By Tony Veneziano, World of Outlaws PR Director

Danny Lasoski surges from 15th to his first victory of the season on Friday night at Paducah International Raceway.

(Click for the MyLaps.com race-by-race statistical report from Friday night’s event at Paducah.)

 

Mother Nature tried her best to stop Danny Lasoski and the rest of the World of Outlaws on Friday night at Paducah International Raceway, but could not. Despite temperatures well below the freezing mark, and a stiff wind, a very hearty crowd was on hand to see Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws Champion pick up his first A-Feature win of the season.

Starting in the 15th spot on the high-banked 3/8-mile, Lasoski methodically worked his way to the front. He gained four spots on the opening lap, and by the halfway point of the 35-lap event, he broke into the Top-Five. He made the pass for the win on the 33rd lap, as he charged to the low side of Joey Saldana to pick up the $10,000 winner’s check. The pair raced side by side for several laps with each inching ahead, but each time at the line it was Saldana being officially scored the leader. With Saldana using the high side of the track, the bottom groove was just the opening that Lasoski needed.

Saldana led from the outset of the race, and built several large advantages that were negated each time by cautions. After a lap 26 yellow flag, Lasoski lined up right behind Saldana, and when the current series point leader made contact with the turn four wall with less than five laps to go, Lasoski was there to pounce on the top spot.

“This is a whole credit to my team,” said Lasoski, driver of the Roth Motorsports Eagle. “We got punted on the first lap of the heat race and that put us in the infield and kept us from getting to first or second in the heat race. Everyone knows how important that is. My guys never gave up. They said, lets work on this race car and see how good we can get it. I have to thank Dennis Roth for letting me race this car, and all these guys that are supporting me in the pit area.”

Lasoski kept his car glued to the bottom of the track for most of the race. He now holds the mark of having won from the farthest back of any of the seven drivers that have picked up World of Outlaws A-Feature triumphs this season. He also became the third winner in just as many events at Paducah.

“The late caution was good, because Joey (Saldana) was really pulling away,” Lasoski said. “I started 15th and I couldn’t even see him. All in all we are happy to get the first under our belt. It’s a boost for our team.”

Saldana, the current series points leader, was looking for his fourth straight win. After an aborted start, he shot to the lead over outside front row starter Danny Smith. He set a torrid pace and was in lapped traffic only a couple circuits into the 35-lap event. Durring his stint at the head of the field, he lapped up to the 17th-place finisher. For the native of Brownsburg, Indiana, it was his 11th Top-10 finish of the season, as he continues to lead the series championship points. He began the night by turning the fourth fastest lap in time trials, thus garnering two bonus points.

“We had a really good car all night,” said Saldana, driver of the Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI. “We went out third from the end (in time trials) and were fourth quick, and we won our heat. We were really good in the dash. In the feature, we were really good, and with about two or three laps to go, it wouldn’t pick the throttle up. I got in the fence coming off turns three and four. That killed a lot of my momentum. Everytime I tried to pick up some momentum, I would get tighter and tighter. If we would have had one more lap, we probably would not have finished, so we were glad to finish.”

Chad Kemenah picked up his best finish of the season, as he charged from the 11th starting spot to come home third. He gained two spots on the opening lap of the race, and found himself in the Top-Five on the 26th circuit. He began the night with the sixth fastest lap in time trials, and followed that up with a solid finish in the second heat to earn a spot in the A-Feature.

“It feels so good to race competitively, instead of just going out and taking up space,” said Kemenah, driver of the Maxim Chassis/Hampshire Racing Engine machine. “We haven’t been off to a good start this year at all. We built this new team so fast, and have spent the last few weeks getting organized. I’m just really really happy.”

In just his fifth race driving his own car, Kemenah picked up his first Top-Five of the season. While he made the passes on the track, he was quick to credit his team and those people that have stuck with him through a very trying early portion of the season. With the next three events in his home state of Ohio, the native of Findlay is confident the team has things going in the right direction.

“With the season we have been having, to go out and run in the Top-10, we would have been tickled to death,” said the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year. “I have to really thank my father-in-law and wife. We have been through quite a bit. I have to thank Pete Grove as well. Even though we separated, he let me use his truck and trailer to make sure we got to these races. Most of all, I have to thank Chuck Merrill from Maxim Chassis. If it wasn’t for Chuck and Maxim, we probably wouldn’t be here period. I have so many people from around home to thank.”

Jason Martin picked up a season best finish of fourth on Friday night. After turning the seventh fastest lap in time trials, he finished second in the third heat to earn a spot in the dash. He came home a very solid fourth in the dash to earn that same starting spot in the A-Feature. He powered his way into the third spot on the opening lap, and ran there for the six laps. He then fell back to sixth and charged around Daryn Pittman and Kemenah. Martin and Kemenah staged a very entertaining battle over the last five laps of the race for the third spot.

