World of Outlaws Sprint Series At A Glance: The 45th Annual Knoxville Nationals

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    Knoxville, IA — Aug. 9, 2005 — By Chris Dolack, World of Outlaws Senior
    Writer

    WHAT
    • The World of Outlaws Sprint Series invades Knoxville Raceway
    beginning Wednesday for four nights of racing culminating in the
    crowning of the 2005 Knoxville Nationals champion, the most prestigious
    title in sprint car racing.

    WHERE
    • Knoxville Raceway is at the north edge of Knoxville, Iowa, on SR 14
    (located at the Marion County Fairgrounds, about 40 miles southeast of
    Downtown Des Moines.

    WHEN
    • The schedule of events at Knoxville includes:
    Wednesday
    - Outlaw Dirt Kart Racing, 10 AM to 2 PM, English Creek Speedway
    - KNIA-KRLS Welcome Center Open 10 AM to 7 PM, Fairgrounds
    - 1/4 Scale Knoxville Nationals Practice, 11 a.m., Knoxville Middle
    School
    - Knoxville Nationals Qualifications, 7:15 PM
    - Free Dance after the races

    Thursday
    - All you can eat “Pit Stop” Pancakes, 7:30 AM to 1 PM, National Guard
    Armory
    - Outlaw Dirt Kart Racing, 10 AM to 2 PM, English Creek Speedway
    - KNIA-KRLS Welcome Center Open 10 AM to 7 PM, Fairgrounds
    - 1/4 Scale Knoxville Nationals Qualifying and 2 rounds of heats, 11
    a.m., Knoxville Middle School
    - Spaghetti Dinner, 4 PM to 6 PM, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church
    - Knoxville Nationals Qualifications, 7:15 PM
    - Free Dance after the races

    Friday
    - All you can eat “Pit Stop” Pancakes, 7:30 AM to 1 PM, National Guard
    Armory
    - National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Golf Classic, 8:30 AM
    - Outlaw Dirt Kart Racing, 10 AM to 2 PM, English Creek Speedway
    - KNIA-KRLS Welcome Center Open 10 AM to 7 PM, Fairgrounds
    - 1/4 Scale Knoxville Nationals, 2 rounds of Heats and Feature Events,
    11 a.m., Knoxville Middle School
    - Knoxville Nationals Racing, 6:45 PM
    - Free Dance after the races

    Saturday
    - Knoxville Raceway Parade, Line-up 8:30 AM, Begins at 10:00 AM
    downtown
    - All you can eat “Pit Stop” Pancakes, 7:30 AM to 1 PM, National Guard
    Armory
    - KNIA-KRLS Welcome Center Open 10 AM to 7 PM, Fairgrounds
    - Wacko’s Annual Tour de Knoxville Bike Ride, Register at 9 AM (641)
    842-5436
    - Bizarre Bazaar, 8 AM to 4 PM, crafts, antiques, memorabilia and more,
    on the Square
    - Fireman’s Lunch, 10 AM to 2 PM, Fire Station 1 block off the Square
    - Farmers Market, 8 AM to noon, downtown
    - NSCHoF Museum Annual Racing Auction, 1 PM at the Museum
    - 45th Annual Knoxville Nationals, 7:15 PM

    TICKETS
    • For ticket information, go to Knoxville’s Web site at
    http://www.knoxvilleraceway.com.

    WEB SITES
    • The World of Outlaws Sprint Series is at
    http://www.dirtmotorsports.com/sprint/.
    • Knoxville Raceway is at http://www.knoxvilleraceway.com.

    ABOUT THE TRACK
    • Knoxville Raceway is a semi-banked half-mile oval. When the Outlaws
    raced in April at Knoxville, Joey Saldana broke the track record by
    turning a lap in 14.908 seconds at 120.741 mph.

    PREVIOUS WINNERS
    Excluding the Nationals, World of Outlaws Sprint Series “A” Feature
    winners at Knoxville Raceway include:
    2005 – Kraig Kinser on June 24, Steve Kinser on April 30
    2004 – Craig Dollansky on June 26, Mark Kinser on May 1
    2003 – Danny Lasoski on April 26, Danny Lasoski on July 5
    2002 – Steve Kinser on April 26, Danny Lasoski on June 29
    2001 – Danny Lasoski on April 28, Stevie Smith on June 30, Jason Meyers
    on July 16
    2000 – Danny Lasoski on April 29, Stevie Smith on July 1, Steve Kinser
    on July 19
    1999 – Sammy Swindell on May 1, Danny Lasoski on July 3, Danny Lasoski
    on July 21
    1998 – Jac Haudenschild on May 2, Jac Haudenschild on July 4, Jac
    Haudenschild on July 22
    1997 – Mark Kinser on April 26, Jac Haudenschild on July 5, Mark Kinser
    on July 23
    1996 – Mark Kinser on April 27, Mark Kinser on June 22, Mark Kinser on
    July 24
    1995 – Mark Kinser on May 6, Mark Kinser on June 24, Steve Kinser on
    July 19, Mark Kinser on Sept. 27
    1994 – Dave Blaney on April 29, Steve Kinser on June 25, Steve Kinser
    on July 20, Jac Haudenschild on Sept. 23
    1993 – Danny Lasoski on April 30, Mark Kinser on June 27, Stevie Smith
    on Sept. 24
    1992 – Sammy Swindell on April 26, Steve Kinser on June 20, Steve
    Kinser on July 22, Steve Kinser on Sept. 26
    1991 – Steve Kinser on April 27, Doug Wolfgang on June 22, Steve Kinser
    on July 24
    1990 – Doug Wolfgang on April 29, Steve Kinser on June 23, Sammy
    Swindell on July 25
    1989 – Sammy Swindell on April 29, Doug Wolfgang on June 24, 1988 –
    Steve Kinser on April 30, Steve Kinser on June 22
    1987 – Steve Kinser on April 25, Steve Kinser on June 22
    1986 – Sammy Swindell on April 26, Steve Kinser on June 25, Steve
    Kinser on July 23
    1985 – Sammy Swindell on April 28, Doug Wolfgang on Oct. 6
    1984 – Sammy Swindell on July 25
    1983 – Sammy Swindell on April 16, Sammy Swindell on July 27, Sammy
    Swindell on Oct. 16
    1982 – Doug Wolfgang on April 17, Danny Smith on July 21
    1981 – Steve Kinser on April 18, Doug Wolfgang on May 22, Sammy
    Swindell on May 23, Sammy Swindell on July 22, Doug Wolfgang on Sept.
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    1980 – Steve Kinser on April 19, Steve Kinser on April 20, Doug
    Wolfgang on May 31, Tim Green on Sept. 20, 1979 – Sammy Swindell on
    April 21.

