Red River Valley Speedway preview

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Red River Valley Speedway West Fargo, ND-- August 10, 2008-- After persistent rain and dangerously strong winds postponed the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series...

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Red River Valley Speedway

West Fargo, ND-- August 10, 2008-- After persistent rain and dangerously strong winds postponed the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, North Dakota at the end of June, the series will return on Tuesday, August 12 for a full night of racing at the high-banked half-mile..

The series has been visiting Red River Valley Speedway since 1981, with 12 different drivers picking up A-Feature wins during that time span. The event on Tuesday, August 12 will serve as the second stop on the Gerdau Ameristeel Northern Tour, which encompasses four tracks in the state of North Dakota, wrapping up later in the week at Dacotah Speedway and Nodak Speedway.

Donny Schatz, the two-time defending series champion, who just won his third consecutive Knoxville Nationals, has 11 total wins in his career at Red River Valley Speedway, including four in Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series competition. He has nearly 40 Top-10 finishes in his career at his home track. The North Dakota native leads the series with 12 A-Feature wins this season, and remains the only driver that has finished in the Top-10 in each and every event.

Jason Meyers has won twice at Red River Valley Speedway, in 2004 and 2005. He has finished first or second in three of his last four starts at the track. He has nine career Top-10 finishes at the high-banked half-mile. Entering action this week, the California native has five A-Feature wins to go along with 31 Top-Five finishes as he continues to chase his first series title.

Craig Dollansky has three wins in his career at Red River Valley, with the most recent coming in 2001, when he pocketed $25,000. The Minnesota native has three consecutive Top-10 finishes at the track and heads to North Dakota third in the championship standings on the strength of seven A-Feature wins.

Joey Saldana has three career wins at the half-mile, with two of those coming during the 2004 season. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana has 15 Top-10 finishes at the track dating back to 1996. He has won twice this season, including on a half-mile at Eldora Speedway and is currently fourth in points.

Steve Kinser has 16 total wins in his career at Red River Valley, including preliminary features. He most recently visited the winners circle at the track in 2005. He made his first start at the track in 1981 and finished in the Top-Three in each of his first dozen starts there. The 20-time series champion has five times this season and is currently fifth in points.

Jac Haudenschild won for the first time in his career at Red River Valley Speedway last season. The native of Wooster, Ohio has 25 Top-10 finishes over the years at the track. He is currently sixth in points, with 29 Top-10 finishes as he closes in on his first win of the season.

Kerry Madsen, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, made his first start at Red River Valley Speedway last season. He won twice in 2007 on half-mile tracks, including on the high-banked Perris Auto Speedway in California. He has racked up 25 Top-10 finishes in 2008 campaign and is solidly in the Top-10 in points.

Chad Kemenah, the 2006 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, has three career starts at Red River Valley. The native of Findlay, Ohio has 23 Top-10 finishes this season, with nine of those being Top-Five performances as he closes in on his first win of the season.

Daryn Pittman has nine career Top-10 finishes at Red River Valley Speedway, including in two of his last three starts. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma has three wins this season and 19 Top-10 finishes this season as he continues to ascend in the Top-10 in points.

Terry McCarl has four Top-10 finishes in his career at Red River Valley Speedway, with three of those being Top-Five finishes. The Iowa native has 14 Top-10 finishes this season with the World of Outlaws and is currently 10th in points.

Shane Stewart last competed at the half-mile in 2005, when he picked up consecutive sixth-place finishes. The 2005 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year won on a half-mile earlier this season, taking the checkered flag at the famed Knoxville Raceway.

Sam Hafertepe Jr. made his first start at Red River Valley Speedway last season, finishing just outside of the Top-10. The sophomore driver from Sunnyvale, Texas has 11 Top-10 finishes as he chases his first career World of Outlaws win.

Jason Sides finished second last season at Red River Valley Speedway, and has three Top-10 finishes in his last four starts at the half-mile. The 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has nine Top-10 finishes this season, including four consecutive.

Kraig Kinser will make his first start at the half-mile since 2005 on August 12. He has six career Top-10 finishes at the track, including in four of the last six events he has competed in there. The 2004 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has eight Top-10 finishes this season.

Tony Bruce Jr. made his first start at Red River Valley Speedway last season during his rookie campaign with the World of Outlaws. He recently won his first World of Outlaws race at 34 Raceway in Iowa.

Chad Hillier also made his first start at the high-banked half-mile last season. The Washington native has four Top-10 finishes this season, including three in the last five races.

Paul McMahan has eight career Top-10 finishes at Red River Valley Speedway and finished ninth there last season. He has nine Top-10 finishes this season, including seven since joining the Parsons Motorsports team at the end of June.

