World of Outlaws Sprint Series At A Glance: Quarter-Mile Mania at Tri-State, Lawrenceburg Norman, OK -- April 11, 2006 WHAT After opening the season on several different big half-miles, the World of Outlaws Sprint Series is about to get its...
World of Outlaws Sprint Series At A Glance: Quarter-Mile Mania at Tri-State, Lawrenceburg
Norman, OK -- April 11, 2006
After opening the season on several different big half-miles, the World of Outlaws Sprint Series is about to get its elbows up and invade two quarter-mile ovals that offer very different challenges. Tri-State Speedway, where the Mean 15 racers compete in a $51,600 event on Saturday, April 15, is a paper-clip quarter-mile where the 850-horsepower World of Outlaws winged sprint cars go all out on the straightaways before tiptoeing through the turns and bringing the crowd to its feet with wheelies as they square up for the next straight. Then on Friday, April 21, the World of Outlaws roll into Lawrenceburg Speedway to open the City of Lawrenceburg Sprint Nationals and battle the All Star Circuit of Champions on a nearly circular quarter-mile in another $51,600 show where momentum is key to winning but a challenge to accomplish with 24 cars all fighting for the same real estate. In either case, the events will be extremely exciting as the close quarters racing always leads to incredible edge-of-your-seat action.
On Saturday, April 15, at Tri-State Speedway, the pits will open at 3 p.m. with the grandstands opening at 4 p.m. and qualifying kicking off the on-track action at 6:30 p.m.
On Friday, April 21, at Lawrenceburg Speedway, the pit gates open at 2 p.m. with grandstands opening at 4 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.
Tri-State Speedway is 16 miles north of Evansville, Ind., or only three miles north of Interstate 64 on U.S. 41.
Lawrenceburg Speedway is 1 mile east of Lawrenceburg, Ind., on U.S. 50 (at the fairgrounds).
At Tri-State Speedway, general admission tickets are $30 for ages 13 and up, $15 for Child (6-12), and free for ages 5 and under. Reserved seats are $35 for ages 13 and up, $25 for ages 12 and under. For more information, call 812-768-6025.
At Lawrenceburg Speedway, Rows H to U are adult $33, child 0-12 yrs. $15. -- Rows A to G are adult $30, child 6-12 yrs $15 and kids 0-5 are free. -- General Admission seats include Turn 1 bleachers and back chute are $28 for adults, $15 for children 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under. A Pit Combo features a ticket of choice plus a $35 pit pass (must be purchased in advance). -- Pit Passes for competitors include the driver plus four crew member per car at $25 per person. A spectator pit pass is $40. For more information, contact SLS Promotions at 815-344-2023.
The Outdoor Channel will air at 8 p.m. (ET) on April 12 all the action from the opening night of World of Outlaws action at Eldora Speedway. The finale from Eldora Speedway will air on April 19 followed April 26 by the action from Tri-State Speedway. The Outdoor Channel is available nationwide through the DISH Network (Channel 153) and DIRECTV (Channel 606).
A Mean 15 racer will join Dirt Nation with hosts Doc Lehman and Dave Seay on Monday, April 24, for a segment airing between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Eastern. To listen to Dirt Nation online, go to www.dirtnation.net/ or in the Hampton, Va., area tune into WLRT FOX 1490 AM.
Mean 15 racer Dion Hindi will be featured on the Full Throttle Racing show on Tuesday, April 11, for a segment airing between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern. To listen to the Full Throttle Racing show, go to www.usadirtracing.com.
ABOUT THE TRACKS
Tri-State Speedway is a high-banked, paper-clip-shaped 1/4-mile oval. Sammy Swindell established the track record of 11.110 seconds on Oct. 8, 2004.
Lawrenceburg Speedway is a semi-banked, quarter-mile oval. Mean 15 racer Terry McCarl shattered the track record on Aug. 3, 2005, when he set an AMB i.t.-timed single-lap record of 10.058 seconds.
NEWS & NOTES
Increased competition: With more than 40 cars signing in each night last weekend at Eldora Speedway, the World of Outlaws have had a total car count of 412 cars over the first 10 race nights this season, an average of 41 competitors per event. Through the first 10 stateside races of the 2005 season, the World of Outlaws had a total car count of 339 cars for an average of 34 competitors per event.
Tickets on sale: Tickets are on sale for many of the upcoming World of Outlaws events, and fans are encouraged to check out the race track's Web sites for details. SLS Promotions is gearing up to promote several races beginning with the April 21 City of Lawrenceburg Sprint Car Nationals featuring the World of Outlaws and the All Star Circuit of Champions Winged Challenge at legendary Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway. -- Tickets also are available for the inaugural Missouri High-Bank Nationals May 5 at the ultrafast U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo., where Mean 15 racer Terry McCarl owns the astonishing single-lap record of 9.91 seconds on the 3/8-mile clay oval. -- The next night, Saturday, May 6, the crew travels down to C. Ray Hall's historic 81 Speedway for the Third Annual Wichita Twister Showdown, won last year by Mean 15 racer Daryn Pittman. Tickets are available for this popular Kansas event thru SLS or by calling the track direct at 316-755-1781. -- Tickets for the two-day Duel In The Dakotas, run in conjunction with the Red River Valley Fair in West Fargo, N.D., also are on sale. The June 16-17 Duel will be tri-sanctioned with the All Stars and NOSA adding their stars and cars to the field for an incredibly competitive event that SLS is truly proud to be part of this in 2006. -- Also, seats are now available to the PolyDome Princeton Nationals on July 28-29 at Princeton Speedway in Princeton, Minn. -- To purchase tickets to these events, contact SLS Promotions at 815-344-2023 on Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central or go to www.slspromotions for more information.
Party time: The City of Lawrenceburg Sprint Nationals figures to be a non-stop party built around some exciting racing at the historic quarter-mile Lawrenceburg Speedway near Cincinnati. A pre-race party on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Downtown Lawrenceburg on Walnut Street will get things rolling as Craig Dollansky and his Karavan Trailers Maxim and Terry McCarl and his Big Game Treestands Eagle will be there to jump start the action. The party then will shift to the Hoosier Wings and Rings restaurant, which will have specials for fans each day during the event. The World of Outlaws will battle with the All Star Circuit of Champions on Friday, April 21, with USAC wingless sprints taking to the track on Saturday, April 22. For tickets to the Friday night event, call SLS Promotions at 815-344-2023.
Supporting Knoxville: Before the World of Outlaws roll into the pits on April 29 at Knoxville Raceway, several drivers will be around the region to meet-and-greet fans. Brooke Tatnell and Terry McCarl, who also will be bringing his No. 24 Big Game Treestands Eagle, will be among the racers signing autographs from noon to 2 p.m. on April 29 at South Ridge Mall in Des Moines. -- In addition to the mall signing on April 29, Justin Henderson's Race Girl/Jolt Energy Gum Schnee will be at the Kum & Go station next to Knoxville Raceway during the day. The following day, April 30, fans can follow the World of Outlaws as the series rolls north to Brandon, S.D., for its first of two events this season at Huset's Speedway.
The $50,000 Challenge: World of Outlaws races at Lernerville Speedway and Sharon Speedway normally are quite competitive, but wait until a $50,000 bonus is on the line. The winner of the May 19 Commonwealth Clash will have the option to start from the rear of the A-main the following night, May 20, at Sharon Speedway. If that driver can win the 40-lap event at Sharon, a bonus of $50,000 will be added to the winner's $10,000 check. A driver who wins both events and The $50,000 Challenge will pocket $70,000 -- a nice way to warm up for the Month of Money.
