WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES: THE WEEK AT A GLANCE Colorado Springs, CO -- April 13, 2005 WHAT: The World of Outlaws Sprint Series invades Indiana for the first time this season when it races April 16 in Haubstadt at Tri-State Speedway in a ...
WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES: THE WEEK AT A GLANCE
Colorado Springs, CO -- April 13, 2005
WHAT: The World of Outlaws Sprint Series invades Indiana for the first time this season when it races April 16 in Haubstadt at Tri-State Speedway in a $10,000-to-win show.
WHERE: Tri-State Speedway is 16 miles north of Evansville, Ind., or only three miles north of Interstate 64 on U.S. 41.
WHEN: Grandstand gates open at 3:30 p.m. with qualifying at 7 p.m. with racing at 8 p.m.
TICKETS: General admission tickets are $30 for Adult, $20 for Child (6-12), and free for Ages 5 and under. For more information, call 812-768-6025.
ABOUT THE TRACK: Tri-State Speedway is a high-banked, 1/4-mile oval. Sammy Swindell established the track record of 11.110 seconds on Oct. 8, 2004.
TELEVISION THIS WEEK
At 8 p.m. ET Wednesday (April 13), The Outdoor Channel will broadcast coverage of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series event from I-55 Raceway. At 8 p.m. on April 20, coverage of the action at Eldora Speedway will be featured.
Coverage of the race Saturday from Tri-State Speedway will be broadcast April 27 on The Outdoor Channel.
NEWS & NOTES
* Back home again: Indiana is home to some of the greatest race teams and racing in the world. The race Saturday at Tri-State Speedway marks the first of three World of Outlaws Sprint Series events in the Hoosier State this year. The series also will run June 14 at Kokomo Speedway and Aug. 3 at Lawrenceburg Speedway.
* Motoring: Kraig Kinser has run the same motor in his Steve Kinser Racing machine since winning the preliminary feature in March at Las Vegas. That is, until Friday night at Eldora. The team switched engines for the intimidating high-speed, high-banked half-mile track and struggled in qualifying on preliminary night. They quickly switched back to the motor that had won in early April at Batesville Speedway and I-55 Raceway on back-to-back nights and Kinser went out in the feature and was fast. He set the quick time Saturday night and worked his way into one of the two remaining spots in the Stacker 2® Dash. That helped him to finish third in the main event behind Steve Kinser and Tim Kaeding and strengthen his grip on third place in the standings.
* Rookie race heats up: Tim Kaeding's recent string of strong finishes has tightened the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award. Thanks to seven top-10 finishes, Shane Stewart has put his Rudeen Racing powered by mIn machine in seventh place in the overall standings. But Kaeding's two top-five runs in the past two events is a sign the Dennis Roth-team is pulling together. The team is 12th in points, but considering Kaeding won the last time the Outlaws raced at Tri-State Speedway, his deficit could shrink more after the weekend. Not to be outdone, Brandon Wimmer and his Wimmer-Luck Motorsports team also have been coming together. After struggling in the early part of the season, Wimmer won the pole and raced to a top-10 finish at Houston Raceway Park before the series was off the final weekend of March.
* King of the hill: In a back-and-forth battle atop the World of Outlaws Sprint Series standings, Steve Kinser reclaimed the lead from Craig Dollansky last weekend at Eldora. Dollansky entered the event ahead by four points, but Kinser finished third in the preliminary feature and held off Kaeding to win the main event to stake a 16-point advantage over Dollansky as the series comes to Tri-State Speedway.
* Hot seat: The No. 35 Wright One Construction car is expected to have its third different driver in it this weekend at Tri-State Speedway. Former series champion Mark Kinser left the team after the race April 2 at I-55 Raceway, telling them his heart wasn't in it any more. Kerry Madsen climbed in last weekend at Eldora, qualified third quick on Saturday and finished in the top eight, but he decided not to drive the car this weekend. As of Tuesday, the team had not decided on a racer for Saturday night.
* Outlaws on asphalt: One weekend after watching the World of Outlaws Sprint Series help him open Eldora Speedway, NASCAR champion and World of Outlaws car owner Tony Stewart will race The Outdoor Channel/World of Outlaws-sponsored car in the NASCAR Busch Series O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. At 8 p.m. Eastern every Wednesday, The Outdoor Channel broadcasts coverage of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series. This Wednesday, the race from I-55 Raceway will be highlighted. Stewart, who will be racing the No.33 Chevrolet owned by Kevin Harvick, Inc., owns the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops car driven by Mean 15 racer Danny Lasoski on the World of Outlaws Sprint Series tour.
* A Dude repeat? Danny Lasoski and Steve Kinser are representing the World of Outlaws Sprint Series in the IROC event Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. Last year at Texas, Lasoski started on the pole and held on to win, marking the second time a driver from the Outlaws has defeated the champions from other racing disciplines. Steve Kinser won an IROC event at Talladega Superspeedway in April 1994. "It feels fantastic to be back here at Texas Motor Speedway after winning last year, it's a pleasure to be here with the IROC guys and I just hope I can repeat last year," Lasoski said. "We're starting the race a little earlier this year and that may change the characteristic of the cars a bit, but overall it should be a great race."
* Early season winners: Steve Kinser's win last weekend at Eldora Speedway was his third victory of the season, but Kraig Kinser might be the hottest driver on the circuit after posting wins at Batesville Speedway and I-55 Raceway and finishing third at Eldora. Donny Schatz has also won three main event features this season and Craig Dollansky has won a feature, a preliminary and has 10 top-10 features. Tim Shaffer and Jeff Shepard have each won a feature.
* Looking back: Tim Kaeding earned his first World of Outlaws Sprint Series main event victory of the season Oct. 8, 2004, with a daring move around the outside of Donny Schatz and Steve Kinser with eight laps remaining in the 40-lap feature at Tri-State Speedway. It was the first World of Outlaws race in more than six years at the racy Indiana quarter-mile, and Sammy Swindell marked the return by setting a track record of 11.110 seconds. "Donny and Steve were fast all night long, and we were just kind of back there cruising around," Kaeding said that night. "I saw them both go to the bottom, and I thought 'I think there's enough room up there to squeeze by them,' so I just made the move and figured we'd either crash or have the lead."
* The Mean 15: The impressive 2005 edition of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series' Mean 15 racers includes Craig Dollansky (No. 7 owned by Karavan Motorsports), Tim Kaeding (No. 83 owned by Dennis Roth), Kraig Kinser (No. 11k owned by Steve Kinser Racing), Steve Kinser (No. 11 owned by Steve Kinser Racing), Danny Lasoski (No. 20 owned by Tony Stewart Motorsports), Paul McMahan (No. 11h owned by David Helm), Jason Meyers (No. 14 owned by the Elite Racing Team), Brian Paulus (No. 28 owned by Pender Motorsports), Daryn Pittman (No. 21 owned by Titan Racing), Joey Saldana (No. 2 owned by Woodward Racing), Donny Schatz (No. 15 owned by Schatz Motorsports), Tim Shaffer (No. 6 owned by Parsons Motorsports), Jason Sides (No. 7s owned by Sides Motorsports), Brandon Wimmer (No. 7tw owned by Wimmer-Luck Racing), and the No. 35 Rick Wright-owned car.
* On tour, too: Several other drivers have committed to running the bulk of the schedule with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series in 2005 with hopes of earning a spot in a future Mean 15: Australian Brooke Tatnell is back in the series with the newly formed Rush Racing team. Terry McCarl, who has won the past six 410 sprint championships at Knoxville Raceway. Shane Stewart, the current leader in the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title. Randy Hannagan, a long-time Outlaws competitor is running with the series again. Sammy Swindell, a sprint car legend and three-time Outlaws champion. Kevin Swindell, 16, who became the youngest driver to finish in the top 10 with the Outlaws when finished sixth in the feature at Parramatta City Raceway in January.
* Tune into the Web: If fans can't get to Tri-State Speedway to see the racing Saturday, they can experience the excitement of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series live on Dirtvision.com through the DIRT Radio Network, where announcer John Gibson keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the event. To listen to the audio broadcasts, log on to www.dirtvision.com and click on the DIRT Radio Network logo. Listeners will need Windows Media Player 9 or higher to listen to the DIRT Radio Network. Companies who are interested in advertising on the new DIRT Radio Network should contact Mark Noble, DIRT MotorSports VP Sales and Marketing, at 719-884-2141. For technical support or questions, e-mail email@example.com.
* Hear it firsthand: RACEceiver is the Official Driver Communicator of DIRT MotorSports. A compact radio receiver that conveniently fits into a driver's pocket, a RACEceiver allows each driver to hear directions from series officials, which greatly enhances the safety and timeliness of events. A similar version available to fans will allow RACEceiver users to hear what information series officials are relaying to the drivers. For more information about RACEceiver, visit www.raceceiver.com, call 866-301-7223, or look for their sales trailers at various events.
Craig Dollansky, a Mean 15 racer from Elk River, Minn., who is second in points entering the race Saturday at Tri-State Speedway
* On the points battle with current leader Steve Kinser: "Right now we're just concentrating on trying to win races and let the points work themselves out. It's definitely a good start and we feel real good about that. We feel real good about this race team right now."
* On adjusting to a short track after racing at Eldora: "All these teams, you run so many different racetracks, you roll in and have four or five laps in hot laps to get things figured out and most all of them do a pretty good job. We just take each track as it comes to us and do the things we need to do for a short track, big track or one in between."
