After more than eight months of racing from coast to coast, it all comes down to one final weekend for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series: the 2006 finale at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. 27-28.

Donny Schatz, with 15 A-Feature wins, is the series' current championship points leader. One of those wins for the Fargo, N.D., native came at LVMS on March 9.  That victory marked the third consecutive year he has won at the half-mile Las Vegas dirt oval, and the fourth time in his career.

Three-time World of Outlaws champion Sammy Swindell won the following night and Schatz finished second. For Schatz, who set fast time on the night, it was just one of his amazing 39 top-five finishes of 2006.
Schatz finally captured the prestigious 2006 Knoxville Nationals title and a record $140,000 payday after four career runner-up finishes.
For Schatz, every win is special and he strives to reach victory lane each time he takes to the track.

"It doesn't matter if it's win number five or 15," said Schatz.  "We try to win as many as we can and get this championship locked up."
Schatz is not the only talented Sprint Car driver setting his sites on LVMS' victory lane.

Another driver who is looking forward to returning to Las Vegas is Randy Hannagan, driver of the Penthouse Racing Maxim Sprint Car.  Hannagan finished third on the first night at Las Vegas in March and followed that up with a very solid fourth in the finale.

Hannagan, a native of San Jose, Calif., who now calls Pittsboro, Ind., home, currently is 11th in series points, despite missing several races earlier in the season.  He is confident heading into Las Vegas, after a very strong run at Knoxville Raceway on Oct. 7.

"Don Ott (built) a motor (for us), and it was just fabulous," said Hannangan after his third-place finish at Knoxville Raceway on Oct. 7.
"Maybe with this new horsepower, we look to run up front more often."

Jeremy Campbell, a contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie-of-the-Year Award Presented By Maxim Racing and Butler Built, is also looking forward to racing in Las Vegas.  He recorded his career-best World of Outlaws finish - second place - at the track on March 9, after leading the first 15 laps of the race.  The freshman driver currently has earned 15 top-10 finishes as he chases his first victory.

 "I'm happy, but I'm disappointed at the same time," said Campbell after his runner-up finish on March 9. "I was so close.  It felt awesome running out front of everybody. On that caution (with nine laps complete), Brooke (Tatnell) pulled in and I saw on the scoreboard that Donny (Schatz) was behind me. I just had to keep it smooth and straight."

Joey Saldana, who is currently third in the championship points, scored two top-10 finishes at Las Vegas earlier this season, driving the Mopar-powered Dodge/Curb Records JEI Sprint Car for NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne.  To date, Joey has earned seven A-Feature wins in World of Outlaws competition, including the $50,000 Kings Royal at Eldora (Ohio) Speedway in July.

Daryn Pittman, of Owasso, Okla., is fourth in points, with four A-Feature wins and two preliminary feature victories. Among those was a $50,000 triumph in the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in Calif. last month and a $20,000 win at the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove (Pa.) Speedway in July.

Jac Haudenschild, who won a World of Outlaws Sprint Series event at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2000, is currently fifth in the standings with four wins.

Becca Anderson, driving the Upstate Kenworth Maxim Sprint Car, is wrapping up a very successful rookie season with five top-10 finishes, and two dash wins.  She is 13th in series points, and has visited over 30 tracks for the first time this season.
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