremely tough. It's a good tough and then it's a bad tough. It's bad for the pocketbook, but I think it's making me a stronger person and a stronger driver. In years to come, I think we'll all look back on this year and agree that it helped everybody."
Brooke Tatnell, a native of San Souci, New South Wales, Australia, who has two runner-up finishes this season
* On the level of competition: "There's no equipment advantage anymore. You've got 20 guys who are capable of winning, and you've got 20 cars in every feature race that are capable of winning. The depth of it is definitely extended to what it had been in the previous six or eight years."
* On racing against drivers from other series: "From a competitive standpoint, you don't care who they are. I don't care if Steve Kinser races for Podunk County, you still want to beat everyone there. The depth of it, if you add a few those guys in it, it makes the depth a little bit deeper. We're all the same, we're all here to beat everyone. Right now, you've got to beat Steve Kinser."
Brandon Wimmer, a Mean 15 racer from Fairmount, Ind., who is running for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award
* On the level of competition within the series: "There's no comparison anywhere else. The best drivers are out here. Most of the drivers out here have a lot of years under their belt. They've been to most of these tracks several times. It always helps to go somewhere more than once. To come out here and run with them, you learn a lot."
The World of Outlaws Sprint Series begins one of its most difficult road tests by taking on the Pennsylvania Posse with a two-night event May 20-21 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., a race May 24 at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., and two-night show May 26-27 at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa.