2007 Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Year in Review: Part II As the weather warmed up in the Midwest, the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series 2007 season continued to roll along. A busy month of May...
2007 Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Year in Review: Part II
As the weather warmed up in the Midwest, the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series 2007 season continued to roll along.
A busy month of May opened with Daryn Pittman winning at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas in the series first event to the track since 1981. The high banks of US 36 Raceway in Missouri were no match for Jason Meyers as he conquered them in his first visit to the 3/8-mile. A cross-state journey to Lake Ozark Speedway the following night found Craig Dollansky in Victory Lane for the first time in 2007.
The first of two East Coast swings for the series was up next, with the Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway in Pennsylvania kicking things off. Steve Kinser dominated the event to add to his remarkable record at the track. Donny Schatz continued his mastery of the famed Williams Grove Speedway in the series first of three visits to the half-mile in 2007. He swept both events in May, before a rainout at Orange County Speedway in New York gave the drivers and crews a breather.
One of the most thrilling races of the season was to follow at New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey, as Steve Kinser inched out Jason Sides in a photo finish by just 0.028 seconds. Next on the docket was a visit to Grandview Speedway in Pennsylvania, where Danny Lasoski inched out Donny Schatz by just 0.036 seconds, which was very reminiscent of the prior event at New Egypt.
A trip south to the heart of stock car country found the World of Outlaws competing before a packed grandstand at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway. They didn't disappoint, as Donny Schatz edged Paul McMahan for the win. A long trek back to New York found the series at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on Memorial Day, with Steve Kinser taking the checkered flag for the fifth time on the season. He would make it two wins in a row later that week, with a victory at Sharon Speedway in Ohio.
The series second stop of the season at Eldora Speedway was kind to Paul McMahan as he won on the track which his car owner at the time, Tony Stewart also owns. Joey Saldana continued his strong season as the series paid their final visit of the season to his home state of Indiana, as he was victorious at Kokomo Speedway in the Hoosier Sprint Nationals.
Saldana kept the momentum rolling as he won his seventh event of the season in the Eagle Nationals at Eagle Raceway in Nebraska. Danny Lasoski won for the third time on the season at Tri-City Speedway on June 14, in an event that had been postponed by rain a month earlier.
The inaugural "SuperClean Summer of Money" on ESPN2 kicked off with Terry McCarl earning his first World of Outlaws win at his home track, Knoxville Raceway, where he is a six-time track champion. Steve Kinser returned to his winning ways at State Fair Speedway in Missouri, winning for the seventh time in 2007 on June 20.
The Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas found Jason Meyers victorious for the third time on the year. Daryn Pittman won the following night in the second round of the "SuperClean Summer of Money."
A trip north to Black Hills Speedway in South Dakota earned Donny Schatz his eighth win of the season. Joey Saldana won his ninth event of the year later that week in a thrilling battle with Jac Haudenschild in the series inaugural stop at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Haudenschild would win the following night at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, North Dakota with the ESPN2 cameras rolling to earn the overall Duel in the Dakotas title.
After an overnight trip to Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin, Paul McMahan found himself in the winner's circle for the second time in 2007 to open the month of July.
Donny Schatz remained unbeaten in the state of South Dakota on July 3, taking home the win at Huset's Speedway. Joey Saldana kept pace with Schatz in the win column, by earning his ninth win of the campaign in the fourth race of the "SuperClean Summer of Money" at I-55 Raceway in Missouri.
The Brad Doty Classic in Ohio featured the largest crowd in the history of Limaland Motorsports Park and Ohio native Jac Haudenschild earned his second win of the season in the event honoring the former World of Outlaws driver and long time ambassador for sprint car racing.
The Knight Before the Kings Royal went to Steve Kinser as he extended his record number of wins at the half-mile, with Donny Schatz earning his first Kings Royal crown the following night on ESPN2.
Mother Nature tried her best to slow Schatz down by delaying the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup one day at Lernerville Speedway, but Schatz won the event for the second year in a row and earned another win in the "SuperClean Summer of Money."
The Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway found Schatz extending his win streak to three, as he was victorious for the 12th time in 2007. Brian Leppo won on the following night, followed by another win by Schatz in the finale, to take home the $25,000 top prize.
Jason Meyers found his way back to victory lane at Lebanon Valley Speedway in New York on July 22. The series then headed north to Canada for the first time in over 25 years, and Jason Sides thrilled the crowd winning over Jac Haudenschild and Donny Schatz at Ohsweken Speedway.
Craig Dollansky won at I-96 Speedway in Michigan, as the series headed south to KC-Raceway in Ohio for the penultimate round of the "SuperClean Summer of Money." In one of the most exciting races all season and one of the most talked about, Terry McCarl passed Donny Schatz for the lead and waved at him as he went by. "The wave" was captured by the ESPN2 cameras.
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