Clay County inaugural event preview

World of Outlaws Gear Up for Inaugural Event at Clay County Speedway The World of Outlaws will visit Clay County Speedway in Spencer, Iowa for the first time on Wednesday, September 12 as part of the renowned Clay County Fair. The...

World of Outlaws Gear Up for Inaugural Event at Clay County Speedway

The World of Outlaws will visit Clay County Speedway in Spencer, Iowa for the first time on Wednesday, September 12 as part of the renowned Clay County Fair.

The recently reconfigured 3/8-mile oval, with 15 degrees of banking has a brand new Musco lighting system in place as the best sprint car drivers in the world gear up for their inaugural visit to the facility.

Leading the way will be reigning World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz who has 14 A-Feature wins on the season. He has won twice this season in the state of Iowa, as he claimed his second consecutive Knoxville Nationals title, as well as winning in World of Outlaws competition at Knoxville Raceway. He holds a slim lead in the championship standings as he seeks his second straight World of Outlaws title. The native of Fargo, North Dakota has won three A-Feature events on 3/8-mile tracks this season.

Joey Saldana, a native of Brownsburg, Indiana enters the event fresh off winning $50,000 in the 54th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California over the weekend and is just 19 points behind Schatz in the standings. The second generation driver has won 11 A-Feature events this season, including twice on 3/8-mile tracks. He leads the series 11 quick time honors to his credit in time trials, including turning a sub-10-second lap in time trials at Cottage Grove Speedway in Oregon two weeks ago, making it just the second track on the schedule in which a single digit lap is turned. Saldana finished second in the Knoxville Nationals last month in his last race in Iowa.

Danny Lasoski heads to Clay County Speedway fresh off a very strong Gold Rush Tour, which saw him sweep both nights of action at Calistoga Speedway in California to bring his win total to five on the season. The 2001 World of Outlaws champion is very solidly in the third position in points heading into action this week. The native of Dover, Missouri has won the Crane Cams Dash four times this season to earn the same number of pole positions. He also has set quick time twice in time trials. He is the all-time winningest driver at Knoxville Raceway with 88 feature wins and has seven track championships at the historic half-mile.

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion enters the event at Clay County Speedway with nine A-Feature wins on the season to bring his career total to 542 with the series. He has won three times this season on 3/8-mile tracks, including most recently at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is fourth in the championship standings on the strength of 42 Top-10 finishes. He is one of just three drivers that has led more than 200 laps in feature competition this season. In his career, he has won at tracks he visits for the first time over 50 times and will look to add to this record on September 12 at Clay County Speedway.

Jason Meyers returns to the Midwest fifth in points. He is just one marker out of the fourth position and has won four times this season, including twice on 3/8-mile tracks. The native of Clovis, California has 41 Top-10 finishes and has won the Crane Cams Dash seven times to earn the same number of pole positions. He also has set quick time in time trials on four occasions.

Daryn Pittman is just five points out of the Top-Five in the championship standings and six markers out of fourth. He has won four times this season, including at Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas and Nodak Speedway in North Dakota, which are both 3/8-mile tracks. Hailing from Owasso, Oklahoma, he has 41 Top-10 finishes on the season, along with four wins in the Crane Cams Dash to earn pole positions.

Craig Dollansky has been instrumental in bringing the World of Outlaws to Clay County Speedway. The native of Elk River Minnesota and his wife Julie, a native of Spencer, Iowa have put in countless hours making sure everything is ready for the series inaugural visit to the track. Dollansky is currently seventh in the World of Outlaws championship standings, on the strength of 39 Top-10 finishes. He has won three times this season, including most recently at Skagit Speedway on August 25, when he took home $25,000 for his victory.

Paul McMahan continues his second season behind the wheel for two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart's team. McMahan won on a 3/8-mile track earlier in the season at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin. He also was victorious at the famed Eldora Speedway in Ohio, which is also owned by his car owner. McMahan is eighth in points, with 31 Top-10 finishes.

Jason Solwold will return to Iowa ninth in points. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington has 35 Top-10 finishes on the season and earned his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature win in August at Charter Raceway Park in Wisconsin. He is one of 17 drivers that have earned a win this season with the series. He also has been quickest in time trials three times this year, along with winning a Crane Cams Dash to earn a pole position.

Tim Shaffer, whose Parsons Motorsports team is based in Urbandale, Iowa, is currently 10th in championship points. The 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has 32 Top-10 finishes, with 19 of those being in the Top-Five. He has five runner-up finishes as he continues to close in on his first win of the season. He has set quick time on three occasions this season, along with earning two wins in the Crane Cams Dash to earn pole positions.

Jac Haudenschild heads to Clay County Speedway with two A-Feature wins on the season and is just outside of the Top-10 in points. The native of Wooster, Ohio has won in his home state of Ohio in the Brad Doty Classic, as well as at Red River Valley Speedway in North Dakota. His 46 career A-Feature wins have him tied for ninth on the all-time win list. He has 28 Top-10 finishes this season, including a runner-up performance in the Gold Cup on Saturday night.

Terry McCarl is the only full-time World of Outlaws driver that hails from Iowa. Born and raised in Altoona, Iowa, he is a six-time Knoxville Raceway track champion and won for the first time with the World of Outlaws at his home track earlier this season. He also won at K-C Raceway in one of the most thrilling events of the season as he battled Donny Schatz down the stretch for the victory. McCarl, has 27 Top-10 finishes on the season as he returns to his home state.

Jason Sides, the 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year won earlier this season in the World of Outlaws return to Canada, as he was victorious at Ohsweken Speedway, which is a 3/8-mile track. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee has two career A-Feature wins with the series, with the other coming at the famed Kings Royal in 2004. He has 21 Top-10 finishes this season as he is solidly in the Top-15 in points entering Wednesday's event at Clay County Speedway.

Kerry Madsen, a native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia is currently leading the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award. He won his first career A-Feature with the series during the season opening Florida DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Teamed with veteran crew chief Sonny Kratzer, Madsen has 15 Top-10 finishes on the season.

Randy Hannagan will return to the Midwest solidly in the Top-15 in points. The 1995 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has eight Top-10 finishes on the season and led a number of laps at Knoxville Raceway in the series last visit to the state of Iowa in June.

Justin Henderson earned a career-best third-place finish on at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin earlier this season, which is a high-banked 3/8-mile track. The native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota has 12 Top-10 finishes on the season and also led a number of laps at Manzanita Speedway in Arizona.

Chad Kemenah, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year will make his first start at Clay County Speedway this week behind the wheel for Hard 8 Racing. The native of Findlay, Ohio has 10 Top-10 finishes on the season, including two third-place performances.

Jeremy Campbell continues his second full season with the World of Outlaws. The native of Monroe, Michigan has seven Top-10 finishes on the season and led a number of laps at K-C Raceway earlier this season, where he won the Crane Cams Dash to earn the pole position in the A-Feature.

Sam Hafertepe Jr., Chad Hillier and Tony Bruce Jr. are second, third and fourth in the rookie standings. Hafertepe, a native of Sunnyvale, Texas, has two Top-10 finishes on the season. Hillier, a native of Burlington, Washington has one Top-10 finish, while Bruce, who hails from Liberal Kansas, has two Top-Five finishes.

On Wednesday, September 12 at Clay County Speedway adult reserved tickets will be $35 with adult general admission tickets $30. Reserved tickets for juniors (15-under) will be $15, with general admission tickets for juniors, $10. For ticket information call (712) 262-4740 or visit www.claycountyfair.com.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.