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World of Outlaws Return to USA Race Park on March 2 Concord, NC--Feb. 15, 2007 -- With the Florida DIRTcar Nationals now in the books, the World of Outlaws are preparing for their first cross country trip of the season. Part of that trip will be...

World of Outlaws Return to USA Race Park on March 2

Concord, NC--Feb. 15, 2007 -- With the Florida DIRTcar Nationals now in the books, the World of Outlaws are preparing for their first cross country trip of the season. Part of that trip will be to the Arizona desert, where they will compete for the second consecutive year at USA Race Park in Tucson on Friday March 2. This will be the series only visit of the season to always racy and multi-grooved track.

The state-of-the-art 3/8-mile facility was a favorite of the drivers last season as they made their maiden two voyages to the track located in the desert. With a record number of cars competing with the World of Outlaws this season, in addition to the always tough competition from the Southwest part of the country, the pits will be packed with competitors vying for one of the coveted 24 starting spots in the $10,000-to win A-Feature event.

Reigning World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz will look for his second consecutive victory at the track. He turned in a dominating performance last October, as he won on an evening dedicated to Ted Johnson the founder of the World of Outlaws, who had passed away the night before. The native of Fargo, North Dakota set fast time, with a very strong 54-car field on hand. He went on to win the dash in convincing form to start from the pole position in the A-Feature, where he would lead all 30 laps of the event. Schatz has already claimed one A-Feature win this season, to bring his career total to 52. He finished in the Top-Three in each of the trio of season opening events, and finds himself on top of the post standings.

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws Champion will make his first start as the track, as he looks to add to his record setting career win total of 533 A-Feature event. In his illustrious career, the native of Bloomington, Indiana has won over 50 races in his first start at a particular track. He will look to add to that amazing number in his first trip to USA Race Park.

Paul McMahan, driving for two-time NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart won in the series inaugural visit to the track last March. He led all 30 en route to his fifth career World of Outlaws A-Feature victory. The California native, who now calls Nashville home, will make his third start at the track on March 2, and heads west solidly in the Top-10 in series points.

Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws Champion, who raced twice at the track last season, finished sixth or better in the opening three events of the season, and finds himself second in points as the series heads west. He is behind the wheel of the always potent Dennis Roth owned machine again this year.

Brooke Tatnell, one of two natives of Australia competing full-time with the World of Outlaws this season finished second last October at USA Race Park. The event on March 2nd will mark his first race at a 3/8-mile track driving for California native Larry Woodward. After a strong start to the season, the team finds themselves solidly in the Top-10 in championship points.

After competing 15 times last season on 3/8-mile tracks, including the two stops at USA Race Park, the drivers are anxious to return to that size of track for the first time in 2007. Schatz captured six of his season-best 17 A-Feature wins last year on 3/8-mile tracks. Next in line was Jac Haudenschild and Terry McCarl with two a piece.

Tickets for the March 2 event start at $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 7-12. For ticket information, call 520-574-8515 or visit www.usadirttrack.com.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Brooke Tatnell , Paul McMahan , Jac Haudenschild