Pike County results 2007-03-17

Saldana Soars to Win at Pike County Magnolia, MS-March 17, 2007 -- Joey Saldana could not have asked for a better night than he had on Saturday at Pike County Speedway. He opened the evening by turning the fastest lap in practice, and be ...

Saldana Soars to Win at Pike County

Magnolia, MS-March 17, 2007 --

Joey Saldana could not have asked for a better night than he had on Saturday at Pike County Speedway. He opened the evening by turning the fastest lap in practice, and be bettered that even more in time trials, as he was quickest of the 30 cars to take to the clock. He finished second in the first heat to earn a spot in the dash, where he started on the pole and won. This in turn lined him up in the top spot of the 35-lap A-Feature, where he would lead every single lap en route to his second World of Outlaws win of the season and earning the $10,000 lion's share of the purse.

After an aborted start on the initial green flag due to a caution before a full lap was scored, a complete restart was in order, and in the second go-around Saldana charged to the lead in turn one, with Steve Kinser in toe.

Saldana aboard the Mopar-powered Open Joist JEI, was able to pull away after a couple of mid-race cautions bunched the field. At one instant the caution flag came out for a car spinning right in front of Saldana and Schatz, in the second turn. The pair was quickly on the brakes and took evasive action to not get caught up in the incident. Saldana turned the fastest lap of the race shortly thereafter, as only he and Schatz turned sub-15 second laps in the event.

"It was a really good night," said Saldana, the 1996 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year. "I felt like I had a really good car tonight. I couldn't ask for a better team to drive for. It's an honor to drive this car, and hopefully we can continue to run this good."

After earning his fifth Top-Five of the season on Friday night at Houston Raceway Park, Saldana was determined to use that momentum as the series returned to the high banks of Pike County Speedway for the first time since 2005. One of the keys to the night was the first heat race, in which Saldana lined up fourth and battled to finish in the Top-two so that he could start in the Top-Six of the dash. After setting fast time he was guaranteed a spot in the dash no matter what, but he wanted to make sure he started in the first three rows.

"I had to work really hard to get in the Top-two in the heat race with (Tim) Shaffer," he said. "That definitely paid off."

Schatz, make a couple of strong moves on Saldana, and inched ahead on the eighth lap as they charged down the front straightaway, but at the line Saldana was scored the leader, by mere fractions of a second.. Late in the going, Saldana got a little bottled up in traffic, and again Schatz closed in, but he faced heavy traffic as well. The native of Fargo, North Dakota began the night by winning the second heat, and wrapped it up with in the runner-up position, as he earned his eighth Top-Five finish in nine events, as he continues to lead the championship standings.

"We wanted to win," bottom lined Schatz, driver of the Parker Store J&J. "That is what we were going for. We were set up for that, and we were banking on the track just being slick. It laid rubber and everybody just got in line. That's just the way it is. I think without a few of those early yellows, we would have been in better shape. It?s racing, and it's done and over with. It's not where we want to be, but we have to deal with it and go on."

Steve Kinser led on the opening start, but due to a full lap not being turned, a complete restart was in order. He battled with Schatz early, before going wheel to wheel with Danny Lasoski. For the 20-time World of Outlaws Champion, it was his second straight Top-Five finish and third overall. He started the night by claiming the victory in the first heat and wound up third in the A-Feature.

"We're starting to get things going in the right direction," said Kinser, driver of the Q Oil Maxim. "It's better than it was. We are still nowhere near where we need to be right now to run with the 15 car and the 9 car right now. We're a lot closer. We'll go back home and go to work and give it a shot next weekend."

For setting fast time, Saldana earned five bonus points, and thus was able to chip nine points off of Schatz?s lead in the championship standings. The second generation driver expects to continue battling Schatz for wins all season long.

"This is huge for us," said Saldana. "If we wouldn't have had that incident at Tulare, we would be right in the thick of things with (Donny) Schatz right now. It's early, but in this Outlaws deal, if you are struggling early, it takes you a long time to get it back. Points are so hard to make up, that you really don't want to be behind too much. As long as we are there and keep running good, we should have a shot at the end of the year."

Danny Lasoski was fourth in the Roth Motorsports Eagle. For the 2001 series champion, it was his fifth Top-10 finish of the season, and third Top-Five, as he is solidly in the Top Ten in points. The native of Dover, Missouri lined up on the outside of the second row for the 35-lap event, and staged a very entertaining battle with Kinser during the first half of the event. He also won a heat race earlier in the night to earn a spot in the dash.

Jason Meyers had a very solid night, as he came home fifth in the Primerica Financial Maxim. He moved around Daryn Pittman on the 12th lap to break into the Top-Five. It was the third Top-Five of the season for the native of Clovis, California.

The rest of the Top-10 was Daryn Pittman in sixth in the Titan Garages Maxim. Terry McCarl came home seventh in the Big Game Treestands Eagle. Craig Dollansky was eighth in the Karavan Trailer Maxim. In ninth it was Tim Kaeding in the Steve Kinser Racing Maxim. Jason Sides rallied for a 10th-place run after winning the B-Main to race his way into the A-Feature, after getting upside in the second heat.

The World of Outlaws will make their maiden voyage to the ultra-fast, high-banked Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee on Saturday March 24.


* BACK IN ACTION: Three-time World of Outlaws Champion Sammy Swindell from Germantown, Tennessee turned his first laps of the season at Pike County Speedway. He finished second in the third heat to earn a spot in the dash, where he finished eighth to line up in the same spot for the 35-lap A-Feature.

* FAST QUALIFIER: Joey Saldana paced the 30 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 3/8-mile oval at 13.813 seconds at 97.734 mph. For his qualifying effort, Saldana earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Terry McCarl (4), Danny Lasoski (3), Daryn Pittman (2), and Craig Dollansky (1).

