World of Outlaws Wrap-up: Delaware International Speedway Delmar, DE--May 13, 2009-- The slimmest of margins: Heading into the pair of events at Williams Grove Speedway this week, three-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz's lead in...
World of Outlaws Wrap-up: Delaware International Speedway
Delmar, DE--May 13, 2009-- The slimmest of margins: Heading into the pair of events at Williams Grove Speedway this week, three-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz's lead in the championship standings is down to a single point over 20-time series champion Steve Kinser, who used a runner-up finish at Delaware International Speedway to chop 18 points off the margin. Schatz finished 11th on Tuesday night. Joey Saldana is third in points 40 markers out of the lead, with Jason Meyers fourth and Craig Dollansky fifth.
Faster and faster: Danny Lasoski picked up his first win of the season on Tuesday night at Delaware International Speedway and it was also the first win for a new JEI Chassis that his crew chief Barry Jackson recently designed and built. The team debuted the car at Tri-State Speedway a couple of weeks ago and have finished sixth or better each and every time they have run the car. Lasoski also set fast time on Tuesday night and was third quick the race before at Eldora Speedway and second quick prior to that at Knoxville Raceway. Lasoski moved up to seventh in the championship standings and is just 10 markers out of the sixth spot.
"This is about the fourth or fifth night on this XP-1 chassis that Barry (Jackson) came up with and it's a little different than anything else," said Lasoski. "We haven't run out of the Top-Five with it yet and I am very excited about that. We're really getting the bar rolling now. Paul Kistler has also stepped it up and is doing a great job with our engines."
A season best performance: Jac Haudenschild picked up his best finish of the season on Tuesday night at Delaware International Speedway coming home third. It was his seventh Top-10 run of the year with four of those being Top-Fives. He used that to move up a few spots in the championship standings to eighth. He lined up third behind Danny Lasoski and Steve Kinser on a late restart Tuesday night as he looked to maybe snag one more spot in the late going.
"I thought I might have (been able to get a run on Kinser), but I couldn't get going," Haudenschild noted after the race. "We ended up third and we'll take it."
Momentum heading to his home track: Lucas Wolfe matched his best finish of the season with a fifth-place performance on Tuesday night. He also was fifth earlier this season at Manzanita Speedway, another big, fast, sprawling half-mile similar to Delaware International Speedway. The sophomore driver jumped up a couple of spots in points and is now just outside of the Top-10 heading to his home track of Williams Grove Speedway later this week.
"It was definitely good to get a strong finish," said Wolfe. "Hopefully good results will follow this and we'll be able to stay this competitive and get even more competitive as the weeks go on."
Back up front: Daryn Pittman made his first start with the World of Outlaws since the end of February at Las Vegas on Tuesday night in Delaware. The 29-time winner with the series finished fourth to earn his second Top-Five of the year with the World of Outlaws. Pittman has been competing predominately in the Central Pennsylvania area and will be in action both nights at Williams Grove as well.
"It was a solid night for us all around," he noted. "I was concerned about the number we drew and that it would be tough for us to get qualified well. We have been struggling at qualifying shows in Pennsylvania. To come up here and run fourth is never your goal, and with as bad as we have been running it was a good effort for us."
A strong presence: A very stout field of 33 cars signed in to compete at Delaware International Speedway, with the Pennsylvania Posse well represented, with Fred Rahmer in attendance, as well as Lance Dewease, Greg Hodnett, Mark Smith, Cody Darrah, Doug Esh and Stevie Smith, all of whom made the A-Feature.
Keep up with all the action: The number of "Followers" keeping up with the World of Outlaws via Twitter online and through text messages on cell phones continues to grow and has nearly tripled in the last week and a half. Updates are provided throughout race nights beginning with hot laps and continuing all the way through the final checkered flag of the night. To sign-up visit: twitter.com/worldofoutlaws and receive live race updates, anywhere, anytime.
Photo Gallery: The Media Gallery section of www.WorldofOutlaws.com continues to be updated after each event. Visit www.worldofoutlaws.com/sprint/MediaGallery.aspx to see Photo Galleries from 2009 World of Outlaws events. A Photo Gallery of the event at Delaware International Speedway will be online within the next couple of days.
Up next: Two full nights of racing at the famed Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania on Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15 as the World of Outlaws first East Coast swing of the season continues.