LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (Oct. 13, 2015) –With the final weeks of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car season winding down there is one event on the calendar this week at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Friday, Oct. 16. Originally scheduled for May 25, rain forced postponement of the event to this Friday.
The ‘burg is pure Americana, pure bullring steeped in history. Back in the 1960s when USAC midgets raced at Lawrenceburg, legendary drivers like A.J. Foyt and Johnny Rutherford were standing on the gas and pitching them sideways.
Joey Saldana won with the Outlaws here in 2009.
“The grandstands here are always packed with real hard core race fans,” said Saldana, “and we enjoy putting on a good show for them. Traditionally this race falls on Memorial Day weekend after the Indy 500 and the Daytona 600 and we cap a racing weekend.
This year we will be flying solo as the stand-alone event in much cooler temperatures.
“For us, this race is only about a two-hour drive from our Brownsburg shop and our families and friends are able to come over and enjoy the race.”
Last year Saldana drove the Motter Equipment HE&M Saw Beltline Body Shop Sprint Car to the No. 6 qualifying position and did an exceptional job in the A Main starting ninth and finishing fourth.
“Joey was masterful and exciting behind the wheel last year at Lawrenceburg,” said team owner Dan Motter. “He ran low, he ran high, he ran the bottom, he ran right out to the wall and did a great job of controlling the race car with never so much as a bobble.”
This year with the World of Outlaws championship already clinched by Donny Schatz, the best battle is for three through five in the World of Outlaws point standings. Only 34 points separate the three positions as the battle rages on. Saldana is currently fifth, seven points out of fourth and 34 out of third with five races remaining on the 2015 schedule.
Saldana is locked in on the task ahead, which starts with trying to unseat Kerry Madsen (in fourth place) and then Brad Sweet (in third).
“Obviously, it would be incredible to wipe out the entire deficit at the next three races and then hit the Charlotte finale with the advantage,” Saldana said. “It’s mathematically possible and we’re charging into the fight, but we understand it will be very difficult with the level of competition out there. We have to take care of what we can control and that’s the best we can do. We have to qualify well, be competitive, be at the right place at the right time and hope we get a little luck along the way. We’re excited to have the opportunity to be in this point chase and we’re definitely going to give Kerry (Madsen) and Brad (Sweet) a run for the money”
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