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Saldana Celebrates in Perris

He picks up first win of season at NAPA Know How SoCal Showdown

PERRIS, Calif. — March 10, 2012 — After celebrating with his hands in the air as he propped himself on the back of his sprint car, Joey Saldana pulled off his helmet to reveal messy hair, a dirty face and a look of exhaustion.

“I think I’m more mentally worn out,” he said with a smile. “Physically I feel great.”

Saldana led all 30 laps by riding the cushion around the top of Perris Auto Speedway to claim the NAPA Know How SoCal Showdown, which was the first World of Outlaws race at the fast half-mile oval since 2007.

“You don’t get these opportunities very often and getting your first one out of the way early in the season is a big asset to the whole season,” said Saldana, who became the fifth different winner in five World of Outlaws main events this season.

“I think the key to victory was the dash. Getting around Jason (Meyers) and getting clean air made a huge difference. And just making sure I chose the right spot on those restarts.”

Meyers, who started on the pole of the six-lap dash, chose the bottom on a double-file restart midway through the race that determined the first five rows of the feature lineup. Saldana took advantage on the restart and zipped by Meyers on the top as the duo exited turn two. Saldana picked up the win and the pole position for the main event.

“Unfortunately I gave it away in the dash tonight,” said Meyers, the two-time defending World of Outlaws champion. “I gave it away on a restart and gave Joey the lead, which gave him the pole for the start of the feature. I just made a mistake tonight. I chose the wrong line on the restart and gave Joey the opportunity to get past me.”

Saldana then set a blistering pace during the feature. He was only slowed four times for a caution and chose the outside lane on every double-file restart. Despite being side-by-side with Saldana on each restart, Meyers had his best opportunity on lap 21 when the leaders entered lapped traffic.

Saldana had a couple-second lead quickly erased as he was slowed while trying to lap Austen Wheatley. Meyers closed to the back of Saldana before the final caution of the race for a collision between Jonathan Allard and Bobby McMahan in turn two on lap 23.

Saldana cruised from that restart to record his first victory of the season and his 79th career World of Outlaws main event win.

Meyers held off Steve Kinser for the runner-up position.

“We just had to start back too far,” Kinser said. “We were just as fast as anybody out there, maybe even a little quicker at times. I almost could catch them down on the bottom. There just wasn’t enough to get off the corner down there.

“Starting back there in the fourth row with the cars that were up front, we just couldn’t do it unless we would have stayed in that lapped traffic.”

Kraig Kinser finished fourth and Kerry Madsen was fifth. Tim Kaeding placed sixth, Lucas Wolfe seventh and Sammy Swindell, who picked up the KSE Hard Charger Award after starting 19th, was eighth. Chad Kemenah ended ninth and Sam Hafertepe Jr. drove from 18th to 10th.

Meyers, Brian Brown and Kaeding each won a heat race, and McMahan claimed the Last Chance Showdown.

Swindell – the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all five races this season – is leading the points as the World of Outlaws head to Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., for a doubleheader next Friday and Saturday.

NAPA Know How SoCal Showdown Notebook

WINNERS – Joey Saldana – 1 (Perris Auto Speedway on March 10); Tim Kaeding – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8); Craig Dollansky – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Donny Schatz – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Danny Lasoski – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 18).

TIME TRIALS – Chad Kemenah was the fastest qualifier around the half-mile oval with a time of 14.532 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Kraig Kinser (4 points), Bobby McMahan (3), Kerry Madsen (2) and Lucas Wolfe (1).

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NAPA Know How SoCal Showdown Statistical Report; Perris Auto Speedway; Perris, Calif.; March 10, 2012

A Main – (40 Laps) – 1. 9-Joey Saldana [1] [$10,000]; 2. 14-Jason Meyers [2] [$5,500]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [7] [$3,200]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5] [$2,800]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [3] [$2,500]; 6. 83JR-Tim Kaeding [8] [$2,300]; 7. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [4] [$2,200]; 8. 1-Sammy Swindell [19] [$2,100]; 9. 63-Chad Kemenah [6] [$2,050]; 10. 26-Sam Hafertepe Jr [18] [$2,000]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides [22] [$1,500]; 12. 21-Brian Brown [10] [$1,200]; 13. 4-Cody Darrah [9] [$1,100]; 14. O-Jonathan Allard [16] [$1,050]; 15. 15-Donny Schatz [17] [$1,000]; 16. 89-Rico Abreu [15] [$900]; 17. 33E-Evan Suggs [13] [$800]; 18. 24-Terry McCarl [24] [$800]; 19. 55-Trey Starks [21] [$800]; 20. 83SR-Jac Haudenschild [20] [$800]; 21. 44W-Austen Wheatley [23] [$800]; 22. 7-Craig Dollansky [14] [$800]; 23. 25-Bobby McMahan [11] [$800]; 24. 6-Bill Rose [12] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Joey Saldana 1-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1-Sammy Swindell [+11].

