WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES AT A GLANCE: Grandview, Williams Grove and Hagerstown 3Colorado Springs, CO -- May 23, 2005 WHAT The World of Outlaws Sprint Series rolls May 24 to Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., for Thunder in the Hills...
WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES AT A GLANCE: Grandview, Williams Grove and Hagerstown 3Colorado Springs, CO -- May 23, 2005
WHAT The World of Outlaws Sprint Series rolls May 24 to Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., for Thunder in the Hills and a $10,000-to-win feature. The Outlaws follow that race with a two-night show May 26-27 at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., site of $5,000-to-win and $12,000-to-win events. Next up will be a one-night, 10,000-to-win feature May 28 at Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland before the series heads to New York for races May 30 at Lebanon Valley Speedway and June 1 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park.
* To get to Grandview Speedway, take SR 100 3.5 miles north of SR 73, then go a half-mile east on Passmore Road. The track is about 10 miles north of Pottstown.
* To get to Williams Grove Speedway, take U.S. 15 seven miles southwest of I-76 (Pa. Turnpike), go 1.5 miles northwest on SR 74, then west on Park Place.
* Hagerstown Speedway can be found 6 miles west of Hagerstown, Md., on US Route 40 (Old National Pike).
* Tuesday at Grandview, gates open at 3:30 p.m. to advance ticket-holders with racing at 7:30 p.m.
* Thursday and Friday at Williams Grove, both nights of racing begin at 7:45 p.m.
* Saturday at Hagerstown, gates will open at 5 p.m. with on-track action beginning at 7:30 p.m.
* At Grandview Speedway, adults are $30, children (6-11) are $10 and children under 6 are free.
* May 26 at Williams Grove, reserved tickets are $28 and general admission tickets are $27. Pit passes are $25 for members and $30 for non-members.
* May 27 at Williams Grove, reserved tickets are $30 and general admission tickets are $28. Pit passes are $25 for members and $30 for non-members.
* At Hagerstown, reserved tickets are $35, general admission tickets are $30 and pit passes are $35.
* The World of Outlaws Sprint Series is at www.woosprint.com.
* Grandview Speedway is at www.grandviewspeedway.com.
* Williams Grove Speedway is at www.williamsgrove.com.
* Hagerstown Speedway is at www/hagerstownspeedway.com.
ABOUT THE TRACKS
* Grandview Speedway is a high-banked, 1/3-mile oval. Sean Michael owns the record with a lap of 11.533 seconds on May 26, 2002.
* Williams Grove Speedway is a semi-banked, half-mile oval. Brian Paulus set the record of 16.140 seconds on April 26, 2002.
* Hagerstown Speedway is a semi-banked, half-mile oval. Mark Kinser established the track record of 14.945 seconds on July 31, 1999.
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TELEVISION THIS WEEK
* The Outdoor Channel will broadcast coverage of this weekend's Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway on May 25 and June 1.
* Dirtvision.com will broadcast Cybercasts of upcoming events at Lebanon Valley Speedway and Sharon Speedway. The May 30 race at Lebanon Valley will be shown at 8 p.m. EST on June 2 and the June 3 race at Sharon will be shown at 8 p.m. ET on June 8. For more information about Dirtvision.com and its Cybercasts of DIRT Motorsports events, go to www.dirtvision.com.
NEWS & NOTES
* On the Web: The Official World of Outlaws Sprint Series Web site is overhauled and now alive at www.woosprint.com. Among the features are updated driver biographies with individual statistics and pictures, race-by-race statistics, detailed track information and race coverage, series news and team press releases.
* Quick change: No driver, not even Steve Kinser, can win a race without the help of his crew. So on Saturday in the Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway, neither Kinser nor his team panicked when Kinser's motor developed problems during warmups. But locked into the Stacker 2® Dash, Kinser and his crew had little time to diagnose the engine trouble. With no option but to change motors, crew chief Scott Gerkin and members of both Steve Kinser Racing teams pitched in and 9 minutes, 25 seconds later, Kinser was ready to start the Dash with a new powerplant. He went on to finish second in the Dash before winning his seventh feature this season and the 520th in his career. "We just had a cylinder drop somehow," Kinser said. "We didn't have time to figure out what it was. It was just quicker for us to change motors than to figure out why it did it. Both teams jumped on it and got it done pretty fast."
