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Jeremy Campbell Geared Up for Orange County Fair Speedway Tonight Ever since he loaded his car in the trailer last season at Orange County Fair Speedway and closed the door to head down the road to the next event, Jeremy Campbell has anxiously...

Jeremy Campbell Geared Up for Orange County Fair Speedway Tonight

Ever since he loaded his car in the trailer last season at Orange County Fair Speedway and closed the door to head down the road to the next event, Jeremy Campbell has anxiously been awaiting the World of Outlaws return to the sprawling 5/8-mile track in New York.

The main reason for that is because he and his crew left Orange County last spring with a battered race car, from two separate incidents. On the first lap of the heat race, Campbell was caught up in an accident, as well as on the first lap of the A-Feature. He only turned a handful of laps, in his first visit to the historic track.

Campbell will have the opportunity to return to Orange County Fair Speedway tonight as the World of Outlaws invade the track for an event that was postponed by rain earlier in the season. This will mark the series lone visit this season to Orange County and their third and final event in the state of New York for 2007.

"I like big tracks," said Campbell, driver of the RLM Financial Maxim, when asked about his thoughts on Orange County Fair Speedway. "They are a lot of fun and we carry a lot of speed on them."

The event at Orange County Fair Speedway will be Campbell's fourth career start on a 5/8-mile track. He has made two appearances at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in New York, in addition to his visit to Orange County last season. He was 11th last season in his first start at Rolling Wheels, which was just his second race on a track of that size. He looks to use the knowledge and the experience he gained at Rolling Wheels in the last two seasons when he rolls into Orange County Fair Speedway this afternoon.

"Last time I was at Orange County, I probably went about six laps," Campbell noted. "I junked it on the first lap of the heat race and junked it on the first lap of the feature race. Hopefully things will go better this time than they did last time."

After competing at Eldora Speedway last weekend, Campbell and his crew are ready to compete at Orange County Fair Speedway, the largest track on the World of Outlaws circuit. The second-year driver is quick to point on how important qualifying will be, as well as earning a spot in the Crane Cams Dash to earn a good starting position for the A-Feature.

"You have to a good motor in for qualifying," explained the second-year driver. "It takes a little different set-up on the big tracks, but we run enough big tracks that we have standard things we do. You can't really compare Orange County to Eldora or anywhere, but we know what we need to do on the big tracks. We should be good."

The track record at Orange County Fair Speedway is 16.895 second, which equates to a speed of 133.175 miles per hour, which was established last season. With the cars reaching some of the highest speeds all season on the straightaways, the drivers have to be on their game every lap, knowing things happen in a hurry at the sprawling track. With each visit to a big track, Campbell continues to feel more comfortable on them and gain valuable experience.

"You go so fast on the straightaways on the big tracks that you do feel it," he said. "You are leaned way over and you slide through the corners and just hold on. It goes around (the corner). Sometimes you don't think it will go around, but it does."

The event tonight at Orange County Fair Speedway for the World of Outlaws will be the final mid-week race for the series in 2007, with the remainder of the schedule being contested on the weekends. This will give Campbell and his crew extra time to prepare for the upcoming races, as well as make a couple of cross-country trips.

"We have done a lot of racing this year," Campbell said. "Now that we are down to basically the weekends, it is easier on us. I love racing, but it does make it a little better, especially on the crews to just race on the weekend at the end of the season. Then you have the time off to travel and time off to do little things here and there."

Heading to Orange County, Campbell is a very solid 18th in the championship standings, on the strength of eight Top-10 finishes, with three of those being in the Top-Five. He is less than 100 points behind Chad Kemenah, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, who is 17th in points.

"Our goal is to get some good Top-10 finishes," he said. "We'll shoot for Top-10 finishes and maybe we can move up one spot in points. We just have to keep racing good and see what happens."

Campbell led a number of laps at K-C Raceway in Ohio earlier this season in the finale of the "SuperClean Summer of Money" on ESPN2. That evening, he won the Crane Cams Dash in convincing form to earn the pole position. He charged to an early lead before a number of cautions bunched the field up. He is one of 26 drivers that has led laps in World of Outlaws feature competition this season, as well as one of 22 drivers that has won a Crane Cams Dash.

"There are so many people that are so competitive that on any given day, anyone can win," said the native of Monroe, Michigan. "You are racing a lot of times waiting for someone to mess up or lift. If you lift, you are going to go to the back. We know that we have to be on it every lap."

On Wednesday, September 26 at Orange County Fair Speedway, general admission, which is good for the half-covered and bleacher stands and the drive-in section, are $30. Reserved seats in the covered grandstand are $35.00. Parking on the fairgrounds is free, while there is a $1.00 charge for drive-in parking that goes towards the Orange County drivers' point fund. For more information visit: www.ocfsmotorsports.com.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Chad Kemenah