Williams Grove National Open preview

National Open at Williams Grove Speedway On-Deck for World of Outlaws The World of Outlaws will visit Williams Grove Speedway for the final time in 2007 this weekend for the annual National Open, which will again pay $50,000 to the winner...

National Open at Williams Grove Speedway On-Deck for World of Outlaws

The World of Outlaws will visit Williams Grove Speedway for the final time in 2007 this weekend for the annual National Open, which will again pay $50,000 to the winner this season.

Donny Schatz, the reigning World of Outlaws champion has won the event two out of the last three years, while 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser has four victories in the National Open during his career.

Schatz heads to Williams Grove having won four of the five A-Feature events contested by the series at the legendary half-mile this season. He swept both nights of racing in May and followed that up by winning the opening night of the Summer Nationals in July, as well as the finale of that event. He has led 52 laps of feature competition at the track this season. The current World of Outlaws championship point leader has won a series-best 16 A-Feature events this season, including eight races on half-mile tracks. He leads the series in Top-Five finishes, Top-10 finishes, Crane Cams Dash wins and money earned.

Joey Saldana has three Top-Five finishes at Williams Grove this season. He was second back on May 17 and followed that up with fourth and fifth-place performances in the Summer Nationals. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana has won 12 A-Feature events this season and is just 35 points behind Schatz in the championship standings heading into the National Open. He leads the series in laps led, as well as fast time honors in time trials. He has one career victory at Williams Grove Speedway.

Danny Lasoski has four Top-10 finishes at the track this season, including a runner-up effort in the opener of the Summer Nationals on July 19. The 2001 World of Outlaws champion has two career wins at the track, including a World of Outlaws A-Feature triumph in 2004. He is currently third in championship points, on the strength of five A-Feature wins, including a sweep of the Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway in California on a half-mile. He has 42 Top-10 finishes on the season, with 23 of those being in the Top-Five.

Daryn Pittman has four Top-10 finishes in five starts at Williams Grove this season. He was sixth in the series first visit of the season to the half-mile in May. Through the first 67 A-Feature events of the season, the native of Owasso, Oklahoma has won five times, including most recently at Charter Raceway Park in Wisconsin. He has one win on a half-mile this season, with that coming at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida. He is just 28 points out of the third position in the championship standings as the season winds down.

Jason Meyers finished fourth at Williams Grove on May 17 and followed that up with a seventh-place performance the following night. He has won four times this season, including twice on half-miles at Eldora Speedway in Ohio and Lebanon Valley Speedway in New York. The native of Clovis, California has 43 Top-10 finishes on the season and is just 12 points out of the fourth spot in the champion standings.

Steve Kinser has won the National Open four times in his career. He also has 25 World of Outlaws A-Feature wins at the track and 37 overall victories. The native of Bloomington, Indiana has three runner-up finishes this season at Williams Grove. Prior to action on September 26, he had nine A-Feature wins on the season, including three on half-mile tracks. He has 45 Top-10 finishes on the season and is just 30 points out of the Top-Five in the championship standings, and 70 markers out of the third spot.

Craig Dollansky finished second in the rain-shortened National Open last season. He finished fifth on July 20 during the Summer Nationals. He has won three times this season, including on a half-mile at I-96 Speedway in Michigan. The native of Elk River, Minnesota has 42 Top-10 finishes on the season and is solidly in the seventh spot in the championship standings.

Paul McMahan has four Top-10 finishes on the season at Williams Grove, with three of those being in the Top-Five. He finished third in the finale of the Summer Nationals. He has two career victories at Williams Grove, including in a World of Outlaws Gumout Series event in 2000. He has won twice this season, at Eldora Speedway and Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin and has 35 Top-10 finishes.

Jason Solwold finished sixth in the National Open last season, after winning the preliminary feature on the opening night of the event. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington won his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature event at Charter Raceway Park in Wisconsin last month. He is currently ninth in the championship standings on the strength of 39 Top-10 finishes.

Tim Shaffer has two Top-10 finishes at Williams Grove this season. The 1999 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year was eighth in the opener of the Summer Nationals and ninth in the finale. In his career, he has one victory at the famed half-mile. Entering competition this week, he was 10th in points, on the strength of 35 Top-10 finishes, as he continues to close in on his first win of the season.

Terry McCarl won a preliminary feature at Williams Grove last season to earn his first career triumph at the track. The six-time Knoxville Raceway track champion has won twice this season with the World of Outlaws, at his home track as well as at K-C Raceway in Ohio. He is just outside the Top-10 in points on the strength of 31 Top-10 finishes, with 14 of those being in the Top-Five.

Jac Haudenschild has won twice in his career at Williams Grove, including in a World of Outlaws event in 1997. The native of Wooster, Ohio has won twice this season, at Red River Valley Speedway in North Dakota, which is a half-mile and at Limaland Motorsports Park in his home state in the Brad Doty Classic. He has 30 Top-10 finishes on the season.

Kerry Madsen continues to lead the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award. The native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia won his first World of Outlaws A-Feature event at Volusia Speedway Park earlier this season. He began this week with 18 Top-10 finishes on the season and was a very solid 13th in the overall championship standings.

Jason Sides has three Top-10 finishes at Williams Grove this season and led a number of laps on the first night of the Summer Nationals, finishing third on that night. He backed that up with an eighth place performance the following night. He was leading a heat race on the final night of the Summer Nationals which if he won would have put him on the pole for the Crane Cams Dash, when he lost an engine He won earlier this season in the series return to Canada at Ohsweken Speedway.

Randy Hannagan heads to Williams Grove in the midst of a streak that has seen him finish in the Top-10 in three of the last four World of Outlaws events. The 1995 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has 11 Top-10 finishes on the season and is solidly in the 15th spot in points.

Justin Henderson ran strong at the National Open last season, battling multi-time Williams Grove track champion Fred Rahmer for a number of laps before the race was ended early due to rain. The second-year driver has 12 Top-10 finishes on the season and has led laps at Manzanita Speedway and Cedar Lake Speedway.

Chad Kemenah, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year raced his way into the National Open last season. The native of Findlay, Ohio has 12 Top-10 finishes this season, including a season-best run of third at Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky in the spring.

Jeremy Campbell competed in the National Open for the first time in his career last season. The second-year driver from Monroe, Michigan has eight Top-10 finishes this season and led a number of laps at K-C Raceway in Ohio in July.

Sam Hafertepe Jr. and Chad Hillier, who are second and third respectively in the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award, will each make their first starts in the National Open. They each have competed in the first five World of Outlaws events at Williams Grove this season.

Tony Bruce Jr. competed in the National Open for the first time in his career last season, racing his way into the A-Feature with a very strong 58 car field on-hand. The native of Liberal, Kansas is fourth in rookie points and has two Top-Five finishes on the season.

On Friday, September 28 at Williams Grove Speedway adult reserved seats will be $32, with adult general admission tickets $28. Tickets for students will be just $15, with children 12-under admitted free of charge.

On Saturday, September 29 at Williams Grove Speedway adult reserved tickets will be $35, with adult general admission tickets $30, with students just $15 and kids 12-under admitted free of charge. For more information on tickets, visit: www.williamsgrove.com.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.
Teams Williams