RACE REPORT: Sadana Wins Opening Night of Boot Hill Showdown
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Second No More: Saldana Scores First Win of 2008 on Opening Night of the Boot Hill Showdown

 

Joey Saldana had been so close to winning a number of times this season entering the opening night of the Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park on Friday night. In fact, he had five runner-up finishes in the first 20 events of the season.

He shed the bridesmaid tag on Friday night, picking up his first Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature win of the season over Craig Dollansky and Jason Meyers, with the cameras from SPEED capturing all the action.

 

Saldana aboard the Budweiser/Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI started second and shot to the lead in the first turn on the opening lap, with Dollansky just behind him. By just the fourth lap of the 30-lap contest, Saldana was in lapped traffic allowing Dollansky to close in on him.

 

Saldana had to check up in heavy traffic on the seventh lap, giving Dollansky the opening he needed to go under Saldana and take the lead exiting the fourth turn. The lone caution of the event flew just shy of the halfway point of the race. On the ensuing restart on the 14th lap, Saldana looked high on Dollansky exiting the second turn, then dove low under him in the third and fourth corners, winning a drag race down the front straightaway to take the lead and ultimately the $10,000 win.

 

“This is a good win for us,” said Saldana, who drives for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne. “We have been needing this. The pressure has been on us and there have been a lot of people that deserved this win. The team, the sponsors and everyone involved. This is great for everyone, especially Budweiser. We got this one out of the way and now can come back tomorrow and look for another one.”

 

After taking the lead back, Saldana opened a slight advantage with Dollansky tracking him back down as the pair entered heavy lapped traffic with less than 10 laps to go. With eight laps remaining, Saldana and Dollansky were nearly running three-wide with a lapped machine. This allowed Meyers and Chad Kemenah to close in.

 

“Tonight I felt like we had a good enough car to win and I made a mistake in lapped traffic and Craig (Dollansky) got by me,” said Saldana. “I went to the top and was able to stay with him. I knew if we stayed in lapped traffic that I had a shot at getting him again.”

 

With seven laps left, Saldana and Dollansky charged into the third and four turns, with Dollansky having to get on the brakes as the pair nearly touched. He quickly rebounded and pulled right back up on Saldana. Dollansky had one more chance at Saldana with two laps remaining, but did not quite have enough momentum to attempt a pass.

 

“Getting into (turns) three and four we were pretty close,” said Saldana of his battle with Dollansky. “I went to the top and he just about got by me again and I had to slam the door on him pretty hard. He has won four of these and I haven’t won any. I’m glad everyone came out of that all right and he got a finish as well.”

 

After having a couple of wins slip out of his grasp due to lapped traffic this season, Saldana was able to use traffic to his advantage on Friday night, as he earned his second career win at Dodge City Raceway Park and the 35th A-Feature win of his World of Outlaws career.

 

“It was a key for me, because I though I had lost the race in lapped traffic,” Saldana said of his car working well in the dense traffic he encountered most of the night. “You are not supposed to do that. Traffic was just atrocious tonight. I came back and got him and we definitely had a good enough car to win.”

 

Dollansky, who was looking for his third consecutive Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature win on Friday night, finished second to earn his 14th Top-Five finish of the season aboard the Auto Value Parts Stores Maxim. He won the third heat race and also finished a very solid fourth in the Crane Cams Dash.

 

“I feel like we had the car to win that race tonight,” said Dollansky. “We were operating pretty good in lapped traffic and even out in the open. I got a hand signal to go to the top there on the restart and that was not the place to go. It was a good strong run for the Larry Woodward team tonight and we came up one spot short.”

 

Dollansky started fourth and moved to second on the opening lap, getting around pole sitter Chad Kemenah, as well as two-time defending series champion Donny Schatz. He was held up a couple of times in traffic, but was quick to point out that that is part of racing. He was one of the first people to come and congratulate Saldana in Victory Lane.

 

“A few of them, I wasn’t sure what they were doing,” he explained of the slower cars. “Lapped traffic always seems to come into play in these races and I felt like we were getting through it ok. Joey (Saldana) definitely had a great race car tonight as well. We would have loved nothing more than have gotten three in-a-row tonight, but again we just came one spot short.”

 

Jason Meyers finished third on Friday night in the GLR Investments KPC to earn his series leading 18th Top-Five finish of the year. He started fifth and gained two spots on the opening lap, also getting around Kemenah and Schatz. He closed to within a couple car lengths of Saldana and Dollansky several times, but could not quite get a run on them to battle for the lead.

 

“Another third-place run is a good run,” said Meyers. “To gain some points as well is good. Charlie Garrett built us a new motor for tonight and it is absolutely awesome. We’ve been waiting for this thing all year and he did a great job. It runs really, really good. We are looking forward to tomorrow night. We had a good race car tonight and it was just hard to pass. We were right there with the leaders, we just couldn’t find a hole to get around them. Hopefully we’ll have a little bit better starting position tomorrow night and get a win.”

 

The opening night of the Boot Hill Showdown was the first chance for the World of Outlaws to compete at the 3/8-mile track since a significant amount of banking was added to it. Meyers, who won at the track last season, really didn’t notice too many changes in the style needed to drive the track even with the added banking.

 

“It still very similar to the characteristics of the past,” Meyers noted to the changes to the track. “I thought it was a little too wet tonight so it didn’t really allow for the passing. Hopefully they’ll get us a top groove tomorrow night we’ll see a little more passing.”

 

Kemenah had a very strong night, winning the second heat race, as well as the Crane Cams Dash to earn the pole position in the A-Feature. After having a little trouble on the opening lap, he settled in and ran in the Top-Five for the remainder of the event in the Kantor Oil Company Maxim, coming home fourth. He has 10 Top-10 finishes as he closes in on the Top-Five in points.

 

“It was a good night,” said the 2006 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year. “My hat is off to my crew. My nephew (A.J. Havens) and myself have been holding our head above water for about a month as the only crew on this car and we have a young guy Adam (Brough) from back home on the road with us now. I think I have the best car owner in the field. He put a lot of faith in me and a 20-year old kid to run this team and we are showing what we are capable of.”

 

Jac Haudenschild was fifth in the Owens Corning Fiberglass Maxim to pick up his eighth Top-Five finish of 2008, as he continues to close in on his first win of the season.

 

Sam Hafertepe Jr. had a strong night finishing sixth in the G.H. Plumbing J&J, after turning the second quickest lap in time trials. Donny Schatz was seventh in the Armor All J&J beginning the night by setting fast time in qualifying, with Daryn Pittman in the Titan Garages Maxim behind him in eighth. Steve Kinser, the 20-time series champion was ninth in the Q Oil Maxim, with Shane Stewart rounding out the Top-10 in the Roth Motorsports KPC.

 

The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action on Saturday with the finale of the Boot Hill Showdown which will also be taped by SPEED.

 

BOOT HILL SHOWDOWN NIGHT #1 NOTEBOOK

 

• FAST QUALIFIER: Donny Schatz paced the 23 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 3/8-mile oval at 12.593 seconds at 107.202 mph. For his qualifying effort, Schatz earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Sam Hafertepe Jr. (4), Steve Kinser (3), Jac Haudenschild (2), and Jason Meyers (1).

 

• QUALIFYING WINNERS: Joey Saldana, Chad Kemenah and Craig Dollansky won heat races… Chad Kemenah won the Crane Cams Dash.

There have been 21 Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature events held in 2008. The winners include: Donny Schatz (Knoxville Raceway-twice, Attica Raceway Park, Eldora Speedway, Tri-City Speedway and Sedalia’s State Fair Speedway), Jason Meyers (Volusia Speedway Park, Manzanita Speedway, I-55 Raceway, Lernerville Speedway and Virginia Motor Speedway), Craig Dollansky (Volusia Speedway Park, Eldora Speedway, Huset’s Speedway and Eagle Raceway), Steve Kinser (Williams Grove Speedway and Rolling Wheels Raceway Park), Lance Dewease (The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway), Danny Lasoski (Volusia Speedway Park), Joey Saldana (Dodge City Raceway Park) and Shane Stewart (Knoxville Raceway).

 

 

3/8-MILE WINNERS: Dodge City Raceway Park is a high-banked 3/8-mile oval. The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series raced twice on a track that size this season. The winners include: Craig Dollansky (Huset’s Speedway), Joey Saldana (Dodge City Raceway Park) and Donny Schatz (Tri-City Speedway).

 

 

The Official Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Web site is at https://www.worldofoutlaws.com/sprint. Among the features are updated driver biographies with individual statistics and pictures, race-by-race statistics, detailed track information and race coverage, series news and team press releases. Also, links to the 2008 Official Rulebook can be found at the bottom of the home page.

 

• UPCOMING EVENTS: The first two rounds of the Gerdau Ameristeel Northern Tour at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota and Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, along with a stop at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin to close out the month of June.

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Boot Hill Showdown Night #1; Dodge City, KS; June 20, 2008

 

Qualifying

1) 15-Donny Schatz 12.593

2) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 12.651

3) 11-Steve Kinser 12.749

4) R19-Jac Haudenschild 12.774

5) 14-Jason Meyers 12.776

6) 24-Terry McCarl 12.779

7) 9-Joey Saldana 12.816

8) 55-Kerry Madsen 12.871

9) 2-Craig Dollansky 12.898

10) 83-Shane Stewart 12.956

11) 8K-Chad Kemenah 12.985

12) 21-Daryn Pittman 13.063

13) 20-Kraig Kinser 13.147

14) 24X-Glen Saville 13.158

15) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. 13.220

16) 7S-Jason Sides 13.231

17) 7-Tim Shaffer 13.326

18) 6-Mike Wagner 13.336

19) 5C-Chad Hillier 13.354

20) 1-Jason Martin 13.424

21) 1X-Dennis Park 13.439

22) 21T-Taylor Velasquez 15.186

23) 36-Ty Williams 15.192

 

Heat 1 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 9-Joey Saldana

2) 15-Donny Schatz

3) 83-Shane Stewart

4) R19-Jac Haudenschild

5) 7S-Jason Sides

6) 20-Kraig Kinser

7) 5C-Chad Hillier

8) 21T-Taylor Velasquez

 

Heat 2 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 8K-Chad Kemenah

2) 14-Jason Meyers

3) 55-Kerry Madsen

4) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.

5) 7-Tim Shaffer

6) 1-Jason Martin

7) 36-Ty Williams

 

Heat 3 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 2-Craig Dollansky

2) 21-Daryn Pittman

3) 11-Steve Kinser

4) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.

5) 24-Terry McCarl

6) 6-Mike Wagner

7) 1X-Dennis Park

 

Crane Cams Dash (8 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)

1) 8K-Chad Kemenah

2) 9-Joey Saldana

3) 15-Donny Schatz

4) 2-Craig Dollansky

5) 14-Jason Meyers

6) 21-Daryn Pittman

7) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.

8) R19-Jac Haudenschild

9) 24-Terry McCarl

10) 11-Steve Kinser

 

A-main (30 laps) – Starting Position [#]

1) 9-Joey Saldana[2] [$10,000]

2) 2-Craig Dollansky[4] [$5,000]

3) 14-Jason Meyers[5] [$3,000]

4) 8K-Chad Kemenah[1] [$2,700]

5) R19-Jac Haudenschild[8] [$2,500]

6) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[7] [$2,200]

7) 15-Donny Schatz[3] [$2,000]

8) 21-Daryn Pittman[6] [$1,800]

9) 11-Steve Kinser[10] [$1,600]

10) 83-Shane Stewart[12] [$1,450]

11) 24-Terry McCarl[9] [$1,300]

12) 7-Tim Shaffer[16] [$1,200]

13) 20-Kraig Kinser[13] [$1,100]

14) 1-Jason Martin[18] [$1,000]

15) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.[14] [$950]

16) 7S-Jason Sides[15] [$900]

17) 55-Kerry Madsen[11] [$850]

18) 5C-Chad Hillier[17] [$750]

19) 6-Mike Wagner[20] [$725]

20) 1X-Dennis Park[21] [$700]

21) 21T-Taylor Velasquez[22] [$700]

22) 24X-Glen Saville[19] [$700]

23) 36-Ty Williams[23] [$700]

 

Lap Leaders: Joey Saldana 1-6, 14-30; Craig Dollansky 7-13

 

SuperClean Start of the Night: Joey Saldana

Chicken Hawk Hot Lap Award: Joey Saldana

Penske Power Position: Jason Meyers

KSE Hard Charger Award: Tim Shaffer

 

 

2008 STAT ATTACK

There have been 21 Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature events this season. 

