By Shawn Miller
ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. – May 2, 2012 – The anticipation has been building for more than a decade.
After a 14-year absence, the World of Outlaws’ return to Lincoln Speedway is only a week away. The series kicks off competition against Pennsylvania Posse at the semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval on Wednesday, May 9, for The Gettysburg Clash.
“It’s been quite a while,” Outlaws championship leader Sammy Swindell said. “I don’t really remember the last time I was there.”
The World of Outlaws last raced at Lincoln Speedway in 1998, when Posse legend Fred Rahmer claimed the top prize – one of his all-time track best 166 victories.
That was the 36th Outlaws event at Lincoln Speedway. The World of Outlaws held at least one race at Lincoln Speedway in all but two years between the series’ inception in 1978 and the last race in 1998.
“We ran there quite a bit in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s,” Swindell said. “It might be different now. I remember the backstretch was higher than the corners it seemed like. It was a unique place. I know I’ve won there and run good there. A lot of things can change over that many years.”
Swindell has four Outlaws wins at Lincoln Speedway. Twenty-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser leads the series with 12 victories.
Those are the only two full-time drivers on the series this season with an Outlaws win at Lincoln Speedway. However, a handful of drivers on the current roster have competed there.
“There’s a lot of competition and you’ve definitely got to be on your game,” said Joey Saldana, who is third in the current Outlaws standings. “It’s a tough area to go into to race. You definitely have to go with the attitude that you belong there and are going to run up front.”
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