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Stewart and Pittman Return to their Roots - The Oklahoma natives lead the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series north from 'The Sooner State' to Missouri and Indiana


CONCORD, N.C. - April 28, 2015 - The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series takes on three straight nights of racing action this weekend as the series travels to Salina, Okla., Pevely, Mo. and Haubstadt, Ind.

The series' return to Salina Highbanks Speedway in Oklahoma on Friday represents a homecoming for two series regulars - Daryn Pittman and Shane Stewart. Pittman is a native of Owasso, Okla. while Stewart hails from nearby Bixby, Okla.


Pittman, the 2013 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion, has two wins so far this season - one during DIRTcar Nationals in Florida and another at Antioch Speedway one month ago.


Though he does not have a lot of experience at Salina, Pittman said he looks forward to racing at the 3/8 mile oval every year.


"It's an awesome racetrack - probably one of the best ones close to Tulsa," Pittman said. "I had probably only raced there twice before the Outlaws started going there. It's definitely not a place that I have any sort of advantage or a lot of laps at."


"(My wife Mandy and I have lived) in Indianapolis for 12 years and I don't even remotely think of Indiana races as home races for me. My home races are Devil's Bowl and Salina and places that are close to my friends and family growing up from Oklahoma. I look forward to it. It's a lot of fun to go back and see people you don't see very often at those races once a year. For it to be such a cool racetrack makes it even better."


Stewart, a former Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award recipient, returned to the World of Outlaws full-time this season for the first time since 2005. He echoed Pittman's sentiments.


"I haven't raced at Salina that many times but obviously being born and raised around Tulsa, of course, all my friends and family will be there," Stewart said. "(The Devil's Bowl and Salina weekends) were the races I wanted to do good at just because there's going to be a few sponsor people there with our team and obviously having friends and family there you want to do good in front of them. They're all busy, working people so they don't get to travel to come see me race as much as they would like."


So far this season, Stewart has scored two wins and maintained a steady consistency that has put him just 26 points behind reigning series champion Donny Schatz.


"I'm excited about where we're at," Stewart said. "I think we're in a good position and if we can keep plugging along here and keeping Schatz honest, hopefully when it comes down to Charlotte at the end of the year, hopefully we have a shot. I think if we can keep putting ourselves into position, I think we'll be OK."


Following Friday night's Salina event, the series heads north to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. on Saturday night and then Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. on Sunday.


Tickets for the World of Outlaws event at Salina Highbanks Speedway are available by calling (815) 344-2023 or by visiting http://slspromotions.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=113&backurl=default.asp . Tickets for Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 are available by visiting http://www.WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets or by calling the ticket hotline at (877) 395-8606. For advance ticket purchases to the Outlaws' event at Tri-State Speedway, call (812) 768-6025.



SALINA HIGHBANKS SPEEDWAY is a high-banked, 3/8-mile oval. The track record of 11.177 seconds was established by Craig Dollansky on April 26, 2013. For more event information, visit http://woosprint.com/salina-highbanks-speedway.


Previous A-Feature Winners
2014 - Joey Saldana on April 25
2013 - Craig Dollansky on April 26
2011 - Craig Dollansky on May 3


FEDERATED AUTO PARTS RACEWAY AT I-55 is a high-banked, third-mile oval. The track record of 10.189 seconds was established by Stevie Smith on March 30, 2002. For more event information, visit http://woosprint.com/spring-classic.


