World of Outlaws Return to Perris Auto Speedway Lake Perris, CA--October 18, 2007--By: Tony Veneziano, World of Outlaws PR Director The World of Outlaws return to Perris Auto Speedway in California for the first time since 2004, on...
World of Outlaws Return to Perris Auto Speedway
Lake Perris, CA--October 18, 2007--By: Tony Veneziano, World of Outlaws PR Director
The World of Outlaws return to Perris Auto Speedway in California for the first time since 2004, on Saturday, October 20. Jason Meyers won in the series last visit to the track, and a total of four current series drivers have won at the half-mile will be in attendance. Danny Lasoski was victorious at Perris Auto Speedway in 2000 and 2003, while two drivers earned their first career World of Outlaws A-Feature win at the track, with Craig Dollansky picking up a win in 1999 and Daryn Pittman in 2002.
Leading the way to Perris Auto Speedway will be Donny Schatz, who has won three consecutive World of Outlaws events, including last Saturday night at Thunderbowl Raceway in California. In his last visit to Perris, the reigning World of Outlaws champion was seventh. He scored a career-best fourth-place finish at the half-mile in 2002. Schatz leads the World of Outlaws with 19 A-Feature wins on the season entering the two races this weekend. With his win last Saturday night, Schatz now has 70 career A-Feature triumphs, which have him tied with 1995 World of Outlaws champion Dave Blaney on the all-time list.
Joey Saldana heads to the half-mile second in championship points on the strength of 12 A-Feature wins. His best career finish at the track came in 1996, when he was fifth, after winning the Crane Cams Dash that night. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana has 63 Top-10 finishes on the season. He also has stopped the clocks first in time trials a series-best 11 times. He has led 384 laps on the season and is one of only two drivers that has led more than 300 laps. He also in one of just two drivers that has picked up more than $300,000 in season earnings along with Schatz.
Danny Lasoski has won at Perris Auto Speedway twice in his career. He was victorious for the first time in 2000, leading 13 laps and he also returned to the winner's circle at the half-mile in 2003, when he led 25 laps. The 2001 World of Outlaws champion has set fast time on five occasions at the track, and is the current track record holder. He finished third in his last visit to the track in 2004 and in his World of Outlaws career has eight Top-10 finishes, including in preliminary feature at the half-mile. The native of Dover, Missouri enters competition this week third in championship points, on the strength of five A-Feature wins, including a sweep of the Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway in California last month, on a half-mile.
Daryn Pittman earned his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature victory at Perris in 2002, leading all 30 laps and holding a furious charge by Steve Kinser. Pittman won the Crane Cams Dash that night to earn the pole position. In four career starts with the series at the track, he has four Top-10 finishes. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma has won six times this season, including on a half-mile at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida early in the season. He is current fourth in championship points, just 38 markers out of third, with four events remaining on the 2007 calendar.
Jason Meyers won in the World of Outlaws last trip to Perris Auto Speedway in 2004. He led the final six laps, after also winning the Crane Cams Dash. The native of Clovis, California has won four A-Feature events this season, including on the half-mile at Lebanon Valley Speedway in New York. He is currently fifth in championship points, just 20 markers out of fourth. He has 45 Top-10 finishes entering action this week. In addition, he has set fast time in time trials on five occasions and has won the Crane Cams Dash eight times to earn the same number of pole positions.
Steve Kinser has 10 career Top-10 finishes with the World of Outlaws at Perris including preliminary feature. The 20-time World of Outlaws champion led the majority of the series last visit to the track in 2004 before suffering a flat tire while leading with less than a lap to go. He has won nine times this season to bring his career mark to 542 wins with the series. He also has 48 Top-10 finishes, to go along with seven wins in the Crane Cams Dash to earn pole positions. He has won three events this season on half-mile tracks, including the closest finish of the season back in May, when he inched out Jason Sides at New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey.
Craig Dollansky won his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature at Perris in 1999. The native of Elk River, Minnesota won the Crane Cams Dash that night and led all 30 laps of the main event. He finished second in his last start at the track in 2004 and has five career Top-10 finishes at Perris. Entering this week, he was seventh in championship points, on the strength of 45 Top-10 finishes, along with three A-Feature wins, including on a half-mile at I-96 Speedway in Michigan.
Paul McMahan was fourth in his last trip to Perris Auto Speedway in 2004. The California native who now calls Nashville, Tennessee home has won twice this season, including on a half-mile at the famed Eldora Speedway in Ohio, which is owned by his car owner, two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. McMahan also has won at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin this season.
Tim Shaffer has finished ninth in each of his last two starts at the half-mile located east of Los Angeles. The 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year's best finish at the track came in 1999 when he was third. He enters this week, ninth in championship points, on the strength of 38 Top-10 finishes as he continues to close in on his first win of the season.
Jason Solwold heads to Perris a very solid 10th in the championship standings, on the strength of 40 Top-10 finishes. He earned his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature win at Charter Raceway Park in Wisconsin back in August. He has stopped the clocks first in time trials six times this season.
Jac Haudenschild finished third at Perris in 2003. The native of Wooster, Ohio has seven career Top-10 finishes at the track including in preliminary feature. He has won twice this season, once on a half-mile at Red River Valley Speedway in North Dakota, along with a triumph in the Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park in his home state on a ¼-mile bullring.
Terry McCarl set fast time at Perris in 1999 with the World of Outlaws and finished second in that event. The native of Altoona, Iowa is just three points out of the 11th spot in the championship standings entering this week. He has won twice this season, including on a half-mile at Knoxville Raceway in his home state, where he is a six-time track champion.
Kerry Madsen, the current leader in the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award will make his first start at Perris Auto Speedway this week. The native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia won earlier this season on a half-mile at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida to earn his first career A-Feature triumph with the series. He began this week with 21 Top-10 finishes on the season.
Jason Sides will wrap-up the West Coast portion of the World of Outlaws season this week, fresh off a runner-up finish at Thunderbowl Raceway last Saturday night. The 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year won earlier this season at Ohsweken Speedway in Canada in the series first event north of the border in over 25 years.
Randy Hannagan has four career Top-10 finishes at Perris Auto Speedway. The 1995 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year was fifth in 1997 at the track. He has 11 Top-10 finishes this season, including a runner-up performance at Knoxville Raceway, where he led a number of laps.
Justin Henderson will make his first start at Perris on Saturday, October 20. The second-year driver from Sioux Falls, South Dakota has 13 Top-10 finishes on the season. He led a number of laps at Manzanita Speedway, which is also a half-mile, back in the spring.
Chad Kemenah, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year will make his first start at Perris this weekend. The native of Findlay, Ohio has 13 Top-10 finishes on the season. After joining Hard 8 Racing in July, he has continued to mesh with veteran crew chief Ray Brooks.
Jeremy Campbell competed at Perris Auto Speedway in the famed Oval Nationals, non-wing sprint car race last season. The second-year driver from Monroe, Michigan has eight Top-10 finishes with the World of Outlaws this season.
Sam Hafertepe Jr., Chad Hillier and Tony Bruce Jr., all contenders for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award, will compete at the half-mile for the first time in their careers. They are second, third and fourth in rookie points respectively.
On Saturday, October 20 at Perris Auto Speedway, adult general admission tickets will be $44, with general admission tickets for children 12-under $25. Adult reserved tickers in the lower grandstand will be $44, with reserved tickets for children 12-under in the lower grandstand $25. Adult reserved tickets in the middle grandstand will be $46, with reserved tickets for children 12-under in the middle grandstand $26. Adult reserved tickets in the upper grandstand will be $48 with reserved tickets for children 12-under in the upper grandstand $30. Adult reserved tickets in the upper grandstand with seat backs will be $55, with reserved tickets in the upper grandstand for children 12-under with seat backs $33. For ticket information visit: www.perrisautospeedway.com.