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World of Outlaws Roll into Eldora Speedway With the cameras from SPEED rolling this weekend, the World of Outlaws head to the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio for two complete nights of racing on Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14.

World of Outlaws Roll into Eldora Speedway

With the cameras from SPEED rolling this weekend, the World of Outlaws head to the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio for two complete nights of racing on Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14. Fans will see all the drivers compete on both nights of racing, as is the norm this season at two-day events with the series.

The event will be broadcast on Sunday, May 13 at 2 p.m. Eastern, as the first of 12 World of Outlaws races on SPEED, all airing in the early afternoon on Sunday's throughout the season.

Joey Saldana leads the charge into the recently resurfaced and reshaped high-banked half-mile. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana is on top of the championship point lead, thanks to four A-Feature wins along with 11Top-10 finishes in the first 12 races of the season. Last year at Eldora, the 1996 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year claimed two wins, including his second career triumph in the famed Kings Royal. He also has won at the track six times with the All Star Circuit of Champions.

Donny Schatz, the reigning World of Outlaws Champion heads to Eldora, just 12 markers out of the lead, as he looks for back-to-back titles. The native of Fargo, North Dakota has won three times in 2007, including twice on half-mile tracks. The 1997 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year also has 11 Top-10 finishes in the first dozen events of 2007. Schatz finished in the Top-Six, five times last season at Eldora, including earning two runner-up finishes as he seeks his first win at the historic track.

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws Champion has an unmatched record at Eldora Speedway, having won 33 World of Outlaws events, in addition several events with the All Star Circuit of Champions, as well as the United States Auto Club. Kinser enters this weekend's events ninth in the championship points, on the strength of an early season win, along with six Top-10 finishes. The native of Bloomington, Indiana has won the Kings Royal at Eldora, a record six times, as well as wining the Historical Big One on two occasions.

Daryn Pittman heads to Eldora in search of his second win at the track. He earned his first victory at the track in 2002. The native of Owassso, Oklahoma sits third in points this season, on the strength of nine Top-10 finishes along with a win in Florida on a half-mile track. The former World of Outlaws Gumout Series Champion has been one of the most consistent drivers through the first two months of the season.

Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws Champion earned his first A-Feature victory of the season last weekend in Kentucky. The native of Dover, Missouri charged from the 15th starting spot, the furthest back any winner has come in the first dozen races of the campaign. The always determined driver is currently fourth in points, with eight Top-10 finishes. He won at Eldora for the first time in 1994 with the All Stars and won his first World of Outlaws event at the track in 2004.

Terry McCarl enters the events at Eldora, a very solid fifth in the championship standings on the strength of eight Top-10 finishes. He is just 159 markers out of the lead as he chases his first series crown. He earned a season-best finish of second in late February in California, and has always run strong on Eldora's high banks.

Craig Dollansky won twice at Eldora last season, and has three career World of Outlaws wins at the half-mile. He also has won twice with the All Star Circuit of Champions at the track, and currently holds the track record set in time trials in 2002. He is sixth in points this season, on the strength of eight Top-10 finishes. The native of Elk River, Minnesota is a former World of Outlaws Gumout Series Champion.

Brooke Tatnell, the three-time reigning Australian sprint car champion, is seventh in points entering this weekend. In his first season driving for Larry Woodward Racing, he has seven Top-10 finishes. He finished in the Top-10 four times last season at Eldora, as he seeks his first win at the track.

Tim Kaeding is in his second season driving for Steve Kinser Racing. The third generation sprint car star finished in the Top-Five in both events last April at the track. He is currently eighth in championship points, with a win in his home state of California in late February.

Kerry Madsen, a native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia currently rounds out the Top-10 in points. He also is the leader in the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award. He won earlier in the season in Florida, joining Tatnell as the only two Australian-born drivers to have won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws.

Jac Haudenschild, a native of Wooster, Ohio has won five World of Outlaws events at Eldora, in addition to seven All Star Circuit of Champions events, as well as the Mopar Million non-wing event in 2003. The fan favorite is just outside the Top-10 in points as he heads to his home state track.

Other drivers that will be in action this weekend include: Jason Meyers of California who won at Eldora in 2003, Paul McMahan driving for track owner and NASCAR star Tony Stewart, 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Tim Shaffer, who has two World of Outlaws wins at the track, Jason Solwold of Washington, who ran strong at Eldora last season, 2003 Rookie of the Year Jason Sides, who won the Kings Royal in 2004, second-year driver Justin Henderson of South Dakota, Randy Hannagan, who has won three times with the All Star Circuit of Champions at the track, reigning Rookie of the Year Chad Kemenah, who has won at Eldora three times with the All Stars, second-year driver Jeremy Campbell of Michigan, who won at Eldora in 2004 with the All Stars, veteran Dion Hindi of New Mexico, second-year driver Jason Martin of Kansas, who earned his best career World of Outlaws finish last weekend, with a fourth in Kentucky, and veteran Brian Carlson of Indiana, who has raced many times at Eldora with the World of Outlaws and the All Stars.

Contenders for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award that will be on-hand include: 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 Friday April 13, tickets for those ages 16-over will be $25, with ages 12-15 just $12, while children ages 7-11 only $6, and kids 6-under will be admitted free of charge.

On Saturday April 14, tickets for those ages 16-over will be $25, with ages 12-15 just $12, while children ages 7-11 only $6, and kids 6-under will be admitted free of charge.

For ticket information call the track at 937-338-3815 or visit www.eldoraspeedway.com.

-credit: woo

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