Fast Talkers: Kasey Kahne Challenge, Haubstadt are Up Next
World of Outlaws drivers talk Missouri State Fair Speedway and Tri-State Speedway
SEDALIA, Mo. — April 18, 2012 — A couple of races that have been circled on the schedule are on the horizon for the World of Outlaws.
The series returns on Friday to Missouri State Fair Speedway, where there have been 13 different winners in 22 World of Outlaws features at the semi-banked, half-mile oval since 1978. It is the first event of the Kasey Kahne Challenge presented by Sage Fruit.
On Saturday, the Outlaws head to the high-banked, quarter-mile Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell, who currently leads the championship standings, have combined for 13 wins in 30 World of Outlaws events. Also, Craig Dollansky has won in every even year since 2006.
Here are some quotes about the facilities and the events from several of the full-time World of Outlaws drivers:
Missouri State Fair Speedway:
Cody Darrah (Red Lion, Penn.) – “I’ve never been able to race in Sedalia, but I got to watch a couple times. I’m excited to go there. It’s sort of my style of racing – the bigger, flatter tracks.”
Craig Dollansky (Elk River, Minn.) – “Sedalia is definitely a great race track. We rained out there last year, so we’re looking forward to going back.”
Chad Kemenah (Findlay, Ohio) – “Sedalia is a pretty fun race track; it’s a big, flat half mile. If it doesn’t take rubber there, the place can get pretty racy so hopefully we can go out there and put on a good show for the fans and get a good, top-10 finish.”
Kraig Kinser (Bloomington, Ind.) – “I’ve been to Sedalia quite a few times and have a little idea of what to expect. I’m looking forward to it.”
Steve Kinser (Bloomington, Ind.) – “I always enjoy running the half-mile tracks. I just like the speed of the cars on the bigger tracks. It’s always fun to go to Sedalia and race. (There are) a lot of good race fans there and we seem to run well there.”
Kerry Madsen (St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia) – “Sedalia is quite a unique track. It has its own idiosyncrasies. I’m really looking forward to the long straightaways there. It’s really challenging to get the speed going down the straightaway and getting through the corners, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Bill Rose (Plainfield, Ind.) – “I like big tracks. I haven’t been to Sedalia in years. The last time I was there was for a non-wing USAC race. I’ve never ran a winged car there. Any half mile I love going to.”
Joey Saldana (Brownsburg, Ind.) – “Obviously Kasey (Kahne) promoting it means a lot to us and we want to run well. Hopefully we can go into Sedalia and get a good result.”
Donny Schatz (Minot, N.D.) – “It’s going to be great to get to the center of the heartland and get back on a half-mile race track. Sedalia has always had a great fan following and I look forward to getting there and hopefully getting a win.”
Sammy Swindell (Germantown, Tenn.) – “It’s a fun place. It’s a big place. I’ve always run well there and looking forward to going back. We raced there quite a bit in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and some in the ‘90s. It’s a fast place, so you get to use everything. I like the faster places anyway.”
Lucas Wolfe (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) – “It’s obviously kind of a historic place, got a whole fairgrounds theme to it, so it’s always a good time there.”
Cody Darrah (Red Lion, Penn.) – “The last time we were there we ran pretty well. To go there with Kasey Kahne Racing, there’s not too many teams that you could be with that have the results that they have at Haubstadt.”
Craig Dollansky (Elk River, Minn.) – “It’s probably one of my favorite race tracks. We’ve won some races there in the past and they always work hard (to) get that track prepared well and it’s definitely one of the tracks that I enjoy going to on the schedule.”
Chad Kemenah (Findlay, Ohio) – “That place is really neat; kind of a real tiny, little bullring. (It’s) super exciting for fans there and the people that prep the race track there do an absolute, beautiful job on that place.”
Kraig Kinser (Bloomington, Ind.) – “(There are) a lot of diehard fans that I grew up around there and the track’s great. It’s a short, bullring track with a wall all the way around it. I can’t wait to get back in the state of Indiana.”
Steve Kinser (Bloomington, Ind.) – “We’ve actually run really good at Haubstadt the last five or six years we’ve been running there. I always look forward to going there and racing. It’s only a couple-hour drive from home and it’s always nice to be pretty close to home.”
Kerry Madsen (St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia) – “Haubstadt is renowned for being quite racy and quite technical on its own.”
Bill Rose (Plainfield, Ind.) – “I love Haubstadt. It’s a lot of fun. You can come from the back and go to the front there. It’s just a racy, little place. It always has been.”
Joey Saldana (Brownsburg, Ind.) – “Haubstadt is a cool track. We’ve always run really well. I kind of grew up racing there. For me, it’s close to home and my dad and mom probably will come out to it, so it’s pretty neat that they get to come because they don’t come to many of my races. I’ve never won a race there, but been really close.”
Donny Schatz (Minot, N.D.) – “I haven’t won at Haubstadt. I’d really like to. I’ve been very good there in the past. I’ve been very bad there in the past. It’s a unique, little race track.”
Sammy Swindell (Germantown, Tenn.) – “That was one of the first places that I went to weekly when I started racing sprint cars. It’s a lot of fun. When I first went up there everybody was winning races up on the fence and we showed them how to win running around the bottom. It’s a fun place because the driver gets to hustle the car and he can make a difference there.”
Lucas Wolfe (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) – “It’s usually pretty fun at Haubstadt, obviously very racy. It’s good to be racing in Indiana. It’s obviously quite the racing state and I’m happy to be going back there as well.”
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