River Cities results 2007-06-29

A Clean Sweep: Saldana Wins at River Cities Speedway Joey Saldana was one of only a handful of World of Outlaws drivers that had never competed at River Cities Speedway before Friday. That didn't seem to slow him down though, as he swept the ...

A Clean Sweep: Saldana Wins at River Cities Speedway

Joey Saldana was one of only a handful of World of Outlaws drivers that had never competed at River Cities Speedway before Friday. That didn't seem to slow him down though, as he swept the first night of the Duel in the Dakotas, setting fast time, winning the first heat, winning the Crane Cams Dash and leading all 40-lap of the A-Feature to earn his eighth victory of the season. He is the first World of Outlaws driver this season to sweep a night of racing.

Saldana held off a furious charge by Jac Haudsenchild over the last two laps to earn the $10,000 payday by just 0.056 seconds, to mark the third closest finish of the season. Donny Schatz who battled Saldana for most of the race finished third, with Danny Lasoski fourth and Kerry Madsen fifth.

Saldana is now tied with Schatz for the series lead with eight A-Feature wins. He also leads the series in laps led and number of times that he has been fastest in time trials.

"It was a good run for us," said Saldana, driver of the Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI. "I had never been here before and to set fast time and win the heat, dash and feature is huge for me and this team."

The race began with Saldana leading from the pole, with Steve Kinser quickly jumping into second. On the seventh lap, Kinser took the lead exiting the second turn in traffic, but Saldana powered back around the 20-time World of Outlaw champion coming off the fourth turn to officially be scored the leader at the line.

The pair along with Donny Schatz in third would continue to encounter dense traffic on the high-banked high speed track. Saldana, Kinser and Schatz were bottled up in traffic for a couple of laps, before Schatz used the low side of the track to take the second spot from Kinser on the 26th lap. The red flag flew on the next go-around for an accident involving Kinser, who was running third at the time.

On the ensuing restart, Schatz would pressure Saldana for a number of laps, nearly taking the lead on several occasions. Schatz did take the lead on the 33 lap, but that was negated due to the caution flag flying. By way of World of Outlaws rules, a full lap must be scored for that lap to count. Thus, Schatz lined up in the second spot for the restart.

After enduring a couple more cautions, the three leaders were set for a two-lap shootout as the green flag flew. Haudenschild looked low entering the first turn, but could not quite make the pass. He tried the exact same move the next lap and took the leading as the pair exited the second turn. Joey Saldana used the momentum from the high side of the race track to power down the front straightaway and edged Haudenschild by mere inches at the line, in one of the most exciting races of the season, before a packed grandstand.

"Going into turn three on the last lap it was a guessing game and we came out on top, though I think we guessed wrong," said Saldana. "I definitely needed the race to be over in 40 laps. I didn't know where to go and those guys were going every which way. I got to the lapped cars and I could run through the middle, but I didn't want to try it out in the open."

Haudenschild began the night by getting upside down in the third heat. His crew was able to make repairs to the car in time for the B-Main which he won to earn a spot in the A-Feature. He lined up 13th and quickly made his way to the front, as he earned his second runner-up finish of the season. Ironically the other one was also to Saldana during the Eagle Nationals on June 9.

"The guys had the car going good after the heat race," said Haudenschild, driver of the Wright One Construction Maxim. "They put the car together pretty well and we passed some cars. It was a good night for us. We were good just about anywhere on the race track. We got close to Joey (Saldana) at the end, but couldn't quite get him."

After lining up sixth for the 40-lap event, Schatz quickly found himself in contention for the win. He passed local standout Mark Dobmeier who won a World of Outlaws event last season, before setting his sights on Kerry Madsen. After Schatz got around the Australia, he worked on Terry McCarl.

"It's not where we want to be," said Schatz, driver of the ParkerStore J&J. "We got to the lead and the yellow came out. I guess that's just the way it goes. If you can't win you want to be as close as you can be to the front."

While many of the other drivers had competed at River Cities Speedway in the past, Saldana did not feel as if he was at a disadvantage because of the confidence he has in his team and how they do things. He was able to compare the bullring to a couple of similar tracks that he had visited during his career.

"We used some notes from other places in the past," stated Saldana. "We stayed with what we know, and we may have not been the best car at the end, but it was good enough to win the race."

Saldana is pleased with how things are going after a restructuring of the Kasey Kahne Racing team a few weeks back. With long time crew member Justin Adams, serving as Team Director, along with three new crew members, the team views every opportunity they have to take to the track as a learning experience.

"We're trying to build a crew chief within the team and that's tough with all the competition that is out here," explained the winner. "We're just trying to learn and it's hard to learn when you race with guys that are proven night in and night out. We just come out and do the best we can and tonight was a good night for us. To be a championship contender, we have to run like this every night. Hopefully we can continue to be consistent and not have any more DNF's (did not finish)."

On the restart with two laps to go, Haudenschild quickly went to the bottom of the track, as Saldana was protecting the high groove. Though he inched ahead on both of the last two laps of the race, it was Saldana who was officially scored the leader each time at the line.

"We were just trying to figure out a way around him," said Haudenschld. "He was running very strong and we had to try to go where he didn't go."

Haudenschild turned what could have been a very bad night into a very good one. His team worked non-stop after the heat race until the B-Main to have his car ready for him to finish the night.

"Everybody did a real good job," noted the native of Wooster, Ohio. "It took a lot of work to get it back together. We messed a few things up on it, but the guys worked hard and it turned out petty good for us."

Schatz did not want to see the number of late yellows flags, as he was very fast in traffic and preferred being in traffic compared to being in clean track. In traffic, he turned some of the fastest laps of the race.

"If we would have gone 40 laps non-stop, I guarantee that we would have won the race, but we didn't go non-stop," said Schatz, who hails from North Dakota. "We did the best we could and came up a few spots short."

With a number of cars running the high side of the track early in the race, Schatz was able to utilize the middle groove to pass a number of cars. With his 34th Top-10 finish in 37 events, Schatz continues to hold the lead in the World of Outlaws championship standings.

"We gained most of spots in the middle and on the bottom," he pointed out. "We knew the top would kind of go away. We just had to make sure we kept the tires caught up. I may have had the car a little bit tight and had a few things wrong, but we were better in the feature than we were in the dash. We were able to go forward."

Danny Lasoski finished fourth in the Roth Motorsports JEI. The 2001 World of Outlaws champion lined up 11th and just three laps into the race was in the Top-10 and broke into the Top-Five on the 22nd circuit. Late in the race, he was all over the Top-Three, as he looked for an opening or one of the leaders to make a mistake.

Kerry Madsen followed up his strong run on Monday night at Black Hills Speedway with another solid run at River Cities Speedway on Friday night. The native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia finished fifth in the Selma Shell Maxim.

Daryn Pittman was sixth in the Titan Garages Maxim, with local standout Mark Dobmeier seventh, Craig Dollansky eighth in the Karavan Trailers Maxim, Paul McMahan ninth in the Bass Pro Shops Eagle and Jason Solwold was 10th in the City Wide Insulation Maxim.

World of Outlaws Statistical Report: River Cities Speedway; Grand Forks, ND; June, 29, 2007

1) 9-Joey Saldana 9.952
2) 20-Paul McMahan 9.983
3) 15-Donny Schatz 10.034
4) D1-Justin Henderson 10.068
5) 83-Danny Lasoski 10.095
6) R19-Jason Solwold 10.116
7) 35-Jac Haudenschild 10.136
8) 3X-Chad Kemenah 10.151
9) 6-Tim Shaffer 10.157
10) 24-Terry McCarl 10.175
11) 11-Steve Kinser 10.272
12) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 10.281
13) 21-Daryn Pittman 10.287
14) 13-Mark Dobmeier 10.288
15) 8K-Zach Chappell 10.298
16) 11H-Kerry Madsen 10.302
17) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 10.303
18) 9N-Wade Nygaard 10.312
19) 7-Craig Dollansky 10.313
20) 11D-Dion Hindi 10.424
21) 5C-Chad Hillier 10.430
22) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 10.442
23) 22-Jason Linnell 10.468
24) 14-Jason Meyers 10.473
25) 36-Jason Martin 10.485
26) 2-Brooke Tatnell 10.504
27) 21K-Lou Kennedy Jr. 10.534
28) 7S-Jason Sides 10.556
29) 31-Shane Romeling 10.559
30) 92-Mike Sitzman Jr. 10.580
31) 1-Chris Shirek 10.587
32) 10TR-Bob Martin 10.626
33) 1X-Randy Hannagan 10.660
34) 8-Casey Mack 10.704
35) 18-Brian Carlson 10.715
36) 33-Scott McDonald 10.736
37) 6N-Greg Nikitenko 10.763
38) 81-Chris Burke 10.808
39) 14M-Austin Monson 10.830
40) 11X-Nick Shirek 10.850
41) 18W-Ryan Wilson 10.960
42) 14T-Tom Egeland 11.022
43) 17-Dave Sobczak 11.024
44) 99-Jordan Graham 11.931
45) 69-Tom Cummings 12.026

