Grays Harbor results 2007-08-26

Shane Stewart Wins at Grays Harbor Raceway Shane Stewart has truly been an outlaw this season. He has raced from coast-to-coast in a number of different cars and has had success in every machine that he has climbed into. He added to his...

Shane Stewart Wins at Grays Harbor Raceway

Shane Stewart has truly been an outlaw this season. He has raced from coast-to-coast in a number of different cars and has had success in every machine that he has climbed into. He added to his impressive season on Monday night, earning his first World of Outlaws win of 2007 in just nine starts with the series, taking the checkered flag at Grays Harbor Speedway in Elma, Washington.

Stewart took the lead as the white flag waved as he dove under Craig Dollansky who ran out of fuel. Stewart opened a sizeable lead on Joey Saldana as the pair entered the first and second turns. The lap before, Stewart and Saldana had been battling for the second position, as they both ran right behind Dollansky.

Officially, Stewart was credited with leading just one lap on the night, but it was the most important one and the one that earned him $10,000 for the second World of Outlaws A-Feature win of his career.

"This is probably my biggest win to date," said Stewart, driver of the Doyle's Harley-Davidson Maxim. "To win this for the Doyle's is great. This car has been unbelievable. When it's your night to win a race, you'll win a race. I couldn't be happier."

The 40-lap event began with Dollansky in the lead, after a red flag period and then a yellow. Tim Shaffer quickly moved into the second spot before another caution flew. On the subsequent restart, Dollansky opened a sizeable lead again. The leaders entered traffic on the seventh lap and Shaffer closed the gap and looked low several times for the lead, but could not quite get close enough to make a pass.

In the middle stages of the race, Dollansky continued to lead, running the high side of the track. Shaffer and Stewart battled for the second spot lap after lap. With 10 laps to go, Stewart's car began to smoke heavily, even under the caution with three laps to go. Despite his engine nearly expiring during the race, he was able to get a pretty good restart to make his final charge at Saldana and then to get around Dollansky.

"I was thinking, just finish the race," said a jubilant Stewart. "There was steam coming out of the motor and I didn't even think it would take off and finish. Right before the caution I was running up on the cushion and it was sticking pretty good. I thought if I could get close, I could get him."

Stewart has run a number of 360-sprint car events this season, including the Knoxville 360 Nationals at the famed half-mile in Iowa, which he won. Despite only having a handful of starts in World of Outlaws competition this season, he knew he would have a good car on Monday night and was confident.

"Every time we get back in a 410, it takes me half the race to adjust to the speed and you set the car up a little different," explained the winner. "This is unbelievable. You have to be on your game when you race with these guys."

After leading the first 39 laps of the race, Dollansky finished third, to earn his 37th Top-10 of the season, as he remains seventh in championship points.

"It was something that should not have happened," said Dollansky, driver of the Karavan Trailers Maxim, of running out of fuel. "I'm not too happy with what went on. We had a good race car all night. We were cruising along pretty good and had the car that was capable of winning the race and should have won the race."

Saldana finished second for the third time in the last four races. After starting eighth, he moved up a row on the third complete restart due to the car in the row ahead of him having trouble. He was fifth on the first lap of the 40-lap event and battled Jason Meyers for the fourth spot for a number of laps before getting in on the eighth go-around. He then battled with Stewart for second for a long string of laps.

"We've been knocking on the door and hopefully we can keep running this good and get a win one of these days," said Saldana, driver of the Open Joist JEI.

Tim Shaffer turned in another solid performance as he finished fourth on Monday night at Grays Harbor Raceway. The native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania ran second early in the race as he chased Dollansky. It was his 29th Top-10 finish of the season.

"We had a really great car," said Shaffer, driver of the Casey's General Store Maxim. "I got a little loose late. It's hard to complain about running fourth. We're going to figure this thing out sooner or later."

Jason Meyers ran in the Top-10 all night in the Primerica Financial Maxim and finished fifth. He dropped back to seventh toward the middle of the event before a late race charged got him around Randy Hannagan and Paul McMahan.

Donny Schatz started 18th and finished sixth in the ParkerStore J&J to retain the World of Outlaws championship point lead. Paul McMahan was seventh in the Bass Pro Shops Eagle. Steve Kinser charged from the 20th starting spot to finish eighth in the Q Oil Maxim. Roger Crockett, who won a 360-sprint car race at Grays Harbor Raceway on Sunday night, was ninth in the Island Muffler Eagle. Randy Hannagan rounded out the Top-10 in the Penthouse Magazine Maxim.

Stewart ran in the Top-three all night long and on a couple of occasions used lapped traffic to make up ground, especially toward the middle of the race when Dollansky had opened a large lead. He was extra careful on each restart late knowing that there was not much left in his engine.

"I kept having bad starts and the motor kept stumbling on all the restarts and the third one was my worst one," shared the 2005 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year. "I knew that when I warmed up for the A-Main that I had a good car. I just told myself to be patient and hoped that lapped traffic would work in our favor."

Saldana salvaged what could have been a very long night, after getting caught up in an accident on the first lap of the first heat. His crew led by Justin Adams repaired his car and he was able to move into a transfer position in the heat, which earned him a spot in the Crane Cams Dash after setting fast time to open the night.

"We had a very good car," said Saldana. "We qualified well for when we went out and I was happy with that. Some guys went out later and were not doing what I thought they would. The track actually seemed like it slowed down. Luckily in the heat race when (Paul) McMahan and I got together, my guys didn't give up and got me back out which got me back to fifth and in the dash. That was all the difference in the world getting in the dash."

Saldana would have preferred not to have seen the caution wave with three laps remaining. The caution meant that all the lapped cars would go the rear of the field, putting the leader note-to-tail and giving them clean race track on which to race.

"We didn't need the caution," said the runner-up, who hails from Brownsburg, Indiana. "Even on the yellows before that we drove by the No. 1 (Stewart) a few times and that is the car that ended up winning. If that thing would have gone green to checkers we definitely had a car good enough to win. Hopefully we can go to Cottage Grove and run just as good."

After needing a little extra time to run the track in prior to hot laps, the drivers were pleased with how the surface was prepared. Dollansky began the night by winning the second heat and followed that up with his sixth Crane Cams Dash win of the season to earn the pole position for the 40-lap A-Feature.

"The track was excellent," said Dollansky, who won $25,000 on Saturday night at Skagit Speedway. "There was a top and a bottom that you could run. We were running good on the top and that was working well. Charlie Garrett has this motor running great. It's a tough break for this race team. I wish we could have been in victory lane."

Shaffer last competed at Grays Harbor Raceway in 2005, but did not miss a beat on Monday night as he earned another Top-Five finish at the high-banked 3/8-mile track, where he has always enjoyed a great deal of success.

"This is where I got my first Outlaws win a number of years back," smiled Shaffer, the 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year. "They have changed the track a little, but I am figuring the new one out too. Everything if falling together and this is really fun again."

The World of Outlaws return to action on Wednesday, August 29 at Cottage Grove Speedway in Oregon.

GRAYS HARBOR RACEWAY NOTEBOOK

* FAST QUALIFIER: Joey Saldana paced the 41cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 3/8-mile oval in 11.915 seconds at 113.303 mph. For his qualifying effort, Saldana earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Jason Meyers (4), Roger Crockett (3), Daryn Pittman (2) and Paul McMahan (1).

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Jason Sides, Craig Dollansky, Justin Henderson and Randy Hannagan won heat races... Chad Kemenah won the C-Main... Sam Hafertepe Jr. won the B-Main... Craig Dollansky won the Crane Cams dash.

* UPCOMING EVENTS: The Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway in California on September 1-2 and the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway on September 6-8.

World of Outlaws Statistical Report; Grays Harbor Raceway; Elma, WA; Aug. 27, 2007

Qualifying
1) 9-Joey Saldana 11.915
2) 14-Jason Meyers 11.998
3) 7N-Roger Crockett 12.030
4) 21-Daryn Pittman 12.063
5) 20-Paul McMahan 12.063
6) 24-Terry McCarl 12.067
7) D1-Justin Henderson 12.067
8) 6-Tim Shaffer 12.068
9) 7S-Jason Sides 12.098
10) 7-Craig Dollansky 12.106
11) 6S-Brad Sweet 12.134
12) 1X-Randy Hannagan 12.172
13) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 12.181
14) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 12.193
15) 26-Tayler Malsam 12.202
16) 7H-JJ Hickle 12.203
17) R19-Jason Solwold 12.203
18) 2-Brooke Tatnell 12.243
19) 15-Donny Schatz 12.268
20) 11H-Kerry Madsen 12.330
21) 66-Barry Martinez 12.332
22) 5C-Chad Hillier 12.342
23) 1-Shane Stewart 12.366
24) 69-John Tharp 12.375
25) O0-Jonathan Allard 12.393
26) 11-Steve Kinser 12.396
27) 98M-Mitch Olson 12.398
28) 83-Danny Lasoski 12.399
29) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 12.399
30) 35-Jac Haudenschild 12.411
31) 13C-Colton Heath 12.436
32) 23-Seth Bergman 12.464
33) 31-Danny Bullock 12.488
34) 8K-Chad Kemenah 12.493
35) 8R-Travis Rutz 12.640
36) 29A-Jason Botsford 12.873
37) OJ-Jay Cole 12.915
38) O8-Steve Vague 13.005
39) 72-Glen Borden Jr. 13.042
40) 5H-Brad Holmes 13.093
41) 15D-Dan Dunlap 13.182
42) 5SP-Ricky Fauver -.---

Heat 1 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 7S-Jason Sides
2) 20-Paul McMahan
3) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
4) R19-Jason Solwold
5) 9-Joey Saldana
6) 66-Barry Martinez
7) O0-Jonathan Allard
8) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
9) O8-Steve Vague
10) 31-Danny Bullock

Heat 2 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 7-Craig Dollansky
2) 14-Jason Meyers
3) 24-Terry McCarl
4) 2-Brooke Tatnell
5) 11-Steve Kinser
6) 35-Jac Haudenschild
7) 8K-Chad Kemenah
8) 5C-Chad Hillier
9) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
10) 72-Glen Borden Jr.

Heat 3 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) D1-Justin Henderson
2) 1-Shane Stewart
3) 15-Donny Schatz
4) 7N-Roger Crockett
5) 98M-Mitch Olson
6) 6S-Brad Sweet
7) 29A-Jason Botsford
8) 26-Tayler Malsam
9) 5H-Brad Holmes
10) 13C-Colton Heath

Heat 4 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 1X-Randy Hannagan
2) 6-Tim Shaffer
3) 83-Danny Lasoski
4) 21-Daryn Pittman
5) 11H-Kerry Madsen
6) 7H-JJ Hickle
7) 23-Seth Bergman
8) OJ-Jay Cole
9) 5SP-Ricky Fauver
10) 69-John Tharp
11) 15D-Dan Dunlap

Crane Cams Dash (8 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 7-Craig Dollansky
2) 1-Shane Stewart
3) 14-Jason Meyers
4) 6-Tim Shaffer
5) 20-Paul McMahan
6) 7S-Jason Sides
7) 1X-Randy Hannagan
8) 9-Joey Saldana
9) 7N-Roger Crockett
10) D1-Justin Henderson

C-main (8 laps, top 2 finishers transferred to B-main)
1) 8K-Chad Kemenah
2) 31-Danny Bullock
3) OJ-Jay Cole [$250]
4) 29A-Jason Botsford [$250]
5) 72-Glen Borden Jr. [$250]
6) O8-Steve Vague [$250]
7) 5H-Brad Holmes [$250]
8) 15D-Dan Dunlap [$200]
9) 5SP-Ricky Fauver [$200]
10) 8R-Travis Rutz [$200]

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
3) 6S-Brad Sweet
4) 35-Jac Haudenschild
5) 8K-Chad Kemenah [$400]
6) 7H-JJ Hickle [$360]
7) O0-Jonathan Allard [$350]
8) 5C-Chad Hillier [$320]
9) 66-Barry Martinez [$300]
10) 23-Seth Bergman [$300]
11) 26-Tayler Malsam [$300]
12) 31-Danny Bullock [$300]
13) 13C-Colton Heath [$300]
14) 69-John Tharp [$300]

A-main (40 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 1-Shane Stewart[2] [$10,000]
2) 9-Joey Saldana[8] [$5,500]
3) 7-Craig Dollansky[1] [$3,200]
4) 6-Tim Shaffer[4] [$2,800]
5) 14-Jason Meyers[3] [$2,500]
6) 15-Donny Schatz[18] [$2,300]
7) 20-Paul McMahan[5] [$2,200]
8) 11-Steve Kinser[20] [$2,100]
9) 7N-Roger Crockett[9] [$2,050]
10) 1X-Randy Hannagan[7] [$2,000]
11) 83-Danny Lasoski[22] [$1,500]
12) 24-Terry McCarl[12] [$1,200]
13) 35-Jac Haudenschild[24] [$1,100]
14) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.[14] [$1,050]
15) 21-Daryn Pittman[11] [$1,000]
16) 6S-Brad Sweet[13] [$900]
17) R19-Jason Solwold[16] [$800]
18) 98M-Mitch Olson[21] [$800]
19) 11H-Kerry Madsen[19] [$800]
20) 8K-Chad Kemenah[26] [$0]
21) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[15] [$800]
22) D1-Justin Henderson[10] [$800]
23) 7S-Jason Sides[6] [$800]
24) 10C-Jeremy Campbell[23] [$800]
25) 2-Brooke Tatnell[17] [$800]
26) 5C-Chad Hillier[25] [$0]

Lap Leaders: Craig Dollansky 1-39, Shane Stewart 40

KSE Hard Charger Award: Donny Schatz

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Justin Adams , Craig Dollansky , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Jonathan Allard , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart , Tayler Malsam , Brad Sweet , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Roger Crockett , Mitch Olson , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.