Tulare results 2009-03-21

Three's Company: Saldana Wins Third Race of 2009 & Third Career at Thunderbowl Raceway Tulare, CA -- March 21, 2009 -- Last year Joey Saldana didn't pick up his third World of Outlaws win of the season until August, which was 43 races and ...

Three's Company: Saldana Wins Third Race of 2009 & Third Career at Thunderbowl Raceway

Tulare, CA -- March 21, 2009 -- Last year Joey Saldana didn't pick up his third World of Outlaws win of the season until August, which was 43 races and seven-plus months after the year started. Saldana is five months ahead of last year's pace, as he was victorious for the third time in 2009 on Saturday night in the finale at Thunderbowl Raceway over Terry McCarl, whom he traded the lead with officially once, but unofficially a number of times as the pair jockeyed for the top spot on the high-banked bullring before a packed grandstand, en route to claiming the $10,000 top prize.

Saldana moved to within four victories of moving into the Top-10 all-time with the World of Outlaws, after scoring the win at Thunderbowl Raceway to bring his career total with the series to 42. He now has three career wins at the track, with two of those coming in World of Outlaws effort aboard the Budweiser Maxim for Kasey Kahne Racing.

"It was a great effort for the team," said Saldana. "We made all the right adjustments all night long. We were good in the heat, the dash and the feature. That is all you can ask for out of your crew and your car. Hopefully we can win some more. Three is a good start to the season."

The race began with Terry McCarl and Sammy Swindell battling for the lead in turns one and two with McCarl getting the initial jump and Swindell battling back to lead down the back straightaway.

While they jockeyed for the top spot in the early going, Saldana patiently waited in the wings until the trio got to lapped traffic before making his moves.

Saldana lined up third in the 35-lap contest on Saturday night and worked his way into second on the 10th lap, getting around Swindell, who led the first seven laps of the main event. After using a textbook slide job to move into second, Saldana looked to track down Terry McCarl.

Saldana was able to reel McCarl in when the leaders hit heavy lapped traffic around the 10th lap. By laps 12 and 13 he was even with McCarl and took the lead a couple of times unofficially, with McCarl inching back ahead each time at the line to be scored the leader. On the 14th lap, Saldana was able to slide past McCarl as they exited the fourth turn and then won a drag race down the front straightway to lead into turns one and two.

Once out front, Saldana weaved and sliced his way through traffic, with McCarl waiting to pounce at the slightest of opportunities. He was held up once which allowed McCarl to quickly close back in on him.

"My car was working really good," noted the winner. "I know that Terry (McCarl) got to me and when I got to Haud (Jac Haudenschild), I didn't know what he was really going to do, so I slowed myself down because I didn't want to do anything stupid in lapped traffic. The track was pretty tough with the cushion right around the fence and I hit the wall a couple times and didn't want to knock my front end out."

The entire 35-lap event went from green to checkers, non-stop, providing plenty of lapped traffic for the front runners to negotiate on the high-banked bullring. Saldana was able to slice his way through traffic using both the high and low side of the track. McCarl was able to close back in on Saldana in the late going when the pair was mired in heavy traffic, but each time he got a run he was not quite able to get around Saldana.

"It was surprising, but this is the World of Outlaws and these guys are professionals and we are supposed to put on a good show for the fans and go non-stop," shared Saldana. "I think the fans saw a great race and there was plenty of good racing out there. I'm fortunate to get to drive this car and get another victory."

After setting a new track record on Friday night at Thunderbowl Raceway, McCarl turned in another very solid effort on Saturday, leading six laps and finishing second in the Big Game Treestands Maxim. It was the sixth Top-10 finish of the season with the World of Outlaws for the native of Altoona, Iowa.

"We had a great car all weekend," said McCarl. "We drew a late number to qualify tonight and that really showed what we had. We turned a solid lap in there and got up on the front row (of the heat race). We won the heat race pretty handily, I guess. My guys gave me a good car. Joey (Saldana) had a good car as well. He got me in traffic. I made a couple of wrong choices and thought my car was better on the bottom than it was."

Swindell, the three-time World of Outlaws champion, paced the field for the first seven laps after winning the Crane Cams Dash to earn the pole position for the A-Feature. He was able to pull away in open track early in the main event, but in traffic, McCarl was able to track him down and used a slider off turn four to take the lead on the eighth go-around.

"We got a break there with that draw in the dash and were hoping we could pull off a win, but we just didn't make all the right changes for the race track and had to settle for third," noted Swindell. "We're close and we'll learn from this. I have a pretty good idea of what I did wrong and we'll look at it everything and make some notes."

McCarl was glad to see the race go non-stop and was able to track Saldana down several times in traffic as he looked for his first win of the season. With two laps left, Saldana got very high off the fourth turn, brushing the wall and allowing McCarl to close back in. He made one final run on the leader, but was not able to get around him.

"I am a rhythm guy and I wish they all would go that way," stated McCarl. "That puts on a better show for the fans in traffic. If there had been a couple of yellows, maybe we would have won it. I don't think he was any better than us out in the open, but again we want to put on a great show for the fans and I think that was a great show, swapping the lead and going at it in traffic. We love to see a non-stop race when we can."

Swindell on the other hand was surprised that the race went non-stop, a night after a number of cautions slowed the action. He wound up third to earn his sixth Top-10 finish of the season and in the process was able to move to within six points of longtime rival Steve Kinser who is second in the series championship standings.

"With the way the race track was, I figured someone would get in the wall or someone would make a mistake and someone would get into someone else," said Swindell. "I was surprised it went straight through, but I am glad it did. It would have been better for me without the traffic, but I still don't think I would have been able to get by those guys, because you had to get off the corner and that is where I was struggling."

Donny Schatz, the three-time and defending series champion finished fourth in the Armor All J&J, with Craig Dollansky in the Direct TV Maxim in fifth. The pair battled for the fourth spot for a number of laps, trading the position three times.

Tim Kaeding was sixth in the DTR Transport KPC, with Chad Kemenah in seventh in the Kantor Oil Company Maxim. Randy Hannagan, who was victorious on Friday night, was eighth in the Central Valley Meat Company Maxim. Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion was ninth in the Quaker State Maxim, with Kerry Madsen 10th in the TK Concrete KPC.

The World of Outlaws return to action on Saturday, March 28 at the legendary Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, for the last big event at the hallowed half-mile.

THUNDERBOWL RACEWAY NIGHT #2 NOTES

FAST QUALIFIER: Sammy Swindell paced the 33 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 1/3-mile oval at 13.122 seconds at 91.358 mph. For his qualifying effort, Swindell earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Chad Kemenah (4), Randy Hannagan (3), Steve Kinser (2), and Jason Meyers (1).

QUALIFYING WINNERS: Terry McCarl, Joey Saldana, Jonathan Allard and Donny Schatz won heat races... Sammy Swindell won the Crane Cams Dash...Toni Lutar won the B-Main.

FEATURE WINNERS: There has been eight World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature event held in 2009. The winners include: Joey Saldana (Volusia Speedway Park, Silver Dollar Speedway and Thunderbowl Raceway), Donny Schatz (Volusia Speedway Park-twice and The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway), Randy Hannagan (Thunderbowl Raceway) and Jason Meyers (Silver Dollar Speedway).

1/3-MILE WINNERS: Thunderbowl Raceway is a high-banked 1/3-mile oval. The World of Outlaws have raced twice this season on a track that size. The winners include: Randy Hannagan (Thunderbowl Raceway) and Joey Saldana (Thunderbowl Raceway).

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World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Thunderbowl Raceway; Tulare, CA; March 21, 2009

Qualifying
1) 10-Sammy Swindell 13.122
2) 8K-Chad Kemenah 13.147
3) 1X-Randy Hannagan 13.154
4) 11-Steve Kinser 13.169
5) 14-Jason Meyers 13.213
6) 4X-Toni Lutar 13.267
7) 83-Tim Kaeding 13.275
8) 11C-Roger Crockett 13.290
9) 55-Kerry Madsen 13.301
10) 19-Craig Dollansky 13.309
11) O-Jonathan Allard 13.311
12) 7S-Jason Sides 13.327
13) 24-Terry McCarl 13.332
14) 9-Joey Saldana 13.339
15) 13-Peter Murphy 13.348
16) 15-Donny Schatz 13.369
17) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 13.373
18) 83JR-Jason Solwold 13.415
19) 21-Tommy Tarlton 13.426
20) 83T-Brad Sweet 13.475
21) 35A-Wayne Johnson 13.520
22) 6-Danny Lasoski 13.712
23) 6X-Kyle Hirst 13.714
24) 20-Kraig Kinser 13.753
25) 33E-Evan Suggs 13.879
26) R19-Jac Haudenschild 13.908
27) 24T-Tyler Walker 13.937
28) 22B-Ben Gregg 14.014
29) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 14.023
30) 23-Jerry Wise Jr. 14.025
31) 83M-Mike Stallings 14.171
32) 22-Brian Ellenberger 14.251
33) 2L-Logan Forler 14.289

