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World of Outlaws Set to Invade Williams Grove Speedway The World of Outlaws will invade Williams Grove Speedway on Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18 to take on the always touch Pennsylvania Posse. On May 17, the 25-lap A-Feature will see the...

World of Outlaws Set to Invade Williams Grove Speedway

The World of Outlaws will invade Williams Grove Speedway on Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18 to take on the always touch Pennsylvania Posse. On May 17, the 25-lap A-Feature will see the winner take home $8,000, while the winner of the 30-lap contest on May 18 will pocket $12,000.

Leading the way will be reigning World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz, who has five A-Feature wins at the storied track, along with four preliminary feature victories. Heading into the first East Coast swing of the year for the series, he leads the championship standings on the strength of four wins. The native of Fargo, North Dakota earned 17 Top-10 finishes in the first 19 events of the season.

Steve Kinser enters the two events as the winningest World of Outlaws driver at Williams Grove. The 20-time series champion has 24 career A-Feature wins with the series at the track, and 37 overall wins, including preliminary features. Prior to the East Coast swing, he won twice, including in his first-ever visit to USA Race Park in Arizona, as well as a victory at Tri-State Speedway in his home state of Indiana. The native of Bloomington, enters the week seventh in the championship points with eight Top-10 finishes.

Joey Saldana continues his battle with Schatz for the top spot in the World of Outlaws championship standings. Entering the week, the native of Brownsburg, Indiana has won a series-best five A-Feature events and leads the series in laps led as well as fast time honors. Last season he finished fifth in the finale of the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove.

Daryn Pittman heads to Williams Grove Speedway solidly in the Top-Five in series points. He has won two races this season prior to the East Coast swing, including at Volusia Speedway Park as part of the season opening Florida DIRTcar Nationals, as well as at Riverside International Speedway in Arkansas. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma dominated the finale of the Summer Nationals last season, an event that saw World of Outlaws drivers sweep all three nights of racing.

Craig Dollansky begins the East Coast swing with plenty of momentum. He won his first A-Feature event of the season on May 12 at Lake Ozark Speedway in Missouri. The native of Elk River, Minnesota ran very strong at Williams Grove last season, winning a preliminary feature on the second night of the Summer Nationals, and coming home fourth in the finale of that event. He finished second in the rain shortened National Open finale in late September.

Jason Meyers heads east with plenty of momentum, after scoring his second A-Feature win of the season on May 11 in his first trip to U.S. 36 Raceway in Missouri. The native of Clovis, California is solidly in the Top-Five in championship points with 12 Top-10 finishes entering the week.

Danny Lasoski has one career World of Outlaws A-Feature win at Williams Grove, that coming in 2004. He earned his first win of this season in early April at Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky. He is solidly in the Top-10 in points with 12 Top-10 finishes entering the East Coast swing.

Terry McCarl won a preliminary feature during the Summer Nationals last season at Williams Grove Speedway. He finished a very solid eighth in the finale of that event. This season he has 12 Top-10 finishes prior to the May 15 event at Lernerville. He earned a season-best finish of second at Thunderbowl Raceway in California earlier this season.

Jason Solwold visited the winner's circle at Williams Grove last season, as he won the preliminary feature on the opening night of the National Open. He followed that up with a very strong sixth-place run in the finale. He also was second quick in time trials in the two spring races at the half-mile last season. He enters the East Coast swing in the Top-10 in championship points with 10 Top-10 finishes, including a runner-up performance on May 5 at Riverside International Speedway in Arkansas.

Paul McMahan won the second preliminary night of the Summer Nationals in 2005. He enters the East Coast swing this year with seven Top-10 finishes driving for two-time NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart.

Jac Haudenschild won a World of Outlaws A-Feature at Williams Grove in 1997. Last season he was 10th in the finale of the Summer Nationals. He charged from the 24th starting spot to finish 3rd last Friday night at U.S. 36 Raceway in Missouri. The fan favorite from Wooster, Ohio entered the week with eight Top-10 finishes.

Also in action on Thursday May, 17 and Friday, May 18 will be Pennsylvania native Tim Shaffer the 1999 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, who finished in the Top-10 in both spring events last season at the track.

Jason Sides, the 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year heads to Williams Grove just outside of the Top-10 in points. He began the week with seven Top-10 finishes.

Kerry Madsen the current leader in the battle of the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award will make his first visit to Williams Grove Speedway this week. The native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia won his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature event earlier this season as part of the Florida DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.

Tim Kaeding will be behind the wheel of the No. 2 for Larry Woodward Racing, filling in for Brooke Tatnell. Kaeding won earlier this season in his home state of California at Thunderbowl Raceway. In three races filling in for Tatnell, Kaeding has earned two Top-10 finishes including a runner-up effort on May 11 at U.S. 36 Raceway.

Randy Hannagan is coming off of a strong weekend in Missouri that saw him earn a season-best finish of seventh last Friday night. Last season at Williams Grove he turned in the sixth quickest lap in time trials on the second night of the Summer Nationals.

Justin Henderson returns to Williams Grove Speedway for the second season. He gained the respect of many when he ran wheel to wheel with Fred Rahmer, the winningest driver in Williams Grove History last season. Henderson has five Top-10 finishes entering the week.

Chad Kemenah begins the East Coast swing with four Top-10 finishes, including one last weekend in Missouri. The native of Findlay, Ohio is the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year.

Also in action will be: second-year driver Jeremy Campbell of Michigan, veteran Dion Hindi of New Mexico who set fast time at Williams Grove last season in the second spring race, and second-year driver Jason Martin of Kansas. Veteran Brian Carlson of Indiana is questionable after sustaining an injury to his left leg last weekend in Missouri.

Drivers currently competing for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award that will be in action at Williams Grove include: Tony Bruce Jr. of Kansas, who raced at the track last season, Zach Chappell of Oklahoma, Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Texas, Chad Hillier of Washington, and Madsen.

On Thursday, May 17 at Williams Grove Speedway pit gates will open at 4 p.m., with grandstand gates opening at 5:15 for advanced ticket holder and 5:30 p.m. for general admission ticket holders, and time trials are set for 7:45 p.m.

On Friday, May 18 at Williams Grove Speedway pit gates will open at 4 p.m., with grandstand gates opening at 5:15 p.m. for advanced ticket holders, and 5:30 for general admission tickets holder, and time trials are set for 7:45 p.m.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Brian Carlson , Brooke Tatnell , 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.
Teams Williams