World of Outlaws Head East to Orange County Fair Speedway The World of Outlaws will continue their first Eastern swing of the season on Saturday, May 19 with a stop at the sprawling 5/8-mile Orange County Fair Speedway in New York. The battle...
World of Outlaws Head East to Orange County Fair Speedway
The World of Outlaws will continue their first Eastern swing of the season on Saturday, May 19 with a stop at the sprawling 5/8-mile Orange County Fair Speedway in New York. The battle for the top spot in the championships standings continues between reigning series champion Donny Schatz and Joey Saldana. Entering the second race of the Eastern swing on May 17, the pair was tied atop the standings.
Schatz finished second last season at Orange County after establishing a new track record of 16.895 seconds at 133.175 mph in time trials. The native of Fargo, North Dakota began the Eastern swing with four A-Feature wins on the season. Also in the first 20 events of this season, he earned a series-best 18 Top-10 finishes.
Saldana, a native of Brownsburg, Indiana leads the series with five A-Feature wins heading into action on May 17. He also leads the series in lap led and fast time honors. In addition to this, he has won one Crane Cams Dash to earn a pole position in an A-Feature event. Last season at Orange County he won a heat race and finished seventh in the main event. The 1996 Kevin Gorbecht Rookie of the Year has 17 Top-10 finishes in the first 20 events of the season.
Daryn Pittman had a very solid night at Orange County last season, as he was second quickest in time trials and finished fourth in the A-Feature. This season he is currently third in championship point standings on the strength of 15 Top-10 finishes. He has earned two wins including in the finale of the season opening Florida DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, as well a triumph on the ¼-mile at Riverside International Speedway in Arkansas.
Craig Dollansky won his first race of the season on May 12 at Lake Ozark Speedway in Missouri. The native of Elk River, Minnesota currently is fourth in the championship standings on the strength of 15 Top-10 finishes. He was sixth last season when the series visited Orange County.
Jason Meyers continued his streak of Top-10 finishes in the first race of the Eastern swing on May 15 at Lernerville Speedway, where he finished third. He has finished 10th or better in each of the last 10 events. On the strength of his 13 overall Top-10 finishes, the native of Clovis, California has climbed to the fifth spot in points. He won his first race of the season on April 13 at the famed Eldora Speedway and followed that up with a win on May 11 in his first-ever visit to U.S. 36 Raceway in Missouri.
Danny Lasoski has raced at Orange County Fair Speedway a number of times with a good amount of success. In his last visit to the track in 1999, he was the second fastest car in time trials and picked up a fifth-place finish in the A-Feature. He was third in 1998 at the spacious track, ninth in 1997 and sixth in 1995. He began the Eastern swing this season sixth in points with a win at Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky in April.
The 2001 World of Outlaws champion has 13 Top-10 finishes heading into action on May 17.
Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion, has won at Orange County Fair Speedway five times in his career with the more recent being in 1993. He won in the series inaugural visit to the track in 1983. He opened the East Coast swing with his third victory of the season as he won the First Commonwealth Bank Clash at the 0.4-mile Lernerville Speedway. He also won earlier this season at USA Race Park in Arizona and in his home state of Indiana at Tri-Stare Speedway. He has 12 Top-10 finishes in the first 20 races of the season, with nine of those being finishes of fifth or better.
Terry McCarl will make his first start at Orange County on Saturday, May 19. He missed the event last season as he was recovering from a broken leg. He began this week eighth in World of Outlaws points, with 12 Top-10 finishes. He earned a second-best second-place finish at Thunderbowl Raceway in California earlier this season. The native of Altoona, Iowa is a six-time track champion at both Knoxville Raceway in Iowa and Huset's Speedway in South Dakota.
Jason Solwold will make his first start at Orange County as well this weekend. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington began the stretch of five races in six days, ninth in World of Outlaws points. He earned 11 Top-10 finishes in the first 20 events of the season. Last season he earned two preliminary victories with the series at Silver Dollar (Calif.) and the famed Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania.
Paul McMahan began the week 10th in points, driving for two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. The native of Nashville has seven Top-10 finishes on the season as he makes his first trip to the spacious Orange County Fair Speedway.
Jac Haudenschild is just outside of the Top-10 in the points. The fan favorite and native of Wooster, Ohio finished third at Orange County last season. He also earned Top-Five finishes at the 5/8-mile track in 1997 and 1995. He picked up eight Top-10 finishes in the first 20 events of this season, as he closes in on his first A-Feature victory of the campaign.
Tim Shaffer has raced at Orange County a couple times during his career. The 1999 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year finished sixth at the track in his rookie season. He also competed there in 1998, when he finished 10th. The native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania began the Eastern swing on May 15 by finishing fourth at his home track, Lernerville Speedway. He is just outside of the Top-10 in points and has eight Top-Five finishes.
Jason Sides will make his first visit to Orange County this weekend. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee picked up seven Top-10 finishes in the first 20 events of the season.
Tim Kaeding will fill in for Brooke Tatnell, who won at Orange County last season. Kaeding has earned three Top-10 finishes in the first four events he substituted for Tatnell in the No. 2 for Larry Woodward Racing.
Randy Hannagan, the 1995 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year finished ninth at Orange County in his rookie season. He earned a season best finish of seventh last weekend in Missouri.
Justin Henderson finished ninth last season in his first-ever trip to Orange County. This season he earned five Top-10 finishes in the three months of the year. He led laps earlier in the campaign at the storied Manzanita Speedway in Arizona.
Chad Kemenah the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year was eighth last season at Orange County. This season he has picked up four Top-10 finishes driving his own car.
Second-year driver Jeremy Campbell of Monroe, Michigan made his first start at Orange County last season. He earned a season best finish of fourth at Tri-State (Ind.) Speedway on April 21.
Also in action on May 19 will be veteran driver Dion Hindi of New Mexico, who finished 10th last season at Orange County, and second-year driver Jason Martin of Kansas who earned a career-best fourth place finish earlier this season at Paducah International Raceway. Brian Carlson of Indiana is questionable for the race after suffering ligament and muscle damage to his left leg last Saturday night in an accident at Lake Ozark Speedway.
Five drivers are currently battling for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award and they will all make their debuts at Orange County Fair Speedway including: Tony Bruce. Jr. of Kansas, Zach Chappell of Oklahoma, Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Texas, Chad Hillier of Washington, and Kerry Madsen of Australia, who earned his first World of Outlaws A-Feature win earlier this season.
On Saturday, May 19 at Orange County Fair Speedway, adult reserved tickets will be $35, while reserved tickets for children (10-13 years of age) will be $10. Adult general admission tickets will be $30, while children 9-under will be admitted free of charge in the general admission seats. For more information call the track at: 845-342-2573.