WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES AT A GLANCE: Sedalia to Knoxville Sedalia, MO -- June 21, 2005 WHAT The World of Outlaws Sprint Series swings Wednesday into Sedalia, Mo., for the one-night Arctic Cat Summer Nationals followed Friday and Saturday...
WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES AT A GLANCE: Sedalia to Knoxville
Sedalia, MO -- June 21, 2005
The World of Outlaws Sprint Series swings Wednesday into Sedalia, Mo., for the one-night Arctic Cat Summer Nationals followed Friday and Saturday by the Mediacom World of Outlaws Shoot-Out at historic Knoxville Raceway.
* To find Missouri State Fair Speedway, travel on U.S. 65 a half-mile south of U.S. 50 and the track is on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia.
* Knoxville Raceway is at the north edge of Knoxville, Iowa, on SR 14 at the Marion County Fairgrounds, about 40 miles southeast of Downtown Des Moines.
* On Wednesday, gates at Missouri State Fair Speedway will open at 5 p.m.
* On Friday and Saturday, hot laps begin at 6:45 p.m. with qualifying time trials and racing to follow.
* At Missouri State Fair Speedway, all proceeds from the event will be donated to the Michael Ross Memorial Foundation. Day of the race Grandstand Reserved tickets are $34, General Admission is $32, children 6-13 are $10, and children 5 and younger are free.
* On Friday at Knoxville Raceway, general adult tickets are $23, general child tickets are $11.50, reserved adult tickets are $25, reserved child tickets are $12.50 and it will be $30 to enter the pits.
* On Saturday at Knoxville Raceway, general adult tickets are $25, general child tickets are $12.50, reserved adult tickets are $27, reserved child tickets are $13.50 and it will be $35 to enter the pits.
ABOUT THE TRACKS
* Missouri State Fair Speedway is a semi-banked half-mile oval. Craig Dollansky established the track record of 15.676 seconds on March 23, 2001.
* Knoxville Raceway is a semi-banked half-mile oval that plays host to the historic Knoxville Nationals each August. When the series raced in April at Knoxville, Joey Saldana broke the track record by turning a lap in 14.908 seconds at 120.741 mph.
* All of the action from the recently concluded Eagle Nationals will air at 8 p.m. (ET) on July 6 on The Outdoor Channel. The Outdoor Channel will air June 22 the race at Eldora Speedway that was run on June 4, followed June 29 by the race from I-96 Speedway that was run on June 11.
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.
* Saldana update: Joey Saldana, who was injured in a three-car crash during his heat race Friday at Eagle Raceway, is not expected to return to action until the July 1-2 Duel in the Dakotas in West Fargo, N.D. Saldana, who had a concussion that resulted in spells of dizziness, saw a specialist in his native Indiana on Tuesday and he continues to improve each day, according to his wife, Shannon. Owner Larry Woodward does not want to field the No. 2 Volcano Joe's Coffee car until Saldana is completely recovered. "I want Joey back in the car when his health is 100 percent," Woodward said. "He drives with 120-percent effort and will be back as strong as ever. The Saldana family and the crew look forward to that day." The family and team appreciate all the thoughts and prayers from everybody who has shown concern.
* Race for a cause: The Arctic Cat Summer Nationals at Missouri State Fair Speedway 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.
* Former champions to sign: Former Knoxville Raceway champions Danny Lasoski and Terry McCarl are expected to sign autographs on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the air-conditioned Dyer-Hudson Hall behind the Knoxville Raceway ticket office.
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* 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 12 victories, most recently winning June 18 at Eagle Raceway in the 22nd Eagle Nationals. Kraig Kinser won his third A-feature of the season June 14 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 Lernerville.
* Looking back I: Last year at Missouri State Fair Speedway, Steve Kinser inherited the lead when Craig Dollansky crashed. He held off early leader Shane Stewart for the victory. Dollansky, who passed Stewart for the lead late in the 20th lap, lost the lead when he collided with B-main winner Jason Johnson three laps later. It was Kinser's win No. 502. He has since added 23 wins.
* Looking back II: When the Outlaws raced earlier this season at Knoxville Raceway, Danny Lasoski stole the preliminary feature when leader Brooke Tatnell tangled with a lapped car. Steve Kinser raced to the checkered flag in the A-feature. In the June 2004 event at Knoxville, Craig Dollansky claimed the victory when Mark Kinser's Beef Packers Maxim violated the minimum weight rule. It was the second time in four days that a winner had been disqualified because of being too light at the scales.
* 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.
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Danny Lasoski, a Mean 15 racer from Dover, Mo., is co-promoting the Arctic Cat Summer Nationals Wednesday 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 competing at Knoxville Raceway, the series closes out the month June 28 at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D., before spending the Independence Day Weekend racing July 1-2 in the Duel in the Dakotas at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D., July 4 at Cedar Lake Speedway in Somerset, Wis., July 6 at The Raceway at Powercom Park in Beaver Dam, Wis., and July 8 at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., where the series will be racing in conjunction with the NASCAR event at Chicagoland Speedway.