Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Red River Valley Speedway West Fargo, ND-- June 25, 2008-- The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will continue a swing through the upper Midwest this weekend,...
Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Red River Valley Speedway
West Fargo, ND-- June 25, 2008-- The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will continue a swing through the upper Midwest this weekend, with a traditional stop at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, North Dakota. The series has been visiting the high-banked half-mile since 1981, with 12 different drivers picking up A-Feature wins during that time span.
The event at Red River Valley on Saturday, June 28 will serve as the second stop on the Gerdau Ameristeel Northern Tour, which encompasses four tracks in the state of North Dakota, wrapping up in August.
Donny Schatz, the two-time defending series champion has 11 total wins in his career at Red River Valley Speedway, including four in Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series competition. He has nearly 40 Top-10 finishes in his career at his home track. Schatz ran his first ever World of Outlaws event at the track in 1993. He leads the series with seven A-Feature wins this season.
Jason Meyers has won twice at Red River Valley Speedway, in 2004 and 2005. He has finished first or second in three of his last four starts at the track. He has nine career Top-10 finishes at the high-banked half-mile. Entering the trio of races this weekend, the California native has five A-Feature wins to go along with a series-best 18 Top-Five finishes as he continues to chase his first series title.
Craig Dollansky has three wins in his career at Red River Valley, with the most recent coming in 2001, when he pocketed $25,000. The Minnesota native has three consecutive Top-10 finishes at the track and heads into action this weekend third in the championship standings on the strength of four A-Feature wins.
Joey Saldana has three career wins at the half-mile, with two of those coming during the 2004 season. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana has 15 Top-10 finishes at the track dating back to 1996. He enters this weekend's event fresh off his first A-Feature win of the season last weekend at Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas.
Jac Haudenschild won for the first time in his career at Red River Valley Speedway last season. The native of Wooster, Ohio has 25 Top-10 finishes over the years at the track. He is currently fifth in points, with 15 Top-10 finishes as he closes in on his first win of the season.
Steve Kinser has 16 total wins in his career at Red River Valley, including preliminary features. He most recently visited the winners circle at the track in 2005. He made his first start at the track in 1981 and finished in the Top-Three in each of his first dozen starts there. The 20-time series champion has won twice this season.
Kerry Madsen, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, made his first start at the track last season. He won twice in 2007 on half-mile tracks, including on the high-banked Perris Auto Speedway in California. He has racked up 14 Top-10 finishes to open the 2008 campaign and is solidly in the Top-10 in points.
Shane Stewart last competed at the half-mile in 2005, when he picked up consecutive sixth-place finishes. The 2005 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year recently moved into eighth in points on the strength of 12 Top-10 finishes, including a win at Knoxville Raceway earlier this month.
Chad Kemenah, the 2006 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, has three career starts at Red River Valley. He finished fourth last Friday night at Dodge City Raceway Park, to earn his 10th Top-10 finish of the season.
Terry McCarl has four Top-10 finishes in his career at Red River Valley Speedway, with three of those being Top-Five finishes. The Iowa native has nine Top-10 finishes this season with the World of Outlaws and is currently 10th in points.
Daryn Pittman has nine career Top-10 finishes at the track, including in two of his last three starts. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma has 11 Top-10 finishes this season, including his third Top-Five last weekend at Dodge City Raceway Park.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. made his first start at Red River Valley Speedway last season, finishing just outside of the Top-10. The sophomore driver from Sunnyvale, Texas recently earned his eighth Top-10 finish of the season at Dodge City Raceway Park, as he continues to close in on the Top-10 in points.
Kraig Kinser will make his first start at the half-mile since 2005 this weekend. He has six career Top-10 finishes at the track, including in four of the last six events he has competed in there.
Jason Sides finished second last season at Red River Valley Speedway, and has three Top-10 finishes in his last four starts at the half-mile. The 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has four Top-10 finishes this season.
Tony Bruce Jr. made his first start at Red River Valley Speedway last season during his rookie campaign with the World of Outlaws. The native of Liberal, Kansas won an event with the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) on Tuesday night at I-90 Speedway in South Dakota.
Chad Hillier also made his first start at the high-banked half-mile last season. The Washington native has one Top-10 finish this season and is just outside of the Top-15 in points.
Paul McMahan will return to World of Outlaws action this weekend, behind the wheel of the No. 6 machine for the Parsons Motorsports team. He has eight career Top-10 finishes at Red River Valley Speedway and finished ninth there last season.
Lucas Wolfe, the leading contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award this season will miss the event as he continues to recover from a back injury suffered earlier this month.
2007 Race Recap: Jac Haudenschild earned his first career win at Red River Valley Speedway after starting third and taking advantage of Brooke Tatnell having a flat left rear tire late in the race.
The race started with Jason Sides on the pole leading and opening up a sizeable advantage before he and Tatnell encountered heavy lapped traffic. On the 11th lap Tatnell dove low in the first turn and took the lead from Sides. The very next lap, Haudenschild ducked under Sides for the runner-up spot.
The red flag flew on the 15th lap for Jason Meyers, giving Haudenschild and Sides a shot at Tatnell on the restart. The native of San Souci, NSW, Australia used a strong restart to pull away before encountering lapped traffic, which helped Haudenschild close on him.
After Tatnell's misfortune, Sides inherited the second spot, where he would eventually finish the 30-lap contest.
Joey Saldana was third, with Randy Hannagan fourth and Danny Lasoski fifth.
What to look for at Red River Valley Speedway:
* The last six A-Feature events at the half-mile have produced six different winners, and last season three different drivers led laps during the A-Feature.
* Donny Schatz has won 11 career wins at Red River Valley Speedway, including four with the World of Outlaws.
* Steve Kinser has won nine A-Feature events at the track in his career and has 16 overall wins. He has racked up 39 Top-Five finishes, including in preliminary features.
* Craig Dollansky has three wins in his career at Red River Valley, including a $25,000 triumph with the World of Outlaws in 2001.
* Jason Meyers has won twice at the half-mile with the World of Outlaws in his career and has eight Top-Five finishes.
* Joey Saldana has three wins with the series in his career at the track, including two A-Feature wins. He finished third last season and drives for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne.
* Paul McMahan returns to World of Outlaws action behind the wheel of the No. 6 machine for car owner Lonnie Parsons. The California native who now calls Nashville home, won twice in World of Outlaws competition in 2007.
By the Numbers- Red River Valley Speedway:
0.5- Miles around Red River Valley Speedway
1- World of Outlaws driver that hails from North Dakota, Donny Schatz
2- A-Feature wins with the World of Outlaws at half-mile for Schatz, the two-time defending series champion
3- Drivers that led laps in the A-Feature at Red River Valley Speedway in 2007
4- Laps led by Jac Haudenschild en route to the win at the track last season; Events in the state of North Dakota for the World of Outlaws this season
7- Current World of Outlaws drivers that have won at the half-mile
8- Drivers that have won A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws this season
10- Laps led by Jason Sides last season at the track en route to a runner-up finish
11- Total wins for Donny Schatz in his career at his home track
12- World of Outlaws drivers that have won an A-Feature event at the half-mile dating back to 1981
14.768- Track record established by Craig Dollansky in time trials in 2002
15- Drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws this season who raced at Red River Valley Speedway last season; Drivers that have won the Crane Cams Dash this season to earn pole positions in A-Feature events
16- Total wins for 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser at the track, including preliminary features; Laps led by Brooke Tatnell at the track in 200
28- A-Feature events that have been contested by the World of Outlaws at the half-mile dating back to 1981
30- Drivers that competed with the World of Outlaws last season at Red River Valley Speedway
81- Miles from River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota where the World of Outlaws compete on June 27 to Red River Valley Fair Speedway
153- Laps led by Craig Dollansky this season in A-Feature competition to lead the series
1981- Year that the World of Outlaws first competed at Red River Valley Speedway
3205- Points earned by Donny Schatz in the first 22 events this season to lead the series
10,000- Dollars the winner will receive on Saturday, June 28
Tickets: On Saturday, June 28 at Red River Valley Speedway, adult general admission tickets will be $30 if purchased in advance or $32 the day of the race, with general admission tickets for children (ages 6-12) $15, and kids 5-under will be admitted free of charge in the general admission seating. Adult reserved tickets will be $33 in advance or $35 the day of the race, with reserved tickets for children 12-under $15.
Two-day tickets for the Duel in the Dakotas including the event at River Cities Speedway on Friday, June 27 are also available by calling SLS Promotions at: 815-344-2023 or visiting: www.slspromotions.com.
Next Up: A trip to Wisconsin for a stop at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond for a full night of racing on the high-banked 3/8-mile.