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Friday’s Texas Outlaw Nationals Opener Rained Out at Devil’s Bowl

Focus on Saturday’s huge $20,000-to-win World of Outlaws spectacular

MESQUITE, Texas - April 24, 2015 - The Texas Outlaw Nationals opener on Friday night at Devil's Bowl Speedway has been rained out to put the emphasis on Saturday's huge $20,000-to-win spectacular.

On Saturday the pits will open at 3 p.m. and the grandstands will open at 4 p.m.

Fans with Friday tickets can exchange them for a Saturday ticket at no change in price. Fans with a two-day package have several options. Fans can use the Friday value of their ticket for any ticket at www.WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets or they can return the Friday ticket to the address printed on the back of the ticket for a refund.

If tickets are in Will Call, or if you have any other questions regarding Friday night tickets, call the World of Outlaws ticket hotline at 877-395-8606 for assistance.

At A Glance: The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Returns Home to Devil’s Bowl

As the series celebrates the ‘80s and welcomes back Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell, the Outlaws sound off on the birthplace of the series

CONCORD, N.C. - April 21, 2015 - In 1978 Ted Johnson brought together a group of sprint car drivers to form a national touring series, the World of Outlaws. And on March 18 of that year, the series held its first ever event at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Tex.

47 years the later, the series again returns to its birthplace to take on the Texas Outlaw Nationals this Friday and Saturday night. As the series celebrates the winners of the 1980s this year, two winners from that era, 20-time Outlaw champion Steve Kinser and 294-time series winner Sammy Swindell, will join the Outlaw regulars in competing for the Texas Outlaw Nationals title.

For the full-time competitors of the series, Devil's Bowl Speedway is a special place with history and memories.

Jacob Allen, No. 1a Mark Pell Tire Service/Marty Thompson Investments, Shark Racing

What does it mean to you as a driver to be able to compete at such an historic track?

"It's fun because the historical thing is always cool - just to be part of something that's been going on for a longtime. I like Devil's Bowl - I made both nights there last year. I think it's a neat thing and I'm happy to be back."

Your father and car owner, Bobby Allen, is a previous winner at Devil's Bowl.

"My dad's won at a lot of places so I hope that means he's got the hot setup to make us go faster. And I hope I can drive the car good enough to put us up in a good position to be in the dash and up front in the main, and hopefully contend for a win."

David Gravel, No. 7 Destiny Motorsports, Destiny Motorsports

What does it mean to you as a driver to be able to compete at such an historic track?

" It's definitely really cool because it's where it all started for the World of Outlaws. It's a unique racetrack. I ran there last year and have a little bit of experience as a driver at the track. Having a couple of starts there as a driver is definitely helpful."

Kraig Kinser, No. 11k Mesilla Valley Transportation, Steve Kinser Racing

What does it mean to you as a driver to be able to compete at such an historic track?

"Especially with sprint car racing you hit the big three places - Knoxville, Eldora, Williams Grove. Those are the biggest races but you've got to talk about Devil's Bowl. This is where it all started. It's a big track."

"People around there love that place. I ran there a few times really early in my career and then we went through a long dry spell where we didn't race there until last year. It was good to be there last year and it's definitely good to be getting back to a track that's got that tie with the Outlaws. It's a good feeling and hopefully we'll have some success there."

Kerry Madsen, No. 29 American Racing Custom Wheels, Keneric Racing

What does it mean to you as a driver to be able to compete at such an historic track?

"That's why I joined the World of Outlaws, to be able to race at the historic places, the big tracks. Devil's Bowl has a huge history with the sport. Last year was my first year on there. It had a great atmosphere about it and everyone was so excited to be there which makes the event."

Paul McMahan, No. 51 CJB Motorsports/Bair's Tree Service, CJB Motorsports

What does it mean to you as a driver to be able to compete at such an historic track?

"My hero won the very first final points night at Devil's Bowl and first Outlaws race so it's cool. Last year, going there, and seeing the No. 21 car was really cool. It's a very historical place. It's right up there with Knoxville and Eldora with what's gone on over the years at Devil's Bowl. Lanny has done a great job with the racetrack. I used to go there back when I was racing in California and the Outlaws would finish the season there. That was always a good time and I always enjoyed it. It's a unique place with the elevated back straightaway. It's one of the premier racetracks in the country."

Daryn Pittman, No. 9 Great Clips, Kasey Kahne Racing

You won at Devil's Bowl last year, how much confidence does that give your team going in to the race?

"I'm excited to go back. Devil's Bowl is a fun place. It's close to home, close to family. It's a place I grew up racing at. I was excited to go there last year. I couldn't have had a better return getting the win on the final day. I just really enjoyed it. It's a race I've been looking forward to going back to since I saw it on the schedule and know that you're going to make a return. I'm confident in our team and know that we can go there and repeat."

Joey Saldana, No. 71m Motter Equipment, Motter Motorsports

You are one of just four Outlaw regulars who have won a race at Devil's Bowl and you have some more experience going back years. How helpful is that to you as a driver and for your team?

"It's very helpful. It's cool that the track is back on the schedule - it's where the Outlaws should be. It's a cool race track and there's a lot of support for sprint car racing there. It was a home run last year. I thought they had a great crowd and great race. I'm looking forward to racing there - it suits what we do really well."

What does it mean to you as a driver to be able to compete at such an historic track?

"For myself my dad won the Summer Nationals and the Winter Nationals there. That was pre-World of Outlaws. I was lucky enough to win them too. That was cool winning something that my dad won too. And then it left and now it's back on. Hopefully it continues to stay on our schedule. It's got a great history and a lot of great racers have won there."

Donny Schatz, No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing

What does it mean to you as a driver to be able to compete at such an historic track?

"Well that's what has made the racing for guys like me that want to be out here. Everybody starts out here with a dream and you do that going to all of these historic places. Devil's Bowl is one that was absent from the schedule for a longtime. It's back on the schedule and we went there last year and had a great time, and we get to go back there again. It means a lot to go to those places. "

You won at Devil's Bowl last year and are only one of four full-time Outlaws with a win at the track. How much confidence does that give you going in to this weekend's event?

"It doesn't give you any confidence. What you've done in the past doesn't give you any confidence for tomorrow. Experience might a little bit but just because you've won there doesn't mean you're going to go there and be good. Track prep and all of the things leading up to the race dictate a lot about what's going to happen and how things play out. We do our best to stay on top of things."

Logan Schuchart, No. 1s Mark Pell Tire Service/Marty Thompson Investments, Shark Racing

You don't have much experience at Devil's Bowl as a driver. How is that challenge different from a normal night for you?

"We go to a couple of new tracks this year, so we've got to go into it with the same attitude we had last year. Mostly last year the attitude we had going into every race is that it's a new track and hopefully we figure it out when we get there in warm ups so we can have a good start to the night. At least adapt after warm ups and get a good time trial spot. Thankfully there are some notes in our notebook that will help me. I'll at least have a car to start from and be able to adapt to the track as a driver."

Devil's Bowl holds a lot of history for the series and has a special connection to your family - your grandfather Bobby Allen is a previous winner.

"I've seen videos of my grandfather racing there. Some of the first starts the Outlaws had. That part is pretty cool. It's definitely a different track the way it's shaped. I enjoy going to different tracks throughout the country and I'm looking forward to Devil's Bowl."

Jason Sides, No. 7s Wetherington Tractor Service, Sides Motorsports

What does it mean to you as a driver to be able to compete at such an historic track?

"We actually started racing there with 360s back in '93, '94. To go back there and run with the Outlaws - I always used to watch it on TV. It's where the Outlaws started so there's a lot of history there. It's always fun to go back. Lanny and Beverly have always done a really good job with the track. They keep improving it so it's great to go back there."

Shane Stewart, No. 2 Eneos/GoPro/Kick-It, Larson Marks Racing

You are from Oklahoma and have raced in other regional series that make regular appearances at Devil's Bowl. What has been your experience at the track over the years?

"A lot. It's one of the so called local tracks that I grew up racing being based in Tulsa. Back when I started that was one of the races that we could always make was the Devil's Bowl Outlaw races. Of course, they went there in the spring and the fall. ASCS went there a lot. I've raced Devil's Bowl many times. I'm definitely looking forward to getting back there. I was really excited to see that track get put back on the schedule last year. There's a lot of history there as everybody knows with the Outlaws. It has been one of the races that's been on my radar since last year, even though we didn't follow the series. I knew we were working to getting to that point this year. That is one of the races I want to do really well at. Hopefully that comes true."

Brad Sweet, No. 49 Razor Back Professional Tools, Kasey Kahne Racing

What does it mean to you as a driver to be able to go to a track like Devil's Bowl with a lot of history for the series?

"I grew up racing and watching the Outlaws go there. For whatever reason we didn't go there for a long time. Now that I'm part of the Outlaws it's nice we're going back to a place like that that has so much history. It's a great place. The fans come out which is nice. I just hope it's one of those events that keeps getting built up and we go there for a long time. It puts on great racing."

Tickets for the Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil's Speedway on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 are still available by visiting http://www.WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets or by calling the ticket hotline at (877) 395-8606. Two day ticket packages are available for both nights. A special autograph session with the Devil's Bowl Outlaw winners of the 1980s will be held on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. behind the main grandstand.

ABOUT THE TRACK
DEVIL'S BOWL SPEEDWAY is a high-banked, half mile oval. The track record of 13.530 seconds was established by Mark Kinser on April 24, 1999.For more event information, visit http://woosprint.com/texas-outlaw-nationals-devil-s-bowl.

Previous A-Feature Winners
2014 - Donny Schatz on April 18, Daryn Pittman on April 19
2003 - Tyler Walker on March 15
2002 - Joey Saldana on March 16
2001 - Craig Dollansky on March 10, Joey Saldana on October 27
2000 - Danny Lasoski on March 11, Sammy Swindell on October 28
1999 - Danny Lasoski on April 24, Sammy Swindell on April 24 (1998 Winter Nat'ls finale), Gary Wright on October 15
1998 - Steve Kinser on March 21
1997 - Mark Kinser on March 22, Mark Kinser on October 18
1996 - Steve Kinser on March 23, Mark Kinser on October 19
1995 - Gary Wright on March 18, Stevie Smith on July 29, Gary Wright on October 21
1994 - Andy Hillenburg on March 19, Steve Kinser on July 30, Sammy Swindell on October 23
1993 - Steve Kinser on March 20, Gary Wright on July 31, Dave Blaney on October 23
1992 - Stevie Smith on March 21, Sammy Swindell on June 13, Steve Kinser on October 24
1988 - Dave Blaney on March 19, Steve Kinser on June 18
1987 - Sammy Swindell on March 15, Bobby Davis, Jr., on June 20
1986 - Bobby Allen on March 9, Sammy Swindell on June 21
1985 - Steve Kinser on March 3, Sammy Swindell on June 21
1984 - Steve Kinser on March 4, Bobby Davis, Jr., on May 4, Jeff Swindell on June 22
1983 - Doug Wolfgang on April 22, Ron Shuman on June 24
1982 - Bobby Davis, Jr., on March 20, Steve Kinser on June 25
1981 - Danny Smith on March 14, Doug Wolfgang on March 21, Ron Shuman on June 26
1980 - Doug Wolfgang on March 15, Sammy Swindell on March 22, Sammy Swindell on June 27, Sammy Swindell on September 13
1979 - Steve Kinser on March 31, Sammy Swindell on September 8
1978 - Jimmy Boyd on March 18, Sammy Swindell on September 16

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Placerville Speedway on April 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 12); Rico Abreu - 2(Stockton Dirt Track on March 22, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14); Daryn Pittman - 2 (Antioch Speedway on March 29, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13); Shane Stewart - 2 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, Keller Auto Speedway on April 17); Brad Sweet - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11);Brian Brown - 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Tim Kaeding - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Terry McCarl - 1(The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Paul McMahan - 1 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 18).

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Roth Motorsports To Hit Road With Kyle Hirst

Roth Motorsports is excited to announce they have named Kyle Hirst the driver of their traveling team effective immediately, as Hirst joins the team in Mesquite, TX for the Texas Outlaw Nationals at the Devil’s Bowl Raceway this Friday and Saturday night.

“David Gravel gave us a great effort for the last year, but we felt it was time to go in a different direction for our team,” Dennis Roth said. “We are excited to give Kyle Hirst to opportunity to hit the road and represent our team on the track. As I said at the start of the season, we were very pleased with what Kyle did for us in California over the last few seasons, and hope he can do well for us in the National spotlight.”

After piloting the Roth Motorpsorts  No. 83jr on Friday night in Hanford, CA with the World of Outlaws, Kyle Hirst will now pack his bags and meet up with the National team as they continue their season in Texas, and he takes over the driving duties of the Roth Motorsports No. 83 machine.

Hirst, who is no stranger to Roth Motorsports, gets the nod after picking up two consecutive KWS Championships outright, as well as helping the team earn the owner’s title in 2012 as he took the reigns from Tim Kaeding.

“I am so thankful that Dennis and Teresa Roth are giving me the opportunity of a lifetime, to hit the road and race,” Kyle Hirst said. “We had a great run together the last few seasons and I am hoping we can keep it going on this next adventure. I hate to leave the Main Motorsports team with our season in California just getting started, but they have been very supportive over the last few days.”

“There are some huge races across the country I have always wanted to compete in, and it is awesome to have the chance,” Hirst added. “Roth Motorsports is a great organization, and I am very excited to get back to work with them.”

The Roth Motorsports team would like to thank Roth Enterprises, HR Livestock Transportation, 3H Cattle,  Mobil1, FK Rod Ends, Weld Wheels, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Kent Performance, Kaeding Performance, and Astro Titanium for their support in 2015.

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Destiny Motorsports Proudly Announces David Gravel Will Take Over Driving Duties on World of Outlaws Tour

With the California swing in the books, Destiny Motorsports is excited to announce that David Gravel has been hired to take over the driving duties on the World of Outlaws tour starting this weekend in Texas.

“It just did not work out with Craig Dollansky and us, and we both felt it was best to part ways,” Destiny Motorsports owner, Rick Rogers said. “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome a young talent like David Gravel to our team, as he takes over the driving duties for us.”

Watertown, CT driver, David Gravel, comes to Destiny Motorsports after a very strong 2014 season with the World of Outlaws, one that saw him win five World of Outlaws races, including the National Open.

“First and foremost, I am thankful for the opportunity that Roth Motorsports gave me for the last season,” Gravel said. “With that being said, I am very excited to team up with Rick and Barb Rogers, and drive the Destiny Motorsports machine.”

Though the start of the 2015 season has not been quite what David Gravel had in mind, he looks forward to jumping into the Destiny Motorsports machine, and continuing his World of Outlaws season, where he currently sits ninth in the standings with nine Top-10 finishes and two Top-Five finishes.

“This team wants to win a World of Outlaws race very bad, and we are going to work very hard and hopefully win a couple of them as the season goes on,” Gravel added.

Gravel and the Destiny Motorsports team will make their debut together when the World of Outlaws series takes to the Devil’s Bowl Speedway this Friday and Saturday night.

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A Tale of Two Ends: McMahan Scores His First Win of the Season

With his win at Perris, the CJB Motorsports driver is the ninth different winner of the season

PERRIS, Calif. - April 18, 2015 - Saturday night's SoCal Showdown at Perris Auto Speedway was a tale of two ends - the scramble at the beginning and the pass at the end.

After a three lap scrum to start the feature, Kerry Madsen battled past Donny Schatz to take over the lead. It was then Joey Saldana who fought his way past Madsen. Ultimately though, the night belonged to Paul McMahan who got around Saldana on the second to last lap and took home his first World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

"We qualified well and we were just trying things all night long and we just went back to normal," McMahan said. "I tell you what, the car was phenomenal. I could run the top and bottom of one and two and three and four I was coming in around the top. It started taking a little rubber or cleaned off a lot and Joey just got held up with lapped traffic and I was able to get to him. And then got down in there and was able slide up in front of him. Going to victory lane - I'll tell you it's awesome to win here in Perris."

McMahan's win made him the ninth different winner of a World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event so far this season. With 24 career wins, he is now just one win away from tying Bobby Allen for 17th on the all-time wins list.

The night was notable early on as the first time the series has used a new format for fields under 21 cars. After qualifying, there were two heat races with the winner and top qualifier in each transferring to the Dash. Then there were two qualifier races - the fields were set by Heat race finishing position - where the winner and top qualifier in each transferred to the Dash.

Donny Schatz won the Dash and led the field to the feature green flag. As the field entered turn one, Madsen dove in and slid Schatz onto the backstretch. Schatz drag raced Madsen to turn three and briefly retook the lead before Madsen got back around him. Madsen led one more lap before Saldana charged forward.

As they rounded turn four approaching the start finish line on lap three, Saldana went high onto the front straight and took over the lead. McMahan, meanwhile, battled from his fourth place starting position, around Madsen and Schatz to take over the second place position.

Saldana hit lapped traffic on lap seven, but continued to expand his lead through much of the 30-lap feature which went flag-to-flag without a caution. Schatz, who started the night on the pole, slipped back as far as sixth. The Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver began to make his march back to the front on lap 23. He got around Brad Sweet, then Madsen and finally around Stewart, who sits second in the championship standings behind Schatz, to take over the third position.

In the waning laps, McMahan began to make his push forward and was able to close the gap as Saldana got bunched up in lapped traffic. As the two drivers rounded the track with two laps to go, McMahan was able to get a run on Saldana coming off of turn two and drag race past the Motter Motorsports No. 71m. Saldana tried to retake the position, but it was McMahan who crossed the finishline in first.

"That was my only shot," McMahan said about the pass on Saldana. "I wasn't going to be able to follow him around there and to be able to pass him - Joey was keeping up a pretty good pace there. The middle is kind of dirty and that's what we were kind of banking on. I was able to get through there clean and slide up in front of him."

Saldana and his Motter Motorsports team hosted Workshops for Warriors, a non-profit dedicated to training military veterans for manufacturing careers, on Saturday night at Perris. Saldana finished the night in second.

"It's huge for us right now," Saldana said. "I've been struggling so it's nice to get a good result for our Workshop for Warriors tonight. We had a good car here."

Schatz said his No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies car was good heading into the feature but took a while to get up to speed.

"We missed it a little bit," Schatz said. "I was in the wrong part of the race track at all the right time so it's just the way it goes. I made some mistakes tonight… but had we were able to get back going there at the end and had a shot just came up a little short."

Two-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Jason Meyers, who filled in through the final four races of the California stretch for an injured Jason Johnson, took home the KSE Racing Hard Charger Award after advancing four positions to finish in eighth.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series heads east to take on the birthplace of the series, Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, for the Texas Outlaw Nationals on April 24 and 25. Great seats still remain at the historic track and can be purchased by visiting http://www.WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets or by calling 1-877-395-8606 . Purchase a 2-day ticket package by April 23 and receive a free fan pit pass.

Follow the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws, like it on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws, or check out the latest videos on YouTube at www.youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws.

Perris Auto Speedway Notebook

RACE NOTES: Paul McMahan's win tonight was his first win of 2015… Paul McMahan was the ninth different winner of 2015… Jason Meyers, filling in for Jason Johnson, was the night's KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing four positions to finish in eighth… Shane Stewart took home his second quick time of the season.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Placerville Speedway on April 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 12); Rico Abreu - 2(Stockton Dirt Track on March 22, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14); Daryn Pittman - 2 (Antioch Speedway on March 29, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13); Shane Stewart - 2 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, Keller Auto Speedway on April 17); Brad Sweet - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11);Brian Brown - 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Tim Kaeding - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Terry McCarl - 1(The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Paul McMahan - 1 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 18).

A-Main - (30 Laps) - 1. 51-Paul McMahan [4] [$10,000]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [3] [$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [1] [$3,200]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [5] [$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [6] [$2,500]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [2] [$2,300]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [7] [$2,200]; 8. 41-Jason Meyers [12] [$2,100]; 9. 83-David Gravel [8] [$2,050]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides [13] [$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10] [$1,500]; 12. 1s-Logan Schuchart [9] [$1,200]; 13. 7-Craig Dollansky [11] [$1,100]; 14. 7H-Jojo Helberg [15] [$1,050]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [14] [$1,100]; 16. 69-Randy Waitman [17] [$900]; 17. 73-Shane Golobic [16] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Kerry Madsen 1-2, Joey Saldana 3-28, Paul McMahan 29-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 41-Jason Meyers [+4]

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings
1. Donny Schatz 2379
2. Shane Stewart 2356
3. Brad Sweet 2326
4. Kerry Madsen 2294
5. Joey Saldana 2278
6. Paul McMahan 2274
7. Jason Sides 2182
8. Daryn Pittman 2172
9. David Gravel 2169
10. Kraig Kinser 2046

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Shane Stewart Scores Second Win of the Season


The Larson Marks Racing driver narrows his deficit in the championship standings to 22 points behind Schatz after Keller Auto Speedway Win

HANFORD, Calif. - April 17, 2015 - Shane Stewart scored his second World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season in dominant fashion Friday night at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds.

The Larson Marks Racing driver battled past Bud Kaeding to start the feature and through early cautions and lapped traffic, Stewart never looked back.

"It was such a really slow paced race, it's so hard to judge how fast you need to push yourself," Stewart said in victory lane. "It was just a really, really tricky track. These races are so hard to win and to get two wins already before we get off the west coast swing is just a true testament to this team."

Stewart inched closer to reigning World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz in championship points standings. He is now just 22 points back after 16 races.

California-native Bud Kaeding started the feature on the pole with Stewart in second. When the green flag waved, Kaeding jumped to a solid start as Stewart bobbled. By the time the two came around for the first lap however, Stewart had battled past Kaeding and led the first lap. Brad Sweet was the biggest beneficiary of the start as he advanced to third by lap 1 and second by lap 2. Paul McMahan took over the third spot on lap two.

The first caution flag fell on lap five as the No. 37 car of Michael Faccinto stopped just off the back straight. A quick red followed on the restart after David Gravel's No. 83 car flipped on the back. He was OK. Two more cautions came out in the laps that followed.

One driver who was able to take advantage of the restarts was Schatz. He started in the 16th position and by lap 10 had worked his way to eighth. On the final restart of the night on lap 11, Schatz was able to battle past four cars to take over the fourth position. He ended the night as the KSE Racing Hard Charger Award recipient after advancing 12 positions.

Lapped traffic came into play for Stewart on lap 16 and he worked hard to maneuver his No. 2 Eneos/GoPro car through. With Sweet catching in second, Stewart nearly cost himself the lead as a lapped car slowed him off of turn four.

"When it gets that slow, you know you can't hesitate, especially with these guys," Stewart said. "I was thinking that if I did get too slow off of four then some guy is going to duck underneath coming off the bottom."

He was able to maintain his lead.

When the checkered flag fell, Stewart had built up a sizable lead and lapped up to 11th place.

"Everything worked out well for us tonight," Stewart said. "It starts at the beginning of the night… Hopefully lady luck stays with us throughout the season."

Sweet, who has two wins on the season, said he was happy with the consistency of his No. 49 Razor Back Professional Tools team.

"We started seventh in the dash and moved forward there to fourth," Sweet said. "Started fourth, moved to second. We would have liked to have won it but on nights like this, we're really happy with the podium finish. We've been trying to build some consistency with these cars."

After bad luck last weekend at Calistoga, McMahan, a California-native and veteran at Hanford, said it was good to get over the hump and finish well with his CJB Motorsports team.

"I had two bad days and then a bad experience going home so hopefully we got all the bad out of the way," McMahan said. "Very tricky race track, very dirty running the bottom. You just kind of had to bide your time on the time in lapped traffic, wait to catch… We had a good race car. I've run a lot of laps at this place and means a lot to be here and finish on the podium."

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series closes out the spring California swing tomorrow night at the SoCal Showdown at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. Great seats remain and can be purchased at the track's ticket booth.

Keller Auto Speedway Notebook

RACE NOTES: Tonight's win was the second of the season for Shane Stewart… Paul McMahan scored his second quick time of the season tonight… Donny Schatz's championship points lead over Shane Stewart shrank to 22 points… Donny Schatz was the night's KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing 12 positions to finish in fourth… Paul McMahan, who took home his second quick time of the season Friday night, finished third in his heat, third in the dash and third in the feature… Shane Stewart led all 35 laps in his win tonight.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Placerville Speedway on April 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 12); Rico Abreu - 2(Stockton Dirt Track on March 22, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14); Daryn Pittman - 2 (Antioch Speedway on March 29, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13); Shane Stewart - 2 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, Keller Auto Speedway on April 17); Brad Sweet - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11);Brian Brown - 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Tim Kaeding - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Terry McCarl - 1(The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5).

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Keller Auto Speedway; Hanford, Calif.; April 17, 2015

A-Main - (35 Laps) - 1. 2-Shane Stewart [2] [$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4] [$5,500]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [3] [$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [16] [$2,800]; 5. O-Bud Kaeding [1] [$2,500]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [6] [$2,300]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [8] [$2,200]; 8. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [5] [$2,100]; 9. 21-Tommy Tarlton [19] [$2,050]; 10. 1s-Logan Schuchart [11] [$2,000]; 11. 41X-Dominic Scelzi [17] [$1,500]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [14] [$1,200]; 13. 71M-Joey Saldana [7] [$1,100]; 14. 41-Jason Meyers [20] [$1,050]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [21] [$1,000]; 16. 12-Scott Parker [23] [$900]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13] [$800]; 18. 99-Shawn Wright [24] [$800]; 19. 9S-Landon Hurst [22] [$800]; 20. 7H-Jojo Helberg [9] [$800]; 21. 83-David Gravel [10] [$800]; 22. 88N-DJ Netto [12] [$800]; 23. 37-Mitchell Faccinto [15] [$800]; 24. 7-Craig Dollansky [18] [$800].

Lap Leaders:Shane Stewart 1-35

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings
1. Donny Schatz 2235
2. Shane Stewart 2213
3. Brad Sweet 2186
4. Kerry Madsen 2156
5. Joey Saldana 2132
6. Paul McMahan 2124
7. Jason Sides 2052
8. David Gravel 2037
9. Daryn Pittman 2036
10. Kraig Kinser 1918

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At A Glance: Jason Sides on the Move with Scott Gerkin

The Bartlett, Tenn.-native is knocking on the door of a win as the series moves to Keller Auto Speedway and Perris Auto Speedway

CONCORD, N.C. - April 15, 2015 - The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series wraps up its spring California swing this weekend at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif. and Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. One driver who is experiencing a renaissance as the season gets into full swing is Jason Sides.

The Bartlett, Tenn.-native moved into 2015 after a disappointing run the previous season. Sides, a 13-time series winner, finished 2014 with no wins and only three top-five finishes.

So far this year, he has five top-five finishes and has found himself on the podium in the last three straight races, including a season-best second place finish last weekend at Calistoga.

"Right now it's started off pretty good," Sides said of 2015 after good runs in Florida at DIRTcar Nationals and success toward the latter end of the California swing.

One important addition for Sides and his team this season is Scott Gerkin.

Gerkin, the longtime and prolific crew chief for Steve Kinser, is a master engine tuner and innovator in the sport. The series veteran is also known for his work teaching many others around the garage. He was honored in the off-season with the Ted Johnson Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sprint Car Racing.

"We've been friends for a longtime and having him over here has helped us tremendously just not having to do so much with just myself and (crew member/brother Paul Sides)," Sides said. "He's brought a lot of knowledge and it's been good to just be able to bounce stuff off of him and back and forth. It makes for a fun night."

Sides is on the hunt for his first win this season. His last win came toward the end of the 2012 season at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. As he looks to the rest of the season, Sides said consistency is the key for success.

"You really need to be consistent every night, in and out," he said. "The biggest thing is getting out of California. We haven't always run good here. We get back East a little bit and hopefully we can get things turned around and have a little more consistency as far as top-fives. If you're in the top-five the wins will come and hopefully we can just be up there."

Tickets for both World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series events at Keller Auto Speedway and Perris Auto Speedway are still available by visiting http://www.WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets or by calling the ticket hotline at (877) 395-8606. A free fan pit pass is available for all advance ticket purchases to the Perris event.

ABOUT THE TRACKS
KELLER AUTO SPEEDWAY is asemi-banked, 3/8-mile oval. The track record of 12.293 seconds was established by Joey Saldana on Feb. 23, 2001.For more event information, visit http://woosprint.com/keller-auto-speedway.

Previous A-Feature Winners
2014 - Cody Darrah on April 11
2013 - Donny Schatz on April 12
2003 - Tim Kaeding on Feb. 21
2002 - Danny Lasoski on Feb. 22
2001 - Andy Hillenburg on Feb. 23, Stevie Smith on Aug. 28
2000 - Johnny Herrera on Feb. 25, Joey Saldana on Sept. 8
1999 - Danny Lasoski on Feb. 19, Steve Kinser on Sept. 10
1998 - Steve Kinser on Sept. 11
1997 - Sammy Swindell on Sept. 12
1996 - Sammy Swindell on Sept. 11
1995 - Danny Lasoski on Sept.6
1994 - Dave Blaney on Sept. 7
1993 - Stevie Smith on Sept. 1
1992 - Stevie Smith on March 4, Sammy Swindell on Sept. 2
1991 - Dave Blaney on Sept. 18
1990 - Steve Kinser on Feb. 28, Steve Kinser on Sept. 19
1989 - Joe Gaerte on March 8, Bobby Davis Jr. on Sept. 19
1988 - Doug Wolfgang on Feb. 24, Steve Kinser on Sept. 20
1987 - Bobby Davis Jr. on Feb. 25, Steve Kinser on Sept. 9
1986 - Brad Doty on Feb. 26, Steve Kinser on Sept. 27
1985 - Jeff Swindell on Sept. 25

PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY is asemi-banked, half-mile oval. The track record of 13.875 seconds was established by Danny Lasoski on Feb. 23, 2002. For more event information and to purchase tickets, visit http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=558&backurl=default.asp .

Previous A-Feature Winners
2014 - Joey Saldana on April 12
2013 - Daryn Pittman on April 13
2012 - Joey Saldana on March 10
2007 - Kerry Madsen on Oct. 20
2004 - Jason Meyers on Feb. 28
2003 - Danny Lasoski on Feb. 23
2002 - Daryn Pittman on Feb. 23
2000 - Danny Lasoski on Feb. 26
1999 - Johnny Herrera on Feb. 20, Craig Dollansky on Oct. 30
1998 - Mark Kinser on Oct. 31, Mark Kinser on Oct. 31
1997 - Mark Kinser on Feb. 15, Mark Kinser on Oct. 26
1996 - Mark Kinser on Nov. 1

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Placerville Speedway on April 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 12); Rico Abreu - 2(Stockton Dirt Track on March 22, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14); Daryn Pittman - 2 (Antioch Speedway on March 29, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13); Brad Sweet - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11); Brian Brown - 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Tim Kaeding - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Terry McCarl - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Shane Stewart - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5)

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to the birthplace of the series, Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 24 and 25 for the Texas Outlaw Nationals. Donny Schatz and Daryn Pittman split wins at the track last season.

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WORLD OF OUTLAWS ALL-TIME WINNERS LIST AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY!

(Perris, CA, April 14, 2015)   With the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series headed to Perris Auto Speedway for the only time in 2015, it is time to check up on the all-time winners list at the track.  Since the first time the Outlaws rolled into town during The PAS inaugural season in 1996, the legendary sprint car series has made 15 visits to the famous Riverside County half-mile clay oval.  Eight different World of Outlaws drivers have stood on the PAS victory podium.

The all-time leading winner in World of Outlaws main events at The PAS is Mark Kinser.  The Oolitic, Indiana resident and 2014 inductee into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame won the first five WoO main events at the track with his famous father, Karl, turning the wrenches.  In February of 1999, Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Johnny Herrera became the first driver other than Kinser to win a WoO main at The PAS.  

Since Kinser’s PAS victory streak ended, seven different drivers have won the past 10 WoO races at the track.  Only Dover, Missouri’s Danny “The Dude” Lasoski, Daryn Pittman of Owasso, Oklahoma and Brownsburg, Indiana’s Joey Saldana have been able to score more than one win and each of them has two victories.  Saldana, who is the defending race champion, scored his other PAS win in 2012.

November 1, 1996 - Mark Kinser

February 15, 1997 - Mark Kinser

October 26, 1997 - Mark Kinser

October 31, 1998 - Mark Kinser

October 31, 1998 - Mark Kinser

February 20, 1999 - Johnny Herrera

October 30, 1999 - Craig Dollansky

February 26, 2000 - Danny Lasoski

February 23, 2002 - Daryn Pittman

February 23, 2003 - Danny Lasoski

February 24, 2004 - Jason Meyers

October 20, 2007 - Kerry Madsen

March 10 - 2012 - Joey Saldana

April 13, 2013 - Daryn Pittman

April 12, 2014 - Joey Saldana

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Schatz Overcomes Illness, Battles Past Dollansky to Score Calistoga Win

It is the fifth World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win of the season for the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver

CALISTOGA, Calif. - April 12, 2015 - Donny Schatz powered past two formidable foes in Sunday night's Wine Country Outlaw Showdown at Calistoga Speedway - illness and Craig Dollansky.

"I was a little nervous there," Schatz said in victory lane. "These guys carried this whole race team tonight. I don't know what I did last night - either I've got the flu coming on again or something but I feel like hell. I've been having the chills here for the last hour but I'm just glad to get the win."

It was the fifth World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season for Schatz - the most of any driver so far this season. The six-time series champion also extended his points lead over second place Shane Stewart to 30.

While the night may have belonged to Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team, it was series veterans Craig Dollansky and Jason Sides, with an appearance from Shane Stewart, who put on the biggest show throughout the feature.

Dollansky, who has 59 series wins and last stood in victory lane at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 nearly two years ago, led the field to the green flag. By lap six, the Elk River, Minn.-native had built up a sizable half-straightaway lead. Then disaster nearly struck. As Dollansky exited turn two on lap seven, he nearly lost control of his car.

"Initially they had rolled the top in and I had raced more around the top part and it was coming apart - some ruts were developing in both corners," Dollansky said.

The driver recovered and maintained the lead, but Schatz was able to close the gap.

In the third position, Joey Saldana, who started the night in fifth but battled forward in the opening lap, was fending off a challenge from third place starter Jason Sides. After a two lap fight, Sides took over the position on lap nine.

A three-way battle at the front commenced with Schatz trying to get around Dollansky while fending off a challenge from Sides. Both Schatz and Sides got around Dollansky on lap 12. A caution flag flew the next lap by.

Dollansky ultimately slipped as far as the fourth position before he worked his way back to second. A caution flag with eight to go bunched the field back up and gave Dollansky and Stewart the opportunity they needed.

On the restart, the Destiny Motorsports driver powered his No. 7 Aggressive Hydraulics car forward. He battled Schatz through the next several laps as he tried to regain the lead. Stewart got around Sides to take over the third position, but it was a short-lived five laps, as Sides worked his way back.

As Schatz extended the lead for his No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies car in the final three laps, all eyes turned to the battle for second. Dollansky and Sides worked the low side and the middle on the cushion - Dollansky held off Sides with two to go.

"Then the last lap, Craig was hung on the outside there and I just kept hitting the bottom," Sides said. "There was a little bit of moisture coming down the front straightaway and I hit it and drag raced by him."

With the checkered flag in the air, Sides drag raced his No. 7s Mesilla Valley Transportation car past Dollansky to the finishline, taking home a second place finish.

"It's just one of those things where we just kept plugging away on the bottom," Sides said. "We were actually pretty good early. Some of the cautions there we felt like we had a right rear flat and it took three or four laps to get back going but the longer it went, the better it was and we'd get back on a rhythm."

Dollansky led the first 12 laps of the feature on the way to scoring the best finish of the season for his team.

"We're leaps and bounds ahead of where we have been and this Destiny Motorsports team is just going to keep working hard," Dollansky said. "These two guys who beat us tonight, they've been on their game and obviously Donny has been in a class of his own for a while. I raced with him, raced with Jason, some good clean racing. Those guys are the best it gets."

After a run Saturday night at Calistoga that saw his team as far back eighth, Schatz said they learned from their mistakes and entered the night with changes in mind. As Dollansky set the pace early, Schatz said he was confident the bottom line would be the best as the night wore on.

"I didn't figure it would come in until we got to traffic and (Jason) kind of showed me the bottom there and got down there and was able to get by Craig and stay there," Schatz said. "The car just got better and better and better, and that's what this Bad Boy team does. They just make phenomenal decisions and do all the right things."

Logan Schuchart was the night's KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing 11 positions to finish in eighth.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series wraps up its spring California swing next weekend at Keller Auto Speedway at King's Fairgrounds in Hanford and Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. Great seats remain for both events and can be purchased by visiting http://www.WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets, or by calling (877) 395-8606.

Follow the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws, like it on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws, or check out the latest videos on YouTube at www.youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws.

Calistoga Speedway Notebook

RACE NOTES: Donny Schatz scored his fifth World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season - the most of any driver so far… After a string of eight different winners to start the season, the last seven winners have been repeat winners… Schatz's points lead is now 30 over second place Shane Stewart… Logan Schuchart was the night's KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing 11 positions to finish in eighth… David Gravel got his first quick time of the season Sunday night.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Placerville Speedway on April 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 12); Rico Abreu - 2(Stockton Dirt Track on March 22, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14); Daryn Pittman - 2 (Antioch Speedway on March 29, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13); Brad Sweet - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11); Brian Brown - 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Tim Kaeding - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Terry McCarl - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Shane Stewart - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5)

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Calistoga Speedway; Calistoga, Calif.; April 12, 2015

A-Main - (25 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1] [$10,000]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [3] [$5,000]; 3. 7-Craig Dollansky [2] [$3,000]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [4] [$2,700]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [10] [$2,500]; 6. 83-David Gravel [7] [$2,200]; 7. 71M-Joey Saldana [5] [$2,000]; 8. 1s-Logan Schuchart [19] [$1,800]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [14] [$1,600]; 10. 41-Jason Meyers [6] [$1,450]; 11. 3C-Jonathan Allard [13] [$1,300]; 12. 21X-Carson Macedo [15] [$1,200]; 13. O-Bud Kaeding [8] [$1,100]; 14. 9-Cody Darrah [9] [$1,000]; 15. 31C-Justyn Cox [12] [$950]; 16. 35M-Kyle Hirst [21] [$900]; 17. 88N-DJ Netto [22] [$850]; 18. 44W-Austen Wheatley [24] [$750]; 19. 83JR-Kevin Swindell [23] [$725]; 20. 41X-Dominic Scelzi [18] [$700]; 21. 24-Rico Abreu [11] [$700]; 22. 51-Paul McMahan [17] [$700]; 23. 29W-Willie Croft [16] [$700]; 24. 11K-Kraig Kinser [20] [$700].Lap Leaders: Craig Dollansky 1-12, Donny Schatz 13-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1s-Logan Schuchart [+11]

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings
1. Donny Schatz 2093
2. Shane Stewart 2063
3. Brad Sweet 2040
4. Kerry Madsen 2018
5. Joey Saldana 2008
6. Paul McMahan 1979
7. David Gravel 1929
8. Jason Sides 1926
9. Daryn Pittman 1900
10. Kraig Kinser 1802

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Brad Sweet Powers to Emotional Calistoga Speedway Victory

Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb has three straight wins at the half-mile oval

CALISTOGA, Calif. - April 11, 2015 - Brad Sweet, Joey Saldana and Rico Abreu put on a show in front of a packed Calistoga Speedway Saturday night, trading the lead and battling for the win on the opening night of the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown.

Ultimately, it was Sweet who powered his No. 49 Razorback Tools car to the front and scored his second World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

"I don't know if we dominated," Sweet said in victory lane. "But we drove our butts off and worked hard. We've been struggling, having a little bad luck and the boss got on us a little bit - so it was nice to be able to bring it to victory lane."

Sweet's win gave Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb its third straight win at the track since 2014. The Grass Valley, Calif.-native dedicated the win to his grandmother, who was with him and his team in victory lane at the track last season.

"This one is for my grandmother JoAn," said an emotional Sweet in victory lane. "She passed away not too long ago and she was standing right here last year with us, so this one's for her."

After a quicktime and Dash win earlier in the night, Joey Saldana, who holds the Calistoga Speedway track record, led the field to the green flag, but it was Rico Abreu who led the first lap.

Abreu held onto the lead through a red flag on lap five. When the field returned to green, Saldana struck back, taking over the lead once again, while Sweet moved into second.

"The restarts were key to getting second," Sweet said. "Clean air was a big deal."

A caution fell on the next lap and setup another restart. Sweet looked for the lead and battled Saldana side-by-side through lap seven, but Saldana held on. By lap 12, Sweet had again closed the gap with Saldana.

A two lap clash for the lead ensued. Through three and four on lap 15, Sweet got the momentum he needed to get around Saldana and lead the lap.

"Once we got in front of Joey there, my car really took off," Sweet said. "We were good. That cushion got thicker and thicker. Luckily I was able to get through lapped cars."

Once in traffic, Saldana slid back, as Abreu took over the second position and made another run at the lead.

Farther back, Jason Sides and Shane Stewart worked their way around Saldana and tried to find a way around each other. The Larson Marks Racing No. 2 got around Sides on lap 16. Sides tried to take the position back with his No. 7s Wetherington Tractor Service car, but Stewart held him off.

Abreu, then in second, saw his night end prematurely as the field worked its way around the half-mile track on lap 23. As he drove through turn three, Abreu flipped which left his car in a heap at the top of turns three and four. Abreu was OK but his car was not. He closed out the night in 22nd after leading the first five laps of the race.

The field returned to green with just three laps remaining in the 25-lap feature. Stewart moved into the second position after Abreu's crash as Sides took over third. As Sweet built up a sizeable lead in the final two laps, Sides tried to make a move on Stewart, but Stewart held him off. Stewart ended the night in second, Sides in third and Donny Schatz in fourth.

Stewart, who remains second in the series' championship standings behind Schatz, said he expected the track to be different for tomorrow night's Wine Country Outlaw Showdown finale at Calistoga Speedway.

"The track ended up being really, really nice during the A main," Stewart said. "I haven't been here in a long time but the improvements they have made are unbelievable. Probably one of the nicest tracks, as far as good looking and the scenery and everything, that we race at. It's a great night for our guys - hopefully we can come back tomorrow and be one spot better."

Sides came into the night with three-top five finishes. With his third place run at Calistoga Saturday night, the Bartlett, Tenn.-native has already bested his 2014 top-five total.

"We've just had some good runs the last couple of weeks," Sides said. "I think you carry that momentum from racetrack to racetrack. As long as we're having good runs hopefully that can continue."

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and King of the West Series return to Calistoga Speedway Sunday night for the conclusion of the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown. General admission and reserved tickets are still available for Sunday night's event by visiting the track box office. Fans can watch and listen live on http://www.DIRTVision.com and follow live timing and scoring at http://www.WoOSprint.com/live-scoring.

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Calistoga Speedway Notebook

RACE NOTES: Brad Sweet is the fourth repeat winner of the season, joining Rico Abreu, Donny Schatz and his Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Daryn Pittman… Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb has won the last three straight World of Outlaws events at Calistoga Speedway… Tonight was the first time this season Donny Schatz finished worse than he started… Kevin Swindell was the night's KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing 15 positions to finish in 10th… Joey Saldana scored the quicktime tonight, his second of the season… Three drivers led the feature, Brad Sweet, Rico Abreu and Joey Saldana.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Placerville Speedway on April 8); Rico Abreu - 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 22); Daryn Pittman - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Antioch Speedway on March 29); Brad Sweet - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11);Brian Brown - 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Tim Kaeding - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Terry McCarl - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Shane Stewart - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5)

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Calistoga Speedway; Calistoga, Calif.; April 11, 2015

A-Main - (25 Laps) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [4] [$10,000]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [6] [$5,000]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [5] [$3,000]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [3] [$2,700]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [11] [$2,500]; 6. 71M-Joey Saldana [1] [$2,200]; 7. 7-Craig Dollansky [8] [$2,000]; 8. 1s-Logan Schuchart [13] [$1,800]; 9. 9-Cody Darrah [10] [$1,600]; 10. 83JR-Kevin Swindell [25] [$750]; 11. 29W-Willie Croft [21] [$1,300]; 12. 31C-Justyn Cox [20] [$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [16] [$1,100]; 14. 55-Trey Starks [9] [$1,000]; 15. O-Bud Kaeding [19] [$950]; 16. 41-Jason Meyers [17] [$900]; 17. 21X-Carson Macedo [15] [$850]; 18. 44W-Austen Wheatley [18] [$750]; 19. 83-David Gravel [22] [$725]; 20. 69-Brent Kaeding [23] [$700]; 21. 7H-Jojo Helberg [14] [$700]; 22. 24-Rico Abreu [2] [$700]; 23. 3C-Jonathan Allard [24] [$700]; 24. 68-Chase Johnson [7] [$700]; 25. 51-Paul McMahan [12] [$700]. Lap Leaders: Rico Abreu 1-5, Joey Saldana 6-14, Brad Sweet 15-25. KSE Hard Charger Award:83JR-Kevin Swindell [+15]

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings
1. Donny Schatz 1943
2. Shane Stewart 1921
3. Brad Sweet 1908
4. Kerry Madsen 1878
5. Paul McMahan 1873
6. Joey Saldana 1872
7. Daryn Pittman 1815
8. David Gravel 1790
9. Jason Sides 1780
10. Kraig Kinser 1700

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Jason Meyers, Cody Darrah Fill-In at Calistoga Speedway

Meyers takes over for Jason Johnson, Darrah for Daryn Pittman following injuries at Placerville Speedway

CALISTOGA, Calif. - April 10, 2015 - As the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series rolls into Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway for the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown this weekend, two former series regulars, Jason Meyers and Cody Darrah, will join the field, filling in for injured drivers Jason Johnson and Daryn Pittman.

Meyers, a two-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion and only series champion from California, will fill in for Johnson through the series' final four races in the Golden State.

"This is certainly not the circumstance I would have liked to be able to get back in the racecar but I am grateful to be able to help out and support Jason, Bobbi and their team," Meyers said. "I look forward to getting them some good finishes close to home and be of help to the team."

Johnson sustained a fractured back in a crash at Placerville Speedway on Wednesday. The driver has left the hospital but a timetable for his return is still uncertain. Johnson's wife Bobbi said doctors have told them Johnson's recovery will likely take between six and 12 weeks.

The team will stay out with the series with support from sponsors Priority Aviation, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Fischer Body Shop, the Saich Family, Waco Metal, Dissolve Alloy and all other Jason Johnson Racing sponsors.

Meyers has 57 career Outlaws wins and series championships in 2010 and 2011.

Darrah will fill-in for Pittman, who sustained a broken collarbone in the same crash at Placerville, this weekend at Calistoga.

"It's one of the tough things about our sport," Darrah said. "We wish Daryn well as he goes into surgery today. To be able to fill-in for him is an honor. I'm happy to be out here to keep the seat warm for him while he gets better."

Darrah, a former full-time Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb driver, is the 2011 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year recipient and a seven time series winner. He is running for his family-owned team in the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions this season.

Tickets for both nights of the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown are still available and can be purchased at the Calistoga Speedway box office. Single day reserved tickets are $50 and single day general admission tickets are $45. General admission tickets for children 12 and under are $10. Two day ticket packages are also available.

ABOUT THE TRACK
CALISTOGA SPEEDWAY is asemi-banked, half-mile oval. The track record of 15.731 seconds was established by Joey Saldana on April 5, 2014. For more event information, visit http://woosprint.com/calistoga-speedway.

Previous A-Feature Winners
2014 - Brad Sweet on April 5, Daryn Pittman on April 6
2012 - Donny Schatz on Sept. 9
2011 - Jason Sides on April 2
2007 - Danny Lasoski on Sept. 1, Danny Lasoski on Sept. 2
2006 - Craig Dollansky on Sept. 3
2005 - Danny Lasoski on Sept. 3
2004 - Donny Schatz on Sept. 4
2003 - Danny Lasoski on Aug. 31
2002 - Daryn Pittman on Sept. 1
2001 - Jeff Shepard on Sept. 2
2000 - Danny Lasoski on Sept. 3
1999 - Sammy Swindell on Sept. 5
1998 - Stevie Smith on Sept. 6
1997 - Sammy Swindell on Aug. 31
1996 - Dave Blaney on Sept. 1
1995 - Steve Kinser on Sept. 3
1994 - Jeff Swindell on Sept. 4
1993 - Steve Kinser on Sept. 5
1992 - Steve Kinser on Sept. 6
1991 - Steve Kinser on Sept. 1
1990 - Sammy Swindell on Sept. 9
1989 - Jac Haudenschild on Sept. 10
1987 - Steve Kinser on Sept. 20
1986 - Doug Wolfgang on Oct. 19
1978 - Rick Ferkel on June 10, Johnny Anderson on Sept. 23

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 4 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21); Rico Abreu - 2 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 22, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14); Daryn Pittman - 2 (Antioch Speedway on March 29, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13);Brian Brown - 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Tim Kaeding - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Terry McCarl - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Shane Stewart - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5);Brad Sweet - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15)

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series ends its spring California run at Hanford (Calif.) Speedway on Friday, April 17 and Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway on Saturday, April 18.

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Donny Schatz Scores His Fourth Win of the Season at Placerville Speedway

Johnson and Pittman being treated following a crash on lap 21

PLACERVILLE, Calif. - April 8, 2015 - Donny Schatz battled past Kyle Hirst and forward from a fifth place starting position at Brad Sweet's Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown presented by Riebes Auto Parts Wednesday night to score his fourth World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

Schatz's win came as the series returned to the track for the first time since 1992.

"The locals are tough here on their own turf, especially at places we've never been," Schatz said of Hirst and his fellow California natives. "We came out, started fifth and bided our time. My Bad Boy Buggies team always make the right decisions and gave me a car that got better and better as the night went on and those other guys faded a bit."

Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team are just the third repeat winners of the 2015 season.

A crash dominated the middle portion of the feature and brought out a prolonged red flag. The lap 21, chain-reaction incident caught up several drivers including Jason Johnson, Daryn Pittman and Kraig Kinser.

Johnson was taken to an area hospital following the crash. According to Johnson's wife Bobbi, the rookie of the year contender is alert and talking to doctors. Doctors are still evaluating Johnson's injuries and will know more information in the coming days.

Pittman climbed from his car under his own power but was taken to an area hospital for further evaluation.

Kinser was OK and able to finish the feature.

A spectator was also transported to an area hospital for further evaluation following a separate incident the lap before.

Jason Sides and Andy Forsberg initially held the front row for the night's 35-lap feature. When it came time to take the track for the feature however Forsberg was late to staging and was penalized and moved back to the next row. That shifted Kyle Hirst's HAM Construction car to the front row with Sides.

When the green flag flew, Hirst battled past Sides before the two reached the back straight, with a surging Forsberg taking over the second position. For the next five laps, Hirst and Forsberg battled for the lead. A red flag flew on lap five after Tanner Thorson flipped in the middle of turns one and two. Thorson was OK.

Another caution flew on lap eight, with the front of the field largely remaining static. By lap 15, Hirst began catching the back of the field. As Hirst looked for a way around the lapped car of Justyn Cox, Forsberg saw an opportunity. Through the next several laps, Forsberg searched high and low looking for a line around Hirst, with Cox as the pick.

Even after Hirst cleared Cox, the battle between he and Forsberg continued with the two even making contact at one point. Through it all though, Hirst maintained the lead.

Schatz also used the lapped traffic to his advantage, battling past Sides on lap 19 coming out of turn four for the fourth position as the two worked their way through.

Following the open red flag on lap 21, Schatz battled past Forsberg to take over the second position. He then set his sights on Hirst for the lead. Hirst bobbled coming off turn two on lap 27, which gave Schatz an opening. He passed Hirst as the two drivers came off of turn four to complete lap 28.

A red flag and two cautions came late in the race. Ultimately, the final caution setup a green-white-checkered finish. On the final restart, Forsberg fell off and gave up the third position to Sides' East Coast Logistics car. Hirst maintained his second place perch and was unable to catch Schatz. Forsberg ultimately finished the night in seventh.

It was the third win for Schatz during the Outlaws' California swing.

"I haven't typically been very good in California but when you're not good at something you have to work on it and that's what we're doing right now. On the California tour, that's three more than we've had the last couple of years. All we do is build on that, build on the weak spots and see what happens."

It was the first podium finish of the season for both Hirst and Sides.

"We'll take it. Running second to Donny is a privilege so congratulations to him and his team", said Hirst, who finished second. "Had it for a while. I thought Andy (Forsberg) was coming - the next thing I saw was the 15 go by me on the front straightaway."

"Kyle and Forsberg were having really good races," Sides said. "You can never count out Donny. He just sneaks by on the outside of everybody. Just happened to be up here."

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action this weekend at Calistoga Speedway for the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown. General admission and reserved tickets are still available for both nights by calling 1-877-395-8606, or visitinghttp://www.WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets. Fans can watch and listen live onhttp://www.DIRTVision.com and follow live timing and scoring at http://www.WoOSprint.com/live-scoring.

Placerville Speedway Notebook

RACE NOTES: Tonight's Brad Sweet's Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown presented by Riebes Auto Parts was the first World of Outlaws event at the track since 1992… Tonight's win was the fourth of the season for Donny Schatz… Schatz is one of just three drivers this season to have repeat wins… Kerry Madsen was the night's KSE Hard Charger, advancing 13 positions to finish in 12th… Jonathan Allard scored the night's quicktime… Jason Sides and Kyle Hirst both scored their first podium finishes of the year… Jason Johnson and Daryn Pittman were transported to area hospitals for further evaluation following a crash on lap 21… A spectator was transported to the hospital for further evaluation following a separate incident on lap 20.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 4 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21); Rico Abreu - 2 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 22, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14);Daryn Pittman - 2 (Antioch Speedway on March 29, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13);Brian Brown - 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Tim Kaeding - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Terry McCarl - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Shane Stewart - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Brad Sweet - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15)

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Placerville Speedway; Placerville, Calif.; April 8, 2015

A-Main - (35 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [5] [$6,000]; 2. 35M-Kyle Hirst [4] [$3,500]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [1] [$2,000]; 4. 83-David Gravel [3] [$1,800]; 5. 3C-Jonathan Allard [8] [$1,500]; 6. 51-Paul McMahan [10] [$1,400]; 7. 7C-Andy Forsberg [2] [$1,350]; 8. 22K-Shane Golobic [18] [$1,300]; 9. 7-Craig Dollansky [6] [$1,250]; 10. 71M-Joey Saldana [13] [$1,200]; 11. 2-Shane Stewart [14] [$900]; 12. 29-Kerry Madsen [25] [$300]; 13. 83J-Tim Kaeding [9] [$700]; 14. O-Bud Kaeding [24] [$650]; 15. 49-Brad Sweet [22] [$600]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [21] [$550]; 17. OO-Cory Eliason [12] [$500]; 18. 24-Rico Abreu [7] [$500]; 19. 20J-James Sweeney [19] [$500]; 20. 31C-Justyn Cox [23] [$500]; 21. 41-Jason Johnson [20] [$500]; 22. 9-Daryn Pittman [17] [$500]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [16] [$500]; 24. 29W-Willie Croft [15] [$500]; 25. 88-Tanner Thorson [11] [$500].

Lap Leaders: Kyle Hirst 1-27, Donny Schatz 28-35.

Standings
1. Donny Schatz 1801
2. Shane Stewart 1775
3. Paul McMahan 1771
4. Brad Sweet 1758
5. Kerry Madsen 1738
6. Joey Saldana 1733
7. Daryn Pittman 1730
8. David Gravel 1678
9. Jason Sides 1636
10. Jason Johnson 1582

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At A Glance: Kasey Kahne Racing Looks to Repeat Calistoga Magic

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series takes on the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown on April 11 and 12; takes on Placerville tonight

CONCORD, N.C. - April 7, 2015 - The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and the King of the West Series return to Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway this weekend for the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown with one team looking to repeat its magic from 2014.

Last year, Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb took home wins on both nights at the semi-banked, half-mile oval. Brad Sweet held off Brian Brown on the first night while Daryn Pittman kept his KKR teammates at bay to win on night two. To cap off an already stellar weekend, the team swept all three podium positions on the second night.

Pittman comes into the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown this season after winning the 2015 sprint week championship at DIRTcar Nationals and scoring his second victory a week and a half ago at Antioch (Calif.) Speedway. He is one of just three drivers so far this season to have multiple wins. His KKR teammate, Sweet, has one win on the season at Volusia Speedway Park and sits third in the championship standings, just 13 points out of the lead.

Pittman and Sweet lead the Outlaws into the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown at Calistoga Speedway this Saturday and Sunday. The series first takes on Brad Sweet's Placerville (Calif.) Short Track Outlaw Showdown presented by Riebes Auto Parts on Wednesday night.

Tickets for both nights of the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown can be purchased at http://www.WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets, or by calling the ticket hotline at (877) 395-8606. Single day reserved tickets are $50 and single day general admission tickets are $45. General admission tickets for children 12 and under are $10. Two day reserved, general admission and childrens ticket packages are available.

ABOUT THE TRACK
CALISTOGA SPEEDWAY is a semi-banked, half-mile oval. The track record of 15.731 seconds was established by Joey Saldana on April 5, 2014. For more event information, visit http://woosprint.com/calistoga-speedway.

Previous A-Feature Winners
2014 - Brad Sweet on April 5, Daryn Pittman on April 6
2012 - Donny Schatz on Sept. 9
2011 - Jason Sides on April 2
2007 - Danny Lasoski on Sept. 1, Danny Lasoski on Sept. 2
2006 - Craig Dollansky on Sept. 3
2005 - Danny Lasoski on Sept. 3
2004 - Donny Schatz on Sept. 4
2003 - Danny Lasoski on Aug. 31
2002 - Daryn Pittman on Sept. 1
2001 - Jeff Shepard on Sept. 2
2000 - Danny Lasoski on Sept. 3
1999 - Sammy Swindell on Sept. 5
1998 - Stevie Smith on Sept. 6
1997 - Sammy Swindell on Aug. 31
1996 - Dave Blaney on Sept. 1
1995 - Steve Kinser on Sept. 3
1994 - Jeff Swindell on Sept. 4
1993 - Steve Kinser on Sept. 5
1992 - Steve Kinser on Sept. 6
1991 - Steve Kinser on Sept. 1
1990 - Sammy Swindell on Sept. 9
1989 - Jac Haudenschild on Sept. 10
1987 - Steve Kinser on Sept. 20
1986 - Doug Wolfgang on Oct. 19
1978 - Rick Ferkel on June 10, Johnny Anderson on Sept. 23

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 3 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21); Rico Abreu - 2 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 22, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14);Daryn Pittman - 2 (Antioch Speedway on March 29, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13);Brian Brown - 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Tim Kaeding - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Terry McCarl - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Shane Stewart - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Brad Sweet - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15)

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series wraps up its spring California run with two final stops at Hanford Speedway on Friday, April 17 and Perris Auto Speedway on Saturday, April 18.

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At A Glance: Placerville Speedway and Paul McMahan’s First Win

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to Placerville Speedway after a 23 year absence

CONCORD, N.C. - April 4, 2015 - It has been more than 20 years since the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series last took on the high-banked, quarter-mile Placerville (Calif.) Speedway. The opportunity to bring the series back after all that time came at the hands of one Outlaws competitor, Brad Sweet, but it is another who brings a very special connection to the track.

In 1987, Paul McMahan, an Elk Grove, California native, stepped into a 410 sprint car for the first time in his career. Not long after that first start, McMahan got his first 410 win. That win, of course, came at Placerville.

"It doesn't seem like it was that long ago but obviously it was," McMahan said. "Going back to Placerville is pretty cool. That's where I cut my teeth. It's always cool to go back to a place like that. I'm looking forward to it."

Despite his experience at the track, McMahan said he knows it has changed a lot over the years. His last race at Placerville came in 1998.

"When I went there in 1987 to when I went there in 1998, it changed two or three times," he said. "Talking to several friends of mine who race there every week, the track has changed there again. I went there two years ago to look through the fence and it doesn't look anything like it was almost 20 years ago. The only thing it's still got there is the big hill on the back straightaway. That's about the only thing that stays consistent."

McMahan and his fellow World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series competitors take on Brad Sweet's Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown presented by Riebes Auto Parts on Wednesday, April 8.

Reserved tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets, or by calling the ticket hotline at (877) 395-8606. Pit passes sold on the day of the event will provide first-come first-served general admission grandstand seating. There are no age restrictions in the pits.

ABOUT THE TRACK
PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY is ahigh-banked, quarter-mile oval. The track record of 9.913 was established by Tim Kaeding on March 27, 2004.For more event information, visit http://woosprint.com/placerville-speedway

Previous A-Feature Winners
1992 - Jac Haudenschild on March 11
1987 - Sammy Swindell on Sept. 2
1986 - Sammy Swindell on Sept. 3
1985 - Jac Haudenschild on Sept. 4

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 3 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21); Rico Abreu - 2 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 22, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14);Daryn Pittman - 2 (Antioch Speedway on March 29, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13);Brian Brown - 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Tim Kaeding - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Terry McCarl - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Shane Stewart - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Brad Sweet - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15)

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action on April 11 and 12 at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway for the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://woosprint.com/calistoga-speedway.

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings
1. Donny Schatz 1651
2. Shane Stewart 1647
3. Brad Sweet 1638
4. Paul McMahan 1633
5. Daryn Pittman 1624
6. Kerry Madsen 1612
7. Joey Saldana 1603
8. David Gravel 1536
9. Jason Sides 1492
10. Terry McCarl 1481

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2015 Points
April 17
1. Donny Schatz 2379
2. Shane Stewart 2356
3. Brad Sweet 2326
4. Kerry Madsen 2294
5. Joey Saldana 2278
6. Paul McMahan 2274
7. Jason Sides 2182
8. Daryn Pittman 2172
9. David Gravel 2169
10. Kraig Kinser 2046

 
 
 
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