Slick Track Brings Challenges for Motter Team at Berlin Raceway

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MARNE, Mich. (Sept. 26, 2015) – The World of Outlaws teams and drivers played to a huge crowd at Berlin Raceway tonight. It was the season finale for dirt track racing activity at Berlin.

In preliminary action, Saldana drove the Motter Equipment HE&M Saw Beltline Body Shop Sprint Car to the No. 12 qualifying position with a 14.828-second lap. In World of Outlaws qualifying to heat race formatting, Saldana earned the pole of the third heat.

When the field went green for the heat, Saldana made contact with a yuke tire (big bulldozer-type tire put around the track to define racing area vs. infield) going into turn two and damaged the front axle. He was unable to make it back out to join the field and had to earn a position in the A Main through participation in the Last Chance Showdown (LCS).

Saldana pushed off on the pole of the LCS and finished second, claiming a 12th place starting position in the 24-car A Main.

When the track went green, outside front row starter Logan Schuchart led the pack followed by Jason Johnson and Daryn Pittman. Saldana was 13th. On lap six, Schuchart hesitated in traffic allowing Pittman an opportunity to take the lead. On lap 20, a restart after a caution, the track changed considerably. It was a rubber down, slick, tricky track. Pittman continued to lead, with Schatz a close second and Schuchart third. Saldana was 11th. Coming down for the checkered flag it was every driver’s nightmare….Schatz got a run on Pittman coming off the fourth turn to cross the finish stripe first. Pittman finished second and Schuchart was third.

Saldana was 11th.

Next up on the racing agenda: The National Open at Williams Grove Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 1-3.

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