Closer & Closer: Just 6 Points Separate Joey Saldana and Steve Kinser in Points with Jason Meyers Third Only 25 Markers Back Concord, NC-September 5, 2010- The World of Outlaws championship standings got even tighter following the two-day event...
Closer & Closer: Just 6 Points Separate Joey Saldana and Steve Kinser in Points with Jason Meyers Third Only 25 Markers Back
Concord, NC-September 5, 2010- The World of Outlaws championship standings got even tighter following the two-day event at Skagit Speedway in Washington this weekend, as Joey Saldana's lead over 20-time series champion Steve Kinser is down to just six points, with Jason Meyers third, only 25 markers out of the top spot. A total of 14 points paying events remain in 2010 at 10 tracks in nine states.
Kinser used his eighth win of the season in the $20,000 finale at Skagit coupled with a fourth-place performance in the opener to get to within single digits of Saldana for the eighth time this year. Kinser leads the series with 50 Top-10 finishes in the 56 A-Feature events that have been contested in 2010, and is tied with Saldana for the series lead with 34 Top-Five finishes.
Meyers finished fifth on Saturday night after a ninth-place effort in the opener at Skagit to remain third in points, just 19 markers behind Kinser for second and 25 out of the lead as he chases his first series title. The California native has 44 Top-10 finishes on the season with 28 of those being Top-Five performances. He earned five bonus points on Friday night for setting fast time, which was his ninth quick time of the year, tying him with Paul McMahan for the lead in that department, and followed that up by turning the second quickest lap on Saturday night to earn four bonus points. Meyers has earned the most qualifying bonus points of any driver this season.
Saldana rebounded from a 17th-place finish on Friday night to lead 23 laps on Saturday and finish second to earn his 34th Top-Five finish of the season which is tied for the series lead with Kinser. Saldana has led the World of Outlaws championship standings after 44 races this season and has held the top spot since a win in the Knight Before the Kings Royal on July 16 as he seeks his first title.
Donny Schatz, the four-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, remains fourth in points, following a third-place finish in the opener at Skagit before getting caught up in a couple of accidents in the finale, relegating him to a 15th-place finish. The North Dakota native has 43 Top-10 finishes this season with 29 of those being Top-Fives. He set fast time in the finale at Skagit to earn five bonus points.
Jason Sides finished second in the opener at Skagit and was sixth in the finale to remain fifth in points. The veteran has racked up 44 Top-10 finishes on the season with 23 of those being Top-Five runs.
Paul McMahan used a podium finish on Saturday night along with an 11th-place run on Friday to remain sixth in points. He has 39 Top-10 finishes with 22 of those being Top-Fives.
Craig Dollansky is currently seventh in points on the strength of 29 Top-10 finishes with 16 Top-Fives, while Lucas Wolfe is eighth having 25 Top-10's and 14 Top-Fives.
Danny Lasoski finished fifth on the first night at Skagit and was ninth in the finale and is currently ninth in points. The 2001 series champion has 29 Top-10 finishes with seven Top-Fives, including his first win of the season last Wednesday night at Cottage Grove Speedway in Oregon.
Kraig Kinser finished eighth each night at Skagit to remain 10th in points on the strength of 26 Top-10 finishes.
The World of Outlaws return to action on Monday, September 6 at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington.