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Saldana Gets Redemption, World of Outlaws Win at Eldora Speedway

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Not only did Joey Saldana put the Kasey Kahne Racing Red Bull Maxim in victory lane, he also increased his lead in the 2011 championship battle to 51 points.

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ROSSBURG, Ohio — May 6, 2011 — Joey Saldana entered Outlaw Thunder Weekend presented
by Goodyear Friday night at Eldora Speedway looking for revenge against the track
that cost him a shot at winning his first World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series title
last season.

He couldn’t have had a bigger night. Not only did Saldana put the Kasey Kahne Racing
Red Bull Maxim in victory lane, he also increased his lead in the 2011 championship
battle to 51 points. It was a complete turnaround from last fall, when Saldana was
leading the title hunt before he wrecked hard at Eldora and wound up suffering a
concussion that prevented him from racing the next night, thereby costing him any
chance of contending.

“I’ve got a huge smile on my face because last year I didn’t know where I was for a
few days, that last show I left in a helicopter,” said Saldana, a native of
Brownsburg, Ind., who won his ninth World of Outlaws event at Tony Stewart’s Eldora
Speedway. “This is a lot more fun and gratifying. Definitely coming back from that
and winning here, because this is such a tough track, it’s a huge accomplishment for
me so I’m very happy.”

It wasn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination, though. Saldana’s car clearly had
a lot of horsepower, as he was second quick in time trials before winning a heat and
the dash to start the main event on the pole. But Donny Schatz was equally hungry to
win at his car owner’s track and gave Saldana everything he could handle. When the
two hit heavy traffic, Schatz weaved through the middle of the pack to swipe the
lead as they completed the 14th circuit in the 30-lap feature.

On a wild Lap-21 double-file restart, Saldana charged back to the lead and would
hold on through one more caution as Sam Hafertepe Jr. blasted through the scramble
to claim the runner-up position, leaving Schatz to finish third while Paul McMahan
and Greg Wilson rounded out the Top Five.

“That’s the just the quality of drivers and teams out here,” said Saldana, a
three-time winner this season. “That’s the quality of Donny Schatz. If there’s a
bottom or middle he’s always the guy who can find it. When we got to lapped traffic
I was just being very patient and he made me pay the price. It’s definitely a good
run for us. It’s fun racing a guy like Donny Schatz. He races you clean all the
time, he gives you room. He gives you the respect so you need to give him the
respect back. I think you saw a good race. I didn’t realize it would turn out the
way it did. I thought he was right on me the whole race so it was definitely a good
finish for us.”

Hafertepe was competing against the Outlaws for the first time since the
season-opening DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. He started 11th and
methodically worked his way to the front to challenge the leaders and finish in the
runner-up position.

“We haven’t run with these guys in a few months and I’ve been primarily running 360
stuff,” said Hafertepe, of Sunnyvale, Texas. “Everybody kept pounding in my head
that running 360s will ruin me for the 410 Sprint Cars. I don’t think it has because
it’s let us work on our car, find stuff out about our car that we never knew. With
these guys, you can’t try stuff. That’s what we did while we were gone. It was like
a test session, and we were winning. To come back and run second when we haven’t run
with them in so long makes me pretty ecstatic.”

Schatz, a four-time series champion, was encouraged by leading laps for the first
time this season in the STP/Armor All/Chevrolet J&J.

“I couldn’t get going on the restart at the end, I’m assuming it was fuel load or I
used up the tires,” he said. “I drove the wheels off it, probably drove it too hard.
I had my car stuck so good through the middle, but when you race with Joey you know
you’re going to have to get up there making tons of speed. I cost myself a couple of
laps and let him get going. In the bigger picture, we’re there and I got to lead
some laps.”

Steve Kinser was among the leaders throughout the feature before he slowed on the
backstretch, bringing out the final caution of the night with six laps to go. He
remains second in points while defending series champion Jason Meyers was caught in
a crash when Jac Haudenschild’s right front tire went down with 10 laps to go, he is
fourth in the standings.

The series concludes the Outlaw Thunder Weekend presented by Goodyear on Saturday
before invading the heart of Pennsylvania Posse country next weekend at Williams
Grove Speedway for two features plus the Morgan Cup challenge event pitting the
Outlaws against the Pa. Posse.

ELDORA SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK
QUICK TIME – Chad Kemenah was the night’s fastest qualifier with a lap around the
half-mile oval in 13.138 seconds at 137.007 mph, earning five championship points.
Joey Saldana, Jason Meyers, Sam Hafertepe Jr. and Dale Blaney also earned qualifying
points.

FAMILY SUPPORT - Joey Saldana’s dad, Joe, who won the 1970 Knoxville Nationals, was
in attendance on Friday night at Eldora: “That’s pretty cool because just over a
year ago he had a form of cancer that was normally terminal, and knock on wood he’s
beat it and he’s doing everything he’s supposed to do with his doctors,” Saldana
said. “For him to be able to come out to the races and enjoy what he’s enjoyed his
whole life is pretty cool. ... My dad is pretty demanding. It’s pretty neat to be on
top (of the standings) right now because Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell are having
awesome starts to the season. Two of the elder guys here are showing that they’re
not ready to leave the sport anytime soon, and obviously they don’t need to because
they’re showing us how to get it done. We’re hanging in there and we’re being
consistent and we’re doing it with a new crew chief and a new team and a new
sponsor. All in all, it’s good but ultimately we want to be leading in November and
my dad that’s type of guy. He’s very demanding and he wants you to achieve that
goal. Right now is great but he’s not looking for right now.”

WINNERS - There have been 14 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature events in
2011. The winners include: Steve Kinser – 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 11 and
12, Pike County Raceway on Feb. 25, the Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 4); Joey
Saldana – 3 (Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 3, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 19,
Eldora Speedway on May 6); Sammy Swindell – 3 (Royal Purple Raceway on Feb. 26,
Merced Speedway on April 1, Tri-State Speedway on April 30); Craig Dollansky – 2
(Silver Dollar Speedway on March 12, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 3); Jason
Sides – 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Calistoga Speedway on April 2).

NEW ONLINE HOME – Make sure to check out the all-new WorldofOutlaws.com for the
latest news and results, plus exclusive driver interviews, video and pictures. Also
listen to every event live at DIRTVision.com.

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Eldora Speedway; Rossburg,
Ohio; May 6, 2011
A-Main - (30 Laps) - 1. 9-Joey Saldana [1] [$10,000]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [11]
[$5,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [8] [$3,000]; 4. 83-Paul McMahan [5] [$2,700]; 5.
W20-Greg Wilson [23] [$2,500]; 6. 83X-Tim Shaffer [22] [$2,200]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides
[19] [$2,000]; 8. 6-Kraig Kinser [16] [$1,800]; 9. 7-Craig Dollansky [13] [$1,600];
10. 91-Cody Darrah [7] [$1,450]; 11. 2-Dale Blaney [12] [$1,300]; 12. 7TW-Brandon
Wimmer [15] [$1,200]; 13. 27-Daryn Pittman [10] [$1,100]; 14. 63-Chad Kemenah [4]
[$1,000]; 15. 2M-Dustin Daggett [24] [$950]; 16. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [18] [$900]; 17.
49-Brad Sweet [21] [$850]; 18. 89G-David Gravel [20] [$750]; 19. 11-Steve Kinser [2]
[$725]; 20. 14-Jason Meyers [3] [$700]; 21. 6M-Jac Haudenschild [17] [$700]; 22.
2B-Ben Gregg [14] [$700]; 23. 6R-Bill Rose [25] [$]; 24. 92-Kerry Madsen [6] [$700];
25. 1-Sammy Swindell [9] [$700]. Lap leaders: Joey Saldana 1-13, 21-30; Donny Schatz
14-20. KSE Hard Charger Award: W20-Greg Wilson [+18].

Qualifying - 1. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.138; 2. 9-Joey Saldana, 13.307; 3. 14-Jason
Meyers, 13.314; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr., 13.352; 5. 2-Dale Blaney, 13.391; 6.
7-Craig Dollansky, 13.397; 7. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.409; 8. 83-Paul McMahan, 13.412;
9. 91-Cody Darrah, 13.427; 10. 92-Kerry Madsen, 13.432; 11. 2B-Ben Gregg, 13.460;
12. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.465; 13. 27-Daryn Pittman, 13.466; 14. 7TW-Brandon Wimmer,
13.471; 15. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.499; 16. 6-Kraig Kinser, 13.520; 17. 6M-Jac
Haudenschild, 13.536; 18. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.546; 19. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.551; 20.
89G-David Gravel, 13.551; 21. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.559; 22. 83X-Tim Shaffer, 13.560;
23. 10-Brad Haudenschild, 13.573; 24. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.590; 25. 7L-Darren Long,
13.606; 26. 6R-Bill Rose, 13.631; 27. 71M-Paul May, 13.688; 28. 97-Dean Jacobs,
13.728; 29. 2M-Dustin Daggett, 13.733; 30. 9X-Brandon Martin, 13.775; 31. 22-Cole
Duncan, 13.777; 32. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.795; 33. 45-Rob Chaney, 13.803; 34.
12-Jared Ridge, 13.809; 35. 35-Ronnie Blair, 13.889; 36. 60-Kory Crabtree, 14.252;
37. 35N-Wes McGlumphy, 14.261; 38. 34-Luke Hall, 14.274; 39. 32-Chase Stockton,
14.348.

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 27-Daryn Pittman
[1]; 2. 91-Cody Darrah [2]; 3. 63-Chad Kemenah [4]; 4. 6M-Jac Haudenschild [5]; 5.
2-Dale Blaney [3]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [6]; 7. 2M-Dustin Daggett [8]; 8. 7L-Darren Long
[7]; 9. 35N-Wes McGlumphy [10]; 10. 45-Rob Chaney [9].

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 9-Joey Saldana
[4]; 2. 92-Kerry Madsen [2]; 3. 7TW-Brandon Wimmer [1]; 4. 7-Craig Dollansky [3]; 5.
83X-Tim Shaffer [6]; 6. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [5]; 7. 9X-Brandon Martin [8]; 8. 12-Jared
Ridge [9]; 9. 34-Luke Hall [10]; 10. 6R-Bill Rose [7].

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz
[1]; 2. 11-Steve Kinser [3]; 3. 14-Jason Meyers [4]; 4. 2B-Ben Gregg [2]; 5.
7S-Jason Sides [5]; 6. 10-Brad Haudenschild [6]; 7. 71M-Paul May [7]; 8. 22-Cole
Duncan [8]; 9. 35-Ronnie Blair [9]; 10. 32-Chase Stockton [10].

Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 1-Sammy Swindell
[2]; 2. 83-Paul McMahan [3]; 3. 6-Kraig Kinser [1]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson [6]; 5.
15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [4]; 6. 89G-David Gravel [5]; 7. 97-Dean Jacobs [7]; 8.
93-Sheldon Haudenschild [8]; 9. 60-Kory Crabtree [9].

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
- 1. 9-Joey Saldana [3]; 2. 11-Steve Kinser [1]; 3. 14-Jason Meyers [2]; 4. 63-Chad
Kemenah [4]; 5. 83-Paul McMahan [5]; 6. 92-Kerry Madsen [7]; 7. 91-Cody Darrah [6];
8. 15-Donny Schatz [10]; 9. 1-Sammy Swindell [8]; 10. 27-Daryn Pittman [9].

B-Main - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 89G-David Gravel
[2] [-]; 2. 2M-Dustin Daggett [9] [-]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3] [-]; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe
[1] [-]; 5. 71M-Paul May [7] [$200]; 6. 45-Rob Chaney [13] [$180]; 7. 93-Sheldon
Haudenschild [12] [$175]; 8. 22-Cole Duncan [11] [$160]; 9. 60-Kory Crabtree [16]
[$150]; 10. 35-Ronnie Blair [15] [$150]; 11. 12-Jared Ridge [14] [$150]; 12.
32-Chase Stockton [19] [$150]; 13. 35N-Wes McGlumphy [17] [$150]; 14. 7L-Darren Long
[5] [$150]; 15. 9X-Brandon Martin [10] [$150]; 16. 10-Brad Haudenschild [4] [$150];
17. 34-Luke Hall [18] [$150]; 18. 97-Dean Jacobs [8] [$150]; 19. 6R-Bill Rose [6]
[$150].

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Eldora Speedway; Rossburg,
Ohio; May 6, 2011
Pos.        Driver        Total        Diff        W        T5        T10        QT
1.        Joey Saldana        1987                3        10        12        3
2.        Steve Kinser        1936        -51        4        6        12        1
3.        Donny Schatz        1911        -76        0        8        9        1
4.        Jason Meyers        1872        -115        0        4        10        1
5.        Jason Sides        1864        -123        2        6        10        1
6.        Sammy Swindell        1862        -125        3        8        8        2
7.        Craig Dollansky        1858        -129        2        6        9        1
8.        Paul McMahan        1837        -150        0        4        8        4
9.        Cody Darrah        1825        -162        0        4        8        0
10.        Kraig Kinser        1761        -226        0        2        6        0
11.        Lucas Wolfe        1740        -247        0        0        6        0
12.        Chad Kemenah        1710        -277        0        1        4        1
13.        Bill Rose        1583        -404        0        0        1        0
14.        Ben Gregg        1415        -572        0        0        0        0
15.        Lance Dewease        854        -1133        0        0        2        0
16.        Jac Haudenschild        842        -1145        0        1        2        0
17.        Terry McCarl        804        -1183        0        0        1        0
18.        Sam Hafertepe Jr.        778        -1209        0        1        4        0
19.        Danny Lasoski        763        -1224        0        1        3        0
20.        Brad Sweet        748        -1239        0        0        1        0




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