INDIANAPOLIS (May 11, 2011) – Rivalries are great for sports. It’s a tradition that only adds to the excitement for fans and drivers alike. This week’s stop for the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series is in hostile central Pennsylvania, where the Outlaw stars regularly receive their stiffest competition. It’s just what the late Ted Johnson, who founded the WoO in 1978, wanted it to be like when his traveling racers came to town with the reckless mindset of, “We’re coming in there to take all your money.” Such a philosophy often made it easier for the locals to root for their hometown drivers and despise the Outlaw competitors. The tradition lives on today and will be in full force this weekend at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., when Tony Stewart Racing’s (TSR) Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz lead the Outlaws into town to take on the Pennsylvania Posse in two complete programs.

Being booed is nothing new for Kinser and Schatz. Both have earned that right thanks to the amount of wins they’ve amassed. Kinser, who will drive the TSR No. 11 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/ Chevrolet Maxim, has 565 WoO A-Feature wins, and 38 of those have come at the historic half-mile Williams Grove dirt oval. Schatz, pilot of the TSR No. 15 STP/Armor All/Chevrolet J&J, has won 15 times at the track. He was the last touring Outlaw driver to defeat the Posse in July 2008. This weekend, he’d like nothing more than to pick up his first WoO triumph of 2011 on Pennsylvania soil.

Kinser first raced at the facility in the summer of 1979 and won his first WoO A-Feature at Williams Grove in May 1981. The 20-time WoO champion has been able to put together a number of winning streaks at Williams Grove. He won three straight during the 1983 and 1984 WoO seasons and won four consecutive races at the track in the summer of 1987. He began a six-race winning streak at the track in August 1990. His most recent win at Williams Grove came in May 2008. Last season, Kinser had frustrating results, crashing on two occasions that crimped his 2010 WoO title aspirations.

Schatz, Kinser’s TSR teammate, also had a frustrating season at “The Grove” in 2010. Crashes in May and during the opening night of last fall’s National Open took him out of contention for victory. It was particularly frustrating as winning races at Williams Grove had become the norm for the four-time WoO champion. After scoring his first win at the track in the 2000 National Open, Schatz found the winning formula at the track with regularity, winning multiple races annually throughout the decade, including five of seven races in 2007. Returning to victory lane and breaking the win drought by Outlaw regulars is Schatz’s top priority.

Schatz also will carry the TSR banner in a special race on Saturday night. The World of Outlaws series and Williams Grove Speedway have added the Morgan Cup challenge, a special match race pitting five Outlaw drivers versus five Pennsylvania Posse racers. The starting positions were earned in last year’s National Open finale. The 12-lap race will offer cash payouts and the event’s winning side, the Outlaws or Posse, will keep the Morgan Cup in their possession.

The TSR tandem heads to Pennsylvania chasing WoO point leader Joey Saldana. Kinser and Schatz rank second and third, respectively, in the standings, and each is looking to close the gap. Kinser started the season on a serious roll, winning three of the first four races. Last week, he raced to a third-place finish at the Salina (Okla.) Highbanks Speedway and was in line for another top-five run Friday night at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway before his left-rear tire blew. Schatz raced from the 18th starting position to finish second in the 30-lap race at Salina and followed that up with a charge from eighth to first midway through the 30-lap race at Eldora. He would end up finishing third, giving him seven podium finishes in the season’s first 14 races. Kinser has accumulated 1,936 points and is 51 points out of first, while Schatz has 1,911 markers and is 76 back of Saldana.

Friday and Saturday at Williams Grove, the pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m. EDT with the grandstands opening at 5:45 p.m. Qualifying is scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m. For more details and ticket information, call the track at (717) 679-5000 or visit www.williamsgrove.com.

Race fans unable to attend this weekend’s races can catch all of the action on DIRTVision.com. Fans can listen live as Johnny Gibson, “Voice of the Outlaws,” calls the action as he does at all WoO Sprint Series events on the DIRTVision.com cybercast, as well as on the DIRT Radio Network. Go to www.DIRTVision.com for more information on all the site features, including updated results from each night of racing, as well as a chat room to interact with other race fans.

Steve Kinser, Driver of the No. 11 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Chevrolet Maxim:

Another week of competition is behind you. Even though you didn’t have the results you wanted in Ohio, are you looking forward to returning to Pennsylvania?

“Yeah. Pennsylvania has been pretty good to me over the years. Not last year, per se, but we’ve won a lot of times there and have been really good on the track. I guess that’s the biggest thing. You really strive to go out there and have a car that allows you to race anywhere on the track. The tracks in Pennsylvania are big and fast. And these Sprint cars really are made for speed. The TSR crew (crew chief Scott Gerkin and crewmen Gary DuBois and Mikey Kuemper) has worked hard all season to get me a fast car. We won races early this year on big tracks, and we’d like to get another string of wins put together. Williams Grove would be a great place to start.”

In the history of the World of Outlaws, the Pennsylvania Posse has always been a big rival. What makes the rivalry so good?

“They’ve got a lot of good car owners out there who like winning. You know when you go in there that you have to be on top of your game to come out with a win. Those guys have really good stuff, just like most of the Outlaw teams, and get to race at Williams Grove just about every week. This will be our first time in there this year. I’m sure they’ll be ready. It’ll definitely be a stacked field. I’m hoping we can be there battling it out at the end of the night. Those guys have beaten us pretty good the last couple of years, and I’d say it’s time for us to turn that around.”

Donny Schatz, Driver of the No. 15 TSR/STP/Armor All/Chevrolet J&J:

The calendar has turned to May and, traditionally, your program begins to pick up steam. Do you feel like you are in a position to make up some ground?

“I think we’re getting better. We’ve dug ourselves a pretty big hole, but with the group of people associated with the team, I feel like we are on our way back. May usually means warmer weather and track conditions that favor us a little more. We’re looking forward to the weekend ahead of us. Last week, I feel like we made some progress. The STP guys and everyone at Tony Stewart Racing have been working hard to give me a great car. Last Tuesday to drive from 18th to second, like we did at Salina, and then to start eighth (on Friday night) and drive by Joey (Saldana) at Eldora is saying something. I didn’t make the right decision after the red (flag) and ended up getting beat. To be back up there leading laps and gaining on it is a really promising sign for all of us. This weekend is another good opportunity and we’re hoping to take advantage of it.”

Williams Grove Speedway is unlike any other track. With your results there in the past, you have to be excited about your chances this weekend?

“I love racing at Williams Grove. They have some of the most loyal fans, and they want their guys to win. We’ve been fortunate to make some friends out there and turn a few of them into Schatz fans. The goal for us every time we go to Williams Grove is to win. I think 2007 is the standard we’d like to achieve again. That year, we won five of the seven races there, including the Summer Nationals and National Open. The Morgan Cup is something new and it just gives this STP team another chance to win something. My crew has had a lot of success at Williams Grove. (Crew chief) Rick Warner is from that area and we’ve won a lot of races together at the Grove. Steve Swenson has been with some really fast cars there in the past. Bob Curtis was working on Fred Rahmer’s car last year when he won the Outlaw show from the back. We’ve got all the right components, and I’m saying as the driver that we’re getting closer. I’d be nice to get our first win of the year at Williams Grove, and then later in the weekend be able to bring home that Morgan Cup for the Outlaws.” 

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A weekend double-dip of action was on tap this past weekend for Craig Dollansky and Big Game Treestands #7 team as they carried momentum from their second victory of the season earlier in the week into Eldora Speedway in western Ohio.

Read more: CDR Heads for 'The Grove.'

Following their second win of the season on Tuesday in Oklahoma, Craig Dollansky and the Big Game Treestands #7 team headed to familiar ground on the World of Outlaws schedule each year, Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, an ultra-fast half-mile Dollansky is a repeat win with the most recent coming in April of 2008.

The Oklahoma sprint car fan base was out in full-force on Tuesday at Salina Highbanks Speedway as the World of Outlaws made their lone visit of the season in 'The Sooner State' for an inaugural event that was rained out on April 23rd.

INDIANAPOLIS (May 4, 2011) – In all sports, there are venues that bring out the best in every competitor. Whether it’s Lambeau Field, Yankee Stadium, or the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, electricity is always in the air for both the fans and the participants. In the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series, a couple of tracks possess that majestic feeling, and one of them is Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway. The half-mile dirt oval located in Rossburg, Ohio, annually stages some of the best dirt-track races of the season. Tony Stewart Racing’s (TSR) Steve Kinser will pilot the TSR No. 11 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/ Chevrolet Maxim, while his TSR teammate Donny Schatz will drive the TSR No. 15 STP/Armor All/Chevrolet J&J in Friday and Saturday night’s Outlaw Thunder Weekend presented by Goodyear, the first of three WoO stops at the legendary track in 2011.

With a combined 24 championships and more than 40 Eldora victories, Kinser and Schatz are well aware of the Eldora factor in the season-long battle for the WoO crown. In 22 of the 33 Outlaw seasons and eight of the last 10, the WoO champion has been victorious at Eldora at least once during that title season.

Kinser was hoping his Kings Royal triumph last July would have been the boost he needed to claim title number 21. Two of last year’s title contestants, including eventual champion Jason Meyers, crashed out of the event but were not penalized in the championship standings. The Kings Royal only awards 75 points to all drivers who compete because of its unique qualifying format.

This year will be the 34th consecutive season Kinser has competed with the Outlaws at the historic track. The track was the site of his first career WoO A-Feature victory in May 1978. He’s won 564 other WoO A-Features since then, with 41 coming at Eldora. The Bloomington, Ind., racer has made 145 WoO starts at the half-mile track and has finished inside the top-five in 100 races. In 12 of his 20 championship seasons, Kinser has been victorious at least once at Eldora, including the 1980 season, when he won a career-best five WoO A-Features there.

Four-time WoO champion Schatz won races at Eldora in three of his four WoO championship campaigns.  His first WoO A-Feature win came in July 2007, when he earned his first Kings Royal crown. In May 2008 and 2009, Schatz drove the TSR No. 15 machine to victory lane at Eldora. Ironically, each time he not only chased down the current point leader (Meyers in 2008 and Kinser in 2009) to win the race, but he also overtook them for the lead in the point standings with the win.

His most recent win at Eldora came in July 2009, when he won his second Kings Royal. Last year, his championship aspirations took a major hit during the May event when he blew a left-rear tire while running second late in the race. He bounced back in July with second- and fourth-place finishes during the Kings Royal weekend. He has 76 career WoO starts at the track and will be looking for his sixth career WoO A-Feature there this weekend.

Kinser and Schatz each scored podium finishes on Tuesday night at the Salina (Okla.) Highbanks Speedway. Schatz raced from the 18th starting position to finish second in the 30-lap race, while Kinser came home in third. The results allowed Kinser, who leads the series with four victories in 2011, to close in on current WoO point leader Joey Saldana. Through 13 of 67 scheduled races, Kinser ranks second, nine points out of first, and Schatz is third in the standings, 66 markers back.

For both events this weekend at Eldora Speedway, the pit gates will open at 2 p.m. EDT and the grandstands open at 3 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. On Saturday, a special pre-race pit party will be held from 4-5 p.m. in the infield. Fans with a general admission ticket will be allowed to cross the track at the flagstand and walk around the infield pit area to meet their favorite drivers. For tickets and more information on the event, contact Eldora Speedway by calling (937) 338-3815, or visit www.eldoraspeedway.com.

Race fans unable to attend this weekend’s races can catch all of the action on DIRTVision.com. Fans can listen live as Johnny Gibson, “Voice of the Outlaws,” calls the action as he does at all WoO Sprint Series events on the DIRTVision.com cybercast, as well as on the DIRT Radio Network. Go to www.DIRTVision.com for more information on all the site features, including updated results from each night of racing, as well as a chat room to interact with other race fans.

Steve Kinser, Driver of the No. 11 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Chevrolet Maxim:

After several rainouts the past few weeks, you’ve been able to race twice in the last five days. Does it feel good to be back in the car?

“It does. We just want to race as much as we can. The TSR crew (crew chief Scott Gerkin and crewmen Gary DuBois and Mikey Kuemper) spent a lot of time in the shop the last few weeks, and I know all of us were happy to be racing. We got things off on the wrong foot on Saturday (at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.), but we were able to keep our nose clean and get a top-six out it. Last night at Salina, I really feel like I let one get way. Lucas (Wolfe) was setting a really good pace and we just kind of stayed with him and Daryn (Pittman) for most of the race. He blew a tire and kind of gave us another chance, but (Craig) Dollansky got both of Daryn and I there on the restart. I’m disappointed we didn’t win, but we were fast all night long. We were able to make a good lap in qualifying and win our heat. Every night we race, we should just keep getting better.”

You mentioned earlier in the year that you were working toward getting your program to perform at a high level heading into Eldora. It’s been a really good track for you over the years and, last year, you won your seventh Kings Royal. How would you gauge your excitement level coming into the weekend?

“It’d say we’re pretty excited. We know what to expect when we get there and, hopefully, we can have a repeat of last year. Those Kings Royal races are really tough to make, let alone win. We’ve had a lot of good nights at Eldora and we could sure use two more this weekend. This really is our only chance to work on things so that we are ready to go in July when we come back for the Kings Royal. Being good on the big tracks like Eldora, Williams Grove and Knoxville will go a long way in the pursuit of a championship.”

Donny Schatz, Driver of the No. 15 TSR/STP/Armor All/Chevrolet J&J:

Tuesday night marked the second time in 2011 that you raced to a runner-up finish from deep in the field. Earlier in the year, you raced from 17th to second and, last night at Salina, you worked your way from 18th to second. Do those types of runs build confidence for you and your STP team?

“Yeah, it would have been nice to get a win last night. My guys (crew chief Rick Warner, crewmen Steve Swenson and Bob Curtis) gave me a great car. We’ve had some problems qualifying, so that puts you behind from the start. We tried a few things differently in the main event and they worked well. This team continues to look for ways to get me faster. We’re getting closer to that first win of the season, and with runs like we had last night, everyone on this STP team will keep digging harder to get us back on top.”

Eldora Speedway wasn’t one of your favorite places early in your career. The last five years you have been very competitive at the track. What’s been the biggest difference?

“I didn’t know as much then as I do now, I guess. We were always pretty good on the bigger tracks, like Knoxville (Raceway) and Williams Grove (Speedway), but we were either really good or really bad at Eldora. I’d say, about five years ago, we found a combination that worked well at Eldora and we stayed with it. The track has changed slightly over the years and that’s probably helped, also. You have to be fast, but you also have to be able to race on multiple parts of the track. We’ve been able to do that and it shows in our results. I’m excited to get there this weekend. We’ve won some races the past few years, there, in May, and it really helped us build some good momentum heading into the summer months. It’d be nice to do that again this year.” 

About Armored AutoGroup

Armored AutoGroup Inc., headquartered in Danbury, CT, is primarily comprised of the Armor All® and STP® brands. Armor All’s® current product line of protectants, wipes, tire and wheel care products, glass cleaners, leather care products and washes is designed to clean, shine and protect interior and exterior automobile surfaces. STP’s® offering of oil and fuel additives, functional fluids and automotive appearance products has a broad customer base ranging from professional racers to car enthusiasts and ‘‘Do-it-Yourselfers’’. The company has a diversified geographic footprint with direct operations in the United States, Canada, Australia and the U.K. and distributor relationships in approximately 50 countries. For more information, please visit www.armorall.com and www.stp.com.

About Bass Pro Shops Group

Bass Pro Shops -56 retail stores in 26 states and Canada visited by over 109 million people annually, international catalog and internet retailing, American Rod & Gun wholesale division selling to over 7,000 independently owned retail stores worldwide, Outdoor World Incentives also selling Bass Pro Shops gift cards through over 132,000 retail outlets across America and a restaurant division with 26 locations. For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, please visit www.basspro.com. To request a free catalog call 1-800-BASS PRO.

Tracker Marine Group – Manufactures and sells Tracker, Nitro, SunTracker, Tahoe, Grizzly and Mako boats through Bass Pro Shops retail stores and over 400 dealers worldwide.
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Resort Group – Big Cedar Lodge and other resort properties including restaurants and golf course. Visit www.bigcedar.com for more information.

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Granger, IA—May 1, 2011—Patience is said to be a virtue. Kraig Kinser and the rest of the World of Outlaws certainly exhibited plenty of it over the last month, as Mother Nature interrupted three consecutive events. That patience paid off for the third generation driver on Saturday night, as he scored a season-best fourth-place finish at the historic Tri-State Speedway in his home state of Indiana, a track that Kinser cut his teeth on early in his career. The race was the first for the World of Outlaws since an April 2 contest at Calistoga Speedway in California, a span of 28 days.

Read more: Kraig Kinser Scores Season Best Fourth-Place Finish at Tri-State Speedway

Granger, IA—April 27, 2011—Early in his career Kraig Kinser had the chance to race at numerous tracks in his home state of Indiana. Having been on the road for a number of years with the World of Outlaws, the opportunity to compete in the Hoosier state have become few and far between. This season the third generation driver will have two chances to race in front of the fans that saw him cut his teeth on the bullrings of the Hoosier State. The first of those two events will be come on Saturday, April 30 as the World of Outlaws make their  annual stop at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, which will serve as the season opener at the historic ¼-mile bullring.

Read more: A Home State Visit: Kraig Kinser Looks Forward to Event at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt

INDIANAPOLIS (April 28, 2011) – It’s been a long month for the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series competitors. After losing consecutive weekends of action to Mother Nature, Tony Stewart Racing’s (TSR) Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz will once again try to make their 2011 Midwest debut Saturday at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.  The Outlaws event will help kick-off one the busiest four weeks of motorsports in the Hoosier state.

Read more: Tony Stewart Racing Teams Look to Get Back in Action

Mother Nature has definitely not been the World of Outlaws’ best friend this spring. As the Elite Racing team loaded up and traveled towards Oklahoma, they had to dodge storms in the St. Louis area before getting the news that the racing weekend had been washed out. With the team needing valuable track time, it seems like rain has spoiled every attempt they have made the past couple of weeks.

Read more: Elite Racing Tackles Haubstadt and Salina

Granger, IA—April 20, 2011—The World of Outlaws have visited around 200 tracks over the last 33-plus seasons in 39 different states, including stops at five tracks in the state of Oklahoma, but one track the series has never competed at is Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Oklahoma. That will all change on Saturday, April 23 as the series will take to the high-banked 3/8-mile for the first time ever with a full night of racing on tap. For Kraig Kinser, the driver of the Casey’s General Store Maxim for Parsons Motorsports, it will mark the fourth track in the state of Oklahoma that he has competed at in his career with the series and will be the first time the series has been in action since April 2 at Calistoga Speedway in California.

Read more: Kraig Kinser Gears up for Debut at Salina Highbanks Speedway in Oklahoma



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