Volunteer Speedway preview

World of Outlaws Ready for First Visit to Volunteer Speedway Bulls Gap, TN--March 21, 2007-- For the first time in history, the World of Outlaws will take to the blazing fast high banks of Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee on Saturday...

World of Outlaws Ready for First Visit to Volunteer Speedway

Bulls Gap, TN--March 21, 2007-- For the first time in history, the World of Outlaws will take to the blazing fast high banks of Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee on Saturday March 24. Thirty-two degrees of banking will greet the greatest sprint car drivers in the world.

Leading the charge will be current point leader and reigning series champion Donny Schatz. The native of Fargo, North Dakota, picked up his series-best third win of the season last weekend, and has racked up an impressive eight Top-Five finishes in the first nine events of the year. He currently leads the series in lap led, with 67. The always focused driver has won two dashes to earn the pole position in the same number of A-Feature events. He also has one fast time honor to his credit this season.

Right behind him, is Joey Saldana, who won his second race of the season last weekend. Driving for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne, who will serve as Grand Marshall of the event, Saldana is only 18 markers behind Schatz. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana has eight Top-10 finishes on the campaign, with six of those being in the Top-Five. He leads the series with three fast times awards, and is second in laps led with 59. He also has won a dash to earn a pole position.

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws Champion is coming off a very solid weekend in the Deep South. He picked up two Top-Five finishes last week, including a third-place run on Saturday night. He has one win on the season and is currently 10th in series points. He heads to Volunteer with an impressive track record of winning 54 times in his first visit to a track.

Adding a local flavor to the event will be two Tennessee natives. Paul McMahan driving for Tony Stewart Racing calls Nashville home, while Jason Sides hails from Bartlett. McMahan is currently 12th in points with two Top-10 finishes, along with a dash win, pole position, and quick time honor. He won at Volunteer in 2000 in a World of Outlaws Gumout Series event. Sides is 15th in points with five Top-10 finishes and he also had led six laps on the season.

Daryn Pittman enters the event with plenty of momentum as he sits third in overall points with the World of Outlaws. He won on February 11, and has racked up six Top-10 finishes, including a runner-up effort last Friday night. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma has 20 career World of Outlaws A-Feature wins to his credit.

Terry McCarl, heads to Volunteer Speedway for the first time, fourth in championship points, on the strength of six Top-10 finishes. He was a season best second on February 24 when the series competed in California.

Rounding out the Top-Five in points is Craig Dollansky, of Elk River, Minnesota. He has six Top-10 finishes under his belt so far in 2007, with three of those being in the Top-Five including one last weekend. He is one of four drivers that competed at Volunteer Speedway in 2000, in a World of Outlaws Gumout Series event.

Brooke Tatnell, a native of San Souci, NSW, Australia enters the event sixth in points, in his first year driving for Larry Woodward Racing. The team has racked up six Top-10 finishes. Tantell is the reigning national champion Down Under, and is one of only two Australian-born drivers to have won a World of Outlaws A-Feature event, with rookie Kerry Madsen who will be in action as well, being the other.

Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws Champion is currently seventh overall in points, with five Top-10 finishes, with three of those being in the Top-Five. He drives for veteran car owner Dennis Roth, and looks to add to his 74 career World of Outlaws A-Feature wins in his first visit to Volunteer Speedway.

Madsen, enters the event leading the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Years points, and is eighth overall in the standings. He won on the second night of the season, February 10. He also won a race in his native land just a couple weeks back, during a break in the World of Outlaws schedule. He has four Top-10 finishes so far this season.

Tim Kaeding, driving for Steve Kinser Racing enters the event ninth in points. He won in his home state of California on February 24. One of the most enthusiastic drivers with the series, he has five Top-10 finishes so far in 2007, with four of those being in the Top-Five.

Other drivers that will be on hand including: second-year driver Jeremy Campbell of Michigan, who competed in a USCS event at Volunteer Speedway, veteran Brian Carlson, who competed in the Gumout Series event in 2000, 2005 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year Randy Hannagan, fan favorite Jac Haudenschild of Wooster, Ohio who excels on fast high-banked track, second generation driver Justin Henderson of South Dakota, veteran Dion Hindi of New Mexico, reigning Rookie of the Year Chad Kemenah, second-year driver Jason Martin of Kansas, Jason Meyers, who finished second at Volunteer in the Gumout Race in 2000, Tim Shaffer of Pennsylvania, and Jason Solwold of Washington.

Rookies that will be on hand include: Tony Bruce Jr. or Kansas, Zach Chappell of Oklahoma, Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Texas, Chad Hillier, of Washington, Madsen, of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia, and James Mosher of New Mexico.

Adult grandstand (general) admission on Saturday, March 24 is $25, children 6-12 $5, with 5-and-under admitted free. Pit passes and backside tier-parking is $35 for anyone entering the back pit gate.

The pit gate will open at 3 p.m. with the grandstands opening at 4:30 p.m. Hot laps are tentatively scheduled to begin around 6:45 p.m., to be followed by time trials and racing action.

Volunteer Speedway is located just off Exit 23 (Bulls Gap/Greeneville) on Interstate 81. For ticket information call the track at: 423-235-5020 or visit www.volunteerspeedway.com.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Brian Carlson , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Tim Kaeding , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.