World of Outlaws Fast Talkers: 25th Anniversary Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH-- July 8, 2008--With the 25th Anniversary Kings Royal at the famed Eldora Speedway just around the corner on Saturday, July 12, the 17 drivers...
World of Outlaws Fast Talkers: 25th Anniversary Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway
Rossburg, OH-- July 8, 2008--With the 25th Anniversary Kings Royal at the famed Eldora Speedway just around the corner on Saturday, July 12, the 17 drivers competing full-time with the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series recently shared their thoughts on the event. There have been six current World of Outlaws drivers that have won the prestigious event, led by 20-time series champion Steve Kinser, who has six wins in the Kings Royal. He is the only driver that has started each of the previous 24 Kings Royals. Jac Haudenschild has won the race three times and along with Kinser is the only driver that has won it more than two times. Joey Saldana has two Kings Royal triumphs in career, in 2002 and again in 2006. Current Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series drivers that have won the race once include two-time defending series champion Donny Schatz who won it last season and Jason Sides who was victorious in 2004.
Tony Bruce Jr., Driver of the No. 18 Best Well Services Maxim
"It's a big event and there is a lot of prestige. In my eyes, $50,000 is what makes it so big. It's a good event for us to have and hopefully we can be up front and take some of that money... Eldora is Eldora and you basically have to get up on the fence and that is what you have to do there. As many laps as you can get at that place is good. Just seeing that place and getting comfortable being up by the fence there is a good thing... The event has been around longer than I have been alive, so it's a little hard to put in perspective in terms of my memories of it. It's obviously a big race and a fixture in sprint car racing. To win any race at Eldora would be a special win, whether it's the Kings Royal or any race."
Craig Dollansky, Driver of the No. 2 Auto Value Parts Stores Maxim
"It's always an event that we enjoy going to. You hope that your team is ready for it and your equipment is strong. It's definitely an event that everybody wants to win. To have your name on that trophy is something everyone shoots for... The 25th Anniversary definitely adds more prestige to it and it would be a very big deal to win... We won there earlier this year and had some troubles the second time and I feel pretty good about our team going in there. Hopefully we can have a little luck on our side and have a good weekend.
Sam Hafertepe Jr., Driver of the No. 15H G.H. Plumbing J&J
"We're pretty pumped up about it. It's an awesome race track to go to and a great event for everybody...It's one of the main places that we race at and there are a lot of legends that have won at that place and that come out of that place. We just want to add our name to that list... It definitely helps having laps there this year. There are some guys that come in from the outside and we have raced there a couple times this year and that should give us an upper hand on them."
Jac Haudenschild, Driver of the No. R19 Owens-Corning Fiberglass Maxim
"We're looking forward to it this year. The (No.) R19 car has been going pretty good this year. We're hoping to have a good run there and are really looking forward to it... The Kings Royal has been around for a long time and it has always paid $50,000- to win. Everybody always enjoys going there and it's always good racing... Everybody wants to win the Kings Royal and the big races... We've been there a few times this year and the track has been different each time we have been there. Hopefully we have a good track and it will be a lot of fun."
Chad Hillier, Driver of the No. 5 DIRT Inc. Maxim
"It's always a very special event for everybody. It's also a big paying event. It's a great place to race, with it being wide open. They always get a good crowd and a good car count and it's exciting to go back there... Every time you go back to places you learn from your mistakes the time before. We've been kind of hit and miss there this year. We qualified well there last time and had a problem in the feature. We're hoping that the Kings Royal goes well for us."
Chad Kemenah, Driver of the No. 8K Kantor Oil Company Maxim
"I always enjoy the Kings Royal and racing at Eldora. We have run very strong there and have come close to winning the Kings Royal a couple of times. Hopefully this year we can get the job done... There are a lot of people from back home who come to the race there, along with family members. I don't care if Eldora is in the middle of nowhere, it's a place of its own. I love racing there... Knowing some of the guys that have won the race, you just want to be one of them that has won it. It's kind of like the Knoxville Nationals. You grow up your whole live watching them and wanting to win them. We've been close to winning both of them and now need to win one of them, if not both... It's always good to get laps at Eldora. Any lap there is a good lap. Hopefully we can be competitive over there this week."
Kraig Kinser, Driver of the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops Maxim
"It's a big race and you always want to do good when you get to the big races. We haven't had real good luck this year, and hopefully our luck changes at Eldora... The big races are always ones that you look forward to. Growing up around them, you always want to win them. It's always big to go to races like that. We just have to focus on the job at-hand and that is running strong there."
Steve Kinser, Driver of the No. 11 Q Oil Maxim
"It's still one of the biggest races there is. It was one of the first big paying events to come out. Earl Baltes was always first to do things. I remember the first $10,000-to win race there, and then the first $50,000-to win and I think he (Baltes) had the first $100,000- to win race. Anytime you race at a place like Eldora it's a big race. Along with Knoxville, it's one of the two biggest races of the year... You want to win the race and then the money comes along. You don't think much about the money when you win, you just think about winning the Kings Royal."
