MCCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. — August 13, 2015 — Sprint car fans in Nebraska will be treated to a special mid-week sprint car doubleheader on Tuesday, August 18 at Junction Motor Speedway, as the NAPA Auto Parts Sprint Car Extravaganza Presented by Mid-Nebraska Land Developers, Henderson Irrigation, Friesen Auto Group and Bill Otto, hits the track, featuring the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and Nebraska 360 Sprint Car Series. Also, unsanctioned late models will be on the card, adding full-fendered action to the open wheel competition.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series has contested four races at Junction Motor Speedway dating back to 2010, with three drives scoring wins at the three-eighths-mile, including Australian Brooke Tatnell, who won the inaugural event at the track, along with 20-time series champion Steve Kinser, who was victorious in 2013.
Donny Schatz, the six-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, who has won 22 races this season was victorious for the second time in his career at Junction Motor Speedway last season. The North Dakota native, who drives for Tony Stewart Racing, lined up fifth and was able to work his way to the front, taking the lead from Paul McMahan on the 10th lap and paced the remainder of the 30-lap event. In four career starts at Junction Motor Speedway, Schatz has two wins and two third-place finishes, which equates to an average finish of second.
Shane Stewart, who enters the NAPA Sprint Car Extravaganza Presented by Mid-Nebraska Land Developers, Henderson Irrigation, Friesen Auto Group and Bill Otto, second in points, won at Junction Motor Speedway in 2009 in a 360-sprint car event. The Oklahoma native has made one 410-sprint car start at the track, with that coming in 2006, with the former National Sprint Tour (NST), finishing seventh. Stewart has won eight races this season, including the famed $50,000 Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Ohio and the $20,000 Ironman 55 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Missouri, and the opener of the Knoxville Nationals at the Knoxville Raceway in Iowa, as part of the “Month of Money” for the World of Outlaws.
Joey Saldana, who is currently fourth in points, has a number of relatives from Nebraska, many of whom still live in the state. The second-generation driver has competed in all four of the previous World of Outlaws events at Junction Motor Speedway, finishing among the top-10 in each and every one.
Also in action on Tuesday, August 18 will be Australian Kerry Madsen, who is third in points and finished fifth at Junction Motor Speedway in 2014, along with Brad Sweet, who drives for Kasey Kahne Racing and is currently fifth in points. Sweet ran fourth at the track last year. Paul McMahan, who led nine laps and finished second at Junction Motor Speedway last year, is currently just outside the top-five in points.
Daryn Pittman, the 2013 World of Outlaws champion, who holds the track record at Junction Motor Speedway, setting that mark in his title winning season, has a trio of wins this season and is seventh in points. The remainder of the top-10 in points is veteran Jason Sides in eighth, young gun David Gravel in ninth and sophomore driver Logan Schuchart in 10th.
Also in action in the NAPA Sprint Car Extravaganza will be third-generation driver Kraig Kinser, son of 20-time series champion Steve Kinser. Jason Johnson, the leading contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award this season, will compete in his self-owned No. 41. Johnson has won three times in the past at Junction Motor Speedway in a 360-sprint car. Rounding out the full-time competitors following the World of Outlaws in 2015, is Jacob Allen, son of Hall of Famer Bobby Allen, who was one of the original Outlaws in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Leading the way for the Carpetland Nebraska 360 Sprint Series is veteran driver Billy Alley, who has nine top-10 finishes in as many starts. Jack Dover, a Nebraska native, is currently second in points and leads the series with seven wins and has 11 overall sprint car victorious thus far in 2015. Cody Ledger is third in the current standings with a win, while Jordan Boston and Tyler Drueke round out the top-five in points. Brian Brown, who won earlier this season with the World of Outlaws, has a pair of wins with the Nebraska 360 Sprint Car Series this year, while Jonathan Cornell also has been to victory lane thus far in 2015.
Tickets for NAPA Auto Parts Sprint Car Extravaganza Presented by Mid-Nebraska Land Developers, Henderson Irrigation, Friesen Auto Group and Bill Otto at Junction Motor Speedway on August 18 can be purchased online at http://slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by phone at 815-344-2023. Late models running unsanctioned for $1,000 will also be part of the night’s festivities, making for a tripleheader of top-flight racing classes.
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