The Battle Rages On: Just Two Points Separate Joey Saldana & Jason Meyers in the World of Outlaws Title Fight with Steve Kinser Only 55 Markers Back Concord, NC-September 12, 2010- Two points is all that separates Joey Saldana and Jason Meyers...
The Battle Rages On: Just Two Points Separate Joey Saldana & Jason Meyers in the World of Outlaws Title Fight with Steve Kinser Only 55 Markers Back
Concord, NC-September 12, 2010- Two points is all that separates Joey Saldana and Jason Meyers at the top of the World of Outlaws championship standings following the 57th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in California this past weekend.
Meyers took the point lead following the first night of the three-day classic by two points, with Saldana retaking the top spot following the second night, again by just two markers. With the finale of the Gold Cup being lined up by event points earned on each of the first two nights, all competitors earned 75 "Show up" points due to the format being different than a standard World of Outlaws race. A total of 10 point paying races remains on the 2010 calendar.
Saldana finished third on the second night of the Gold Cup, rebounding from some bad luck in the opener that saw him get caught up in an eight-car accident in the early going. He came home 15th in that race. In the finale, he rebounded from a stop in the work area on the 27th lap to change a right rear tire that was going down to finish seventh. The second generation driver leads the World of Outlaws with 12 A-Feature wins this season and is tied for the series lead with 35 Top-Five finishes.
"With the way this year has been with everybody, I'm sure it will come down to the last race," said Saldana after a podium finish on Friday night. "It seems like every time we have a lot of momentum, something stupid happens. We have to run solid every race and not makes mistakes."
Meyers finished fourth in the opener of the Gold Cup and was fifth on the second night to earn the most event points, which put him on the pole for the 40-lap finale, which he would lead all 40 laps of to earn the biggest win of his career. Meyers earned five bonus points in the World of Outlaws standings after setting fast time in the opener of the Gold Cup, which was his sixth fast time honor in an 11-race stretch. He leads the series with 10 quick time honors this season and has earned the most qualifying bonus points of any driver in 2010.
"We definitely have momentum right now," said Meyers after his win in the Gold Cup. "We can't wait to get back to the track. We won at Spencer last year and ran strong at Deer Creek, so I can't wait to get back there. This entire team is doing an amazing job."
Steve Kinser is currently third in points, 55 markers out of the lead on the strength of eight A-Features and a series leading 51 Top-10 finishes. The 20-time series champion finished second in the finale of the Gold Cup, coming through the Last Chance Showdown and then charging from 18th to the runner-up spot. He was leading the opener of the Gold Cup, when a right rear hub broke on his machine ending his night. He worked his way back from an early spin on the second night and was running near the Top-10 when contact with a lapped car on the final lap relegated him to a 19 th-place finish.
Donny Schatz, the four-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, used a win on the second night of the Gold Cup coupled with an eighth-place effort in the opener to gain ground in the standings. He is currently fourth, 119 markers out of the lead as he chases his fifth consecutive title. Schatz finished fourth in the finale of the Gold Cup.
Jason Sides remains fifth in points, as he picked up two more Top-10 finishes during the Gold Cup, coming home sixth in the opener and fourth on the second night. He has 46 Top-10 finishes with 24 of those being Top-Five performances.
Paul McMahan finished in the Top-10 on all three nights of the Gold Cup and remains sixth in points. The California native ran seventh in the opener, was second on Night 2 and was third in the finale. He has 42 Top-10 finishes with 25 being Top-Fives.
Craig Dollansky remains seventh in points, with Lucas Wolfe is eighth, Danny Lasoski ninth and Kraig Kinser 10th.
The World of Outlaws return to action on Friday, September 17 at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, Iowa and Saturday, September 18 at Deer Creek Speedway in Minnesota.