By Shawn Miller
HAGERSTOWN, Md. – May 8, 2012 – There is one driver in particular who has his sight set on the upcoming Ollie’s Bargain Outlet presents the Kasey Kahne Challenge brought to you by O’Neill Race Gear event.
Cody Darrah, who drives for the NASCAR star, grew up watching races at Hagerstown Speedway – site for Round 2 of the Kasey Kahne Challenge on Sunday, May 20, with the World of Outlaws.
“Hagerstown is pretty special to me and to our family,” Darrah said. “Ever since I was little, we’d go there and watch my uncle on the late model side. I grew up with a different background, not too much in sprint cars, but in late models. That’s a track that I’ve got to stand on the frontstretch with my uncle and also with Kasey two years ago. So it’s a pretty special race track to me and I’m pretty excited to go there with the Outlaws.”
And the fact that his car owner is co-promoting the race along with SLS Promotions doesn’t hurt.
“To be in a race that he sponsors and to get a little bit of his money back would sure be a bonus for the whole team,” Darrah said as he sported a big grin.
This will be the World of Outlaws first race at the semi-banked, half-mile oval since 2005, when Sammy Swindell claimed the feature. Swindell, who leads the current World of Outlaws points and won the first round of the Kasey Kahne Challenge, has won a series-best seven of the 35 Outlaws events on the racy track.
“It’s a notoriously, fairly slick track by the end of the night,” Kerry Madsen said. “We’re pretty confident on slick stuff, so it’ll be quite interesting to go there.”
Mark Kinser set the track record of 14.945 seconds on July 31, 1999.
The main gate at Hagerstown Speedway is scheduled to open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m., qualifying at 7:30 p.m. and racing at 8 p.m.
Pit/Combo tickets are available in advance only (includes a reserved seat and a pit pass) by ordering online at SLSpromotions.com or by calling 1-815-344-2023 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Central) Monday thru Friday.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Armor All (Official Car Care Products), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Goodyear Tires (Official Tire), Gravely Tractors (Official Lawn Equipment), University of Northwestern Ohio, VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), Vicci (Official Apparel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, JE Pistons, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, KSE Racing Products, MSD Ignitions, Penske Shocks, Superflow Dynos and Wix Filters; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Astro Titanium, ButlerBuilt, Fuel Safe, Intercomp, J&J Auto Racing, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.