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World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Invade Dixie Speedway on Saturday night, March 31 Woodstock, GA--March 28, 2007 -- The World of Outlaws Sprint Cars will wrap up their march through the South on Saturday night,March 31, with a visit to Dixie...

World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Invade Dixie Speedway on Saturday night, March 31

Woodstock, GA--March 28, 2007 -- The World of Outlaws Sprint Cars will wrap up their march through the South on Saturday night,March 31, with a visit to Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia, for the "Hardee's Southbound Showdown."This will mark the first time the series has visited the racy 3/8-mile facility since 1999.

"What a way to kick off the Spring Special Event Season here at Dixie! The World of Outlaws are the best in SPrint Car Racing and everyone is excited about coming out to welcome them. This is truly the "must see" event of 2007," said Dixie Speedway V.P. Mike Swims.

Leading the way will be Donny Schatz and Joey Saldana, who are separated by only seven points in the season championship standings. The pair has accounted for six wins in the first 10 races of 2007.

Schatz currently has three victories to his credit, and has finished in the Top-Five in nine of the first ten races of the season. The native of Fargo, North Dakota, is the reigning World of Outlaws Champion and also won the Knoxville Nationals last season for the first time in his career. He finished sixth at the track in 1999, when the series made their inaugural visit to Dixie.

Saldana, won his second straight A-Feature last weekend and has three overall wins on the year, as he continues to chase his first series title. Driving for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne, Saldana leads the series in laps led, with 73. He also has been quickest in time trials a series-best four times, including the last three races in a row. In that span, he has set two new track records. He has earned nine Top-10 finishes in the first 10 events of the campaign. Saldana led 24 or the first 25 laps in the preliminary feature at Dixie in 1999, before settling for a runner-up finish.

Steve Kinser heads to Dixie Speedway in search of his first win at the track. He finished third in 1999, to his cousin Mark in the 30-lap main event. The 20-time World of Outlaws Champion who hails from Bloomington, Indiana won earlier this season in Arizona, and enters this weekend's event with 534 career A-Feature wins. He is currently 10th in the championship points, on the strength of five Top-10 finishes.

Daryn Pittman enters the event as one of the most consistent drivers this season with the World of Outlaws. He is currently third in points, just 87 markers out of the lead, on the strength of 7 Top-10 finishes. He charged from the 21st starting spot last weekend to pick up his third Top-Five of the season. He won earlier this season in Florida to earn his 20th career victory with the series. In the series last visit to Dixie Speedway, the native of Owasso, Oklahoma was seventh.

Craig Dollansky returns to Dixie Speedway, fourth in points. He has seven finishes of 10th or better, with three of those being in the Top-Five. The native of Elk River, Minnesota is the 2000 World of Outlaws Gumout Series Champion. He finished a career-best second in World of Outlaws points last season, on the strength of six A-Feature wins.

Terry McCarl of Altoona, Iowa enters the "Hardee's Southbound Showdown" fifth in World of Outlaws points. He is just three markers behind Dollansky. McCarl has six Top-10 finishes on the year, with three of those being in the Top-Five. In the series only visit to Dixie Speedway back in 1999, he turned the second fastest lap in time trials. He was running in the Top-10 in the A-Feature before contact ended his night.Brooke Tatnell continues his strong start to the season, as he heads to Dixie Speedway, sixth in points, just eight makers behind McCarl. Tantell has racked up an impressive seven Top-10 finishes in the first 10 races of the year. The native of San Souci, NSW, Australia, who claimed the Australian Sprintcar title back in February, is in his first season driving for Larry Woodward Racing.

Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws Champion enters the event this weekend solidly in the Top-10 in points, as he sits seventh. He has six Top-10 finishes and is only 15 points out of the Top-Five. He scored a Top-10 in 1999 with the series in his first visit to Dixie Speedway. The native of Dover, Missouri currently has 74 career A-Feature wins with the World of Outlaws.

Tim Kaeding, a third generation sprint car star from San Jose, California, is currently eighth in World of Outlaws points. He won back in late February in his home state, and also has six Top-10 finishes, driving for Steve Kinser Racing. This will mark the first visit by the always enthusiastic driver to Dixie Speedway.

Kerry Madsen, who hails from St. Mary's, NSW, Australia is ninth in points and currently leads the chase for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award. He won on the second night of the season in Florida, and has four Top-10 finishes in the first 10 races of the year.

Other drivers that will be in action include: veteran Brian Carlson of Indiana, who competed at Dixie Speedway in the past with the All Star Circuit of Champions, second-year driver Jeremy Campbell, veteran Randy Hannagan of California, fan favorite Jac Haudenschild of Ohio, second generation driver Justin Henderson of South Dakota, veteran Dion Hindi of New Mexico, reigning Rookie of the Year Chad Kemenah of Ohio, second-year driver Jason Martin of Kansas, Paul McMahan driving for two-time NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart, Jason Meyers of California, 1999 Rookie of the Year Tim Shaffer of Pennsylvania, 2003 Rookie of the Year Jason Sides, and Jason Solwold of Washington.

A number of drivers battling for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award will be on hand, including: Tony Bruce Jr. of Kansas, Zach Chappell of Oklahoma, Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Texas, Chad Hillier of Washington, Madsen, and James Mosher of New Mexico

On Saturday March 31, pit gates and tracksidewill open at 3 p.m., with grandstand gates opening at 5 p.m, and hot laps are set for 7 p.m.with time trials and heat races to follow. The feature events pays $10,000 to win from a $70,000 purse.

Also in action along with the World of Outlaws will be Econo and Super Bombers, along with Cruisers.

Advance grandstandtickets for the event are available by contacting the track at: 770-926-5315. Advance adult grandstand tickets are $27, youth 9 - 17 yrs old are $10 with children 8 yrs old andunder are free. Ticket are $5 higher at the gate on raceday. Discount coupons are available at participating Hardee's locations.

Pit passes are $40 with children 11 and under $15 and trackside/tailgate section tickets are $35 per person with children 11 and under $15. (Available only at the gate on raceday)

Dixie Speedway is located 1 mile west of I-575 or 6 miles east of I-75 on Hwy 92 in Woodstock, GAat 150 Dixie Drive.

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