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In the Groove, Issue #004 -- Kinser Makes His Move
June 04, 2007
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Kinser makes his move

By his own standards Steve Kinserís start to the 2007 World of Outlaws Series wasnít great, but the ďKingĒ has definitely turned that around, scoring his sixth A-Feature win for the series at Sharon Speedway, OH on June 1. Now sitting in fifth position in the points, Kinser is only 274 points behind current leader Donny Schatz. Click here to view the current top 5 in the battle for the 2007 World of Outlaws Series.

The WoO next travel to Kokomo Speedway, IN on June 5, followed by Eagle Raceway, NE on June 9.

Click here to view the full 2007 WoO schedule and to keep up-to-date the winners of each round

An Aussie Sprint Car legend passes

Aussie Sprintcar legend George Tatnell passed away on Sunday, May 13. Tatnell, 68, who had been fighting pancreatic cancer for the past 12 months, was one of the sportís true characters. The father of World of Outlaws star Brooke, Tatnell began his racing career in 1962, he would go on to be one of Australiaís most successful drivers.

A multi Australian Speedcar (Midget) champion, Tatnell was also the first driver to win both the Australian Speedcar and Sprintcar Titles and was the inaugural Australian Sprintcar Series Champion (now known as World Series Sprintcars). Love him or hate him, Tatnell was a true showman who never shied away from speaking his mind.

USAC cancel Indiana shows

The United States Auto Club (USAC) has announced the cancellation of all USAC races at the Terre Haute Action Track, Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville and Twin Cities Raceway Park in North Vernon for the 2007 season. In a dispute with race organizer Dave Allison, USAC President Rollie Helmling has stated "Circumstances last year and this year have led to this decision which we feel is in the best interests of USAC and its participants and fans." The decision affects the 2007 Indiana Sprint Week calendar, an announcement regarding alterations to the Indiana Sprint Week schedule is yet to be announced.

Lucas Oil USAC National Sprint Car races at North Vernon July 11, Putnamville July 14 and Terre Haute July 19 have been removed from the 2007 calendar. To view the revised USAC 2007 schedule click here.

Weather woes continue to haunt All Stars

The All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) has again had a weather plagued start to their championship. Out of 11 events so far this season, five have been weather affected, with Attica Raceway Park faring the worst. Events scheduled on April 6 & 7 at Attica were snowed out, with the feature of the make-up show scheduled for May 25 also postponed due to rain.

Greg Wilson (959) currently leads the points race from Danny Smith (946) and Brian Paulus (909). Click here to view the current top five in the ASCoC points.

Donít forget the 25th annual Ohio Speedweek begins on June 24 at Attica Raceway Park and continues through seven consecutive nights of racing at Wayne County Speedway, Waynesfield Motor Sports Park, Hilltop Raceway, Fremont Speedway, Limaland Motorsports Park, and wraps up at Eldora Speedway on June 30th. Let's hope the rain stays away!

Click here to view the 2007 ASCoC Schedule

Wright maintains slender lead in ASCoT

Three-time and reigning American Sprint Cars on Tour (ASCoT) series champion Gary Wright of Hooks, TX, opened up a 97-point lead on the strength of 14 consecutive top-five feature finishes, only to have much of that lead dwindle away when he was foreced to use a provisional starting position at Susquehanna Speedway Park on May 24.

A night later, Louisiana's Jason Johnson, third in the championship, surrendered much of the ground he had gained the previous night when he crashed while dicing for second at Virginia Motor Speedway.

The benefactor over the month of May was Oklahoma City's Wayne Johnson, who is now second in the championship, only 28 points behind Wright. Click here to view the current top 5 points leaders.

The O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series next moves to the first annual ASCS Northern Plains Speedweek, beginning at Crawford County Speedway, IA on June 16.

To view the full ASCoT 2007 schedule click here.

Sprint Car Videos

Donít forget to check out the latest additions to the Video Vault. A new addition captures Steve Kinser ride out a rare wild wreck, click here to view this video. New videos are added weekly, so don't miss any of the wild action!

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