KANSAS CITY, KA – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series hits the track at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City for the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout on Friday, October 20. The event will mark the eighth consecutive year that the series has visit the historic track. Brad Sweet was victorious last year at Lakeside, making it six different winners in the last six races at the track for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. When the Outlaws arrive at Lakeside, just six main events will remain on the season. The FVP Platinum Battery Shootout coincides with the NASCAR weekend at Kansas Speedway, which is less than 10 miles from Lakeside Speedway. This edition of The Breakdown sets the stage for the event on October 20.
Lakeside Speedway is a semi-banked four-tenths-mile. The track record of 13.304-seconds was established by Paul McMahan on June 7, 2014.
Brad Sweet was victorious last year at Lakeside Speedway over his Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Daryn Pittman. Ian Madsen and Joey Saldana both led early in the race, before Sweet was able to move to the point on lap-13.
Donny Schatz, the eight-time and defending series champion, won for the first time at Lakeside Speedway in 2015. Pittman is the only other active full-time series driver who has won at the track, taking the checkered flag in 2003.
Sammy Swindell, the three-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, is the winningest driver with the series at the track, having scored five overall wins feature wins dating back to 1983.
Steve Kinser, the 20-time series titlist, recorded three A-Feature wins at Lakeside over the years, as did fellow Hall of Famer Doug Wolfgang. Mark Kinser, Kerry Madsen and Craig Dollansky have all won with the Outlaws at Lakeside as well.
Tim Green won the inaugural World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series event at Lakeside Speedway in 1980.
A total of 16 teams are following the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series tour in 2017. Leading the way is eight-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz. Brad Sweet is currently second in points, followed by David Gravel, Daryn Pittman and Shane Stewart. Jason Johnson currently rides sixth in the standings, followed by rookie driver Sheldon Haudenschild, Kraig Kinser, Logan Schuchart and Jason Sides. Also on the road this season is defending rookie of the year Greg Wilson, Jacob Allen, Jac Haudenschild in the Stenhouse Jr. Wood Racing No. 17, second-year driver Clyde Knipp, rookie contender Brent Marks and Parker Price-Miller, who took over the Destiny Motorsports ride last month.
Donny Schatz has made 10 starts in his career at Lakeside Speedway, which is the most of any active full-time series driver. The North Dakota native has recorded eight top-10 finishes over that span.
Daryn Pittman is a perfect six for six when it comes to top-10 finishes at Lakeside, including his win in 2003. Jason Sides has made seven Lakeside starts in his career, highlighted by a second-place effort in 2013. Jac Haudenschild has four top-10 finishes in five appearances at Lakeside, including a runner-up finish in his most recent start at the track in 2010.
Shane Stewart is three-for-three in earning top-10 finishes at Lakeside. Jason Johnson has made four starts with the Outlaws at Lakeside in his career.
The next generation
David Gravel, Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen are three of the younger drivers competing full-time with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. Gravel and Schuchart each have a pair of top-10 finishes at Lakeside. Schuchart found himself on the podium at the track last year in third. Allen has qualified for three A-Feature events at the track in his young career.
Greg Wilson and Clyde Knipp each made their first starts with the Outlaws at Lakeside last season. Wilson, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award winner, finished a solid ninth. Knipp, who joined the tour after graduating high school in May of 2016, is wrapping up his first full season on the road.
Brent Marks and Sheldon Haudenschild are both contending for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award this season with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and each will be racing at Lakeside Speedway for the first time. Haudenschild is currently seventh in points, while Marks is 11th. Parker Price-Miller, who took over driving duties of the Destiny Motorsports No. 4 last month, will see Lakeside Speedway for the first time this week.
A strong contingent of “invaders” will take on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Lakeside Speedway, including Brian Brown from Grain Valley, Missouri, which is about a half-hour from the track. Kerry Madsen and his brother Ian are both expected. K. Madsen has four wins with the Outlaws this season, while I. Madsen has one. Brady Bacon and R.J. Johnson are also expected to challenge the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.
Tickets for the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout, featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas on Friday, October 20 and can be purchased online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by calling SLS Promotions at 815-344-2023 and at the track on race day. Reserved tickets for Sections B and D, can be purchased by calling the track office at (913)-299-9206.
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