World of Outlaws Return to Knoxville Raceway on Saturday, June 16 World of Outlaws drivers will have one more chance to tune up for the 47th Annual SuperClean Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa. That opportunity will come on ...
World of Outlaws Return to Knoxville Raceway on Saturday, June 16
World of Outlaws drivers will have one more chance to tune up for the 47th Annual SuperClean Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa. That opportunity will come on Saturday, June 16 as the series returns to the famed half-mile for the second time this season.
Adding even more luster to the race, is the fact that it will be the first event of the "SuperClean Summer of Money" which will be broadcast on ESPN2, each Sunday for eight consecutive weeks between June 17 and August 5. The event on June 16 will air at 11 a.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Central on ESPN2 on Sunday, June 17.
Leading the way will be Donny Schatz, the reigning World of Outlaws champion and SuperClean Knoxville Nationals winner, who won in the series first visit of the season to the track in April. Schatz, a native of Fargo, North Dakota has a three race win streak at Knoxville dating back to the Nationals last season. He currently leads the series championship standings as he chases his second straight title. He leads the series in wins, as well as Crane Cam Dash wins and pole positions. Through the first 30 races of the season he has amassed 27 Top-10 finishes.
Steve Kinser heads to Knoxville as the winningest driver in World of Outlaws competition at the track with 21 A-Feature wins, dating back to his first series win at the half-mile in 1980. Overall in his career, including preliminary feature wins and his record 12 triumphs in the SuperClean Knoxville Nationals, the native of Bloomington, Indiana has visited the winner's circle at the famed half-mile 58 times. He has six wins through the first 30 races of 2007, and is solidly is sixth in championship points.
Joey Saldana finished second in April at Knoxville, leading six laps during the middle stages of the event. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana won at Knoxville last season with the World of Outlaws. He won his seventh A-Feature of the season on June 9 at Eagle Raceway in Nebraska. In his second-season driving for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne, Saldana, the 1996 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year is second in points as he continues to chase his first series title.
Danny Lasoski, the seven-time Knoxville Raceway track champion finished eighth in April with the World of Outlaws at the storied track, after starting the A-Feature in the 13th spot. He has two wins on the season and headed into action on June 14, third in points. The native of Dover, Missouri is also a four-time winner of the SuperClean Knoxville Nationals.
Daryn Pittman had a consistent night in the series first visit to Knoxville this season, finishing seventh. He earned a spot in the Crane Cams Dash and ran in the Top-10 all night long. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma began this week fourth in points. He has won twice this season, including once on a half-mile track as part of the Florida DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, and also on the ¼-mile at Riverside International Speedway in Arkansas.
Jason Meyers finished third at Knoxville in April, and was challenging Schatz and Saldana late in the race for the win. The native of Clovis, California used a strong run in the Eagle Nationals last weekend to move into the fifth position in points. He won his first race of the season in April at Eldora Speedway and followed that up with a win in May at U.S. 36 Raceway in Missouri.
Craig Dollansky finished fourth in April at Knoxville, after lining up for the A-Feature in the 12th spot. Working with new crew chief Mike Woodring, Dollansky was fourth in the Hoosier Sprint Nationals last week, to move back into the seventh spot in the championship standings. He won his first race of the season in May at Lake Ozark Speedway in Missouri.
Paul McMahan won his first race of the season on June 2 at Eldora Speedway, the track owned by his car owner, two-time NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart. McMahan heads to Knoxville solidly in the Top-10 in points, and as of June 9 had 14 Top-10 finishes.
Jason Solwold finished in the Top-Five at the Hoosier Sprint Nationals on June 5, to earn his 16th Top-10 finish of the season. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington finished 10th at Knoxville in April, as he continues to close in on his first World of Outlaws win of the season. On June 2 at Eldora he led a majority of the race and finished in the runner-up position.
Jac Haudenschild has 17 career wins at Knoxville, including five in World of Outlaws A-Feature competition. The native of Wooster, Ohio earned 12 Top-10 finishes in the first 30 events of the season and battled Joey Saldana for the win in the Eagle Nationals. The veteran driver enters the pair of races this week in the Top-10 in points.
Tim Shaffer finished sixth at Knoxville in April. The 1999 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has eight Top-Five finishes, including three second place finishes prior to action on June 14.
Also in action at Knoxville Raceway on Saturday, June 16 will be Jason Sides, the 2003 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee started 25th in April at Knoxville and charged to a very solid 13th-place finish.
Terry McCarl finished fifth in the series first visit of the season to his home track. The native of Altoona, Iowa is a six-time Knoxville Raceway track champion and has 42 career wins at the half-mile.
Also in action on Saturday, June 16 will be 1995 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Randy Hannagan, as well as 2005 Knoxville Raceway Champion and current Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award leader Kerry Madsen.
Justin Henderson from Sioux Falls, South Dakota who used to compete weekly at Knoxville before taking to the road with the World of Outlaws last season will also be in action, along with reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Chad Kemenah of Ohio, second-year driver Jeremy Campbell of Michigan, Australian Brooke Tatnell, who finished ninth in April at Knoxville, veteran Dion Hindi of New Mexico, second-year driver Jason Martin of Kansas, and veteran Brian Carlson of Indiana.
Rookie contenders that will be action include: Tony Bruce Jr. of Kansas who earned his first career World of Outlaws Top-10 finish last season at Knoxville, Zach Chappell of Oklahoma, who is a former American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) National Champion, Sam Hafertepe Jr., the reigning ASCS Sooner Region Champion, and Chad Hillier of Washington, who is the only driver in the history of Skagit (Wash.) Speedway to win a title in all three divisions of sprint cars at the track.
The event will be broadcast on Sunday, June 17 at 11 a.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Central on ESPN2 as part of the "SuperClean Summer of Money."
On Saturday, June 16 at Knoxville Raceway adult general admission tickets will be $25, with general admission tickets for children $12.50. Reserved adult tickets will be $27, with reserved tickets for children $13.50. For ticket information call (641) 842-5431 or visit www.knoxvilleraceway.com.