Previous A-Feature Winners


2014 - Sammy Swindell on April 26, Paul McMahan on Aug. 1, Kerry Madsen on Aug. 2
2013 - Craig Dollansky on Aug. 3
2012 - Craig Dollansky on Oct. 13, Jason Sides on Oct. 13
2011 - Craig Dollansky on Aug. 5
2010 - Joey Saldana on April 17, Tim Shaffer on Aug. 6, Jason Meyers on Aug. 7
2009 - Craig Dollansky on Aug. 7, Joey Saldana on Aug. 8
2008 - Jason Meyers on April 5
2007 - Joey Saldana on July 7
2006 - Donny Schatz on April 1, Brooke Tatnell on July 8
2005 - Kraig Kinser on April 2, Chad Kemenah on July 8
2004 - Craig Dollansky on April 17, Danny Lasoski on Aug. 7
2003 - Steve Kinser on April 12, Tyler Walker on July 12
2002 - Jac Haudenschild on March 30, Daryn Pittman on July 13
2001 - Randy Hannagan on March 24, Stevie Smith on July 14
2000 - Jac Haudenschild on July 22
1999 - Jac Haudenschild on July 24
1998 - Stevie Smith on July 25, Andy Hillenburg on Oct. 10
1997 - Mark Kinser on May 18, Sammy Swindell on Oct. 11
1996 - Mark Kinser on June 12
1992 - Steve Kinser on June 10
1991 - Sammy Swindell on May 4
1990 - Sammy Swindell on April 14
1989 - Doug Wolfgang on April 15, Doug Wolfgang on Aug. 11
1988 - Steve Kinser on April 23
1987 - Brad Doty on April 22, Steve Kinser on Sept. 25


TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY is a high-banked, quarter-mile oval. The track record of 11.110 seconds was established by Sammy Swindell on Oct. 8, 2004. For more event information, visit http://woosprint.com/tri-state-speedway.


Previous A-Feature Winners
2014 - Paul McMahan on May 10
2013 - Tim Kaeding on April 20
2012 - Craig Dollansky on April 21
2011 - Sammy Swindell on May 30
2010 - Craig Dollansky on Oct. 16
2009 - Steve Kinser on June 25
2008 - Craig Dollansky on July 6
2007 - Steve Kinser on April 21
2006 - Craig Dollansky on April 15
2005 - Steve Kinser on April 16
2004 - Tim Kaeding on Oct. 8
1999 - Mark Kinser on May 16
1998 - Mark Kinser on May 10, Sammy Swindell on June 21
1997 - Steve Kinser on May 11, Sammy Swindell on June 22
1996 - Mark Kinser on May 12
1995 - Stevie Smith on May 14, Steve Kinser on July 16
1994 - Andy Hillenburg on May 15, Dave Blaney on July 17
1993 - Dave Blaney on May 16, Andy Hillenburg on July 18
1992 - Gary Wright on May 10, Sammy Swindell on July 26
1991 - Doug Wolfgang on May 12, Steve Kinser on July 14
1990 - Doug Wolfgang on May 13
1989 - Steve Kinser on May 14
1988 - Bobby Davis, Jr. and Sammy Swindell on May 15 (co-winners)
1980 - Steve Kinser on May 11
1979 - Lee James on May 13, Larry Gates on Aug. 19




The following World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series drivers maintain websites:


Jacob Allen - Shark1s1a.com
David Gravel - DavidGravel89.com
Kyle Hirst - RothMotorsports83.com
Jason Johnson - JasonJohnsonRacing.com
Kraig Kinser - KraigKinser.com
Kerry Madsen - KenericRacing.com
Paul McMahan - PaulMcMahanRacing.com
Daryn Pittman - DarynPittman.com
Joey Saldana - JoeySaldanaRacing.com
Donny Schatz - DonnySchatz.com
Logan Schuchart - Shark1s1a.com
Jason Sides - SidesMotorsports.com
Shane Stewart - ShaneStewart.com
Brad Sweet - Bradsweetracing.com

For more driver information, visit: WoOsprint.com


SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 6 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Placerville Speedway on April 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 12, Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 26); Rico Abreu - 2 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 22, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14); Daryn Pittman - 2(Antioch Speedway on March 29, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13); Shane Stewart - 2 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, Keller Auto Speedway on April 17); Brad Sweet - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11); Brian Brown - 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Tim Kaeding - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Terry McCarl - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Paul McMahan - 1 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 18).


LISTEN LIVE: Listen live for FREE on http://www.DIRTVision.com as the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series takes on Salina Highbanks Speedway, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 and Tri-State Speedway.


LIVE ONLINE UPDATES: Check out the Official World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series website at WoOsprint.com for live, interactive text updates of each race. It also includes driver biographies with statistics and pictures, race-by-race stats, detailed track information and race coverage, series news and team press releases.


GET SOCIAL: Follow the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws, like it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws, follow on Instagram at @WoOSprint or check out the latest videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws.


UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series takes on Eldora Speedway for the 'Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends' on May 8 and 9. The series joins the USAC National Sprints for two days of racing action at the historic track.


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