Fast Talkers: Outlaws Talk Kistler Engines Classic, NAPA Rumble
Attica Raceway Park and I-96 Speedway host only World of Outlaws Sprint Car events
ATTICA, Ohio — May 30, 2012 — The World of Outlaws head to Ohio and Michigan this weekend to compete at a pair of tracks for the only time this season.
Attica Raceway Park will host the Kistler Engines Classic on Friday, which will be the Outlaws lone stop at the high-banked, third-mile oval known to slick off.
The series then ventures to the newly reconfigured I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich., on Saturday for the NAPA Rumble. The track was changed from a half mile to a semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval in the offseason. It will be the Outlaws only event in the state of Michigan this season.
Here are some thoughts about the stiff competition, challenging track conditions and the new configuration from some of the full-time World of Outlaws drivers:
Attica Raceway Park:
Cody Darrah (Red Lion, Pa.) – “Besides Pennsylvania, that’s the toughest place we go to for locals. Ohio, it’s always really tough to go in there and race against those guys at their tracks. To really adequate yourself to those slick conditions is really tough. It’s always something I look forward to as a challenge to go there.”
Craig Dollansky (Elk River, Minn.) – “No matter what it always seems pretty racy. Usually it does slicken off to a point there and it gets a decent top around it, and you can run through the middle, run the bottom … definitely some good racing that goes on there.”
Chad Kemenah (Findlay, Ohio) – “We always look forward to racing Attica. I grew up racing there – stock cars and then sprint cars. We’ve got quite a few fans that follow us around the area, so hopefully we can go back there and get a good run.”
Kraig Kinser (Bloomington, Ind.) – “It’s definitely a tough track. You’ve got to get a good draw and get started good in the heat races because there are a lot of good cars there.”
Steve Kinser (Bloomington, Ind.) – “We enjoy going there and racing. It’s always a good track to race on feature time.”
Kerry Madsen (St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia) – “The locals around the Attica area are extremely tough and run very good at Attica. It’s quite a unique track and I’m sure the locals are looking forward to us coming.”
Bill Rose (Plainfield, Ind.) – “They definitely have got some really tough guys running on a weekly basis. It’s just like when you go to Knoxville or you go to Pennsylvania, they’re just as tough like that on their local weekend shows.”
Joey Saldana (Brownsburg, Ind.) – “Back when I started racing I used to run with the All Stars and Attica was a major stop for them. Attica always puts a good show on. Their locals are very tough. It’s just like going to Knoxville or Williams Grove. They definitely know how to put a challenge on for the Outlaws.”
Sammy Swindell (Germantown, Tenn.) – “It’s tough there. They’ll have a good group of cars there that has run that track quite a bit more than we have, so it’ll be a challenge.”
Lucas Wolfe (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) – “Certainly Attica is one of the toughest races of the year. It’s definitely always very competitive – a lot of good local cars, especially good ones that run on those types of tracks. It’s a lot of fun when they get the place right, so I’m definitely looking forward to our trip back there to Ohio.”
Cody Darrah (Red Lion, Pa.) – “That last track we were there was fast. That was one of the most intimidating tracks I was at. (I’m) looking forward to go there on the smaller track.”
Craig Dollansky (Elk River, Minn.) – “Everybody is in the same boat there and we don’t mind going to a place for the first time. That’s kind of what it’s going to be like going back there. We enjoyed racing on the half mile, but hopefully this is an improvement and a better show for the fans.”
Chad Kemenah (Findlay, Ohio) – “That will be pretty interesting. I-96 was kind of always challenging in its own ways. We always have really good fans that come up there, usually a packed house at that place. Hopefully we can put on a really good show and continue to go back.”
Kraig Kinser (Bloomington, Ind.) – “I’ll be looking forward to seeing how it is. A track like that, once you reconfigure it everyone is back on the same page. Nobody can really go off of notes when they change the track a little bit.”
Steve Kinser (Bloomington, Ind.) – “I liked the race track they had, but I have not run on the new track. We’ll just have to wait and see. Everybody runs on the same track.”
Kerry Madsen (St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia) – “That’s going to be pretty cool because it will be a clean sheet of paper for everybody. Usually that’s pretty exciting because everyone goes in a different direction and hopefully we can go in the right one.”
Bill Rose (Plainfield, Ind.) – “I guess it’s going to be new for everybody now. I like the old one. I actually always ran pretty well at the big track, but if they did the little one as good as they did the big track I think we’ll be all right.”
Joey Saldana (Brownsburg, Ind.) – “These guys adapt pretty fast. Outlaw guys don’t seem to struggle too much when they go to new tracks. If anything, they seem to excel. I’m not looking for anything different out of any of these guys. They are all going to be fast. I just hope we’re a part of the action.”
Sammy Swindell (Germantown, Tenn.) – “It’s been quite a while since I was there. It was a half mile the last time I was there, so we’ll just have to get there and see what we’ve got.”
Lucas Wolfe (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) – “It’s a little bit of an unknown obviously with it being a new design that I’ve not seen.”
Tickets for the Kistler Engines Classic at Attica Raceway Park can be found at AtticaRacewayPark.com.
Pit/Combo tickets for the NAPA Rumble at I-96 Speedway are available in advance only (includes a reserved seat and a pit pass) by ordering online at SLSpromotions.com or by calling 1-815-344-2023 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Central) Monday thru Friday.
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