RACE REPORT: Saldana Wins in Tune Up for Kings Royal at Eldora
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Joey Saldana won at the famed Eldora Speedway on Saturday night in a tune up for the 25th Annual Kings Royal, which will be contested on Saturday, July 12.

 

 

Saldana is a two-time winner of the Kings Royal, one of the most prestigious events in sprint car racing, which again this season will pay $50,000 to the winner and will be broadcast on SPEED.

 

The native of Brownsburg, Indiana took the lead on Saturday night from fellow Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series driver Daryn Pittman on the sixth lap and would lead the rest of the way in the non-stop 30-lap event to claim his 67th career win with the All Star Circuit of Champions. Saldana began the night by setting fast time in time trials and followed that up with a win in the first heat race aboard the Budweiser/Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI.

 

Pittman finished second, after a long battle with two-time defending Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz, with the latter coming home third.

 

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion charged from the 11th starting spot to finish fourth.

 

Chad Kemenah, the 2006 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year finished sixth at the half-mile in his home state of Ohio, with current rookie leader Lucas Wolfe coming home ninth.

 

Other World of Outlaws drivers that were in action at Eldora Speedway on Saturday night, included: Tony Bruce Jr., Chad Hillier and Kraig Kinser. Kasey Kahne, who owns the car driven by Joey Saldana also competed in the event and finished 11th.

 

The World of Outlaws make their next visit to Eldora Speedway on Saturday, May 31 and have a total of four remaining dates this season on the calendar at the legendary track.

 

The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action on Friday, May 2 at U.S. 36 Raceway for the Missouri High Banked Nationals, followed by a stop at the famed Knoxville Raceway in Iowa on Saturday, May 3.

 

Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts is the second-largest retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States, based on store count and sales. The company operates 3,228 stores in 40 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands and serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets.