World of Outlaws Wrap-Up: Gold Rush Tour through the Pacific Northwest Concord, NC--September 9, 2009 Closing in: Jason Meyers gained a significant amount of ground on Donny Schatz in the World of Outlaws championships standings over the ...
World of Outlaws Wrap-Up: Gold Rush Tour through the Pacific Northwest
Concord, NC--September 9, 2009
Closing in: Jason Meyers gained a significant amount of ground on Donny Schatz in the World of Outlaws championships standings over the last three races. The native of Clovis, California is now just 29 points out of the top spot after a win and third-place finish at Skagit Speedway and a win at Cottage Grove Speedway. Meyers was among the Top-Five in two of those events in time trials to earn bonus points in the standings as well. He leads the series with 45 Top-10 finishes as he chases his first title.
"We have to keep finishing up front and finishing in front of him (Donny Schatz) and beating him," Meyers stated. "That's the way you catch the guy in front of you, is to beat him. Donny (Schatz) is a tough competitor and they are a great team. They are not going to roll over, I know that. We're going to keep digging and keep fighting hard. We definitely need to capitalize on the short tracks here and just fight hard all the way to the end."
Gaining ground: Joey Saldana gained ground on Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers as well in the World of Outlaws championship standings after a strong weekend at Skagit Speedway that saw him win and finish second, followed by a sixth-place finish at Cottage Grove Speedway. Entering the Gold Cup Race of Champions this weekend at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California, Saldana is just 36 points behind Meyers for the second spot and 65 out of the lead as he also chases his first title. The second generation driver leads the series with 16 A-Feature wins. He recovered from a trip to the work area on Tuesday night at Cottage Grove Speedway to charge all the way back up to finish sixth.
"We just have to continue to do what we are doing and that is to run solid," explained Saldana. "In 2007 I got right up to Donny and we left the West Coast and Donny did his thing. He went to Williams Grove (Speedway) and the tracks he excels at and he just stretched it back out. It's not a matter of what we are doing right now. I know we can run well out here and these are tracks that I enjoy racing on. Once we get back to the Midwest and the East Coast, I have to run good. If I don't run well it doesn't matter what I am doing now."
Hard charger: Donny Schatz turned in one of the most impressive runs of the season on Tuesday night at Cottage Grove Speedway, coming all the way from the 20th spot to finish third to earn the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award. The three-time and defending series champion leads the series with 35 Top-Five finishes and has 44 Top-10 finishes which puts him just one behind Meyers for the lead in that category.
A high dollar win: Jason Meyers $20,000 victory at Skagit Speedway on September 5 was the highest paying victory of his World of Outlaws career. It was the sixth win of the season for him and his first career triumph at the high-banked bullring. After winning on Tuesday night at Cottage Grove Speedway, Meyers now has 33 career World of Outlaws A-Feature wins which is 12-best on the all-time list.
"For us it wasn't about the money tonight, but that sure will be nice," said Meyers on Saturday night at Skagit Speedway. "I've working real hard here for a lot of years to win a race here. I'd been close a few times and had just come up short. To get this one tonight feels real good."
A new track record: Jason Sides became the first driver in the 55-year history of Skagit Speedway to turn a lap under 11 seconds officially in time trials, shattering the track record that was set last month by nearly two-tenths of a second. A total of 11 drivers broke the existing track record in the finale of the two-day event on September 5.
Strong showing by the locals: A number of Skagit Speedway regulars ran very strong in the opener of the two-day event at the track on September 4. Nick Engberg won a heat race for the first time in his career with the World of Outlaws over Kraig Kinser to earn a spot in the Crane Cams Dash for the first time in his career. In the 30-lap A-Feature, Travis Rutz finished seventh, with Jason Solwold who won at Skagit last season with the World of Outlaws in ninth. Seven drivers that compete on a weekly basis at Skagit Speedway raced their way into the A-Feature in the event.
A career-best finish: Australian Robbie Farr finished sixth last Friday night at Skagit Speedway to earn the best finish of his career with the World of Outlaws. It was his first Top-10 finish with the World of Outlaws in his ninth career A-Feature start. He won seven times earlier this season Down Under and will wrap-up the Gold Rush Tour with the World of Outlaws at Silver Dollar Speedway for the Gold Cup Race of Champions.
Up next: The 56th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California beginning on Thursday, September 10, continuing Friday, September 11 and wrapping up with the $50,000-to win finale on Saturday, September 12.