WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES AT A GLANCE: Honoring Brad Doty Pevely, MO -- July 10, 2005 I never saw Brad Doty race. As a kid, I went to the Indianapolis 500 and watched Bobby Unser start on the pole and win, even if Mario Andretti still ...
WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES AT A GLANCE: Honoring Brad Doty
Pevely, MO -- July 10, 2005
I never saw Brad Doty race. As a kid, I went to the Indianapolis 500 and watched Bobby Unser start on the pole and win, even if Mario Andretti still believes otherwise.
From that day forward, Bobby Unser was my guy and Indy Cars represented racing to me. I even had a die-cast version of the Norton Spirit he raced to the victory milk jug.
I never realized at the time that many of those racers I admired actually learned their trade on dirt tracks. At some point I saw sprint cars race on dirt, most likely at the now defunct Santa Fe Speedway in suburban Chicago, but I can't be certain I saw Steve Kinser or Brad Doty or Sammy Swindell or any of the other Outlaws stars race when I was a kid. And it wouldn't have mattered anyway because Bobby Unser wasn't one of them.
It wasn't until years later that my job took me off the paved ovals and road courses and landed me at La Salle Speedway, a quarter-mile dirt track in central Illinois, for an Outlaws race in the mid-'90s and a magazine feature on the "Greatest Show on Dirt."
By that point, Brad Doty had his accident at Eldora. And to be honest, at that time I wouldn't have been able to pick out Doty from a lineup anyway. Now, several years from that first encounter with the series and heading into a race Wednesday in his honor at Attica Raceway Park, I wish I had seen him compete.
I have the opportunity now in my role chronicling the events of the sprint series season to watch Doty work as a commentator for The Outdoor Channel. I see how he interacts with the drivers and the teams. The questions he asks of officials, media members and teams clearly show how he still thinks as a driver would, and the respect he is shown indicates a certain reverence everybody has for him, even those who can barely remember watching him race as kids.
Although nobody but Doty knows what he had to endure from the accident in 1988 at Eldora Speedway that robbed him of his ability to walk, to returning to pace the field in 1998, to being inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2001, to his current role on television, and finally bringing the Outlaws to the Brad Doty Classic, it's easy to see Doty has not lost his incredible enthusiasm for the sport.
That enthusiasm is what the drivers still see. Nearly all of them have a story or a memory of Doty, whether it was watching him race on television or driving down the road with him from one event to another.
Just ask Paul McMahan:
"Growing up, he was one of my heroes. He was a guy I kind of modeled myself after. He was a hard racer, but after the races he was always there for the fans. He always had a smile on his face no matter what happened. He's just a very personable person. He always loved racing racecars, but he also loved the fans because I think he's one of those also. That's kind of what I've always modeled myself after was Brad Doty. My first racecar, my dad painted just like Brad Doty's when he was driving the Coors Light car back in 1987. My first uniform was like Brad's because he was my hero.
"The one thing that sticks out in my mind was when he was leading the Gold Cup and it was the first year they went to 50 laps. I think he broke on Lap 48 and Steve Kinser ended up winning then they went back to 40 laps."
Or Daryn Pittman:
"When you're a kid, I don't know why you always cheer for somebody but he was always one of my favorite drivers when I was growing up. That's when I was real young. I think by far the best memory I have of him was when he came back and paced around the King's Royal. That was absolutely incredible. To see the people lined up along the fence. You were inside the car and it was just about the most emotional thing I had seen in a long time. Just to see the fans react to actually being able to see him get back on the racetrack was something I'll never forget. Just to see how much the fans loved him and wanted to see him get back in a racecar, seeing Sammy and those guys going up and poking him. It was neat to be a part of."
Or ask Brian Paulus:
"I was always a Steve Kinser fan, but my brother was the biggest Brad Doty fan growing up. All my brothers and I all had different drivers that we went after. I was Steve, my next older brother was Sammy and my oldest brother was Brad Doty. He won one night and my brother was in victory lane with him. He was probably 13 years old, he had the long straight hair, the '70s 'do going, that's pretty cool. He still has that photograph hanging up in his house."
Or Jason Sides:
"I used to pass by a buddy of mine's and [Doty] used to have his rig parked at his house and I'd be on my way to school and I'd see all the guys out there working on their stuff."
Or Tim Shaffer:
"I used to get to see him run at Lernerville with Kenny Jacobs and Jac Haudenschild. It was pretty exciting as a little kid to watch him come in and run. Brad's always been a good racer. That was the good times I remember."
Or Jason Meyers:
"I was a kid watching races and I remember seeing Brad race but not really knowing who he was. What was neat for me was 10 or 15 years later to meet him in person and think back, I remember watching him race. When they brought out the Coors Light car that they had restored at Eldora about five years ago and he made some laps in it and it tied it all together for me. Meeting him later on in life, he's just a superb individual. I never got to see him race a lot, but I kind of wish I would have after hearing all the stories about him. Brad was a very good driver and I'm sorry I missed watching him race or even race with him."
Or Danny Lasoski:
"Before I started racing I would always help my Uncle Tom, and Brad was racing then. He was this hippy kid from Ohio but he was really fast. He came to I-70 Speedway in Missouri and he was running a sprint car but they were running midgets with them. He had never driven a midget before and he hops in this midget, the seat was way too big and as far as I remember he won the race, but he did a great job. He never drove a midget before on a big half-mile. He was an original Outlaw and I'm glad to have him on board with us."
Or Steve Kinser:
"I always enjoyed racing with Brad. I spent a lot of time with him and his family when he was racing. It was always a good time. We had kids sort of the same age. We just did a lot of things together. I know when we were racing a lot, Brad could never figure out when were running up and down the road why I didn't want to stop and sightsee a little bit more. He always liked to see the country and everything more than I did, but I had been out there a little more than he had. We had a lot of good hard races together."
Or Joey Saldana:
"I've run second at his race twice and I've always wanted to win it because everybody looks up to him for what he's been through. It might not pay the biggest money, but a lot of people want to win it just to say they've won the Brad Doty Classic because of who it honors."
Or Tim Kaeding:
"I remember growing up and watching him do the same stuff I do, try put a show on for everybody around him and have a good time at these things. He was out there having a great time and standing on the gas. That was what I remember about him. I remember him always getting out of the car with a smile on his face."
Or Kraig Kinser:
"Brad has always been a big hero of mine. I remember when his book came out I did a book report on it for two years straight. Brad's a special guy. He's always going to be involved in sprint car racing, that's just how much he loves it. I admire that a great deal."
Or Terry McCarl:
"The one thing I've thought about Brad Doty, he had one of the best years ever in 1987. I raced the spring and the fall with the Outlaws, and from what I remember, he started and finished every single Outlaws show. And he did well. He won a few, he was up front, but he started and finished more than 100 races. But Steve Kinser won 56 features that year. Steve Kinser had the best year of his entire life that year, and if he hadn't Brad Doty would have won the championship. Everybody liked him at the time, and that's tough, too. When you're a driver, not everybody really likes everybody in here."
Or Brandon Wimmer:
"The first thing I really remember is when he got back in the car at Eldora. That was one of the most emotional nights I've ever seen at a racetrack. I know it was special for him. Brad Doty is a great guy. With The Outdoor Channel, he's the nicest guy. You can sit down and talk to him about racing. When he comes up to you, he knows what he's talking about. You can have a conversation about racecars with him."
So it's clear emotions will be running high Wednesday night when the World of Outlaws Sprint Series invades Attica Raceway Park to compete for the first time in the Brad Doty Classic, for not only the drivers but also co-promoter Doty.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Series returns Wednesday to Attica Raceway Park for the first time since 1994, and will compete for the first time in the 17th Annual Brad Doty Classic Presented by Mopar at Attica Raceway Park. The event also will be the third race in the March to the Mean 15, which will move either Brooke Tatnell, Shane Stewart, Terry McCarl or Jason Solwold into the Mean 15
Attica Raceway Park is located Northeast of SR 4 & US 224 in Attica, Ohio. From this intersection drive a quarter mile north on Route 4 to Lemmon Street, then three-quarters of a mile east to the Attica Fairgrounds.
Gates are slated to open at 2 p.m. with heats at 7:30 p.m. The rain date is Thursday.
Front Stretch Reserved tickets are $32; Backstretch General Admission tickets are $27; Backstretch General Admission tickets for ages 7-13 are $15; and Backstretch General Admission for ages 6 and under is free. To purchase tickets, call (614) 937-3363.
ABOUT THE TRACKS
Attica Raceway Park is a semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval.
The Outdoor Channel will air all of the action from the Duel in the Dakotas at 8 p.m. (ET) on July 13.
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. Also, a link to the press kit and official rulebook can also be found at the bottom of the home page.
On the March: On the second night of the March to the Mean 15 featuring Brooke Tatnell, Shane Stewart, Terry McCarl and Jason Solwold, Tatnell edged Solwold at the line Saturday at I-55 Raceway to finish third and extend his advantage as he hopes to put his Rush Racing team into the final spot in the Mean 15. Stewart led the most laps in the A-main and stood to gain the most ground until he took a wild tumble in Turn 2, one of many drivers to bounce around on the high side. Stewart wound up 17th with McCarl also taking on the wall in Turns 1 and 2 and finishing 14th. -- Tatnell now leads Solwold by 16 points, Stewart by 26 points and McCarl by 32 points. -- The remaining three races to determine the newest member of the Mean 15 are the Brad Doty Classic Wednesday at Attica Raceway Park, the Knight Before the King's Royal July 15 at Eldora Speedway, and the Don Martin Memorial July 19 at Lernerville Speedway.
Measuring up: The Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park is on a 3/8-mile oval. The series has raced seven times this season on tracks that size, at Pike County Speedway, Houston Raceway Park, Batesville Speedway, Outlaw Motor Speedway, 81 Speedway, Huset's Speedway and Cedar Lake 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, Daryn Pittman cruised to victory at 81 Speedway, Jason Meyers outlasted the field at Sharon on a night when several top contenders ran into various trouble, Brian Paulus started on the pole and won at Huset's, and Brooke Tatnell picked up his first win the year at Cedar Lake.
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Victory parade: When Chad Kemenah took the checkered flag Saturday night at I-55 Raceway, he became the 13th different winner this season on the Outlaws circuit. Steve Kinser leads the way with 12 victories, most recently winning June 18 at Eagle Raceway in the 22nd Annual Eagle Nationals. Kraig Kinser won his fourth A-feature of the season in June at Knoxville Raceway. He also has a preliminary feature win at Las Vegas. Jason Meyers earned his fourth win of the season July 2 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. Donny Schatz also has four A-feature victories, at Parramatta, Las Vegas and Houston and Joliet, Ill. Brian Paulus won June 28 at Huset's Speedway for his second victory of the season. He also won June 1 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. Tim Shaffer picked up his second win of the season May 6 at Lake Ozark Speedway. 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. Tim Kaeding earned a World of Outlaws Sprint Series victory June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park. Daryn Pittman was the winner April 23 at 81 Speedway in Wichita. Craig Dollansky has won two features, most recently at Powercom Park, and a preliminary, while Brooke Tatnell won a feature at Cedar Lake Speedway and Jeff Shepard won a feature at Volusia Speedway Park. In Preliminary Features, Danny Lasoski has won twice and Joey Saldana has won once.
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), and Brandon Wimmer (No. 7tw owned by Wimmer-Luck Racing).
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, a former track champion at Skagit Speedway who has three top-fives. Sammy Swindell, a sprint car legend and three-time Outlaws champion, who has two A-feature victories this year. 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. For technical support or questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Outlaws next head July 13 to the Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park, then July 15-16 to Eldora Speedway for the prestigious Knight Before the King's Royal and the King's Royal, July 19 to Lernerville Speedway for the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup and onto the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove.