ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. – The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars roll into Lincoln Speedway on Wednesday night to kick off three races this week against the vaunted Pennsylvania Posse.
Pennsylvania’s Danny Dietrich has won the past two World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series events at Lincoln, but last year five-time champion Donny Schatz and three-time champion Sammy Swindell were closing fast at the checkered flag.
At Williams Grove, Donny Schatz continued his mastery of the half-mile paper-clip oval, winning two of the four events there and helping the Outlaws keep the Morgan Cup Trophy in their Concord, N.C., office for another year.
This season, the Outlaws enter Pennsylvania having run 24 events from Florida to Nevada, Arizona and California, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana before finally venturing to Pennsylvania and the northeast.
Joey Saldana enters the week as the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship points leader. He’s one of five different drivers to have swapped the lead in the standings nine times this season, with the top five separated by only 77 points.
“It’s one of those places where I get to go and I’ve got a lot of laps growing up,” Pennsylvania native and Kasey Kahne Racing driver Cody Darrah said.
“Those unsure feelings that you get throughout the year where you don’t know if it’s this racetrack or not, I can go there and have a good feeling with my racecar and help our guys sort things out. Just the atmosphere of going back home and back to those tracks is an exciting thing to look forward to.”
Legendary World of Outlaws racer Steve Kinser said it’s always a challenge when drivers are pitted against the PA Posse.
“Everybody usually gets prepared as well as they can to go there,” Kinser said, “because if you don’t, you’re going to be in trouble.”