Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Ohsweken Speedway Ohsweken, ON-- July 20, 2008--After the largest crowd in the history of Ohsweken Speedway attended the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series...
Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Ohsweken Speedway
Ohsweken, ON-- July 20, 2008--After the largest crowd in the history of Ohsweken Speedway attended the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event at the Canadian track last season, the series heads back north of the border this week for two full nights of racing, with the cameras from SPEED capturing all of the action.
Jason Sides won the series inaugural visit to the 3/8-mile last season, taking the lead from Sam Hafertepe Jr. on the 14th lap and leading the remainder of the 30-lap contest to earn $10,000. The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series has competed a total of seven times in Canada dating back to 1981, with four drivers having taken the checkered flag Three-time series champion Sammy Swindell leads that list with four triumphs north of the border, while 20-time series champion Steve Kinser picked up his first win in Canada last season, as did two-time defending series champion Donny Schatz.
Sides became the first World of Outlaws driver to win a race in Canada in over 25 years with his triumph last season at Ohsweken. The 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award winner has five Top-10 finishes this season as he looks for his first win of the season.
Kinser, who picked up a win at Castrol Raceway in Canada last season, is the only driver that has competed in all seven series events north of the border. He finished fourth last season at Ohsweken in his first visit to the 3/8-mile. The native of Bloomington, Indiana has three A-Feature wins this season, including the $40,000 Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup last week. He is currently fifth in the championship standings on the strength of 21 Top-10 finishes.
Schatz also won at Castrol Raceway last season to pick up his first career triumph in Canada. The North Dakota native has won 11 times this season including the finale of the Williams Grove Summer Nationals on Saturday night and currently leads the series championship standings as he chases his third consecutive title. He is the only driver that has finished in the Top-10 in every event this season. Schatz finished second last season in his debut at Ohsweken.
Jason Meyers has six wins this season and is second in championship points as he chases his first career title. The California native has racked up 29 Top-10 finishes. He looks to rebound at Ohsweken Speedway after getting caught up in an accident on the first lap of the main event last season. The California native if tied for the series lead with six quick time honors this season in time trials.
Craig Dollansky also has won six times this season and is third in points on the strength of 30 Top-10 finishes. The Minnesota native led a number of laps at Williams Grove Speedway on Saturday night and finished second. He was seventh last season at Ohsweken.
Joey Saldana recently picked up his second win of the season, aboard the No. 9 machine for Kasey Kahne Racing. The 1996 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year is fourth in points, with 27 Top-10 finishes. He finished sixth at Ohsweken last season in his first visit to the track, after winning the third heat race to earn a spot in the Crane Cams Dash.
Jac Haudenschild finished third last season at Ohsweken, making a late charge on Jason Sides and Donny Schatz. The native of Wooster, Ohio has 23 Top-10 finishes this season as he closes in on his first win of the season. He always runs strong on bullrings like Ohsweken.
Kerry Madsen, who hails from St. Mary's NSW, Australia finished just outside the Top-10 in his debut at Ohsweken last season. The reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has racked up 21 Top-10 finishes this season and is seventh in points, as he too closes in on his first win of the season.
Chad Kemenah, the 2006 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year heads to Canada with momentum on his side, having finished third in the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway on Sunday and then at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday. The Ohio native has 19 Top-10 finishes and is solidly in the Top-10 in points.
Shane Stewart, the series top rookie in 2005 will make his debut at Ohsweken Speedway on July 22 and 23. The native of Bixby, Oklahoma won earlier this season at the famed Knoxville Raceway in Iowa and has 16 Top-10 finishes.
Daryn Pittman heads to Canada fresh off a win at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night in the opener of the Summer Nationals. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma also won the 25th Annual Kings Royal at the famed Eldora Speedway last Sunday. He came from 21st to finish ninth in the race at Ohsweken last season, picking up the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award in the process. He recently moved into the Top-10 in the championship standings.
Terry McCarl looks for his first win of the season as he heads to Ohsweken Speedway this week. The six-time Knoxville Raceway and Huset's Speedway track champion has 12 Top-10 finishes this season.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. led the first 13 laps of the event at Ohsweken last season, taking the lead from pole sitter Donny Schatz on the opening circuit. He won the second heat race to earn a spot in the Crane Cams Dash in his debut in Canada. The sophomore driver from Sunnyvale, Texas has 11 Top-10 finishes this season and is just outside the Top-10 in points.
Kraig Kinser will make his debut at Ohsweken this week, as he continues his first season driving for Tony Stewart Racing as a teammate to Schatz. He has six Top-10 finishes this season.
Tony Bruce Jr. raced his way into the Crane Cams Dash at Ohsweken last season to earn a Top-10 starting spot in the main event and finished a very solid 12th in the A-Feature. The sophomore driver earned a Top-Five finish at Knoxville Raceway earlier this season.
Chad Hillier made his debut at Ohsweken last season. The native of Burlington, Washington had previously competed in the Western part of Canada. He has a couple of Top-10 finishes this season.
Paul McMahan finished 10th last season in his debut at the 3/8-mile. He has racked up seven Top-10 finishes since joining the Parsons Motorsports team a few weeks back. He won the Crane Cams Dash on Saturday night at Williams Grove Speedway to start on the pole of the A-Featue.
Lucas Wolfe, the leading contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award will miss the events as he continues to recover from a back injury sustained last month.
2007 Race Recap: Jason Sides added his name to the record books, becoming just the second driver to earn a World of Outlaws win in Canada. Since that event, two more drivers have also been victorious north of the border.
The race began with Sam Hafertepe Jr. leading into the first turn and Sides quickly taking the second spot from Joey Saldana, with Donny Schatz the pole sitter falling back to fourth.
Hafertepe would lead the first 13 laps, before Sides would take the point on the 14th circuit. The pair was closing in on traffic, when Sides went to the low side of the second turn to make the pass for the lead and ultimately the win.
Late in the race, Sides had Jac Haudenschild and Donny Schatz right on him as the trio negotiated lapped traffic. He held off several attempts by Haudenschild to take the lead and then charged to the checkered flag with Schatz just less than a half-second behind him.
Haudenschild was third, with Steve Kinser fourth and Danny Lasoski fifth.
What to look for at Ohsweken Speedway:
* Three current World of Outlaws drivers have won an A-Feature event in Canada. Jason Sides won last season at Ohsweken Speedway, while Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz were both victorious at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton.
* Steve Kinser is the only driver that has competed in all seven World of Outlaws events that have been contested in Canada, dating back to 1981. He also is the only driver that has won with the series in the United States, Mexico and Canada. He finished fourth or better in all three races north of the border last season.
* Donny Schatz, the two-time defending series champion finished in the Top-Three in all three events in Canada last season. He is the only driver that has finished in the Top-10 in all 33 events this season through July 19
* Joey Saldana finished fourth or better in all three races in Canada last year. He has won twice this season driving for Kasey Kahne Racing.
* Daryn Pittman passed more cars than any other driver last season at the track, coming from the 20th starting position to finish ninth. He recently picked up his second win of the season and moved into the Top-10 in points.
By the Numbers- Ohsweken Speedway:
0.375- Miles around Ohsweken Speedway
1- Driver that has finished in the Top-10 in all 33 events this season, Donny Schatz
3- Drivers that will be making their debut at Ohsweken Speedway: Kraig Kinser, Shane Stewart and Lucas Wolfe
4- Races in Canada this season for the World of Outlaws
9- Drivers that have won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws this season
12.944- Track record established by Danny Lasoski in time trials on July 25, 2007
13- Laps led by Sam Hafertepe Jr. last season at Ohsweken Speedway
14- Drivers that have been quickest in time trials this season
16- Current World of Outlaws drivers that competed at Ohsweken Speedway last season
17- Laps led by Jason Sides en route to the win last season at Ohsweken Speedway; Drivers that have led laps in A-Feature events this season
18- Drivers that have won a Crane Cams Dash this season to earn a pole position
33- A-Feature events contested by the World of Outlaws through July 19
37- Drivers that competed with the series at Ohsweken Speedway last season
104.925- Track record in miles per hour
248- Laps led by Craig Dollansky through July 19 to lead the series
401- Miles from Lebanon Valley Speedway in New York where the World of Outlaws compete on July 20 to Ohsweken Speedway
10,000- Dollars the winner will receive on July 22; Dollars the winner will receive on July 23
219,935- Dollars earned by Donny Schatz through July 19 to lead the series
Tickets: On Tuesday, July 22 at Ohsweken Speedway, adult reserved tickets will be $35, with reserved tickets for kids 12-under $20. General admission tickets for adults will be $20, with general admission tickets for kids 12-under $15. Adult two-day reserved combo tickets are available for $65 and $35 for kids 12-under.
On Wednesday, July 23 at Ohsweken Speedway, Wednesday, adult reserved tickets will be $40, with reserved tickets for kids 12-under $25. Adult General Admission tickets will be $20, with general admission tickets for kids 12-under $15. For ticket information visit www.ohswekenspeedway.com.
Next Up: A trip west to I-96 Speedway in Michigan, for the series lone appearance in the Wolverine State.