* Taking a stand: Pennsylvania is one of the most popular hunting states in the country, so World of Outlaws racer Terry McCarl and his sponsor Big Game Tree Stands will have a drawing Thursday and Friday at Williams Grove Speedway to give away a 15-foot Stealth Deluxe Big Game Tree Stand. On each night a drawing will take place at the World of Outlaws souvenir trailer, with no purchase necessary to enter. In addition, the first 50 people to buy a Terry McCarl T-shirt will receive a Big Game Tree Stands hat. Big Game Tree Stands products can be found in Pennsylvania at Cabela's or Gander Mountain, or online at www.biggametreestands.com.
* Looking ahead to Sharon: On June 3, the World of Outlaws Sprint Series invades Dave Blaney's Sharon Speedway. Blaney, one of the greatest racers in Outlaws history and winner of the 1995 season title, now competes in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series for Richard Childress Racing. Fans at Sharon for the Outlaws feature will have a chance to see Blaney's Jack Daniels No. 07 Monte Carlo as well as Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 3 Monte Carlo. For more details about the race, go to www.sharonspeedway.com or www.woosprint.com and see the race schedule.
* Race for a cause: The upcoming race June 22 at Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Mo., will feature not only the World of Outlaws Sprint Series, but also a celebrity late model race including drivers Danny Lasoski, NASCAR's Tony Stewart and the NHRA's Gary Scelzi. The event will support the Michael Ross Memorial Foundation, which donates its proceeds to the Bay Cliff Health Camp, a summer camp that offers a therapy center and outdoor recreation camp for handicapped children. Advanced Grandstand Reserve tickets are on sale now at Yeager Cycle (660) 826-2925 for $32. The day of the race Grandstand Reserve tickets are $34, General Admission is $32, children 6-13 are $10, and children 5 and younger are free.
* Snapping to it: Snap-on, one of the nation's leading tool design and precision manufacturing companies, has joined forces with World of Outlaws racer Shane Stewart and the Rudeen Racing powered by mIn Motorsports No. 26 team. Snap-on has been extensively involved in the auto racing industry's premier levels through the years, including NASCAR, NHRA and the IRL. Until now, Snap-on hasn't sponsored a major Sprint Car team. That changes now as Stewart, of Bixby, Okla., joins the elite list of drivers under the Snap-on banner. "This is a tremendous opportunity for both the Rudeen Racing team and Snap-on," said Team Manager Scott Chilcutt. "Snap-on will be able to increase brand awareness throughout the Sprint Car market and we're just honored to have them as part of the Rudeen Development team." Go to www.rudeenracing.com for more information on the team.
* A grand track: Grandview Speedway, site of the Outlaws race on May 24, is a high-banked, 1/3-mile oval. It will mark the fifth race on a track that size this season for the Outlaws, with three different winners. Tim Shaffer has captured A-mains May 6 at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo., and Feb. 25 at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. Craig Dollansky won Feb 26 at Bakersfield Speedway near Bakersfield, Calif. On April 2, Kraig Kinser won at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo.
* Half milers: The events this weekend at Williams Grove and Hagerstown speedways are on a half-mile ovals. Including preliminary features, the series has raced 10 times this year on half-mile circuits with Steve Kinser winning three times (Volusia, Eldora and Knoxville), and Jeff Shepard (Volusia), Craig Dollansky (Manzanita), Kraig Kinser (Las Vegas), Donny Schatz (Las Vegas), Sammy Swindell (Eldora), Danny Lasoski (Knoxville) and Jason Meyers (Granite City) each winning once.
* Victory parade: Steve Kinser won the Commonwealth Clash Saturday at Lernerville Speedway for his seventh feature victory of the season. Next on win list is Donny Schatz with three victories. Kraig Kinser won on back-to-back nights at Batesville Speedway and I-55 Raceway, and also has a preliminary feature win at Las Vegas. Tim Shaffer picked up his second victory of the season May 6 at Lake Ozark Speedway. Jason Meyers picked up his first win of the season May 7 in Granite City, Ill. Daryn Pittman was the winner April 23 at 81 Speedway in Wichita. Craig Dollansky has won a feature and a preliminary, while Jeff Shepard won a feature at Volusia Speedway Park. In Preliminary Features, Danny Lasoski has won twice, most recently April 29 at Knoxville Raceway, Sammy Swindell has at Eldora, and Joey Saldana won May 20 at Lernville.
