World of Outlaws Sprint Series At A Glance: Grays Harbor to Cottage Grove Billings, MT -- Aug. 23, 2005 -- By Chris Dolack, WoO Sprint Series Public Relations Director WHAT * The World of Outlaws Sprint Series continues Brownfield Promotions'...
World of Outlaws Sprint Series At A Glance: Grays Harbor to Cottage Grove
Billings, MT -- Aug. 23, 2005 -- By Chris Dolack, WoO Sprint Series Public Relations Director
* The World of Outlaws Sprint Series continues Brownfield Promotions' Wild, Wild Northwest Tour with a two-night event Aug. 26-27 at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash., a state well represented this season on the tour by the owners of Rush Racing and Rudeen Racing as well as driver Jason Solwold. After Grays Harbor, the Outlaws invade Cottage Grove Speedway Aug. 30 in Cottage Grove, Ore., where last season Kraig Kinser earned the first A-feature victory of his career.
* To get to Grays Harbor Raceway, travel 30 miles west of Olympia via Highway 8.
* To get to Cottage Grove Speedway, take Interstate 5 south to exit 174, then go one block to Gateway, one block on North 19th St., right for 0.3 miles on Ostrander Lane, then 0.4 miles north on Douglas (next to fairgrounds).
* At Grays Harbor, ticket sales Friday and Saturday are set for 3 p.m., front gates slated to open at 5 p.m. and racing at 8 p.m.
* At Cottage Grove, the front gates are scheduled to open at noon with racing at 7 p.m.
* Tickets for the Grays Harbor Raceway event are $72 for a two-day adult pass and $37 for juniors 10 and under. For ticket information, call 1-800-825-4832 or go to www.brownfieldent.com/GHR/GHR_home.htm.
* Tickets for Cottage Grove are $36 for adults and $18 for children 10 and under. For more information, call 1-800-825-4832 or go to www.brownfieldent.com/WoO/CGS.htm.
ABOUT THE TRACKS
* Grays Harbor Raceway is a high-banked 3/8-mile oval. Craig Dollansky established the single-lap record in a World of Outlaws Sprint Series event of 11.915 seconds on Aug. 27, 2004.
* Cottage Grove Speedway is a semi-banked 1/4-mile oval. Randy Hannagan owns the single-lap record in a World of Outlaws event having run a 10.305-second lap on Aug. 23, 1999.
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. Links to the media kit and official rulebook also can be found at the bottom of the home page.
* Victory parade: Daryn Pittman's victory at BMP Speedway in Billings, Mont., was his second A-feature win this season after previously taking the checkered flag April 23 at 81 Speedway in Wichita. -- Steve Kinser earned his series-leading 17th A-feature victory Aug. 16 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. Kinser's victory Friday at Billings was his second preliminary feature win this season. -- Shane Stewart won the second preliminary A-main Aug. 12 at Knoxville Raceway, visiting Victory Lane with the Outlaws for the first time this season and making him the 22nd different driver to do so. There have been 16 different A-feature winners. -- Kraig Kinser captured the Knoxville Nationals on Aug. 14 for his sixth A-feature victory of the season. 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, winning most recently on July 8 in Joliet, Ill. -- Tim Shaffer's victory July 19 in the Silver Cup was his third of the season, going with wins Lake Ozark Speedway and Thunderbowl Raceway. -- Craig Dollansky has won two features, most recently at Powercom Park, and he also has two preliminary feature wins. -- Brian Paulus won June 28 at Huset's Speedway for his second victory of the season, and picked up a preliminary feature win in the following race at Red River Valley Speedway. -- Brooke Tatnell has two A-feature victories, winning at Cedar Lake and Fulton speedways, as well as a preliminary feature win at Princeton Speedway. -- Sammy Swindell won his second A-feature of the season June 4 at Eldora Speedway. Swindell also has a preliminary feature win April 8 at Eldora and Aug. 14 at Knoxville Raceway in the Nationals' non-qualifiers event. -- Fred Rahmer won the Summer Nationals crown July 23 and picked up a preliminary feature win in the Knoxville Nationals on Aug. 10. -- Single-event winners include Jac Haudenschild on Aug. 5 at Eldora Speedway, Stevie Smith July 13 at Attica Raceway Park, Tim Kaeding June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park, Chad Kemenah July 9 at I-55 Raceway, and Jeff Shepard Feb. 11 at Volusia Speedway Park. -- In preliminary features, Danny Lasoski has won twice while Joey Saldana, Kerry Madsen, Paul McMahan and Jason Johnson have each won once.
* Preliminary winners: Drivers who have raced to victory in preliminary features this season include (in alphabetical order) Craig Dollansky twice (Manzanita/Williams Grove), Jason Johnson once (Williams Grove), Kraig Kinser once (Las Vegas), Steve Kinser twice (Eagle/Billings), Danny Lasoski twice (Australia/Knoxville), Kerry Madsen once (Australia), Paul McMahan once (Williams Grove), Brian Paulus once (Red River Valley), Fred Rahmer once (Knoxville), Joey Saldana once (Lernerville), Shane Stewart once (Knoxville), Brooke Tatnell once (Princeton), Sammy Swindell twice (Eldora/Knoxville).
* 3/8-mile winners: Grays Harbor Raceway is a high-banked 3/8-mile oval. Including preliminaries, the series has raced 11 times this season on tracks that length, at Pike County Speedway, Houston Raceway Park, Batesville Speedway, Outlaw Motor Speedway, 81 Speedway, Huset's Speedway, Cedar Lake Speedway, Attica Raceway Park, Fulton Speedway and BMP 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, Brian Paulus started on the pole and won at Huset's, Brooke Tatnell picked up his first win of the year at Cedar Lake and his second at Fulton, Stevie Smith won at Attica, and Daryn Pittman and Steve Kinser won at BMP Speedway.
* Quarter masters: The race at Cottage Grove Speedway is on a quarter-mile oval. The series has raced six times this season on tracks that size, including preliminary features. Steve Kinser won April 16 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.; Tim Kaeding won June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park in Sheboygan, Wis.; Kraig Kinser won June 14 at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Ind.; Brooke Tatnell won July 29 at Princeton Speedway in Princeton, Minn.; Steve Kinser won July 30 at Princeton; and Kraig Kinser won Aug. 3 at Lawrenceburg.
* 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 P&P 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), Brooke Tatnell (No. 8 owned by Rush Racing), 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: 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 also is chasing top rookie honors; Jac Haudenschild, a long-time racer who earned a victory in August at Eldora Speedway; 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; and Jac Haudenschild, who is in Dennis Roth's No. 83jr machine but drove the No. 83 car to victory Aug. 5 at Eldora.
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Craig Dollansky, driver of the Karavan Motorsports No. 7 VMAC/Karavan/Fulton Performance Products J&J from Elk River, Minn., who has two A-feature victories and two preliminary feature wins this season
On staying motivated after the Knoxville Nationals: "I just think July is definitely a tough month, there's a lot of racing, a lot of travel. Heading out West, it's actually more of a relaxed atmosphere compared to running through the month of July and preparing for the Nationals and getting through that event. It's a little bit more of a relaxed atmosphere after that and for us we're going to work hard to finish this season out as strong as we can and prepare for next year."
On racing at the same track for two-three nights at a time: "There's a need where you need to do that throughout the season where you go to a bunch of different tracks, but it's kind of nice where you're at the same track for a weekend and then you roll on to the next one for a weekend. I think it works out pretty well."
Tim Hanson, Burlington, Wash.-based owner of the No. 8 Rush Racing Eagle
On going to Elma: "This is second only to the Nationals for our team. There isn't another race I'd like to win. Cedar Lake was great, Fulton was great, but Elma would be the cat's meow. We reserved about 130 seats, campsites, things for the children, and we'll be announcing another sponsor."
Tim Kaeding, driver of the Dennis Roth No. 83 Beef Packers Eagle from San Jose, Calif., who won earlier this season at Sheboygan County Fair Park
On staying motivated after the Knoxville Nationals: "Basically we need to just keep our chins up. We got hit hard at the Nationals and didn't do what we needed to do. We were fast every night but just had a lot of bad luck. It's hard to say. We're going back to California where Dennis wants us to do good and hopefully we can just do it. We're going back to my stomping grounds so hopefully we can just pick up our game, hit it as hard as we can back at home and have some fun with it. -- Every night you come out here, we have about 30 races left or something like that, I'm just going to hit every one as hard as I can and try to win every night. Hopefully the tracks when we get back to California will be racy. We're going to a lot of short tracks and some of these guys don't like short tracks. It'll be entertaining, I can tell you that."
Kraig Kinser, second-year driver of the Steve Kinser Racing No. 11k Remy/Hoosier/Quaker State/Sander/Pilot Travel Centers Maxim from Bloomington, Ind., who captured the 45th Annual Knoxville Nationals championship on Aug. 14
On staying motivated after the Knoxville Nationals: "I guess we'll figure out how good we are about doing that in the next little while. I'm just trying to keep momentum going and running good, finishing consistently in the top five would be nice and just keep my momentum driving all the way to the end of the year."
On the upcoming West Coast tour: "I'm looking forward to the whole swing, getting a second go-around at all the tracks and improving at some of the ones we were bad at and staying good at the ones we were good at. We'll try to do that and get the guys some relaxation before Elma, go fishing for a little bit, keep them happy and we'll have a good end of the year."
Steve Kinser, the 19-time series champion and driver of the Steve Kinser Racing No. 11 Quaker State/Q Oils/Hoosier/Remy/Pilot Travel Centers Maxim from Bloomington, Ind., who won the Kings Royal title in July
On staying motivated after the Knoxville Nationals: "Right now there are some pretty good point races going all the way back. I've stretched the front out a little bit but there's pretty close racing all the way back through there. This group of guys right here, they're out there to win races. They're going to run hard until the last race of the year. Maybe some of the tension gets away from it a little bit, sort of takes some of the pressure off. -- It just seems a little different this year. I always come out here to relax. You need to start getting cooled down a little bit and just sort of take it easy, but still you've got to get up and run. For me, it's been pretty simple this year. We've had good racecars to drive and it has been a lot of fun to drive. We've been running so good, you don't want to relax a whole lot. You want to keep on plugging away and finish the year off good."
On the upcoming West Coast tour: "I enjoy it all the time. I enjoy it in the spring when we're running on the weekends and don't have the hectic pace, but I still enjoy racing through June, July and August when we run really hard, too. That's still a fun part of it. It's a good combination of both."
Danny Lasoski, the 2001 series champion and driver of the Tony Stewart Motorsports No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker/Pilot Fuel/Mopar/JD Byrider/Hoosier Eagle who has two preliminary feature wins this season
On staying motivated through the end of the season: "Everybody knows on this team we win together and we lose together. We've got the hardest working guys out here. We struggled all year with having bad luck, but it just goes to show you we haven't given up on winning races. We're just going to carry on and to try to put together the last part of the year and win some races."
On the upcoming West Coast tour: "It's about the same as always for me. I'm going to go out and run Elma and stay out. When we get down to Calistoga, Steve Kinser and I are going to fly to Richmond and run an IROC race and come back to Chico."
Terry McCarl, a six-time Knoxville Raceway champion and driver of the McCarl No. 24 Big Game Treestands/Country Builders/Clean-O/Bosma Eagle
On staying motivated through the end of the season: "It can be difficult. If you haven't made money by now, the big chances are gone but there's still a lot of good racing left. It's difficult because you have to stay focused, crew guys and everything. Right now there's a lot of turmoil because some guys are switching teams as far as crew members and people are worn out and tired and realizing the year might not be as good as they it was going to be. Reality sets in about this time of year. For me, I'm disappointed over the Nationals because I thought we were one of the fastest cars there again and weather kind of played havoc with that and we had some bad mechanical luck. I try to stay optimistic and I can't wait for next year, but right now it's taking one race at a time, staying focused and try to finish out what we started, trying to run top 10 with these guys.
