Ninth Annual Oil City Cup Awaits the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at Castrol Raceway
EDMONTON, Alberta— August 25, 2015 — The Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton has become a tradition for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. For the ninth consecutive year, the best sprint car drivers in the world will visit the three-eighths-mile clay oval in Alberta for the two-night event.
Leading the way will be six-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz, who won both nights of the Oil City Cup last year. The North Dakota native, who drives for Tony Stewart Racing, has won three of the last four events the series has contested at Castrol Raceway and has a series-best four wins at the track in his career. In the opener of the Oil City Cup last season, he led all 30 laps, while in the finale, he wrestled the lead away from 2013 series titlist Daryn Pittman on lap-9 to take the top spot. Schatz, the current series point leader, has won 25 races this season through August 23. He is on pace to eclipse his personal-best win total of 26, that he set in 2014. Schatz is also closing in on 200 career A-Feature wins with the series, as he sits at 197 victories entering this weekend’s pair of events.
Kerry Madsen, who is third in the World of Outlaws championship standings, is the last driver other than Schatz to win at Castrol Raceway, picking up his first win at the track in 2013. Madsen, who hails from Australian and now calls Knoxville, Iowa home, has been one of the most consistent drivers on the World of Outlaws circuit this season. He earned his first win of the season last week in Nebraska, picking up the victory over Schatz.
Joey Saldana is the second-winningest driver with the series at Castrol Raceway, with three wins, including sweeping the 2009 Oil City Cup. The Indiana native has won two races this season and has climbed to fourth in the series standings, driving for the Motter Motorsports team based in Minnesota.
Shane Stewart, the driver of the No. 2 for the Larson Marks Racing team, which is co-owned by rising NASCAR star Kyle Larson, will be making his first trip to Edmonton in several years. The veteran driver is second in points on the strength of seven A-Feature wins and 44 top-10 finishes through August 23.
David Gravel, one of the young guns on the World of Outlaws tour, finished second and sixth in the Oil City Cup last year. The Connecticut native has seven career World of Outlaws wins and is chasing his first victory of 2015.
Also in action during the Oil City Cup will be Brad Sweet, who is teammates with Daryn Pittman at Kasey Kahne Racing. Sweet has won three races thus far in 2015 and sits fifth in points. Pittman also has three victories and is seventh in the standings.
Veteran drivers Paul McMahan, who has a pair of wins this year, Jason Sides, who has one victory thus far in 2015, and Kraig Kinser will be all be in action as well at Castrol Raceway, along with sophomore drivers Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen, who are teammates for the Shark Racing team.
Jason Johnson, the leading contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award, will be making his first trip to Castrol Raceway for the Oil City Cup. The five-time American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) champion returned last month after missing nearly three months due to fractured vertebrae suffered in an accident in California in the spring.
Tickets for the Ninth Annual Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway can be purchased online at http://castrolraceway.tix.com or by calling the track at 780-468-FAST (3278)
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