WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES AT A GLANCE: Rolling Wheels through Eldora West Lebanon, NY -- May 31, 2005 WHAT The World of Outlaws Sprint Series continues its first major road tour of the season June 1 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in...
WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES AT A GLANCE: Rolling Wheels through Eldora
West Lebanon, NY -- May 31, 2005
The World of Outlaws Sprint Series continues its first major road tour of the season June 1 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y., June 3 at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio, and June 4 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. All three features are $10,000-to-win events before the series begins a swing through the Midwest beginning June 9 at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich., and June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park in Plymouth, Wis.
* Rolling Wheels Raceway Park is 2 miles west of Elbridge on SR 5.
* For Sharon Speedway, take I-80 to exit 234, go 10 miles north on SR 7 to SR 305 and go one mile east on SR 305, then south.
* Eldora Speedway is about 2.5 miles north of Rossburg, Ohio. From Toledo (150 miles), go south on I-75 to Wapakoneta, west on US 33, continue west on State Route 29 to Celina, south on US 127 to North Star, turn right at traffic light, continue to Eldora Speedway. From Dayton (55 miles), north on I-75 to I-70, west on I-70 to exit 24, north on State Route 49 to Greenville, north on US 127 to North Star, turn left at traffic light, continue to Eldora Speedway. From Indianapolis (105 miles), east on I-70 to Ohio exit 10, north on US 127 to North Star, turn left at traffic light, continue to Eldora Speedway. From Columbus (105 miles), west on I-70 to exit 24, north on State Route 49 to Greenville, north on US 127 to North Star, turn left at traffic light, continue to Eldora Speedway. From Fort Wayne (65 miles), south on US 33 into Ohio, south on US 127 to North Star, turn right at traffic light, continue to Eldora Speedway.
* On June 1 at Rolling Wheels, the action begins at 6 p.m.
* On June 3 at Sharon Speedway, gates open Friday at 4 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.
* On June 4, at Eldora Speedway, ticket windows open at 3 p.m., the gates open at 4 p.m., warm-ups at 6:30 p.m. and heats at 8 p.m.
* Rolling Wheels admission is $30.
* At Sharon Speedway, advance general admission and reserved tickets are available at a savings over prices at the gate. Advance tickets are $24 for adults (14 and up), $12 for children (6-13) and free for kids 5 and under and must be purchased by 5 p.m. Thursday, (June 2) for phone orders and by midnight Thursday (June 2) for Internet orders. Tickets purchased the day of the event are $28 for adults (14 and up), $14 for children (6-13) and free for kids 5 and under. Purchase advance tickets by calling the speedway at (330) 772-1186.
* At Eldora Speedway, tickets are $25 for ages 16 and up, $23 for ages 60 and up, $12 for ages 13-15, and $6 for ages 7-12. Ages 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30.
ABOUT THE TRACKS
* Rolling Wheels Raceway Park is a semi-banked, 5/8-mile oval. Craig Dollansky holds the single-lap record with a 15.952-second lap set on June 2, 2004.
* Sharon Speedway is a semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval. Danny Lasoski established the single-lap record of 12.844 seconds on July 30, 2003.
* Eldora Speedway is a high-banked, half-mile oval. The banking in the turns is 24 degrees and the banking on the straights is 7 degrees. Craig Dollansky established the track record in a World of Outlaws Sprint Series race when he turned a lap around Eldora in 12.707 seconds on April 13, 2002.
TELEVISION THIS WEEK
* The Outdoor Channel will broadcast coverage of last weekend's Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway at 8 p.m. (ET) on June 1. Coverage of the race this weekend at Williams Grove Speedway will air at 8 p.m. (ET) on June 8.
* Dirtvision.com will show a Cybercast of the May 30 race at Lebanon Valley at 8 p.m. EST on Thursday. 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.
* The year to date: Steve Kinser leads the way with 10 A-feature victories. -- Craig Dollansky is running strong once again, winning Thursday at Williams Grove and leading the most laps Saturday at Hagerstown. -- Jason Meyers posted a victory May 7 in Granite City, Ill., and charged from 25th to eighth Friday at Williams Grove. -- Kraig Kinser won back-to-back features in early April. -- Danny Lasoski has shaken off earlier engine woes with a Preliminary Feature win at Knoxville and a strong showing on the Pennsylvania swing. -- Donny Schatz is second on the win list with three victories and coming off a second-place run at Lebanon Valley Speedway. -- Daryn Pittman captured a victory April 23 in Wichita. -- Joey Saldana has come on strong, posting a Preliminary Feature win at Lernerville in addition to a string of three consecutive Stacker 2® Dash victories. -- Paul McMahan is coming off of top-fives at Hagerstown and Lebanon Valley. -- Tim Shaffer has scored two victories, most recently in the series debut at Lake Ozark Speedway. -- Shane Stewart has been consistently strong, with 10 top-10 finishes in A-features. -- Tim Kaeding has been one of the most exciting racers on the circuit, posting three top-fives often by riding the cushion to the front. -- Terry McCarl is coming off a season-best second-place run at Hagerstown a few days after another top-five run at Grandview. -- Brian Paulus has come on to post five top-five runs as well as strong showings in time trials. -- Jason Sides picked up a top-five in Granite City, Ill., and at Williams Grove was one of the few to qualify for the preliminary and main events with quick runs in time trials. -- After missing the first four races of the season, Brooke Tatnell has proven he can run up front, finishing second twice and leading the most laps in the Preliminary Feature at Knoxville. -- With little experience on tracks in the East, Jason Solwold's most impressive runs have come when he ran second in the Preliminary at Eldora and third at Outlaw Motor Speedway. -- On the swing through Pennsylvania, Brandon Wimmer was the second-quickest in time trials twice, to go with his fast time earlier this year at Houston Raceway Park. -- Sammy Swindell posted his first A-feature victory of the season at Hagerstown, to go with a Preliminary win in April at Eldora. -- Kevin Swindell won his first career Dash Saturday at Hagerstown and was also the quick qualifier in the Preliminary at Manzanita Speedway. He raced to his first top-five with the Outlaws Monday at Lebanon Valley.
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* 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 the No. 3 Monte Carlo formerly driven by late legend Dale Earnhardt. Also, the track will have an Open Pit Party during intermission to allow all fans to walk into the pits. Blaney expects to be at Sharon Speedway after flying in from NASCAR qualifying at Dover International Speedway. "I'll fly over from Dover after qualifying to catch the show," Blaney said. "My car owner, Richard Childress, said he'd like to come watch the race, too, and we'll be coming in one of his planes, so we'll try to fill every seat. There are a lot of sprint car fans and former sprint car drivers in the garage, so you never know who may come over to the race with us." 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.
* Measuring up: The race Friday at Sharon Speedway is on a 3/8-mile oval. The series has raced five times this season on tracks that size, at Pike County Speedway, Houston Raceway Park, Batesville Speedway, Outlaw Motor Speedway and 81 Speedway. Steve Kinser held off Brooke Tatnell to win at Pike County, Donny Schatz edged Steve Kinser at Houston, Kraig Kinser dominated at Batesville, Steve Kinser snuck past Jason Meyers late at Outlaw, and Daryn Pittman cruised to victory at 81 Speedway.
* Half-milers: The race Saturdy at Eldora Speedway is on an intimidating half-mile oval. Including preliminary features, the series has raced 13 times this year on half-mile circuits with Steve Kinser winning four times (Volusia, Eldora, Knoxville and Williams Grove), Craig Dollansky (Manzanita and Williams Grove) and Sammy Swindell (Eldora and Hagerstown) winning twice, and Kraig Kinser (Las Vegas), Donny Schatz (Las Vegas), Danny Lasoski (Knoxville), Jason Meyers (Granite City) and Jeff Shepard (Volusia) each winning once.
* Victory parade: Sammy Swindell earned his first A-feature victory of the season Saturday night at Hagerstown Speedway. Swindell also has a preliminary feature win April 8 at Eldora. Steve Kinser leads the way with nine victories, including a win Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway. 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 and Joey Saldana won May 20 at Lernville.
* Looking back I: Last June at Rolling Wheels, Donny Schatz spoiled Steve Kinser's 50th birthday when he passed Kinser with less than two laps to go for his first victory of the season. Schatz drove high in Turn 2 and took the checkered flag with 12 car-lengths to spare.
* Looking back II: Last June at Sharon Speedway, Danny Lasoski won his first World of Outlaws Sprint Series A-Feature of the season passing Joey Saldana early in the 20th lap and taking the checkered flag with half a straightaway to spare.
* Looking back III: Earlier this season, Steve Kinser took over the series lead when the World of Outlaws Sprint Series raced in a two-night event April 8-9 at Eldora Speedway. Kinser held off a hard-charging Tim Kaeding for his third victory of the year and his 31st win at the historic high-banked, half-mile track. Sammy Swindell captured the Preliminary Feature.
* 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 two top-fives has been running with the series since Volusia Speedway Park. 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 Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y., it heads June 1 to Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y., June 3 to Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio, June 4 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, and June 9 at I-96 Speedway.
WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES SPONSORS
The World of Outlaws Sprint Series is brought to the fans across the country by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Hoosier Racing Tire, Stacker 2®, and The Outdoor Channel. Promotional Partners include AMB i.t., RACEceiver, HUMMERSGONEWILD.COM, Zippo Lighters, The University of Northwestern Ohio, Timberwolf, and Race Punk apparel. Slick 50 is an Associate Program Sponsor and Contingency sponsors include DART Machinery, MSD Ignitions, and Wrisco Industries.