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World of Outlaws News & Notes - Field of cars continues to grow for this weekend; rule added for drivers injured in dash


MESQUITE, Texas - April 17, 2014 - Starwood Motors Custom Kevlar Jeeps will pace the field this weekend at the Devil's Bowl Speedway Texas Outlaw Nationals presented by American Racing Custom Wheels in a specially built 2014 Jeep Wrangler Tactical Ops Rubicon riding on KMC Wheels. "We are very excited to join our partner KMC Wheels to display our exclusively built Jeep conversions to the World of Outlaws audience, and be a part of a great community event," said Anooj Thakker, Interactive Manager for Starwood Motors Dallas.


EXPECTED ENTRIES: The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is expecting a car count in the mid-30s this weekend at Devil's Bowl Speedway. In addition to the 14 teams that follow the series full-time (with drivers Jacob Allen (1a), Cody Darrah (4), Kraig Kinser (11k), Steve Kinser (11), Danny Lasoski (83), Kerry Madsen (29), Paul McMahan (51), Daryn Pittman (9), Joey Saldana (71M), Donny Schatz (15), Logan Schuchart (1S), Jason Sides (7S), Brad Sweet (49) and Sammy Swindell (1)), a number of other drivers are also expected to compete, including Swindell's son, Kevin, and his brother, Jeff.


RULE AMENDMENT: During the Thursday night event at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, Joey Saldana transferred to the A-main, as well as the dash, through his heat race. Saldana was subsequently injured during the dash and advised by on-site medical personnel to seek further attention. He was transported to a local hospital for examination, meaning he was unable to start the A-main.


That night, following series rules, Saldana was awarded non-transfer driver points (75) in the championship while his team used a replacement driver to start the A-main and pull off after the green flag waved to receive last-place A-main points (102) in the team standings.


After a thorough review of the situation, the World of Outlaws determined the rule was flawed, as it pertained mainly to drivers who had not already qualified for the A-main. Therefore, an updated guideline will be added to the rulebook stating a dash car or driver that cannot start the A-main due to crash or injury will be awarded a last-place A-main finish. In addition, Saldana will be awarded the difference between the non-transfer points he received and last-place points in the A-main, a difference of 27 points that will be added to his total in the championship standings.


WHEN, WHERE, HOW MUCH? Answers for many questions about this weekend's event at Devil's Bowl Speedway, including the schedule and ticket prices, can be found on the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series website and the specific event page for the Texas Outlaw Nationals presented by American Racing Custom Wheels by clicking www.WoOSprint.com/Texas-Outlaw-Nationals.


TIDBITS: Friday night's event will be the first time the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series has raced at Devil's Bowl Speedway since 2003, but it will also mark the 100th all-time Outlaw race at the historic Mesquite track. The series has run 51 full-points events and 48 preliminary events at Devil's Bowl. ... Sammy Swindell is the leading winner in World of Outlaws history at Devil's Bowl with 12 full-points wins and 11 preliminary feature victories. Steve Kinser has 10 full-points victories and 7 preliminary wins, meaning Swindell and Kinser have combined to win 40 percent of all the World of Outlaws races at Devil's Bowl. ... Joey Saldana won World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series feature events at Devil's Bowl in 2001 and 2002, joining his father, Joe, who won at Devil's Bowl before the Outlaws came into existence in 1978. ... The first World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series event was in March of 1978. Norman Martin and Doug Wolfgang won the preliminary nights while Jimmy Boyd is credited with the first official full-points victory. Steve Kinser, who would go on to become the 20-time King of the Outlaws with 577 feature event victories and countless preliminary wins finished last in the first feature. ... Kasey Kahne Racing's Daryn Pittman enters the weekend with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship lead. Pittman is the fourth different driver to lead the standings in the first 15 events of the season. Last year, Pittman won the opening night feature and never relinquished the points lead to win his first - and Kasey Kahne Racing's first - World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship.

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