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World of Outlaws Return to Tri-City Speedway The last time the World of Outlaws visited Tri-City Speedway in 2005, the track was a spacious half-mile. On Friday, May 4 when the series returns to the facility just outside of St. Louis, the best...

World of Outlaws Return to Tri-City Speedway

The last time the World of Outlaws visited Tri-City Speedway in 2005, the track was a spacious half-mile. On Friday, May 4 when the series returns to the facility just outside of St. Louis, the best sprint car drivers in the world will take to the recently reconfigured 3/8-mile track, with 10 degrees of banking in the turns that has received rave reviews. This will mark the first time that sprint cars will take to the reconfigured surface, as they look to break the current track record of 14.244 seconds set last weekend by reigning UMP Late Model National Champion Randy Korte.

Steve Kinser has won at Tri-City Speedway an amazing 22 times in his career. The 20-time World of Outlaws champion last won at the track in 2004. The native of Bloomington, Indiana has won an event at the Tri-City in 16 different seasons. He has two victories this season, one at USA Race Park in Arizona, and the other at Tri-State (Ind.) Speedway in his home state. He is currently seventh in World of Outlaws championship points on the strength of nine Top-10 finishes.

Donny Schatz, the reigning World of Outlaws champion heads to Tri-City Speedway atop the standings by seven markers over Joey Saldana. Schatz won his third straight event at Knoxville Raceway last weekend, dating back to the 2006 Knoxville Nationals. The native of Fargo, North Dakota has won four races this season, and leads the series with 15 Top-10 finishes in the first 16 events of the season. The 1997 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year finished sixth in his last visit to Tri-City in 2005 on the half-mile.

Saldana has won a series-best five times in 2007. He has 14 Top-10 finishes as he chases his first series title. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana leads the series in laps led, as well as fast time honors. He is in his second season driving for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne and seeks his first World of Outlaws win at Tri-City. Heading into the event at the recently reconfigured 3/8-mile, Saldana has won twice already this season on tracks that size.

Daryn Pittman finished in the Top-10 in his last visit to Tri-City in 2005. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma is currently third in points, on the strength of 12 Top-10 finishes. He won his first race of the season in the finale of the Florida DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in February. He is a former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion.

Craig Dollansky has been one of the most consistent drivers with the World of Outlaws this season. The native of Elk River, Minnesota moved into the fourth spot in points, after a very solid fourth-place effort at Knoxville Raceway last weekend. The former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion has 11 Top-10 finishes, as he chases his first win of the season. He is the only driver that has transferred from his heat race into the A-Feature in each of the first 16 events of the season.

Danny Lasoski heads to Tri-City Speedway fifth in World of Outlaws Championship points, on the strength of 11 Top-10 finishes. The native of Dover, Missouri won his first race of the season and the 75th of his World of Outlaws career on April 6 at Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky. In his last visit to Tri-City, the 2001 series champion finished a very solid seventh.

Jason Meyers won in the World of Outlaws last visit to Tri-City and enters this season's event as one of the most consistent drivers over the last month. He won his first race of the year on April 13 at Eldora Speedway, an event that can be seen on SPEED on Sunday, May 13 at 2 p.m. Eastern. The native of Clovis, California finished eighth or better in every race in the month of April, capped off by four straight Top-Four finishes. He has been quickest in time trials, on three occasions, including in the last two races. He is currently sixth in the championship standings.

Jac Haudenschild knows Tri-City Speedway very well. The fan favorite won two World of Outlaws events on the old half-mile in 1995 and 1998. The native of Wooster, Ohio enters the event this weekend, eighth in points on the strength of seven Top-10 finishes. A very consistent month of April has seen him climb solidly into the Top-10 in points, as he seeks his first win of the season.

Terry McCarl picked up his fourth Top-Five finish of the season last Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway. It was the first Top-Five with new crew chief Brian Kemenah on board, as the pair continues to mesh. In his last visit to Tri-City Speedway with the World of Outlaws, McCarl was second quick in time trials with a very solid field of cars in attendance.

Jason Solwold climbed into the Top-10 in points after the event at Knoxville, on the strength of his eighth Top-10 finish of the year. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington, who won two World of Outlaws preliminary features last season, has been close on a couple of occasions this season to picking up his first A-Feature win.

Paul McMahan, driving for two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart won at Tri-City Speedway in 2003. The Nashville native has five Top-10 finishes on the year and is just 11 points out of the Top-10 in the championship standings.

Jason Sides ran very strong in the World of Outlaws last visit to the track in 2005, as he came home in the fifth spot. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee has eight Top-10 finishes on the year heading to the pair of events this weekend and is just outside the Top-10 in points as well.

Tim Kaeding will fill in for Brooke Tatnell this weekend, as the native of San Souci, NSW, Australia returned home to be with his father George, who is continuing a courageous battle with cancer. Tatnell picked up his eighth Top-10 finish of the season last Saturday night at Knoxville before returning home. Kaeding won a World of Outlaws event earlier this season in his home state of California.

Kerry Madsen, a native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia currently leads the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award. He won his first World of Outlaws A-Feature of his career on the second night of the season at Volusia Speedway Park as part of the Florida DIRTcar Nationals.

Tim Shaffer finished fourth in the series last visit to Tri-City Speedway in 2005. The native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania has seven Top-10 finishes on the season, with five of those being in the Top-Five.

Justin Henderson will make his first trip to Tri-City Speedway this weekend. The second-year driver has five Top-10 finishes this season. He led 14 laps at the famed Manzanita Speedway in Arizona earlier this season.

Randy Hannagan, the 1995 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, a native of San Jose, has turned many laps at Tri-City during his career. Chad Kemenah, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year looks to continue building on the momentum he has been gaining the last couple weeks as he heads to Tri-City.

Also in action will be second-year driver Jeremy Campbell of Michigan, veteran Dion Hindi of New Mexico, second-year driver Jason Martin of Kansas, and Indiana native Brian Carlson.

A hearty crop of contenders for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award will make their first visit to Tri-City including: Tony Bruce Jr. of Kansas, Zach Chappell of Oklahoma, Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Texas, Chad Hillier of Washington, and Madsen.

On Friday, May 4 at Tri-City Speedway, reserved tickets in the Top-Five rows will be $32. General admission tickets will be $30. Children ages 12-under will be admitted free of charge.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Brian Carlson , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Tim Kaeding , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.