Martin's new site: Jason Martin still is recuperating from injuries sustained in February at East Bay Raceway Park, but that doesn't mean the native of Liberal, Kan., has not been busy. The Hitman continues to be on the road working with the team and now has launched a new Web site (www.jasonmartinmotorsports) with the help of HostIowa.net. The new site is fan friendly and will soon have a place where fans can order Hitman and Mafia Motorsports merchandise as well as NOS Energy Drinks. A new feature will include real-time updates from the track when the team is in action, as well as photos. While Martin recovers, Rob Chaney has been handling driving duties. -- Martin could be back in the car as early as the April 29 event Knoxville Raceway. Doctors are encouraged by the strength in Martin's neck as well as his recovery and attention to the injury. He wants to be 100 percent healthy when he climbs back into the NOS Energy Drinks/Mafia Motorsports #36 Maxim powered by Kriner. "Yeah I want back in the seat," Martin said. "But I also know at this level you have to be 100 percent. I am real close and feel great but I am not climbing back in the car until the doctors give me the green light. Rob has done a great job for us and we are thankful for the performance. The frustrating thing is just watching my car on the track. When I get back in, it will be when I am 100 percent physically -- the mental part is already there."
Neon Dion on the air: Neon Dion Hindi, driver of the RealTruck.com/SniperTuning/Butler Professional Seating Systems #11D J&J, will be featured on the Full Throttle racing show tonight. Hindi who is a member of the World of Outlaws Mean 15 will talk about what it's like being back on the road and racing full-time with the World of Outlaws. Fans can log onto www.realtruck.com for all their truck and SUV needs and get a 5 percent discount on their purchases when they use coupon code DH#11. The Full Throttle Racing Show can be heard each Tuesday at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT) and 5 p.m. (PT) at www.usadirtracing.com and www.golivesports.com. An archive is available on demand upon completion of the live broadcast.
Quarter masters: The World of Outlaws event this weekend at Tri-State Speedway marks the series' first quarter-mile action this season. In 2005, the series raced 10 times on quarter-mile ovals with Brooke Tatnell posting a victory at Princeton Speedway in Princeton, Minn., and Craig Dollansky earning a win at Silver Dollar Speedway.
Primetime racers: The Outdoor Channel broadcasts World of Outlaws action at 8 p.m. (ET) on Wednesdays, with rebroadcasts at 1 a.m. (ET) Fridays and 1 p.m. (ET) Saturdays. The Outdoor Channel is available nationwide through the DISH Network (Channel 153) and DIRECTV (Channel 606). For more information on The Outdoor Channel, go to www.theoutdoorchannel.com.
The Mean 15: The impressive 2006 edition of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series' Mean 15 racers includes Becca Anderson (No. 19 Woodring Racing JEI), Jeremy Campbell (No. 10c America's Best Values Inn/G-Force Racing Gear Maxim), Brian Carlson (No. 18 Lincoln Electric Maxim), Craig Dollansky (No. 7 Karavan Trailers Maxim), Randy Hannagan (No. 1x Terry Hannagan Racing Maxim), Jac Haudenschild (No. 35 Wright One Construction Maxim), Justin Henderson (No. D1 Jolt Energy Gum/Race Girl Schnee powered by Hollywood Racing Engines), Dion Hindi (No. 11D RealTruck.com/Snipertuning J&J), Chad Kemenah (No. 15K UUI Underground Utilities Eagle), Jason Martin (No. 36 NOS Energy Drink/Mafia Motorsports Maxim), Terry McCarl (No. 24 Big Game Treestands/Clean-O.com/Bosma Poultry/AmeriCash Advance.com Eagle), Daryn Pittman (No. 21 Titan Garages & Carports Maxim), Joey Saldana (No. 9 Central Merchant Services/Curb Records/Dodge Mopar-powered JEI), Donny Schatz (No. 15 ParkerStore J&J), Brooke Tatnell (No. 8 Castrol/Steel Dreams/Garlic Jim's Pizza Eagle). Rob Chaney is currently driving the No. 36 NOS Energy Drink/Mafia Motorsports Maxim while Jason Martin heals from an early-season racing injury. In addition, competitive Indiana racer Bill Rose (No. 6 Bill Rose Maxim) also has signed on to compete with the Outlaws at each event in 2006.
