Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, IN-- July 3, 2008--A busy Fourth of July weekend wraps up for the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car series with a bang on Sunday, July 6...
Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Tri-State Speedway
Haubstadt, IN-- July 3, 2008--A busy Fourth of July weekend wraps up for the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car series with a bang on Sunday, July 6 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana. The event which was originally scheduled for April 19 and postponed by rain will be the second of three consecutive events for the series on ¼-mile tracks over the holiday weekend.
Leading the way to Tri-State Speedway will be current series point leader Donny Schatz who has three consecutive wins and nine overall on the season. The two-time defending series champion has six consecutive Top-10 finishes at Tri-State Speedway, and also has finished in the Top-10 in all 24 events this season., as he chases his third consecutive series title.
Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion, has won each of his last two starts at the ¼-mile in his home state, leading all 80 laps of feature racing competition in the process. He held off Jac Haudenschild for the win last year. In his career at Tri-State Speedway, he has 21 wins in 40 starts and has finished in the Top-10 in all but three of those events. Kinser has won twice this season and is just four points out of the Top-Five in the series championship standings.
Jason Meyers finished third at the high-banked track last season and enters this weekend's event second in the championship standings, as he chases his first World of Outlaws title. In three career starts at the high-banked ¼-mile, he has three finishes of ninth or better. The California native has won five A-Feature events this season and has 18 Top-Five finishes.
Craig Dollansky was victorious at Tri-State Speedway in 2006. Along with Steve Kinser, he is the only active Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series driver that has scored a victory at the track with the series. The native of Elk River, Minnesota has six career Top-10 finishes at the track in the Hoosier state, including four in a row.
Joey Saldana led the World of Outlaws last season with four wins on ¼-mile tracks driving for Kasey Kahne Racing. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana has nine career Top-10 finishes at Tri-State Speedway. He enters the event fourth in championship points, on the strength of 21 Top-10 finishes. He picked up his first win of the season in World of Outlaws action on June 20 at Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas.
Jac Haudenschild has 10 Top-10 finishes in his career at Tri-State Speedway. The native of Wooster, Ohio is currently fifth in championship points on the strength of 17 Top-10 finishes. He has finished in the Top-Five nine times this year as he closes in on his first A-Feature win of the campaign.
Kerry Madsen, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year made his first start at Tri-State Speedway last season. The native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia is seventh in points this season and has racked up 15 Top-10 finishes. He led a number of laps on Sunday night at Cedar Lake Speedway en route to a fourth-place finish.
Chad Kemenah won in 2004 at Tri-State Speedway with the All Star Circuit of Champions. The native of Findlay, Ohio was seventh last season at the track with the World of Outlaws and in his career has four Top-10 finishes.
Shane Stewart finished sixth in his last visit to Tri-State Speedway in 2005. The former Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year is currently ninth in the championship standings, and won at Knoxville Raceway last month.
Terry McCarl has one win at the high-banked ¼-mile in career, with that coming in 1996. He finished second there in 2006 and was ninth last season. The six-time Knoxville Raceway and Huset's Speedway track champion has nine Top-10 finishes this season and is 10th in points.
Daryn Pittman has two career Top-10 finishes at Tri-State Speedway. He won once last season on a ¼-mile at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma has 12 Top-10 finishes this season and is just outside of the Top-10 in points.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. made his debut at Tri-State Speedway last season, during his rookie campaign with the World of Outlaws. The native of Sunnyvale, Texas has had a strong start to his sophomore season with the series, picking up nine Top-10 finishes thus far.
Kraig Kinser made his last start at the ¼-mile in 2005. He finished third at the track in 2003 with the former Great Lakes Outlaw Sprint Series. The third generation driver is currently in his first full season driving for Tony Stewart Racing as a teammate to Donny Schatz.
Jason Sides has made three starts during his career at Tri-State Speedway. The 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has five Top-10 finishes this season.
Tony Bruce Jr. and Chad Hillier both made their debuts at Tri-State Speedway last season during their rookie campaigns with the World of Outlaws.
Paul McMahan has three Top-10 finishes in his career at the high-banked ¼-mile, including a third-place run in 2005. He recently joined forces with car owner Lonnie Parsons to pilot the No. 6 machine, picking up a Top-10 finish in just his second race with the team at Cedar Lake Speedway on Sunday.
Lucas Wolfe, Current Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year leader from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania will miss the event after sustaining a back injury at Tri-City Speedway last month.
2007 Race Recap: Steve Kinser continued to add to his remarkable track record at the ¼-mile in his home state by picking up his seventh career World of Outlaws win at Tri-State Speedway.
Kinser led from the drop of the green, as he used the high side of the track to win a drag race down the front straightaway with Danny Lasoski. By just the sixth lap of the 40-lap contest, Kinser was already in lapped traffic.
Early in the race, Paul McMahan closed in on Kinser in traffic and took a couple of looks to the low side of the track, and took the lead briefly coming entering the second turn, but he jumped the cushion and it took a few laps for him to recover. Likewise, Tim Kaeding, tried to power his way under Kinser, but the momentum from the high side of the track helped him fend off all challengers. Each time Kinser was credited as being the leader at the start-finish line, thus leading wire-to-wire.
Five cautions in the last 15 laps of the event slowed down a race that saw a blistering pace for the first 25 circuits.
Jac Haudenschild thrilled the crowd late in the race as he charged into the Top-Five and lined up second after a late caution. He used the extreme high side of the track, and was just inches off the wall as he chased down Kinser. He jumped the cushion a couple of times late in the race, as he was pushing his car as hard as it would go, and thus lost some momentum on the high side of the track.
Jason Meyers powered his way to a third-place finish, with Jeremy Campbell and Zach Chappell rounding out the Top-Five.
What to look for at Tri-State Speedway:
* The event will be the first ¼-mile race of the season for the World of Outlaws. Last year, the series competed 10 times on a track that size, with six different drivers visiting the winner's circle.
* Steve Kinser who led all 40 laps last season at the ¼-mile to win, has 21 career wins at the track. He has won his last two starts at the track in his home state, leading every lap of the two A-Feature events. He won for the first time at Tri-State Speedway in 1978, and competed 10 times that year at the track, winning all 10 races.
* Craig Dollansky won at Tri-State Speedway in 2006 and has four consecutive Top-10 finishes at the track. He has four A-Feature wins this season and is fourth in points.
* Jason Meyers has three starts in his career at the ¼-mile, and has finished in the Top-10 each time, including a third-place run last season after setting fast time. He has five A-Feature wins this season as he chases his first series title.
* Donny Schatz, the two-time defending series champion has six consecutive Top-10 finishes at the Southern Indiana track, including a sixth-place effort last season. He is currently riding a three-race win streak and has nine overall wins on the season.
* Joey Saldana led the series last season with four wins on ¼-mile tracks last season. He has nine Top-10 finishes in his career at Tri-State Speedway
*Chad Kemenah, the 2006 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year won at the track in 2005 with the All Star Circuit of Champions and was seventh last season with the World of Outlaws.
* Jac Haudenschild finished second at the always racy track last year. The native of Wooster, Ohio has 10 Top-10 finishes in his career at the track, as he chases his first victory at the ¼-mile.
By the Numbers- Tri-State Speedway:
0.25- Miles around Tri-State Speedway
1- Driver that has finished in the Top-10 in all 24 events this season
3- Drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws this season that hail from Indiana
7- A-Feature wins in World of Outlaws competition for Steve Kinser at the track
10- Races contested in 2007 by the World of Outlaws on ¼-mile track
11.110- Track record at Tri-State Speedway set by Sammy Swindell on October 8, 2004
12- Current drivers competing full-time with the series who have earned Top-10 finishes in their career at the track
13- Drivers that have won an A-Feature event with the series at the track dating back to 1979
16- Drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws who competed at Tri-State Speedway in 2007
17- Drivers currently competing full-time with the World of Outlaws
21- Total wins for 20-time series champion Steve Kinser in his career at Tri-State Speedway in both winged and non-wing sprint car
24- Events held by the World of Outlaws at Tri-State Speedway dating back to 1979
33- Drivers that competed last season with the series at the track
40- Laps led by Steve Kinser en route to winning at the ¼-mile in 2007
80- Laps led by Steve Kinser in his last two starts at the track to earn two wins (2005 & 2007)
154- Laps led by Craig Dollansky in A-Feature events this season to lead the series
329- Miles from Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas where the World of Outlaws compete in Saturday, July 6 to Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana
1979- Year the World of Outlaws first competed at Tri-State Speedway
10,000- Dollars the winner will receive on Sunday, July 6
145,700- Dollars earned by Donny Schatz through June 29 to lead the series
Tickets: On Sunday, July 6 at Tri-State Speedway, adult general admission tickets will be $30, with general admission tickets for children ages 6-12 $15 and kids 5-under will be admitted free of charge. For ticket information visit: www.tristatespeedway.com or call (812)-768-6025.
Next Up: The 20th edition of the Brad Doty Classic, which will again be held at Limaland Motorsports Park this season, on Wednesday, July 9.