“I’m really happy with my guys, they did a great job,” said Martin, driver of the NOS Energy Drink Maxim. “It’s really funny, that we did nothing different tonight than we have been doing all year. The track really fit our style.”

Jason Solwold rounded out the Top-Five. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington lined up 10th and gained two spots in the opening three laps of the event. He moved into the Top-Five on the 27th lap en route to his first Top-Five finish of the season.

Donny Schatz aboard the Parker Store J&J came home in the sixth spot. The reigning series champion started in the 18th spot and powered his way to his 11th Top-10 finish of the season. Terry McCarl raced his way into the A-Feature by winning the B-Main in the Big Game Tree Stands Eagle. He lined up 22nd for the A-Feature and charged around 15 cars during his march to a very solid seventh-place finish. Jason Meyers came from 23rd to eighth in the Primerica Financial Maxim. Daryn Pittman was ninth in the Titan Garages Maxim, with Jason Sides rounding out the Top-10 in the Wetherington Tractor Services Maxim.

The World of Outlaws racers will get a night off on Saturday after action slated for I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., was postponed due to below freezing tempertures that would be dangerous for fans, drivers, and the facility. The series will return to action at Eldora Speedway on April 13-14.

PADUCAH INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY NOTEBOOK

• FAST QUALIFIER: Chad Hillier paced the 39 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 3/8-mile oval at 13.737 seconds at 98.275 mph. For his qualifying effort, Hillier eared five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Kerry Madsen (4), Jac Haudenschild (3), Joey Saldana (2), and Jason Solwold (1).

• QUALIFYING WINNERS:  Jason Solwold, Kerry Madsen, Craig Dollanksy, and Joey Saldana won heat races… Terry McCarl won the B-Main… Danny Smth won the dash.

Jason Solwold, Kerry Madsen, Craig Dollanksy, and Joey Saldana won heat races… Terry McCarl won the B-Main… Danny Smth won the dash.

 

• FEATURE WINNERS: There have been 12 World of Outlaws A-Feature events held in 2007. The win list includes: Joey Saldana (February 23 at Thunderbowl Raceway, March 17 at Pike County Speedway, March 24 at Volunteer Speedway, and March 31 at Dixie Speedway), Donny Schatz (February 9 at Volusia Speedway Park, March 3 at Manzanita Speedway, and March 16 at Houston Raceway Park), Tim Kaeding (February 24 at Thunderbowl Raceway), Steve Kinser (March 2 at USA Race Park), Danny Lasoski (April 6 at Paducah International Raceway), Kerry Madsen (February 10 at Volusia Speedway Park), and Daryn Pittman (February 11 at Volusia Speedway Park).

• 3/8-MILE WINNERS: Paducah International Raceway is a 3/8-mile high-banked oval. The World of Outlaws have raced four times on a track that size this season. The winners include: Joey Saldana (Pike County Speedway and Dixie Speedway), Steve Kinser (USA Race Park), and Danny Lasoski (Paducah International Raceway).

ON TELEVISION
• The World of Outlaws return to television on May 13 at 2 p.m. Eastern. The Sprint Car stars from the World of Outlaws return to SPEED at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, with the warriors from the 360 OTC World of Outlaws Late Model Series making their 2007 SPEED debut on Sunday, May 20.

• The World of Outlaws return to television on May 13 at 2 p.m. Eastern. The Sprint Car stars from the World of Outlaws return to SPEED at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, with the warriors from the 360 OTC World of Outlaws Late Model Series making their 2007 SPEED debut on Sunday, May 20.

 

The World of Outlaws will be televised 20 times this season on ESPN2 and SPEED while the 360 OTC World of Outlaws Late Model Series is set for six appearances on SPEED. The one-hour broadcasts will air on Sundays from May 13 to Nov. 4, when the series champions will be crowned during the World Finals from The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

• ON THE WEB: The Official World of Outlaws Web site is at http://www.worldofoutlaws.com. Among the features are updated driver biographies with individual statistics and pictures, race-by-race statistics, detailed track information and race coverage, series news and team press releases. Also, links to the Media Guide and 2007 Official Rulebook can be found at the bottom of the home page.

The Official World of Outlaws Web site is at http://www.worldofoutlaws.com. Among the features are updated driver biographies with individual statistics and pictures, race-by-race statistics, detailed track information and race coverage, series news and team press releases. Also, links to the Media Guide and 2007 Official Rulebook can be found at the bottom of the home page.If fans can’t get to a track to see the series, they can experience the excitement of the World of Outlaws live on DIRTVision.com through the DIRT Radio Network. To listen to the audio broadcasts, log on to www.DIRTVision.com and click on the DIRT Radio Network logo. Listeners will need Windows Media Player 9 or higher to listen to the DIRT Radio Network. For technical support or questions, e-mail [email protected] The World of Outlaws will visit the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on April 13-14.

• UPCOMING EVENTS: The world’s best sprint car drivers take to the track at Attica Raceway Park in Ohio on April 20, and then head to the high-banked ¼-mile at Tri-State Speedway in Indiana. The month wraps up at the storied Knoxville Raceway in Iowa on April 28.

The world’s best sprint car drivers take to the track at Attica Raceway Park in Ohio on April 20, and then head to the high-banked ¼-mile at Tri-State Speedway in Indiana. The month wraps up at the storied Knoxville Raceway in Iowa on April 28.

 

World of Outlaws Sprint Series Statistical Report; Paducah International Raceway; April 6, 2007

Qualifying

 

 

 

 

1) 5C-Chad Hillier 13.737

2) 11H-Kerry Madsen 13.847

3) 35-Jac Haudenschild 13.867

4) 9-Joey Saldana 14.013

5) R19-Jason Solwold 14.082

6) 3X-Chad Kemenah 14.158

7) 36-Jason Martin 14.166

8) 7S-Jason Sides 14.292

9) 1Z-Dusty Zomer 14.349

10) 11D-Dion Hindi 14.355

11) 7-Craig Dollansky 14.360

12) 11-Steve Kinser 14.434

13) 4-Danny Smith 14.480

14) 83-Danny Lasoski 14.481

15) D1-Justin Henderson 14.499

16) 21-Daryn Pittman 14.554

17) 2-Brooke Tatnell 14.564

18) 4N-Neil Shepherd 14.601

19) 15-Donny Schatz 14.641

20) 20-Paul McMahan 14.742

21) 1x-Randy Hannagan 14.778

22) 11K-Tim Kaeding 14.803

23) 24-Terry McCarl 14.868

24) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr 14.957

25) 8K-Zach Chappell 14.976

26) 6-Tim Shaffer 15.006

27) 14-Jason Meyers 15.044

28) 13-Mark Dobmeier 15.079

29) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr 15.092

30) 55-Billy Alley 15.152

31) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 15.177

32) 18-Brian Carlson 15.230

33) W20-Greg Wilson 15.418

34) 12M-James Mosher 15.555

35) A12-Jesse Hockett 15.558

36) D12-Doc Sloan 15.647

37) 44-AJ Bruns 15.722

38) 28-Brian Paulus 15.752

39) 11T-Tyler Thompson 16.376

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

 

1) R19-Jason Solwold

2) 4-Danny Smith

3) 1Z-Dusty Zomer

4) 2-Brooke Tatnell

5) 5C-Chad Hillier

6) 1x-Randy Hannagan

7) 8K-Zach Chappell

8) W20-Greg Wilson

9) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr

10) 44-AJ Bruns

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

 

1) 11H-Kerry Madsen

2) 11D-Dion Hindi

3) 11K-Tim Kaeding

4) 83-Danny Lasoski

5) 3X-Chad Kemenah

6) 6-Tim Shaffer

7) 55-Billy Alley

8) 4N-Neil Shepherd

9) 28-Brian Paulus

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

 

1) 7-Craig Dollansky

2) 36-Jason Martin

3) 15-Donny Schatz

4) 35-Jac Haudenschild

5) 14-Jason Meyers

6) 24-Terry McCarl

7) D1-Justin Henderson

8) 10C-Jeremy Campbell

9) 11T-Tyler Thompson

10) A12-Jesse Hockett

Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

 

1) 9-Joey Saldana

2) 21-Daryn Pittman

3) 11-Steve Kinser

4) 20-Paul McMahan

5) 7S-Jason Sides

6) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr

7) 13-Mark Dobmeier

8) 18-Brian Carlson

9) D12-Doc Sloan

Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)

 

1) 4-Danny Smith

2) 9-Joey Saldana

3) 11H-Kerry Madsen

4) 36-Jason Martin

5) 7-Craig Dollansky

6) 5C-Chad Hillier

7) 35-Jac Haudenschild

8) 21-Daryn Pittman

9) 11D-Dion Hindi

10) R19-Jason Solwold

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)

 

1) 24-Terry McCarl

2) 1x-Randy Hannagan

3) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr

4) D1-Justin Henderson

5) 10C-Jeremy Campbell [$200]

6) W20-Greg Wilson [$180]

7) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [$175]

8) 55-Billy Alley [$160]

9) 4N-Neil Shepherd [$150]

10) A12-Jesse Hockett [$150]

11) 13-Mark Dobmeier [$150]

12) 8K-Zach Chappell [$150]

13) 18-Brian Carlson [$150]

14) 28-Brian Paulus [$150]

15) 44-AJ Bruns [$150]

16) 6-Tim Shaffer [$150]

17) 11T-Tyler Thompson [$150]

18) D12-Doc Sloan [$150]

A-main (35 laps) – Starting Position [#]

 

1) 83-Danny Lasoski[15] [$10,000]

2) 9-Joey Saldana[2] [$5,500]

3) 3X-Chad Kemenah[11] [$3,200]

4) 36-Jason Martin[4] [$2,800]

5) R19-Jason Solwold[10] [$2,500]

6) 15-Donny Schatz[18] [$2,300]

7) 24-Terry McCarl[22] [$2,200]

8) 14-Jason Meyers[23] [$2,100]

9) 21-Daryn Pittman[8] [$2,050]

10) 7S-Jason Sides[12] [$2,000]

11) 4-Danny Smith[1] [$1,500]

12) 1x-Randy Hannagan[20] [$1,200]

13) 5C-Chad Hillier[6] [$1,100]

14) 7-Craig Dollansky[5] [$1,050]

15) 35-Jac Haudenschild[7] [$1,000]

16) 2-Brooke Tatnell[17] [$900]

17) 6-Tim Shaffer[25] [$0]

18) 11K-Tim Kaeding[21] [$800]

19) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr[24] [$800]

20) 1Z-Dusty Zomer[13] [$800]

21) D1-Justin Henderson[16] [$800]

22) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[26] [$0]

23) 11H-Kerry Madsen[3] [$800]

24) 11-Steve Kinser[14] [$800]

25) 11D-Dion Hindi[9] [$800]

26) 20-Paul McMahan[19] [$800]

Lap Leaders: Joey Saldana 1-32; Danny Lasoski 33-35

Note: Tim Shaffer and Sam Hafertepe Jr. used provisionals to start the A-Feature.

2007 STAT ATTACK

 

There have been 12 World of Outlaws A-Feature events this season.

A-Feature winners (7 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins

 

1- #9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 4

2- #15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND – 3

3- #11K Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA – 1

#11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 1

#83 Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO – 1

#11H Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s NSW – 1

#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 1

Lap leaders, including A-features and preliminary features Car, driver, hometown – Total laps led (12 different drivers have led a lap)

 

 

 

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN. – 122 laps

#15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 68 laps

#11K Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA – 40 laps

#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 30 laps

#11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 24 laps

#35 Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH – 23 laps

#11H Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW – 21 laps

#14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 20 laps

#D1 Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD – 14 laps

#7 Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN – 13 laps

#83 Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO – 7 laps

#7S Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN – 6 laps

Time trial leaders (9 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Quick times

 

1 – #9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 4

2 – #18T Tony Bruce Jr., Liberal, KS – 1

#89 Cody Darrah, Red Lion, PA – 1

#7 Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN – 1

#5C Chad Hillier, Burlington, WA – 1

#11H Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW – 1

#20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 1

#15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND – 1

#6T Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA – 1

Track records established during 2007 World of Outlaws events (4)
* Craig Dollansky, March 2, United Sports Arizona Race Park (3/8-mile), Tucson, AZ, 12.624 seconds at 106.939 mph.

* Craig Dollansky, March 2, United Sports Arizona Race Park (3/8-mile), Tucson, AZ, 12.624 seconds at 106.939 mph.

 

* Kerry Madsen, March 3, Manzanita Speedway (1/2-mile), Phoenix, AZ, 15.255 seconds at 118.149 mph.

* Joey Saldana, March 16, Houston Raceway Park (1/4-mile) Baytown, TX, 11.996 seconds at 75.025 mph.

* Joey Saldana, March 24, Volunteer Speedway (4/10-mile) Bulls Gap, TN, 11.696 second at 123.119 mph.

Dash Winners (10 different winners) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Dash Wins

 

1- #15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 2

#14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 2

3 -#15T Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX – 1

#35 Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH – 1

#20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 1

#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 1

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 1

#6 Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA – 1

#7S Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN – 1

#4 Danny Smith, Danville, IN – 1

Pole Positions (10 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Poles

 

 

 

1 – #15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND – 2

#14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 2

3 – #15T Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX – 1

#35 Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH – 1

#20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 1

#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 1

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 1

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 1

 

#6 Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA – 1

#7S Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN – 1

#4 Danny Smith, Danville, IN – 1

 

B-main Winners (12 different winners) Rank – Driver, Hometown – “B” Wins

 

1 –#18T Tony Bruce Jr., Liberal, KS – 1

#15H Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX -1

#1X Randy Hannagan, San Jose – 1

#11D Dion Hindi, Albuquerque, NM – 1

#11K Tim Kaeding, San Jose – 1

#11H Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s NSW – 1

#24 Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA – 1

#20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 1

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 1

#7S Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN – 1

#4 Danny Smith, Danville, IN – 1

#2 Brooke Tatnell, San Souci, NSW – 1