Kerry Madsen, Driver of the No. 55 TK Concrete Maxim
"We're looking forward to it. We ran good last year and blew a tire halfway through. Hopefully we can put ourselves in a good position and battle for it.... Eldora is a very cool place and had a lot of prestige to it, and it's pretty special to win there. If you win a race there, you have done something right. We are looking to put our best foot forward there and have a real good run... You learn things every time you race there. I feel like we get better and better each time we are there. Hopefully we can have a run at the 50 big ones."
Terry McCarl, Driver of the No. 24 Big Game Treestands Eagle
"I'm really looking forward to it. Eldora has turned into one of my favorite race tracks. We have been fast there, but haven't been able to get that first win. We're pretty excited. Last year, I think we were the fastest car over the two days. We ran second the first night and third in the Royal. Hopefully we can get a good starting position and have a shot at winning. I really wanted to win it last year, because I would have been King 24. You are lucky to win any Kings Royal, it doesn't matter the number. When I first went to Eldora, I really didn't like the place because we weren't doing very good. Now we have the set-up down and I really enjoy racing there. It's a blast to go to events like that because of the aura in the pits and the people there. It's definitely an event."
Paul McMahan, Driver of the No. 6 Casey's General Stores Maxim
"It's always good to go to Eldora, especially when they are paying $50,000 to win. I won a race there last year and hopefully we can get a few wins there this week... The Kings Royal is the Kings Royal, it doesn't matter if it's the first one or the last one, and it's just one that everyone wants to win... We don't do this for the money. We do it for the pride of winning racing. Anytime you can win a race like the Kings Royal is special. It doesn't matter if it paid $1,000 or $50,000."
Jason Meyers, Driver of the No. 14 GLR Investments KPC
"For us, we are going over there hopefully with an opportunity to win. We have been really good both times at Eldora this year and unfortunately have had flat tires both times. We ran second last year at the Kings Royal and it's a race we have not been able to put down as a win in our record books. These guys are working hard and hopefully we can be sitting on top of the throne at the end of the night... The big money races are where you want to win the money, but I think that is one where the prestige does come over the money. It is such a big event and they do it up and it has a special meaning to it. The money does take a back seat and hopefully it's one we can win."
Daryn Pittman, Driver of the No. 21 Titan Garages Maxim
"It's a big race and everyone always get up for that. I am looking forward to it. Believe it or not, I am excited to head over. I have not looked forward to that many Kings Royals the last few years, because we had struggled at Eldora and not run that well. As much as we have struggled this year, we have been good at Eldora. In the last four or five times that we have been there, we have been in the Top-Five every night. I think we have a good shot at running well, and a good shot at winning it. I am optimistic about that race as much as any race this year. That is definitely a race everyone wants to win during their career... The money is good, especially when you are struggling. The money is second-hand though, but it is also what makes it such a big race. The history that goes behind it and this year they will honor all the guys that have won it. For whoever wins it this year, they will be in front of a lot of guys that have not been to Eldora for a number of years. There is definitely a lot of history and prestige in that one, and the money is always good."
Joey Saldana, Driver of the No. 9 Budweiser/Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI
"I am definitely looking forward to it. We've had a very strong car there this year and it's been one of the tracks that we haven't struggled at. It's a big race and a prestigious race and I am excited for that. It's a longer race and our car runs very strong in longer events. Running 40 laps at Eldora is the longest race you'll run all year and hopefully we'll be there at the end... The prestige is more important than the money. In about a month my son will probably want the money. Hopefully we can win it. There are only two guys that have won it more than twice and that's Jac Haudenschild and Steve Kinser. Hopefully we can win it three times and we'll be in elite group of guys."
Donny Schatz, Driver of the No. 15 Armor All J&J
"It's always an awesome event. I'm glad we were able to win it one time. I am looking forward to a big long week there. It's a big week for us. Being at the boss's track and having him give us the check last year, we would like to do it again in his race car. I'm looking forward to a good week and hopefully we can come out of there with a purple robe again... There are very few guys that have won it multiple times and I am glad to have gotten my name on that trophy one time. All you can do is go in their with expectations that to win and that is what we are going there for. It's our job to get it done and if we don't, we'll have to figure out what we did wrong and learn from our mistakes."
Jason Sides, Driver of the No. 7S Wetherington Tractor Service Maxim
"It is a big event and luckily we did win it one time. The biggest thing is making the race. That is a different kind of format for everybody and different from what we are use to. If we can make the race, then we'll see what happens from there. Anything can happen once you are in the race and anyone can win... I didn't realize the significance of it, until I went back and looked at the trophy the other day and saw that there was only 11 or so (13) winners from then until now. It's pretty prestigious to be involved with that group of drivers."
Shane Stewart, Driver of the No. 83 Roth Motorsports KPC
"The history is certainly there. You look at the list of drivers that have won that race and they are pretty big guys. To have my name on that trophy and go down in history as being one of the guys that won it, would be pretty special to me, my crew and to Dennis and Teresa (Roth). We've been running pretty good at Eldora and I think that our big track program is a little more salty that our short track package right now. We have a strong Kistler engine that runs good on the big tracks. If all the stars line up, it could happen.... The track is unique so it helps having laps there this year. The track has not been up against the fence against the fence this year like it normally is. With it being summer, hopefully they don't get too much rain between now and then and we get a good track and can put on a good show for the fans."