World of Outlaws return again to clash at Huset’s
July 02. 2014 9:46AM
The World of Outlaws will be making their annual stop at Huset’s Speedway starting today, and as is most of the time, the WoO regulars will have their hands full dealing with some of the local talent that races each Sunday night at the 3/8-mile oval in Brandon.
About 15 drivers race the entire World of Outlaws schedule. The balance of the field is made up of local drivers, which sometimes grows to as many as 40 cars. But when the Outlaws pull into Sioux Falls this year, they’ll be dealing with the likes of Terry McCarl, Craig Dollansky, Ian Madsen, Mark Dobmeier and Justin Henderson – all Huset’s regulars this year who’ve made life difficult on the Outlaws over the years.
Five-time and defending Huset’s Speedway champion Dobmeier surprised everyone in the World of Outlaws in 2007 when he won the feature event at Wilmot Raceway in Wisconsin. He proved that win wasn’t a fluke and backed it up two years ago at Huset’s by taking the WoO feature victory, and he won one of the opening night preliminary features at the Knoxville Nationals last year, which is a WoO event.
“I enjoy getting those guys on my home turf,” Dobmeier said. “I know we can beat them and run with them. I just hope we can get another crack at them this time around. They do this for a living, and they’re damn good at it. There isn’t much room for error. You have to hit everything just right. If you show any weakness they’re going to get you.”
Dobmeier held his own earlier this year when the Outlaws visited River Cities Speedway in his hometown of Grand Forks, N.D. He qualified 11th for the feature event and moved his way through the field, finishing fourth.
“They keep track of who’s running good all over the country,” Dobmeier said. “I think we raise their eyebrows a little bit when they come here.”
Henderson is a Sioux Falls native who spent two years on the WoO tour. He most recently lived in Indianapolis and battled weekly with the powerful Pennsylvania Posse, a group of central Pennsylvania sprint car drivers who also give headaches to the Outlaws when they visit.
“We’ve definitely got some contenders here,” Henderson said of the Huset’s locals. “Our local guys sometimes have a chip on their shoulders when the Outlaws come.
They’re going to have their hands full for sure. It’s tough to say which local guy will step up, but we have some that will definitely make things hard on them.”
McCarl raced with the Outlaws full-time from 2002-2006 and knows the competitiveness of the series and the racing in this part of the country.
“I think the racing this year between Knoxville and Huset’s is just incredible,” McCarl said. “It’s some of the best in the country. Those guys (Outlaws) can be beaten here, and they know it.”
The Outlaws come to Sioux Falls with five-time champion Donny Schatz leading in points. Schatz has tabbed eight feature wins this year and leads over defending champion Daryn Pittman. Pittman has won seven feature wins this year but hasn’t been in victory lane since May 20 when he won in New Egypt, N.J.
Schatz is a seven-time champion of the Knoxville Nationals and began his career as a regular at Huset’s in the mid-1990s, making his first start at age 15 in 1992.
The Outlaws’ visit also marks the final time that 20-time series champion and 12-time Knoxville Nationals champion Steve Kinser will race at Huset’s. Kinser was one of the original members of the WoO in 1978 and has amassed a staggering 577 career feature victories.
Dobmeier doesn’t have the momentum he’d like heading into this year’s race as he’s failed to finish in the past two feature events at Huset’s, with a mechanical failure on June 22 and an accident Sunday night. Still, he feels he’s got as good a shot as any to capture his second World of Outlaws feature tonight at Huset’s.
“They’re just guys,” he said. “Everyone is beatable.”
IF YOU GO
What: World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
When: Today, time trials starting at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Huset’s Speedway, south of Brandon
Tickets: $35 for adults, $15 for kids ages 14 and younger.