From Tony Veneziano
MCCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. (August 4, 2016) — Junction Motor Speedway will play host to the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series presented by Henderson Irrigation, Friesen Auto Group, Penner’s Tire Pros, Sutton Electric Inc., Todd’s Body and Glass, Southeast Community College and a special thanks to Bill Otto for the fifth straight year on Tuesday, August 16. There has been three different winners in the last three races the series has contested at the three-eighths-mile.
Last year, Kerry Madsen was victorious at Junction Motor Speedway with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. For the Australian-born driver, who now calls Knoxville, Iowa home, it was his first and only win with the series in 2015. Madsen held off a hard-charging Joey Saldana late in the 30-lap event, as well as seven-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz.
Schatz, who has two career wins at Junction Motor Speedway, is the only driver with multiple victories at the three-eights-mile. Brooke Tatnell won the inaugural World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series race at the track in 2010, while 20-time series champion Steve Kinser, also has a win at Junction Motor Speedway.
Heading into the event at Junction Motor Speedway on Tuesday, August 16, Schatz leads the series standings on the strength of 16 wins and 53 top-10 finishes, of which 41 are top-five performances. David Gravel, who already has a career-high six wins this season, is currently second in points.
Daryn Pittman, the 2013 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, is currently third in points on the strength of seven wins. Brad Sweet, who is Pittman’s teammate Kasey Kahne Racing, also has seven wins and is fourth in the standings, just three markers out of third. Joey Saldana, who won earlier this season in Nebraska at I-80 Speedway, sits fifth in points and has four victories thus far in 2016.
Shane Stewart, who has been to victory lane on five occasions this year, is sixth points for the Larson Marks Racing team, which is co-owned by rising NASCAR star Kyle Larson. Jason Johnson, who has one win in 2016, is seventh in the standings, with Jason Sides, who also has a victory, in eighth. Logan Schuchart, who earned his first-career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win last month, is ninth in points. Paul McMahan rounds out the current top-10. Also on the circuit again this year is Jacob Allen, who Schuchart’s teammate at Shark Racing. Allen recently matched his best-career Outlaws finish with a third-place showing in Wisconsin.
A pair of drivers are contending for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award in 2016. Greg Wilson, a two-time Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions title winner, leads the rookie standings and was victorious in Charlotte on Memorial Day weekend. Clyde Knipp, a teenager from Missouri, who graduated from high school in May, is also chasing the rookie crown.
Tickets for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series presented by Henderson Irrigation, Friesen Auto Group, Penner’s Tire Pros, Sutton Electric Inc., Todd’s Body and Glass, Southeast Community College and Bill Otto at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska on Tuesday, August 16 can be purchased online at https://slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by calling SLS Promotions at 815-344-2023. Suite Tickets can be purchased from the track by calling at 402-773-5538 Ext 4.
For more information on tickets, visit www.slspromotions.com.