WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Eagle Nationals June 15, 2005 WHAT * The World of Outlaws Sprint Series swings Friday and Saturday into Eagle Raceway for the 22nd Annual Eagle Nationals. The Preliminary Feature on Friday at the...
WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Eagle Nationals
June 15, 2005
* The World of Outlaws Sprint Series swings Friday and Saturday into Eagle Raceway for the 22nd Annual Eagle Nationals. The Preliminary Feature on Friday at the Eagle, Neb., facility is a $5,000-to-win event followed by Saturday's main event worth $12,000 to the winner.
* To find Eagle Raceway, take I-80 to exit 420, then 11 miles south on SR 63.
* On Friday and Saturday, hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, there also is a Pit Party from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission to the Pit Party is free with passes available from Lincoln Colby Ridge Locations: 70th & Van Dorn, 48th & Pioneers, 56th & Holdrege and 14th & N Streets in Lincoln.
* Ticket prices are $30 for adults, $10 for youth 6-13 and kids 5 & under free with each adult ticket purchased. If you buy before Wednesday, June 15, you can purchase a 2-day package for $55 for adults, and $20 for youth 6-13. Two-day package prices are available only until Wednesday, June 15.
ABOUT THE TRACKS
* Eagle Raceway is a high-banked, 1/3-mile oval. Joey Saldana established the single-lap record of 11.124 seconds on Sept. 20, 2002.
TELEVISION THIS WEEK
* All of the action from Eagle Raceway will air at 8 p.m. (ET) July 6 on The Outdoor Channel. The June 1 race from Rolling Wheels Raceway Park will air at 8 p.m. (ET) June 15 on The Outdoor Channel, followed June 22 by the race at Eldora Speedway that was run on June 4. The race from June 9 at I-96 Speedway will air at 8 p.m. (ET) on June 29.
* A Cybercast of the thrilling race June 14 at Kokomo Speedway will air at 7 p.m. June 20 on Dirtvision.com. For more information about Dirtvision, 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.dirtmotorsports.com/sprint. 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.
* It's a party: Eagle Raceway is having a Pit Party on Saturday before the main event for the Eagle Nationals. Admission to the Pit Party, which runs from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., is free with passes available from Lincoln Colby Ridge Locations: 70th & Van Dorn, 48th & Pioneers, 56th & Holdrege and 14th & N Streets in Lincoln.
* Getting around: It might not have a wing on top, but one of the most talked about vehicles in the pits at all of the Outlaws races is the Segway® Human Transporter. This weekend a lucky World of Outlaws Sprint Series fan will win a Segway courtesy of Rush Racing and their entire race team during the main event for Eagle Nationals on Saturday at Eagle Raceway. -- A Segway HT is a two-wheel, self-balancing personal transporter designed to take people anywhere they want to go, even a local dirt track. Many of the top drivers and their team members have been seen running through the pits or attempting the famous slide jobs on each other. -- Now one lucky fan will get their chance to experience the thrill of a Segway. A drawing will take place at Brian Paulus' souvenir trailer, where Rush Racing is sharing space. Visit Melissa at Brian's souvenir trailer and pick up your favorite Who Monster or Rush Racing souvenir and get your free entry ticket into the drawing for this exciting prize. Also look for the all new Rush Racing souvenir trailer that will be arriving in Knoxville on June 24th fully stocked with all new exciting products produced by Race Outfitters www.raceoutfitters.com and traveling to all of the racetracks for the remainder of the season. Rush Racing, and a link to Segway, can be found on the Internet at www.rushracingsprintcars.com.
* Sign on, tune in: Dirt track fans can enjoy more than 40 live and tape-delayed DIRT MotorSports events on Dirtvision. A Season CyberPass is now just $34.99 (valid through September) or a monthly subscription is only $9.99. The Dirtvision Cybercast schedule includes a variety of DIRT MotorSports events including World of Outlaws Sprint Series Series, World of Outlaws Stacker 2® Late Models, Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series, 358 Modified and Big Block Modified Super DIRT Series, UMP Late Models and MARS Stacker 2 Late Model Series events. To purchase your subscription, visit www.Dirtvision.com. Visit our Help/FAQ page if you have any questions or concerns regarding the Dirtvision CyberPass.
* 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 and Ron Capps. 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.
* Racing on thirds: Eagle Raceway is a 1/3-mile oval. It will mark the sixth race on a track that size this season for the Outlaws, with four different winners. Steve Kinser won May 24 at Grandview Speedway, Tim Shaffer 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.
* Victory parade: Tim Kaeding became the 11th different winner this season when he earned his first World of Outlaws Sprint Series victory of the season June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park. Steve Kinser leads the way with 11 victories, most recently winning June 9 at I-96 Speedway. Kraig Kinser won his third A-feature of the season at Kokomo Speedway, to go with wins on back-to-back nights in April at Batesville Speedway and I-55 Raceway. He also has a preliminary feature win at Las Vegas. Donny Schatz, also has three A-feature victories, at Parramatta, Las Vegas and Houston. Tim Shaffer picked up his second victory of the season May 6 at Lake Ozark Speedway. Jason Meyers earned his second win of the season June 3 in Hartford, Ohio. Sammy Swindell won his second A-feature victory of the season June 4 at Eldora Speedway. Swindell also has a preliminary feature win April 8 at Eldora. Brian Paulus raced to a victory June 1 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. 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: In the 2004 Eagle Nationals, Danny Lasoski won his first A-feature at Eagle Raceway by sweeping the 21st running of the event.
* 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 three top-fives and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
* 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.
As summer fast approaches, the temperatures and tempers are certain to rise at World of Outlaws Sprint Series events. Here's how the Mean 15 racers and other drivers on tour with the Outlaws handle the heat:
Craig Dollansky, a Mean 15 racer from Elk River, Minn., who has one A-feature victory and two Preliminary Feature wins this season
* On the heat: "It definitely makes things a little more difficult. A lot of sweating going on by the drivers and the crews, but all these guys out here are used to going through that part of the season. It's just a matter of adapting to it once it hits. It takes about a week or so and then you get used to it. -- It's definitely a good weight-loss program."
Tim Kaeding, a Mean 15 racer from San Jose, Calif., who picked up his first victory of the season June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park
* On how he handles the heat: "Not very well. Drink as much water as you can and keep hydrated. I had to get out of the air conditioning because it wouldn't cool me off anymore. I was like, 'I've been in here way too long. I better go outside and try to heat up a little bit.'"
Kraig Kinser, a Mean 15 racer from Bloomington, Ind., who was the series' top rookie in 2004 and is a three-time A-feature winner this season
* On the heat: "It definitely puts wear on you. It makes the days longer, makes you more tired at the end of the day. You just have to keep trying to get fluids back in you and keep going all night long. -- Once you get going in the race, you just kind of forget about. It's like when you get a pebble in your shoe, you just kind of forget about it. When you get yellow flags and stuff like that it kind of catches up to you. Once it catches up to you, you have to try to replenish yourself. If you're out in the car you've got to suck it up."
Steve Kinser, a Mean 15 racer from Bloomington, Ind., who leads the Outlaws with 11 victories this season
* On the heat: "It makes it hard on the racetracks more than anything. It dries the tracks out. It's not too bad out there. You sweat a little more, that's about it."
Terry McCarl, a six-time Knoxville Raceway champion from Altoona, Iowa, who has 10 top-10 runs this season with the Outlaws
* On the heat: "I think it's like any sports person you talk to, you have to keep yourself hydrated. I try to start drinking water before I get to the track when you know it's going to be a hot day. I see a lot of guys take their suits down but I never take my suit off. To me, it's more insulated to keep it on and start sweating. Once you sweat a bunch, it kind of starts cooling you down. I'm from Iowa so it doesn't bother me that much. Whenever I complain about it a little bit, I just remember how cold it was a month ago. I'd rather it was hot and muggy than cold."
