Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon, NY-- September 19, 2008--The blazing fast high banks of Lebanon Valley Speedway await the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car...
Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Lebanon Valley Speedway
West Lebanon, NY-- September 19, 2008--The blazing fast high banks of Lebanon Valley Speedway await the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Sunday, September 21, as the series returns to the half-mile in upstate New York. The race was originally scheduled for July 20 and just prior to the cars before pushed off for the 25-lap A-Feature events the rains came and forces the postponement of the race. The field will line up for the main event with Jason Meyers on the pole with Sam Hafertepe Jr. on the outside of the front row, as the field was determined on July 20 with heat races and the Crane Cams Dash contested on that day.
The event on September 21 will mark the series 28th visit to the track. There have been 11 different drivers that have visited the winner's circle at Lebanon Valley Speedway, dating back to 1981, with Steve Kinser leading that list with nine triumphs. Other current Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series drivers that have won at the half-mile include: Jason Meyers who was victorious last season, two-time defending series champion Donny Schatz who won in 2001 and 2006, along with Joey Saldana who earned a win in 2003.
Kinser has made 25 starts in his career at Lebanon Valley and has 21 Top-Five finishes in those events. He has one win in the state of New York this season, at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, the largest track on the World of Outlaws schedule at 5/8-mile. The native of Bloomington, Indiana is currently fifth in championship points and has won six times this season to bring his career total to 549 A-Feature wins.
Meyers held off Kinser for the win at Lebanon Valley last season. The California native has won nine times in 2008 with eight of those being A-Feature victories along with a preliminary feature win. He is currently second in championship points as he chases his first series title. He has made five career starts at the high-banked half-mile and has three Top-10 finishes in those events. Meyers leads the series with 41 Top-Five finishes.
Schatz has had a lot of success in his career at Lebanon Valley Speedway, having won twice, and also earning Top-10 finishes in eight of the 11 events he has competed in at the track. The North Dakota native leads the series with 14 A-Feature wins this season. As he chases his third consecutive title, Schatz has finished in the Top-10 in 50 of the first 52 A-Feature events contested this season.
Craig Dollansky, who has won seven A-Feature wins and a preliminary feature win this season with the World of Outlaws, has three career Top-10 finishes at Lebanon Valley Speedway in a limited number of starts. The native of Elk River, Minnesota is currently third in the championship standings on the strength of 44 Top-10 finishes. He has won twice this season on half-mile tracks.
Joey Saldana was victorious at Lebanon Valley in 2003. He has seven consecutive Top-10 finishes at the track, including four Top-Five performances. He has won four times this season, including on a half-mile at the famed Eldora Speedway in Ohio. Driving for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne, Saldana has 38 Top-10 finishes this season
Jac Haudenschild made his first start at Lebanon Valley Speedway back in 1983 and over the years has racked up 11 Top-10 finishes at the track. He was 10th last season at the half-mile. He recently picked up his third A-Feature win of the season and has 49 career victories with the World of Outlaws. The native of Wooster, Ohio is sixth in points in his first season driving for the Carnahan Motorsports team.
Kerry Madsen, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, made his first visit to Lebanon Valley last season and finished just outside of the Top-10. The native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia, has 33 Top-10 finishes this season and is seventh in points as he closes in on his first A-Feature win of the season.
Chad Kemenah, the 2006 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, finished fifth at Lebanon Valley Speedway in 2006 and has made three career starts at the track. In his first full season driving for the Hard 8 Racing team, he has 30 Top-10 finishes, with 11 of those being Top-Fives.
Terry McCarl finished sixth at Lebanon Valley in 2006, and has made four career starts at the track. The six-time Knoxville Raceway and Huset's Speedway track champion has 22 Top-10 finishes this season. He is currently ninth in points as he closes in on his first win of the season.
Daryn Pittman has five career Top-Five finishes at Lebanon Valley Speedway, including a fourth-place performance last season. He earned a career-best runner-up finish at the track in 2001. He has won four times this season including the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway and the opener of the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway, which are both half-mile tracks.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. made his first start at the track last season during his rookie season with the World of Outlaws. The native of Sunnyvale, Texas has 14 Top-10 finishes this season as he closes in on his first career series win.
Kraig Kinser will make his first start at Lebanon Valley since 2005 on Sunday, September 21. The third generation driver has made two starts at the half-mile during his career. He picked up his first win of the season on Labor Day at Grays Harbor Raceway in Washington and has been one of the most consistent drivers over the last two weeks, picking up five consecutive Top-10 finishes.
Jason Sides, the series top rookie in 2003, has made three starts in his career at Lebanon Valley. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee has 15 Top-10 finishes this season, as he chases his first win of the year.
Tony Bruce Jr. and Chad Hillier both made their first starts at the high-banked half-mile last season during their rookie season with the series. Bruce won his first World of Outlaws race earlier this season, while Hillier has picked up five Top-10 finishes.
