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World of Outlaws Invade I-96 Speedway on July 27 The World of Outlaws will return to I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan on Friday, July 27 for the first time since 2005. Donny Schatz and Joey Saldana will try to dethrone Steve Kinser, who...

World of Outlaws Invade I-96 Speedway on July 27

The World of Outlaws will return to I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan on Friday, July 27 for the first time since 2005. Donny Schatz and Joey Saldana will try to dethrone Steve Kinser, who has a three-race win streak at the track dating back to 1997, along with 20 more of the best sprint car drivers in the world. This will be the series lone visit of the season to the state of Michigan.

Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws Champion, also won at the blazing fast half-mile in 2004 and 2005. He has led a total of 58 laps in the three events that he has been victorious in. In the six events contested by the World of Outlaws at the track, the native of Bloomington, Indiana has finished in the Top-three in all of them. He currently has eight A-Feature wins on the season, including three on half-mile tracks, coming at New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey, Missouri State Fair Speedway and Eldora Speedway.

Joey Saldana heads to I-96 Speedway in the midst of a battle with Donny Schatz for the top spot in the World of Outlaws championship standings. Saldana is currently 119 points behind Schatz and has nine A-Feature wins on the season. Saldana earned his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature victory at I-96 Speedway in 1995, as he ran just a handful of races that season, before capturing the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award in 1996. In that event in 1995, Saldana won the dash to earn the pole position and led all 30 laps of the A-Feature. He finished third in his last visit to the track in 2005.

Donny Schatz remains the series point leader entering the event at I-96, as he looks for his second straight World of Outlaws title. He set fast time at the ultra-fast half-mile in 2004 and went on to finish sixth in the A-Feature that night. He leads the series with eight wins on half-mile tracks, including four at the famed Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania as well at Eldora Speedway. He also has been victorious at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa, where he earned the biggest win of his career in the Knoxville Nationals last season. The native of Fargo, North Dakota leads the series with 13 A-Feature victories and also has 45 Top-10 finishes.

Danny Lasoski finished third at I-96 Speedway in 2004 and also was second there in the World of Outlaws inaugural visit to the track in 1995. The 2001 World of Outlaws champion has three wins on the season and is a very solid third in points.

Jason Meyers has finished seventh in his last two visits to I-96 Speedway. He earned his fourth A-Feature win of the season on Sunday at Lebanon Valley Speedway, which helped him move back into the fourth spot in championship points. He has 32 Top-10 finishes on the season entering action on July 25.

Daryn Pittman finished in the Top-10 in his last visit to the half-mile in 2005. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma and former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion has three A-Feature wins on the season, including one in the "SuperClean Summer of Money." He is a very solid fifth in points as the World of Outlaws wrap-up their second East Coast swing of the season before heading to Michigan.

Craig Dollansky finished sixth in the series last visit to I-96 Speedway two years ago. The native of Elk River, Minnesota has one win this season and is seventh in championship points, on the strength of 30 Top-10 finishes.

Paul McMahan has two Top-10 finishes at the half-mile track in his career. He was eighth in 2004 and ninth in 1997. Driving for two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, McMahan has two A-Feature wins on the season, including one at his car owner's track, Eldora Speedway, as well as at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin.

Jason Solwold finished fifth in 2005 at I-96 Speedway. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington is solidly in the Top-10 in World of Outlaws championship points as he closes in on his first A-Feature win of the season. He has racked up 27 Top-10 finishes on the season.

Jac Haudenschild led 21 laps at the half-mile in 1997, before finishing fourth. The native of Wooster, Ohio won his first A-Feature event of the season on June 30 at Red River Valley Speedway in North Dakota and followed that up with a win in the Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park in Ohio a short time later.

Tim Shaffer, the 1999 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year competed at I-96 Speedway in 2005 with the series. The native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania is just outside the Top-10 in points and has 22 Top-10 finishes on the season.

Terry McCarl finished eighth in the series last visit to the half-mile two years ago. He won his first race of the season last month at Knoxville Raceway, where he is a six-time track champion.

Jason Sides, the 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year also competed at the track in 2005. He has 16 Top-10 finishes on the season as he closes in on his first victory of 2007.

Kerry Madsen, the current leader in the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award standings will make his first visit to I-96 Speedway on July 27. He won earlier this season on a half-mile at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida.

Randy Hannagan, the 1995 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has competed at I-96 Speedway in the past. The native of San Jose who now calls Pittsboro, Indiana home has five Top-10 finishes on the season.

Justin Henderson will make his first start at I-96 Speedway this week. The native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota is solidly in the Top-20 in points and has nine Top-10 finishes on the season.

Chad Kemenah, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year continues to drive for Hard 8 Racing. The native of Findlay, Ohio has eight Top-10 finishes on the season, including one in the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway on July 14.

Jeremy Campbell, a native of Monroe, Michigan will make his second career visit to the half-mile. He has three Top-10 finishes on the season and is solidly in the Top-20 in points.

Making his first start at the track will be second-year driver Jason Martin. The native of Liberal, Kansas, earned a Top-10 finish last week in the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway.

Brian Carlson will also be in action on July 27. The native of Linden, Indiana continues his second full season with the World of Outlaws.

Fellow rookie contenders that will be in attendance include: Tony Bruce Jr. of Kansas, Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Texas and Chad Hillier of Washington.

Rookie Zach Chappell will miss the event as he recovers from knee surgery earlier this week.

On Friday, July 27 at I-96 Speedway reserved tickets for adults will be $30 in advance and $32 the day of the race, with reserved tickets for those 12-under $15. General admission tickets for adults will be $28 in advance and $30 the day of the race. General admission tickets for children 6-12 will be $12, with kids 5-under free. For ticket information call 815-344-2023 or visit www.slspromotions.com.

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