Tim Kaeding, a Mean 15 racer from San Jose, Calif., and contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award who won in October at Tri-State Speedway
* On winning at Haubstadt last year: "It probably puts a little bit more pressure on me knowing that we won there last year. After falling behind Donny Schatz and Steve Kinser, we just got lucky I guess. Those guys kind of started racing each other and I just poked my nose in there and held on a prayed I made it through the corner. Hopefully next weekend we can just roll in there and repeat, but you never know with these guys. Hopefully we can keep this No. 83 Beef Packers car going forward and get some good solid finishes."
* On setting up for Tri-State after winning last year: "We basically have our own starting setup. We set it up for a short track like we run back home and follow the racetrack after that. Hopefully we can get another win. It would be great for this whole organization."
* On finishing second at Eldora last weekend: "To run Eldora for the third time ever in my life and be able to run second to Steve Kinser, that's just a feat within itself. That's like winning in my book. He's run here probably 300 times and I ran here three times. For us to do what we were able to do at Eldora is just great for our whole team."
Kraig Kinser, a Mean 15 racer from Bloomington, Ind., who won back-to-back features earlier this month in Locust Grove, Ark., and Pevely, Mo.
* On racing in Indiana: "It's always fun to race around home, especially at Haubstadt. There's definitely going to be a lot of people down there, a lot of buddies down there, so hopefully we'll do well down there.
Steve Kinser, a Mean 15 racer from Bloomington, Ind., who picked up the 516th main event victory of his legendary career Saturday night at Eldora Speedway
* On racing at Haubstadt: "It's fun to get there. We let one get away from us there last year. You don't get to run there much, but when we run there we want to run good. We go to Texas and do some IROC racing on Friday and then come back up and run there Saturday night."
* On the points battle: "You got to pay a little bit of attention to it but not too much right now. We're still just focused on our car and keeping our race team in good shape all year. It's a long year yet."
Danny Lasoski, a Mean 15 racer and 2001 World of Outlaws Sprint Series champion
* On racing Friday in the IROC series at Texas, where last year he won: "It's an honor to be here. I just wish we could start on the pole, but we'll start in the middle of the field and work our way up."
Jason Meyers, a Mean 15 racer from Clovis, Calif., who is fifth in points as the series rolls into Tri-State Speedway
* On racing at Tri-State Speedway: "We're going from one of the biggest places we run to one of the smallest. I'm looking forward to going down and getting another race in Indiana where sprint cars are huge."
* On adjusting to different tracks: "As a World of Outlaws driver, every night's a new night. You start completely over. It's not about what you learned the night before. If anything, it's about what you did at that racetrack last year."
* On fellow Californian Kaeding winning at Tri-State last year: "Maybe we can keep it in California this year."
Joey Saldana, an Indiana native also known as the Brownsburg bullet who is a Mean 15 racer in the Larry Woodward machine
* On racing in his home state: "Any time you can race in Indiana, it's nice, especially on the Outlaws tour."
* On the difficulty of racing with the World of Outlaws: "[At Eldora] we had our best qualifying run of the year and in the heat race we were good and somebody spun out in front of me and took me out of the heat. If you drop a heat race with these guys it pretty much kills you. We made it through the B-main and in the feature we were just struggling. The car wasn't like it was. -- We didn't get the finish we hoped for but we definitely had the speed to run up front. There's so many good guys out here right now and if you can't put the whole night together, it doesn't show."
Jason Solwold, driver of the Carnahan Motorsports car that has raced with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series since the beginning of the year
* On competing with the best collection of sprint racers in the country: "I'm getting a lot more comfortable racing with these guys. It seems like it's a revolving circle. Somebody's up front one night and they're in the back the next night. Everybody kind of gets to take their turn. We've started up front and struggled and went backwards. It's just how it goes. It's a big learning curve for me."
Tony Stewart, 2002 NASCAR champion and owner of Eldora Speedway and the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops car on the World of Outlaws Sprint Series circuit
* On driving The Outdoor Channel/World of Outlaws-sponsored Busch Series car this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway: "Kevin and DeLana Harvick have put together a great race team. They have the best of everything and they have the right people to put it all together. It's great driving for them. You're in top-notch equipment. There aren't any points to worry about. You just go out there and race to win. Who wouldn't like that?"
Brandon Wimmer, an 18-year-old Fairmount, Ind., native and Mean 15 driver running for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award
* On racing in Indiana: "It's always fun to be back in Indiana, kind of close to home. Haubstadt is a really nice, really small fast track. It's really racy. The people there do a great job of keeping the track up. It's just a great place to go and race. Hopefully we get a good finish there. I've been there a couple of times and haven't done too bad, but I've never raced there with the World of Outlaws so we're going to go there and do the best we can do."
* On his team's improvement throughout the season: "I think the more the team works together the better we're getting. Now I've got to get out there and be able to finish races. We're getting to where we can run with them and be fast, but I just got to be able to go out there and finish races. Once we can do that we'll be pretty good."
The World of Outlaws Sprint Series shifts back West for races April 22 at Outlaw Motor Speedway in Muskogee, Okla., and April 23 at 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kan., before closing out the month April 29-30 at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa.