World of Outlaws Return to Paducah International Raceway Paducah, KY--April 4, 2007 -- It's been six years since the World of Outlaws have competed at Paducah International Raceway. On Friday April 6, the series will return to the high-banked ...
World of Outlaws Return to Paducah International Raceway
Paducah, KY--April 4, 2007 -- It's been six years since the World of Outlaws have competed at Paducah International Raceway. On Friday April 6, the series will return to the high-banked 3/8-mile oval, which is co-owned by racing stars: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ken Schrader, and Tony Stewart, along with long-time respected promoter Bob Sargent.
In the series first two visits to the track, there have been two different winners. With neither of those drivers competing this season, a third driver to visit Victory Lane at Paducah International Raceway is guaranteed.
Joey Saldana will head to Paducah in search of his fourth consecutive World of Outlaws victory, as he ended the month of March with a flourish. After enduring his lowest finish of the season (17th) in the final race of February, he has not finished lower than fourth in the six ensuing events.
Driving for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne, Saldana has finished in the Top-10 in all but one of the first 11 events of the campaign. He leads the series in most statistical categories, including: A-Feature wins with four. He also has led 90 laps on the year, in addition to setting fast time on four occasions, including establishing two new track records.
After his win last weekend, he took a two point lead in the championship standings over Donny Schatz. Saldana, the 1996 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year finished eighth in the Outlaws last visit to Paducah in 2001.
Schatz enters the event, fresh off his 10th Top-10 finish of the season last weekend, and is second in championships points. The reigning World of Outlaws Champion and Knoxville Nationals winner has already earned three A-Feature wins in 2007. He won the season opener on February 9 in Florida, and backed that up with wins in Arizona and Texas. He has led 68 laps on the season, in addition to having two dash wins that earned him pole positions in A-Feature events. In addition to this, he set fast time last weekend in Georgia for the first time in 2007. In his previous two events at Paducah, the always focused driver finished just outside the Top-10.
Daryn Pittman will make his second start at Paducah International Raceway on Friday. He scored his eighth Top-10 finish of the season last weekend, and currently is third in championship points, only 90 markers out of the top spot. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma won earlier this season in Florida, to earn his 20th career A-Feature triumph. In that event, he led wire-to-wire, after earning winning his first dash of the season to earn the pole position.
Craig Dollansky returns to Paducah for the third time with the World of Outlaws. He is currently fourth in championship points on the strength of eight Top-10 finishes, including a third last weekend. The native of Elk River, Minnesota enters the event this weekend with 18 career A-Feature triumphs. He is a former World of Outlaws Gumout Series Champion as well.
Terry McCarl last competed at Paducah in an O'Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions event a couple years ago. He set fast time that night en route to a third-place finish. The native of Altoona, Iowa is currently fifth in World of Outlaws points, with seven Top-10 finishes in the first 11 races of 2007. He is just 11 points out of the fourth spot, and just 147 out of the lead.
Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws Champion heads to Paducah in search of his first win of the season and his first win at the 3/8-mile facility. He finished fourth in the Outlaws last visit to the track. Driving for veteran car owner Dennis Roth, Lasoski is sixth in points, on the strength of seven Top-10 finishes. He is only 11 markers out of the Top-Five.
Brooke Tatnell, a native of San Souci, NSW, Australia, will make his second visit to the Bluegrass State oval on Friday. He competed with the series at the track in 1998. He is currently seventh in points, in his first season driving for Larry Woodward Racing. The three-time reigning Australian sprint car champion has seven Top-10 finishes on the season.
Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion is eighth in points, as he heads to Paducah International Raceway. The native of Bloomington, Indiana finished fifth last weekend, and now has six Top-10 finishes on the year. He is just 51 points out of the Top-Five. He earned his 534th career A-Feature win with the series in early March in Arizona. In his last visit to Paducah, he was second, and prior to that he was third in the Outlaws first visit to the facility in 1998.
Tim Kaeding, a third generation sprint car star from San Jose, California enters this weekend ninth overall in championship points. He is in his second season driving for Steve Kinser Racing and earned a very emotional home state win at the end of February. He has picked up six Top-10 finishes in the first 11 events of the 2007 season.
Kerry Madsen, a rookie from St. Mary's, NSW, Australia rounds out the Top-10 in points heading to Paducah. He won on the second night of the season in Florida, and has four Top-10 finishes. He currently leads the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award by 255 points. This will be his first visit to Kentucky to compete.
Other drivers in action will include: Paul McMahan who drives for two-time NASCAR Champion and part owner of Paducah Tony Stewart, Jac Haudenschild, who set fast time in the series first visit to the track in 1998 and finished seventh will be in action. Also, on-hand will be Tim Shaffer, the 1999 series Rookie of the Year who also has competed at Paducah in the past. California native Jason Meyers, who has raced at Paducah in 2001, will also be in action, as he seeks his first win of the year. Jason Solwold of Washington will make his first visit to the track. Jason Sides, the 2003 Rookie of the Year will also make his first start at the 3/8-mile.
Second-year driver Justin Henderson will make his first trip to Kentucky. Randy Hannagan, the 1995 Rookie of the Year, will make his second start with the Outlaws at the track. Chad Kemenah, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, finished sixth at Paducah in 2004 with the All Stars. Second year driver Jeremy Campbell, was fifth at the track in 2004 with the All Stars as well. Veteran Dion Hindi of New Mexico will make his second visit to the track, as he raced there in 1998. Brian Carlson heads to Paducah, fresh off earning a spot in the dash last weekend, after setting the ninth quickest lap in time trials, and finishing second in a very strong first heat.
Rookies that will be in attendance include: Tony Bruce Jr. of Kansas, Zach Chappell of Oklahoma, Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Texas, Chad Hillier of Washington, Madsen, and James Mosher of New Mexico.
On Friday April 6 at Paducah International Raceway, adult reserved tickets will be $30, with children 12-under, just $5. For ticket information call (270)898-7469, or the track ticket hotline at (270)448-4747 or visit: www.paducahinternationalraceway.com.