Lebanon Valley results 2007-07-22

Meyers Motors to Win at Lebanon Valley Prior to Sunday, Jason Meyers was never very fond of Lebanon Valley Speedway, even though he had finished sixth or better in two of his last three starts at the high-banked half-mile. His opinion of the ...

Meyers Motors to Win at Lebanon Valley

Prior to Sunday, Jason Meyers was never very fond of Lebanon Valley Speedway, even though he had finished sixth or better in two of his last three starts at the high-banked half-mile. His opinion of the track changed drastically on Sunday night, as he led wire-to-wire to win the World of Outlaws 25-lap event that him $10,000.

Meyers won the Crane Cams Dash to earn the pole position, and powered down the front straigthaway, where he dove low into the first turn, to lead the opening lap over Steve Kinser, who would chase him the entire distance, closing to within a couple car lengths at numerous times.

"I'm happy to get our fourth win and we'll start looking for our fifth," said Meyers, driver of the Primerica Financial Maxim. "I had a great race car. You just have to concentrate when you have a good car, because it is so hard to pass here. You certainly don't want to give any positions up. The start was real important and to get rolling again on that restart was key."

The lone yellow flag of the race flew on the second lap for Jac Haudenschild and Craig Dollansky. On the ensuing restart, Meyers charged down the straightaway to maintain the lead. He encountered traffic on the 10th lap which put Kinser and Lucas Wolfe right on his bumper. The trio could be thrown under a blanket for a number of laps as they tried everything they could to get around the lapped cars.

Meyers win was his fourth of the season and second on a half-mile. The event on Sunday night also concluded a stretch of five races in five days that took the World of Outlaws to three different tracks. Meyers celebrated the win on the front straightaway with his crew who have been working endlessly this week to provide Meyers with a fast car.

"I can't say enough about the guys that work on this team, and Charlie Garrett builds us one heck of a motor," said the winner. "We send them back and they come back even better, it never ceases to amaze me. He does a great job."

Kinser lined up on the outside of the front row, which traditionally is a good place to start at Lebanon Valley Speedway. He followed Meyers into the first turn on the opening lap and several times looked to the low side of the track to make a pass for the lead, but could not quite get the momentum and wound up second for the third race in-a-row.

"The start is everything on this track," said Kinser, driver of the Q Oil Maxim. "I was pretty tight and could not work the traffic the way that I wanted to. I couldn't carry enough speed, it just stuck a little bit too hard getting in the turns. I freed it up a bit and then tightened it up again."

Wolfe finished third to earn his third straight Top-10 finish in World of Outlaws competition. He lined up sixth for the A-Feature and on the opening lap got around Daryn Pittman and Jason Solwold. He later passed Paul McMahan after shadowing him for a number of laps.

"We're definitely happy with a third," said Wolfe, driver of the Allebach Racing Maxim. "We have been pretty consistent up here the last few years. It's always good to go to a different place and run well, that's good for your confidence. We had a strong few days at Williams Grove as well and look to carry that over to a good Knoxville (Nationals) weekend and throughout the rest of the year."

Daryn Pittman finished fourth aboard the Titan Garages Maxim to earn his 15th Top-Five finish of the season., with Jason Solwold in fifth, to pick up his 27th Top-10 finish of the season, driving the City Wide Insulation Maxim.

Tim Shaffer began the night by turning the quickest lap in time trials and followed that up with a sixth-place run in the A-Feature aboard the Casey's General Store Maxim. Donny Schatz, the current World of Outlaws point leader, finished seventh in the ParkerStore J&J, after starting 14th to earn the KSE Race Products Hard Charger Award.

Joey Saldana was eighth in the Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI, with Danny Lasoski ninth in the Roth Motorsports JEI. Jac Haudenschild rounded out the Top-10, after having to go to the rear of the field on the second lap after he was involved in a caution.

Meyers was able to keep a lapped car between himself and Kinser late in the race. The final margin of victory was 2.3 seconds. On several occasions during the second half of the race, Meyers was bottled up in traffic and searched for a line around them, allowing Kinser and Wolfe to stay close to him.

"It's always tough to pass here, even if you are faster than a guy, it's tough to get around him," said Meyers, a native of Clovis, California. "You have to pick your lines and not get the car upset. You can't see behind you, so you are not sure how close they are. I'm sure those guys were close at times. You just have to pick and choose your lines in traffic and make it count."

With just the one caution, there was only one chance to gain spots on a restart, besides the initial green flag. Kinser did not believe that a restart would have helped much as he chased Meyers.

"There is nothing wrong with it when you are in front," explained the 20-time World of Outlaws champion of long green flag runs. "It would not have mattered, this track is tough to pass on. It would not have mattered if it was a 50-lap race, it is tough to pass cars here. The main thing here is to come out of the race in one piece."

Wolfe, who has competed in several World of Outlaws events this season, continues to learn each time he hits the track with series. After finishing second at Lebanon Valley last season, he continues to be one of the most consistent drivers at the track.

"To follow 'The King' (Steve Kinser) for 25 laps is pretty good," shared Wolfe. "When you are out here racing with these guys one of the things you do is pick up on their tendencies and are able to learn so much from that. It's great to be able to come to a place and race and be competitive where these guys have a lot more laps than I do"

The World of Outlaws return to action on Wednesday, July 25 with their inaugural visit to Ohsweken Speedway in Canada. It will be the series first trip north of the border since 1982.