 

A-Feature winners (8 Different Drivers) Driver, Hometown – Wins

1- Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 6

2- Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 5

3- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 4

4- Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 2

5- Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pennsylvania- 1

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 1

Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana- 1

Shane Stewart, Bixby, Oklahoma- 1

 

Lap leaders, including A-features and preliminary features Car, driver, hometown – Total laps led (15 Drivers have led laps)

1- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 153 laps

2- Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 117 laps

3- Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 114 laps

5- Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana- 69 laps

5- Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 53 laps

6- Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pennsylvania- 30 laps

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 30 laps

8- Craig Keel, Weedsport, New York- 17 laps

Brooke Tatnell, San Souci, NSW- 17 laps

10- Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 10 laps

Paul McMahan, Nashville, Tennessee- 10 laps

12- Shane Stewart, Bixby, Oklahoma- 9 laps

13- Dale Blaney, Hartford, Ohio- 8 laps

14- Tim Kaeding, San Jose, California- 7 laps

15- Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Oklahoma- 1 lap

 

Time trial leaders (12 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Quick times

1- Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota – 4

2- Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana- 3

Shane Stewart, Bixby, Oklahoma- 3

4- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 2

Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 2

6- Rob Chaney, Wooster, Ohio- 1

Cody Darrah, Red Lion, Pennsylvania- 1

Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio- 1

Greg Hodnett, Thomasville, Pennsylvania- 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio – 1

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 1

Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia- 1

 

Track records established during 2008 Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series events (1)
* Joey Saldana, May 24, Virginia Motor Speedway (1/2-mile), Jamaica, VA, 14.537 seconds at 123.822 mph.

 

 

Crane Cams Dash Winners (15 different winners) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Dash Wins

1- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota – 3

2- Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio- 2

Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Oklahoma- 2

Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana – 2

Shane Stewart, Bixby, Oklahoma- 2

6- Tim Kaeding, San Jose, California- 1

Craig Keel, Weedsport, New York- 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio- 1

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 1

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 1

Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 1

Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania- 1

Brooke Tatnell, San Souci, NSW- 1

 

Pole Positions (15 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Poles

1 – Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota – 3

2- Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio- 2

Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Oklahoma- 2

Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana – 2

Shane Stewart, Bixby, Oklahoma- 2

6- Tim Kaeding, San Jose, California- 1

Craig Keel, Weedsport, New York- 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio- 1

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 1

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 1

Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 1

Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania- 1

 Brooke Tatnell, San Souci, NSW- 1

 

B-main Winners (16 different winners) Rank – Driver, Hometown – B-Main Wins

1- Tony Bruce Jr., Liberal, Kansas-2

Rob Chaney, Wooster, Ohio-2

3- Billy Alley, Lincoln, Nebraska- 1

Chris Andrews, Sandusky, Ohio- 1

Pat Cannon, Etters, Pennsylvania- 1

Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas- 1

Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio- 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio- 1

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 1

Calvin Landis, Knoxville, Iowa- 1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

Brian Paulus, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania- 1

Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania- 1

Danny Smith, Danville, Indiana – 1

T.J. Stutts, Liverpool, Pennsylvania- 1

Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania- 1

 

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award

1- Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NWS- 4

2- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 3

Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania- 3

4- Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 2

Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 2

Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 2

7- Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pennsylvania- 1

Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas- 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio-1

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

 

Penske Power Position

1- Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 5

2- Shane Stewart, Bixby, Oklahoma- 4

3- Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana- 3

4- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 1

Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas- 1

Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio- 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio- 1

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 1

Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tennessee- 1

 

Chicken Hawk Hot Lap

1- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 3

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 3

Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana- 3

4- Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 2

5- Dale Blaney, Hartford, Ohio- 1

Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pennsylvania- 1

Tim Kaeding, San Jose, California- 1

Craig Keel, Weedsport, New York- 1

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

Paul McMahan, Nashville, Tennessee- 1

Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 1

Shane Stewart, Bixby, Oklahoma- 1

Brooke Tatnell, San Souci, NSW- 1

 

SuperClean Start Award

1- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 2

2- Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana- 1

Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 1

 

Crane Cams Engine Builder Challenge

Shaver Specialties 93

Speedway Engines 68 / -25

Kistler Engines 67 / -26

Don Ott Engines 61/ -32

 

Chassis Builder Challenge

Maxim 97

J&J 92 / -5

Triple X Race Co. 15 / -82

 

 

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