By Tony Veneziano, World of Outlaws PR Director 

 

Joey Saldana earned every penny of the $10,000 he pocketed on Saturday night at I-55 Raceway for winning the fourth event of the “SuperClean Summer of Money” on ESPN2 for the World of Outlaws.

 

 After starting on the pole on a very hot and humid night, he lost a couple of positions on the opening lap and found himself in third for the first 17 laps of the race. He then lost another position on the 18th lap to fall to fourth, before working his way back to the front and ultimately making the pass for the lead and the win on Danny Lasoski on the 29th lap.

 

“It’s huge to get this win,” said Saldana, driver of the Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI. “Being on ESPN2 is everything we have dreamed about. To have a first-class ride with Kasey Kahne Racing and to do this on ESPN2 is huge for myself and this team. Hopefully there is more to come and we can win some big races.”

 

The 40-lap race on the high-banked 1/3-mile started with Saldana on the pole. He lead into the first turn, but contact with Danny Lasoski exiting the second turn put Lasoski in the lead and dropped Saldana to third.

 

Brooke Tatnell battled with Lasoski early in the race for the lead, as both ran the high side of the track. A couple of early cautions kept the leaders in open race track. Lasoski began to pull away on the fifth lap, with Tatnell and Saldana battling for the runner-up position.

 

Lasoski got a little bottled up in traffic just about a quarter of the way into the race, giving Tatnell the chance he needed to close back in. A red flag came out on lap 19 and was opened up, giving the crews an opportunity to work on their cars.

 

Lasoski’s crew found a hold in the right rear tire of his machine and patched it for the remaining 21 laps.

 

Lasoski led on the restart, with Daryn Pittman making an impressive move to get around a few cars to move into the runner-up position. Before he was officially scored in second though, Pittman got into the wall very hard coming off the fourth turn, causing a caution and dropping him to the rear of the field with a flat right rear tire.

 

Lasoski led on this final restart, with Saldana right on his bumper. Saldana passed Lasoski on the 27th lap, but Lasoski got back around as the pair headed off the fourth turn and was scored the leader at the line. Saldana passed him on the next lap to take the lead and ultimately the win. Lasoski slipped back to fifth, as he nursed his car home with the patched right rear tire.

 

“It was a hard fought win, that’s for sure,” said Saldana. “It was a good, strong race. We had to work for it, it wasn’t given to us. I’ll take it.”

 

After he fell back to fourth on lap 19, Saldana got around both Tatnell and Schatz to take the second spot, just two laps later. He patiently followed Lasoski, waiting for an opportunity to make a move. Prior to that, his team made a couple slight adjustments under the open red flag.

 

“I got a little frustrated under that red and Justin (Adams) told me to stay patient that the car would come around,” explained the winner. “We left the car pretty tight and it paid off in the end. In these 40 lap races you definitely have to struggle with the car for the first half and then it comes around in the second half.”

 

Schatz lined up fourth for the A-Feature and wasted little time battling for the lead, as he, Saldana, Tatnell and Lasoski all went four wide into the third and fourth turn on the opening lap. His second-place finish was his 37th Top-10 of the year.

 

“Second is all right here,” said Schatz, driver of the ParkerStore J&J. “We were good here last year. We didn’t know what to expect with the race track and probably didn’t go as far as we should have. We know how we got beat and it’s not the end of the world.”

 

Steve Kinser started the 40-lap event in the ninth spot, and patiently worked his way to the front. The middle and late stages of the race are when he made up a significant amount of ground. He moved into the Top-Five on the 30th lap, and in the late going had a very entertaining battle with rookie Tony Bruce Jr., as he ran the high side of the track and Bruce ran the low side. In the end, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion used his experience to get around the rookie and take the final podium position.

 

“I can’t complain,” said Kinser, driver of the Q Oil Maxim. “This is better than where we have been lately.”

 

Bruce started the race 24th after earning the final transfer spot in the B-Main. He gained six spots on the opening lap, with a couple of those being cars that were involved in an accident. He found himself in 15th on the eighth lap, and broke into the Top-10 at the halfway point on the 40-lap event. His march to the front continued on the 35th lap as he moved into the Top-Five. He ran third for three laps at the end, before finishing fourth to earn his second Top-Five of the season.

 

“We found something there at the beginning,” said Bruce, driver of the Best Well Services Maxim. “The top went away and the car came to us on the bottom and we kept going to the front. Anytime we can get up there and run with them (the veteran drivers), shows we are going in the right direction. That’s what we are aiming for, to keep getting better.”

 

Schatz and his crew made a number of changes to the car during the red flag at the mid-point of the race. The reigning series champion and current point leader was disappointed that the caution flag kept flying just as the leaders were set to get into lapped traffic.

 

“We tried to tighten the car up a little bit,” said Schatz. “We probably put too hard of a tire on. We played it a bit conservative and that probably bit us. The tires were reacting opposite of what they normally do. They took off really good and the longer we went the worse trouble we were in. It’s a decent night, but one of those nights that you would rather forget. We wish we would have been there closer racing with them at the end.”

 

Kinser also made some changes to his car under the red flag, and was very pleased with how his car operated during the second half of the race, as he earned his 26th Top-10 finish of 2007.

 

“We adjusted a little on the car during the car and that helped us a little bit,” said Kinser. “Up until then I wasn’t getting around too good. The adjustments were good and they helped the car. I wish we would have been like that to start, but coming from the fifth row it’s pretty tough to have a shot at winning.”

 

Lasoski led the first 28 laps of the event and finished fifth in the Roth Motorsports JEI. He opened some sizeable advantages in the early stages of the race, as he earned his 30th Top-10 finish of the season.

 

Paul McMahan finished sixth in the Bass Pro Shops Eagle, with Jac Haudenschild charging from the 22nd starting spot to finish seventh in the Wright One Construction Maxim. Jason Meyers was eighth in the Primerica Financial Maxim, with Tim Shaffer ninth in the Casey’s General Store Maxim, and Brooke Tatnell rounded out the Top-10 in the Volcano Joe’s Coffee Schnee.

 

The World of Outlaws return to action on Wednesday, July 11 with the 19th Annual Brad Doty Classic, which will be held again this season at Limaland Motorsports Park in Ohio.

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I-55 RACEWAY NOTEBOOK

 

• A HELPING HAND: Rookie Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Texas had three-time World of Outlaws champion Sammy Swindell turning the wrenches on his car on Saturday night at I-55 Raceway. Swindell competed with the series in three events earlier this season.

 

• FAST QUALIFIER: Tim Shaffer paced the 30 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 1/3-mile oval in 10.430 seconds at 114.938 mph. For his qualifying effort, Shaffer earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Jason Meyers (4), Joey Saldana (3), Steve Kinser (2) and Paul McMahan (1).

 

• QUALIFYING WINNERS: Donny Schatz, Brooke Tatnell and Daryn Pittman won heat races… Dion Hindi won the B-Main… Joey Saldana won the Crane Cams dash.
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There have been 41 World of Outlaws A-Feature events held in 2007. The win list includes: Joey Saldana (February 23 at Thunderbowl Raceway, March 17 at Pike County Speedway, March 24 at Volunteer Speedway, March 31 at Dixie Speedway, April 20 at Attica Raceway Park, June 5 at Kokomo Speedway, June 9 at Eagle Raceway, June 29 at River Cities Speedway and July 7 at I-55 Raceway), Donny Schatz (February 9 at Volusia Speedway Park, March 3 at Manzanita Speedway, March 16 at Houston Raceway Park, April 28 at Knoxville Raceway, May 17 at Williams Grove Speedway, May 18 at Williams Grove Speedway, May 25 at The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway, June 25 at Black Hills Speedway and July 3 at Huset’s Speedway), , Steve Kinser (March 2 at USA Race Park, April 21 at Tri-State Speedway, May 15 at Lernerville Speedway, May 20 at New Egypt Speedway, May 28 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, June 1 at Sharon Speedway and June 20 at Missouri State Fair Speedway), Danny Lasoski (April 6 at Paducah International Raceway, May 23 at Grandview Speedway and June 14 at Tri-City Speedway), Jason Meyers (April 13 at Eldora Speedway, May 11 at U.S. 36 Raceway and June 22 at Dodge City Raceway Park), Daryn Pittman (February 11 at Volusia Speedway Park, May 5 at Riverside International Speedway and June 23 at Dodge City Raceway Park), Paul McMahan (June 2 at Eldora Speedway and July 1 at Cedar Lake Speedway), Craig Dollansky (May 12 at Lake Ozark Speedway), Jac Haudenschild (June 30 at Red River Valley Speedway), Tim Kaeding (February 24 at Thunderbowl Raceway), Kerry Madsen (February 10 at Volusia Speedway Park) and Terry McCarl (June 16 at Knoxville Raceway).

 

 

1/3-MILE WINNERS: I-55 Raceway is a high-banked 1/3-mile oval. The World of Outlaws have raced seven times this season on a track that size. The winners include: Joey Saldana (Thunderbowl Raceway, Attica Raceway Park, Eagle Raceway and I-55 Raceway), Craig Dollansky (Lake Ozark Speedway), Tim Kaeding (Thunderbowl Raceway) and Danny Lasoski (Grandview Speedway).

 

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ON TELEVISION: The World of Outlaws “SuperClean Summer of Money” on ESPN2 continues on Sunday, July 8 with the event from I-55 Raceway on July 7. The event will air on ESPN2 on Sunday, July 8 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern, 10:30 a.m. Central.

The World of Outlaws will be televised 20 times this season on ESPN2 and SPEED while the World of Outlaws Late Model Series is set for six appearances on SPEED. The one-hour broadcasts will air on Sundays from May 13 to Nov. 4, when the series champions will be crowned during the World Finals from The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

 

The Official World of Outlaws Web site is at http://www.worldofoutlaws.com. 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 Media Guide and 2007 Official Rulebook can be found at the bottom of the home page.

 

• UPCOMING EVENTS: The Knight Before the Kings Royal on Friday, July 13 at Eldora Speedway and the Kings Royal on Saturday, July 14.

 

World of Outlaws Statistical Report: I-55 Raceway; Pevely, MO; July 7, 2007

Qualifying

1) 6-Tim Shaffer 10.430

2) 14-Jason Meyers 10.520

3) 9-Joey Saldana 10.561

4) 11-Steve Kinser 10.563

5) 20-Paul McMahan 10.598

6) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 10.686

7) 83-Danny Lasoski 10.723

8) 2-Brooke Tatnell 10.751

9) 8K-Chad Kemenah 10.788

10) 15-Donny Schatz 10.833

11) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 10.843

12) 21-Daryn Pittman 10.855

13) 7S-Jason Sides 10.878

14) 11H-Kerry Madsen 10.944

15) D1-Justin Henderson 10.960

16) 11D-Dion Hindi 10.983

17) R19-Jason Solwold 11.011

18) 24-Terry McCarl 11.097

19) 7-Craig Dollansky 11.100

20) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 11.107

21) 1X-Randy Hannagan 11.135

22) 36-Jason Martin 11.137

23) 18-Brian Carlson 11.182

24) 5C-Chad Hillier 11.199

25) 35-Jac Haudenschild 11.211

26) 57D-Tom Dickerman 11.227

27) 2M-Joey Moughan 11.513

28) 8S-Steve Short 11.557

29) 96-Nathan Charron 11.637

30) 28-Jason Keith 11.887

 

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

1) 15-Donny Schatz

2) 83-Danny Lasoski

3) 6-Tim Shaffer

4) 11-Steve Kinser

5) 7S-Jason Sides

6) 35-Jac Haudenschild

7) 7-Craig Dollansky

8) 8S-Steve Short

9) 36-Jason Martin

10) 11D-Dion Hindi

 

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

1) 2-Brooke Tatnell

2) 10C-Jeremy Campbell

3) 14-Jason Meyers

4) 20-Paul McMahan

5) R19-Jason Solwold

6) 11H-Kerry Madsen

7) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.

8) 18-Brian Carlson

9) 96-Nathan Charron

10) 57D-Tom Dickerman

 

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

1) 21-Daryn Pittman

2) 9-Joey Saldana

3) 5C-Chad Hillier

4) D1-Justin Henderson

5) 1X-Randy Hannagan

6) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.

7) 2M-Joey Moughan

8) 28-Jason Keith

9) 8K-Chad Kemenah

10) 24-Terry McCarl

 

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

1) 9-Joey Saldana

2) 83-Danny Lasoski

3) 2-Brooke Tatnell

4) 15-Donny Schatz

5) 21-Daryn Pittman

6) 6-Tim Shaffer

7) 10C-Jeremy Campbell

8) 14-Jason Meyers

9) 11-Steve Kinser

10) 20-Paul McMahan

 

B-main (12 laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 11D-Dion Hindi

2) 8K-Chad Kemenah

3) 7-Craig Dollansky

4) 36-Jason Martin

5) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.

6) 24-Terry McCarl

7) 2M-Joey Moughan [$200]

8) 18-Brian Carlson [$180]

9) 28-Jason Keith [$175]

10) 96-Nathan Charron [$160]

11) 8S-Steve Short [$150]

12) 57D-Tom Dickerman [$150]

 

A-main (40 laps) – Starting Position [#]

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

2) 15-Donny Schatz[4] [$5,500]

3) 11-Steve Kinser[9] [$3,200]

4) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.[23] [$2,800]

5) 83-Danny Lasoski[2] [$2,500]

6) 20-Paul McMahan[10] [$2,300]

7) 35-Jac Haudenschild[22] [$2,200]

8) 14-Jason Meyers[8] [$2,100]

9) 6-Tim Shaffer[6] [$2,050]

10) 2-Brooke Tatnell[3] [$2,000]

11) 11H-Kerry Madsen[14] [$1,500]

12) 1X-Randy Hannagan[19] [$1,200]

13) 5C-Chad Hillier[21] [$1,100]

14) 7-Craig Dollansky[18] [$1,050]

15) 8K-Chad Kemenah[12] [$1,000]

16) 21-Daryn Pittman[5] [$900]

17) 10C-Jeremy Campbell[7] [$800]

18) 11D-Dion Hindi[16] [$800]

19) 24-Terry McCarl[24] [$800]

20) 7S-Jason Sides[13] [$800]

21) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[11] [$800]

22) R19-Jason Solwold[17] [$800]

23) D1-Justin Henderson[15] [$800]

24) 36-Jason Martin[20] [$800]

 

Lap Leaders: Danny Lasoski 1-28, Joey Saldana 29-40

KSE Hard Charger Award: Tony Bruce, Jr.

 

2007 STAT ATTACK

There have been 41 World of Outlaws A-Feature events this season. 

 

A-Feature winners (12 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins

1- #9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 9

#15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND – 9

3- #11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 7

4- #83 Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO – 3

#14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 3

#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 3

7- #20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 2

8- #7 Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN – 1

#35 Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH – 1

#11K Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA – 1

#11H Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s NSW – 1

#24 Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA – 1

 

Lap leaders, including A-features and preliminary features Car, driver, hometown – Total laps led (17 different drivers have led a lap)

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN. – 266 laps

#15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 166 laps

#11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 156 laps

#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 114 laps

#83 Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO – 95 laps

#14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 90 laps

#7 Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN – 89 laps

#11H Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW – 56 laps

#35 Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH – 50 laps

#20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 44 laps

#7S Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN – 43 laps

#11K Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA – 40 laps

#D1 Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD – 33 laps

#R19 Jason Solwold, Mt. Vernon, WA- 31 laps

#2 Brooke Tatnell, San Souci, NSW – 23 laps

#22 Greg Hodnett, Thomasville, PA – 22 laps

#1X Randy Hannagan, San Jose, CA – 18 laps

#24 Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA – 13 laps

#6 Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA – 7 laps

#2L Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo, PA – 3 laps

 

Time trial leaders (22 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Quick times

1 – #9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 7

2 – #20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 4

#14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 4

4- #15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND – 3

#R19 Jason Solwold, Mt. Vernon, WA – 3

6 – #10C Jeremy Campbell, Monroe, MI – 2

#8K Zach Chappell, Talala, OK – 2

#6T Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA – 2

9- #18T Tony Bruce Jr., Liberal, KS – 1

#89 Cody Darrah, Red Lion, PA – 1

#7 Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN – 1

#D1 Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD – 1

#5C Chad Hillier, Burlington, WA – 1

#3X Chad Kemenah, Findlay, OH – 1

#11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 1

#83 Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO – 1

#11H Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW – 1

#36 Jason Martin, Liberal, KS – 1

#8MChris Meleason, Carlisle, PA – 1

#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 1

#19 Stevie Smith, New Oxford, PA – 1

#5W Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, PA – 1

 

Track records established during 2007 World of Outlaws events (6)
* Craig Dollansky, March 2, United Sports Arizona Race Park (3/8-mile), Tucson, AZ, 12.624 seconds at 106.939 mph.

 

* Kerry Madsen, March 3, Manzanita Speedway (1/2-mile), Phoenix, AZ, 15.255 seconds at 118.149 mph.

 

* Joey Saldana, March 16, Houston Raceway Park (1/4-mile) Baytown, TX, 11.996 seconds at 75.025 mph.

 

* Joey Saldana, March 24, Volunteer Speedway (4/10-mile) Bulls Gap, TN, 11.696 second at 123.119 mph.

 

* Jason Solwold, May 5, Riverside International Speedway (1/4-mile) West Memphis, AR, 11.060 seconds at 81.374 mph.

 

* Zach Chappell, June 14, Tri-City Speedway (3/8-mile) Pontoon Beach, IL, 12.174 seconds at 110.892 mph.

 

Crane Cams Dash Winners (19 different winners) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Dash Wins

1- #15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND – 6

2 -#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 5

3- #14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 4

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 4

5- #11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 3

#83 Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO – 3

#7S Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN – 3

8- #7 Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN – 2

9 – #15H Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX – 1

#1X Randy Hannagan, San Jose, CA – 1

#35 Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH – 1

#D1 Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD – 1

#22 Greg Hodnett, Thomasville, PA – 1

#11H Kerry Madsen, St Mary’s, NSW – 1

#20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 1

#6 Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA – 1

#4 Danny Smith, Danville, IN – 1

#R19 Jason Solwold, Mt. Vernon, WA – 1

#2 Brooke Tatnell, San Souci, NSW – 1

 

Pole Positions (19 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Poles

1- #15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND – 6

2- #21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 5

3 -#14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 4

 #9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 4

5- #11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 3

#83 Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO – 3

#7S Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN – 3

8- #7 Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN – 2  

9 -#15H Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX – 1

#1X Randy Hannagan, San Jose, CA – 1 

#35 Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH – 1

#D1 Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD – 1

#22 Greg Hodnett, Thomasville, PA – 1

#11H Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW – 1

#20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 1

#6 Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA – 1

#4 Danny Smith, Danville, IN – 1

#R19 Jason Solwold, Mt. Vernon, WA – 1  

#2 Brooke Tatnell, San Souci, NSW- 1

 

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger (10 drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown

1 –#35 Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH – 4

2- #11H Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW – 3

#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 3

4- #9 Joey Saldana, Brownburg, IN – 3

5 – #14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 2

6 –#18T Tony Bruce Jr., Liberal, KS – 1

#5C Chad Hillier, Burlington, WA – 1

#11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 1

#15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND – 1

#6 Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA – 1

B-main Winners (26 different winners) Rank – Driver, Hometown – “B” Wins

1 – #11D Dion Hindi, Albuquerque, NM – 4

#24 Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA – 4

3 – #D1 Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD – 3

4 – #10C Jeremy Campbell, Monroe, MI – 2

#15H Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX -2

#1X Randy Hannagan, San Jose – 2

#20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 2

#15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND – 2

#4 Danny Smith, Danville, IN – 2

10 -#18T Tony Bruce Jr., Liberal, KS – 1

#24H- Rob Chaney, Wooster, OH – 1

#35 Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH – 1

#5C Chad Hillier, Burlington, WA – 1

#22 Greg Hodnett, Thomasville, PA – 1

#11K Tim Kaeding, San Jose – 1

#3X Chad Kemenah, Findlay, OH – 1

#11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 1

#11H Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s NSW – 1

#36 Jason Martin, Liberal, KS – 1

#51 Fred Rahmer, Salfordville, PA – 1

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 1

#6 Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA – 1

#7S Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN – 1