Lucas Wolfe will return from a back injury to make his first start at Red River Valley Speedway on August 12. The rookie driver had picked up four Top-10 finishes prior to his injury.

2007 Race Recap: Jac Haudenschild earned his first career win at Red River Valley Speedway after starting third and taking advantage of Brooke Tatnell having a flat left rear tire late in the race.

The race started with Jason Sides on the pole leading and opening up a sizeable advantage before he and Tatnell encountered heavy lapped traffic. On the 11th lap Tatnell dove low in the first turn and took the lead from Sides. The very next lap, Haudenschild ducked under Sides for the runner-up spot.

The red flag flew on the 15th lap for Jason Meyers, giving Haudenschild and Sides a shot at Tatnell on the restart. The native of San Souci, NSW, Australia used a strong restart to pull away before encountering lapped traffic, which helped Haudenschild close on him.

After Tatnell's misfortune, Sides inherited the second spot, where he would eventually finish the 30-lap contest.

Joey Saldana was third, with Randy Hannagan fourth and Danny Lasoski fifth.

What to look for at Red River Valley Speedway:

* The last six A-Feature events at the half-mile have produced six different winners, and last season three different drivers led laps during the A-Feature.

* Donny Schatz, the two-time defending series champion has won 11 career wins at Red River Valley Speedway, including four with the World of Outlaws. The North Dakota native leads the World of Outlaws with 12 wins this season. He also won his third consecutive Knoxville Nationals on Saturday night.

* Steve Kinser has won nine A-Feature events at the track in his career and has 16 overall wins. He has racked up 39 Top-Five finishes, including in preliminary features. He has won five times this season.

* Craig Dollansky has three wins in his career at Red River Valley, including a $25,000 triumph with the World of Outlaws in 2001. The native of Elk River, Minnesota has seven A-Feature victories in 2008.

* Jason Meyers has won twice at the half-mile with the World of Outlaws in his career and has eight Top-Five finishes. He is currently second in points on the strength of six A-Feature wins.

* Joey Saldana has three wins with the series in his career at the track, including two A-Feature wins. He finished third last season and drives for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne. He is currently fourth in points and has won twice this year.

* Jac Haudenschild earned his first career win at Red River Valley Speedway last season and in his career has 25 Top-10 finishes at the half-mile.

By the Numbers- Red River Valley Speedway:

0.5- Miles around Red River Valley Speedway

1- World of Outlaws driver that hails from North Dakota, Donny Schatz

2- A-Feature wins with the World of Outlaws at half-mile for Schatz, the two-time defending series champion

3- Drivers that led laps in the A-Feature at Red River Valley Speedway in 2007

4- Laps led by Jac Haudenschild en route to the win at the track last season; Events in the state of North Dakota for the World of Outlaws this season

7- Current World of Outlaws drivers that have won at the half-mile

10- Drivers that have won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws this season; Laps led by Jason Sides last season at the track en route to a runner-up finish

11- Total wins for Donny Schatz in his career at his home track

12- World of Outlaws drivers that have won an A-Feature event at the half-mile dating back to 1981

14.768- Track record established by Craig Dollansky in time trials in 2002

15- Drivers that have been quickest in time trials with the World of Outlaws this season

16- Total wins for 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser at the track, including preliminary features; Drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws this season who raced at Red River Valley Speedway last season

18- Drivers that have led laps in A-Feature events this season with the World of Outlaws

28- A-Feature events that have been contested by the World of Outlaws at the half-mile dating back to 1981

30- Drivers that competed with the World of Outlaws last season at Red River Valley Speedway

39- Top-10 finishes for Donny Schatz this season in the same number of events

131- Points that separate Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers atop the World of Outlaws championship standings

284- Laps led by Craig Dollansky this season in A-Feature competition to lead the series

1968-Year the first sprint car race was held at Red River Valley Speedway

1981- Year that the World of Outlaws first competed at Red River Valley Speedway

10,000- Dollars the winner will receive on Tuesday, August 12

Tickets: On Tuesday, August 12 at Red River Valley Speedway, general admission tickets for adults will be $30 if purchased in advance and $32 the day of the race, with general admission tickets for children ages 6-12 $15, and kids 5-under will be admitted free of charge to the general admission seats. Adult reserved tickets will be $33 if purchased in advance and $35 the day of the race, with reserved tickets for children $15. For tickets call SLS Promotions at: 815-344-2023 or visit www.slspromotions.com.

Next Up: The World of Outlaws inaugural visit to Gillette Thunder Speedway in Gillette Wyoming, on Thursday, August 14.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart , Lucas Wolfe , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.