Paul McMahan has finished third twice in his career at Lebanon Valley Speedway. He has 14 Top-10 finishes this season, with 12 of those coming since he joined the Parsons Motorsports team earlier this season.
Lucas Wolfe, who is in his first full season with the World of Outlaws and who finished second at Lebanon Valley in 2006 and third last season, will not compete in the event, as he was injured when the original event ran which set the starting lineup for the race on September 21.
2007 Race Recaps: Jason Meyers led wire-to-wire to win for the first time in his career at the blazing fast half-mile.
Meyers won the Crane Cams Dash to earn the pole position, and powered down the front straightaway, where he dove low into the first turn, to lead the opening lap over Steve Kinser, who would chase him the entire distance, closing to within a couple car lengths at numerous times.
The lone yellow flag of the race flew on the second lap for Jac Haudenschild and Craig Dollansky. On the ensuing restart, Meyers charged down the straightaway to maintain the lead. He encountered traffic on the 10th lap which put Kinser and Lucas Wolfe right on his bumper. The trio could be thrown under a blanket for a number of laps as they tried everything they could to get around the lapped cars.
Kinser lined up on the outside of the front row, which traditionally is a good place to start at Lebanon Valley Speedway. He followed Meyers into the first turn on the opening lap and several times looked to the low side of the track to make a pass for the lead, but could not quite get the momentum.
Wolfe finished third to earn his second consecutive Top-Five finish in World of Outlaws competition at the track. He lined up sixth for the A-Feature and on the opening lap got around Daryn Pittman and Jason Solwold. He later passed Paul McMahan after shadowing him for a number of laps.
Daryn Pittman finished fourth, with Jason Solwold in fifth.
What to look for at Lebanon Valley Speedway:
* Steve Kinser has won nine times at Lebanon Valley Speedway in his career with the World of Outlaws. He has made 25 starts at the track and has 22 Top-10 finishes. He enters the pair of events this weekend for the World of Outlaws with 549 career A-Feature wins.
* Donny Schatz has two wins at Lebanon Valley Speedway in his career, along with eight Top-10 finishes in 11 starts. He leads the series with 14 A-Feature wins this season as he chases his third consecutive series title.
* Jason Meyers has three career Top-10 finishes in five starts at Lebanon Valley Speedway, including a win last season. He has nine overall wins this season and is second in points as he chases his first series title.
* Craig Dollansky has three Top-10 finishes at the track in his career, including a runner-up finish in 2002. The Minnesota native has won a total of nine times this season and is currently third in points.
* Joey Saldana won at Lebanon Valley in 2003 and has seven Top-10 finishes in eight starts at the track. He has four A-Feature wins this season as he continues his third season driving for Kasey Kahne Racing.
* Jac Haudenschild has 11 Top-10 finishes in his career at Lebanon Valley Speedway, including three Top-Five finishes as he seeks his first win at the high-banked half-mile. He has won three times this season and is sixth in points.
* Daryn Pittman has five career Top-Five finishes at the track, including in each of the last two seasons. He has four wins this season, including two on half-mile tracks.
By the Numbers- Lebanon Valley Speedway:
0.5- Miles around Lebanon Valley Speedway
2- Wins for two-time defending series champion Donny Schatz at Lebanon Valley Speedway 3- Events in the state of New York for the World of Outlaws this season
4- Current World of Outlaws drivers that have won at Lebanon Valley Speedway
8- Drivers that have won on half-mile tracks with the World of Outlaws this season
9- Wins for Steve Kinser at Lebanon Valley Speedway; Drivers that have won races with the World of Outlaws this season
11- Drivers that have won a World of Outlaws event at Lebanon Valley since 1981
13- Drives that have won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws this season
15- Drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws this season who were in attendance at Lebanon Valley last season
16- Drivers that have been quickest in time trials this season with the series.
16.383- Track record established by Danny Lasoski on May 27, 2003
18-Events on half-mile tracks this season for the World of Outlaws
23- Drivers that have led laps this season in A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws
25- Laps led by Jason Meyers last season en route to winning at the half-mile
27- A-Feature events contested by the World of Outlaws at Lebanon Valley Speedway dating back to 1981; Consecutive seasons that the World of Outlaws have competed at the half-mile
52- A-Feature events contested by the World of Outlaws through September 14
54- Total events contested by the World of Outlaws through September 14
353- Laps led by Jason Meyers this season in feature events to lead the series
720- Miles from Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio where the World of Outlaws compete on September 19 to Lebanon Valley Speedway
1981- First year that the World of Outlaws raced at Lebanon Valley Speedway 10,000- Dollars the winner will receive on Sunday, September 21
Tickets: On Sunday, September 21 at Lebanon Valley Speedway, general admission tickets for adults will be $24, while general admission tickets for children will be $5. Reserved tickets will be available for $25. Tower seating and roof seating will also be available for $43. For ticket information visit: www.lebanonvalley.com. Tickets from the original event on July 20 will be honored.