Lernerville preview

World of Outlaws Head to Lernerville Speedway The first Eastern swing of the season kicks off for the World of Outlaws at Lernerville Speedway on Tuesday, May 15 with the First Commonwealth Bank Clash. After a pair of events on two...

World of Outlaws Head to Lernerville Speedway

The first Eastern swing of the season kicks off for the World of Outlaws at Lernerville Speedway on Tuesday, May 15 with the First Commonwealth Bank Clash.

After a pair of events on two Missouri bullrings this past weekend, drivers and teams will make the 800-mile trip east to the 0.4-mile track that always provides for good, close racing. In the event last season, Dean Jacobs filling in for the injured Terry McCarl earned his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature victory.

Donny Schatz leads the way to Lernerville this week, atop the World of Outlaws championship standings. The reigning series titlist has an impressive 17 Top-10 finishes in the first 19 events of the year, including 13 Top-Five finishes. The native of Fargo, North Dakota has won four times this year, and won the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville last season, after setting fast time with a stout field on hand. In his career, Schatz has two A-Feature wins at the track.

Joey Saldana continues to battle Schatz for the top spot in the standings, as he is only 14 markers out of the lead as the series heads east. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana finished sixth in both World of Outlaws events at the track last season driving for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne. Saldana leads the series with five A-Feature wins to date. He also sits atop the lap leader board, and has been quickest in time trials more than any other driver. He has 16 Top-10 finishes on the year, with 12 of those being in the Top-Five.

Daryn Pittman ran strong at Lernerville last season, finishing third in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup and fourth in the First Commonwealth Bank Clash. He also set fast time in the spring event at the renowned track. Pittman enters this season's event third in the World of Outlaws championship standings. He earned his second win of the season last weekend in the series return to Riverside International Speedway in Arkansas. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma earned his seventh Top-Five of the season this past Saturday night at Lake Ozark Speedway.

Craig Dollansky heads to Lernerville Speedway carrying the momentum of his first World of Outlaws A-Feature victory of the season. The native of Elk River, Minnesota led wire-to-wire at Lake Ozark Speedway to earn the 19th win of his career with the series. He is currently fourth in points on the strength of 14 Top-10 finishes. Last season he finished in the Top-10 in both events at Lernerville, including a very solid fourth-place effort in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup.

Jason Meyers returns to Lernerville Speedway fifth in points. He won his second race of the season last Friday night in his first ever to U.S. 36 Raceway. The native of Clovis, California also won at Eldora Speedway on April 13 in an event that will be broadcast on SPEED on Sunday, May 13 at 2 p.m. Eastern. Meyers has finished in the Top-10 in nine straight events entering the East Coast swing.

Danny Lasoski finished fifth last spring at Lernerville. The 2001 World of Outlaws champion is currently sixth in points on the strength of 12 Top-10 finishes including a win at Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky in April, the 75th of his World of Outlaws career.

Steve Kinser has won 15 World of Outlaws A-Feature events at Lernerville Speedway dating back to 1979. The 20-time series champion is currently seventh in points, with two wins on the season, including one in his first ever visit to USA Race Park in Arizona, in addition to a very popular home state win at Tri-State (Ind.) Speedway. The native of Bloomington, Indiana has 11 Top-10 finishes on the year, with eight of those being in the Top-Five.

Terry McCarl finished seventh in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup last season after missing the First Commonwealth Bank Clash due to injury, though he was the winning car owner with veteran Dean Jacobs behind the wheel. McCarl had 12 Top-10 finishes as he closes in on his first A-Feature win of the season.

Jason Solwold heads to Lernerville amidst a very consistent season that has him ninth in points on the strength of 10 Top-10 finishes. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington won his first Crane Cams Dash last weekend at Riverside International Speedway and led the first nine laps of the event en route to a second-place finish. He finished second last spring at Lernerville.

Jac Haudenschild earned Top-10 finishes in both of the World of Outlaws events last season at Lernerville. He currently is 10th in points on the strength of eight Top-10 finishes as he continues to chase his first win of the year.

Also in action will be Paul McMahan driving for two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. McMahan has seven Top-10 finishes on the season as he too closes in on his first win of the campaign.

Tim Shaffer, the 1993 Lernerville Speedway track champion enters the First Commonwealth Bank Clash with plenty of momentum. He earned his seventh Top-Five finish of the season on Saturday night at Lake Ozark Speedway in Missouri. The native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania won a World of Outlaws event at Lernerville in 2005.

Jason Sides begins the East Coast swing just outside of the Top-10 in points. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee has seven Top-10 finishes on the season.

Kerry Madsen, a native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia is the current leader in the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award. He won his first World of Outlaws A-Feature earlier this season at Volusia Speedway Park as part of the season opening Florida DIRTcar Nationals.

Tim Kaeding will fill in for Brooke Tatnell behind the wheel of the Woodward Racing machine at Lernerville. Kaeding finished second in his second race in the car last Friday night at U.S. 36 Raceway.

Randy Hannagan earned his best finish of the season at U.S. 36 Raceway in Missouri last Friday when he came home seventh. The veteran driver has raced at Lernerville a number of times.

Also in action will be second-year driver Justin Henderson of South Dakota, reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Chad Kemenah, a native of Findlay, Ohio, who has four Top-10 finishes on the season. He will be joined by second-year driver Jeremy Campbell of Michigan who ran very strong at Lernerville last season, along with veteran Dion Hindi of New Mexico, second-year driver Jason Martin of Kansas. Veteran Brian Carlson, is questionable for the event as he recovers from an injury sustained at Lake Ozark Speedway on Saturday night.

Current Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contenders that will be in action include: Tony Bruce Jr. of Kansas, Zach Chappell or Oklahoma, who earned his first fast time honor on Saturday night at Lake Ozark Speedway, Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Texas, Chad Hillier of Washington, and Madsen.

On Tuesday, May 15, adult reserved tickets will be $27, while reserved tickets for seniors will be $24, and reserved tickets for those ages 17-under will be $22. Adult general admission tickets will be $25, while general admission tickets for seniors will be $22, and general admission tickets for those 17-under will be $20. General admission tickets for children 10-under will be free. For more information call the track at: 724-353-1511.

-credit: woo

Be part of something big

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