World of Outlaws Wrap-Up: Lawrenceburg Speedway Concord, NC--May June 7, 2009 Trading places: While Donny Schatz used a win and a third-place performance at Lawrenceburg Speedway to extend his lead in the World of Outlaws championship standings,...
World of Outlaws Wrap-Up: Lawrenceburg Speedway
Concord, NC--May June 7, 2009
Trading places: While Donny Schatz used a win and a third-place performance at Lawrenceburg Speedway to extend his lead in the World of Outlaws championship standings, the second, third and fourth positions changed a couple of times over the weekend. Following a win on Friday night, Joey Saldana moved to second, with Steve Kinser third and Jason Meyers fourth, just two points behind Kinser. Those three positions all changed again on Saturday, after Kinser used a fourth-place finish to move back into second, after Saldana fell out of the race with a broken U-Joint, finishing 23rd. Meyers used a runner-up finish on Saturday night to move up a spot to third and remains just two points behind Kinser. Saldana is fourth, six markers behind Meyers and eight out of the second spot. Schatz's lead is currently 68 over Kinser and 70 over Meyers.
Rave reviews: After returning to Lawrenceburg Speedway for the first time since the track was reconfigured and the facility overhauled, World of Outlaws drivers offered rave reviews to track promoter Dave Rusidell and his staff. Danny Lasoski the 2001 series champion, who won the Hoosier Fall Classic in his first trip to Lawrenceburg in his debut at the track in 1994, thanked all the fans for coming out on Saturday night during the post-race Victory Lane ceremonies after finishing third.
"They have done a fantastic job with the track and the whole facility," said Lasoski. "I'm glad we were able to race two nights here and hopefully we'll get to come back again down the road, maybe for the fall race."
Donny Schatz, the three-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, was also very impressed by the new Lawrenceburg Speedway. After a third-place finish on Friday night be bettered that by leading the final 17 circuits on Saturday to pick up his seventh win of the season.
"It's an awesome race track and an awesome facility," noted Schatz. "This is my kind of race track. It is high speed and a chess game."
Manhandling the car: Schatz not only battled 23 other competitors on Friday night in the opener at Lawrenceburg Speedway, but he also battled his car for the final 25 laps of the event, after the power steering went out. He wound up finishing third to extend his lead in the series championship standings.
"My arms feel like Jello right now," quipped Schatz after the race on Friday. "It doesn't matter how big you are when you have to wrestle a race car for 35 laps like that. It's a handful."
Being in a position to win: Joey Saldana was not happy with his car after qualifying 14th of the 34 cars in attendance on Friday night, though that put him on the front row of a heat race with the 16-car inversion utilized by the World of Outlaws. His crew continued to work on the car all night making adjustments and we went on to a the heat race and ran third in the Crane Cams Dash to earn a second row starting spot in the A-Feature. He would lead the final 16 laps of the race en route to winning.
"It seems like we don't get the balance of our car right early, but we are good enough in qualifying to make the cut and that puts us in position," shared Saldana after Friday's race. "Drawing a two for the dash helped and even though we didn't run good in the dash and lost a spot, it put us in the first two rows and have a shot at winning it. We just kept working on our car. Willie (Kahne) and Kolten (Gouse) and Kale (Kahne) just worked really hard all night. We changed the rear bars before the feature and it paid off, because we were a lot better. We ran a little harder tire and the second half of the race, we were really good."
Two more Top-fives: Jason Sides picked up two more Top-Five finishes over the weekend as he continues what is his best-ever start to a World of Outlaws season. The 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has 16 Top-10 finishes with eight of those being Top-Five performances. He is just seven points behind Craig Dollansky who is fifth in the championship standings. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee began the weekend by setting fast time on Friday night. It was the third time this season he has paced qualifying which has him tied for second in that category.
"We'll definitely take a couple Top-Fives, though you kind of hate to run fourth after starting on the front row" said Sides on Friday night. "We had never been here with this facility since they changed it. It was a good weekend for us and gives us something to continue to shoot for."
A new number & a new team: Daryn Pittman made his first starts with the World of Outlaws since joining the Keen Motorsports team a couple of weeks ago. The 29-time winner with the series won a heat race on Friday night to earn a spot in the Crane Cams Dash. He finished 13th on Friday night and was 11th on Saturday night in just his third and fourth starts for the Pennsylvania based team. The team will compete a number of times throughout the season with World of Outlaws, mainly in events in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Shooting for wins: Terry McCarl led the first 19 laps on Friday night as he continues to chase his first World of Outlaws win of the season. He came within a few laps of winning earlier this season at Tri-State Speedway also in Indiana before late race contact with 20-time series champion Steve Kinser in that one ended his night.
"The last four or five Outlaws shows that we have been to we've almost won and been in competition to win," said McCarl after a runner-up finish on Friday night. "We're happy about that, but we came here to win. We're not point racing and we came here to win 10-grand. I'm just real disappointed in that."
Photo Gallery: The Media Gallery section of www.WorldofOutlaws.com continues to be updated after each event. Visit www.worldofoutlaws.com/sprint/MediaGallery.aspx to see Photo Galleries from 2009 World of Outlaws events. A Photo Gallery from both nights at Lawrenceburg Speedway will be online within the next couple of days.
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Up next: The World of Outlaws head to Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas for the Boot Hill Showdown on Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13, with the cameras from SPEED on hand to capture all the action.