On the upcoming West Coast tour: "There are a lot of neat places to go and see in California. I lived out there for a couple of years. My wife is flying into Calistoga. Everybody likes the Calistoga area with the wineries and then my Country Builders Construction sponsor is from the Bay Area not too far from there so I usually make a day of it in San Francisco. There are a lot of things to do in California that makes it fun. The weather is also almost always good. There are tricky racetracks, Chico and them can be pretty rough and California guys are pretty tough on their own turf, too, just like everywhere we go, really."
Paul McMahan, a California native living in Nashville who drives the David Helm No. 11H Selma ShellGarrett Racing Engines/Quality Sound Maxim
On staying motivated through the end of the season: "Everybody stays pretty motivated on my team. Knoxville is just another race. It pays a lot of money, but it's just another race. Going to the West Coast is nice because it's where [car owner] Dave [Helm] and I are from and we get to see our families that we don't get to see very often. I get to see a lot of friends and race in front of a lot of fans I haven't seen in a long time. That keeps me going. Just getting back home and seeing my mom and my dad, my grandparents, my in-laws and all that keeps me motivated. I'm more motivated just to race. I don't care if it pays $100,000 to win or $5,000 to win, I just want to race."
Jason Meyers, a four-time A-feature winner from Clovis, Calif., and driver of the Elite Racing Team No. 14 Elite Landscaping/Pacific-Union/Primerica/Lafferty/Berry/Riverstone/Carter Maxim
On staying motivated through the end of the season: "For me personally, we're going back out to California, which is home first and second we go to some tracks that I've been to more than a lot of the other tracks I get to. I'm looking forward to the whole swing. I think there are a lot of things to look forward to on this swing. There are some days off. We're going through some beautiful country where we could maybe enjoy the lake for a couple of days or something like that. As well as, we're on the downhill swing of the season. I think we have about 25 races left and we're going to try to finish real strong and keep up the momentum that we've carried all year long. I think it's really important to stay strong through the end of the year and not look at it as the end of the year, look at it as if we're still in the middle of the season, stay fresh, stay strong and finish strong. -- I think when Knoxville is over, everybody takes a deep breath and some guys rebound from that deep breath and some don't. It's real important for our team to stay focused on what we're trying to achieve. I think being second in the points really motivates our team to stay strong and try to keep the team there. Good guys stay motivated and these guys do a great job. You will see guys start to bounce around from team to team right now because they've gone through the big push of the year and if they were unhappy this is the time where they're going to do something about it and look for something else for next year."
Brian Paulus, a two-time A-feature winner from Mechanicsburg, Pa., and driver of the P&P Motorsports No. 28 Arnold Transportation/Hank's/Travel Centers of America/ FreakyFlickers.com/Who Monsters Maxim
On staying motivated through the end of the season: "For myself, I race really well whenever I'm happy. When I'm stressed it's harder to be happy. NASCAR starts the season with the biggest race of the year and then, in our eyes, they get to coast. Well, what NASCAR has done is have that last 10-race deal for the championship that has made the Daytona 500 the biggest race, but during the whole season you have a chance to win the championship as long as you're within 10 spots or 400 points of the lead. For us, we start the year and it's kind of like Indy cars, we run races and go here and there, if you don't have a good showing you have to be able to deal with that because you know that when you get to Knoxville you got to have it all at 100 percent. The teams that are able to do that go through Knoxville really well and the teams that are stressed out getting to Knoxville are the ones that seem to have more issues. From Knoxville on, it's just about having fun and winning races. It seems to come easier. You'll see a lot of teams winning races from this point to the end of the year that, not saying they don't win races, but it will look as if it's coming easier to them. People look at it as if the teams aren't trying as hard, well they are but that big kaboom happened in the middle of August and now it's just the after flow."
Daryn Pittman, a native of Owasso, Okla., and driver of the Titan USA No. 21 Titan Garages/Hop-n-Sack Convenience Stores Maxim who won the Outlaws' most recent race in Billings, Mont.
On racing after Knoxville: "It's good for the drivers, it's great for the crews. Everybody I think relaxes a little bit after Knoxville and gets a little more time off and we get to parts of the country we don't see very much. I think everybody's attitude changes a little after Knoxville. The biggest race of the year is over and you can relax a little bit and have a little more fun. Obviously you still try to win as many races as you can, but it seems like the pressure goes down a little bit. Everybody looks forward to the Nationals all year, but it seems like as soon as you get there all you can do is look forward to it being over with. It definitely changes everybody's attitude because as soon as you get out of there things relax a little bit.
On the upcoming West Coast tour: "All these places we go to our great facilities to have your family out, have a little bit of time spend time together. I think everybody looks forward to going out West because of that."
Kevin Rudeen, the Monroe, Wash.-based owner of the No. 26 Snap-on Tools Maxim
On racing after at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma: "I think it's a big deal for the area to showcase what the Washington teams can do and how competitive we are. It has taken a long time for people to recognize how strong the Washington racers can be. I think it's a great deal."
Joey Saldana, the Brownsburg, Ind., driver of the Larry Woodward No. 2 Volcano Joe's Coffee/Bridgestone presents the Champ Car World Series powered by Ford Maxim who has a preliminary feature win this season at Lernerville
On racing after Knoxville: "This time of the year is great. Everybody is working 24/7, racing three or four nights a week during the season and now you finally get some time off. When we get to Seattle I'm going fishing, go to a baseball game. You get to relax more. It's not as grinding as it had been up until the Nationals. There's 20-some races to go, but it's a lot more relaxing so I think the guys do a better job."
On the upcoming West Coast tour: "For these guys it's good, but I'm going home. It's a good chance for me to be home for more than one or two days. For the guys that work hard seven days a week, it's a good time for them not to have to be on the road, be at the car wash, just doing the grind day in and day out. It's a long drive getting there, but once they get there they can relax for a few days, race at the same track a couple of nights. It's just a lot more relaxing."
Donny Schatz, driver of the Schatz Motorsports No. 15 ParkerStores/Bellerud/Petro Shopping Centers J&J from Fargo, N.D., who has four A-feature wins this season
On racing after Knoxville: "You do your normal thing. Obviously, everybody feels like when the Nationals are over that it's all downhill from there. It's probably the fun part of the year with the traveling and the racing and dealing with the promoters and stuff. It seems like maybe it's all the pressure of the Nationals being over, I don't know. You just keep doing your normal thing because there are a lot of races to be won and a lot of money out there. The points deal is over for the King, but for everybody else there are still some available positions so we just keep plugging away and try to attack it like it we were starting out the year."
On the upcoming West Coast tour: "For us, we're from the Midwest and if we have five days off we're nowhere near being able to go home so we have a few days to relax, catch our breath and get caught up. It gives us a chance to really start nitpicking and working on the racecars real close like we didn't have a lot of time to do in July. A lot of times you get so many miles within the shop and you're excited to get there. When you're out West, you just don't have that. The weather is always really good, the people are always really good and the places we go are a lot of fun."
Tim Shaffer, driver of the Lonny Parson's No. 6 Casey's General Stores/Housby/VOCON Maxim from Aliquippa, Pa., who counts the Silver Cup among his three A-feature wins this season
On staying motivated through the end of the season: "You're out here to race every night. You try your best every night, but at Knoxville you try to do a little thing special for that place. We just move on. Everybody that's out here is really hungry and coming out here to win races. I think everybody just continues on. -- After Knoxville, the heat is off everybody. Everybody puts so much pressure on each other and the whole deal, I think you get to relax and breath a little bit afterward and that makes it more fun. A lot of teams seem to move guys around before the Nationals or during the event because there is so much hype on that race. After you leave there, everybody does relax a little bit because that race is so intense."
Jason Sides, driver of the Sides Motorsports No. 7S Wetherington Tractor Service/Mafia Motorsports Maxim from Bartlett, Tenn., who broke the track record Friday night at BMP Speedway in Billings, Mont.
On keeping his team motivated through the end of the season: "I lie to them and tell them the rest of the year after Knoxville is a big party, big fun, which it is, well, it's not a party. After the Nationals are over, it's downhill and so much fun and easier, no pressure. We'll just go in and try to win a race or two."
On the upcoming West Coast tour: "When you're there and you can stay there and get situated for a couple of days, it's nice."
