CONCORD, NC - The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series has just four features to go before the end of the 2015 season. The series returns to action this weekend with stops at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway on Saturday and Weedsport (N.Y.) Speedway on Sunday.
Though the championship race is wrapped up, as the final countdown to the end of the season begins, there are plenty of battles to keep an eye on.
The Outlaws battle the Posse one last time: With the series' final trip to Central Pennsylvania this weekend, the appearance at Port Royal Speedway marks the final battle between the Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse in 2015. Through five completed features (one at Lincoln Speedway and four at Williams Grove Speedway) the Posse has an overwhelming four to one lead. This includes the biggest events of the year, including the Morgan Cup and the National Open.
The 'Kunkletown Kid' Ryan Smith picked up his first ever World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory after holding off Donny Schatz in last season's event at Port Royal. Does the Posse take another or do the Outlaws get one more on the board before 2015 comes to an end?
How does the points battle shake out in the middle of the pack? Though the battle for first and second is no more, there is a fierce battle underway in the middle of the championship and team standings. On the driver side, just 59 points separate third from sixth. Brad Sweet, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year presented by ButlerBuilt recipient, currently sits in third. Close on his heels are Joey Saldana in fourth, Kerry Madsen in fifth and Daryn Pittman in sixth. Just one point separates Saldana and Madsen for the fourth position.
The team standings feature a similarly tight battle from third to sixth. Just 62 points separate the third place No. 9 Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb team from the sixth place No. 29 Keneric Racing team. Third and fourth is a team battle between the No. 9 and No. 49 with 25 points separating them while just one point separates the No. 71m Motter Motorsports team from the Keneric Racing team for fifth.
David Gravel vs. Jason Sides: Another close points battle is the one between David Gravel and Jason Sides, who enter the final stretch of the season separated by just 36 points. With one win and two more top-five finishes, the edge goes to Sides who is currently eighth in the standings.
Can Donny Schatz win one more? Donny Schatz, the 2015 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion, has racked up 31 trips to victory lane this season. That total is good enough to tie him with Steve Kinser for third on the all-time single season wins list. Schatz was the first driver since Kinser in 1992 to score 30 or more wins in a single season. With one more victory, Schatz will take the spot in the history books outright from Kinser - Kinser still owns the record for the most wins in a single season and second most wins in a single season.
Great seats remain for both World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series events at Port Royal Speedway and Weedsport Speedway this weekend. Find out more information about each event and learn how to purchase tickets by visiting www.WoOSprint.com.
ABOUT THE TRACKS
PORT ROYAL SPEEDWAY is a semi-banked, half-mile oval. The track record of15.168 seconds was established by Lucas Wolfe on July 5, 2014. For more event information, visit http://woosprint.com/port-royal-speedway.
WEEDSPORT SPEEDWAY is a high-banked, 3/8-mile clay oval. The track record of13.401 seconds was established by Greg Hodnett on May 17, 2015. For more event information, visit http://woosprint.com/weedsport-speedway.