    Knoxville Nationals champions include:
    2004 – Danny Lasoski
    2003 – Danny Lasoski
    2002 – Steve Kinser
    2001 – Danny Lasoski
    2000 – Mark Kinser
    1999 – Mark Kinser
    1998 – Danny Lasoski
    1997 – Dave Blaney
    1996 – Mark Kinser
    1995 – Steve Kinser
    1994 – Steve Kinser
    1993 – Steve Kinser
    1992 – Steve Kinser
    1991 – Steve Kinser
    1990 – Bobby Allen
    1989 – Doug Wolfgang
    1988 – Steve Kinser
    1987 – Steve Kinser
    1986 – Steve Kinser
    1985 – Doug Wolfgang
    1984 – Doug Wolfgang
    1983 – Sammy Swindell
    1982 – Steve Kinser
    1981 – Steve Kinser
    1980 – Steve Kinser
    1979 – Ron Shuman
    1978 – Doug Wolfgang
    1977 – Doug Wolfgang
    1976 – Eddie Leavitt
    1975 – Eddie Leavitt
    1974 – Dick Gaines
    1973 – Kenny Weld
    1972 – Kenny Weld
    1971 – Jan Opperman
    1970 – Joe Saldana
    1969 – Ken Gritz
    1968 – Ray Lee Goodwin
    1967 – Thad Dosher
    1966 – Jay Woodside
    1965 – Kenny Weld
    1964 – Kenny Weld
    1963 – Greg Weld
    1962 – Jerry Richert Sr.
    1961 – Roy Robbins

    TELEVISION
    • The Outdoor Channel will broadcast the Silver Cup from Lernerville
    Speedway at 8 p.m. (ET) on Aug. 10. The Outdoor Channel will then air
    the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals from Williams Grove at 8 p.m.
    (ET) on Aug. 17 and the Polydome Princeton National from Princeton
    Speedway on Aug. 24.
    • The Knoxville Nationals can be seen live from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
    Eastern Saturday on SPEED Channel.

    CYBERCAST
    • The Knoxville Nationals will be broadcast over the Internet by The
    American Dirt Network at http://www.americandirtnetwork.com beginning
    each night at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. All other World of Outlaws Sprint
    Series events will remain on DIRTVision.com.

    WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES STANDINGS, through Eldora, 8-5-2005
    Driver Team Team Team Team A
    Rank Driver Points Points Earnings Diff. Wins Top 5 Top 10
    1 Steve Kinser 7006 7006 $342,830 0 16 35 45
    2 Jason Meyers 6586 6586 $165,420 -420 4 17 36
    3 Craig Dollansky 6539 6539 $147,070 -467 2 18 31
    4 Kraig Kinser 6398 6398 $155,750 -608 5 18 30
    5 Donny Schatz 6232 6232 $129,360 -774 4 12 26
    6 Danny Lasoski 6224 6224 $111,185 -782 0 8 25
    7 Brooke Tatnell* 6130 6406 $145,065 -600 2 16 28
    8 Paul McMahan 6117 6117 $97,440 -889 0 7 19
    9 Tim Shaffer 6048 6048 $131,215 -958 3 10 20
    10 Terry McCarl 6014 6014 $98,800 -992 0 9 21
    11 Daryn Pittman 5964 5964 $95,915 -1042 1 7 19
    12 Shane Stewart 5886 5886 $84,785 -1120 0 4 18
    13 Joey Saldana 5812 5812 $109,305 -1194 0 10 19
    14 Brian Paulus 5763 5763 $90,570 -1243 2 6 14
    15 Jason Sides 5634 5634 $60,010 -1372 0 2 6
    16 Jason Solwold 5391 5391 $66,150 -1615 0 4 9
    17 Tim Kaeding 5253 871 $18,070 -6135 0 4 5
    18 Brandon Wimmer 4982 4982 $36,820 -2024 0 0 2
    19 Sammy Swindell 4025 3875 $108,980 -3131 2 14 17
    20 Kevin Swindell 2787 2787 $23,305 -4219 0 1 3
    • Rush Racing’s No. 8 car driven by Brooke Tatnell is fourth in owners’
    points.
    • Dennis Roth’s No. 83 car driven by Jac Haudenschild is 11th in
    owners’ points.
    • The first of the two victories for the No. 83 car was earned by Tim
    Kaeding.

    NEWS & NOTES
    • On the Web: The Official World of Outlaws Sprint Series Web site is
    overhauled and now alive at http://www.dirtmotorsports.com/sprint.
    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 press kit and official rulebook can also be found at
    the bottom of the home page.

    • Last practice: Danny Lasoski was one of nine touring World of Outlaws
    racers to compete Saturday at Knoxville Raceway, one night after racing
    at Eldora Speedway. Lasoski, a four-time Knoxville Nationals champion,
    held off Daryn Pittman and Sammy Swindell to earn the 86th victory of
    his career at Knoxville. Tim Shaffer, Brooke Tatnell, Shane Stewart,
    Tim Kaeding, Craig Dollansky and Terry McCarl also competed.

    • Half-milers: Including preliminary features, the series has raced 25
    times this year on half-mile circuits with Steve Kinser winning seven
    times (Volusia, Eldora three times, Knoxville, Williams Grove and
    Hartford), Sammy Swindell winning three times (twice at Eldora, once at
    Hagerstown), Craig Dollansky winning twice (Manzanita and Williams
    Grove), Kraig Kinser winning twice (Las Vegas, Knoxville), Jason Meyers
    winning twice (Granite City and Red River Valley), Donny Schatz winning
    twice (Las Vegas and Route 66 Raceway), and Brian Paulus (Red River
    Valley), Danny Lasoski (Knoxville), Jeff Shepard (Volusia), Jason
    Johnson (Williams Grove), Paul McMahan (Williams Grove), Fred Rahmer
    (Williams Grove), and Jac Haudenschild (Eldora) each winning once.

    • Victory parade: Jac Haudenschild won Eldora for his first Outlaws
    victory of the season, making him the 16th different A-feature winner
    in 2005 and the 20th different winner including preliminary events. …
    Steve Kinser earned his series-leading 16th A-feature victory by
    winning Saturday night at Princeton Speedway. Kinser, the Kings Royal
    winner, also has a preliminary feature victory this season in the Eagle
    Nationals at Eagle Raceway. … Kraig Kinser won at Lawrenceburg for his
    fifth A-feature victory of the season. He also has a preliminary
    feature win at Las Vegas. … Jason Meyers earned his fourth win of the
    season July 2 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. … Donny
    Schatz also has four A-feature victories, winning most recently on July
    8 in Joliet, Ill. … Tim Shaffer’s victory July 19 in the Silver Cup was
    his third of the season, going with wins Lake Ozark Speedway and
    Thunderbowl Raceway. … Brian Paulus won June 28 at Huset’s Speedway for
    his second victory of the season, and picked up a preliminary feature
    win in the following race at Red River Valley Speedway. … Craig
    Dollansky has won two features, most recently at Powercom Park, and he
    also has two preliminary feature wins. … Brooke Tatnell has two
    A-feature victories, winning at Cedar Lake and Fulton speedways, as
    well as a preliminary feature win at Princeton Speedway. … Sammy
    Swindell won his second A-feature of the season June 4 at Eldora
    Speedway. Swindell also has a preliminary feature win April 8 at
    Eldora. … Single-event winners include Fred Rahmer July 23 at Williams
    Grove Speedway, Stevie Smith July 13 at Attica Raceway Park, Tim
    Kaeding June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park, Daryn Pittman April 23
    at 81 Speedway in Wichita, Chad Kemenah July 9 at I-55 Raceway, and
    Jeff Shepard Feb. 11 at Volusia Speedway Park. … In preliminary
    features, Danny Lasoski has won twice while Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan
    and Jason Johnson have each won once.

    • P&P’s new partner: P&P Motorsports announce that beginning with the
    Knoxville Nationals the team will have a new Marketing Partner in Toy,
    Toy, Toys, Inc. The partnership will promote the company’s new brand
    Freaky Flickers that is currently being launched in toy and convenient
    stores across the nation. The toys are what are hoped to be the next
    big fad amongst kids and even adults. Currently there are 40 different
    characters to collect and are sold in four-packs. Adults and kids
    attending this year’s Knoxville Nationals can purchase Freaky Flickers
    at Brian Paulus’ merchandise trailer. … Freaky Flickers are small
    gumball sized toys developed by Peter Gantner that are soft rubber
    molded in the shape of different colorful characters like Robo, Aargh!,
    Smiley and more that kids of all ages can flick, bounce or roll off
    walls, gameboards or whatever.

    • New look for Stewart: Leading World of Outlaws Sprint Series rookie
    Shane Stewart will unveil a specially designed Snap-on Tools themed
    Sprint Car on Wednesday. Currently ranked 12th in WoO points aboard the
    Wesmar-powered Rudeen Racing powered by mIn Motorsports No. 26 Maxim,
    Stewart and team will unveil the new car during an autograph session at
    the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Wednesday.

    • Stevie Smith sponsor giveaway: The RAACE Foundation is giving away a
    one of a kind commemorative 45th Annual Knoxville Nationals Team RAACE
    Pocket Bike. It is emblazoned with the Team RAACE decals and
    autographed by Team RAACE driver Stevie Smith as well as other sprint
    car legends and personalities. The bike also bears the official seal of
    the 45th Annual Knoxville Nationals. The mini sport bike has a 49.5 cc
    engine, a weight capacity of 300lbs, and a top speed of approximately
    60 mph. Entry forms will be available throughout the Knoxville
    Nationals at The RAACE Foundation booth located under the main
    grandstand or from a RAACE Foundation on-site volunteer. All donations
    go to benefit The RAACE Foundation and their on-going campaign to raise
    public awareness concerning child sexual abuse. Visit
    http://www.raace.org for more information.

    • The Mean 15: The impressive 2005 edition of the World of Outlaws
    Sprint Series’ Mean 15 racers includes Craig Dollansky (No. 7 owned by
    Karavan Motorsports), JacHaudenschild (No. 83 owned by Dennis Roth),
    Kraig Kinser (No. 11k owned by Steve Kinser Racing), Steve Kinser (No.
    11 owned by Steve Kinser Racing), Danny Lasoski (No. 20 owned by Tony
    Stewart Motorsports), Paul McMahan (No. 11h owned by David Helm), Jason
    Meyers (No. 14 owned by the Elite Racing Team), Brian Paulus (No. 28
    owned by P&P Motorsports), Daryn Pittman (No. 21 owned by Titan
    Racing), Joey Saldana (No. 2 owned by Woodward Racing), Donny Schatz
    (No. 15 owned by Schatz Motorsports), Tim Shaffer (No. 6 owned by
    Parsons Motorsports), Jason Sides (No. 7s owned by Sides Motorsports),
    Brooke Tatnell (No. 8 owned by Rush Racing), and Brandon Wimmer (No.
    7tw owned by Wimmer-Luck Racing).

    • On tour, too: Several other drivers have committed to running the
    bulk of the schedule with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series in 2005
    with hopes of earning a spot in a future Mean 15: Terry McCarl, who has
    won the past six 410 sprint championships at Knoxville Raceway; Shane
    Stewart, who is battling for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year
    title; Jason Solwold, a former track champion at Skagit Speedway who
    also is chasing top rookie honors; Sammy Swindell, a sprint car legend
    and three-time Outlaws champion, who has two A-feature victories this
    year; and Kevin Swindell, 16, who became the youngest driver to finish
    in the top 10 with the Outlaws when finished sixth in the feature at
    Parramatta City Raceway in January.

    • Sign on, tune in: Dirt track fans can enjoy more than 40 live and
    tape-delayed DIRT MotorSports events on Dirtvision. A Season CyberPass
    is now just $34.99 (valid through September) or a monthly subscription
    is only $9.99. The Dirtvision Cybercast schedule includes a variety of
    DIRT MotorSports events including World of Outlaws Sprint Series
    Series, World of Outlaws Stacker 2® Late Models, Advance Auto Parts
    Modified Super DIRT Series, 358 Modified and Big Block Modified Super
    DIRT Series, UMP Late Models and MARS Stacker 2 Late Model Series
    events. To purchase your subscription, visit www.Dirtvision.com. Visit
    our Help/FAQ page if you have any questions or concerns regarding the
    Dirtvision CyberPass.

    • Tune into the Web: If fans can’t get to any of the upcoming races,
    they can experience the excitement of the World of Outlaws Sprint
    Series live on Dirtvision.com through the DIRT Radio Network, where
    announcer John Gibson keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the
    event. 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 webmaster@dirtvision.com.

    • Hear it firsthand: RACEceiver is the Official Driver Communicator of
    DIRT MotorSports. A compact radio receiver that conveniently fits into
    a driver’s pocket, a RACEceiver allows each driver to hear directions
    from series officials, which greatly enhances the safety and timeliness
    of events. A similar version available to fans will allow RACEceiver
    users to hear what information series officials are relaying to the
    drivers. For more information about RACEceiver, visit
    www.raceceiver.com, call 866-301-7223, or look for their sales trailers
    at various events.

    QUOTABLE
    Craig Dollansky, a two-time A-feature winner this season from Elk
    River, Minn.
    • On the event: “It’s just a neat atmosphere. Going there as a kid, I
    was just in awe. Going in there and being at the Knoxville Nationals,
    four days of racing, all the teams, cars and drivers that were there
    from everywhere. It’s just a real neat atmosphere and it still is. It’s
    getting bigger and bigger all the time. As a kid, I’d go down there
    with my dad and watch the races, saying, ‘Man, I can’t wait to race
    here some day.’”
    • On the purse: “The purse is part of what makes the Nationals what it
    is, but you’re going for the trophy. That’s the crown jewel of them
    all. To win the Knoxville Nationals is definitely something everybody
    wants to accomplish.”

    Jac Haudenschild, a winner Saturday at Eldora Speedway who hails from
    Wooster, Ohio
    • On Nationals memories: “My biggest memory there is the one year we
    ran for Pennzoil and we won all but the Nationals and we ended up
    running second in the Nationals. That was my most memorable year at
    Knoxville. We’re hoping to match it again.”

    Kraig Kinser, a five-time A-feature winner this season, including a
    victory in June at Knoxville, from Bloomington, Ind.
    • On the event: “That four-day show can get kind of grueling. A lot of
    people get down to business when it gets to Knoxville. There are so
    many big moments in racing that come from the Knoxville Nationals that
    it’s hard to pick one that stands out in your mind. Definitely some
    people have had some very good wins and some have had tremendous
    heartbreak. You need a lot of luck to get in the show just to have a
    shot to win the race.”
    • On Nationals strategy: “It’s a whole different ball game when you get
    there for the Nationals. You have to have the best attitude you can.
    What you did before doesn’t mean anything when you get to Knoxville.
    Those guys are going to be running you hard, they won’t care whether
    you’ve won a race there or never been there before. They’ll be just as
    hard on you. People will be running for points, some people will be
    scrounging for every position they can get because one more position is
    just that many more points and gives them that much more boost to get
    in the show. It’s all out as hard as you can go for as many spots as
    you can get.”

    Steve Kinser, a 12-time Knoxville Nationals champion from Bloomington,
    Ind., who has 16 A-feature victories on the World of Outlaws circuit
    this season
    • On memories of the event: “I think probably one of the bigger times
    was the first year we put our race team together and we won from about
    the 12th spot. We’ve had a lot of good memories, but probably the
    things you remember the most are the worst times you were there. The
    last one we won was pretty happy, too. We’ve won a non-wing Nationals
    and with a wing. There are just a lot of good memories. I remember
    going there before I started racing as a kid with my dad, watching the
    Knoxville Nationals. Those are real good memories for me, too. I’ve had
    a lot of good times there.”
    • On the event itself: “It’s the biggest sprint car race we’ve got. It
    has the best payoff of anything we’ve got by far. It’s a tough race.
    It’s tough to get yourself into position to win a race through all the
    preliminary nights and everything else. Everything has to go well the
    whole week to make things work on Saturday night. You have to get
    qualified well, then you have to transfer through your heat. You can’t
    make a whole lot of mistakes or it will take you right out of the race.
    There are a lot of ways to lose that race and very few ways to win it.
    … The first thing is to get out and get qualified well to get your
    points headed in the right direction. Then in the heats it gets so
    tough. You don’t worry too much about points, you just worry about
    getting transferred into the main and holding your position so you
    don’t have to come through the B to get to it. You just hope you don’t
    blow a motor or fall out of a race because if you do, starting in the
    back of a 30-lap race you’re not going to have much of a chance.”

    Danny Lasoski, a four-time Knoxville Nationals champion from Dover, Mo.
    • On the event: “It’s the greatest speedway in the world. Period. It’s
    the only place you can go that has the atmosphere of the Daytona 500
    and the Indianapolis 500 built into one. People save their vacations,
    work all year long and come stay there for a week. That is the
    granddaddy of them all. We have been fortunate enough to win four of
    them. Just coming to Knoxville is like going home and we love every bit
    of it.”
    • On winning the Nationals: “When you win one for the first time, then
    you’ll understand. But until you win one, you can talk about it but I
    still remember every lap of the first one we won. There’s nothing
    greater than the first one, but that just gives you the desire and the
    fire to win more and more. We’re going back to see if we can win five
    of them.”

     
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    Terry McCarl, a six-time Knoxville Raceway track champion from Altoona,
    Iowa, who led the first 15 laps in the 2004 Nationals’ main event
    • On memories of the event: “It was pretty exciting to sit on the pole
    of the Knoxville Nationals last year, the first Iowa guy in 25 years.
    To be able to lead the Knoxville Nationals was was pretty awesome. I
    won a preliminary in 1996, Lasoski passed me and I passed him back late
    in the race. That was pretty exciting. A lot of good memories,
    hopefully we’ll make a lot better one this year.”
    • On the event itself: “The Nationals is about the aura of the place.
    It’s not necessarily the big money that is involved. You think about
    that afterward when you get home and you look at how much money you
    made. At the time, there are so many people there, the feeling in the
    air. There are 30,000 people there for the same reason you are. You
    have a friend everywhere you turn. There’s so much camaraderie because
    everybody’s there for sprint car racing. It doesn’t compare to any
    other event. Nothing against any other racetrack in the world, but it’s
    the whole package. It’s not just the facility, it’s the event and the
    people and the amount of money and the prestige of winning it. I just
    love the feeling in the air. I like to be at the Nationals. I like to
    stay there. I’m still a race fan. It’s the mecca for sprint car
    racing.”

    Paul McMahan, a preliminary winner in the Summer Nationals at Williams
    Grove from Nashville, Tenn.
    • On preparing for the Nationals: “Really, the last time we were there
    [in June] we ran real good, we ran second to Kraig. That’s always a
    good plus going into the Knoxville Nationals, having your last run
    there being a good one. Last year we qualified real well but had a
    misfortune in the heat race where I got hurt. I’m really looking
    forward to going back and trying to qualify as good as we did last year
    but try to make it through the heat race this time.
    • On memories of the event: “The first Knoxville Nationals I ever went
    to, I went to watch, the year Bobby Allen won [1990]. That kind of
    sticks out. You go there and people expect Steve Kinser or Danny
    Lasoski to win and to have Scruffy win that night was pretty cool. I
    remember just sitting in Turn 4, watching the race. Scruffy didn’t have
    the cleanest racecar, he didn’t have the prettiest racecar, but on that
    night he was the fastest. It was pretty cool to see a guy like that who
    has been going at it for so long and never win that race to finally do
    it. It was one of those heartbreaking nights for Mark Kinser because I
    think he would have won his first Knoxville Nationals that year, but he
    had some problems and Scruffy went on to win. It was pretty cool. Sammy
    was second, but it was just neat to see Bobby Allen win.”

    Jason Meyers, a four-time A-feature winner this season from Clovis,
    Calif.
    • On memories of the Nationals: “I’ve raced in it four times, and been
    there as a spectator once. Probably the biggest thing I remember is
    having such a good year last year and running well there and being good
    all weekend. It’s the most intense event of the whole year.”
    • On the event: “You’re there to win the Knoxville Nationals. You’re
    not there to win a $140,000, you’re there to win the Knoxville
    Nationals. The $140,000 is just a bonus. You look at the list of the
    people who have won that race and it’s definitely a list you want to be
    on before your career is over.”

    Brian Paulus, a two-time A-feature winner this season from
    Mechanicsburg, Pa.
    • On his favorite Knoxville Nationals memory: “It would have to be last
    year. On our qualifying night we crashed and bent up the car really
    bad. We bent up to the point that in our eyes and to most people who
    looked at it thought it was junk. We bolted it back together just
    enough to turn a lap in the B-main to get some points and we actually
    ran the whole B-main, qualified and started last in the feature and ran
    up to 13th with it. The next day we spent half the day debating on
    whether we should run a destroyed a racecar with pieces barely bolted
    onto it or running a racecar that was perfectly straight and everything
    on it was good. It was a pretty funny memory the next day, trying to
    figure out which car to run.”
    • On the event: “Who cares about the money. To go there and race the
    Nationals, obviously you want to home the $140,000, but that’s just the
    bonus to it. To leave there, like Daytona, to leave there and say I’m a
    Knoxville Nationals champion, people will remember that for years. You
    can win a championship with the Outlaws or at a local track and people
    will remember, but I think the Nationals will stand out more in
    people’s minds.”

    Daryn Pittman, a winner earlier this season at 81 Speedway and a native
    of Owasso, Okla.
    • On memories of the event: “I’d say the best one I remember is when I
    was growing up and the year Steve beat Stevie Smith. It was a great
    race. There was a rain delay, it had a red flag and the rain cleared up
    and Stevie pretty much had him covered. They had a really good race the
    whole time. I think everybody sat there watching, Stevie was obviously
    the major underdog and at that time everybody was hoping somebody would
    win besides Steve. I think everybody in the world was there cheering
    for him and hated to see the red flag. I remember Stevie’s interview
    afterwards. I’ve always been a big fan of his ever since then. He was a
    great loser that day and it was good to watch and see how he took it,
    to see how hard Steve had to work to get by him. That was one I’ll
    always remember and made it clear how hard it is to win the Nationals.”

    Joey Saldana, the single-lap record-holder at Knoxville from
    Brownsburg, Ind.
    • On preparing for the event: “I think the biggest thing is that you
    have to treat it as just another race. If you start worrying about how
    big a race it actually is, you’re not going to do very good. I was
    lucky enough to finish third a few years ago and it’s pretty neat to
    accomplish that. It makes you want to do better than third. It’s the
    biggest race we have and everybody wants to win it. That’s the
    objective. It would be pretty neat if I could do it because there
    aren’t too many fathers and sons who have done it.”

    Donny Schatz, a four-time A-feature winner this season from Fargo, N.D.
    • On the Nationals: “There are just a lot of people there. There are a
    lot of things happening, a lot of events, a lot of racing. It’s a
    pretty exciting week for everybody, but when it’s over I’m glad it’s
    over and we wait another year to do it again. It’s a pretty prominent
    event and we’re excited to be a part of it. Hopefully we can be
    competitive at it again.”

    Tim Shaffer, a three-time winner this season from Aliquippa, Pa.
    • On Knoville Nationals memories: “Mainly at Knoxville, you remember
    the atmosphere. The whole deal is pretty awesome. All the people there.
    The grandstands fill up on both sides of the straightaways. Anybody who
    hasn’t been there needs to go. It’s a great race and you’ll see good
    racing. You’ll see a bottom line, a top line. Everybody races extremely
    hard, not that they don’t any other time, but you really see it there.
    There’s racing from the back to the front, it doesn’t matter.
    • On the event: “You don’t even think about the money, to be honest. It
    was like winning the Silver Cup at Lernerville, I don’t think the money
    issue was for a few weeks later. It’s just winning those races. To win
    the Knoxville Nationals would be an incredible deal for us, with the
    Casey’s General Stores being a local car. Lonny said if we won that, we
    might not make it to Billings. It’d be a great deal and we’re going to
    give it our best. I think we’ve got a chance at it, I really do.”

    Jason Sides, the 2004 Kings Royal winner from Bartlett, Tenn.
    • On the event: “The whole atmosphere of the four days being in one
    place for that long, just being able to race and watch a couple of
    nights, too, at the same time. When it’s all over, you’ve got all the
    pressure off of you for the Nationals. It’s not a whole lot of
    pressure, but it’s the biggest race of the year. Once it’s over, it’s
    downhill for the rest of the year and you can fun.”
    • On the purse: “It’s an added bonus. Being in the show is one thing,
    then being in the top-10 or top-five, to win it, that’s totally
    something else.”

    Jason Solwold, the 2004 Knoxville Nationals top rookie from Mt. Vernon,
    Wash.
    • On the 2004 event: “That was my first time at the Knoxville
    Nationals. I’ve watched it on TV, but to go in there and we ran halfway
    decent, finishing toward the back of the B-main. I was hoping to make
    the A-main, which was pretty far-fetched. Hopefully this year we can
    get into the show and go from there. I’m pretty happy with what
    happened last year. The Knoxville Nationals rookie-of-the-year deal is
    a pretty prestigious deal. … I was a little disappointed. I really
    wanted to make the main event, but there are so many good racecars and
    racecar drivers at the Nationals, a lot of people who have been there a
    lot more I have. To finish where we did, after I got away and was able
    to think about it for a little while, I had to be happy with what we
    accomplished.”

    Shane Stewart, the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award leader from
    Bixby, Okla.
    • On his recent Nationals finishes: “Last year was pretty special to
    me, even the last two years. We’ve been really competitive. Looking
    back at those two races, if I would have had the right brakes we could
    have won the race. It’s just a crazy week. Everybody gets antsy about
    it, gets revved up for it. They’ve got their newest and latest car,
    they’ve got their best motor in. I try not to look at it like it’s a
    different race, but it’s hard not to.”
    • On the event: “The money is just a bonus. I’d love to wake up and
    look at that trophy sitting in my house or wherever. It’s just an
    exciting week and it’s fun to be a part of it. It makes it even more
    when you know going in that you have a chance of making the A-main and
    maybe even a chance at winning the race. It’s just a special week and
    I’m proud to be a part of it and have a good crew and a good car owner
    behind me.”

    Brooke Tatnell, a two-time A-feature winner this season from San Souci,
    New South Wales, Australia
    • On memories of the event: “Probably when Bobby Allen won, or I look
    at Sammy Swindell. As far as I’m concerned, Sammy is the most complete
    all around racer there ever was. I mean Steve Kinser is probably the
    most naturally gifted racecar driver we’ll ever see in our time. Then
    you look at Sammy and he’s naturally gifted, but probably has more of a
    race-crafted engineering, I think sometimes that’s held Sammy back over
    the years. It’s the Nationals and here’s Sammy, wins twice but lost it
    so many times. Here’s Bobby Allen, nobody expected him to win and he’s
    won it. That’s the cool thing about it. You can be super-fast all year
    long but it doesn’t mean anything until you lead the Nationals.”

    Brandon Wimmer, a Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award contender
    from Fairmount, Ind.
    • On his favorite Knoxville Nationals memory: “It would have had to
    have been the first year I ever went. I was 10 years old. I got snuck
    into the pits, and it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in
    my life. Just to go down there and see everybody right there in front
    of you, see everything they do. That year, there were about 80 cars
    each night trying to make that race. It was pretty unbelievable. It’s
    unbelievable how many fans show up for that week. There’s nothing else
    like it. There’s so much excitement in the air. You just try to go
    there and stay calm and act like it’s another race, but at the same
    time it’s one of the biggest races of the year and it’s kind of hard to
    do that.”

    UPCOMING EVENTS
    • There’s no rest for the Outlaws after completing the Nationals. The
    series begins a swing to the West Coast Aug. 16 with a one-night show
    at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D., before invading
    Billings Speedway in Billings, Mont., for a two-night show Aug. 19-20;
    Grays Harbor Speedway in Elma, Wash., for a two-night show Aug. 26-27;
    and Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., for a one night
    event on Aug. 30.

    2005 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES SCHEDULE
    Date Race Track City, ST TV Date Winner
    January 13 Outlaws Down Under Parramatta City Raceway Sydney,
    AUS Kerry Madsen (P)
    January 14 Outlaws Down Under Parramatta City Raceway Sydney,
    AUS Danny Lasoski (P)
    January 15 Outlaws Down Under Parramatta City Raceway Sydney,
    AUS Donny Schatz
    February 11 Volusia Speedway Barberville, FL Jeff Shepard
    February 13 Volusia Speedway Barberville, FL March 2 Steve Kinser
    February 25 Thunderbowl Raceway Tulare, CA March 9 Tim Shaffer
    February 26 Bakersfield Speedway Bakersfield, CA March 16 Craig
    Dollansky
    March 4 Cactus Classic Manzanita Speedway Phoenix, AZ Craig Dollansky
    (P)
    March 5 Cactus Classic Manzanita Speedway Phoenix, AZ March 23 PPD/rain
    to Oct. 11
    March 10 J.D. Byrider World of Outlaws Nationals Las Vegas Motor
    Speedway Las Vegas, NV Kraig Kinser (P)
    March 11 J.D. Byrider World of Outlaws Nationals Las Vegas Motor
    Speedway Las Vegas, NV March 30 Donny Schatz (2)
    March 18 Pike County Speedway Magnolia, MS Steve Kinser (2)
    March 19 The Texas Shootout Houston Raceway Park Baytown, TX April
    6 Donny Schatz (3)
    April 1 Batesville Speedway Locust Grove, AR Kraig Kinser
    April 2 I-55 Speedway Pevely, MO April 13 Kraig Kinser (2)
    April 8 Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH Sammy Swindell (P)
    April 9 Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH April 20 Steve Kinser (3)
    April 16 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, IN April 27 Steve Kinser (4)
    April 22 Outlaw Speedway Muskogee, OK Steve Kinser (5)
    April 23 The Twister Showdown 81 Speedway Wichita, KS May 4 Daryn
    Pittman
    April 29 Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA Danny Lasoski (P2)
    April 30 Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA May 11 Steve Kinser (6)
    May 6 Lake Ozark Speedway Eldon, MO Tim Shaffer (2)
    May 7 Tri-City Speedway Granite City, IL May 18 Jason Meyers
    May 9 Tri-State Speedway Pocola, OK PPD/rain to Sept. 20
    May 14 K-C Raceway Chillicothe, OH PPD/rain
    May 20 Commonwealth Clash Lernerville Speedway Sarver, PA May 25 Joey
    Saldana
    May 21 Commonwealth Clash Lernerville Speedway Sarver, PA June 1 Steve
    Kinser (7)
    May 24 Grandview Raceway Bechtelsville, PA Steve Kinser (8)
    May 26 Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, PA Craig Dollansky (P2)
    May 27 Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, PA June 8 Steve Kinser
    (9)
    May 28 Hagerstown Speedway Hagerstown, MD Sammy Swindell
    May 30 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon, NY Steve Kinser (10)
    June 1 Rolling Wheels Elbridge, NY June 15 Brian Paulus
    June 3 Sharon Speedway Sharon, OH Jason Meyers (2)
    June 4 Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH June 22 Sammy Swindell (2)
    June 9 I-96 Speedway Lake Odessa, MI June 29 Steve Kinser (11)
    June 11 Sheboygan County Fair Park Plymouth, WI Tim Kaeding
    June 14 Kokomo Speedway Kokomo, IN Kraig Kinser (3)
    June 17 Eagle Nationals Eagle Raceway Eagle, NE Steve Kinser (P)
    June 18 Eagle Nationals Eagle Raceway Eagle, NE July 6 Steve Kinser
    (12)
    June 22 State Fair Motor Speedway Sedalia, MO Jason Meyers (3)
    June 24 Mediacom Shoot-Out Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA Kraig
    Kinser (4)
    June 25 Mediacom Shoot-Out Knoxville Raceway Knoxville,
    IA Cancelled/Rain
    June 28 Husets Speedway Brandon, SD Brian Paulus (2)
    July 1 Duel in the Dakotas Red River Valley Speedway West Fargo,
    ND Brian Paulus (P)
    July 2 Duel in the Dakotas Red River Valley Speedway West Fargo,
    ND July 13 Jason Meyers (4)
    July 4 Cedar Lake Speedway New Richmond, WI Brooke Tatnell
    July 6 Powercom Park Beaver Dam, WI Craig Dollansky (2)
    July 8 Route 66 Raceway Joliet, IL Donny Schatz (4)
    July 9 I-55 Speedway Pevely, MO Chad Kemenah
    July 13 Brad Doty Classic Attica Raceway Attica, OH July 20 Stevie
    Smith
    July 15 Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH July 27 Steve Kinser (13)
    July 16 Kings Royal Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH August 3 Steve Kinser
    (14)
    July 19 Don Martin Memorial Lernerville Speedway Sarver, PA August
    10 Tim Shaffer (3)
    July 21 Summer Nationals Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg,
    PA Jason Johnson (P)
    July 22 Summer Nationals Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg,
    PA Paul McMahan (P)
    July 23 Summer Nationals Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg,
    PA August 17 Frad Rahmer
    July 25 Fulton Speedway Fulton, NY Brooke Tatnell (2)
    July 27 Hartford Raceway Hartford, MI Steve Kinser (15)
    July 29 The Princeton National Princeton Speedway Princeton, MN Brooke
    Tatnell (P)
    July 30 The Princeton National Princeton Speedway Princeton, MN August
    24 Steve Kinser (16)
    August 3 Lawrenceburg Speedway Lawrenceburg, IN Kraig Kinser (5)
    August 5 Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH Jac Haudenschild
    August 10 Knoxville Nationals Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA
    August 11 Knoxville Nationals Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA
    August 12 Knoxville Nationals Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA
    August 13 Knoxville Nationals Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA
    August 16 Red River Valley Speedway West Fargo, ND
    August 19 Billings Speedway Billings, MT
    August 20 Billings Speedway Billings, MT August 31
    August 26 Grays Harbor Raceway Park Elma, WA
    August 27 Grays Harbor Raceway Park Elma, WA September 7
    August 30 Cottage Grove Speedway Cottage Grove, OR
    September 2 Harvest Classic Calistoga Speedway Calistoga, CA
    September 3 Harvest Classic Calistoga Speedway Calistoga, CA
    September 4 Harvest Classic Calistoga Speedway Calistoga, CA September
    14
    September 8 Gold Cup Silver Dollar Speedway Chico, CA
    September 9 Gold Cup Silver Dollar Speedway Chico, CA
    September 10 Gold Cup Silver Dollar Speedway Chico, CA September 21
    September 13 Rocky Mountain Speedway Denver, CO
    September 16 1/3 Mile Championship Eagle Raceway Eagle, NE
    September 17 1/3 Mile Championship Eagle Raceway Eagle, NE September 28
    September 20 (From May 9) Tri-State Speedway Pocola, OK
    September 23 Jackson Speedway Jackson, MN
    September 24 Power Com Park Beaver Dam, WI October 5
    September 27 K-C Raceway Chillicothe, OH
    September 30 Nationals Open Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, PA
    October 1 Nationals Open Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg,
    PA October 12
    October 3 Lernerville Speedway Sarver, PA
    October 7 Dodge City Raceway Dodge City, KS
    October 8 Dodge City Raceway Dodge City, KS October 19
    October 11 Cactus Classic (from March 5) Manzanita Speedway Phoenix,
    AZ
    October 14 Thunderbowl Raceway Tulare, CA
    October 15 Thunderbowl Raceway Tulare, CA October 26
    October 21 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, NV
    October 22 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, NV November 2
    P-Preliminary feature win; (#)-Indicates drivers’ total victories.

    WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT SERIES SPONSORS
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