Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, IL-- May 6, 2008-- Heading into last season's event at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Illinois, none of the Advance Auto Parts World of...
Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Tri-City Speedway
Pontoon Beach, IL-- May 6, 2008-- Heading into last season's event at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Illinois, none of the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series drivers really knew what to expect. The half-mile had been reconfigured and measured 3/8-mile around, presenting a whole new challenge. The tighter quarters provided exciting racing and Danny Lasoski found himself in the winner's circle to etch his name in the record books as the first winner with the series on the reconfigured track.
The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to the Tri-City Speedway on Friday, May 9, which will mark the 51st event that the series has sanctioned at the track. In 1979, Steve Kinser won the series first stop at the track and the 20-time series champion is the winningest driver with the series at Tri-City Speedway with 22 A-Feature triumphs. He has won in 15 different seasons at the track, with his most recent victory coming in 2002. He has 37 career Top-Five finishes at Tri-City Speedway.
Other current World of Outlaws drivers that have won at the track include: Jac Haudenschild, who has two career victories (1995 and 1998), Joey Saldana who won in 2004, Jason Meyers who was victorious in 2005 and Lasoski who won last season. Meyers leads the series this season with three A-Feature wins and is second in points.
Donny Schatz, the two-time defending series champion will be looking for his first career win at the track. He scored his first World of Outlaws win of 2008 last weekend and his first since joining Tony Stewart Racing. The North Dakota native is third in points, just 20 markers out of the lead.
A new track record of 12.174 second was established during time trials last season in the event and the drivers will all be shooting for that this season, as they continue to accumulate points for the Qwik Liner Cup, which runs through the first 13 events of the season. Craig Dollansky, who is the current series point leader, is out in front in the chase for the Qwik Liner Cup, which awards points to the Top-Five qualifiers each race.
Of the 19 drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws this season, 18 have competed at Tri-City Speedway. Lucas Wolfe, the current Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year leader will be making his debut at the 3/8-mile.
Kraig Kinser, the 2004 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year will be making his first start at the track since 2005, as will Shane Stewart, the series top rookie in 2005.
Also in action will be: Kerry Madsen the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, who is fifth in points, along with Terry McCarl, the six-time Knoxville Raceway track champion, Daryn Pittman who finished second at Tri-City Speedway last season, Chad Kemenah, the 2006 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, Tim Shaffer, the series top rookie in 1999, Jason Sides, who wore the rookie crown in 2003, second-year driver Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Texas, fellow sophomore chauffeur Tony Bruce Jr. of Kansas and Chad Hillier of Washington, who is also in his second full season with the series.
2007 Race Recap: Danny Lasoski held off a hard charging Daryn Pittman on the last lap to earn the $10,000 to prize.
The race began with pole sitter Jason Sides leading. Lasoski moved from fourth to second on the opening circuit, and began an exciting side-by-side battle with Sides, that lasted for a number of laps. Each lap Lasoski would dart to the lead in turns one and two on the low side of the track, with Sides regaining the point on the high side of the back straightaway and officially being scored the leader the line.
Sides had a right rear tire going down that led to some incidental contact, after he led the first nine laps of the 35-lap race.
Lasoski inherited the lead on the restart on lap 10 and held off a number of attempts by Pittman and Donny Schatz to take the lead. He endured four cautions, including two while leading to pick up the win over Pittman and Schatz.
Jason Meyers was fourth, with Jason Solwold finishing in the fifth position.