* Looking back I: When the Outlaws raced last May at Grandview Speedway, Steve Kinser drove past seven cars for his seventh victory of the season.
* Looking back II: In the spring race at Williams Grove in 2004, Don Kreitz, Jr., made history when he pulled off a last-lap pass of Steve Kinser to win the main event. Kreitz and Fred Rahmer, who won the Preliminary Feature, became the first non-World of Outlaws Sprint Series regulars to combine for a double-feature sweep in series history.
* Looking back III: Last May at Hagerstown Speedway, Steve Kinser was less than two laps from winning when he collided with a lapped car, leaving Greg Hodnett to claim the $10,000 first prize. Hodnett, the 1993 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, became the 11th different driver to win a World of Outlaws Sprint Series main event in 2004.
* The Mean 15: The impressive 2005 edition of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series' Mean 15 racers includes Craig Dollansky (No. 7 owned by Karavan Motorsports), Tim Kaeding (No. 83 owned by Dennis Roth), Kraig Kinser (No. 11k owned by Steve Kinser Racing), Steve Kinser (No. 11 owned by Steve Kinser Racing), Danny Lasoski (No. 20 owned by Tony Stewart Motorsports), Paul McMahan (No. 11h owned by David Helm), Jason Meyers (No. 14 owned by the Elite Racing Team), Brian Paulus (No. 28 owned by Pender Motorsports), Daryn Pittman (No. 21 owned by Titan Racing), Joey Saldana (No. 2 owned by Woodward Racing), Donny Schatz (No. 15 owned by Schatz Motorsports), Tim Shaffer (No. 6 owned by Parsons Motorsports), Jason Sides (No. 7s owned by Sides Motorsports), Brandon Wimmer (No. 7tw owned by Wimmer-Luck Racing), and the No. 35 Rick Wright-owned car now being driven by Travis Rilat, who set quick time May 7 at Tri-City Speedway.
* On tour, too: Several other drivers have committed to running the bulk of the schedule with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series in 2005 with hopes of earning a spot in a future Mean 15: Australian Brooke Tatnell is back in the series with Rush Racing. Terry McCarl, who has won the past six 410 sprint championships at Knoxville Raceway. Shane Stewart, who is battling for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title. Jason Solwold, who has seven top-10s has been running with the series since Volusia Speedway Park. Randy Hannagan, a long-time Outlaws competitor is running occasionally with the series again. Sammy Swindell, a sprint car legend and three-time Outlaws champion. Kevin Swindell, 16, who became the youngest driver to finish in the top 10 with the Outlaws when finished sixth in the feature at Parramatta City Raceway in January.
* Tune into the Web: If fans can't get to any of the upcoming races, they can experience the excitement of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series live on Dirtvision.com through the DIRT Radio Network, where announcer John Gibson keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the event. To listen to the audio broadcasts, log on to www.dirtvision.com and click on the DIRT Radio Network logo. Listeners will need Windows Media Player 9 or higher to listen to the DIRT Radio Network. Companies who are interested in advertising on the new DIRT Radio Network should contact Mark Noble, DIRT MotorSports VP Sales and Marketing, at 719-884-2141. For technical support or questions, e-mail email@example.com.
* Hear it firsthand: RACEceiver is the Official Driver Communicator of DIRT MotorSports. A compact radio receiver that conveniently fits into a driver's pocket, a RACEceiver allows each driver to hear directions from series officials, which greatly enhances the safety and timeliness of events. A similar version available to fans will allow RACEceiver users to hear what information series officials are relaying to the drivers. For more information about RACEceiver, visit www.raceceiver.com, call 866-301-7223, or look for their sales trailers at various events.
After the World of Outlaws Sprint Series leaves Hagerstown, it closes out the month with a race May 30 at Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y., then heads June 1 to Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y., June 3 to Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio, and June 4 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.