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Saldana Works for Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown Win

Joey Saldana led 23 23 of 30 laps en route to his 79th career World of Outlaws feature victory. The win was good for $12,000 to the driver of the Great Clips sprinter.


Courtesy: WoO Media Relations

CONCORD, N.C. - May 25, 2012 - Joey Saldana parked his sprint car in front of the near-capacity crowd at The Dirt Track at Charlotte and emerged with a renewed vigor.

Drenched in sweat and caked in dirt, the veteran celebrated his third World of Outlaws feature win on a hot Friday night at the $12,000-to-win Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown. The event in the heart of NASCAR was also broadcast live on SPEED.

“The racing people that normally don't see what we do, at least they can see that we actually work in our race cars,” Saldana said. “You do get dirty, you sweat and it's definitely a chore out there to drive a winged sprint car especially on dirt and especially on a track like this. At least they can see what we do and they appreciate that we're actually going out there and working for a living.”

Saldana did exactly that at the semi-banked, 4/10-mile dirt oval, where he won twice in 2009. He led 23 of the 30 laps, including the final eight, to pick up his 79th career World of Outlaws feature victory and the first in exactly six weeks.

“This is a place you need to win at,” he said. “It may not pay the most money, but it's probably the most prestigious for sponsors and just recognition amongst people that pay our bills.

“Our main objective is to win races obviously, win the Knoxville Nationals, win the championship and win as many Outlaws shows as possible, and we haven't been doing that lately. So this is definitely a step in the right direction.”

Saldana qualified seventh quickest and claimed his heat race, which locked him into the dash. The dash inversion was an eight, starting Saldana third. He finished fourth to line up on the outside of the second row for the main event.

Saldana quickly advanced to second place in turn one on the opening lap behind Sammy Swindell, who led the first six laps. On a restart of lap seven, Saldana pulled off an effective slide job on Swindell in turn two for the lead.

He pulled away before Ed Lynch Jr. brought out a caution on lap 11 with a flat right rear tire. Saldana chose the outside lane for the double-file restart and sailed to a big advantage before a caution on lap 15 for Matt Linder bunched the field together.

NASCAR star Tony Stewart, who started 12th after winning the Last Chance Showdown, worked his way into the top five on the restart and Swindell faded with smoke pouring from his engine. He pulled into the infield on lap 20.

Saldana faced his biggest task when Steve Kinser took advantage of an opportunity in traffic on the 22nd circuit. However, Kinser's lead was short-lived as his left rear tire blew on the backstretch of the ensuing lap.

That gave the lead back to Saldana, who outlasted a strong finish by Donny Schatz and a late charge from Craig Dollansky.

“It definitely was better when the fuel load would come off,” Schatz said after his runner-up performance. “Any time you get the tires worn down it's going to be harder to drive. Joey kept good care of his tires staying up there on the top. I was better at the end than I was at the beginning.

“We would have really liked to win, but tonight we're going to settle for second.”

Dollansky overcame an early issue in qualifying, which sent him to the pits with the 23rd-best time. He claimed the sixth-and-final transfer from his heat race and then maneuvered his way from 21st to round out the podium.

“Any time you start that far back and get that far up toward the front it's a good night for your entire team,” Dollansky said. “Our car was getting better as the race was wearing on. I would have liked to see five more laps. Even in the open track we were starting to come on pretty good there at the end. To start 21st and get up to third, that's a great run.”

Polesitter Kraig Kinser finished fourth and Cody Darrah survived a flip in his heat race to place fifth in the feature. Brad Sweet was sixth, NASCAR driver and the owner of Saldana's car, Kasey Kahne, ended seventh and Jason Sides placed eighth. Kerry Madsen, who set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 13.811 seconds, finished ninth and Chad Kemenah charged from 17th to round out the top 10.

Steve Kinser finished 13th, but maintains the World of Outlaws points lead by 12 over Schatz.

Stewart, who owns the cars for Kinser and Schatz, was 19th after a part in the suspension broke on lap 27 while he was running fourth.

Saldana, Kraig Kinser and Lynch Jr. each claimed a heat race.

Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown Notebook

NOTES - This was the World of Outlaws first televised event of the season. … Garrett Dollansky, the 18-year-old son of Craig Dollansky, competed in his first career World of Outlaws event in one of Craig's backup cars. … Kerry Madsen picked up his first quick time of the year. … Ed Lynch Jr. claimed his first World of Outlaws heat race win of the season. … Kraig Kinser earned his first feature pole of the season. … NASCAR star Tony Stewart won his second Last Chance Showdown of the season.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS - Penske Shocks ($100 certificate): Bill Rose; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Comp Cams ($50 certificate): Joey Saldana; Armor All (case of product): Ed Lynch Jr.; STP ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; UNOH ($50 cash): Cody Darrah; Gravely Tractors ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; VP Racing Fuel ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; JE Pistons (set of rings): Ed Lynch Jr.; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Ed Lynch Jr.;Wix Filters ($50 cash): Steve Kinser; Superflow ($50 cash): Bill Rose; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Bill Rose;JE Pistons (set of rings): Paul McMahan; MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Lucas Wolfe; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash): Eric Riggins.

WINNERS - Sammy Swindell - 4 (Eldora Speedway on May 5, Knoxville Raceway on April 28, Missouri State Fair Speedway on April 20 and Merced Speedway on March 30);Craig Dollansky - 3 (Hagerstown Speedway on May 20, Tri-State Speedway on April 21 and Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Joey Saldana - 3 (The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 25, Paducah International Raceway on April 13 and Perris Auto Speedway on March 10); Donny Schatz - 3 (Farmer City Raceway on April 25, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 23 and Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19);Tim Kaeding - 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 16 and The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8); Steve Kinser - 2 (Orange County Fair Speedway on May 19 and Williams Grove Speedway on May 12); Danny Dietrich - 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 10); Chad Kemenah - 1 (Eldora Speedway on May 4); Danny Lasoski - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 18); Paul McMahan - 1 (Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on May 16); Fred Rahmer - 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 11).

TIME TRIALS - Kerry Madsen was the fastest qualifier around the 4/10-mile oval with a time of 13.811 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Kasey Kahne (4 points), Cody Darrah (3), Steve Kinser (2) and Brad Sweet (1).

WE'RE ONLINE - Make sure to check out WorldofOutlaws.com for the latest news and results, plus exclusive driver interviews, video and pictures. Also listen to every event live at DIRTVision.com .

Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown Statistical Report; The Dirt Track at Charlotte; Concord, N.C.; May 25, 2012

A-Main - (30 Laps) - 1. 9-Joey Saldana [4] [$12,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [9] [$5,700]; 3. 7-Craig Dollansky [21] [$3,500]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1] [$3,000]; 5. 4-Cody Darrah [11] [$2,600]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [5] [$2,400]; 7. 5-Kasey Kahne [7] [$2,300]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [16] [$2,200]; 9. 29-Kerry Madsen [8] [$2,150]; 10. 63-Chad Kemenah [17] [$2,100]; 11. 54-Cap Henry [15] [$1,600]; 12. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr. [3] [$1,350]; 13. 11-Steve Kinser [6] [$1,300]; 14. W20-Greg Wilson [18] [$1,200]; 15. D4-Danny Holtgraver [14] [$1,100]; 16. 6-Bill Rose [13] [$1,000]; 17. 47-Eric Riggins [24] [$900]; 18. 3F-Rick Fraley [22] [$850]; 19. 14-Tony Stewart [12] [$800]; 20. 1-Sammy Swindell [2] [$800]; 21. 13-Paul McMahan [23] [$800]; 22. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [10] [$800]; 23. 1X-Matt Linder [19] [$800]; 24. 25-Chris Myers [20] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-6; Joey Saldana 7-21, 23-30; Steve Kinser 22. KSE Hard Charger Award: 7-Craig Dollansky [+18].

Qualifying - 1. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.811; 2. 5-Kasey Kahne, 13.851; 3. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.938; 4. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.946; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.952; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.953; 7. 9-Joey Saldana, 13.981; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.001; 9. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr., 14.029; 10. 14-Tony Stewart, 14.055; 11. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.109; 12. 13-Paul McMahan, 14.129; 13. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 14.193; 14. 6-Bill Rose, 14.201; 15. D4-Danny Holtgraver, 14.242; 16. 54-Cap Henry, 14.263; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.278; 18. 63-Chad Kemenah, 14.369; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.440; 20. 7D-Garrett Dollansky, 14.502; 21. 1X-Matt Linder, 14.804; 22. 25-Chris Myers, 14.992; 23. 7-Craig Dollansky, 15.013; 24. 23-Lance Moss, 15.157; 25. 47-Eric Riggins, 15.521; 26. 6X-Mark Cole, 15.775; 27. 3F-Rick Fraley, 16.322; 28. 6W-Brad Wickam, 16.695; 29. 9X-Robby Boswell, 17.255.

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 9-Joey Saldana [2]; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [3]; 4. 54-Cap Henry [6]; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [5]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [7]; 7. 25-Chris Myers [8]; 8. 47-Eric Riggins [9]; 9. 6W-Brad Wickam [10]; 10. 14-Tony Stewart [1].

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 5. 5-Kasey Kahne [4]; 6. 7-Craig Dollansky [8]; 7. 6-Bill Rose [5]; 8. 7D-Garrett Dollansky [7]; 9. 9X-Robby Boswell [10]; 10. 6X-Mark Cole [9].

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr. [2]; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell [3]; 3. 63-Chad Kemenah [6]; 4. D4-Danny Holtgraver [5]; 5. 1X-Matt Linder [7]; 6. 3F-Rick Fraley [9]; 7. 23-Lance Moss [8]; 8. 13-Paul McMahan [1]; 9. 4-Cody Darrah [4].

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) - 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell [4]; 3. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr. [1]; 4. 9-Joey Saldana [3]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 6. 11-Steve Kinser [6]; 7. 5-Kasey Kahne [7]; 8. 29-Kerry Madsen [8]; 9. 15-Donny Schatz [9]; 10. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [10].

B-Main - (12 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 14-Tony Stewart [2] [-]; 2. 4-Cody Darrah [1] [-]; 3. 6-Bill Rose [4] [-]; 4. 25-Chris Myers [6] [-]; 5. 13-Paul McMahan [3] [-]; 6. 47-Eric Riggins [8] [-]; 7. 6W-Brad Wickam [10] [$200]; 8. 9X-Robby Boswell [11] [$180]; 9. 23-Lance Moss [7] [$175]; 10. 7D-Garrett Dollansky [5] [$160]; 11. 6X-Mark Cole [9] [$150].

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Top 20 Championship Standings

 

Pos.

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

T5s

T10s

QT

1

Steve Kinser

2989

0

2

10

15

0

2

Donny Schatz

2977

-12

3

8

17

0

3

Sammy Swindell

2955

-34

4

10

15

3

4

Joey Saldana

2954

-35

3

8

16

2

5

Craig Dollansky

2930

-59

3

10

14

3

6

Kraig Kinser

2866

-123

0

6

14

2

7

Cody Darrah

2716

-273

0

4

8

1

8

Chad Kemenah

2710

-279

1

3

8

2

9

Kerry Madsen

2589

-400

0

2

4

1

10

Lucas Wolfe

2552

-437

0

1

6

0

11

Jason Sides

2293

-696

0

5

10

0

12

Bill Rose

2120

-869

0

0

1

0

13

Paul McMahan

1686

-1303

1

2

3

0

14

Jac Haudenschild

1655

-1334

0

0

1

0

15

Danny Lasoski

1546

-1443

1

5

7

0

16

Daryn Pittman

1519

-1470

0

5

7

1

17

David Gravel

1290

-1699

0

3

5

2

18

Terry McCarl

1236

-1753

0

1

3

0

19

Stevie Smith

1178

-1811

0

1

5

1

20

Sam Hafertepe Jr.

1176

-1813

0

1

4

0


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