Heat 1 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 24-Terry McCarl
2) 55-Kerry Madsen
3) 10-Sammy Swindell
4) 14-Jason Meyers
5) 35A-Wayne Johnson
6) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
7) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
8) 33E-Evan Suggs
9) 2L-Logan Forler

Heat 2 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 9-Joey Saldana
2) 19-Craig Dollansky
3) 8K-Chad Kemenah
4) R19-Jac Haudenschild
5) 83JR-Jason Solwold
6) 6-Danny Lasoski
7) 4X-Toni Lutar
8) 23-Jerry Wise Jr

Heat 3 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) O-Jonathan Allard
2) 83-Tim Kaeding
3) 1X-Randy Hannagan
4) 6X-Kyle Hirst
5) 24T-Tyler Walker
6) 21-Tommy Tarlton
7) 83M-Mike Stallings
8) 13-Peter Murphy

Heat 4 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 15-Donny Schatz
2) 11-Steve Kinser
3) 83T-Brad Sweet
4) 7S-Jason Sides
5) 11C-Roger Crockett
6) 20-Kraig Kinser
7) 22B-Ben Gregg
8) 22-Brian Ellenberger

Crane Cams Dash (8 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 10-Sammy Swindell
2) 24-Terry McCarl
3) 9-Joey Saldana
4) 15-Donny Schatz
5) 83-Tim Kaeding
6) O-Jonathan Allard
7) 11-Steve Kinser
8) 19-Craig Dollansky
9) 55-Kerry Madsen
10) 8K-Chad Kemenah

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 4X-Toni Lutar
2) 20-Kraig Kinser
3) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
4) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
5) 21-Tommy Tarlton [$200]
6) 6-Danny Lasoski [$180]
7) 22-Brian Ellenberger [$175]
8) 22B-Ben Gregg [$160]
9) 33E-Evan Suggs [$150]
10) 83M-Mike Stallings [$150]
11) 2L-Logan Forler [$150]
12) 13-Peter Murphy [$150]
13) 23-Jerry Wise Jr [$150]

A-main (35 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 9-Joey Saldana[3] [$10,000]
2) 24-Terry McCarl[2] [$5,000]
3) 10-Sammy Swindell[1] [$3,000]
4) 15-Donny Schatz[4] [$2,700]
5) 19-Craig Dollansky[8] [$2,500]
6) 83-Tim Kaeding[5] [$2,200]
7) 8K-Chad Kemenah[10] [$2,000]
8) 1X-Randy Hannagan[11] [$1,800]
9) 11-Steve Kinser[7] [$1,600]
10) 55-Kerry Madsen[9] [$1,450]
11) 14-Jason Meyers[12] [$1,300]
12) 83T-Brad Sweet[18] [$1,200]
13) 7S-Jason Sides[15] [$1,100]
14) R19-Jac Haudenschild[22] [$1,000]
15) O-Jonathan Allard[6] [$950]
16) 11C-Roger Crockett[14] [$900]
17) 6-Danny Lasoski[25] [$150]
18) 35A-Wayne Johnson[19] [$750]
19) 6X-Kyle Hirst[20] [$725]
20) 20-Kraig Kinser[21] [$700]
21) 83JR-Jason Solwold[17] [$700]
22) 22-Brian Ellenberger[26] [$0]
23) 4X-Toni Lutar[13] [$700]
24) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[16] [$700]
25) 24T-Tyler Walker[23] [$700]
26) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[24] [$700]

Note: Danny Lasoski and Brian Ellenberger used World of Outlaws provisionals to start the A-Feature.

Lap Leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-7; Terry McCarl 8-13; Joey Saldana 14-35

Penske Power Position Award: Sammy Swindell
SuperClean Start of the Night Award: Steve Kinser
KSE Hard Charger Award: Jac Haudenschild

-credit: WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Tyler Walker , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Jonathan Allard , Kerry Madsen , Kraig Kinser , Randy Hannagan , Toni Lutar , Lucas Wolf , Brad Sweet , Jac Haudenschild , Wayne Johnson , Chad Kemenah , Ben Gregg , Tim Kaeding , Peter Murphy , Kyle Hirst , Evan Suggs , Roger Crockett , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Logan Forler