World of Outlaws Preview: Sprint for a Cure Summer Clash at Deer Creek Speedway Spring Valley, MN--August 17, 2009--History will be made on Wednesday, August 19 as the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series visits Deer Creek Speedway in Spring...
World of Outlaws Preview: Sprint for a Cure Summer Clash at Deer Creek Speedway
Spring Valley, MN--August 17, 2009--History will be made on Wednesday, August 19 as the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series visits Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota for the first time in the 31-plus year history of the series for the Sprint for a Cure Summer Clash at the state-of-the-art high-banked 3/8-mile.
Deer Creek Speedway will be the sixth track that the World of Outlaws will have visited in the state of Minnesota dating back to 1979. Steve Kinser was victorious in that event 30 years ago in the Gopher State. Nine drivers have won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws in Minnesota, with Donny Schatz taking the most recent checkered flag last season.
The event at Deer Creek Speedway will be the 19th overall A-Feature event contested by the World of Outlaws in the state of Minnesota. Drivers currently competing full-time with the series that have won in the state in addition to Kinser and Schatz include Minnesota native Craig Dollansky and Kraig Kinser, Steve's son who was victorious in the series debut at North Central Speedway last year.
Steve Kinser, the 20-time series champion, has four career wins in Minnesota at three different tracks, while Donny Schatz has three wins at two different tracks and Craig Dollansky has won at one track.
The Sprint for a Cure Summer Clash kicks off the Gold Rush Tour for the World of Outlaws, which will encompass 12 nights of racing in a 25-day span which begins the stretch run of the 2009 season. Schatz currently has a 55-point lead in the series standings over Jason Meyers as he chases his fourth consecutive title, with Joey Saldana third and Steve Kinser fourth.
A special "Underdog Award" will be in effect, for the inaugural World of Outlaws race at Deer Creek Speedway. Any non-touring World of Outlaws driver that competed in the Knoxville Nationals and finished in the C-Main or lower will be eligible for a $1,000 bonus which will go to the highest finisher that meets this criteria. Also any drivers that are currently in the Top-10 in the Knoxville Raceway 410- Sprint Car championship standings, the IRA standings, or the NOSA standings and are the highest finisher meeting that particular criteria in the Sprint for a Cure Summer Clash will earn a $1,000 bonus. A driver could qualify to earn an extra $2,000 in addition to their race winnings if they meet both the criteria for the separate $1,000 bonuses. Also the driver that is the second highest finisher from one of the three aforementioned Top-10 standings will earn a $500 bonus.
All proceeds from the inaugural World of Outlaws event at Deer Creek Speedway will benefit the Sprint for a Cure charity that helps families undergoing cancer treatment.
Slide jobs: Sprint for a Cure Summer Clash at Deer Creek Speedway:
A second home state: Donny Schatz, who hails from North Dakota, competed quite a bit in Minnesota early in his career. The three-time and defending series champion has nine career wins in the state. He has finished in the Top-10 in all but one of his 27 career starts in Minnesota. He won last season at Princeton Speedway and has been victorious at three different tracks in the state. Schatz has won 11 times this season and currently has 99 career A-Feature wins with the World of Outlaws as he looks to become just the fifth driver in the 31-plus year history of the series to win at least 100 A-Feature events. He leads the series with 30 Top-Five finishes this season as he chases his fourth consecutive title and heads to Deer Creek Speedway fresh off his fourth consecutive win in the Knoxville Nationals.
Back home again: Craig Dollansky will make his first start in his home state since 2008, as the World of Outlaws visit Deer Creek Speedway. The native of Elk River missed both events in the state last season as he recovered from an arm injury sustained in September. In his career, Dollansky has won three times in his home state, with two of those coming in World of Outlaws action at Princeton Speedway. He won his first career race in Minnesota in 1993 over Hall of Famer Doug Wolfgang and three-time and defending World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz. Dollansky has won twice this season in World of Outlaws action is currently seventh in points, less than 65 points out of the Top-Five as he continues his first season driving for Kasey Kahne Racing.
Plenty of starts: Steve Kinser won the World of Outlaws first ever race in the state of Minnesota in 1979, over fellow Hall of Famers Jerry Richert Sr. and Sammy Swindell. In his career, the 20-time series champion has four wins in the state. He has finished sixth or better in six of his last seven starts in Minnesota and has made 20 career starts in the state. His most recent win came at Princeton Speedway in 2005. The native of Bloomington, Indiana has won twice this season and is currently fourth in points as he chases his record 20th series title.
Running up front: Joey Saldana has 10 career Top-10 finishes in Minnesota with the World of Outlaws. The second generation driver has finished second twice in the state as he looks for his first win in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana leads the World of Outlaws with 13 A-Feature wins this season and is currently third in points driving for Kasey Kahne Racing. He won the most recent World of Outlaws event at I-55 Raceway in Missouri as part of the "Month of Money and finished second on Sunday night in the Knoxville Nationals.
Closing in: Jason Meyers has seven career Top-10 finishes in Minnesota as he chases his first win in the state. The native of Clovis, California finished fifth and eighth in two starts in the state last season. He has won five times this year and leads the series with 39 Top-10 finishes. He was victorious earlier in the season on a 3/8-mile track at Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky. Meyers is currently second in points, 55 markers behind Schatz as he chases his first career title.
A strong debut: Jason Sides made his debut in Minnesota back in 1999, finishing third. To date it is his best career finish in the state where he has competed a total of nine times. The 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year picked up two Top-Five finishes in the recent Ironman 55 to bring his season total to 16. He is currently fifth in points and has racked up 33 Top-10 finishes and a win as he continues a very strong 2009 campaign.
The most starts of anyone: Danny Lasoski has made 30 starts in his career in Minnesota the most of any full-time World of Outlaws driver, with a majority of those coming in the late 1980's and early 1990's. He has won seven times in the state, though he is still looking for his first triumph with the World of Outlaws in Minnesota. The 2001 series champion has won five times this season, including on a 3/8-mile track at Nodak Speedway in North Dakota. He is currently sixth in the series standings just 19 markers out of the fifth spot as he continues his first season driving for the Parsons Motorsports team based out of Iowa.
Looking for that first win: Jac Haudenschild, who was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame this season, is looking for his first win of the 2009 campaign heading into the race at Deer Creek Speedway, as well as his first triumph in the state of Minnesota. He has finished second in the state on three occasions and has finished in the Top-10 in 11 of his last 12 starts in the Land of 10,000 Lakes He is currently eighth in points on the strength of 23 Top-10 finishes driving for the Carnahan Motorsports team which is based in Minnesota.
Right at home: Kraig Kinser won in his debut at North Central Speedway in Minnesota last year and has five career Top-10 finishes in the state with four of those being Top-Fives in a limited number of starts. He finished second, third and fourth in his first three starts in the Gopher State in 2004. He picked up two Top-10 finishes in the recent Ironman 55 weekend and has 24 Top-10 runs as he closes in on his first win of the season driving for Tony Stewart Racing as a teammate to Donny Schatz.
What a debut: Lucas Wolfe finished second last season in his first-ever start in the state of Minnesota, at North Central Speedway. The reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award winner has 10 Top-10 finishes this season and is 10th in points as he chases his first career World of Outlaws win.
Adding another state to the list: Brian Ellenberger will compete in Minnesota for the first time this week when he takes to the track at Deer Creek Speedway. The native of Butler, Pennsylvania, who is the leading contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award this season has visited numerous tracks for the first time this year in his first full season on the road. He has three Top-10 finishes, including a third-place performance on a 3/8-mile at Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas earlier this summer. He turned in the fifth fastest lap in qualifying in the finale of the Ironman 55 most recently.
By the Numbers: Sprint for a Cure Summer Clash at Deer Creek Speedway:
0.375- Miles around Deer Creek Speedway
1- Race this season in the state of Minnesota for the World of Outlaws; Driver competing full-time with the World of Outlaws that hails from Minnesota- Craig Dollansky
2- Consecutive years the series has visited a track for the first time in Minnesota
4- Career wins for Steve Kinser in the state of Minnesota with the World of Outlaws
5- Tracks in the state of Minnesota that the World of Outlaws have visited dating back to 1979; Track records established in qualifying at World of Outlaws races this season; Wins for Joey Saldana on 3/8-mile tracks this season to lead the series
9- Drivers competing full-time with World of Outlaws that raced in the state of Minnesota last year
11- Drivers currently competing full-time with the World of Outlaws
11.927 - Track record established by Travis Whitney in 2009
12- Events thus far this season for the World of Outlaws on 3/8-mile tracks
13- A-Feature wins for Joey Saldana to lead the series
14- Drivers that have won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws this season
17- Drivers that have been fastest in time trials in World of Outlaws events in 2009
18- Drivers that have won the Crane Cams Dash this season to earn a pole position in an A-Feature event
19- A-Feature events for the World of Outlaws in Minnesota dating back to 1979 including the race at Deer Creek on August 19
30- Top-Five finishes for Donny Schatz through August 8 to lead the series
39- Top-10 finishes for Jason Meyers to lead the series
48-World of Outlaws events contested through August 8
55- Points that separate Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers in the World of Outlaws championship standings entering the Sprint for a Cure Summer Clash
99- A-Feature wins for Donny Schatz in his career with the World of Outlaws
310- Laps led by Joey Saldana this season in A-Feature events to lead the series
552- Career A-Feature wins for Steve Kinser with the World of Outlaws to-date
1979- Year the World of Outlaws first competed in the state of Minnesota
2008- Year that Minnesota native Craig Dollansky last raced in his home state, after missing both events last season as he recovered from injury
10,000- Dollars the winner will receive on Wednesday, August 19
51,690- Dollars in the total purse on Wednesday, August 19
251,800- Dollars earned by Donny Schatz through August 8 to lead the series
Tickets: On Wednesday, August 19 at Deer Creek Speedway, adult general admission tickets will be available on the day of the race for $35, with general admission tickets for children 12-under $15. Adult reserved tickets will be available in advance for $35 with reserved tickets for children 12-under $15 if purchased in advance. Pit combos will also be available for $40 and include a reserved ticket and a pit pass. For tickets call the track at 507-754-6107.