Paul McMahan, a Mean 15 racer from Nashville who has 12 top-10 runs this season
* On dealing with the heat: "It's just something you have to get used to. The first few weeks are pretty tough. Going to Eagle, it seems like it's 50 degrees hotter than anywhere in the country. You just have to make sure you drink a lot of water or Powerade, something like that. You just have to keep as cool as you can. The biggest thing is to keep a lot of fluids in your body."
Jason Meyers, a Mean 15 racer from Clovis, Calif., who has two A-feature victories this season
* On dealing with the heat: "The biggest thing is to keep a lot of water in you. Sometimes you get busy in the night and don't realize how much you're sweating. It takes a couple of weeks to get used to it at first. The first couple nights that it's hot, you feel like you're going to die. You get used to it after a couple of nights. Most of anything, it wears on the crew. They stand out in the sun all day long working on the racecar and then come to the track. It really feels good when the sun goes down, I can tell you that much."
Brian Paulus, a Mean 15 racer and native of Mechanicsurg, Pa., who won earlier this month at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park
* On how he handles the heat: "Lots of ice cream, lots of air conditioning and lots and lots of Gatorade. -- It's just a part of it. The only reason I think this hot spell is hitting everybody like it is right now is the fact that it went from freezing cold 10 days ago to extremely hot and humid. It was a pretty much overnight switch. I went from running the heater in the motorhome to the air conditioner the next day. In a few weeks, everybody will be used to it and it will just be racing again."
Daryn Pittman, a Mean 15 racer from Owasso, Okla., who has one feature victory and 13 top-10s in 2005
* On the heat: "As a driver, it's generally not too bad. It gets dark before we have to get real, real physical with the car. The crews it's hard on because they're out in the sun working on the cars. About the only the time they start to relax is when the sun starts to go down. They've got the opposite ends of the shift. They're the ones you really got to try to take care of. It's more hard on tempers than it is on anything else. You have try to keep team morale as good as you can."
Travis Rilat, a driver from Forney, Texas, who pilots the Mean 15 Rick Wright-owned machine
* On the heat: "It gets pretty bad. Some of these guys' tempers get to flaring. Everybody gets out working in the heat and it really tires you and wears you down. As far as the driving part, when you get in the car you forget anything else that's going on. If you're hot or cold it doesn't seem to matter too much. It definitely wears on everybody else. It makes it tough on motors. The tracks are always a lot drier so it's tough on tires. It makes it tough on everything."
Joey Saldana, a Mean 15 racer from Brownsburg, Ind., who has six top-five runs this season
* On the heat: "You just get used to it. The bad thing is that it's hard for these promoters and track preparers to get the tracks right and make it fair for everybody. Usually if you draw a bad number it hurts you anyway, but when it's this warm out it really hurts you and you just hope you don't get caught on that end of it."
Donny Schatz, a Mean 15 racer from Fargo, N.D., who has three A-feature victories in 2005
* On dealing with the heat: "It's just like any other sport. You're probably not as agile to the toughness during the day, but you're still out in the heat. Some people can take it and some people can't. I know it's awful tough on me when it's humid out and 95-plus. It's pretty hard on a guy, it just drains you. When you're a driver and you're working on the car, it makes it even worse, but I guess that's the way racing is. You have to deal with the heat. You don't really appreciate the nice mid-70s, mid-60s until you have a 100-degree day."
Tim Shaffer, a Mean 15 racer from Aliquippa, Pa., who has two A-feature victories this season
* On dealing with the heat: "Probably the main thing is don't talk about it. The more you think about it, the worse it is. Hopefully you're racing good and you don't get tempers going because when it's hot and miserable and you're struggling, it sure makes it tough."
Jason Sides, a Mean 15 racer from Bartlett, Tenn., who has four top-10s this season
* On the heat: "It makes it tough on everybody. Everybody is hot and ancy. Once the sun goes down, we're alright."
Jason Solwold, a driver from Mt. Vernon, Wash., running for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award who has six top-10 runs this season
* On dealing with the heat: "Just get in and bear it. That's all you can do. Hang out in the lounge where it's cool for a little while until you got to get in and just get in and bear it."
Shane Stewart, a contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title from Bixby, Okla., who has 13 top-10 finishes this season
* On the heat: "That's just the way it is. That's summer racing. You just have to keep plenty of fluids in your body and hope that your motor doesn't get warm. Our Wesmar motors have been really good this year and I don't think there will be an issue there. We'll just have to wait and see. In the middle of summer, when you get on a rough track, you always see the drivers who are in better shape than the other ones. I think that will come to the surface before too long."
Brooke Tatnell, driver of the Rush Racing machine who hails from San Souci, New South Wales, Australia, and has 15 top-10 runs this year
* On the heat: "I think it's harder for the crews to deal with it. I think most of the drivers are pretty well race-fit. The crew guys are out there all day long, working in the sun, getting the car prepared. It's harder on the crews than anyone."
Brandon Wimmer, a Mean 15 racer from Fairmount, Ind., who is racing for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award in 2005
* On racing in the heat: "It's pretty hard. You got to make sure you keep fluids in you because you can get tired pretty quick in the humidity and the heat. It also helps to be in shape. The better shape you're in, the longer it takes you to sweat. There's not much you can do. You just have to keep cool while you can. I wait until the last second to put on all that fireproof stuff because it's so hot once you get all that on."
Danny Lasoski, a Mean 15 racer from Dover, Mo., is co-promoting the upcoming race June 22 at Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Mo. All the proceeds from the event, which includes a celebrity late model race and a golf tournament, will go to the Michael Ross Memorial Foundation.
* Which is more difficult, promoting or driving: "Promoting by far. There's no doubt because you're a stickler to detail when you're promoting and making sure everything is done. As far as me, I've got the easy job because I allocated all that to Tony Ross. Tony Ross has been doing everything and I've just been flapping my gums trying to get everybody to come."
* On what promoters must worry about: "You've got to cover everything from insurance to parking attendants to making sure the ambulance is there to track preparation, parking all the cars in their proper position, making sure you've got good people working for you who count the money and deal with all the tickets."
* On the race itself: "The cool part about our show is that every single dime goes to charity. That's something we can give back and something we're excited about."
Gary Scelzi, a three-time NHRA Top Fuel Dragster champion who will compete in the celebrity race at Missouri State Fair Speedway
* On dirt racing: "These guys know what they're doing. My whole dirt experience between the Chili Bowl a few years ago and driving modifieds is about 30 minutes. I do enjoy it because they are my friends. The fans get into it big time. Lasoski calls me a windshield wiper because I'm up-down, up-down. We raise a ton of money, and when you watch the video of the kids it helps, it brings a tear to your eyes. -- I'm really looking forward to it. It's almost against the law it's so much fun."
* On the race itself: "I try to go to the front. I'm just not stable enough to go more than two or three laps. I have trouble hitting my marks in the corners. We run into these things pretty hard. Last year there were 14 of us who started and I finished fifth because there were only five cars that finished. It's just staying out of trouble and when you get down to the last four or five laps you've got to go. The idea is to hang with them until then."
Ron Capps, an NHRA Funny Car star who will compete in the celebrity race and also competed earlier this month on the dirt at Eldora Speedway
* On racing in the Missouri event: "Scelzi and I have done the Sedalia thing for a couple of years. It's our chance to go play golf in the tournament with the guys who are the guys I watch. I follow on the Web site and I follow on The Outdoor Channel. I'm big fans of those guys. To go do that and then get to watch a World of Outlaws race and race at a place like Sedalia is unbelievable."
After racing at Eagle Raceway the series shifts June 22 to Missouri State Fair Speedway, June 24-25 to Knoxville Raceway and closes out the month on June 28 at Huset's Speedway.