The World of Outlaws Mean 15 racers have raced seven times this season on high-speed half-mile ovals and offer their thoughts below about switching their efforts the next two weeks to racing at quarter-mile Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., near Evansville and quarter-mile Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Ind., near Cincinnati
Becca Anderson, driver of the No. 19 Woodring Racing JEI
On racing at quarter miles: "I think it's going to be exciting to get to the quarter-miles. It's going to be a lot more racy. It's still going to be wide-open racing, but I think it's going to be more beneficial for us. We don't really have the killer motors so I think it's going to put us a little more in the hunt. We've been definitely struggling in time trials so hopefully we'll be making some shows now."
Jeremy Campbell, driver of the No. 10C Americas Best Value Inn Maxim
On racing at quarter miles: "Lawrenceburg the last couple of times I've been there with the All Stars I've been quick time so I'm really looking forward to Lawrenceburg. I love that place. A lot of people don't like it because it's rough and out-of-control, but that thing is awesome. -- I've had good experience at both. Haubstadt will get dry slick and you can do some slide jobs. You can slide it in there and get some awesome passing going on. The last time I was at both of those tracks I finished in the top five. I really like racing on them. They're fun."
Brian Carlson, driver of the No. 18 Lincoln Electric Maxim
On racing at quarter miles: "It's nice being home, first off. Lawrenceburg and Haubstadt are a couple of places where I cut my teeth at. It takes more of the motor out of the equation. It's still important to qualify well, but it's not just an all-horsepower deal. You've got to be able to finesse the car and get your elbows up and race somebody hard. A place like Eldora or Williams Grove it's like pull in and hook the motor to a dyno and see who has the best power that night. The quarter-miles make it a little more of a fair game for the guys who don't have quite as big motors. It gives you closer racing action instead of follow-the-leader stuff that sometimes the bigger tracks do. It's nice to get back to little tracks and really be able to drive the racecar."
Rob Chaney, driver of the Mean 15 No. 36 NOS Energy Drink/Mafia Motorsports Maxim while Jason Martin recovers from injuries sustained in a crash at East Bay Raceway Park
On racing at quarter miles: "That's really a good thing because you get out-horsepowered all the time on these big tracks. It's nice to go to the small tracks where you can maybe time a little better because your car is better or you drive better laps than a guy who has more horsepower than you."
"I've had a lot of fun. We haven't run as good as I'd hoped to, but that's a part of the sport. If it was easy everybody would do it. We're having a lot of fun. Hopefully we can get these guys some good finishes before Jason comes back. I wish these guys all the best because they've treated me like a king."
Craig Dollansky, driver of the No. 7 Karavan Trailers Maxim
On racing at quarter miles: "I'll tell you what, I enjoy the short tracks as much as the big tracks. They're always fun to race and a lot of stuff goes on there. -- There's a lot of things that come into play on a short track. It's not as much motor as it is how your car is handling. You have to cowboy it around there a lot of times. They're fun to race."
Randy Hannagan, driver of the No. 1X Terry Hannagan Racing Maxim
On racing at quarter miles: "I'm looking forward to it because it makes you race for it. A lot of times, like at Eldora, your qualifying is so important but motors are so important and your setup and fuel curve on your motor, a lot of the things people don't know about are so critical that make a difference between a tenth or two where you can get on a quarter-mile and cowboy up and make up the difference. I'm looking forward to it. We've run a lot of quarter-miles in the past, especially at Haubstadt and Lawrenceburg. It's good racing, and that's the best thing for the fans."
Jac Haudenschild, driver of the No. 35 Wright One Construction Maxim
On racing at quarter miles: "Short tracks are really racy. You're always in traffic. They're a lot tighter. It's really good racing. The half miles are a lot wider and faster, you got a little bit more room. I like them both."
Justin Henderson, driver of the No. D1 Jolt Energy Gum/Race Girl Schnee powered by Hollywood Engines
On racing at quarter miles: "I really like the little bullrings. They're my favorite type of racetrack, actually. The only way to pass people sometimes is to run into each other so it makes for a real exciting race for the fans. I like to cowboy-up, run it on two wheels, especially when they get rough and you've got to move the right rears out and run them a lot harder. It separates the men from the boys just like these big fast tracks do, too. We'll see if I learned a lot from when I was running back home and see what I can do."
