Keeping Pace

Saldana Holds Off Meyers for World of Outlaws Win at Thunderbowl

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The victory moved Saldana into a tie with Steve Kinser atop the World of Outlaws
Sprint Car Series championship standings. Kinser, who finished sixth, has led the
points since the first race of the year. 

Courtesy: WoO Media Relations

TULARE, Calif. — March 19, 2011 — Joey Saldana admittedly gave away the lead on a
double-file restart but promptly charged back to the front on Saturday night at
Thunderbowl Raceway to earn his second World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of
the season.

On a double-file restart with 17 laps complete at the 1/3-mile oval, Saldana was
leading and chose the top side in the Kasey Kahne Racing Red Bull Maxim with
hometown hero and defending series champion Jason Meyers sliding into the low line.
The green flag flew and Meyers shot to the lead in his DDNI/GLR/Allstar
Performance/Media-Tile KPC.

(Click to hear Joey Saldana talk about his exciting victory at Thunderbowl Raceway.)

“I very nearly gave this one away tonight,” said Saldana, of Brownsburg, Ind. “I had
been experimenting with both the top and the bottom and thought I’d have more grip
up top.”

Saldana quickly reeled in Meyers and surged back in front on Lap 22. Saldana then
fought his way through traffic, trying to add distance back to Meyers, but on the
final lap Meyers, of nearby Clovis, made another charge to the delight of the
hometown crowd. However, Saldana was too strong and powered ahead to the checkered
flag.

“On the first double-file restart I chose the bottom and it worked out,” said
Saldana, who won for the fourth time at Thunderbowl Raceway, and the third time in
the past three years. “Then we had a single-file restart and I went to the top and I
felt like I had a little more grip up there. On the next double I went to the top
and it was totally the wrong call. I think it had more grip but it was just too far
around. He just snookered me there and I just had to get up on the wheel and run him
down. He was running a pretty good pace. I think we could move around a little bit
better than him in the lapped cars and that’s probably what saved us. When it came
time to move, we could move up a lap higher than him going into Turn 3 and that
seemed to pay off for us in the end.

“It was a solid car all night. When it came to the feature, it was just a real good
race between me and Jason, back and forth. I’m glad we came out on top.”

The victory moved Saldana into a tie with Steve Kinser atop the World of Outlaws
Sprint Car Series championship standings. Kinser, who finished sixth, has led the
points since the first race of the year.

Jac Haudenschild started on the pole alongside Kerry Madsen, who jumped out to a big
lead early on before he was forced to the work area with a broken throttle linkage
on Lap 16, bringing out the caution and turning the lead over to Saldana. On the
double-file restart, a huge pile-up resulted in Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year
contender Cody Darrah taking a wild ride in Turn 4. Darrah walked away unharmed from
the Kasey Kahne Racing Great Clips Maxim but the incident also left the cars of Bill
Rose, Chad Kemenah, Craig Dollansky and Ben Gregg with damage. A single-file restart
lasted only one lap before the caution waved again, setting up the showdown on the
Lap 17 double file restart between Saldana and Meyers.

“What a great night for our team and the fans out here in California,” said Meyers,
who was the night’s fastest qualifier. “We were on the pole last night and got
rained out [at Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway]. We wanted a win tonight and came
close but Joey just had us beat.”

Four-time series champion Donny Schatz, of Fargo, N.D., continued his run up the
standings by finishing third in the STP/Armor All/Chevrolet J&J. Haudenschild wound
up fourth in one of three Roth Motorsports machines in the field while Sammy
Swindell rounded out the Top Five.

THUNDERBOWL RACEWAY NOTEBOOK
HANFORD MAKEUP DATE: World of Outlaws and Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway officials
announced following the race that the makeup date for Friday night’s rain-delayed
35-lap A-main will be Thursday, March 31, creating a unique triple-header weekend to
wrap up the World of Outlaws California Spring Break. Following the makeup in
Hanford, the Outlaws will invade Merced Speedway for the first time on Friday, April
1, and return to Calistoga Speedway on Saturday, April 2. Ticket stubs from Friday
night’s race can be used to re-enter the race at Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway. For
tickets to the events at Merced or Calistoga, click WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets.

QUICK TIMER: Jason Meyers thrilled his supporters on Saturday night by setting quick
time during time trials to earn five points. Jason Sides, Joey Saldana, Donny Schatz
and Craig Dollansky also earned qualifying points.

WINNERS: There have been nine World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature events this
season. The winners include: Steve Kinser (4-Volusia Speedway Park (2), Pike County
Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway); Joey Saldana (2- Las Vegas Motor Speedway,
Thunderbowl Raceway); Craig Dollansky (1-Silver Dollar Speedway); Jason Sides
(1-Volusia Speedway Park); and Sammy Swindell (1-Royal Purple Raceway).

PODCAST: Check out the weekly “Outlaws Unleashed” podcast either at
WorldofOutlaws.com or on iTunes.

LISTEN LIVE: There’s no reason to miss any World of Outlaws race since they all can
be heard on the Dirt Radio Network at DIRTVision.com.

World of Outlaws Statistical Report; Thunderbowl Raceway; Tulare, Calif.; March 19,
2011
A-main (35 laps) - Starting Position [#] - 1) 9-Joey Saldana[3] [$10,000]; 2)
14-Jason Meyers[6] [$5,500]; 3) 15-Donny Schatz[4] [$3,200]; 4) 83SR-Jac
Haudenschild[1] [$2,800]; 5) 1-Sammy Swindell[9] [$2,500]; 6) 11-Steve Kinser[17]
[$2,300]; 7) 7S-Jason Sides[5] [$2,200]; 8) 83-Paul McMahan[7] [$2,100]; 9)
O-Jonathan Allard[8] [$2,050]; 10) 83JR-Tim Kaeding[15] [$2,000]; 11) 29-Bud
Kaeding[16] [$1,500]; 12) 99-Kyle Larson[24] [$1,200]; 13) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[13]
[$1,100]; 14) OO-Cory Eliason[21] [$1,050]; 15) 6-Kraig Kinser[19] [$1,000]; 16)
63-Chad Kemenah[12] [$900]; 17) 55-Trey Starks[23] [$800]; 18) 6R-Bill Rose[18]
[$800]; 19) 92-Kerry Madsen[2] [$800]; 20) 33E-Evan Suggs[14] [$800]; 21) 21-Tommy
Tarlton[22] [$800]; 22) 7-Craig Dollansky[11] [$800]; 23) 91-Cody Darrah[20] [$800];
24) 2B-Ben Gregg[10] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Kerry Madsen 1-12; Joey Saldana 13-17,
22-35; Jason Meyers 18-21. KSE Hard Charger Award: Steve Kinser.

Qualifying - 1) 14-Jason Meyers 12.794; 2) 7S-Jason Sides 12.907; 3) 9-Joey Saldana
12.987; 4) 15-Donny Schatz 13.011; 5) 7-Craig Dollansky 13.057; 6) 63-Chad Kemenah
13.059; 7) 92-Kerry Madsen 13.068; 8) 83SR-Jac Haudenschild 13.079; 9) O-Jonathan
Allard 13.084; 10) 83-Paul McMahan 13.125; 11) 2B-Ben Gregg 13.143; 12) 1-Sammy
Swindell 13.166; 13) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 13.193; 14) 55-Trey Starks 13.218; 15) 33E-Evan
Suggs 13.262; 16) 83JR-Tim Kaeding 13.263; 17) 29-Bud Kaeding 13.275; 18) 11-Steve
Kinser 13.305; 19) 6R-Bill Rose 13.356; 20) 6-Kraig Kinser 13.405; 21) 91-Cody
Darrah 13.427; 22) 99-Kyle Larson 13.456; 23) 2L-Logan Forler 13.456; 24) OO-Cory
Eliason 13.672; 25) 21-Tommy Tarlton 13.691; 26) 89-Rico Abreu 14.042.
Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature) - 1) 83-Paul McMahan[1]
2) 92-Kerry Madsen[2] 3) 14-Jason Meyers[4] 4) 15-Donny Schatz[3] 5) 83JR-Tim
Kaeding[6] 6) 21-Tommy Tarlton[9] 7) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[5] 8) 99-Kyle Larson[8] 9)
6R-Bill Rose[7].
Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature) - 1) 2B-Ben Gregg[1] 2)
83SR-Jac Haudenschild[2] 3) 29-Bud Kaeding[6] 4) 7-Craig Dollansky[3] 5) 7S-Jason
Sides[4] 6) 6-Kraig Kinser[7] 7) 55-Trey Starks[5] 8) 2L-Logan Forler[8] 9) 89-Rico
Abreu[9].
Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature) - 1) 1-Sammy Swindell[1]
2) O-Jonathan Allard[2] 3) 9-Joey Saldana[4] 4) 63-Chad Kemenah[3] 5) 11-Steve
Kinser[6] 6) 91-Cody Darrah[7] 7) 33E-Evan Suggs[5] 8) OO-Cory Eliason[8].
Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
- 1) 83SR-Jac Haudenschild[1] 2) 92-Kerry Madsen[2] 3) 9-Joey Saldana[4] 4)
15-Donny Schatz[3] 5) 7S-Jason Sides[5] 6) 14-Jason Meyers[6] 7) 83-Paul McMahan[8]
8) O-Jonathan Allard[7] 9) 1-Sammy Swindell[10] 10) 2B-Ben Gregg[9].
B-main (8 laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature) - 1) 6R-Bill Rose[4]  []
2) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[1]  [] 3) 33E-Evan Suggs[3]  [] 4) OO-Cory Eliason[7]  [] 5)
55-Trey Starks[2]  [] 6) 99-Kyle Larson[5]  [] 7) 89-Rico Abreu[8]  [$200] 8)
2L-Logan Forler[6]  [$180].

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings (Through Tulare Speedway,
March 19, 2011)
Pos.        Driver        Total        Diff        Wins        T 5        T 10        QT
1.        Steve Kinser        1280                4        5        8        1
2.        Joey Saldana        1280        0        2        7        8        2
3.        Jason Meyers        1226        -54        0        3        7        1
4.        Donny Schatz        1217        -63        0        5        5        1
5.        Sammy Swindell        1194        -86        1        5        5        1
6.        Jason Sides        1187        -93        1        4        6        1
7.        Cody Darrah        1167        -113        0        4        4        0
8.        Paul McMahan        1161        -119        0        2        5        3
9.        Craig Dollansky        1153        -127        1        3        5        0
10.        Lucas Wolfe        1130        -150        0        0        5        0
11.        Kraig Kinser        1125        -155        0        1        3        0
12.        Chad Kemenah        1096        -184        0        1        2        0
13.        Bill Rose        981        -299        0        0        0        0
14.        Ben Gregg        939        -341        0        0        0        0
15.        Lance Dewease        854        -426        0        0        2        0
16.        Terry McCarl        804        -476        0        0        1        0
17.        Danny Lasoski        647        -633        0        1        3        0
18.        Sam Hafertepe Jr.        630        -650        0        0        3        0
19.        David Gravel        524        -756        0        1        1        0
20.        Jac Haudenschild        498        -782        0        1        2        0

 




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