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Previewing the World of Outlaws at Dodge City Raceway Park Dodge City, KS-June 9, 2010- Just as was the case in the old days, Outlaws will invade Dodge City for a shootout in the 'Old West' this week, but rather than riding in on horses with...

Previewing the World of Outlaws at Dodge City Raceway Park

Dodge City, KS-June 9, 2010- Just as was the case in the old days, Outlaws will invade Dodge City for a shootout in the 'Old West' this week, but rather than riding in on horses with guns drawn, these Outlaws wield 850-plus horsepower, fire-breathing winged sprint cars, and will battle for the $10,000 top prize each night, as the World of Outlaws take to the track at Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas on Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12 as Boot Hill Casino & Resort Presents the Boot Hill Showdown.

Joey Saldana, the current series point leader was victorious both nights at Dodge City Raceway Park last season, outgunning Jason Meyers in the opener and Donny Schatz in the finale to score his third and fourth career wins at the track. Saldana has won four times this season and leads the series with 16 Top-Five finishes as he chases his first series title.

Meyers, who won at Dodge City in 2007, leads the World of Outlaws with six A-Feature wins this season and is just 19 markers behind Saldana as he too seeks his first title. The California native led seven laps in the opener at Dodge City last season en route to a runner-up finish, which was his sixth career Top-10 at the track.

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion, won the inaugural World of Outlaws A-Feature event at Dodge City Raceway Park back in 2004. He has racked up eight Top-10 finishes over the years at the track which puts him in a tie atop the leader board in that department. He also leads the series this season in Top-10's' with 21 in the first 23 races of the season.

Donny Schatz, the four-time and defending series champion, has one career win at Dodge City and also has eight Top-10 finishes at the track. He has won twice this season and is currently fifth in points.

Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws champion, has won twice at Dodge City Raceway Park with the World of Outlaws. Those wins came in 2005 in a preliminary feature and an A-Feature. The native of Dover, Missouri has finished in the Top-10 in all seven of his career starts at the track.

The World of Outlaws raced at Dodge City Raceway Park for the first time in 2004, with six drivers picking up wins at the track over that span.

The Buzz-

* Joey Saldana looks to make it three wins in a row at Dodge City Raceway Park after winning both nights last season. He leads all drivers with four wins at the track.

* Jason Meyers leads the World of Outlaws this season with six wins and eight Top-Two finishes and looks to return to Victory Lane at Dodge City after finishing second in the opener at the track last season.

* Danny Lasoski has finished in the Top-10 in all seven of his career starts at Dodge City Raceway Park with two overall wins and an average finish of 5.4. He set fast time in the opener at the track last season

* Steve Kinser has one win in his career at Dodge City along with eight Top-10 finishes 10 starts. He has won twice this season and is currently third in points, just 22 markers behind Joey Saldana.

* Donny Schatz, who is Kinser's teammate at Tony Stewart Racing also has one win at Dodge City along with eight Top-10 finishes

* Jason Sides, who has won twice this season and recently moved into the fourth spot in points, finished a career-best sixth both nights at Dodge City last season.

* Craig Dollansky has eight career Top-10 finishes at Dodge City Raceway Park with three of those being Top-Five performances. He has finished among the Top-10 in six straight starts at the track.

* Jac Haudenschild heads to Dodge City as the most recent winner in World of Outlaws action. He has two wins on the year including on a 3/8-mile at Paducah International Speedway in Kentucky back in April.

* Brian Ellenberger finished third last season at Dodge City to earn the best finish of his World of Outlaws career. He won a heat race that night to earn a spot in the dash.

* Toni Lutar, one of the contenders for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award this season will make his debut at Dodge City this week.

One year ago: Joey Saldana was victorious both nights at Dodge City Raceway Park to earn the third and fourth wins of his career at the high-banked 3/8-mile. In the opener, Jason Meyers led at the outset and paced the field for the first seven laps, before Saldana took the lead on a restart on the eighth lap. Saldana led the final 23 circuits to pick up the win over Meyers, Brian Ellenberger, Steve Kinser and Brooke Tatnell. Danny Lasoski opened the night by turning the fastest lap in time trials, while heat race wins went to Lucas Wolfe, Kraig Kinser, Brian Ellenberger and Saldana, with Meyers winning the dash.

Saldana started on the pole in the finale and was out front after seven laps when a storm hit the track, leading to a three-hour rain delay before the track was worked back into shape and the race resumed. Saldana would pace the field for all 30 laps to score the win over a hard charging Donny Schatz by just 0.180 seconds at the line. Sam Hafertepe Jr. was third, with Tim Kaeding fourth and Tony Bruce Jr. fifth. Hafertepe opened the night by setting fast time, with heat races going to Sammy Swindell, Gary Lee Maier, Kaeding and Saldana, with Donny Schatz taking the dash to earn the pole for the main event.

By the Numbers: World of Outlaws at Dodge City Raceway Park

0.180- Margin of victory for Joey Saldana over Donny Schatz at Dodge City Raceway Park last season in the finale of the two-day show

0.375- Miles around Dodge City Raceway Park

1- Driver competing full-time with the World of Outlaws that will be making their debut at Dodge City- Toni Lutar

3- Total races for the World of Outlaws in the state of Kansas this season

4- Wins for Joey Saldana at Dodge City Raceway Park to lead all drivers with the World of Outlaws

5.4- Average finish for Danny Lasoski at Dodge City to lead all current World of Outlaws drivers

6- Drivers that have won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws at Dodge City Raceway Park

8- Top-10 finishes for Steve Kinser, Donny Schatz & Craig Dollansky at Dodge City to lead all current full-time drivers with the series at the track

9- Tracks in the state of Kansas that the World of Outlaws have raced at over the years; A-Feature events the World of Outlaws have contested at Dodge City dating back to 2004

10- Career wins for Steve Kinser in Kansas to lead all current full-time World of Outlaws drivers in the state; Total events for the World of Outlaws at Dodge City Raceway Park

11- Drivers that have won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws this season

12- Drives that have been quickest in time trials this season with the series

12.277- Track record at Dodge City Raceway Park established by Donny Schatz in time trials in 2005

13- Drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws this season that raced at Dodge City last year

16- Drivers currently competing full-time with the World of Outlaws; Top-Five finishes for Joey Saldana to lead the series through June 4

19- Points that separate current series points leader Joey Saldana and runner-up Jason Meyers

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

21- Top-10 finishes for Steve Kinser this season to lead the series

23- A-Feature events contested by the World of Outlaws through June 4

25- World of Outlaws championships accounted for by drivers competing full-time with the series in 2010

33- Drivers that raced with the series at Dodge City Raceway Park in 2009

108- Laps led by Joey Saldana this season in feature events to lead the series

164- Drivers that have competed in at least one World of Outlaws event this season

540- Miles from Knoxville Raceway in Iowa where the World of Outlaws competed on June 3-4 to Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas

1979- Year the World of Outlaws first raced in the state of Kansas

2004- Year the World of Outlaws first competed at Dodge City Raceway Park

10,000- Dollars the winner will receive on Friday, June 11; Dollars the winner will receive on Saturday, June 12

101,200- Dollars earned by Joey Saldana this season to lead the series

Tickets

On Friday, June 11 at Dodge City Raceway Park, general admission tickets will be $35 in advance and $40 the day of the race. For more information and to purchase tickets online visit www.dodgecityraceway.com/tickets.

On Saturday, June 12 at Dodge City Raceway Park, general admission tickets will be $35 in advance and $40 the day of the race. For more information and to purchase tickets online visit www.dodgecityraceway.com/tickets.

-source: WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Brooke Tatnell , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kraig Kinser , Toni Lutar , Lucas Wolfe , Jac Haudenschild , Tim Kaeding , Tony Bruce Jr.