By Tony Veneziano, World of Outlaws PR Director

Joey Saldana began his sprint car racing career on the short tracks of Indiana, and Kokomo Speedway was one of his frequent stops, since he lived only an hour from the ¼-mile. He first visited the track on a number of occasions as a spectator and then as a competitor.

 

 

 

He won at the track in the past, but always wanted to be victorious in a World of Outlaws event at the bullring in his home state. On Tuesday night he visited Victory Lane for the first time with the World of Outlaws at the track in the Hoosier Sprint Nationals holding off Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers.

 

Saldana used the low groove coming off the fourth turn on lap 27 to shoot around Schatz after the final restart of the 40-lap event. After taking the lead, he sliced his way through traffic en route to his sixth A-Feature win of the season and the $10,000 payday.

 

“It was a good race and a good win for us,” said Saldana, driver of the Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI. “It was good for our crew. Ricky (Warner), Justin (Adams) and Willie (Kahne) did a great job tonight. We definitely needed this as a team.”

 

The race began with the caution flag flying before a full lap was completed thus rendering a complete restart. Daryn Pittman led from the outset and built a large early advantage, though he would relinquish that lead on the 20th lap as he came to a stop in turn three with rear end trouble.

 

Schatz inherited the lead at this point and began to pull away before a late caution bunched the field, giving Saldana a chance to battle for the lead. That was the opening that Saldana needed. Schatz, the reigning World of Outlaws Champion battled Jason Meyers late in the race to hold on to the runner-up position.

 

“I spun the tires on the restart,” said Schatz, driver of the ParkerStore J&J. “Some nights go against you and some nights go with you. It went against us a little bit tonight when we were out front. We’re working on our short track program and feeling a lot better. We went through the whole night pretty smooth and normally that is not our style on short tracks. We’re glad to be on to something with the short racing and we can only get better.”

 

Saldana lined up fifth for the 40-lap A-Feature and fell back to seventh on the second lap. He began his march to the front on the eighth lap as he got around Danny Lasoski. Next he set his sights on Jeremy Campbell and Jason Solwold. After he got by them, the native of Brownsburg, Indiana used the high side of the track to get around Jason Meyers coming off the fourth turn.

 

“We feel like we have given a lot of races away,” explained Saldana from the winner’s circle. “It’s really good to come out and get a win again, especially on a short track. We have been working hard on our short track program, so it’s nice to come to a little track and run up front.”

 

Throughout the race, Saldana made adjustments to his car from the cockpit, getting better as the race wore on. With a number of caution flags during the 40-lap event, he used strong restarts to keep the leaders in his sight as he worked his way up to the front.

 

“My car started to free up late in the race,” said Saldana. “I was very tight early and fell back early in the race. I just stayed patient with my car. They said I would be tight and I was but, it definitely paid off in the end. The track was pretty deceiving you could have easily been too tight or too loose.”

 

On the tight ¼-mile, Saldana knew that traffic would play a large role in the outcome of the race. He got bottled up a couple of times in traffic, but kept his line and stayed patient waiting for holes to open up where he could weave his way through the slower machines.

 

“The reason why I won tonight was traffic in the heat race,” he said. “If it wasn’t for traffic I wouldn’t have made the dash. We definitely worked hard all night and we didn’t have this race given to us. That’s makes us feel even better.”

 

After celebrating with his team, Saldana gave a young fan from Indiana, who was attending his first World of Outlaws event, the trophy and the hat he wore in Victory Lane on the front straigthaway.

 

Schatz tried everything he could late in the race to close in on Saldana and got close him a couple of times in traffic. The native of Fargo, North Dakota had opened up a sizeable lead when the final caution flag of the event flew on the 27th lap. He was not very thrilled to see the yellow wave, knowing that the lapped cars would go to the tail of the field and provide a clean race track for Saldana and Meyers to chase him.

 

“I knew where my car was good on the late restart, but all the guys behind me were getting told where to go,” said the seven-time race winner this season. “I can normally figure out myself where I need to race. We’ll go on and go to Lincoln (Eagle Raceway) and try to get the win there.”

 

While some of the drivers had a tough time negotiating a hole in the first turn, it did not seem to bother Schatz as he picked up his second straight Top-Five finish at the ¼-mile. The current World of Outlaws championship point leader now has 26 Top-10 finishes in the 29 events that have been contested this season.

 

“The curb built up a little and you had to be patient with it to keep the car stuck underneath it,” said Schatz. “We tried running the middle and the bottom throughout the race. The track wasn’t bad. Last year it was very rough and we were bouncing all over the place and we started at the back and finished third and tonight we were one spot better. Maybe next time here we can get the win.”

 

Jason Meyers made his first start at Kokomo Speedway since 2005, and finished third on Tuesday night in the Hoosier Sprint Nationals. The native of Clovis, California lined up sixth for the 40-lap event and moved into the Top-Five on the opening circuit, passing eventual race winner Joey Saldana.

 

“It was another good night for the team,” said Meyers, driver of the Primerica Financial Maxim. “I think we are getting back on track. We had a couple of rough nights including hurting our favorite car and we had to build a new one. It has taken us four or five nights to learn what this one likes, and I think we are getting a lot closer. I’m happy with a third. I thought we had a little bit better car at the end but we were loose at the beginning. We’re inching up on it with some big races coming up and I think we are where we need to be.”

 

Meyers not only battled the 23 other competitors on the track, but also the tight racing surface. Having raced on many tracks similar to Kokomo in the past in his home state of California, Meyers enjoyed the constant concentration that is required at a track like Kokomo.

 

“It was tricky in turn one,” he admitted. “There was definitely a right way and a wrong way to go through that corner. It was good short track and when you are not going that fast, you don’t mind a few holes.”

 

Craig Dollansky finished fourth after getting a large hole in the top wing early in the race. Despite the damage to his car, he was able to advance from the eighth starting position to finish fourth. It was his 18th Top-10 finish of the season and second with crew chief Mike Woodring on board.

 

“It was a good run for the team tonight,” said Dollansky, driver of the Karavan Trailers Maxim. “We are still working on some things, and I feeling more comfortable with the race car right now. We’ll keep plugging away. We’re gaining on some things and Mike Woodring and Matt Hill are doing a great job.”

 

Dollansky, who won at Kokomo last season, and earned three wins on 1/4-mile tracks in 2006 always enjoys racing on the bullrings. He has four Top-10 finishes on ¼-mile track in the four events so far this season on that size of track.

 

“Getting through traffic is a big part of what we do, especially if you are operating decent,” he explained. “It can make or break your race. Last year we had a lot of lapped traffic and I think we lapped up to fifth. On short tracks you get into a lot of traffic, and that is what makes it exciting for the fans. There is a lot going on and that can often dictate the outcome of the race.”

 

Jason Solwold earned his second straight Top-Five finish as he was fifth on Tuesday night in the City Wide Insulation Maxim. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington battled for the lead early and ran in the Top-Five all night long, as he earned his 16th Top-10 finish of the year.

 

Danny Lasoski finished sixth in the Roth Motorsports Eagle, with Steve Kinser coming from 22nd to finish seventh in the Q Oil Maxim to earn the KSE Race Products Hard Charger Award. Chad Hiller, one of the contenders for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award, earned his best career World of Outlaws finish as he came home eighth in the DIRT Inc. Maxim. Jeremy Campbell set fast time for the second straight season at Kokomo Speedway and finished ninth in the RLM Financial Maxim. Shane Stewart, the 2005 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year rounded out the Top-10 in the Mid-east Machinery Eagle.

 

The World of Outlaws return to action on Saturday, June 9 in the Eagle Nationals at Eagle Raceway in Nebraska.

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KOKOMO SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK

• FAST QUALIFIER: Jeremy Campbell paced the 31 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked 1/4-mile oval in 11.245 seconds at 80.036 mph. For his qualifying effort, Campbell eared five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Craig Dollansky (4), Chad Hillier (3), Daryn Pittman (2) and Jason Martin (1).

 

• QUALIFYING WINNERS: Daryn Pittman, Jason Solwold and Danny Lasoskiwon heat races… Jason Martin won the B-Main… Daryn Pittman won the Crane Cams dash. 
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There have been 29 World of Outlaws A-Feature events held in 2007. The win list includes: 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 and May 25 at The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor 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 and June 1 at Sharon Speedway), 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 and June 5 at Kokomo Speedway), Danny Lasoski (April 6 at Paducah International Raceway and May 23 at Grandview Speedway), Jason Meyers (April 13 at Eldora Speedway and May 11 at U.S. 36 Raceway), Daryn Pittman (February 11 at Volusia Speedway Park and May 5 at Riverside International Speedway), Craig Dollansky (May 12 at Lake Ozark Speedway), Tim Kaeding (February 24 at Thunderbowl Raceway), Kerry Madsen (February 10 at Volusia Speedway Park) and Paul McMahan (June 2 at Eldora Speedway).

