World of Outlaws Sprint Series At A Glance: Thunderbowl Raceway Phoenix -- Oct. 12, 2005 WHAT * The World of Outlaws Sprint Series invades Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., for a two-night event beginning on Friday. It will mark the second...
World of Outlaws Sprint Series At A Glance: Thunderbowl Raceway
Phoenix -- Oct. 12, 2005
* The World of Outlaws Sprint Series invades Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., for a two-night event beginning on Friday. It will mark the second time this season the series has raced at Thunderbowl, where Tim Shaffer drove to victory in February.
* To get to Thunderbowl, travel SR 137 west of SR 99, then go one half-mile south on South K (at the fairgrounds).
* Racing at Thunderbowl Raceway begins at 7 p.m.
* For ticket prices, go to www.thunderbowlraceway.com and click the link to ticket prices.
ABOUT THE TRACK
* Thunderbowl Raceway is a 1/3-mile clay oval. Joey Saldana established the single-lap record in World of Outlaws competition with he turned a lap in 12.751 seconds on Oct. 29, 2004.
* The Outdoor Channel will air at 8 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 12 the National Open from Williams Grove Speedway followed Oct. 19 by the Dodge City Raceway Park event, Oct. 26 by the Thunderbowl Raceway event and Nov. 2 by the season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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.
* Point games: There are four races remaining in the 2005 season, two A-features and two preliminary features. If a driver wins and leads the majority of the laps, the most points he can gain in the standings is 154 points for an A-feature and 40 points for a preliminary feature. On the flip side, if a driver attempts to time trial at each of the remaining events but never makes it out of the B-main, he will earn 75 points for a main event and 10 points for a preliminary feature. That means there is a maximum of 388 points and a minimum of 170 points left this season.
* 2006 Outlaws rolling: Donny Schatz's runner-up finish in the Cactus Classic Tuesday night at Manzanita Speedway was his 12th consecutive top 10 A-feature finish in the ParkerStore J&J, including four of his eight victories this season. -- Daryn Pittman has finished outside the top 10 only twice since the beginning of September, a span of races that has seen him drive the Titan Garages & Carports Maxim to Victory Lane four times. -- Terry McCarl set the pace Tuesday night in the Big Game Treestands Eagle at Manzanita Speedway for a series-leading 11th time this season. -- Craig Dollansky solidified his third-place position in the championship standings with a third-place run in the VMAC/Karavan J&J Tuesday night at Manzanita. Dollansky has 22 top fives and 41 top 10s this season. -- Brooke Tatnell, despite racing with a broken right hand for the past six weeks, has kept the Castrol/Steel Dreams Eagle in the top 10 in the championship standings.
* Return engagement: When the Outlaws competed in February at Thunderbowl Raceway, Tim Shaffer raced to victory after leader Tim Kaeding made with a lapped car only five laps from the checkered flag. It was the first of two victories this season for Shaffer on 1/3-mile ovals, setting the stage for his dramatic Silver Cup win at Lernerville Speedway in July.
* The great Outdoor Channel: DIRT MotorSports, Inc., recently announced that it has secured up to 50 weeks of primetime programming dedicated to the World of Outlaws Sprint Series in 2006 on the Outdoor Channel. In addition, The Outdoor Channel has extended the 2005 season schedule to include up to eight additional weeks of primetime programming. These special one-hour programs will include biography shows such as "Off Season with the Outlaws" as well as other feature programs focusing on the drivers, teams and 28-year history of the World of Outlaws. Upcoming broadcasts will also include the World of Outlaws Sprint Series annual banquet held at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas.
* Victory lane: Steve Kinser has a series-leading 20 A-feature victories and six preliminary feature wins this season. -- There have been 17 different A-feature winners this season. Including preliminary features, 22 different drivers have visited Victory Lane this season with the Outlaws. -- Donny Schatz's victory Oct. 1 at Williams Grove Speedway was his eighth of the season, second-most this year with the Outlaws. -- 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. -- 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. -- Danny Lasoski's victory Oct. 9 at Dodge City Raceway Park was his second A-feature win this season. He also has four preliminary feature victories. -- Craig Dollansky has two A-feature victories and three 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's victory Friday night was his second preliminary feature win of the season with the Outlaws. He also 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.
* 1/3-mile winners: Thunderbowl Raceway is a 1/3-mile oval. The series has raced 12 times this season on a track that size, including preliminaries, with five different winners. Tim Shaffer won Feb. 25 at Thunderbowl Raceway, Craig Dollansky won Feb. 26 at Bakersfield Speedway, Kraig Kinser won April 2 at I-55 Raceway, Tim Shaffer won May 6 at Lake Ozark Speedway, Steve Kinser won May 24 at Grandview Speedway, Steve Kinser swept Eagle Raceway June 17-18, Craig Dollansky won July 6 at Powercom Park, Chad Kemenah won July 9 at I-55 Raceway, Steve Kinser won Sept. 16-17 at Eagle Raceway, and Daryn Pittman won Sept. 24 at Powercom Park.
* Preliminary winners: Drivers who have raced to victory in preliminary features this season include (in alphabetical order) Craig Dollansky three times (Manzanita/Williams Grove/Silver Dollar), Jason Johnson once (Williams Grove), Kraig Kinser once (Las Vegas), Steve Kinser six times (Eagle twice/Billings/Elma/Calistoga/Silver Dollar), Danny Lasoski four times (Australia/Knoxville/Calistoga/Dodge City), Fred Rahmer twice (Knoxville/Williams Grove), Kerry Madsen once (Australia), Paul McMahan once (Williams Grove), Brian Paulus once (Red River Valley), Joey Saldana once (Lernerville), Shane Stewart once (Knoxville), Brooke Tatnell once (Princeton), Sammy Swindell twice (Eldora/Knoxville).
* 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), 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), Brandon Wimmer (No. 7tw owned by Wimmer-Luck Racing), and the Dennis Roth-owned No. 83 Beefpackers Eagle that has been driven by Tim Kaeding, Jac Haudenschild, Brian Brown, Jeff Shepard and Jason Johnson.
* On tour, too: Several other drivers have run the bulk of the schedule with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series in 2005. They include 2006 Outlaw 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; and 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.
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* 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 email@example.com.
* 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.
* The Outlaws close out the 2005 season with a two-day show Friday-Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., and a two-day show Oct. 21-22 at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.