Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway preview

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Thunderbowl Raceway Tulare, CA-- October 15, 2008--After Mother won the two nights of racing in February when the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series were scheduled...

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Thunderbowl Raceway

Tulare, CA-- October 15, 2008--After Mother won the two nights of racing in February when the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series were scheduled to compete at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California, the series is ready to head back to the always racy high-banked 1/3-mile for their final stop of the season in the Golden State on Saturday, October 18.

The race will be the fifth event of the season in California for the series, with all the races being contested on tracks 1/3-mile and smaller. In three races so far this season in the state, three drivers have picked up wins.

Donny Schatz, the two-time defending Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion leads the way. He won the Dave Helm Memorial at Thunderbowl Raceway last fall. He had two podium finishes at the track last season and in his career has nine Top-10 finishes at Thunderbowl Raceway. He leads the World of Outlaws with 16 A-Feature wins this season as he closes in on his third consecutive title. He looks to extend his win streak to three after claiming a victory last weekend at Hollywood Hills Speedway in New Mexico.

Jason Meyers, who hails from nearby Clovis, California has won three times at his home track, including last fall in the prestigious Trophy Cup for the first time. He competed earlier this year at the track picking up a Top-10 finish and has 13 consecutive Top-10 finishes at Thunderbowl Raceway. He has won nine times this season and is second in points as he chases his first series title. He leads the World of Outlaws with 45 Top-Five finishes and also is on top in laps led and fast time honors in qualifying.

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion, won the series inaugural race at Tulare in 2003. He has two career wins at the track to go along with 10 Top-10 finishes in 11 starts. This season he has won six times and used a fourth-place finish last weekend to move into the third spot in the series championship standings.

Joey Saldana picked up two wins at the high-banked 1/3-mile last season, including one with the World of Outlaws. He has Top-10 finishes in five of his last six starts at the track. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana has won five times this season and is currently fourth in points driving for Kasey Kahne Racing.

Jac Haudenschild finished second and sixth last season at Thunderbowl Raceway. He has one career win at the track, with that coming in the 2006 Trophy Cup. The veteran driver has won four times this season and has been one of the most consistent drivers over the second half of the season. He recently moved into the Top-Five in the series championship standings.

Craig Dollansky who is sixth in points and has won seven times this season will miss the event as he continues to recover from an arm injury sustained at Eldora Speedway on September 19.

Kerry Madsen finished fifth last season in the Dave Helm Memorial which honored the late car owner for whom he drove last season. The reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has racked up 36 Top-10 finishes this season as he closes in on his first win of the year.

Chad Kemenah competed at Thunderbowl Raceway for the first time in his career last season. The 2006 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has 36 Top-10 finishes this season and is just three points behind Madsen in the standings as they battle for the seventh spot.

Terry McCarl won with the World of Outlaws at Tulare in 2004. He has five career Top-10 finishes at the track in just a handful of starts. He won his first race of 2008 at Orange County Fair Speedway in New York on September 24 and currently has a streak of eight consecutive Top-10 finishes, with straight Top-Five performances.

Daryn Pittman has four career Top-10 finishes at Thunderbowl Raceway, with a career-best runner-up finish at the track in 2004. He has won four times this season and is solidly in the Top-10 in points.

Kraig Kinser, who recently won his second race of the season, finished fourth in his last visit to Tulare in 2005. The 2004 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has picked up 17 Top-10 finishes this season as he continues his first year behind the wheel for Tony Stewart Racing.

Sam Hafertepe Jr., who is in his sophomore season with the World of Outlaws, competed for the first time last season at Thunderbowl Raceway. The native of Sunnyvale, Texas has had a very consistent season, picking up 16 Top-10 finishes.

Jason Sides, who wore the rookie crown in 2003, finished second last year in the Dave Helm Memorial, and has been the runner-up in two of the last four races he has competed in at the track. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee has 16 Top-10 finishes this season as he chases his first win of the year.