Jason Solwold, driver of the Lon Carnahan No. R19 Citywide Insulation/Owens-Corning/BG Automotive Schnee from Mt. Vernon, Wash., who starred on the speedways in Washington before joining the Outlaws and running this season for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award
On staying motivated through the end of the season: "I'll be going home quite a bit because our races are so spread out. That will get me out of [the crew's] hair and I'll be able to go home, hang out there during the week and then come back. I think it'll be good for everybody. Knoxville is kind of the last jolt before the end of the year for a lot of these teams."
On racing at one place for a few nights: "Totally. It'll be nice to get home. I haven't been home for two months. It'll be nice to get for at least two or three days and get geared up for the rest of the year."
On racing at Grays Harbor this weekend: "I try to race hard every night. I don't think it'll be any different. There will be a few more people that I know so that will be a little bit different, but as far as pressure I don't think it will bother me. I like pressure. I do well under pressure usually. Maybe it'll be good for us, maybe it won't. I don't know."
Shane Stewart, driver of the Rudeen Racing powered by mIn Motorsports No. 26 Snap-on Tools/Wesmar Engines Maxim from Bixby, Okla., who earned a victory in qualifying action during the Knoxville Nationals and leads the race for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award
On racing after Knoxville: "Going into Elma, I raced there last year with [owner] Kevin [Rudeen] and did really good so I'm looking forward to Elma. As for the next three tracks, I've never been to any of them so it will be quite an adventure. I've heard at Calistoga the parties are pretty good. After Knoxville, that week just kicks my butt every time. We've raced good there the past two or three years and everyone is pumped up to get there and then everyone's really excited to leave. This time of the year is kind of more of a relaxed state of mind for myself, even when I wasn't out here racing full-time with these guys. I was still in relaxed mode and seemed to better. I'm looking forward to the next month of racing and trying to myself back into the top 10 in points. That's one of my main goals for the year. I've been there a couple of times and been out of it. Right now I'm out of it. I need to keep my head in the game and get my team back in it."
On racing at Grays Harbor this weekend: "It's important. That's where Kevin Rudeen is from and we're going to have a lot of his employees there from Rudeen Development so obviously a good showing there would be positive. Elma will have a little bit of pressure on it. I want to perform good for those guys. They work really hard for us to be out here and I want to give them a good showing. I know Fred Brownfield and his guys will do a good job."
Brooke Tatnell, driver of the Rush Racing No. 8 Castrol/Steel Dreams/Easy Rider's Cafe Eagle from San Souci, NSW, Australia, who has two A-feature victories and a preliminary win this season
On keeping his team's momentum going after Knoxville: "I've always said that coming out after the Nationals is probably the easiest time to win an Outlaws show because everyone's just left the hype and tension at Knoxville. The year is made or broken at Knoxville. Right now, we dropped out of the race at Fargo and lost a position in the points. The points are so close right now that no one can afford to drop their game just that little bit. I think our biggest thing is that we're still a first-year team. We're not worn out like some of these teams that have been out on the road for a long, long time. I'm as eager right now as I was when I got off the plane trying to get our first win. -- I think the biggest thing that keeps us going is that everyone is trying to motivate each other. My guys know that if I'm out there with them the driver's heart is still in it. I think that's the biggest thing."
Brandon Wimmer, driver of the Two Winners Racing No. 7TW Astro Titanium/Gaerte/MOPAR/Butlerbuilt Maxim from Fairmont, Ind., who is running for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award
On keeping his motivated after Knoxville: "Since it's my first year, I'm starting to hit some new tracks, like Cottage Grove. Going to a new place where you've never run good or bad you always have high hopes of doing good every night. It's just like during the summer when we're real busy. You just have to keep your head up and come back like it's a brand new day every race and try your best."
On West Coast tracks: "I've been to Elma, Chico and Calistoga but I haven't been to Oregon. It will be a lot of fun to go to and see what we can do. I like going back to Chico. It's kind of like the bullrings back home in Indiana. It's real racy, tight corners, a lot of good racing. I like the tracks like Chico.
* After leaving Grays Harbor Raceway and Cottage Grove Speedway the series heads down the West Coast to California for the Harvest Classic Sept. 2-4 at Calistoga Speedway and the Gold Cup Sept. 8-10 at Silver Dollar Speedway.