Looking to Add their Names to the List: World of Outlaws Veterans Chase First Kings Royal Win Rossburg, OH--July 16, 2009--The Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway is certainly a race that every driver on the World of Outlaws circuit has circled on ...
Looking to Add their Names to the List: World of Outlaws Veterans Chase First Kings Royal Win
Rossburg, OH--July 16, 2009--The Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway is certainly a race that every driver on the World of Outlaws circuit has circled on their calendars each year. It's also an event that every driver wants to win before their career is over. Craig Dollansky, Kraig Kinser, Danny Lasoski and Jason Meyers have each won a number of races with the World of Outlaws over the years, but each is still chasing their first win in the Kings Royal at the famed Ohio half-mile.
The 26th edition of the Kings Royal will begin on Friday, July 17 with the Knight Before the Kings Royal, followed by the $50,000 finale on Saturday, July 18, with the cameras from SPEED on hand to tape all the action for broadcast on Sunday, August 9.
Danny Lasoski has five career Top-Five finishes in the Kings Royal, as he looks to add another of the "Crown Jewels" of sprint car racing to his list of victories The 2001 World of Outlaws champion finished a career-best second in the event in 2002 while driving for car owner Tony Stewart, who now owns Eldora Speedway. He also finished third in both 2005 and 2006. In his career at the half-mile, the native of Dover, Missouri has two wins and 60 Top-10 finishes dating back to 1993. He finished third earlier this season in his first start at the track with the Parsons Motorsports team.
"We've come close over there a few times," Lasoski said. "I think we have run second two or three times. I would very much like to win that race and it would be very special. I would really like to get some of Tony Stewart's money and take that crown home with us. It's the "Month of Money" and if you ever want to shine, this is the time to shine."
Jason Meyers has finished second in the Kings Royal in each of the last two seasons. In six careers starts in the prestigious event, he has finished 12th or better in each and every one. The California native has two career wins at Eldora and 20 Top-10 finishes.
"We were close with that one last year and the last couple of years actually," noted Meyers. "We're hoping to go there and have a good run this year. We're looking forward to it and we're geared up for it."
Meyers enters this weekend with 30 career A-Feature wins with the World of Outlaws, though he is still searching for his first win during the "Month of Money." He has won four times this season and is currently third in the series championship standings as he chases his first title.
"Hopefully we can get one of the big races this year," shared Meyers. "That is one of the things we have lacked last season and that was winning the big money races. We are really concentrating on it this year."
Craig Dollansky has best career finishes of third and fourth in the Kings Royal. He has six Top-10 finishes in eight A-Feature starts at the annual event. He looks to rebound after missing the A-Feature last season during the race. He has six consecutive Top-10 finishes in the last six main events he has qualified for during the Kings Royal.
"The Kings Royal is one of the biggest races we have and certainly one everyone wants to win," said Dollansky. "We're looking forward to going back to Eldora. The last time we were there, the car felt pretty good."
For Dollansky, the Kings Royal will mark his second trip back to Eldora after getting injured there last September. He was fourth at the high-banked half-mile in May of this season and has six career wins at the track, along with over 40 Top-10 finishes. He is in the midst of his first season behind the wheel for Kasey Kahne Racing.
"I was happy to get a race in there after breaking my arm there last year," said the native of Elk River, Minnesota. "It was good to get a race under my belt before going back for the Kings Royal. I felt real comfortable and the car felt good so I am looking forward to going back."
Kraig Kinser finished a career-best sixth in the Kings Royal in 2005. He has made the main event three times in his career during the $50,000 to win annual event. The third generation driver has 16 career Top-10 finishes at the track with eight of those being Top-Fives as he seeks his first win at the track which is owned by his car owner Tony Stewart.
"You definitely have to qualify well to do good at Eldora," he shared. "Being the Kings Royal, does add a little pressure to it. Hopefully we'll have things going good when we get there and have the car ready to go. I'm definitely looking forward to it."
On Friday, July 17 at Eldora Speedway, tickets for those ages 16-over will be $27, with tickets for those ages 12-15 just $14 and kids 11-under jut $8. For ticket information visit: www.eldoraspeedway.com.
On Saturday, July 18 at Eldora Speedway, tickets for those ages 16-over will be $34, with tickets for those ages 12-15, $22 and tickets for kids 11-under will be just $12. For ticket information visit: www.eldoraspeedway.com