Tony Bruce Jr. has made a couple of starts in his career at Thunderbowl Raceway, including the finale of the 2006 Trophy Cup where he finished seventh. He won earlier this season for the first time with the World of Outlaws at 34 Raceway in Iowa.

Chad Hillier, who also continues his second full season with the World of Outlaws has competed at Thunderbowl Raceway a few times over the last couple of seasons and was fifth in his debut at the track in 2005 on the opening night of the Trophy Cup. The Washington native has five Top-10 finishes this season with the World of Outlaws.

Paul McMahan, who grew up racing on the short tracks of his home state of California, has five career Top-10 finishes at Thunderbowl Raceway. He has 17 Top-10 finishes this season as he looks to pick up his first win of the year.

Brooke Tatnell, who continues to fill in for the injured Craig Dollansky, picked up two Top-10 finishes last season at Tulare and in his career has five runs of 10th or better at the track. He has a couple of Top-10 finishes since he began filling in for Dollansky.

What to look for this year at Thunderbowl Raceway:

*All three drivers that were victorious at Thunderbowl Raceway last season with the series will be in action this weekend and all are multiple-time winners at the 1/3-mile: Donny Schatz, Joey Saldana and Tim Kaeding.

* Jason Meyers, who is second in Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship points has won five times in his career at Thunderbowl Raceway which is his home track, including claiming the overall title in the Trophy Cup last November.

*Steve Kinser has seven Top-10 finishes with the series in nine starts at the 1/3-mile to lead all drivers, including four Top-Five finishes, he was victorious in 2003.

* Five of the seven drivers that have won an A-Feature event at the track with the series dating back to 2003 will be in action this weekend, including all three drivers who were victorious in 2007.

* Terry McCarl came from the 17th starting spot to win at Tulare in 2004, and led just one lap to earn the $12,000 victory.

*Kraig Kinser last competed at the high-banked 1/3-mile in 2005, when he earned a fourth-place finish. He drives for Tony Stewart Racing as a teammate to Donny Schatz.

By the Numbers- Thunderbowl Raceway:

0.333- Miles around Thunderbowl Raceway 1-Lap led by Terry McCarl when he won at the track on October 30, 2004 en route to winning

2- Driver competing full-time with the World of Outlaws that were born and raised in California- Jason Meyers and Paul McMahan

3- Drivers that won with the series at the track in 2007; Races on 1/3-mile tracks for the World of Outlaws this season; Drivers that have won on 1/3-mile tracks this season with the series

4- Drivers that led laps with the series last season in A-Feature events

5- Wins for Jason Meyers during his career at the high-banked 1/3-mile, which is his home track

6- Drivers that have set fast time with the World of Outlaws at Thunderbowl Raceway dating back to 2003 7- Drivers that have won in the seven A-Feature events contested at the track dating back to 2003

9- Events contested by the World of Outlaws at the track including preliminary features since 2003 12- Laps led by Joey Saldana to win at the track on February 23, 2007 12.740-Track record established by Kevin Swindell in time trials on October 29, 2004 15- Drivers competing with the series this season that competed at Thunderbowl Raceway last season

17- Drivers currently competing full-time with the World of Outlaws this season

31- Laps led by 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser in his career with the series at the high-banked 1/3-mile

35- Laps led by two-time defending series champion Donny Schatz to win the Dave Helm Memorial last year at Thunderbowl Raceway 43- Laps led by Jac Haudenschild during his career in World of Outlaws events at Thunderbowl Raceway 58- A-Feature events contested by the series through October 12

186- Miles Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, California where the World of Outlaws compete on October 17 to Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California

2003- First year the World of Outlaws competed at Thunderbowl Raceway 10,000-Dollars the winner will receive on Saturday, October 18

Tickets: On Saturday, October 18, at Thunderbowl Raceway tickets for seats in the bleachers will be $40, while tickets for seats in the grandstand will be $45. For ticket information call (559) 688-0909 or visit www.thunderbowlraceway.com.

Next Up: A return to the Midwest for a stop at Heartland Park Topeka in Kansas on Saturday, October 25 for an event which was postponed by rain last month.

-credit: woo

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