World of Outlaws Back at Riverside International Speedway It's been a while since the World of Outlaws have competed at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas. Twenty-six years to exact. Five drivers that will be competing in...
World of Outlaws Back at Riverside International Speedway
It's been a while since the World of Outlaws have competed at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas. Twenty-six years to exact. Five drivers that will be competing in the event on Saturday, May 5 were not even born the last time the series took to the quarter-mile.
While the World of Outlaws have not competed at Riverside since 1981, the track has been going strong and boasts an amazing stretch of 54 consecutive season of racing.
From 1979-1981, the World of Outlaws competed twice each season at the Riverside International Speedway with Steve Kinser earning victories in two of those events. He is the only repeat winner in the six A-Feature events that have been contested at the track. The 20-time World of Outlaws champion has won twice this season, and is seventh overall in points. In the series last visit to a quarter-mile track on April 21, Kinser was the winner at Tri-State Speedway in his home state of Indiana.
Current World of Outlaws point leader Donny Schatz will make his first visit to Riverside this weekend. The reigning series champion has four wins on the year entering the event, including one victory on a quarter-mile at Houston Raceway Park. After debuting a special Snap-on Tools paint scheme last weekend, Schatz will be back behind the wheel of his familiar yellow No. 15.
Joey Saldana enters this weekend's pair of events, just seven markers behind Schatz in the championship standings. Saldana is behind the wheel of the No. 9 for Kasey Kahne Racing, and has a series-best five wins to his credit in the first 16 events of the season. He had led 153 laps on the year, which is best in the series and also leads the way with $86,200 in earnings.
Daryn Pittman who is third in World of Outlaws points has competed in the past at Riverside International Speedway in a 360-sprint car with the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS). The native of Owasso, Oklahoma won his 20th career World of Outlaws A-Feature event earlier this season in Florida. He has 12 Top-10 finishes in the first 16 events of 2007.
Craig Dollansky heads to Riverside fourth in World of Outlaws championship points. The former World of Outlaws Gumout Series titlist has 11 Top-10 finishes in the first 16 events of the 2007 season. Last year he won three times on quarter-mile tracks, and this season on that size of track, he has finished third (Houston Raceway Park) and 10th (Tri-State Speedway).
Danny Lasoski is currently fifth in points, and has had a very consistent season. The 2001 World of Outlaws champion and four-time Knoxville Nationals winner has racked up 11 Top-10 finishes, including his first win of the season on April 6 at Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky.
Jason Meyers makes his first visit to Riverside, sixth in the standings. The native of Clovis, California has been one of the most consistent drivers over the last four weeks with the series. He won his first race of the season on April 13 at Eldora Speedway, an event that can be seen on SPEED on Sunday, May 13 at 2 p.m. Eastern. He has been quickest in qualifying three times this year, including in the last two consecutive events.
Jac Haudenschild was very strong in the World of Outlaws last event to a quarter-mile track on April 21 at Tri-State (Ind.) Speedway. The fan favorite from Wooster, Ohio finished second as he thrilled the crowd with his always aggressive driving style. He enters the event at Riverside eighth in the championship standings with seven Top-10 finishes.
Terry McCarl will make his second start on a quarter-mile with new crew chief Brian Kemenah on May 5 at Riverside. It will be the first visit to the track for the native of Altoona, Iowa, who is a six-time Knoxville Raceway and six-time Huset's Speedway champion. He earned his first Top-Five finish with Kemenah turning the wrenches last weekend at Knoxville.
Jason Solwold used a strong run at Knoxville to move into the Top-10 in points, heading into the pair of events this weekend. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington won a preliminary event last season at Silver Dollar (Calif.) Speedway with the World of Outlaws, a quarter-mile track like Riverside.
Paul McMahan will make his first start at Riverside on May 5, driving for two-time NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart. McMahan has five Top-10 finishes on the year and is just 11 points out of the Top-10.
Jason Sides has competed at Riverside in the past in a 360-sprint car. He considers the quarter-mile his home track, as he lives just over the border in Bartlett, Tennessee. This will be the first time he has competed at the track in a number of years.
Making his first visit to Riverside will be 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Tim Shaffer, a native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania who has seven Top-10 finishes on the season.
Tim Kaeding will visit the quarter-mile for the first time as he fills in for Brooke Tatnell in the No. 2 car for Larry Woodward Racing. After a solid Top-10 finish at Knoxville last Saturday night, Tatnell returned to his native Australia to be with his father George who continues a courageous battle with cancer. Kaeding won earlier this season in his home state of California at Thunderbowl Raceway.
Visiting Riverside for the first time will also be: second-year driver Justin Henderson of South Dakota, 1995 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Randy Hannagan of San Jose, reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Chad Kemenah of Ohio, second-year driver Jeremy Campbell if Michigan, veteran Dion Hindi of New Mexico, second-year driver Jason Martin of Kansas, and veteran Brian Carlson of Indiana.
Three of the drivers that were not born the last time the World of Outlaws raced at Riverside International Speedway have competed at the track in 360-sprint cars with the ASCS. Zach Chappell finished second in an event at the quarter-mile in 2005, and also earned a runner-up finish in 2004, and has several Top-Five finishes at Riverside. Tony Bruce Jr. earned two Top-10 finishes at the track in 2005 in ASCS competition. Sam Hafertepe Jr. also has finished in the Top-10 with the ASCS at Riverside.
Along with Chad Hillier of Washington and Kerry Madsen of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia, they are all battling for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award.
On Saturday, May 5 at Riverside International Speedway, all tickets will be $35.