Outlaws return to Manzanita

Outlaws to return to Manzanita Speedway PHOENIX, AZ (February 16) -- Donny Schatz dominated the 32nd Annual Western World Championships the last time the World of Outlaws raced at Manzanita Speedway, in October of 1999. Since sweeping the ...

Outlaws to return to Manzanita Speedway

PHOENIX, AZ (February 16) -- Donny Schatz dominated the 32nd Annual Western World Championships the last time the World of Outlaws raced at Manzanita Speedway, in October of 1999.

Since sweeping the feature races 3½ years ago, the 1997 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has won 16 main events to run his career total to 20. After winning a career-high seven "A" Features and seven preliminaries a year ago, Schatz hopes to pus his #15 Parker Stores J&J on the fast track toward the 2004 series championship.

Schatz will have plenty of competition at Manzanita Speedway February 20-21 and for the World of Outlaws title, however, as 15 drivers plan to race fulltime with the series this season.

Steve Kinser, the defending series and 18-time champion has won seven main events at Phoenix's legendary half-mile oval. "The King of the Outlaws" drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim to victory in 25 "A" Features a year ago and is only three victories away from 500 in his career.

Danny Lasoski, who won the World of Outlaws championship in 2001, led the point standings for 45 of 67 races last season but finished second for the third time in the last five years. "The Dude" drove former NASCAR Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle to 11 victories, including the Knoxville Nationals, in 2003.

Daryn Pittman, who received the Manufacturers' Hard Charger Award in 2002, drove the #21 Hop & Sack CMC to victory in three main events last season. He finished fourth in the point standings.

Craig Dollansky ranked third in points last year when a May 17th crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in an Infiniti Pro Series race put him in the pits for five months.

Jason Meyers drove the #7 VMAC Maxim in Dollansky's absence and won four "A" Features while finishing ninth in the point standings. Meyers will drive the #14 Elite Landscaping Maxim in 2004.

After winning seven "A" Features and five preliminaries a year ago, Motorsport Video Hard Charger award winner Donny Schatz hopes to put his #15 Parker Stores J&J on the fast track to the 2004 series championship.

Jason Sides, the 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award winner, spun under the checkered flag just inches behind Pittman to finish second at The Raceway at Powercom Park last August 3rd. He ranked sixth in the 2003 standings.

Paul McMahan started driving the #11H Selma Shell Maxim last April and won main events at Lawrenceburg Speedway and Tri-City Speedway. He finished seventh in the point standings.

Brian Paulus drove the #28 P and P Motorsports Maxim past Schatz late in the final lap to win the first "A" Feature of his World of Outlaws career at Hartford Speedway Park last August 6th.

Tim Shaffer drove Dennis Roth's #83 Beef Packers Eagle to victory in both feature races during the J.D. Byrider Outlaw Nationals at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last March.

Dean Jacobs, who finished 16th in the World of Outlaws point standings in 2000, is the new driver of Larry Woodward's #4 Volcano Joe's Coffee Maxim.

Shane Stewart, whose team received the Best Dressed Crew award during the 2003 Knoxville Nationals, will drive Roger Chilcutt's #4M MIN Motorsports MCI again this season. He ranked 20th in World of Outlaws points last year.

Kraig Kinser, Erin Crocker, Jonathan Allard and Brian Brown form the strongest rookie class in World of Outlaws history as they battle for the Kevin Gobrecht award in 2004.

Kraig Kinser, Steve Kinser's son, ranked 15th in the World of Outlaws point standings a year ago. He finished second in the Southern Bleacher Classic at Texas Motor Speedway in April of 2002. Kraig will drive the #11K Delco-Remy Maxim.

Crocker, the first female to qualify for the Knoxville Nationals championship feature last August, became the first driver -- male or female -- to receive the Wild Card Awards for exciting sprint car performances in the 360- and 410-cubic inch sprint car sprint car polls in the same season in 2003. Erin will drive the #16 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Maxim for former racer Mike Woodring.

Allard, the Silver Dollar Speedway champion in 2002, ranked 23rd in the World of Outlaws point standings a year ago. Jonathan drives the #35W PRT Travel Maxim.

Brown, Lasoski's nephew, ranked 21st in the 2003 World of Outlaws point standings. He drove Lonny Parsons' #6 Casey's General Stores Maxim to a career-best fourth-place finish last September 13th at Hollywood Hills Speedway.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Erin Crocker , Craig Dollansky , Brian Brown , Brian Paulus , Daryn Pittman , Dean Jacobs , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Jonathan Allard , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart