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Keeping Pace

Saldana Storms to Victory at Eldora Speedway: Scores Fourth Win of 2010

Joey Saldana races to victory on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. (Photo courtesy WoO Media Relations)
Joey Saldana races to victory on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. (Photo courtesy WoO Media Relations)

For Joey Saldana, the win was his eighth with the World of Outlaws at Eldora In his career at the famed half-mile with the series he has nearly 50 Top-10 finishes.

Courtesy: WoO Sprint Car Series Media Relations

Rossburg, OH- May 7, 2010- Joey Saldana felt like a win slipped away from him last weekend at Jackson Speedway when he suffered a flat tire late in the going and he made up for it on Friday, as he was victorious in the opener of Outlaw Thunder by Goodyear for the World of Outlaws at the famed Eldora Speedway in Ohio, despite significant damage to the left sideboard of his top wing.

For Saldana, it was his fourth A-Feature win of the season, which ties him with current point leader Jason Meyers atop the win list. Saldana lined up sixth and gained two spot on the opening lap and was up to third on the second circuit. He got around Donny Schatz for second on the 11th lap and took the lead from Lucas Wolfe in turns three and four on the following circuit and would pace the remainder of the distance aboard the Budweiser Maxim.

"We had an awesome car tonight," said Saldana. "That's the way it was in '08 when we won a couple races here and were leading the others and blew tires. We kind of strayed away from that and last year we really struggled here. We went back tonight to how we ran our car in '08 and I can't say enough about my guys. They did a great job."

The first caution of the night flew on the 13th lap with Saldana choosing the high line to restart in, on the double file restart. He charged into turn one, with Schatz and Wolfe battling for the second spot. Saldana would open a big lead as the laps wound down, hitting lapped traffic again on the 19th go-around.

"At Eldora with how the track gets and my car was running very well on the top, so that was where I was going," shared Saldana of the double file restart. "Even if I was on the bottom, I was going to the top. It was a really good night for us and we'll come back tomorrow and hopefully we can duplicate this performance."

The race was scheduled for 30 laps, but was declared official after a lap-25 caution when rain began to pour down. The final caution of the night flew for four-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz, who had a flat tire while running second. He ended up 18th as the final car on the lead lap.

For Saldana, the win was his eighth with the World of Outlaws at Eldora In his career at the famed half-mile with the series he has nearly 50 Top-10 finishes. Winning at Eldora is always extra special for Saldana, as his father Joe won a number of races at the track as well during his career.

"When my dad raced, this was actually one of the few tracks that I got to watch him race at," explained the second generation driver. "It really hasn't changed that much since then. Tony (Stewart) took it over and he kind of changed it a little bit, but now it's back to the way it was when my dad raced here. When it's like this, it's such a fun track to drive. I love it and enjoy it. I respect it as well, because I know it can bite you. I just love racing here."

Wolfe lined up second and took the lead from Schatz on the eighth lap in traffic, using the low side of the back straightaway to get a strong run going into turn three. The native of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania would lead four laps en route to matching his season-best finish of second. It was his second consecutive podium finish aboard the Allebach Racing Maxim as he continues to close in on his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature win.

"Good results tonight, with all things considered," said Wolfe. "It was our strongest run of the year. I'm happy to have a good result here, racing with Joey (Saldana and (Donny) Schatz. Obviously they are two of the best anywhere."

Wolfe was held up just a bit in lapped traffic on the 12th lap allowing Saldana to close in and take the lead. After lining up on the low side on the double file restart on the 13th lap, he fell back to third, but battled right back to get around Schatz and reclaim the runner-up position.

"It certainly benefited us being in lapped traffic and I was able to get (Donny) Schatz and then the same thing happened with Joey (Saldana)," noted the 2008 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year. "We missed it just a little and played a little wrong on that one caution. If it would have come out one lap earlier, we could have restarted on the front. It was a strong result for us and we'll come back tomorrow and see if we can improve one spot better and get ourselves a win."

Steve Kinser was third in the Bass Pro Shops Maxim in his first start at Eldora driving for Tony Stewart Racing.

Paul McMahan came home fourth in the Great Clips Maxim to earn his sixth Top-Five finish of the season and also moved up a couple of spots in points to seventh.

Jason Meyers rounded out the Top-Five in the GLR Investments KPC to extend his string of Top-10 finishes to start the season to 14. He leads the World of Outlaws championship standings by 15 markers over Steve Kinser as he chases his first title.

Danny Lasoski finished sixth in the Casey's General Store JEI, with Craig Dollansky in seventh piloting the Big Game Treestands Maxim. Sammy Swindell came from 15th to finish eighth in the Big Game Treestands Maxim. Kerry Madsen came home ninth in his first World of Outlaws start of the season aboard the Halls Haulage KPC. Chad Kemenah came from 18th to finish 10th in the Golden Flavor Sesame Sticks Maxim.

The World of Outlaws wrap up Outlaw Thunder by Goodyear at Eldora Speedway on Saturday, May 8, which kicks off with a special Pre-race Pit Party from 3:30-5 p.m., which will allow fans with a grandstand ticket to cross the track and meet their favorite drivers.


•FAST QUALIFIER: Paul McMahan paced the 34 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 1/2-mile oval at 13.413 seconds at 134.198 mph. For his qualifying effort, McMahan earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Jac Haudenschild (4), Danny Lasoski (3), Jason Meyers (2) and Steve Kinser (1).

•ELDORA SPEEDWAY QUALIFYING WINNERS: Donny Schatz, Randy Hannagan, Sam Hafertepe Jr. and Tim Kaeding won heat races. Donny Schatz won the dash. Chad Kemenah won the B-Main.

FEATURE WINNERS: There have been 14 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature events held in 2010. The winners include: Jason Meyers (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Thunderbowl Raceway, Volunteer Speedway and Tri-State (Okla.) Speedway), Joey Saldana (Thunderbowl Raceway, Volunteer Speedway, I-55 Raceway and Eldora Speedway), Steve Kinser (Volusia Speedway Park and Jackson Speedway), Craig Dollansky (Lone Star Speedway), Jac Haudenschild (Paducah International Raceway), Donny Schatz (Volusia Speedway Park) and Jason Sides (Houston Raceway Park).

1/2-MILE WINNERS: Eldora Speedway is a high-banked half-mile. The World of Outlaws have raced six times at a track that size in 2010. The winners include: Steve Kinser (VolusiaSpeedwayPark and JacksonSpeedway), Craig Dollansky (Lone Star Speedway), Jason Meyers (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway), Joey Saldana (Eldora Speedway) and Donny Schatz (VolusiaSpeedwayPark).

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Eldora Speedway; Rossburg, OH; May 7, 2010


1) 91-Paul McMahan 13.413

2) R19-Jac Haudenschild 13.468

3) 6-Danny Lasoski 13.511

4) 14-Jason Meyers 13.523

5) 11-Steve Kinser 13.549

6) 7-Craig Dollansky 13.557

7) 7S-Jason Sides 13.563

8) 24-Sammy Swindell 13.574

9) 2-Dale Blaney 13.613

10) 7K-Randy Hannagan 13.614

11) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 13.627

12) 83-Tim Kaeding 13.637

13) 15-Donny Schatz 13.657

14) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 13.686

15) 3-Kerry Madsen 13.698

16) 9-Joey Saldana 13.706

17) 11K-Kraig Kinser 13.710

18) 63-Chad Kemenah 13.712

19) 49-Brad Sweet 13.716

20) 3C-Cale Conley 13.767

21) 9X-Rob Chaney 13.790

22) 83X-Tim Shaffer 13.802

23) 22-Brian Ellenberger 13.806

24) 13-Daryn Pittman 13.810

25) 17-Tyler Walker 13.856

26) 11N-Edward Neumeister 13.858

27) 4X-Toni Lutar 13.892

28) 6R-Bill Rose 13.928

29) 2M-Dustin Daggett 14.016

30) 14Z-Jessica Zemken 14.077

31) 24H-Lee Jacobs 14.119

32) 35-Justin Henderson 14.147

33) 8H-Brian Paulus 14.154

34) 2B-Ben Gregg 14.171

35) 28-Todd Kane -.---

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature) - Starting Position [#]

1) 15-Donny Schatz[1]

2) 11-Steve Kinser[3]

3) 2-Dale Blaney[2]

4) 91-Paul McMahan[4]

5) 11K-Kraig Kinser[5]

6) 17-Tyler Walker[7]

7) 9X-Rob Chaney[6]

8) 2M-Dustin Daggett[8]

9) 8H-Brian Paulus[9]

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature) - Starting Position [#]

1) 7K-Randy Hannagan[2]

2) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[1]

3) R19-Jac Haudenschild[4]

4) 83X-Tim Shaffer[6]

5) 7-Craig Dollansky[3]

6) 63-Chad Kemenah[5]

7) 14Z-Jessica Zemken[8]

8) 2B-Ben Gregg[9]

9) 11N-Edward Neumeister[7]

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature) - Starting Position [#]

1) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[2]

2) 3-Kerry Madsen[1]

3) 7S-Jason Sides[3]

4) 6-Danny Lasoski[4]

5) 49-Brad Sweet[5]

6) 22-Brian Ellenberger[6]

7) 24H-Lee Jacobs[8]

8) 4X-Toni Lutar[7]

Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature) - Starting Position [#]

1) 83-Tim Kaeding[2]

2) 9-Joey Saldana[1]

3) 14-Jason Meyers[4]

4) 24-Sammy Swindell[3]

5) 3C-Cale Conley[5]

6) 13-Daryn Pittman[6]

7) 6R-Bill Rose[7]

8) 35-Justin Henderson[8]

Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) - Starting Position [#]

1) 15-Donny Schatz[2]

2) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[1]

3) 11-Steve Kinser[6]

4) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[4]

5) 91-Paul McMahan[8]

6) 9-Joey Saldana[10]

7) R19-Jac Haudenschild[7]

8) 83-Tim Kaeding[3]

9) 7K-Randy Hannagan[5]

10) 3-Kerry Madsen[9]

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature) - Starting Position [#]

1) 63-Chad Kemenah[1]

2) 9X-Rob Chaney[2]

3) 13-Daryn Pittman[4]
4) 22-Brian Ellenberger[3]

5) 17-Tyler Walker[5] [$200]

6) 35-Justin Henderson[12] [$180]

7) 4X-Toni Lutar[7] [$175]

8) 2M-Dustin Daggett[9] [$160]

9) 14Z-Jessica Zemken[10] [$150]

10) 8H-Brian Paulus[13] [$150]

11) 6R-Bill Rose[8] [$150]

12) 2B-Ben Gregg[14] [$150]

13) 24H-Lee Jacobs[11] [$150]

14) 11N-Edward Neumeister[6] [$150]

A-main (25laps) - Starting Position [#]

1) 9-Joey Saldana[6] [$10,000]

2) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[2] [$5,000]

3) 11-Steve Kinser[3] [$3,000]

4) 91-Paul McMahan[5] [$2,700]

5) 14-Jason Meyers[12] [$2,500]

6) 6-Danny Lasoski[11] [$2,200]

7) 7-Craig Dollansky[13] [$2,000]

8) 24-Sammy Swindell[15] [$1,800]

9) 3-Kerry Madsen[10] [$1,600]

10) 63-Chad Kemenah[18] [$1,450]

11) 2-Dale Blaney[16] [$1,300]

12) 83X-Tim Shaffer[22] [$1,200]

13) 3C-Cale Conley[20] [$1,100]

14) 7S-Jason Sides[14] [$1,000]

15) 49-Brad Sweet[19] [$950]

16) 11K-Kraig Kinser[17] [$900]

17) 7K-Randy Hannagan[9] [$850]

18) 15-Donny Schatz[1] [$750]

19) 83-Tim Kaeding[8] [$725]

20) 13-Daryn Pittman[24] [$700]

21) 22-Brian Ellenberger[23] [$700]

22) 9X-Rob Chaney[21] [$700]

23) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[4] [$700]

24) R19-Jac Haudenschild[7] [$700]

Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-7, Lucas Wolfe 8-11. Joey Saldana 12-25

KSE Hard Charger Award: Tim Shaffer

World of Outlaws Championship Standings through May 7

1. Jason Meyers 2002

2. Steve Kinser 1987 -15

3. Joey Saldana 1981 -21

4. Donny Schatz 1901 -101

5. Jason Sides 1887 -115

6. Danny Lasoski 1844 -158

7. Paul McMahan 1807 -195

8. Kraig Kinser 1799 -203

9. Jac Haudenschild 1794 -208

10. Lucas Wolfe 1777 -225

Keeping Pace

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