Saldana Builds Consistency, Needs a Little Racing Luck Heading into the FVP Western Spring Shootout

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series takes on the FVP Western Spring Shootout at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday and Sunday

CONCORD, N.C. – March 18, 2015 – Through eight World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series events so far this season, eight different winners have stood in victory lane – a feat that has not occurred since 1995. While there is some level of parity at the top every night, the consistency of a few is driving the narrative and showing who the contenders might be as the series works its way through the season.

One driver who has consistently been up front and battling for wins in 2015 is Joey Saldana. While the veteran driver has not yet scored his first win of the season, he has confidence that his Motter Motorsports team is providing him what he needs to get there.

“I feel great. This team, we’ve been consistent enough to win races,” Saldana said. “We’ve been in position to do it – we haven’t done it. You definitely have to win races out here to be successful with the Outlaws and we’re there, but we definitely have to finish it off.

“We’re in the dash every night and we’re qualifying well. That is what you have to do to be successful out here. You have to qualify well, you have to put yourself in position and we’re doing that – we really can’t do anything different than what we’re doing.”

While the consistency borne from the driver’s experience, quality equipment and a veteran crew is there, Saldana said he is lacking another equally as important though less tangible thing right now – luck.

He pointed to his run at Thunderbowl last weekend. On night one, as Saldana led the field he was tagged by Ian Madsen, spun and was subsequently hit by second place Brad Sweet. Reigning series champion Donny Schatz got caught up in a similar incident earlier in the race but experienced less damage. Schatz finished eighth while Saldana had a DNF.

“We just got to have a little bit of racing luck on our side,” Saldana said. “We’ve been in position to win three or four of these races – so it’s not like we’re doing anything wrong, we’re just not finishing it off. We can’t get discouraged on ourselves, we just have to keep doing what we’re doing and hopefully it pays off eventually.”

As the season progresses, Saldana said the number of different winners and top finishers in qualifying, heats and dashes is a good thing for the sport. Still, he and much of the Outlaws competition is focused on Schatz. Though Schatz only has one win on the season, he has had the luck and the consistency to put himself second in the championship point standings.

“With Donny Schatz sitting right there, he’s going to be a big threat because this isn’t his cup of tea out here – this isn’t where he really excels,” Saldana said. “He usually lets everyone else take themselves out and sneak in and get the spot… If he’s hanging in there after this, if you leave this month right here and he’s still second or third in the points, you better get it together because he is going to be tough during the summer.”

While the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series has only made two previous starts at the Stockton Dirt Track, Saldana brings good experience and good notes to the event. In last year’s FVP Western Spring Shootout he led the first six laps and came home with a third place finish.

This weekend, Saldana will have the opportunity to put his Motter Equipment No. 71m car into victory lane twice during the expanded weekend destination event at Stockton.

“Stockton is a great track and the people support it and hopefully they do it again because I know they had a huge crowd,” Saldana said. “If that happens, I know we’re going to keep coming back.”

Two-day general admission tickets for this weekend’s FVP Western Spring Shootout at Stockton Dirt Track are available for $59 and two-night Reserved Grandstand tickets cost only $69. Single-night tickets & box seats are also available. Children 10 & under are free in G.A. only. To purchase tickets, log onto http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=165 , or contact the ticket hotline at (877) 395-8606. 

ABOUT THE TRACK
STOCKTON DIRT TRACK
is a semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval. The track record of 12.869 seconds was established by Joey Saldana on March 22, 2014.For more information, visit http://woosprint.com/western-spring-shootout.

Previous A-Feature Winners
2014 – Kerry Madsen on March 22
2013 – Kyle Larson on March 22

DRIVER INFO
The following World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series drivers maintain websites:
Jacob Allen – Shark1s.com
Craig Dollansky – DollanskyRacing.com
David Gravel – DavidGravel89g.com
Jason Johnson – JasonJohnsonRacing.com
Kraig Kinser – KraigKinser.com
Kerry Madsen – KenericRacing.com
Paul McMahan – PaulMcMahanRacing.com
Daryn Pittman – DarynPittman.com
Joey Saldana – JoeySaldanaRacing.com
Donny Schatz – DonnySchatz.com
Logan Schuchart – Shark1s.com
Jason Sides – SidesMotorsports.com
Shane Stewart – ShaneStewart.com
Brad Sweet – Bradsweetracing.com
For more driver information, visit: WoOsprint.com

SEASON WINNERS: Rico Abreu – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14); Brian Brown – 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Tim Kaeding – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway); Terry McCarl – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Daryn Pittman – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13); Donny Schatz – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14); Shane Stewart – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Brad Sweet – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15)

WATCH AND LISTEN LIVE: Listen live for FREE to the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series FVP Western Spring Shootout at the Stockton Dirt Track on http://www.DIRTVision.com.

LIVE ONLINE UPDATES: Check out the Official World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series website at WoOsprint.com for live, interactive text updates of each race. It also includes driver biographies with statistics and pictures, race-by-race stats, detailed track information and race coverage, series news and team press releases.

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UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series heads north next weekend and takes on the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico Calif. for the Mini Gold Cup on March 28 and then Antioch (Calif.) Speedway on March 29.

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5’s

Top 10’s

QT

1

2

Shane Stewart

1119

0

1

4

7

1

2

15

Donny Schatz

1098

-21

1

4

7

0

3

49

Brad Sweet

1097

-22

1

5

6

1

4

51

Paul McMahan

1089

-30

0

4

6

1

5

9

Daryn Pittman

1088

-31

1

3

6

0

6

71M

Joey Saldana

1083

-36

0

3

7

1

7

29

Kerry Madsen

1049

-70

0

2

6

3

8

24

Terry McCarl

1044

-75

1

2

5

0

9

7s

Jason Sides

1038

-81

0

2

3

0

10

83

David Gravel

1028

-91

0

0

4

0

11

11k

Kraig Kinser

966

-153

0

0

1

0

12

41

Jason Johnson

932

-187

0

0

1

0

13

1S

Logan Schuchart

922

-197

0

0

1

0

14

7

Craig Dollansky

850

-269

0

0

1

0

15

2L

Danny Lasoski

789

-330

0

3

4

1

16

1A

Jacob Allen

788

-331

0

0

0

0

17

24

Rico Abreu

650

-469

1

2

2

0

18

21

Brian Brown

606

-513

1

2

2

0

19

18

Ian Madsen

551

-568

0

0

1

0

2015 STAT ATTACK
There have been 8 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Features this season.
Winners (8 Different Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – Wins

1. – RICO ABREU, St. Helena, Calif. – 1

– BRIAN BROWN, Grain Valley, Mo. – 1

– TIM KAEDING, San Jose, Calif. – 1

– TERRY MCCARL, Altoona, Iowa – 1

– DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – 1

– DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – 1

– SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – 1

– BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1

Total Laps Led (11 Different Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – Laps

1. – TERRY MCCARL, Altoona, Iowa – 48

2. – JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – 39

3. – RICO ABREU, St. Helena, Calif. – 35

4. – BRIAN BROWN, Grass Valley, Mo. – 30

– SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – 30

6. – DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – 27

7. – PAUL MCMAHAN, Hendersonville, Tenn. – 21

8. – BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – 9

9. – GREG HODNETT, Thomasville, Pa. – 5

– TIM KAEDING, San Jose, Calif. – 5

11. – DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – 1

Pole Positions (7 Different Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – Poles

1. – BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – 2

2. – BRIAN BROWN, Grass Valley, Mo. – 1

– GREG HODNETT, Thomasville, Pa. – 1

– STEVE KINSER, Bloomington, Ind. – 1

– TERRY MCCARL, Altoona, Iowa – 1

– PAUL MCMAHAN, Hendersonville, Tenn. – 1

– JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – 1

Hard Charger Award (8 Different Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards

1. – DAVID GRAVEL, Watertown, Conn. – 1

– GREG HODNETT, Thomasville, Pa. – 1

– KRAIG KINSER, Bloomington, Ind. – 1

– BUD KAEDING, Campbell, Calif. – 1

– CHAD KEMENAH, Findlay, Ohio – 1

– DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – 1

– DOMINIC SCELZI, Fresno, Calif. – 1

– JASON SIDES, Barlett, Tenn. – 1

Time Trial leaders (6 Different Drivers)
* (1) championship driver point will be awarded to the Time Trial leader

Rank Driver, Hometown – Quick Times

1. – KERRY MADSEN, St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia – 3

2. – PAUL MCMAHAN, Nashville, Tenn. – 1

– DANNY LASOSKI, Dover, Mo. – 1

– JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – 1

– SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – 1

– BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1

Heat Race Winners (19 Different Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – Win

1. – TERRY MCCARL, Altoona, Iowa – 5

2. – RICO ABREU, Rutherford, Calif. – 3

3. – CRAIG DOLLANSKY, Elk River, Minn. – 2

– DAVID GRAVEL, Watertown, Conn. – 2

– DANNY LASOSKI, Dover, Mo. – 2

– DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – 2

– DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – 2

8. – BRIAN BROWN, Grain Valley, Mo. – 1

– GREG HODNETT, Thomasville, Pa. – 1

– JASON JOHNSON, Eunice, La. – 1

– TIM KAEDING, San Jose, Calif. – 1

– STEVE KINSER, Bloomington, Ind. – 1

– KERRY MADSEN, St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia – 1

– D.J. NETTO, Hanford, Calif. – 1

– JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – 1

– DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – 1

– TIM SHAFFER, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1

– BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1

– LUCAS WOLFE, Mechanicsburg, Pa. – 1

Last Chance Showdown Winners (8 Different Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – Wins

1. – WILLIE CROFT, Roseville, Calif. – 1

– CODY DARRAH, Red Lion, Pa. – 1

– SHANE GOLOBIC, Fremont, Calif. – 1

– KRAIG KINSER, Bloomington, Ind. – 1

– CARSON MACEDO, Fresno, Calif. – 1

– LOGAN SCHUCHART, Hanover, Pa. – 1

– SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – 1

– DUSTY ZOMER, Brandon, S.D. – 1

Dash Draw Selection (8 Dashes)

Number – Times Picked

0 – 1

4 – 3

6 – 4

8 – 0

Feature Winnings (Platinum Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – Winnings

1. SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – $32,700

2. DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – $27,700

3. BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – $25,050

4. DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – $24,200

5. JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – $20,300

6. PAUL McMAHAN, Hendersonville, Tenn. – $19,900

7. – KERRY MADSEN, St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia – $14,975

8. JASON SIDES, Bartlett, Tenn. – $12,550

9. DAVID GRAVEL, Watertown, Conn. – $12,250

10.LOGAN SCHUCHART, Hanover, Pa. – $8,100

11.JASON JOHNSON, Eunice, La. – $7,200

12.KRAIG KINSER, Bloomington, Ind. – $7,100

13.- CRAIG DOLLANSKY, Elk River, Minn. – $5,850

14.JACOB ALLEN, Hanover, Pa. – $4,350

 

2015 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Number of Wins in 2014)

1. Friday, Feb. 13 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (1)

2. Saturday, Feb. 14 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Donny Schatz (1)

3. Sunday, Feb. 15 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Brad Sweet (1)

4. Wednesday, March 3 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway / Las Vegas, Nev. / Shane Stewart (1)

5. Thursday, March 4 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway / Las Vegas, Nev. / Terry McCarl (1)

6. Saturday, March 7 / USA Raceway / Tucson, Ariz. / Brian Brown (1)

7. Friday, March 13 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Tim Kaeding (1)

8. Saturday, March 14 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Rico Abreu (1)

 

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