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World of Outlaws Wrap Up 2007 Season with Inaugural Outlaws World Finals A very competitive 2007 season will conclude for the World of Outlaws with the inaugural Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway, November 1-3. For...

World of Outlaws Wrap Up 2007 Season with Inaugural Outlaws World Finals

A very competitive 2007 season will conclude for the World of Outlaws with the inaugural Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway, November 1-3. For the first time ever, the World of Outlaws and World of Outlaws Late Model Series will compete on the same track on the same weekend. The finale of the three-day event will be broadcast LIVE on SPEED from 8-11 p.m. Eastern on November 3.

Donny Schatz leads the way, as he looks to wrap up his second consecutive World of Outlaws championship. The native of Fargo, North Dakota won a thrilling battle with Paul McMahan in the series last visit to The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May, taking the lead on the 27th lap to earn the $10,000 triumph. Schatz has won 19 A-Feature events this season, and has finished in the Top-10 in 69 of the 73 A-Feature events that have been contested. He also leads the series in money earned, Top-Five finishes, laps led, wins in the Crane Cams Dash, and pole positions. He picked up his first win at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 5, 2000 in a preliminary feature. Schatz heads to the state-of-the-art 0.4-mile, with 70 career A-Feature wins, which have him tied for sixth on the all-time list with former World of Outlaws champion Dave Blaney.

Joey Saldana heads to The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway second in points on the strength of 12 A-Feature wins. He won earlier this season on a 0.4-mile track when the series visited Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee for the first time. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana is the only driver other than Schatz to have led more than 300 laps of feature racing competition this season, as well as earning more than $300,000 in winnings. The second-generation driver leads the series in fast time honors, stopping the clock first 11 times in time trials. He is on pace to earn his best career finish in the World of Outlaws championship standings as well.

Danny Lasoski finished fourth in the World of Outlaws event at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway earlier this season. The 2001 World of Outlaws champion has won six times this season, including on October 19 at Manzanita Speedway in Arizona. He is solidly in the third position in championship points on the strength of 47 Top-10 finishes. The native of Dover, Missouri has won the Crane Cams Dash five times this season to earn the same number of pole positions. He also has set fast time in time trials on three occasions.

Daryn Pittman finished in the Top-10 in his first visit to Charlotte earlier this season. The former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion won an A-Feature at the track in 2002. He has won six A-Feature events this season, including most recently at Orange County Fair Speedway in New York. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma is 65 points out of the third position in the championship points entering the inaugural Outlaw World Finals. Pittman has 50 Top-10 finishes on the season, and is one of just four drivers that has led more than 200 laps of feature racing competition this season.

Jason Meyers was third fastest in time trials earlier this season at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The native of Clovis, California has won four A-Feature events this year and is fifth in championship points, just 15 markers out of fourth. He has 47 Top-10 finishes on the season. He also has won the Crane Cams Dash eight times to earn the same number of pole positions, in addition to setting quick time in time trials five times. On his way east to Charlotte for the inaugural Outlaws World Finals, he won the Short Track Nationals at I-30 Speedway in Arkansas in a 360-sprint car.

Steve Kinser finished fifth in the spring in Charlotte. The 20-time World of Outlaws champion won at the track in 2001. He is sixth in championship points heading into the three-day season-ending event, on the strength of nine A-Feature wins and 49 Top-10 finishes. Kinser won earlier this season on a 0.4-mile track, dominating the Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway in Pennsylvania. The native of Bloomington, Indiana has won the Crane Cams Dash seven times this season to earn the same number of pole positions.

Craig Dollansky heads to Charlotte solidly in the seventh spot in the championship standings on the strength of three A-Feature wins in 2007. He has been victorious at Lake Ozark Speedway in Missouri, I-96 Speedway in Michigan and won $25,000 at Skagit Speedway in Washington during the World of Outlaws Gold Rush Tour. The native of Elk River, Minnesota has 47 Top-10 finishes this season, along with six wins in the Crane Cams Dash that have earned him pole positions.

Paul McMahan set fast time in the spring at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway and finished second, after leading the first 27 laps of the event, while battling Donny Schatz for the majority of the event. The native of Nashville, Tennessee has won twice this season, once at Eldora Speedway in Ohio and also at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin. He is eighth in the championship standings, on the strength of 38 Top-10 finishes, driving for Tony Stewart Racing.

Jason Solwold heads to Charlotte fresh off of a third-place performance at Perris Auto Speedway in California on October 20. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington won his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature event earlier this season at Charter Raceway Park in Wisconsin. He missed the event at Charlotte earlier this season, due to an allergic reaction suffered from fire ant bites sustained during the drivers meeting of the event. Leonard Lee, his crew chief climbed into the car to help the team earn points that night. Solwold is currently ninth in championship points, on the strength of 41 Top-10 finishes.

Tim Shaffer won a preliminary feature at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway in 2001. The native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania enters the inaugural Outlaws World Finals, 10th in championship points, on the strength of 38 Top-10 finishes this season. He is just four markers out of the ninth spot. The 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has 24 Top-Five finishes as he continues to close in on his first win of the season. He has won the Crane Cams Dash three times this season to earn pole positions, in addition to setting quick time in time trials on three occasions.

Jac Haudenschild finished seventh earlier this season in Charlotte. The native of Wooster, Ohio has won twice this season, including on the spacious half-mile at Red River Valley Speedway in North Dakota, along with the tight ¼-mile at Limaland Motorsports Park in his home state during the Brad Doty Classic. He has 33 Top-10 finishes on the season and also has one win in the Crane Cams Dash to earn a pole position.

Terry McCarl finished ninth in the spring at the 0.4-mile track. The six-time Knoxville Raceway track champion has two A-Feature wins on the season, including at his home track, along with a thrilling win at K-C Raceway in Ohio, where he battled reigning World of Outlaws champion and current point leader Donny Schatz for the victory. The native of Altoona, Iowa has 33 Top-10 finishes on the season and is just 21 markers out of the 11th spot in the championship standings.

Kerry Madsen heads to Charlotte fresh off his second A-Feature win of the season. He was victorious at Perris Auto Speedway in California on October 20, leading all 30 laps of the event. He won for the first time in his World of Outlaws career at Volusia Speedway Park to open the 2007 season during the Florida DIRTcar Nationals. He is set to claim the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award this weekend.

Jason Sides won earlier this season at Ohsweken Speedway in the World of Outlaws return to Canada for the first time in over 25 years. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee finished just outside of the Top-10 in the series last event at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway. He has 22 Top-10 finishes on the season and also has won the Crane Cams Dash four times to earn the same number of pole positions.

Randy Hannagan raced his way into the Crane Cams Dash in the World of Outlaws visit to Charlotte in the spring. The 1995 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year finished just outside of the Top-10 that night in the A-Feature. In 2007, he has 11 Top-10 finishes, with three of those being in the Top-Five. He earned a season-best second-place finish at Knoxville Raceway in June, leading a number of laps in that event.

Justin Henderson won the Crane Cams Dash to earn the pole position for the A-Feature on May 25 at The Dirt at Lowe's Motor Speedway, and ran second for the first 10 laps of the event, before an accident on the 15th lap ended his night. He matched his best-career World of Outlaws finish on October 19 at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, coming home third. The native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota has 14 Top-10 finishes on the season.

Chad Kemenah finished eighth in the spring at Charlotte. The reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year was second at the track last season. Heading into the final weekend of the season, the native of Findlay, Ohio and four-time All Star Circuit of Champions titlist has 13 Top-10 finishes on the season.

Jeremy Campbell has competed at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway a number of times in his career. The second-year driver from Monroe, Michigan has eight Top-10 finishes this season, including three Top-Fives. He claimed the win in the Crane Cams Dash at K-C Raceway in Ohio earlier this season and was in front for a number of laps early in the A-Feature that night. He also has stopped the clocks first in time trials first twice in 2007.

Sam Hafertepe Jr. competed at the state-of-the-art 0.4-mile for the first time in his career in May. The native of Sunnyvale, Texas and reigning American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) Sooner Region champion has three Top-10 finishes this season, including two Top-Five performances and is second in rookie points. He paced the field at Ohsweken Speedway in Canada earlier this season to lead his first career laps with the series.

Chad Hillier will make his second career visit to Charlotte this weekend, to wrap-up his rookie season with the World of Outlaws. The native of Burlington, Washington is third in the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award standings. He is the only driver in the history of Skagit Speedway in Washington to win a sprint car title in all three of the sprint car divisions at the track.

Tony Bruce Jr., another of the rookie contenders, earned his best career World of Outlaws finish at Charlotte in the spring, when he came home third. The native of Liberal, Kansas also finished in the Top-Five at I-55 Speedway in Missouri earlier this season, when he was fourth.

On Thursday, November 1, adult tickets will be $10, with tickets for children ages 12-under $5. For ticket information call: 1-800-455-3267 or visit: www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.

On Friday, November 2, adult tickets will be $35, with tickets for children ages 12-under $10. For ticket information call: 1-800-455-3267 or visit: www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.

On Saturday, November 3, adult tickets will be $35, with tickets for children ages 12-under $10. For ticket information call: 1-800-455-3267 or visit: www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.

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