Saldana Eighth at Lawrenceburg

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LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (Oct. 16, 2015) – The World of Outlaws made a single stop this week at Lawrenceburg Speedway, one of the great bullrings that dates back to the 1960s when A.J. Foyt and Johnny Rutherford entertained the fans driving midgets.

In preliminary action tonight, Joey Saldana qualified 11th with a 12.318-second lap. This translated to a starting position for the Motter Equipment HE&M Saw Beltline Body Shop 71M on the outside of the front row in the third heat.

When the track went green, polesitter Bill Balog was on the point. Saldana, second, and Daryn Pittman, third, were mixing it up, charging hard and changing position in the first three-quarters-of- a-lap. When the dust settled on the first lap Saldana took second and Pittman was third. On the second lap the caution flew. On the restart, Saldana took the heat lead with a wicked slide job to get past Balog. From that point on, it was all Brownsburg Bullet as he began to pull away from the rest of the field to win the heat and earn a transfer position in the dash.

Saldana was locked into the seventh dash starting position and was not a factor in the inversion draw.

The Brownsburg Bullet was enthusiastic about racing in his home state of Indiana tonight.

“It’s very cool to be racing close enough that you can go home and sleep in your own bed,” said Saldana. “It isn’t very often that you can do that with World of Outlaws racing. I just hope we get a good result tonight.”

Polesitter Christopher Bell was the flag to flag winner in the dash and earned the pole for the 35-lap A Main. Saldana started seventh and finished seventh in the dash and rolled off seventh in the feature.

When the field took the green, Shane Stewart topped the leaderboard followed by polesitter Christopher Bell. Saldana was seventh. Just as the leaders were entering slower traffic on lap eight the caution was displayed. On the restart, Stewart continued to lead, Saldana moved to fifth. There was another yellow one lap later. Stewart was on point when they went back to racing and Saldana got shuffled back to 10th while in a battle for fourth.

There were more starts and stops through yellow flags but on the lap 20 restart, McMahan wrestled the lead away from Stewart and held it to the checkered flag.
Saldana was able to gain two positions to finish eighth.

“The track was slick until about 10 laps to go and then it took rubber,” said team owner Dan Motter. “So it was tricky maneuvering and hard to find a groove where you could make momentum. Joey actually had a good rhythm going on the bottom of the track early in the race.”

Joining McMahan on the podium were Stewart (second) and Donny Schatz (third.)

There are two races on the Outlaws schedule next week: Saturday, Oct. 24 at Port Royal Speedway (Pa.) back in Pennsylvania Posse territory, and Sunday, Oct. 25 at Weedsport (N.Y.) Speedway.

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