Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Paducah International Raceway Paducah, KY-- July 26 2008-- Mother Nature interrupted the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on May 10 at Paducah International ...
Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Paducah International Raceway
Paducah, KY-- July 26 2008-- Mother Nature interrupted the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on May 10 at Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky, after two heat races were in the books and the series will return to the 3/8-mile on Monday, July 28.
Just as the third heat race was about to be pushed off that night, is when the skies opened and the rain began to pound the track. Chad Kemenah began that night by setting fast time with a lap of 13.471 seconds, while wins in the first two heats races went to Jason Meyers and Joey Saldana. A completely new racing program will take place on July 28, beginning with hot laps, followed by heats races, the Crane Cams Dash, the Last Chance Showdown and an A-Feature event.
The series has competed three times at Paducah International Raceway dating back to 1998, with three different drivers having scored A-Feature wins. This season, 17 different drivers have led laps in World of Outlaws competition, with eight of those drivers having earned wins.
Donny Schatz, the two-time defending World of Outlaws champion leads the way having earned 11 A-Feature wins through July 25, driving for two-time NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart, who is a part owner of Paducah International Raceway. Schatz has won three times on 3/8-mile tracks this season to lead the series. The North Dakota native is the only driver that has finished in the Top-10 in every event this season.
Jason Meyers is currently second in points and has won six A-Feature events on the season. Two of his wins have come by just thousandths of a second. The California native finished eighth last season at Paducah International Raceway.
Craig Dollansky is third in points, on the strength of six A-Feature wins. He has finished in the Top-10 30 times. He has won a couple of times this season on a 3/8-mile track, with both victories coming at Huset's Speedway in South Dakota.
Joey Saldana will return to Paducah solidly in the Top-Five in the championship standings, as he continues his third season driving for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne. Saldana won on a 3/8-mile track earlier this season at Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas and has two wins on the season.
Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion has two podium finishes in his career at Paducah, as he looks to add to his one career win in the state of Kentucky. The Indiana native has won four times this season, including on July 25 at I-96 Speedway in Michigan. He has 547 career A-Feature wins to-date.
Jac Haudenschild holds the track record at Paducah, which he set in 1998 during time trials. He is in the midst of his first season behind the wheel for the Carnahan Motorsports team and is solidly in the sixth spot in the championship standings on the strength of 24 Top-10 finishes.
Kerry Madsen, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award winner looks for his first win of the season at Paducah International Raceway. The native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia has racked up 22 Top-10 finishes in his return to the Vermeer Motorsports team this season.
Chad Kemenah who was the series top rookie in 2006, picked up his seventh Top-Five finish of the season on Friday nigh tat I-96 Speedway. He has 20 Top-10 finishes as he too closes in on his first win of 2008.
Shane Stewart who wore the rookie crown in 2005, heads to the Bluegrass state ninth in the World of Outlaws championship standings. The native of Bixby, Oklahoma will be starting his first A-Feature at the track on July 28. He won earlier this season at the famed Knoxville Raceway in Iowa.
Daryn Pittman heads to Paducah International Raceway with two wins on the season, having taken the checkered flag in the 25th Annual Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway two weeks ago, along with a win last weekend on the opening night of the Williams Grove Summer Nationals.
Terry McCarl has finished third and seventh in two career starts at Paducah. The six-time Knoxville Raceway and Huset's Speedway track champion has 12 Top-10 finishes this season and is just outside of the Top-10 in the series standings.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. made his debut at Paducah last season. The sophomore driver has 11 Top-10 finishes this season as he chases his first career World of Outlaws win. He is just outside of the Top-10 in the standings as well.
Kraig Kinser, the 2004 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award winner has one career start at Paducah, with that coming in 2001. He recently picked up his sixth Top-10 finish of the season at I-96 Speedway in Michigan.
Jason Sides, the 2003 series top rookie made his first career start at Paducah last season and finished in the Top-10. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee has five Top-10 finishes this season.
Tony Bruce Jr. also made his first career start at Paducah last season. The sophomore driver from Liberal, Kansas picked up a Top-Five finish earlier this season at the famed Knoxville Raceway.
Chad Hillier set fast time last season in his first career visit to the 3/8-mile. He has picked up two Top-10 finishes this season and has been very consistent the last few weeks, as he continues to gain experience during his sophomore season with the World of Outlaws.
Paul McMahan has made two starts at Paducah in his career and finished third at the track in 2001.He has picked up nine Top-10 finishes this season, including seven since joining the Parsons Motorsports team.
Lucas Wolfe, the leading contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award this season will miss the event as he continues to recover from a back injury sustained last month.
What to look for at Paducah International Raceway:
* Four current World of Outlaws drivers that have competed in all three events with the series at the track dating back to 1998: Craig Dollansky, Jac Haudenschild Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz).
* Steve Kinser, the 20-time series champion has two finishes of third or better in his career at the track, He was third in 1998 and the runner-up in 2001.
* Donny Schatz, the two-time series champion seeks his first win in Kentucky on July 28. He is the only driver that has finished in the Top-10 in every event this season.
* Chad Hillier earned his first career quick time honor last season with the series at Paducah International Raceway, stopping the clocks at 13.737 seconds. He bested a very strong 39-car field in qualifying.
* Jac Haudenschild set the track record of 13.357 seconds in time trials in 1998.
* Chad Kemenah finished a season-best third at Paducah last season, and is currently eighth in championship points.
* Terry McCarl earned the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award last season at the track, coming from the 22nd starting spot to finish seventh. Right behind him was Jason Meyers who came from 23rd to finish eighth.
By the Numbers- Paducah International Raceway:
0.375- Miles around Paducah International Raceway
1- Race in the state of Kentucky this season for the World of Outlaws
3- Drivers that have won with the World of Outlaws at the track; Laps led by Danny Lasoski en route to the win last season
4- Drivers that have competed in all three of the previous series events at Paducah: (Craig Dollansky, Jac Haudenschild Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz)
6- Drivers that have earned the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award this season
13.357- Track record established in time trials by Jac Haudenschild in 1998
14- Drivers that have been fastest in time trials this season
17- Drivers competing full-time with the series this season that competed at the track in 2007; Drivers that have led laps in A-Feature competition this season
18- Drivers that have won a Crane Cams Dash to earn pole positions
23- Series championships that will be accounted for by drivers in attendance on July 26
32- Laps led by Joey Saldana at the track last season en route to a runner-up finish
34- Events contested by the World of Outlaws through July 25; Top-10 finishes for Donny Schatz through July 25
141- Points that separate Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers atop the championship standings
249- Laps led by Craig Dollansky this season to lead the series
1972- Year that Paducah International Raceway was built
1998-Year the World of Outlaws first competed at the track
10,000- Dollars the winner will receive on Monday, July 28
Tickets: Ticket stubs and wristbands from May 10 will be honored on July 28, those competitors and fans who could not attend the May 10 event may still purchase tickets for July 28. Adult grandstand admission is $30. Grandstand admission for children 12 and under is $5. Reserved seats can still be purchased by calling the PIR office at (270) 898-7469 during regular business hours. Pit admission will be $35 per person
Next Up: The series inaugural visit to 34 Raceway in Burlington, Iowa on Wednesday, July 30.