FARLEY, IA – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series takes to the track at Farley Speedway in Iowa for the first time in over 20 years on Friday, June 22. The event will mark the fourth visit by the series to the now-three-eighths-mile oval. All of the drivers competing full-time with the series will be seeing the track for the first time. Donny Schatz, the nine-time and defending series champion, leads the series with 11 wins and sits atop the standings. Schatz has numerous wins in the state of Iowa in his career, with the bulk of those coming at the famed Knoxville Raceway. Brad Sweet, Shane Stewart and Kraig Kinser are also past winners in the state of Iowa. This edition of Up to Speed sets the stage for the Outlaws return to Farley Speedway.
Farley Speedway is a semi-banked three-eights-mile, which used to be a half-mile. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will establish a sprint car track record at the venue.
Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, was victorious in the series last visit to Farley Speedway in 1994. Kinser also won in 1993 at the track. Three-time series titlist and fellow Hall of Famer Sammy Swindell was triumphant in the inaugural Outlaws race at Farley in 1992. Those three events were contested on the original half-mile configuration of the track. The Outlaws will be seeing the track in its current three-eighths-mile layout for the first time.
Donny Schatz, the nine-time and defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, has had a great amount of success in his career in the state of Iowa. He has won the Knoxville Nationals, sprint car racing’s biggest event at the famed Knoxville Raceway, 10 times in his career, including last year. Schatz has also visited victory lane in Iowa at 34 Raceway. Schatz has numerous wins in his career when racing at a track for the first time.
One to remember
Jason Johnson scored the biggest win of his career in the state of Iowa in 2016, taking the checkered flag in the Knoxville Nationals to pick up the win over Schatz. At the time, that snapped a five-race Nationals win streak that Schatz was on.
A perfect night
David Gravel put his name in the history books last season in the state of Iowa, when he scored a perfect 500-point night on a qualifying night during the Knoxville Nationals. That performance put the young driver on the pole for the 50-lap main event, which he led the first 22 laps of before an engine failure ended his night. Gravel has three wins thus far in 2018.
Shane Stewart was victorious in the state of Iowa last year in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series debut at West Liberty Raceway. The veteran driver led all 25 laps of that race to pick up the win. Stewart is also a past winner in the state of Iowa at the famed Knoxville Raceway, including winning the Knoxville 360 Nationals on five occasions.
A solid notebook
For Daryn Pittman, Brad Sweet, Jason Sides, Kraig Kinser and Greg Wilson, visiting new tracks is nothing new. The veteran drivers all have a solid notebook to reference when seeing a place like Farley Speedway for the first time. Kinser is a past winner in the state of Iowa, claiming the Knoxville Nationals in 2005. Sweet also has won in the past at Knoxville in World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series competition.
Close to home
While Ian Madsen hails from Australia, he has called the Des Moines, Iowa area home for the last several years. The event at Farley Speedway will be one of the closest to home for him and the KPC Racing team this year. Madsen is the reigning Knoxville Raceway champion, where he has 12 career wins in 410-sprint car competition and two in a 360-sprint car. Madsen is in the midst of his first full season on the road with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.
The next generation
A handful of young drivers are following the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series again this season. Leading the way is Sheldon Haudenschild, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award winner, who has four wins this season. Logan Schuchart and his Shark Racing teammate Jacob Allen are in the midst of their fifth season on the Outlaws circuit. Brent Marks from Pennsylvania is back for his second season on the road and recently picked up his first-career Outlaws win in Wisconsin. Clyde Knipp from Missouri is on the road again as well in 2018.
Tickets for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series return to Farley Speedway in Iowa on Friday, June 22 can purchased online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by calling: 815-344-2023 and at the track on race day.
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