World of Outlaws Head to Deer Creek Speedway for Meyerhofer Crane and Rigging Services Clash at the Creek
SPRING VALLEY, Minn. — September 15, 2015 — The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series has been making an annual visit to Deer Creek Speedway in Minnesota each and every year since 2009. That tradition will continue this on Saturday, September 19 as the best sprint car drivers in the world tackle the three-eighths-mile for the Seventh Annual Meyerhofer Crane and Rigging Services Clash at the Creek. In six races for the series at Deer Creek Speedway, five drivers have picked up victories.
Last year, Paul McMahan scored his first win at Deer Creek Speedway over David Gravel and hard-charging Kerry Madsen. McMahan started on the pole and paced all 35 circuits. Madsen lined up 10th and powered his way to the front, en route a career-best finish at Deer Creek. McMahan has won twice this season and is just outside of the top-five in points.
Gravel’s runner-up performance was also his best showing to date at the track. The Connecticut native was the fastest qualifier of the 33 entrants at the three-eighths-mile last year.
Joey Saldana, who is currently fourth in points, is the winningest driver with the World of Outlaws at Deer Creek Speedway. The second-generation driver won the inaugural event for the series at the oval in 2009 and repeated the following season. Saldana has won twice this season and has been one of the most consistent drivers over the last two months on the circuit. The Motter Motorsports team he drives for is based in Minnesota.
Minnesota native Craig Dollansky won at Deer Creek in 2012 to add another track in his home state to his World of Outlaws win total. The veteran driver, who is among the 10 all-time winningest drivers with the World of Outlaws is tentatively scheduled to be in attendance on Saturday, September 19, driving for the TKS Motorsports team based out of Iowa.
Ian Madsen, who scored his first career World of Outlaws win at Deer Creek Speedway in 2013, is also expected to be on hand for the Clash at the Creek. Ian, the younger brother of Kerry Madsen, has competed in several World of Outlaws race in the Upper Midwest this season and is a past Knoxville Raceway track champion. Kerry Madsen is currently third in the World of Outlaws point standings and has one victory thus far in 2015.
Donny Schatz, the six-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, who has turned in a dominant 2015 season is looking for his first win at Deer Creek Speedway. The North Dakota native has finished second on three occasions at the track and has finished seventh or better in all six of his starts at the three-eighths-mile. Schatz has 29 wins through September 15, including recently earning his 200th career World of Outlaws A-Feature win, and holds a commanding lead in the series standings.
Also in action on Saturday, September 19 in the Seventh Annual Meyerhofer Crane and Rigging Services Clash at the Creek Clash at the Creek will be Shane Stewart, who is currently second in points. Stewart drives for the Larson Marks Racing team, which is co-owned by rising NASCAR star Kyle Larson. Stewart has eight wins in 2015, including the $50,000-to-win Kings Royal at the famed Eldora Speedway in Ohio, and the $20,000-to-win Ironman 55 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Missouri.
Kasey Kahne Racing will have its two-car team racing at Deer Creek Speedway, with 2013 series champion Daryn Pittman behind the wheel of the No. 9 and Brad Sweet piloting the No. 49. Pittman came home fifth at Deer Creek last year, while Sweet earned the Hard Charger Award, coming from the 16th starting spot to cross the line sixth. The pair has combined for seven wins to date in 2015.
Veteran drivers Jason Sides and Kraig Kinser will both be in action in the Seventh Annual Meyerhofer Crane and Rigging Services Clash at the Creek at Deer Creek Speedway. Kinser has led laps in the past at the track, where his father, 20-time series champion Steve Kinser, was victorious in 2011. The elder Kinser stepped away from full-time racing last season and occasionally has competed in World of Outlaws events this season. The younger Kinser is just outside of the top-10 in the series standings.
The Shark Racing team, owned by Hall of Famer Bobby Allen, one of the original Outlaws, will have a two-race effort on hand at Deer Creek. Logan Schuchart, Allen’s grandson, will be behind the wheel of the No. 1S, while Allen’s son, Jacob Allen, will pilot the No. 1A. Schuchart has led laps on a couple of different occasions this season, as he closes in on his first World of Outlaws A-Feature win.
Jason Johnson, the leading contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award this season, will be making his first visit to Deer Creek Speedway for the Clash at the Creek. The native of Eunice, Louisiana, missed nearly three months of action early this season after suffering fractured vertebrae in a crash in California in the spring.
Tickets for the Seventh Annual Meyerhofer Crane and Rigging Services Clash at the Creek at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., can be purchased in advance online by visiting, https://deercreekspeedway.ticketdirector.com/ticketdirector.web.ui/selectevent.aspx or by calling Deer Creek Speedway at 1-877-DCS-Race (327-7223).
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