Brad Doty Classic returns to Limaland

Brad Doty Classic Returns to Limaland Motorsports Park Again in 2007 Always one of the highlights of the season, the Brad Doty Classic is right around the corner for the World of Outlaws on Wednesday, July 11. The 19th annual edition of the...

Brad Doty Classic Returns to Limaland Motorsports Park Again in 2007

Always one of the highlights of the season, the Brad Doty Classic is right around the corner for the World of Outlaws on Wednesday, July 11. The 19th annual edition of the event, which honors the Hall of Fame driver who has given so much to the sport of sprint car racing, will be held for the second straight season at the state-of-the art ¼-mile Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio.

Last season, Joey Saldana turned in a very dominating performance en route to capturing his first win in the storied event. He began the night by setting fast time, and went on to lead all 40 of the A-Feature laps around Limaland Motorsports Park, in the World of Outlaws first visit to the track since 1979.

Saldana will attempt to repeat again this season, with one of the toughest line-ups in the history of the series in place, including the likes of 20-time World of Outlaws Champion Steve Kinser, who has won twice at Limaland Motorsports Park in his career, as well as reigning series champion Donny Schatz. Also in attendance will be 2001 World of Outlaws Champion Danny Lasoski, along with current title contenders: Daryn Pittman, Craig Dollansky, Terry McCarl, who earned a runner-up finish in the event last season, and Jason Meyers.

Also, Jac Haudenschild from Wooster, Ohio will be on-hand thrilling the crowd with his always aggressive driving style, as well as fellow Ohio native and reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Chad Kemenah, among others.

Doty, who won 11 World of Outlaws A-Feature events during his storied career, will again be promoting the event this season, in addition to his current role as the color commentator for the 12 World of Outlaws events broadcast on SPEED on Sunday afternoons throughout the season.

"Promoting is still new to me and I learn more and more each day," explained Doty. "Having been a driver helps, because I can relate to what the drivers need and I make sure to keep that in mind when organizing the event. Also, from my television work, up in the booth, I am able to fully see and realize how important the promoter's are, which I never realized when I was driving."

While he was used to long days and nights on the road during his driving career, the workload for a promoter is just as demanding. Doty, who has always been an ambassador for sprint car racing is constantly plotting and planning to make sure all the pieces are in place so that on Wednesday, July 11 when the green flag flies all the bases will be covered.

"It's a lot more work than most people realize," shared Doty of his experience with promoting the event. "You are constantly thinking of ways to do thing better. You always want to put on the best show possible for the fans."

After a very successful debut to the event at Limaland Motorsports Park last season, Doty is excited to work again with the folks at the track in conjunction with The University of Northwestern Ohio who owns and operates the track.

"Our goal with the event is to take care of the fans," said Doty. "We want them to see a good show, and a well run show. When the show ends early, that gives the fans more time to go down to the pit area and visit with the drivers at the end of the night."

Also adding to the prestige of the event, Fram/Autolite has joined with Brad Doty and Limaland Motorsports Park to present the 19th Annual Brad Doty Classic. Fram/Autolite's worldwide brand is well-known to sprint car racing, as the company was extensively involved in some of the most lucrative sprint car races in history in the early 1990s. The Brad Doty Classic will mark the company's return to sprint car racing.

"We are proud to have Fram/Autolite with us as a presenting sponsor for the event," said Doty. "In this sport, everything helps in terms of sponsorship. It is great to have a corporation like that on board."

The 2007 racing season will mark the 10th year that The University of Northwestern Ohio has owned and operated Limaland Motorsports Park, which is in its 72nd year of hosting racing. This will mark the sixth visit by the World of Outlaws to what is one of the most highly regarded tracks on the schedule. In the previous five events at the ¼-mile, three different drivers have visited the winner's circle.

For ticket information on the 19th Annual Brad Doty Classic on July 11 visit: www.limaland.com.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Joey Saldana , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah