Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway Up Next for World of Outlaws The World of Outlaws head to heart of the Napa Valley wine country in Northern California on Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2 for the Harvest Classic. Six former...
Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway Up Next for World of Outlaws
The World of Outlaws head to heart of the Napa Valley wine country in Northern California on Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2 for the Harvest Classic. Six former winners of the event will be in attendance, including 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser who has won the race five times in his career, as well as 2001 World of Outlaws titlist Danny Lasoski who has won the finale at Calistoga three times in his career.
Also, reigning World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz has a Harvest Classic victory to his credit, with that coming in 2005. Fellow drivers with single wins in the race include: Craig Dollansky, Jac Haudenschild and Daryn Pittman.
Dollansky won the event last year in dominant form, leading all 30 laps on the half-mile from start-to-finish. Dollansky finished third on the first night of the event and in the finale was second in the Crane Cams Dash to earn the outside front row starting position, where he won a drag race with Danny Lasoski into the first turn.
Dollansky enters this year's event with three A-Feature wins on the season, including most recently at Skagit Speedway on August 25, when he pocketed $25,000. He won in July at I-96 Speedway in Michigan, which is a semi-banked half-mile very similar to Calistoga Speedway. The native of Elk River, Minnesota is currently seventh in championship points on the strength of 37 Top-10 finishes. He also has won the Crane Cams Dash six times to earn the same number of pole positions.
Schatz enters the event in search of his second consecutive World of Outlaws title. He finished third in the Harvest Classic last season. In 2007, he leads the series with 14 A-Feature wins, along with 54 Top-10 finishes. He also leads the series in money earned, as well as wins in the Crane Cams Dash.
Joey Saldana finished fourth on both nights of the event last season. He won the most recent World of Outlaws event at Cottage Grove Speedway in Oregon on Wednesday night, to close to within 32 points of Schatz in the championship standings. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana set quick time for the 11th time this season on Wednesday night, as he shattered the track record at Cottage Grove, to become just the second driver to turn a sub 10-second lap in qualifying for a World of Outlaws event this season.
Danny Lasoski enters the Harvest Classic on September 1-2 in search of his fourth win in the event. He won the preliminary feature last season and finished second in the finale. He won an A-Feature at Calistoga for the first in 2000 and followed that up with wins in 2003 and 2004. He currently is third in championship points on the strength of three A-Feature wins and 40 Top-10 finishes.
Jason Meyers finished in the Top-10 on all three nights of the event in 2005, the last time he competed at the half-mile. He was fourth in the 30-lap A-Feature, after finishing ninth and sixth on the first two nights. This season, the native of Clovis, California has won four times, including most recently at Lebanon Valley Speedway in New York, which is a half-mile.
Steve Kinser has won the Harvest Classic five times in his career, with the first coming in 1987 and the most recent in 1995. He finished second in his last visit to the track in 2005 in the A-Feature, after winning the first preliminary night and finishing fourth on the second night. The native of Bloomington, Indiana has won nine A-Feature events this season, including three races on half-mile tracks. He is currently fifth in points, just eight points out of the fourth spot, on the strength of 40 Top-10 finishes.
Daryn Pittman won the Harvest Classic in 2002. Last season in the event, the native of Owasso, Oklahoma finished seventh in the preliminary feature. On the season, he has four A-Feature wins, with the most recent coming at Nodak Speedway in North Dakota. He has one win on a half-mile this season, with that coming at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida to open the season.
Paul McMahan, a California native has won at Calistoga Speedway in the past. Last season he led six laps in the preliminary feature before finishing second and was sixth in the finale. He currently has two A-Feature wins this season, including at Eldora Speedway, which is owned by his car owner, Tony Stewart. McMahan is solidly in the Top-10 in championship points on the strength of 31 Top-10 finishes.
Jason Solwold finished ninth in the finale of the Harvest Classic last season. The native of Mount Vernon, Washington earned his first career A-Feature win with the World of Outlaws at Charter Raceway Park in Wisconsin on August 3. He is currently ninth in the championship points with 34 Top-10 finishes.
Tim Shaffer finished third in the Harvest Classic in 2005, in his last visit to Calistoga Speedway. The former Lernerville Speedway track champion is 10th in World of Outlaws points this season on the strength of 30 Top-10 finishes, including five runner-up performances, as he closes in on his first win of the season.
Terry McCarl finished eighth on both nights of the event last season. He recently moved into the 11th spot in points and has 26 Top-10 finishes on the season, including two A-Feature wins.
Jac Haudenschild won at Calistoga back in 1989. Last season he finished ninth in the opener at the half-mile. The native of Wooster, Ohio has two A-Feature wins on the season, including on a half-mile at Red River Valley Speedway in North Dakota. He has 26 Top-10 finishes on the season.
Kerry Madsen will make his first start at Calistoga Speedway on September 1. The native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia and 2005 Knoxville Raceway track champion won earlier this season on a half-mile at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida. He is the current leader in the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award.
Jason Sides finished eighth in the finale of the Harvest Classic in 2005, which was his last visit to the half-mile. The 2003 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year won earlier this season at Ohsweken Speedway in Canada, in the series first event north of the border in over 25 years.
Randy Hannagan, a native of San Jose and former Calistoga Speedway track champion finished fifth in the opener of the event last season. The 1995 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has eight Top-10 finishes on the season is a 15th in the championship standings.
Justin Henderson finished seventh last season in his Harvest Classic. The native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota has 12 Top-10 finishes this season and led a number of laps earlier in the year at Manzanita Speedway in Arizona, which is a half-mile like Calistoga.
Chad Kemenah, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year finished 10th in the finale of the Harvest Classic last season. The native of Findlay, Ohio has 10 Top-10 finishes on the season.
Jeremy Campbell turned in a very impressive performance last season at Calistoga Speedway. He finished 10th in the preliminary feature in his first ever start on the track. He followed that up by finishing fifth in the finale, after starting 20th on a very narrow track that was tough to pass on, after racing his way into the A-Feature by way of the B-Main.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. will make his first visit to Calistoga Speedway this weekend. The native of Sunnyvale, Texas is the reigning American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) Sooner Region champion. He is currently second in rookie points.
Chad Hillier another of the rookie contenders competed in the event last season. The native of Burlington, Washington is the only driver in the history of Skagit Speedway in his home state to win a track championship in all three sprint car divisions.
Tony Bruce Jr. another of the rookies competed in the Harvest Classic last season at Calistoga and won a heat race on the opening night. The native of Liberal, Kansas has two Top-Five finishes on the season.
On Saturday, September 1 at Calistoga Speedway reserved seats in the grandstand will be $38. For ticket information call: 707-942-5111 or visit: www.napacountyfairgrounds.com/speedway.htm.
On Sunday, September 2 at Calistoga Speedway reserved seats in the grandstands will b $40. For ticket information call: 707-942-5111 or visit: www.napacountyfairgrounds.com/speedway.htm.