Qualifying – 1. 63-Chad Kemenah, 14.532; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.599; 3. 25-Bobby McMahan, 14.659; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen, 14.696; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 14.778; 6. 9-Joey Saldana, 14.785; 7. 14-Jason Meyers, 14.793; 8. 4-Cody Darrah, 14.848; 9. 83JR-Tim Kaeding, 14.859; 10. 6-Bill Rose, 14.882; 11. 21-Brian Brown, 14.910; 12. 11-Steve Kinser, 14.921; 13. 33E-Evan Suggs, 14.945; 14. 7-Craig Dollansky, 14.963; 15. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 14.979; 16. 89-Rico Abreu, 14.992; 17. O-Jonathan Allard, 14.996; 18. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.066; 19. 26-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 15.068; 20. 24-Terry McCarl, 15.101; 21. 1-Sammy Swindell, 15.119; 22. 83SR-Jac Haudenschild, 15.168; 23. 55-Trey Starks, 15.171; 24. 7S-Jason Sides, 15.193; 25. 19-Tyler Wolf, 15.280; 26. 26M-Sean McMahan, 15.917.

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 14-Jason Meyers [2]; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen [3]; 3. 63-Chad Kemenah [4]; 4. 6-Bill Rose [1]; 5. 83SR-Jac Haudenschild [8]; 6. 26-Sam Hafertepe Jr [7]; 7. 33E-Evan Suggs [5]; 8. 19-Tyler Wolf [9]; 9. 89-Rico Abreu [6].

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [3]; 3. 4-Cody Darrah [2]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4]; 5. O-Jonathan Allard [6]; 6. 7-Craig Dollansky [5]; 7. 55-Trey Starks [8]; 8. 24-Terry McCarl [7]; 9. 26M-Sean McMahan [9].

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 83JR-Tim Kaeding [2]; 2. 11-Steve Kinser [1]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 4. 9-Joey Saldana [3]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [8]; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell [7]; 7. 25-Bobby McMahan [4]; 8. 44W-Austen Wheatley [5].

Dash – (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 9-Joey Saldana [5]; 2. 14-Jason Meyers [6]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [3]; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [4]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 6. 63-Chad Kemenah [1]; 7. 11-Steve Kinser [10]; 8. 83JR-Tim Kaeding [8]; 9. 4-Cody Darrah [7]; 10. 21-Brian Brown [9].

B Main – (12 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 25-Bobby McMahan [1] [-]; 2. 33E-Evan Suggs [2] [-]; 3. 89-Rico Abreu [4] [-]; 4. 55-Trey Starks [6] [-]; 5. 44W-Austen Wheatley [3] [-]; 6. 24-Terry McCarl [5] [-]; 7. 19-Tyler Wolf [7] [$200]; 8. 26M-Sean McMahan [8] [$180].

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Top 20 Championship Standings

Pos.

Driver

Total

Diff

W

T5

T10

QT

1

Sammy Swindell

705

0

0

3

5

1

2

Donny Schatz

690

-15

1

3

4

0

3

Jason Sides

676

-29

0

2

3

0

4

Jason Meyers

672

-33

0

2

3

1

5

Kraig Kinser

669

-36

0

2

4

0

Joey Saldana

669

-36

1

2

3

0

7

Steve Kinser

662

-43

0

2

3

0

8

Sam Hafertepe Jr.

639

-66

0

0

3

0

9

Craig Dollansky

636

-69

1

2

2

0

10

Chad Kemenah

618

-87

0

1

2

2

11

Cody Darrah

599

-106

0

0

1

0

12

Lucas Wolfe

580

-125

0

0

1

0

13

Kerry Madsen

567

-138

0

1

1

0

14

Bill Rose

532

-173

0

0

0

0

15

Terry McCarl

490

-215

0

0

0

0

16

Jac Haudenschild

488

-217

0

0

0

0

17

Brad Sweet

408

-297

0

1

2

0

18

Dale Blaney

401

-304

0

0

2

0

19

Danny Lasoski

389

-316

1

1

2

0

20

David Gravel

380

-325

0

1

1

0

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LIVE UPDATES: Saldana Charges to Perris Victory

Click on this page throughout the night for live updates, including lineups and results for qualifying, heat races, the dash and main events. We will also provide any weather updates when necessary and other interesting tidbits from the pits.

(10:34 p.m.) Here are the feature results:

1, Joey Saldana. 2, Jason Meyers. 3, Steve Kinser. 4, Kraig Kinser. 5, Kerry Madsen. 6, Tim Kaeding. 7, Lucas Wolfe. 8, Sammy Swindell. 9, Chad Kemenah. 10, Sam Hafertepe Jr. 11, Jason Sides. 12, Brian Brown. 13, Cody Darrah. 14, Jonathan Allard. 15, Donny Schatz. 16, Rico Abreu. 17, Evan Suggs. 18, Terry McCarl. 19, Trey Starks. 20, Jac Haudenschild. 21, Austen Wheatley. 22, Craig Dollansky. 23, Bobby McMahan. 24, Bill Rose.

(10:11 p.m.) Joey Saldana dominated to claim his first victory of the season at the NAPA Know How SoCal Showdown. Here are the top five finishers:

1, Joey Saldana. 2, Jason Meyers. 3, Steve Kinser. 4, Kraig Kinser. 5, Kerry Madsen.

(9:44 p.m.) Red on lap three for Jac Haudenschild, who tipped over in turn four. Haudenschild got sideways in turn three and Rico Abreu collided with him, which knocked Haudenschild’s car on its side. The damage doesn’t appear that bad and he’s headed to the work area.

Joey Saldana is the leader.

(9:34 p.m.) Feature cars are being pushed onto the track.

(9:05 p.m.) Here is the feature lineup:

1, Joey Saldana. 2, Jason Meyers. 3, Kerry Madsen. 4, Lucas Wolfe. 5, Kraig Kinser. 6, Chad Kemenah. 7, Steve Kinser. 8, Tim Kaeding. 9, Cody Darrah. 10, Brian Brown. 11, Bobby McMahan. 12, Bill Rose. 13, Evan Suggs. 14, Craig Dollansky. 15, Rico Abreu. 16, Jonathan Allard. 17, Donny Schatz. 18, Sam Hafertepe Jr. 19, Sammy Swindell. 20, Jac Haudenschild. 21, Trey Starks. 22, Jason Sides. 23, Austen Wheatley. 24, Terry McCarl.

(8:52 p.m.) Polesitter Bobby McMahan led all eight laps to win the Last Chance Showdown. Here are the results:

1, Bobby McMahan. 2, Evan Suggs. 3, Rico Abreu. 4, Trey Starks. 5, Austen Wheatley. 6, Terry McCarl. 7, Tyler Wolf. 8, Sean McMahan.

The top six transferred to the feature and the top four get their qualifying time back.

(8:44 p.m.) Joey Saldana won the dash and has earned the pole for the feature. Here are the dash results:

1, Joey Saldana. 2, Jason Meyers. 3, Kerry Madsen. 4, Lucas Wolfe. 5, Kraig Kinser. 6, Chad Kemenah. 7, Steve Kinser. 8, Tim Kaeding. 9, Cody Darrah. 10, Brian Brown.

(8:29 p.m.) Bobby McMahan and Evan Suggs start on the front row of the eight-lap Last Chance Showdown. Here is the lineup:

1, Bobby McMahan. 2, Evan Suggs. 3, Austen Wheatley. 4, Rico Abreu. 5, Terry McCarl. 6, Trey Starks. 7, Tyler Wolf. 8, Sean McMahan.

(8:28 p.m.) The dash inversion was a six, meaning fast-timer Chad Kemenah starts sixth. Here is the lineup:

1, Jason Meyers. 2, Joey Saldana. 3, Lucas Wolfe. 4, Kerry Madsen. 5, Kraig Kinser. 6, Chad Kemenah. 7, Tim Kaeding. 8, Brian Brown. 9, Steve Kinser. 10, Cody Darrah.

(7:55 p.m.) Tim Kaeding claimed the third heat race and Steve Kinser was second. Here are the results:

1, Tim Kaeding. 2, Steve Kinser. 3, Donny Schatz. 4, Joey Saldana. 5, Jason Sides. 6, Sammy Swindell. 7, Bobby McMahan. 8, Austen Wheatley.

(7:44 p.m.) Brian Brown led all eight laps to win the second heat race. Lucas Wolfe was second and will also advance to the dash. Here are the results:

1, Brian Brown. 2, Lucas Wolfe. 3, Cody Darrah. 4, Kraig Kinser. 5, Jonathan Allard. 6, Craig Dollansky. 7, Trey Starks. 8, Terry McCarl. 9, Sean McMahan.

(7:31 p.m.) Jason Meyers won the first heat race and Kerry Madsen was second as both earned a bid to the dash. Here are the results:

1, Jason Meyers. 2, Kerry Madsen. 3, Chad Kemenah. 4, Bill Rose. 5, Jac Haudenschild. 6, Sam Hafertepe Jr. 7, Evan Suggs. 8, Rico Abreu. 9, Tyler Wolf.

(7:24 p.m.) Tyler Wolf nearly spun and stopped in turn one on the opening lap of the first heat race. He was then pushed to the pits because he could have kept going and he caused a caution. Rico Abreu then flipped in turn one on the restart. He is out of the car and ok.

(7:16 p.m.) Just finished Opening Ceremonies. The first heat is headed to staging.

(7:12 p.m.) Here are the lineups for the eight-lap heat races, which advance the top two to the dash and top six to the feature:

Heat #1: 1, Bill Rose. 2, Jason Meyers. 3, Kerry Madsen. 4, Chad Kemenah. 5, Evan Suggs. 6, Rico Abreu. 7, Sam Hafertepe Jr. 8, Jac Haudenschild. 9, Tyler Wolf.

Heat #2: 1, Brian Brown. 2, Cody Darrah. 3, Lucas Wolfe. 4, Kraig Kinser. 5, Craig Dollansky. 6, Jonathan Allard. 7, Terry McCarl. 8, Trey Starks. 9, Sean McMahan.

Heat #3: 1, Steve Kinser. 2, Tim Kaeding. 3, Joey Saldana. 4, Bobby McMahan. 5, Austen Wheatley. 6, Donny Schatz. 7, Sammy Swindell. 8, Jason Sides.

Randy Waitman is a scratch for the rest of the night.

(6:55 p.m.) Chad Kemenah was the fastest in qualifying with a lap of 14.532 seconds. Kraig Kinser was second at 14.599, Bobby McMahan was third at 14.659, Kerry Madsen was fourth at 14.696 and Lucas Wolfe rounded out the top five at 14.778 seconds.

(6:41 p.m.) Sammy Swindell only took one qualifying lap and shut his engine off quickly after crossing the finish line. They have pushed him back to the pits. His lap was 15.119 seconds.

(6:31 p.m.) Qualifying is up next.

(6:29 p.m.) Sammy Swindell was the fastest in the fourth session with a lap of 14.426 seconds. Kerry Madsen was the only other driver in the 14-second bracket at 14.803.

(6:23 p.m.) Lucas Wolfe was the fastest in the third session with a lap of 15.122 seconds (I think I heard correct). Group one is heading out for a final session.

(6:18 p.m.) Trey Starks was the fastest in the second session with a lap of 15.507 seconds. Our scoring went down in the infield, so I hope I heard that correct over the PA.

(6:10 p.m.) The track is still a little wet, so the first group didn’t quite get up to speed. They’ll likely get another session.

(6:02 p.m.) The cars are in the infield and the first flight of hot laps is on the track.

(5:46 p.m.) The mini sprints are in the middle of hot lapping, so the World of Outlaws hot laps will be going out soon.

(5:25 p.m.) The drivers just put heat into their engines and the mini sprints are now working the track in. Hot laps are scheduled to start in approximately 20 minutes.

(4:50 p.m.) We just finished the driver’s meeting. Qualifying will align three, eight lap heat races, which will be inverted by four. Therefore, the fastest qualifier starts fourth in the first heat race, the second quickest starts fourth in the second heat, etc. The top six from each heat advance to a 30-lap feature with the top two in each heat going to the six-lap dash.

The next four fastest qualifiers who finish in the top six in their heats will also be in the dash, which determines the first five rows of the feature. The drivers who don’t advance to the feature will compete in an eight-lap Last Chance Showdown, which transfers the top six to the main event. The top four get their qualifying time back.

(4:17 p.m.) Here is the qualifying lineup, which will also serve as a driver roster:

33e — Evan Suggs

29 — Kerry Madsen

1 — Sammy Swindell

7s — Jason Sides

7 — Craig Dollansky

6 — Bill Rose

83sr — Jac Haudenschild

15 — Donny Schatz

26 — Sam Hafertepe Jr.

89 — Rico Abreu

11k — Kraig Kinser

21 — Brian Brown

55 — Trey Starks

14 — Jason Meyers

26m — Sean McMahan

24 — Terry McCarl

83jr — Tim Kaeding

11 — Steve Kinser

69 — Randy Waitman

4 — Cody Darrah

63 — Chad Kemenah

0 — Jonathan Allard

19 — Tyler Wolf

9 — Joey Saldana

5w — Lucas Wolfe

44w — Austen Wheatley

25 — Bobby McMahan

(4:01 p.m.) The driver’s meeting is now set for 4:30 p.m.

(3:56 p.m.) The driver’s meeting is set for 5 p.m. with qualifying at 6:15 p.m. and heat races at 7:15 p.m.

(3:52 p.m.) Terry McCarl has arrived and all 27 drivers have drawn in to line up qualifying.

(3:29 p.m.) There are 23 drivers signed in, but another three in the pits who haven’t signed yet. Also, Terry McCarl isn’t in the pits, but is supposably on the way.

(1:34 p.m.) We’re at Perris Auto Speedway at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds and it is beautiful! The temperature is in the mid-70s with a slight breeze and a sunny sky.

There are about a dozen sprint cars in the pits and I’d imagine we’ll at least double that for tonight’s event, which is the first World of Outlaws race at the half-mile oval since 2007.

Here is our prerace video:

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