Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Eagle Raceway Lincoln, NE-- June 12, 2008-- For nearly 25 years, Eagle Raceway has been a staple on the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule. The ...
Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Eagle Raceway
Lincoln, NE-- June 12, 2008-- For nearly 25 years, Eagle Raceway has been a staple on the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule. The high-banked 1/3-mile always provides tight racing with wheel-to-wheel action, making the annual Eagle Nationals one of the most anticipated events on the schedule.
Since three-time Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Sammy Swindell won at the track in 1981, 10 other drivers have reached the winner's circle at the high-banked 1/3-mile. This year's edition of the famed Eagle Nationals will take place on Saturday, June 14.
Donny Schatz leads the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series into Eagle Raceway on the strength of three consecutive wins and the two-time defending series champion has five victories in the last six races. The North Dakota native has four career wins at Eagle Raceway along with 20 career Top-10 finishes. He is the only driver that has finished in the Top-10 in every race this season as he chases his third consecutive title.
Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion has won a total of 24 events at Eagle Raceway including preliminary feature dating back to 1981. He has two A-Feature wins this season and is currently fifth in points. In 2005, he won four times at Eagle, leading every lap of feature racing competition.
Jason Meyers has 10 Top-10 finishes in his career at Eagle Raceway. He was fifth last season in the series lone visit to the Cornhusker State. He is currently second in championship points on the strength of 15 Top-Five finishes. He also has won five A-Feature events this season, including at I-55 Raceway in Missouri, the only race the series has contested thus far on a 1/3-mile track.
Craig Dollansky has two career wins at Eagle. He won a preliminary feature in 2002 and also was victorious with the former World of Outlaws Gumout Series in 2002 at the high-banked track. The native of Elk River, Minnesota has 17 Top-10 finishes this season entering action this weekend and is third in points.
Joey Saldana picked up his first career win at Eagle Raceway last season, scoring a very emotional win with a number of family members from the Lincoln, Nebraska area on-hand. In his career, he has 21 Top-10 finishes at the track. He has 15 Top-10 finishes this season as he closes in on his first A-Feature win of the year.
Jac Haudenschild has always been strong at Eagle Raceway, as he has racked nearly 40 Top-10 finishes at the track. He has four career wins at the high-banked 1/3-mile, with the World of Outlaws. He finished second last season and the track and currently is sixth in points as he closes in on his first win of the year.
Kerry Madsen, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year finished seventh in the Eagle Nationals last season. The native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia has 12 Top-10 finishes this season and is just 28 markers out of the Top-Five.
Chad Kemenah finished sixth at Eagle Raceway last season driving his own car. He is in the midst of his first full season behind the wheel for Hard Eight Racing and has picked up eight Top-10 finishes and sits eighth in points.
Shane Stewart, the 2005 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year last competed at Eagle Raceway during his rookie season. The native of Bixby, Oklahoma picked up his first A-Feature win of the 2008 season last Friday night at Knoxville Raceway. He has eight Top-10 finishes this season, with seven of those being in the Top-Five.
Terry McCarl won at Eagle Raceway earlier this season in a 360-sprint car. He has six career victories at the track. The six-time Knoxville Raceway and Huset's Speedway track champion has seven Top-10 finishes this season.
Daryn Pittman won the Eagle Nationals in 2006, sweeping both nights of the event. He has 13 Top-10 finishes in his career at the high-banked facility. He is just outside of the Top-10 in the current standings on the strength of nine Top-10 finishes.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. has two career starts at Eagle Raceway, both with the World of Outlaws. The native of Sunnyvale, Texas has had a very strong start to his sophomore season with the series, picking up five Top10 finishes through June 11.
Tim Shaffer won a preliminary feature at Eagle in 2003 and has 18 career Top-10 finishes, including one last season. The 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has four Top-10 finishes this season.
Kraig Kinser has five Top-10 finishes in his career at Eagle Raceway. He picked up his second Top-Five of the season on Wednesday night at Sedalia's State Fair Speedway in his first start at that track since 2005.
Jason Sides has nine Top-10 finishes in his career at Eagle Raceway. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee has a couple of Top-10 finishes this season.
Tony Bruce Jr. finished fourth in his first career start at Eagle in 2005 in a 360-sprint car. He has competed with the World of Outlaws at the track in each of the last two seasons. He finished a season-best fourth last Friday night at Knoxville Raceway.
Chad Hillier made his first start at Eagle last season. The sophomore driver picked up his first Top-10 finish of the season on Sunday night at Tri-City Speedway.
Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender Lucas Wolfe will miss the event after sustaining an injury to his back on June 8 at Tri-City Speedway in Illinois.
2007 Race Recap: Joey Saldana earned his first A-Feature win with the series at Eagle Raceway.
Saldana powered his way to the lead on the eighth lap of the Eagle Nationals, charging under Brooke Tatnell on the back straightaway, and then holding off a furious charge from Jac Haudenschild over the last 10 laps of the race.
The race began with polesitter Brooke Tatnell jumping to the early lead over Steve Kinser and Haudenschild. It was slowed on the fourth lap when an accident involving several cars that were running in the Top-10 got together. Daryn Pittman got the worst of it getting upside, ending his night. Also, Steve Kinser's night was over after the incident. The rest of the cars involved including current series point leader Donny Schatz were able to continue after going to the work area.
Saldana lined up sixth for the 40-lap event and gained a couple of spots on the opening lap. He moved into the third spot on the fourth lap when the accident occurred. On the ensuing restart, the native of Brownsburg, Indiana dove under Haudenschild coming off the fourth turn to claim the runner-up spot. He would then shadow Tatnell for three laps before making the pass for the lead and ultimately the win.
Jac Haudenschild slipped by Tatnell late in the race to steal the runner-up spot, with Danny Lasoski and Jason Meyers rounding out the Top-Five.
What to look for at Eagle Raceway:
* Steve Kinser has 24 total wins with the World of Outlaws at Eagle Raceway, including 15 A-Feature wins. In 2005, he led all 140 laps of feature racing competition, en route to four wins at the track
* Craig Dollansky has two wins at Eagle Raceway in his career, along with 11 Top-Five finishes in series events.
* Donny Schatz, the two-time defending World of Outlaws champion has four wins at the 1/3-mile in his career, to go with 11 Top-Five finishes.
* Joey Saldana won at the track last season and has 14 Top-Five finishes in his career with the World of Outlaws at the track.
* Terry McCarl has won six times in his career at Eagle Raceway, including on April 6 in the Icebreaker Challenge. He is searching for his first win with the World of Outlaws at the track.
* Tim Shaffer won a preliminary feature with the series in 2003 at the track and has 18 career Top-10 finishes at Eagle Raceway.
* Jac Haudenschild has four wins at the track in his career and finished in the runner-up spot last season.
* Daryn Pittman won twice at Eagle Raceway in 2006 and has seven career Top-Five finishes at the track in World of Outlaws action.
Tickets: On Saturday, June 14 at Eagle Raceway, adult tickets will be $30 in advance and $35 the day of the race, while tickets for children ages 6-13 will be $10, with kids 5-under being admitted free of charge with a paying adult (1 child per adult ticket). For ticket information visit: www.eagleraceway.com or call the track at 402-238-2595.
Next Up: A visit to Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas for two full nights of racing.