LEBANON VALLEY SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK

* FAST QUALIFIER: Tim Shaffer paced the 29 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked half-mile oval in 16.601 seconds at 130.113 mph. For his qualifying effort, Shaffer earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Joey Saldana (4), Danny Lasoski (3), Jeremy Campbell (2) and Jac Haudenschild (1).

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Jason Meyers, Lucas Wolfe, Paul McMahan and Jason Solwold won heat races... Randy Hannagan won the B-Main... Jason Meyers won the Crane Cams dash.

* UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws first visit to Canada since 1982 as they invade Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario on Wednesday, July 25.

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World of Outlaws Statistical Report; Lebanon Valley Speedway; West Lebanon, NY; July 22, 2007

Qualifying
1) 6-Tim Shaffer 16.601
2) 9-Joey Saldana 16.655
3) 83-Danny Lasoski 16.657
4) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 16.667
5) 35-Jac Haudenschild 16.685
6) 15-Donny Schatz 16.700
7) 7-Craig Dollansky 16.795
8) D1-Justin Henderson 16.827
9) 14-Jason Meyers 16.914
10) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 16.917
11) 11-Steve Kinser 16.930
12) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 16.960
13) 21-Daryn Pittman 16.981
14) 11H-Kerry Madsen 16.997
15) 20-Paul McMahan 17.060
16) R19-Jason Solwold 17.096
17) 24-Terry McCarl 17.131
18) 8K-Chad Kemenah 17.134
19) 5C-Chad Hillier 17.139
20) 1Z-Jessica Zemken 17.186
21) 1X-Randy Hannagan 17.302
22) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 17.310
23) 18-Brian Carlson 17.314
24) 36-Jason Martin 17.389
25) 7S-Jason Sides 17.595
26) 93-Jonathan Eriksen 17.640
27) 28FM-Steve Poieier 17.880
28) 65-Russ Bennett 18.127
29) 92M-Doug Norrie 18.342
30) 4-Danny Smith -.---
31) 14M-Matt Norrie

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 14-Jason Meyers
2) 21-Daryn Pittman
3) 6-Tim Shaffer
4) 35-Jac Haudenschild
5) 24-Terry McCarl
6) 1X-Randy Hannagan
7) 7S-Jason Sides
8) 92M-Doug Norrie

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
2) 11H-Kerry Madsen
3) 9-Joey Saldana
4) 15-Donny Schatz
5) 8K-Chad Kemenah
6) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
7) 93-Jonathan Eriksen

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 20-Paul McMahan
2) 11-Steve Kinser
3) 7-Craig Dollansky
4) 83-Danny Lasoski
5) 5C-Chad Hillier
6) 18-Brian Carlson
7) 28FM-Steve Poieier

Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) R19-Jason Solwold
2) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
3) D1-Justin Henderson
4) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
5) 36-Jason Martin
6) 4-Danny Smith
7) 1Z-Jessica Zemken
8) 65-Russ Bennett

Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 14-Jason Meyers
2) 11-Steve Kinser
3) 20-Paul McMahan
4) R19-Jason Solwold
5) 21-Daryn Pittman
6) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
7) 6-Tim Shaffer
8) 9-Joey Saldana
9) 11H-Kerry Madsen
10) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.

B-main (10 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 1X-Randy Hannagan
2) 18-Brian Carlson
3) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
4) 4-Danny Smith
5) 7S-Jason Sides [$200]
6) 1Z-Jessica Zemken [$180]
7) 65-Russ Bennett [$175]
8) 93-Jonathan Eriksen [$160]
9) 28FM-Steve Poieier [$150]
10) 92M-Doug Norrie [$150]
11) 14M-Matt Norrie [$150]

A-main (25 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 14-Jason Meyers[1] [$10,000]
2) 11-Steve Kinser[2] [$5,500]
3) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[6] [$3,200]
4) 21-Daryn Pittman[5] [$2,800]
5) R19-Jason Solwold[4] [$2,500]
6) 6-Tim Shaffer[7] [$2,300]
7) 15-Donny Schatz[14] [$2,200]
8) 9-Joey Saldana[8] [$2,100]
9) 83-Danny Lasoski[11] [$2,050]
10) 35-Jac Haudenschild[13] [$2,000]
11) 11H-Kerry Madsen[9] [$1,500]
12) D1-Justin Henderson[16] [$1,200]
13) 1X-Randy Hannagan[20] [$1,100]
14) 24-Terry McCarl[17] [$1,050]
15) 36-Jason Martin[23] [$1,000]
16) 7-Craig Dollansky[15] [$900]
17) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.[21] [$800]
18) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[10] [$800]
19) 5C-Chad Hillier[19] [$800]
20) 18-Brian Carlson[22] [$800]
21) 8K-Chad Kemenah[18] [$800]
22) 10C-Jeremy Campbell[12] [$800]
23) 20-Paul McMahan[3] [$800]
24) 4-Danny Smith[24] [$800]

Lap Leaders: Jason Meyers 1-25
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 , Craig Dollansky , Brian Carlson , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Lucas Wolf , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.
Teams Williams