Heat 1 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 9-Joey Saldana
2) 6-Tim Shaffer
3) 21-Daryn Pittman
4) 83-Danny Lasoski
5) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
6) 5C-Chad Hillier
7) 36-Jason Martin
8) 1X-Randy Hannagan
9) 6N-Greg Nikitenko
10) 31-Shane Romeling
11) 18W-Ryan Wilson
12) 69-Tom Cummings

Heat 2 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 13-Mark Dobmeier
2) 24-Terry McCarl
3) R19-Jason Solwold
4) 20-Paul McMahan
5) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
6) 9N-Wade Nygaard
7) 2-Brooke Tatnell
8) 92-Mike Sitzman Jr.
9) 8-Casey Mack
10) 81-Chris Burke
11) 14T-Tom Egeland

Heat 3 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 11-Steve Kinser
2) 15-Donny Schatz
3) 8K-Zach Chappell
4) 7-Craig Dollansky
5) 1-Chris Shirek
6) 21K-Lou Kennedy Jr.
7) 22-Jason Linnell
8) 17-Dave Sobczak
9) 14M-Austin Monson
10) 18-Brian Carlson
11) 35-Jac Haudenschild

Heat 4 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 11H-Kerry Madsen
2) 14-Jason Meyers
3) D1-Justin Henderson
4) 11D-Dion Hindi
5) 7S-Jason Sides
6) 10TR-Bob Martin
7) 33-Scott McDonald
8) 11X-Nick Shirek
9) 99-Jordan Graham
10) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
11) 3X-Chad Kemenah

Crane Cams Dash (8 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 9-Joey Saldana
2) 24-Terry McCarl
3) 11-Steve Kinser
4) 11H-Kerry Madsen
5) 13-Mark Dobmeier
6) 15-Donny Schatz
7) D1-Justin Henderson
8) 14-Jason Meyers
9) 6-Tim Shaffer
10) 20-Paul McMahan

C-main (10 laps, top 2 finishers transferred to B-main)
1) 6N-Greg Nikitenko
2) 33-Scott McDonald
3) 81-Chris Burke [$125]
4) 14M-Austin Monson [$125]
5) 17-Dave Sobczak [$125]
6) 18W-Ryan Wilson [$100]
7) 11X-Nick Shirek [$100]
8) 99-Jordan Graham [$100]
9) 69-Tom Cummings [$100]
10) 18-Brian Carlson [$100]
11) 14T-Tom Egeland [$100]

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 35-Jac Haudenschild
2) 5C-Chad Hillier
3) 36-Jason Martin
4) 2-Brooke Tatnell
5) 10C-Jeremy Campbell [$200]
6) 1X-Randy Hannagan [$180]
7) 9N-Wade Nygaard [$175]
8) 21K-Lou Kennedy Jr. [$160]
9) 8-Casey Mack [$150]
10) 6N-Greg Nikitenko [$150]
11) 92-Mike Sitzman Jr. [$150]
12) 31-Shane Romeling [$150]
13) 10TR-Bob Martin [$150]
14) 22-Jason Linnell [$150]
15) 3X-Chad Kemenah [$150]
16) 33-Scott McDonald [$150]

A-main (40 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 9-Joey Saldana[1] [$10,000]
2) 35-Jac Haudenschild[13] [$5,500]
3) 15-Donny Schatz[6] [$3,200]
4) 83-Danny Lasoski[11] [$2,800]
5) 11H-Kerry Madsen[4] [$2,500]
6) 21-Daryn Pittman[14] [$2,300]
7) 13-Mark Dobmeier[5] [$2,200]
8) 7-Craig Dollansky[17] [$2,100]
9) 20-Paul McMahan[10] [$2,050]
10) R19-Jason Solwold[12] [$2,000]
11) 6-Tim Shaffer[9] [$1,500]
12) 24-Terry McCarl[2] [$1,200]
13) 14-Jason Meyers[8] [$1,100]
14) D1-Justin Henderson[7] [$1,050]
15) 2-Brooke Tatnell[22] [$1,000]
16) 8K-Zach Chappell[15] [$900]
17) 7S-Jason Sides[23] [$800]
18) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.[20] [$800]
19) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[16] [$800]
20) 5C-Chad Hillier[19] [$800]
21) 1-Chris Shirek[24] [$800]
22) 11D-Dion Hindi[18] [$800]
23) 36-Jason Martin[21] [$800]
24) 11-Steve Kinser[3] [$800]

Lap Leaders: Joey Saldana 1-40 KSE Hard Charger Award: Jac Haudenschild

-credit: woo

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