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Steve Kinser, Donny Schatz, and Danny Lasoski won heat races. Jason Sides won the B-Main. Joey Saldana won the dash.

* 3/8-MILE WINNERS: Pike County Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked oval. The World of Outlaws have raced twice this year on a track size. The winner list includes: Steve Kinser (USA Race Park) and Joey Saldana (Pike County Speedway).

* UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws will make their first ever appearance at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee on Saturday March 24.

* UPCOMING EVENTS: The month of March wrap up at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia on March 31.On April 5, the World of Outlaws return to Paducah International Speedway in Kentucky, followed by a stop at I-55 Raceway in Missouri the next night. A pair of events is then in store at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on April 13-14.

World of Outlaws Sprint Series Statistical Report; Pike County Speedway; March 17, 2007

1) 9-Joey Saldana 13.813
2) 24-Terry McCarl 13.895
3) 83-Danny Lasoski 13.927
4) 21-Daryn Pittman 14.072
5) 7-Craig Dollansky 14.077
6) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 14.078
7) 6-Tim Shaffer 14.155
8) 14-Jason Meyers 14.207
9) 2-Brooke Tatnell 14.230
10) 11-Steve Kinser 14.256
11) 15-Donny Schatz 14.275
12) 1-Sammy Swindell 14.303
13) 11K-Tim Kaeding 14.374
14) 7S-Jason Sides 14.402
15) 3X-Chad Kemenah 14.410
16) 55-Billy Alley 14.413
17) 36-Jason Martin 14.425
18) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 14.439
19) 35-Jac Haudenschild 14.479
20) 1X-Randy Hannagan 14.483
21) 8K-Zach Chappell 14.532
22) 20-Paul McMahan 14.562
23) 11H-Kerry Madsen 14.568
24) R19-Jason Solwold 14.618
25) 40R-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 14.642
26) 5C-Chad Hillier 14.669
27) 12M-James Mosher 14.697
28) 11D-Dion Hindi 14.720
29) D1-Justin Henderson 14.863
30) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 14.919
31) 18-Brian Carlson -.---

Heat 1 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 11-Steve Kinser
2) 9-Joey Saldana
3) 6-Tim Shaffer
4) 21-Daryn Pittman
5) 35-Jac Haudenschild
6) 11K-Tim Kaeding
7) 20-Paul McMahan
8) 40R-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
9) 55-Billy Alley
10) 11D-Dion Hindi

Heat 2 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 15-Donny Schatz
2) 14-Jason Meyers
3) 24-Terry McCarl
4) 7-Craig Dollansky
5) 36-Jason Martin
6) 11H-Kerry Madsen
7) D1-Justin Henderson
8) 1X-Randy Hannagan
9) 7S-Jason Sides
10) 5C-Chad Hillier

Heat 3 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 83-Danny Lasoski
2) 1-Sammy Swindell
3) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
4) R19-Jason Solwold
5) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
6) 3X-Chad Kemenah
7) 2-Brooke Tatnell
8) 8K-Zach Chappell
9) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
10) 12M-James Mosher
11) 18-Brian Carlson

Dash (8 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 9-Joey Saldana
2) 11-Steve Kinser
3) 15-Donny Schatz
4) 83-Danny Lasoski
5) 21-Daryn Pittman
6) 14-Jason Meyers
7) 24-Terry McCarl
8) 1-Sammy Swindell
9) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
10) 7-Craig Dollansky

B-main (12 laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 7S-Jason Sides
2) 1X-Randy Hannagan
3) 20-Paul McMahan
4) 2-Brooke Tatnell
5) 8K-Zach Chappell
6) 5C-Chad Hillier
7) 55-Billy Alley [$200]
8) 40R-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. [$175]
9) 11D-Dion Hindi [$160]
10) D1-Justin Henderson [$150]
11) 12M-James Mosher [$150]
12) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr [$150]
13) 18-Brian Carlson [$150]

A-main (35 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 9-Joey Saldana[1] [$10,000]
2) 15-Donny Schatz[3] [$5,500]
3) 11-Steve Kinser[2] [$3,200]
4) 83-Danny Lasoski[4] [$2,800]
5) 14-Jason Meyers[6] [$2,500]
6) 21-Daryn Pittman[5] [$2,300]
7) 24-Terry McCarl[7] [$2,200]
8) 7-Craig Dollansky[10] [$2,100]
9) 11K-Tim Kaeding[13] [$2,050]
10) 7S-Jason Sides[14] [$2,000]
11) 35-Jac Haudenschild[18] [$1,500]
12) 3X-Chad Kemenah[15] [$1200]
13) 20-Paul McMahan[20] [$1,100]
14) 1X-Randy Hannagan[19] [$1050]
15) 8K-Zach Chappell[23] [$1,000]
16) 36-Jason Martin[16] [$900]
17) 11D-Dion Hindi[26] [$0]
18) 6-Tim Shaffer[11] [$800]
19) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[17] [$800]
20) D1-Justin Henderson[25] [$0]
21) 11H-Kerry Madsen[21] [$800]
22) 1-Sammy Swindell[8] [$800]
23) 10C-Jeremy Campbell[9] [$800]
24) 5C-Chad Hillier[24] [$800]
25) R19-Jason Solwold[22] [$800]
26) 2-Brooke Tatnell[12] [$800]

Lap Leaders: Joey Saldana 1-35

Note: Justin Henderson and Dion Hindi used provisionals to start the A-Feature.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Brian Carlson , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Ricky Stenhouse Jr. , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Tim Kaeding , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.