Dion Hindi, driver of the No. 11D RealTruck.com/Snipertuning J&J
On racing at quarter miles: "People always talk about them not being horsepower tracks, but every track is a horsepower track. At Haubstadt, it's a little paper clip. You go to the end of the straightaway and turn 180 degrees and stand back on the throttle and you've got to have the power to get out of the corner. A quarter-mile track is more what I'm used to racing on back home. If there's a track with a good cushion and a good bottom, when it turns into a racetrack like Haubstadt usually does, then we roll around it pretty good."
Chad Kemenah, driver of the No. 15K Underground Utilities Inc. Eagle
On racing at quarter miles: "It's definitely different. I like Haubstadt. That's a pretty neat little racetrack and it gets racy. Big tracks or small tracks, it doesn't matter to me, as long as you keep your nose clean usually you're all right."
Jason Martin, driver of the No. 36 NOS Energy Drink/Mafia Motorsports Maxim who is recovering from injuries sustained in an early season crash. Eldora veteran Rob Chaney will pilot the car this weekend
On racing at quarter miles: "I think quarter miles will be more to our benefit because it's not so much a horsepower deal. It costs a lot of money to build those horsepower motors so I think we'll be right in the ballgame at those tracks. We'll get our car dialed in and go."
Terry McCarl, driver of the No. 24 Big Game Treestands Eagle
On racing at quarter miles: "Tom Helfrich does an awesome job at Haubstadt. As a race fan, I'd never miss a race at that track because that's where you see most of the wheelie photos come from. It's a lot of fun to race as a driver, too, but it's really exciting for a fan. I think the half-miles are great for the speed, but the quarter-miles and the smaller 3/8-mile tracks are where sprint cars belong."
Daryn Pittman, driver of the No. 21 Titan Garages & Carports Maxim
On racing at quarter miles: "For me it's great because we can't find our own rear end right now on a half-mile. We've just been struggling for the past year-and-a-half on big half-miles. We seem to go a lot better on a quarter, and then at Pevely we were awesome there. Haubstadt has been good, I've been pretty good at Lawrenceburg. I'm looking forward to the next couple of weeks, for sure. I'd like to figure out why we're not so good on the half-miles, but for the time being we'll see if we can take advantage of these quarter-miles.
On turning around 2005 season at Lawrenceburg: "Lawrenceburg really turned our season around. We were struggling going into that, qualified bad and came from the back and got up to fourth. We never looked back for the rest of the year. We're looking forward to going back now. Hopefully we can start up front and have a good chance to win. I enjoy all the real small short tracks. It's puts a lot of the driver back into it and takes a little bit away from the car and motor. They're really a lot of fun to run on."
Joey Saldana, driver of the No. 9 Central Merchant Services Inc. JEI powered by Mopar
On racing at Indiana quarter miles: "It's an hour or two hours from my house so that's the nice part of running the Outlaws and being able to race and be home in your own bed at night. Usually you don't get to do that. I grew up racing on the quarter-miles and look forward to them."
Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 ParkerStore J&J
On racing at quarter miles: "The first time you run into the corner it's a little harder to slow down. Diversity is what makes the drivers better. It makes the World of Outlaws what it is. You go to a big track, little track, big track, little track, it makes a guy a little more diverse. It teaches you a little more common sense and patience. It's what makes it fun. If we raced on half-miles all the time everybody would be bored. I'm just glad to go back to a little place like Haubstadt where we've been decent in the past and maybe we can get a victory."
Brooke Tatnell, driver of the No. 8 Garlic Jim's Pizza/Castrol Eagle
On racing at quarter miles: "It doesn't take any less horsepower, but for me it's like jumping on a plane and flying back to Australia. It's just another day of life on the road. You don't have to have as much finesse on a short track, you just have to be more aggressive and wrestle it a little bit more. On the big half-miles you can't afford to twitch the wheel because then you're washing off horsepower. I'm looking forward to it. The bullring stuff where you have to get in and muscle it, I love that."
Following events at Tri-State Speedway on April 15 and the City of Lawrenceburg Sprint Nationals on April 21 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, the World of Outlaws close out the month with races April 29 at legendary Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, and April 30 at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D.