World of Outlaws Set for Gerdau Recycling Duel in the Dakotas at Red River Valley Speedway on June 17
By: Tony Veneziano
WEST FARGO, ND — June 7, 2017 —The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will hit the track at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, North Dakota for the first time since 2012 on Saturday, June 17 for the Gerdau Recycling “Duel in the Dakotas.”
In the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series last visit to Red River Valley Speedway in 2012, three-time series champion and Hall of Famer Sammy Swindell was victorious. Swindell started on the pole and led early, before Chad Kemenah took the top spot on lap-9. Swindell would re-take the lead with eight lap remaining to earn his seventh Feature win at the track.
Donny Schatz, who calls Fargo home, has won four times at his home track, including winning both night of the 2006 “Duel in the Dakotas.” The eight-time and defending series champion has 26 top-10 finishes in World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series competition at Red River Valley Speedway. Schatz raced with the Outlaws for the first time at the track as a teenager in 1993, finishing 15th.
Joey Saldana, who is currently ninth in points, has three wins at Red River Valley Speedway in his career, with the most recent of those coming in 2004. The veteran driver has finished seventh or better in each of his last six starts at the track.
Daryn Pittman, the 2013 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, won in his last start at Red River Valley Speedway in 2008.
Jason Sides has five straight top-10 finishes at Red River Valley Speedway, dating back to 2005. The veteran driver has made 19 starts in his career with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at the now-three-eighths-mile, which was a half-mile for many years.
Shane Stewart and Paul McMahan have similar resumes at Red River Valley Speedway. McMahan has made 18 starts and has seven top-10 finishes, while Stewart has taken the green flag 16 times and recorded five top-10 runs. Kraig Kinser has eight top-10 finishes in 12 starts at the track in his career, including a third-place run in 2005.
Greg Wilson, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award winner, has made a pair of starts at Red River Valley Speedway, with those coming in 2006.
Exactly half of the 16 drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in 2017 will be making their first visit to Red River Valley Speedway. David Gravel, Brad Sweet, Jason Johnson, Logan Schuchart, Jacob Allen, Clyde Knipp, as well as rookie contenders Sheldon Haudenschild and Brent Marks will all be getting their first glimpse at the track.
Tickets for the “Duel in the Dakotas,” featuring World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, North Dakota, on Saturday, June 17 can be purchased online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by phone at 815-344-2023.
Fans can also save $5 on General Admission tickets when purchased at participating NAPA Auto Parts stores. Tickets buyers will exchange their NAPA receipt for a race ticket at the Main Grandstand ticket booth on race day.