Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Tri-City (Illinois) Speedway Pontoon Beach, IL-- June 4, 2008--The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series look for the second time to the be the charm this weekend...
Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Tri-City (Illinois) Speedway
Pontoon Beach, IL-- June 4, 2008--The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series look for the second time to the be the charm this weekend as they return to Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Illinois on Sunday, June 8. Mother Nature interrupted the event which was originally scheduled for May 9, and the rescheduled event will now put the wraps on a busy three-race weekend that begins at Knoxville Raceway on Friday.
The race will mark the 51st event that the series has sanctioned at the track. In 1979, Steve Kinser won the series first stop at the track and the 20-time series champion is the winningest driver with the series at Tri-City Speedway with 22 A-Feature triumphs. He has won in 15 different seasons at the track, with his most recent victory coming in 2002. He has 37 career Top-Five finishes at Tri-City Speedway.
Other current World of Outlaws drivers that have won at the track include: Jac Haudenschild, who has two career victories (1995 and 1998), Joey Saldana who won in 2004, and Jason Meyers who was victorious in 2005.
Of the 18 drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws this season, 17 have competed at Tri-City Speedway. Lucas Wolfe, the current Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year leader will be making his debut at the 3/8-mile.
Donny Schatz, the two-time defending series champion will be looking for his first career win at the track. He has won the last two Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series events and has three A-Feature wins on the season. The North Dakota native recently took over the series championship points lead and has finished in the Top-10 in all 14 events this season.
Jason Meyers who is second in points and leads the series with five A-Feature wins this season has seven career Top-10 finishes at Tri-City Speedway. He was fourth last season in the series first event on the reconfigured 3/8-mile.The native of Clovis, California leads the series with 11 Top-Five finishes in 14 starts. He is the only driver that has led more than 100 laps of feature racing competition as well this season.
Craig Dollansky won in his first career start at Tri-City in 1994. He has nine Top-10 finishes at the track over the years, and was ninth there last season. He is currently third in points on the strength of 13 Top-10 finishes in 14 starts, with eight of those being Top-Five finishes.
Joey Saldana has two wins at Tri-City Speedway in his career, including with the World of Outlaws in 2004. The second generation driver is currently fourth in points and has 12 Top-10 finishes this season. He finished second in both events in Ohio last weekend as he closes in on his first win of the season.
Jac Haudenschild has won twice with the World of Outlaws at Tri-City Speedway, with the most recent triumph coming in 1998. He has Top-10 finishes in 12 of his last 13 starts at the track located just outside of St. Louis. The veteran driver recently moved into the Top-Five in the series standings, on the strength of seven Top-10 finishes.
Kerry Madsen, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year made his first career start at Tri-City Speedway last season. The native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia has 10 Top-10 finishes this season and is seventh in points.
Chad Kemenah has three Top-10 finishes at the track in a limited number of starts in his career. The 2006 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has seven Top-10 finishes this season including a fourth-place performance at Attica Raceway Park in Ohio last weekend, and is eighth in points.
Terry McCarl has a couple of Top-10 finishes in his career at Tri-City Speedway. The six-time Knoxville Raceway and Huset's Speedway track champion is ninth in the series standings, with six Top-10 finishes to-date.
Shane Stewart will be making his first start at Tri-City Speedway since 2005 on Sunday, June 9. He has three Top-10 finishes in just a handful of starts at the track, with two of those being Top-Fives. He recently moved into the Top-10 in World of Outlaws points and has four Top-Five finishes in his last five starts.
Daryn Pittman finished second at Tri-City last year. He enters the trio of events this weekend just outside of the Top-10 in points. The former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion finished fifth at Eldora Speedway last Saturday night.
Jason Sides led the first nine laps of the A-Feature last season at Tri-City before suffering a flat tire. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee has four career Top-10 finishes at the track.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Sunnyvale, Texas made his first start at Tri-City Speedway last season. He finished 10th at Eldora Speedway last weekend to pick up his fourth Top-10 finish of the 2008 season, as he continues to move up in the championship standings.
Kraig Kinser, the 2004 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year will be making his first start at the track since 2005. He has five Top-10 finishes in six starts at the track, and was third in his last trip Tri-City.
Tim Shaffer has seven Top-10 finishes at Tri-City in his career. The former Lernerville Speedway track champion and 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has three Top-10 finishes this season.
Tony Bruce Jr. and Chad Hillier, who both continue their sophomore seasons with the World of Outlaws, made their first career starts at Tri-City Speedway last season.
2007 Race Recap: Danny Lasoski held off a hard charging Daryn Pittman on the last lap to earn the $10,000 to prize.
The race began with pole sitter Jason Sides leading. Lasoski moved from fourth to second on the opening circuit, and began an exciting side-by-side battle with Sides, that lasted for a number of laps. Each lap Lasoski would dart to the lead in turns one and two on the low side of the track, with Sides regaining the point on the high side of the back straightaway and officially being scored the leader the line.
Sides had a right rear tire going down that led to some incidental contact, after he led the first nine laps of the 35-lap race.
Lasoski inherited the lead on the restart on lap 10 and held off a number of attempts by Pittman and Donny Schatz to take the lead. He endured four cautions, including two while leading to pick up the win over Pittman and Schatz.
Jason Meyers was fourth, with Jason Solwold finishing in the fifth position.
What to look for at Tri-City Speedway:
* Steve Kinser has won 22 times with the World of Outlaws in A-Feature events at the track, which was reconfigured to a 3/8-mile prior to the 2007 season
* Donny Schatz has 11 Top-10 finishes in his career at Tri-City Speedway as he chases his first win at the track. The two-time defending series champion was third last season. He earned his first World of Outlaws win of the season last Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway.
* Jason Meyers won at the track in 2005 and has seven finishes of sixth or better in nine starts. He was fourth last season and has five consecutive Top-Five finishes at the track.
* Craig Dollansky, who is third in the World of Outlaws standings has nine Top-10 finishes in his career at the track, along with a win in an IRA (Interstate Racing Association) event in 1994, when the track was a half-mile
* Joey Saldana has 18 Top-10 finishes in his career at the track, along with two wins, one with the World of Outlaws and one with the All Star Circuit of Champion
* Jac Haudenschild has two wins during his career at Tri-City Speedway, on the former half-mile configuration. He finished seventh last season and is coming off a fourth-place finish at Eldora Speedway last Saturday night.
* Jason Sides led the first nine laps at the track last season before a flat tire ended his night. He won the Crane Cams Dash to earn the pole position.
* Lucas Wolfe, a Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award contender from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania will make his first start at the track. He recently competed in a couple of non-wing sprint car races in his home state of Pennsylvania.
By the Numbers- Tri-City Speedway:
0.375- Miles around Tri-City Speedway
1- Driver that will be making their debut at the track- Lucas Wolfe
2- Series champions that will be competing in the event- Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz
5- Drivers currently competing full-time with the World of Outlaws that have won at Tri-City Speedway with the series
10- Degrees of banking in the turns at Tri-City Speedway
12.174- Track record established by Zach Chappell on June 14, 2007
14- Drives that have won World of Outlaws A-Feature events at Tri-City Speedway dating back to 1979
16- Seasons in which Steve Kinser has won an A-Feature at Tri-City Speedway
17- Drivers competing full-time with the series this season that competed at the track in 2007
18- Drivers currently competing full-time with the World of Outlaws
22- Wins for Steve Kinser in World of Outlaws A-Feature competition at Tri-City Speedway
23- Points that separate Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers atop the World of Outlaws standings
36- Drivers that competed with the series at the track last season
37- Top-Five finishes in World of Outlaws events at Tri-City Speedway for Steve Kinser
50- A-Feature events that the World of Outlaws have contested at Tri-City Speedway dating back to 1979
70- Feet in width of Tri-City Speedway
110.892- Track record in miles per hour set last season
322 Miles from Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa where the World of Outlaws compete on June 6 and June 7 to Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Illinois
1979- Year that the World of Outlaws first competed at Tri-City Speedway 10,000- Dollars to the winner on Sunday, June 9
Tickets: On Sunday, June 8 at Tri-City Speedway, reserved seats in the Top-Five Rows will be $32, with general admission tickets $30, with children 12-under admitted free of charge. For ticket information visit www.tricityspeedway.net or call 1-800-617-9077. There will also be an autograph session featuring World of Outlaws drivers at 5:15 on the midway.
Next Up: The series annual visit to Sedalia's State Fair Speedway in Missouri for an event which will benefit the Michael Ross Memorial Foundation on Wednesday, June 11.