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World of Outlaws Head West for Dave Helm Memorial at Thunderbowl Raceway The World of Outlaws will make their final visit of the season to Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California this weekend for the Dave Helm Memorial, on Saturday, October...

World of Outlaws Head West for Dave Helm Memorial at Thunderbowl Raceway

The World of Outlaws will make their final visit of the season to Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California this weekend for the Dave Helm Memorial, on Saturday, October 13. The event will honor the longtime World of Outlaws car owner who passed away in February, and hailed from Selma, California, which is just 30 miles north of Tulare.

A number of current World of Outlaws drivers have ties to Helm's Selma Shell Racing team, including rookie Kerry Madsen, who has been piloting the No. 11H car for the last year and a half, and earned Helm his final World of Outlaws A-Feature win on February 10 in the Florida DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Paul McMahan and Tim Shaffer also drove for Helm in the past, with Shaffer claiming the 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award in the No. 11H machine. Chad Hillier, a rookie this season with the World of Outlaws, worked for the Selma Shell Racing team as a crew member during the 2005 season.

The series has competed twice at the Thunderbowl Raceway this season, with Joey Saldana picking up his first win of the season on February 23 in a thrilling battle with Jac Haudenschild, while on the following night, Tim Kaeding scored an emotional win in his home state. In eight events at the track including preliminary features dating back to 2003, eight different drivers have visited the winner's circle with the World of Outlaws at the high-banked 1/3-mile.

Just five events remain on the calendar for the World of Outlaws in 2007, with the Dave Helm Memorial on Saturday, October 13 offering full championship points, as well as qualifying bonus points for the Top-Five drivers in time trials.

Donny Schatz leads the series to Thunderbowl Raceway, fresh off his 18th A-Feature win of the season last Saturday night at Princeton Speedway in Minnesota. The reigning World of Outlaws champion has a 90 point lead in the championship standings over Joey Saldana. He finished third on February 24 at Thunderbowl Raceway, to earn one of his 66 Top-10 finishes on the year. The native of Fargo, North Dakota won a preliminary feature at Thunderbowl Raceway in 2005 and has five Top-10 finishes in eight starts at the track. Schatz currently leads the series in wins, as well as laps led, money earned, wins in the Crane Cams Dash, pole positions, Top-Five finishes and Top-10 finishes.

Joey Saldana won his first World of Outlaws event of 2007 on February 23 at Thunderbowl Raceway on the high-banked 1/3-mile. Since that event, he has gone on to win a total of 12 A-Feature events, as well as a preliminary feature. He leads the series with four wins on 1/3-mile tracks. He won $50,000 in the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California in the series last event in the Golden State on September 9. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana has 62 Top-10 finishes in the 70 A-Feature events that have been contested this season. He leads the series in fast time honors, having stopped the clock first in time trials on 11 occasions.

Danny Lasoski has two wins in the state of California this season, both coming at Calistoga Speedway. California native, Dennis Roth, who is Lasoski's car owner, is again helping promote the event at Thunderbowl Raceway this weekend. Lasoski has won five times this season and is a very solid third in the championship standings, on the strength of 45 Top-10 finishes. He has one win on a 1/3-mile track, with that coming at Grandview Speedway in Pennsylvania in one of the most thrilling events of the season, as he inched out Donny Schatz in a photo finish. Lasoski is one of just seven drivers that has led more than 100 laps of feature competition this season. He also has won the Crane Cams Dash four times to earn the same number of pole positions.

Daryn Pittman finished in the Top-10 in his last visit to Thunderbowl Raceway in February. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma has won six times this season, including most recently at Orange County Fair Speedway in New York, on the sprawling 5/8-mile track. He has one win on a 1/3-mile track, with that coming at Charter Raceway Park in Wisconsin in September. With the season winding down, Pittman is fourth in championship points, just 28 markers behind Danny Lasoski. He has 48 Top-10 finishes on the season, in addition to being one of only four drivers that has led over 200 laps of feature racing competition in 2007. The former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion has won the Crane Cams Dash five times to earn pole positions this season and also leads the series with nine KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Awards.

Jason Meyers returns to Thunderbowl Raceway, which is just a short drive from him hometown of Clovis California, fifth in championship points on the strength of five A-Feature wins. In the spring he finished in the Top-Five both nights at the 1/3-mile. He has five Top-10 finishes in his World of Outlaws career at the track. He has 44 Top-10 finishes on the season and is just 44 points behind Daryn Pittman for the fourth spot in the standings. Meyers has set fast time six times this season in time trials and also has eight Crane Cams Dash wins to his credit.

Steve Kinser finished ninth in the spring at Thunderbowl Raceway. He also won at the track a couple of times last season with the National Sprint Tour. In his World of Outlaws career at the high-banked 1/3-mile, he has seven Top-10 finishes in eight starts, including a win in 2003. This season, the 20-time series champion has nine A-Feature wins, and has led 283 laps of feature competition. He is sixth in the championship points on the strength of 47 Top-10 finishes.

Craig Dollansky finished sixth on February 23 at Thunderbowl Raceway. He has four Top-10 finishes in his career at the track. The native of Elk River, Minnesota has won three A-Feature events this season, including on a 1/3-mile at Lake Ozark Speedway in Missouri. He also won at Skagit Speedway in Washington in August to claim $25,000. Through action on October 6, he has 44 Top-10 finishes and is seventh in the championship standings.

Paul McMahan heads back to his home state of California for the Dave Helm Memorial a very solid eighth in the points, on the strength of two A-Feature wins this season. McMahan drove for Helm before joining Tony Stewart Racing. McMahan has been victorious this season at Eldora Speedway in June, as well as at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin in July. He has 37 Top-10 finishes on the season and is just 51 markers out of the seventh spot in the standings. He has set fast time in trials seven times this season, in addition to winning the Crane Cams Dash three times.

Jason Solwold finished seventh in the last World of Outlaws event at Thunderbowl Raceway on February 24. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington has four Top-10 finishes at the high-banked 1/3-mile in his career with the series and led a number of laps at the track in 2005. He earned his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature win in August at Charter Raceway Park in Wisconsin, which is also a high-banked 1/3-mile. He has six pole positions this season, with the same number of wins in the Crane Cams Dash.

Tim Shaffer finished third in the World of Outlaws first event of the season at Thunderbowl Raceway on February 23. The native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania won at the track in 2005 and has four career Top-10 finishes in World of Outlaws action at the 1/3-mile. He is 10th in championship points this season, just 23 markers out of the ninth spot, as he continues to close in on his first A-Feature win of the season. The 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has 37 Top-10 finishes to his credit.

Jac Haudenschild led 23 laps in the World of Outlaws first event this season at Thunderbowl Raceway, before finishing second. He was sixth in the finale of that event. In his career at the track, he has led 43 laps of feature racing competition with the World of Outlaws. The native of Wooster, Ohio has won twice this season, at Red River Valley Speedway in North Dakota, along with a home state win in Ohio at Limaland Motorsports Park during the Brad Doty Classic.

Terry McCarl has always run strong at Thunderbowl Raceway. He won at the track with the World of Outlaws in 2004 and has four Top-10 finishes in his last five starts at the high-banked 1/3-mile with the series. The six-time Knoxville Raceway track champion has won twice this season, including at his home track, as well as in one of the most thrilling events of the season at K-C Raceway in Ohio, where he battled with reigning World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz for the win.

Kerry Madsen returns to Thunderbowl Raceway for the Dave Helm Memorial, which will honor his late car owner, fresh off a third-place finish at Princeton Speedway in Minnesota last weekend. The native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia won his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature event on February 10 at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida, just days before his car owner passed away. In his rookie season with the series, Madsen has picked up 20 Top-10 finishes and is solidly in the 13th position in points. He has set new tracks records in time trials twice this season, at Manzanita Speedway in Arizona and at Orange County Fair Speedway in New York.

Jason Sides heads to Thunderbowl Raceway with one win this season. He was victorious in the series return to Canada in July, when he won at Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario. The 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has 21 Top-10 finishes on the season. He also has won the Crane Cams Dash four times to earn pole positions, in addition to being quickest in time trials twice.

Randy Hannagan returns to his home state of California a very solid 15th in the championship standings. He has 11 Top-10 finishes on the season and has led a number of laps. He has two wins in the Crane Cams Dash to his credit, along with setting fast time once.

Justin Henderson finished eighth on February 23 in his first visit to Thunderbowl Raceway. The native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota heads to the high-banked 1/3-mile fresh off a fifth-place finish last Saturday night at Princeton Speedway, where he led the first five laps of the A-Feature event. The second-year driver has 13 Top-10 finishes on the season.

Chad Kemenah, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year competed at Thunderbowl Raceway for the first time in his career back in February. The four-time All Star Circuit of Champions titlist has 13 Top-10 finishes on the season.

Jeremy Campbell also competed at the track for the first time in his career back in February. The second-year driver from Monroe, Michigan has eight Top-10 finishes on the season and led a number of laps at K-C Raceway in Ohio earlier in the season.

Sam Hafertepe Jr., who is second in rookie points made his first visit to Thunderbowl Raceway earlier this season. The native of Sunnyvale, Texas has three Top-10 finishes on the season, with two of those coming in the Top-Five, including one during the season opening Florida DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park with a stout field of cars in attendance.

Chad Hillier heads to California for the Dave Helm Memorial fresh off a very solid 11th-place finish last Saturday night at Princeton Speedway in Minnesota. Hillier, worked for Helm's Selma Shell team in 2005, as a crew member with Paul McMahan as the driver.

Tony Bruce Jr. competed at Thunderbowl Raceway for the first time in his career in February. The native of Liberal, Kansas is currently fourth in rookie points and has two Top-Five finishes on the season.

On Saturday, October 13 at Thunderbowl Raceway, reserved tickets for the Dave Helm Memorial in the bleachers are $40, with reserved tickets in the grandstands $45. For tickets call 559-688-0909 to charge by phone and pick-up the tickets at will-call. There is a seating chart available at: www.tularethunderbowl.com.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , 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.