Wayne County rain notes 2006-06-01

Mother Nature Wins at Wayne County Orrville, Ohio--Mother Nature was the only thing that could slow down the World of Outlaws this week, in the midst of a grueling stretch of racing that has taken the Mean 15 from Charlotte, up to ...

Mother Nature Wins at Wayne County

Orrville, Ohio--Mother Nature was the only thing that could slow down the World of Outlaws this week, in the midst of a grueling stretch of racing that has taken the Mean 15 from Charlotte, up to Pennsylvania, over to New York, and then back to Pennsylvania. As the series rolled into Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio for the first time in over 20 years, so did a torrential downpour.

Just as most of the teams were unloading their cars and preparing their machines for the 3/8 mile semi-banked oval, the wind picked up, the sky turned gray, and rain became persistent. This forced the postponement of tonight's scheduled event. Track officials are working to see if a make-up date is possible.

Leading up to tonight's event, the World of Outlaws had completed five races in the last eight days. This took the series to four different tracks in four separate states. The Eastern Swing began on May 24 at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway with the running of the Eckerd Outlaw Showdown, an event won by 17-year old Kevin Swindell. The son of 2-time World of Outlaws title winner Sammy Swindell, thus became the youngest ever winner of a World of Outlaws A-Main event.

After a trip north, the Mean 15 found themselves at the famed Williams Grove Speedway, and pit against the always tough Pennsylvania Posse. Fred Rahmer scored a pair of wins for the Posse in a two day event on May 26 and May 27.

On Memorial Day at Orange County Fair Speedway, in Middletown, New York, Brooke Tatnell driving the Race Outfitters/Castrol Eagle, picked up his second win of the season. May 30, brought one more night of racing in the Empire State, as series point's leader Donny Schatz powered his way to the front in the Parker Stores J & J, and picked up his fifth win of the season, taming the always fast 5/8-mile at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, New York.

The month of May finished with the Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway last evening. Dean Jacobs, filling in for the injured Terry McCarl in the Big Game Treestands Eagle, thrilled the crowd, picking up his first career World of Outlaws A-Main win, leading all 35 laps.

After the early season rainouts, the Mean 15, were glad to get good weather over the course of the last week, and get into a rhythm. One driver who is riding a streak of momentum is Daryn Pittman in the Titan Garages/Hop-n-Sack Convenience Stores Maxim. He has racked up three straight top-five finishes, which has vaulted him into second place in the standings.

"It's unfortunate to lose one to rain tonight, but it's a good break for every one," said Pittman. "At least we are not too disappointed with this one. We've had a tough week. The crew can go kick back, sleep, and get rejuvenated. We'll come back ready to go at Eldora."

The Eastern swing continues on Saturday night at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, and wraps up on Sunday night at the legendary Terre Haute Action Track in Indiana.

-woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Kevin Swindell , Donny Schatz , Sammy Swindell , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Dean Jacobs
Teams Williams