Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Attica Raceway Park Attica, OH-- May 28, 2008--From the time a driver first hits the track at Attica Raceway Park for hot laps until the final checkered flag of the night flies,...
Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Attica Raceway Park
Attica, OH-- May 28, 2008--From the time a driver first hits the track at Attica Raceway Park for hot laps until the final checkered flag of the night flies, they have to have their 'Elbows up' and drive as hard as they can. The high-banked 1/3-mile provides some of the closest and toughest racing on the entire Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule.
The series will make their eighth visit to the track in Northern Ohio on Friday, May 30 for a 40-lap event that will see the winner take home $10,000.
The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series first competed at Attica Raceway Park in 1990 with 20-time series champion Steve Kinser picking up the win. He would win the following year as well, and is the only driver that has won more than one A-Feature event with the series at the track. He won his second A-Feature of the 2008 season on Monday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park.
Joey Saldana won at Attica last season, taking the lead from Kinser late in the race. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana has a total of six career wins at the track. The second generation driver is currently fourth in championship points on the strength of 10 Top-10 finishes in 12 starts.
Chad Kemenah is the winningest driver at Attica that competes full-time with the World of Outlaws. The 2006 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has 19 career wins at the high-banked track, with many of those coming in weekly competition, as well as with the All Star Circuit of Champions. The native of nearby Findlay, Ohio is currently ninth in points, with five Top-10 finishes this season.
Jason Meyers leads the World of Outlaws into Attica on the strength of five A-Feature wins in 12 starts. He finished fourth at the track last season and has four consecutive Top-10 finishes at the 1/3-mile. The California native has finished in the Top-10 in 11 of the first 12 events this season and holds a 28 point advantage in the season standings.
Donny Schatz, the two-time defending series champion has two career starts at Attica and has finished in the Top-10 in both of those. He is the only driver that has finished in the Top-10 in all 12 A-Feature events this season, and he is currently second in points as he chases his third consecutive series title.
Craig Dollansky won at Attica in 2000 and has finished in the Top-10 in both of his starts with the World of Outlaws at the track. He is currently third in points, with two A-Feature wins and 11 Top-10 finishes.
Jac Haudenschild, an Ohio native, has one career win at Attica. He enters this weekend sixth in championship points with six Top-10 finishes. He always runs strong on tight, high-banked tracks like Attica.
Kerry Madsen has six Top-10 finishes in nine career starts at Attica. The reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year is seventh in points, with eight Top-10 finishes this season, including three consecutive to wrap up the East Coast swing.
Terry McCarl has won twice at Attica in his career, with those victories coming with the All Star Circuit of Champions. The six-time Knoxville Raceway and Huset's Speedway champion has six Top-10 finishes this season and is a very solid eighth in points.
Daryn Pittman has two starts already this season at Attica. He finished second in both of those events last month, during a rain-induced break in the World of Outlaws schedule. He is currently 10th in the championship standings with six Top-10 finishes.
Tim Shaffer has three wins in his career at Attica Raceway Park and has competed at the track well over 30 times. He finished eighth last season at the facility with the World of Outlaws. The 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year is just outside of the Top-10 in points entering the two events in the state of Ohio this weekend.
Shane Stewart has two career wins at Attica, with the All Star Circuit of Champions. The native of Bixby, Oklahoma has two Top-Five finishes in his last three starts and recently moved into the 12th spot in points He leads the series with three fast time honors this season.
Jason Sides, the 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has two career starts at Attica, earning a Top-10 finish in one of those. He has two Top-Five finishes this season, with a season-best finish of third at Eldora back in April.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. also has competed at Attica already this season racing there last month. The event on Friday, May 30 will mark his third career trip to the high-banked 1/3-mile. He recently earned his best career finish with the World of Outlaws, as he was third at Virginia Motor Speedway on May 24.
Lucas Wolfe, a contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award this season, has one career start at Attica, with that coming in 2006. He has three Top-10 finishes this season as he continues to visit a number of tracks for the first time.
Kraig Kinser finished a season-best fifth on Monday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in New York. The third generation driver has two career Top-10 finishes at Attica. He is in his first season driving for Tony Stewart Racing as a teammate to Donny Schatz.
Tony Bruce Jr. and Chad Hillier will both be making their second career starts at Attica, as they continue their sophomore seasons with the World of Outlaws.
2007 Race Recap: Joey Saldana earned his sixth career win at Attica Raceway Park, holding off 20-time series champion Steve Kinser, as well as two-time defending series champion Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers.
Saldana made a bold three-wide pass on the 27th lap to move around Kinser for the runner-up spot and then he powered around Craig Dollansky, passing both cars in the span of a few feet. Earlier in the race, Saldana and Kinser waged a torrid battle for the second spot, as they ran side-by-side lap after lap.
Craig Dollansky started on the pole and led from the outset. The native of Elk River, Minnesota built a sizeable early advantage. When the lead pack got into track that allowed Kinser and Saldana to close the gap, and slip around him.
A red flag on the 39th lap, gave Kinser and Schatz one more chance at Saldana. By way of World of Outlaws rules, two consecutive green flag laps have to be run to finish a race, and with the three nose-to-tail that set up a final dash to the checkers Saldana used a strong restart to pull away and win by 0.6 second.
Behind Saldana, it was Kinser, Schatz, Meyers and Craig Dollansky. An impressive field of 55 cars signed in for the event.
What to look for at Attica Raceway Park:
* Chad Kemenah has 19 career wins at his home track. He competed weekly at Attica for a number of years before taking to the road with the All Star Circuit of Champions and then the World of Outlaws. The 2006 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award winner is currently ninth in championship points.
* Craig Dollansky won at Attica Raceway Park in 2000 with the All Star Circuit of Champions and has Top-Five finishes in both of his starts with the World of Outlaws at the track. He has two A-Feature wins this season and is third in points.
* Jason Meyers, the current World of Outlaws point leader has four consecutive Top-10 finishes at Attica Raceway Park, including a win with the National Sprint Tour in 2006. He has five A-Feature wins this season in 12 starts.
* Donny Schatz, the two-time defending series champion has finished in the Top-10 in his both of his starts at the track. He recently moved into the second spot in points and is the only driver with Top-10 finishes in all 12 events this season.
* Joey Saldana, has six career wins at the 1/3-mile, including last season with the World of Outlaws. In his career, he has 21 Top-Five finishes at Attica. He is fourth in points this season with 10 Top-10 finishes.
* Terry McCarl has two wins at Attica with the All Star Circuit of Champions and has eight career Top-10 finishes. He recently moved into seventh in the championship standings.
* Steve Kinser has four wins at the track in his career, to go along with 11 Top-Five finishes. He won his second A-Feature event of the season on Monday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park.
* Jac Haudenschild, a native of Ohio has one win at Attica in his career. He is a very solid sixth in points, as he continues his first season driving for the Carnahan Motorsports team.
* Tim Shaffer has three wins at Attica in his career, along with a number of Top-Five finishes.
* Shane Stewart, the 2005 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has two career wins and eight Top-Five finishes at Attica. He has two Top-Five finishes in his last three stars and also leads the series with three fast time awards this season.
By the Numbers- Attica Raceway Park:
0.33- Miles around Attica Raceway Park
1- Driver that has finished in the Top-10 in all 12 World of Outlaws events this season, Donny Schatz
2- Wins for Steve Kinser at Attica Raceway Park in his career with the World of Outlaws; Drivers competing full-time with the series that hail from Ohio
6- Drivers that have earned A-Feature wins in World of Outlaws action at Attica Raceway Park
7- A-Feature events that have been contested by the World of Outlaws at the track, dating back to 1990
8- Drivers that have been quickest in time trials to-date this year
10- Drivers that have won the Crane Cams Dash to earn pole positions this season
11.306- Track record at Attica Raceway Park set in 1998 by Butch Schroeder
12- A-Feature events that the World of Outlaws have contested this season through May 26; Drivers that have led laps in A-Feature competition
15- Laps led by Joey Saldana en route to the win at Attica last season
17- Drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws this season that competed in the event at Attica Raceway Park last season
18- Drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws this season
19- Career wins at Attica for Chad Kemenah
26- Laps led by Craig Dollansky at the track last season
28- Points that separate Jason Meyers and Donny Schatz atop the World of Outlaws championship standings
41- Laps in the A-Feature event last season at the track due to a red flag coming out on the final lap, and two consecutive green flag laps needed by World of Outlaws rules to finish a race
55- Drivers that competed in the World of Outlaws event at Attica Raceway Park in 2007
90- Laps led by Jason Meyers this season to lead the series
400- Miles from Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, New York where the World of Outlaws compete on May 26 to Attica Raceway Park in Ohio
1990- Year the World of Outlaws first raced at Attica Raceway Park
10,000- Dollars to the winner on Friday, May 30
72,600- Dollars won by Jason Meyers through May 26 to lead the series
Tickets: Reserved tickets for the event on Friday, May 30 are $30. Call (419) 680-5606 or visit www.atticaracewaypark.com for more information.