Lima Brad Doty Classic preview

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park Lima, OH-- July 7, 2008--Brad Doty has been a very important part of the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series for over...

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park

Lima, OH-- July 7, 2008--Brad Doty has been a very important part of the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series for over 25 years. First as a driver, where he won 11 A-Feature events, as well as the 1982 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award, then as a broadcaster and now as a promoter along with continuing his role as a broadcaster. The Ohio native will again be promoting the event that bears his name this season, as the World of Outlaws visit Limaland Motorsports Park on Wednesday, July 9, for the 20th edition of the Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic.

In four races at Limaland Motorsports Park dating back to 1979, there has been four different drivers pick up wins with the World of Outlaws at the ¼-mile, which is owned and operated by the University of Northwestern Ohio. The event will pay $10,000 to the winner, with that driver having a shot at the University of Northwestern Ohio Clean Sweep Bonus, if they can set fast time, win a heat race, win the Crane Cams Dash and win the A-Feature event.

Steve Kinser, the 20-time Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion won the Brad Doty Classic in 1989, when it was held at Attica Raceway Park, also in Ohio. He has three wins with the series at Limaland Motorsports Sport Park and has finished first or second in all five of his starts at the ¼-mile. He is the only driver that has more than one win at the track with the series, and finished second last season in the event, which was his first visit to Limaland in 28 years. The native of Bloomington, Indiana used a runner-up finish on Sunday night at Tri-State Speedway to move into the Top-Five in the World of Outlaws championship standings.

Jac Haudenschild won the Brad Doty Classic for the first time in his career last season, holding off Kinser and Jason Meyers. For the native of Wooster, Ohio, the win was very special due to the fact that Doty has been a lifelong friend. In his career, Haudenschild has four wins at Limaland Motorsports Park. He is currently sixth in points this season on the strength of 19 Top-10 finishes as he continues his first season with the Carnahan Motorsports team.

Joey Saldana won the event in 2006, leading all 40-laps of the A-Feature. In his career, the second generation driver has three wins at the ¼-mile. Driving for Kasey Kahne Racing, he has one win this year and is solidly in the fourth spot in points, on the strength of 23 Top-10 finishes. His car owner competed in the event last season.

Donny Schatz, the two-time defending Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion, finished sixth in the event last season and was third in 2006. He won on a ¼-mile over the weekend at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas, and leads the series with 10 A-Feature wins.

Craig Dollansky finished fourth in the Brad Doty Classic last season, after earning a sixth-place finish the year before. The native of Elk River, Minnesota has won two of the last three World of Outlaws events and recently moved into the second spot in the championship standings. He has six A-Feature wins this season and 26 Top-10 finishes in 27 events, as he chases his first series title.

Jason Meyers finished third at Limaland last season in his first career start at the ¼-mile. He has won five times this year and has racked up 23 Top-10 finishes. He set fast time on Sunday night at Tri-State Speedway and has been fastest in time trials five times this season.

Kerry Madsen made his second career start at Limaland Motorsports Park last season in the Brad Doty Classic. The reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year picked up his 17th Top-10 finish of the season on Sunday night at Tri-State Speedway. Hailing from St. Mary's, NSW, Australia he grew up on small, tight tracks like Limaland.

Chad Kemenah, a native of Findlay, Ohio has competed at Limaland Motorsports Park a number of times in his career, with a good deal of success. He has seven career Top-10 finishes in 10 starts. He picked up his 15th Top-10 finish of the season at Tri-State Speedway and is solidly in the eighth spot in points.

Terry McCarl finished second in the Brad Doty Classic in 2006. He was running in the Top-three last season when he was caught up in an accident while trying to pass a lapped car. In his career, he has three starts at the ¼-mile.

Shane Stewart finished fourth last season at Limaland with the All Star Circuit of Champions during their annual Ohio Speedweek. The native of Bixby, Oklahoma has two career starts at the track. He won earlier this season at Knoxville Raceway and is currently 10th in the championship standings.

Daryn Pittman finished ninth in the Brad Doty Classic in 2006 and was just outside of the Top-10 in the event last season. The former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion is just 16 points out of the Top-10 in points and has 13 Top-10 finishes this season.

Sam Hafertepe Jr. made his debut at Limaland Motorsports Park last season. The sophomore driver picked up his 11th Top-10 finish of the season on Sunday night at Tri-State Speedway, as he was sixth.

Kraig Kinser, the 2004 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year will make his second career start at Limaland Motorsports Park on Wednesday. The third generation driver is in his first season behind the wheel for Tony Stewart Racing as a teammate to Donny Schatz.

Jason Sides made his debut at Limaland Motorsports Park last season in the Brad Doty Classic. The 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has five Top-10 finishes this season.

Tony Bruce Jr. made his first trip to Limaland last year during his rookie campaign with the series. The native of Liberal, Kansas will turn some extra laps this week as he takes part in a 360-sprint car race at Eldora Speedway on Tuesday night.

Chad Hiller also visited Limaland for the first time in his career last season. The native of Burlington, Washington finished ninth on Sunday night at Tri-State Speedway to earn his second Top-10 finish of the season.

Paul McMahan finished ninth in the Brad Doty Classic last season. In four career starts at Limaland, he has three Top-10 finishes. He earned a season-best fourth-place performance at Tri-State Speedway on Sunday night, in just his fourth start behind the wheel of the No. 6 machine for car owner Lonnie Parsons. He has finished in the Top-10 in three of those four events.

Lucas Wolfe, the leading contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award this season will miss the event after sustaining a back injury last month.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Lucas Wolfe , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.