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World of Outlaws Return to New Egypt Speedway The World of Outlaws return to New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey for the first time since 2003, on Sunday, May 20 for a full night of racing. The event will conclude a stretch of five races in a...

World of Outlaws Return to New Egypt Speedway

The World of Outlaws return to New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey for the first time since 2003, on Sunday, May 20 for a full night of racing. The event will conclude a stretch of five races in a six-day period for the series.

Donny Schatz, a native of Fargo, North Dakota currently is tied for the lead in the World of Outlaws championship standings with Joey Saldana on the strength of four wins after the first 20 races of the season. The 1997 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year won the famed Knoxville Nationals last season, after four runner-up finishes in sprint car racing's biggest event. He has two wins at New Egypt Speedway in World of Outlaws competition, including the series inaugural visit in 2001 as well as in 2003.

Saldana, driving for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne is locked in an epic duel with Schatz for the top spot in the championship standings. The second-generation driver has five wins on the season and also has led the most laps, and is the leader in quick time honors, with four. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana and 1996 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, set the track record in time trials in 2001 at New Egypt Speedway, with a blistering lap of 13.828 seconds. He has two Top-10 finishes in his three starts at the half-mile.

Daryn Pittman has competed twice at New Egypt Speedway in his career. He was the runner-up in the event in 2002, and backed that up with a very solid fourth-place effort the following year. He won a Crane Cams Dash at the half-mile in 2002. The former World of Outlaws Gumout Series Champion won earlier this season on a half-mile during the Florida DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park to open the season, as well as at Riverside International Speedway in Arkansas.

Craig Dollansky has competed in two of the three previous World of Outlaws events at New Egypt Speedway. In 2001, he finished sixth, and followed that up in 2002 with a fourth-place effort. The native of Elk River, Minnesota has been one of the most consistent drivers in the first quarter of the World of Outlaws season, earning his first win of the season last Saturday night at Lake Ozark Speedway in Missouri.

Jason Meyers also has competed twice at New Egypt Speedway, including once in Dollansky's car, as he was filling in while the latter recovered from a serious back injury sustained in an event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In that event the native of Clovis, California came home in the fourth spot. He won his first race of 2007 on a half-mile at Eldora Speedway in April, and also won on May 11 at U.S. 36 Raceway in Missouri.

Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws champion led 14 laps in 2003 at New Egypt Speedway, after winning the Crane Cams Dash to earn the pole position. He finished second in that event, and finished fourth in his debut at the track in 2002. The native of Dover, Missouri won earlier this season at Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky on a frigid night charging from the 15th starting spot to earn the 75th A-Feature triumph of his career.

Steve Kinser will look for his first win at New Egypt Speedway on Sunday, May 20. The 20-time World of Outlaws champion already has three wins this season. He is one of only three drivers that has competed in all three World of Outlaws events at New Egypt. The native of Bloomington, Indiana has finished in the Top-10 in each of those starts, and began the Eastern swing seventh in the championship points.

Terry McCarl will make his first visit to New Egypt Speedway on Sunday, May 20. The six-time Knoxville Raceway Champion has been one of the most consistent drivers this season, as he continues to run near the front of the field night in and night out. In the first 20 events of the season, he has racked up 12 Top-10 finishes.

Jason Solwold will make his first trip to the state of New Jersey to race on Sunday, May 20. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington has led laps this season as he closes in on his first World of Outlaws A-Feature triumph. He won two preliminary features last season, including on the half-mile at Williams Grove Speedway. He is currently ninth in championship points.

Paul McMahan driving for two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, will make his third start at New Egypt Speedway on May 20. McMahan finished third in both of his previous events at the half-mile. After the first 20 races of the season, he is 10th in points on the strength of seven Top-10 finishes.

Jac Haudenschild will also make his debut at New Egypt Speedway on May 20. The fan favorite has raced at and won on countless tracks from coast-to-coast in his illustrious career in both winged and non-winged sprint car. He is currently inside the Top-10 in all-time A-Feature wins with the World of Outlaws.

Jason Sides will make his second start at New Egypt Speedway. He finished a solid 11th in his debut at the half-mile in 2003. He is a native of Bartlett, Tennessee and the 2003 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year.

Also, in action will be Tim Shaffer, the 1999 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year who finished third in 2002 at the track, as well as rookie Kerry Madsen from Australia. Tim Kaeding will fill in for Brooke Tatnell, who remains in his native Australia after the passing of his father.

Second-year driver Justin Henderson will make his first trip to the Garden State, along with Randy Hannagan, who finished a very solid fifth and eighth in his previous two visits to the track. Reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Chad Kemenah will make his first start at the track, as will second-year driver Jeremy Campbell of Michigan, veteran Dion Hindi or New Mexico, second-year driver Jason Martin of Kansas, and veteran Brian Carlson of Indiana is questionable after sustaining ligament and muscle damage to his left leg last Saturday night at Lake Ozark Speedway in Missouri.

Current Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contenders that will be making their first trip to New Egypt Speedway include: Tony Bruce Jr. of Kansas, Zach Chappell of Oklahoma, Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Texas, Chad Hillier of Washington, and Madsen.

On Sunday, May 20 at New Egypt Speedway, tickets for the World of Outlaws event will be $30 plus tax.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Brian Carlson , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Tim Kaeding , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.
Teams Williams