 

• 1/4-MILE WINNERS: Kokomo Speedway is a semi-banked 1/4-mile oval. The World of Outlaws have raced four times this season on a track that size. The winners include: Steve Kinser (Tri-State Speedway), Daryn Pittman (Riverside International Speedway), Joey Saldana (Kokomo Speedway) and Donny Schatz (Houston Raceway Park).

 

: The Eckerd Outlaw Showdown from The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway from May 25, will be broadcast on SPEED at 1 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, June 10. This will be the third of 12 World of Outlaws events broadcast on SPEED this season

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 series will return to Tri-City Speedway in Illinois on Thursday, June 14, for an event that was postponed by weather in April. On Saturday, June 16th a stop at Knoxville Raceway dots the schedule.

World of Outlaws Statistical Report; Hoosier Sprint Nationals at Kokomo Speedway; Kokomo, IN.; June, 5, 2007

Qualifying

1) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 11.245

2) 7-Craig Dollansky 11.294

3) 5C-Chad Hillier 11.297

4) 21-Daryn Pittman 11.320

5) 36-Jason Martin 11.369

6) 24-Terry McCarl 11.370

7) 2-Brooke Tatnell 11.374

8) R19-Jason Solwold 11.375

9) 14-Jason Meyers 11.404

10) 1X-Randy Hannagan 11.443

11) 15-Donny Schatz 11.461

12) 83-Danny Lasoski 11.469

13) 9-Joey Saldana 11.502

14) 8H-Shane Stewart 11.522

15) 35-Jac Haudenschild 11.551

16) 3X-Chad Kemenah 11.581

17) 11H-Kerry Madsen 11.606

18) 8K-Zach Chappell 11.618

19) 6-Tim Shaffer 11.633

20) 7TW-Brandon Wimmer 11.645

21) 4K-Kelly Kinser 11.657

22) 11D-Dion Hindi 11.681

23) 7S-Jason Sides 11.683

24) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 11.709

25) 20-Paul McMahan 11.709

26) 11-Steve Kinser 11.873

27) D1-Justin Henderson 11.873

28) 4B-Tom Busch 11.914

29) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 12.044

30) 16-Lee Stark 12.696

31) 58-Jamie Frederickson 13.583

 

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

1) 21-Daryn Pittman

2) 9-Joey Saldana

3) 1X-Randy Hannagan

4) 10C-Jeremy Campbell

5) 2-Brooke Tatnell

6) 6-Tim Shaffer

7) 3X-Chad Kemenah

8) 20-Paul McMahan

9) 11D-Dion Hindi

10) 4B-Tom Busch

11) 58-Jamie Frederickson

 

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

1) R19-Jason Solwold

2) 15-Donny Schatz

3) 8H-Shane Stewart

4) 7-Craig Dollansky

5) 11-Steve Kinser

6) 11H-Kerry Madsen

7) 7S-Jason Sides

8) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.

9) 36-Jason Martin

10) 7TW-Brandon Wimmer

 

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

1) 83-Danny Lasoski

2) 14-Jason Meyers

3) 24-Terry McCarl

4) 5C-Chad Hillier

5) 8K-Zach Chappell

6) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.

7) D1-Justin Henderson

8) 16-Lee Stark

9) 4K-Kelly Kinser

10) 35-Jac Haudenschild

 

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

1) 21-Daryn Pittman

2) R19-Jason Solwold

3) 83-Danny Lasoski

4) 15-Donny Schatz

5) 9-Joey Saldana

6) 14-Jason Meyers

7) 10C-Jeremy Campbell

8) 7-Craig Dollansky

9) 5C-Chad Hillier

10) 24-Terry McCarl

 

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

1) 36-Jason Martin

2) 7TW-Brandon Wimmer

3) 20-Paul McMahan

4) 3X-Chad Kemenah

5) 7S-Jason Sides

6) 35-Jac Haudenschild

7) 4K-Kelly Kinser [$200]

8) D1-Justin Henderson [$180]

9) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. [$175]

10) 4B-Tom Busch [$160]

11) 16-Lee Stark [$150]

12) 58-Jamie Frederickson [$150]

13) 11D-Dion Hindi [$150]

 

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

1) 9-Joey Saldana[5] [$10,000]

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

3) 14-Jason Meyers[6] [$3,200]

4) 7-Craig Dollansky[8] [$2,800]

5) R19-Jason Solwold[2] [$2,500]

6) 83-Danny Lasoski[3] [$2,300]

7) 11-Steve Kinser[22] [$2,200]

8) 5C-Chad Hillier[9] [$2,100]

9) 10C-Jeremy Campbell[7] [$2,050]

10) 8H-Shane Stewart[14] [$2,000]

11) 1X-Randy Hannagan[13] [$1,500]

12) 6-Tim Shaffer[18] [$1,200]

13) 3X-Chad Kemenah[15] [$1,100]

14) 2-Brooke Tatnell[12] [$1,050]

15) 24-Terry McCarl[10] [$1,000]

16) 20-Paul McMahan[21] [$900]

17) 35-Jac Haudenschild[23] [$800]

18) 7TW-Brandon Wimmer[19] [$800]

19) 7S-Jason Sides[24] [$800]

20) 11H-Kerry Madsen[16] [$800]

21) 8K-Zach Chappell[17] [$800]

22) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[20] [$800]

23) 21-Daryn Pittman[1] [$800]

24) 36-Jason Martin[11] [$800]

 

Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-19, Donny Schatz 20-26, Joey Saldana 27-40

KSE Hard Charger Award: Steve Kinser

2007 STAT ATTACK

There have been 29 World of Outlaws A-Feature events this season.

 

A-Feature winners (10 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins

1- #15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND – 7

2- #11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 6

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 6

4- #83 Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO – 2

#14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 2

#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 2

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

#11K Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA – 1

#11H Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s NSW – 1

#20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 1

 

Lap leaders, including A-features and preliminary features Car, driver, hometown – Total laps led (16 different drivers have led a lap)

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN. – 181 laps

#11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 138 laps

#15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 133 laps

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

#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 84 laps

#14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 63 laps

#35 Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH – 46 laps

#83 Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO – 41 laps

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

#20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 33 laps

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

#7S Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN – 24 laps

#22 Greg Hodnett, Thomasville, PA – 22 laps

#11H Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW – 22 laps

#D1 Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD – 14 laps

#2L Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo, PA – 3 laps

Time trial leaders (17 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Quick times

1 – #9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 5

2 – #14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 4

3- #20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 3

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

#15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND – 2

#R19 Jason Solwold, Mt. Vernon, WA – 2

7- #18T Tony Bruce Jr., Liberal, KS – 1

#8K Zach Chappell, Talala, OK – 1

#89 Cody Darrah, Red Lion, PA – 1

#7 Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN – 1

#5C Chad Hillier, Burlington, WA – 1

#3X Chad Kemenah, Findlay, OH – 1

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

#36 Jason Martin, Liberal, KS – 1

#8MChris Meleason, Carlisle, PA – 1

#6T Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA – 1

#5W Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, PA – 1

 

Track records established during 2007 World of Outlaws events (5)
* 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.

 

Crane Cams Dash Winners (16 different winners) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Dash Wins

1- #21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 4

#15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND – 4

3- #83 Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO – 3

#14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 3

5- #7 Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN – 2

#11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 2

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 2

8 – #15H Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX – 1

#35 Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH – 1

#D1 Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD – 1

#22 Greg Hodnett, Thomasville, PA – 1

#20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 1

#6 Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA – 1

#7S Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN – 1

#4 Danny Smith, Danville, IN – 1

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

 

Pole Positions (16 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Poles

1- #21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 4

#15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND – 4

3- #83 Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO – 3

#14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 3

5- #7 Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN – 2

#11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 2

#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 2

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 2

8- #15H Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX – 1

#35 Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH – 1

#D1 Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD – 1

#22 Greg Hodnett, Thomasville, PA – 1

#20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 1

#6 Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA – 1

#7S Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN – 1

#4 Danny Smith, Danville, IN – 1

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

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger (7 drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown

1 – #14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 2

2 – #35 Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH – 1

#5C Chad Hillier, Burlington, WA – 1

#11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 1

#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 1

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownburg, IN – 1

#6 Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA – 1

B-main Winners (21different winners) Rank – Driver, Hometown – “B” Wins

1 – #24 Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA – 3

2 – #D1 Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD – 2

#11D Dion Hindi, Albuquerque, NM – 2

#15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND – 2

#4 Danny Smith, Danville, IN – 2

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

#10C Jeremy Campbell, Monroe, MI – 1

#24H- Rob Chaney, Wooster, OH – 1

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

#1X Randy Hannagan, San Jose – 1

#22 Greg Hodnett, Thomasville, PA – 1

#11K Tim Kaeding, San Jose – 1

#11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 1

#11H Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s NSW – 1

#36 Jason Martin, Liberal, KS – 1

#20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 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

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

#2 Brooke Tatnell, San Souci, NSW – 1