World of Outlaws Sprint Series At A Glance: The Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway Calistoga, CA -- Sept. 1, 2005 -- By Chris Dolack, WoO Sprint Series Public Relations Director WHAT -- The World of Outlaws Sprint Series invades scenic ...
World of Outlaws Sprint Series At A Glance: The Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway
Calistoga, CA -- Sept. 1, 2005 -- By Chris Dolack, WoO Sprint Series Public Relations Director
WHAT -- The World of Outlaws Sprint Series invades scenic California wine country for the annual Harvest Classic Friday through Sunday at Calistoga Speedway, where Danny Lasoski, who won his first A-feature of the season Tuesday at Cottage Grove Speedway, has won the past two years. Tim Kaeding and Donny Schatz picked up preliminary feature wins last season.
WHERE -- To get to Calistoga Speedway, take SR 29 North of Napa to Calistoga, then go northwest on Fair Way to the Napa County Fairgrounds.
WHEN -- Time trials are slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. with heats, dashes and features to follow.
TICKETS -- For ticket information, contact the Napa County Fairgrounds at 707-942-5111 or go to www.napacountyfairgrounds.com
ABOUT THE TRACK -- Calistoga Speedway is a semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval. Mark Kinser established the single-lap record in an Outlaws event by turning a lap in 16.016 seconds on Sept. 1, 2000.
TELEVISION -- The Outdoor Channel will air at 8 p.m. Eastern on Sept. 7 the show from Grays Harbor Raceway and on Sept. 14 the Harvest Classic from Calistoga Speedway.
NEWS & NOTES -- Three-night format: A three-night event such as this weekend's Harvest Classic uses a unique scoring system. Teams will earn qualifying points Friday and Saturday, with the top four in qualifying points after Saturday's A-feature locked into the first four starting positions of Sunday's Stacker 2® Dash. The remainder of the Sunday field will be placed into heat races, lined up according to qualifying points with no inversion. Of the heat race cars, the highest two in qualifying points that transfer from the heats will start fifth and sixth in the Stacker 2® Dash. Starting positions 7-24 in Sunday's A-feature will be lined up according to qualifying points from the first two nights. No qualifying points will be awarded on Sunday. Also, teams can't use provisionals on either of the preliminary feature nights.
-- California Dreaming: Jason Meyers, a Clovis, Calif. native, is one of many racers looking forward to competing in California for the next two events at Calistoga Speedway and Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, even if he has been less than successful racing there against the Outlaws.
"I don't think I've ever run good through the California swing," Meyers said. "I've won at Chico and Calistoga numerous times, but never with the Outlaws. I really want to do well out here. We've been saving our best motors for this swing. I'm really looking forward to going home and running well."
-- Points battles: Steve Kinser might have a commanding 458-point lead as he closes in on his 20th World of Outlaws championship, but there are several battles throughout the drivers' standings to improve positions. In the runner-up race to Kinser, Jason Meyers of Clovis, Calif., has a 90-point advantage on Craig Dollansky of Elk River, Minn., with Kraig Kinser only 131 points behind Dollansky. In the battle to get in the top five, Danny Lasoski has a 29-point over Donny Schatz with Paul McMahan only 155 points behind Schatz. Brooke Tatnell has a 12-point advantage over Tim Shaffer in the race for eighth while the fight to get in the top 10 is fierce with Terry McCarl holding off Daryn Pittman by 52 points with top rookie contender Shane Stewart only 194 points out of the top 10. The remaining spots in the top 15 also are heavily contended with Joey Saldana in 13th and leading Brian Paulus by 153 points, Jason Sides by 201 points and Jason Solwold by 443 points. -- While Tatnell, who missed four races at the beginning of the season, is trying to crack the top five in the drivers' standings, he is trying to keep his Rush Racing Eagle in the top five in the owners' standings. He trails the fourth-place Steve Kinser Racing 11k of Kraig Kinser by 65 points and has a 66-point lead on the sixth-place Tony Stewart Motorsports Eagle driven by Danny Lasoski. In addition, the Dennis Roth No. 83 Eagle driven by Tim Kaeding is only 38 owners' points behind the 11th-place Titan Racing USA Maxim driven by Daryn Pittman.
-- Victory parade: Danny Lasoski's victory Tuesday at Cottage Grove Speedway was his first A-feature win of the season, making him the 17th different A-feature winner with the Outlaws. Including preliminary features, there have been 22 different drivers to visit victory lane this season, including Lasoski twice. -- Steve Kinser has a series-leading 17 A-feature victories to go with three preliminary wins. -- 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. -- Donny Schatz earned his fifth victory of the season on Aug. 27 at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash. -- Jason Meyers earned his fourth win of the season July 2 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. -- 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. -- Daryn Pittman won his second A-feature of the season Aug. 21 at BMP Speedway in Billings, Mont. -- 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, Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan, Jason Johnson and Shane Stewart 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 three times (Eagle/Billings/Elma), 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), Sammy Swindell twice (Eldora/Knoxville), and Brooke Tatnell once (Princeton).
-- Half-milers: Including preliminary features, the series has raced 30 times this year on half-mile circuits with Steve Kinser winning eight times (Volusia, Eldora three times, Knoxville, Williams Grove, Hartford and Red River Valley), Sammy Swindell winning four times (twice at Eldora, once at Hagerstown and Knoxville), Craig Dollansky winning twice (Manzanita and Williams Grove), Kraig Kinser winning three times (Las Vegas, and twice at Knoxville), Jason Meyers winning twice (Granite City and Red River Valley), Donny Schatz winning twice (Las Vegas and Route 66 Raceway), Fred Rahmer winning twice (Williams Grove and Knoxville), and Brian Paulus (Red River Valley), Danny Lasoski (Knoxville), Jeff Shepard (Volusia), Jason Johnson (Williams Grove), Paul McMahan (Williams Grove), Jac Haudenschild (Eldora) and Shane Stewart (Knoxville) each winning 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 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 with hopes of earning a spot in a future Mean 15: 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; 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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UPCOMING EVENTS -- After the Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway, the Outlaws complete this Northern California swing by competing in the Gold Cup Sept. 8-10 at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico.