World of Outlaws
Saturday - March 6th, 2010
World of Outlaws
Saturday - March 6th, 2010
Second No More: Joey Saldana Scores First Win of 2010
Tulare, CA- March 6, 2010- For many drivers, picking up the first win of a new season is one of the toughest feats to accomplish in racing. After being victorious 21 times overall last season with the World of Outlaws, Joey Saldana certainly knew the way to the winner's circle heading into 2010. He came close to winning each of the first four races this season, finishing in the runner-up spot in three of those.
Saldana broke though in a big way on Saturday night at Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California before a huge crowd to score his first A-Feature win of the season to earn $10,000 in the 35-lap contest aboard the Budweiser Maxim. It was the 60th A-Feature triumph of his career with the World of Outlaws.
'It was a great effort by my team,' said Saldana. 'We blew up in the dash and they worked hard to get the motor changed, so we really didn't get to work on our car too much. My car was pretty good for 35 laps and the motor held in there. It was a total team effort by everyone involved.'
For Saldana, the win was his third at Thunderbowl Raceway with the World of Outlaws, which is the most of any driver dating back to the series debut at the track in 2003. The second generation driver scored his first victory at the track in 2007 and followed that up with a triumph last season at the high-banked 1/3-mile. He used a couple of strong starts to jump to the lead over pole sitter Tim Kaeding.
'It's very hard to win out here,' shared Saldana. 'Last year we won the second race of the season and it just rolled. Once you win one, it seems like it comes easier and easier. It seems like you are not thinking about winning as much and worrying about racing. Now, we can focus on racing and hopefully win some more.'
In addition to winning on Saturday night, Saldana took over the top spot in the World of Outlaws championship standings after four-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz had some trouble and wound up 20th after making a couple of trips to the work area after earlier contact led to him getting upside down. Schatz was tied with Steve Kinser entering the event. Kinser came all the way from 21st to finish sixth, though fell a couple of spots in the standings to third. Saldana has a seven point lead over Jason Meyers, and is nine markers ahead of Kinser.
'When I'm leading in October, then I'd be happy,' Saldana stated when asked about leading the points. 'This is so early in the year that points don't matter yet. We just want to win races and keep our sponsors happy. As long as we are doing good and keeping everyone happy, I can continue to race and that's my goal.'
After his win on Friday at his home track, Jason Meyers lined up eighth in the finale and after a first lap tangle involving Craig Dollansky and Jac Haudenschild that led to a complete restart, he took the green flag on the outside of the second row. Meyers got around Donny Schatz early in the race and the pair battled for the fourth spot for a number of laps. He moved into third on the ninth lap getting around Lucas Wolfe and was up to second on the 11th lap after Tim Kaeding's night came to an end while in the runner-up spot.
'This team worked hard all night,' said Meyers. 'D.J. (Lindsey- crew chief) made a few points before we went out and changed the car around a little bit and we had a much better race car. That thing was scary to drive in the dash. To have a weekend like this at home in front of all of my sponsors, family and friends is awesome.'
On the second restart on the 11th lap, after a yellow and then red flag, Meyers inched ahead of Saldana in turn one down low, but Saldana used the momentum of the top side of the track to blast back around him and quickly opened a comfortable lead. One final restart on the 14th lap after Lucas Wolfe broke a driveshaft while running third, gave Meyers another chance at Saldana on a restart. He looked low in turns one and two, but was not able to get a run on the leader. Meyers wound up second in the GLR Investments KPC.
'That may have helped, but the bottom line is that he was getting through traffic as well as we were,' shared the native of Clovis, California when asked if heavy lapped traffic would had helped. 'We had a good race car tonight and it was good enough for second. We just couldn't get a good enough run on him. Thanks to all of the fans for coming out tonight. It was another great crowd tonight and another great point night tonight. It looks like we are going to have a great year and I am looking forward to it.'
Fred Rahmer finished a very strong third in just his second career start at Thunderbowl Raceway on Saturday night after making his debut at the bullring on Friday night. He started 14th and moved up a couple of rows after the first lap tangle between Dollansky and Haudenschild. He found himself in the Top-Five by just the 11th lap of the 35 lap affair aboard the C&S Lawn & Landscape machine.
'I really enjoyed being out here and meeting some new people,' said Rahmer. 'We don't have anything like this back in Pennsylvania. I have never seen any place like this. I appreciate everyone for having me out.'
Rahmer and his team had a helping hand over the weekend, as multi-time King of California and fellow Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding, who has won 20 times over the years at the high-banked bullring, was helping them with their set-up.
'It's a lot of pressure, because when you get advice from someone like that, you have to live up to it,' Rahmer stated. 'Last night my car was better than my finish so I had to try and make up for it tonight. The guys had the car very good and we were very fortunate.'
Kraig Kinser picked up his best finish of the season on Saturday night coming home fourth in the Quaker State Maxim. Jason Sides continued a very consistent start to the 2010 campaign by finishing fifth in the Wetherington Tractor Service Maxim. He is one of just four drivers that has finished in the Top-10 in every race this season.
Steve Kinser was the KSE Race Products Hard Charger after coming all the way from the 21st starting spot to finish sixth in the Bass Pro Shops Maxim.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. was seventh in the Lone Star Speedway machine, with Paul McMahan eighth in the Great Clips Maxim. Tommy Tarlton was ninth piloting the Corporate America Lending Eagle, with Daryn Pittman rounding out the Top-10 aboard the Hunter Truck Sales Maxim.
The World of Outlaws return to action on Friday, March 12 at Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas and on Saturday, March 13 at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown as part of the Second Annual Texas Two-Step Weekend.
THUNDERBOWL RACEWAY NIGHT #2 NOTES
'FAST QUALIFIER: Lucas Wolfe paced the 29 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 1/3-mile oval at 12.692 seconds at 94.453 mph. For his qualifying effort, Wolfe earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Craig Dollansky (4), Jonathan Allard (3), Kraig Kinser (2) and Donny Schatz (1).
' THUNDERBOWL RACEWAY NIGHT #2 QUALIFYING WINNERS: Tim Kaeding, Jac Haudenschild and Joey Saldana won heat races. Tim Kaeding won the dash. Evan Suggs won the B-Main.
' FEATURE WINNERS: There have been five World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature events held in 2010. The winners include: Jason Meyers (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Thunderbowl Raceway), Steve Kinser (Volusia Speedway Park), Joey Saldana (Thunderbowl Raceway) and Donny Schatz (Volusia Speedway Park).
' 1/3-MILE WINNERS: Thunderbowl Raceway is a high-banked 1/3-mile oval. The World of Outlaws have raced twice this season on a track that size. The winners included: Jason Meyers (Thunderbowl Raceway) and Joey Saldana (Thunderbowl Raceway).
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Thunderbowl Raceway; Tulare, CA; March 6, 2010
1) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 12.692
2) 7-Craig Dollansky 12.708
3) O-Jonathan Allard 12.724
4) 11K-Kraig Kinser 12.728
5) 15-Donny Schatz 12.738
6) 9-Joey Saldana 12.796
7) 83-Tim Kaeding 12.831
8) R19-Jac Haudenschild 12.831
9) 91-Paul McMahan 12.845
10) 14-Jason Meyers 12.916
11) 24-Terry McCarl 12.932
12) 7S-Jason Sides 12.954
13) 21-Tommy Tarlton 12.982
14) 6-Danny Lasoski 12.987
15) 51-Fred Rahmer 12.992
16) 33E-Evan Suggs 13.013
17) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 13.027
18) 83JR-Tim Shaffer 13.029
19) 2B-Ben Gregg 13.039
20) 94-Zach Zimmerly 13.058
21) OO-Cory Eliason 13.074
22) 44W-Austen Wheatley 13.098
23) 17-Daryn Pittman 13.121
24) 11-Steve Kinser 13.179
25) 63-Chad Kemenah 13.196
26) 4X-Toni Lutar 13.392
27) X-Charlie Louden 13.421
28) 23-Jerry Wise 14.071
29) 10-Anthony Simone 14.315
Heat 1 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature) - Starting Position [#]
1) 83-Tim Kaeding 
2) 14-Jason Meyers 
3) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 
4) 11K-Kraig Kinser 
5) 2B-Ben Gregg 
6) 63-Chad Kemenah
7) 23-Jerry Wise 
8) 33E-Evan Suggs 
9) 21-Tommy Tarlton 
10) 44W-Austen Wheatley
Heat 2 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature) - Starting Position [#]
1) R19-Jac Haudenschild 
2) 24-Terry McCarl 
3) 7-Craig Dollansky 
4) 15-Donny Schatz 
5) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 
6) 6-Danny Lasoski 
7) 17-Daryn Pittman 
8) 94-Zach Zimmerly 
9) 4X-Toni Lutar 
10) 10-Anthony Simone 
Heat 3 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature) - Starting Position [#]
1) 9-Joey Saldana 
2) 7S-Jason Sides 
3) 91-Paul McMahan 
4) 11-Steve Kinser 
5) 51-Fred Rahmer 
6) OO-Cory Eliason 
7) O-Jonathan Allard 
8) 83JR-Tim Shaffer 
9) X-Charlie Louden 
Dash (8 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) - Starting Position [#]
1) 83-Tim Kaeding 
2) 9-Joey Saldana 
3) 15-Donny Schatz 
4) 7-Craig Dollansky 
5) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 
6) R19-Jac Haudenschild 
7) 11K-Kraig Kinser 
8) 14-Jason Meyers 
9) 7S-Jason Sides 
10) 24-Terry McCarl 
B-main (8 laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature) - Starting Position [#]
1) 33E-Evan Suggs 
2) 94-Zach Zimmerly 
3) 17-Daryn Pittman 
4) 21-Tommy Tarlton 
5) 4X-Toni Lutar 
6) 10-Anthony Simone 
7) 23-Jerry Wise [$200] 
8) 83JR-Tim Shaffer [$180] [DNS]
9) O-Jonathan Allard [$175] [DNS]
10) 44W-Austen Wheatley [$160] [DNS]
11) X-Charlie Louden [$150] [DNS]
A-main (35 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 9-Joey Saldana [$10,000]
2) 14-Jason Meyers [$5,000]
3) 51-Fred Rahmer [$3,000]
4) 11K-Kraig Kinser [$2,700]
5) 7S-Jason Sides [$2,500]
6) 11-Steve Kinser [$2,200]
7) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [$2,000]
8) 91-Paul McMahan [$1,800]
9) 21-Tommy Tarlton [$1,600]
10) 17-Daryn Pittman [$1,450]
11) 2B-Ben Gregg [$1,300]
12) 24-Terry McCarl [$1,200]
13) 33E-Evan Suggs [$1,100]
14) 94-Zach Zimmerly [$1,000]
15) 6-Danny Lasoski [$950]
16) R19-Jac Haudenschild [$900]
17) 10-Anthony Simone [$850]
18) 63-Chad Kemenah [$750]
19) 5W-Lucas Wolfe [$725]
20) 15-Donny Schatz [$700]
21) OO-Cory Eliason [$700]
22) 83-Tim Kaeding [$700]
23) 4X-Toni Lutar [$700]
24) 7-Craig Dollansky [$700]
Lap Leaders: Joey Saldana 1-35
KSE Hard Charger Award: Steve Kinser
Penske Power Position Award: Daryn Pittman
Notes: Jonathan Allard and Tim Shaffer were both transported to a local hospital for observation after a very hard accident in the third heat race. After a very hard accident on Friday night, Brian Ellenberger sat out the race on Saturday.
Joey Saldana dominates Saturday night main event at Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway and takes World of Outlaws point lead in process
By Gary Thomas
Tulare, CA - March 8, 2010 - A night after saying he didn't quite drive hard enough after finishing in the runner-up spot Brownsburg, Indiana's Joey Saldana came back on Saturday and left nothing on the table to dominate much of the main event in convincing fashion and score his fourth career victory at Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway.
It marked the third time that the "Brownsburg Bullet" has captured a WOO feature at the 1/3 mile clay oval and the second straight season he has won the finale of the March double-header weekend. "I really have to thank my team tonight because this one was a total team effort," said Saldana, who now sits atop the series standings. "We blew the motor in the dash and these guys worked hard to get it fixed in time for the feature and the car was still really fast so I'm pretty happy to be standing here right now."
The 35-lap affair began with Saldana getting the jump over pole sitter Tim Kaeding, but things were slowed down right off the bat when Craig Dollansky and Kaeding got together in turn one, which resulted in Dollansky getting upside down and collecting Jac Haudenschild. When the green lights came back on Saldana once again rocketed into the lead aboard his Kasey Kahne Racing, Budweiser No. 9 machine as he attempted to put some distance between he and the rest of the field.
Early in the going that didn't happen though as Kaeding stayed within striking distance of Saldana every step of the way and the pair put on a show battling for the lead on the extremely hooked-up Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway clay. While trying to chase down the leader Kaeding also had to deal with the night's fastest qualifier Lucas Wolfe, who continued a very strong and impressive weekend attempting to move his way into the fight for the lead.
The complexion of the race would change on lap 11 however, as Kaeding's DTR Transport, Roth Motorsports No. 83 broke loose in the second corner and spun around collecting four-time WOO champ Donny Schatz to bring out the red flag. Kaeding had too much damage to continue and although Schatz returned, he would also soon be out of the race after pitting during an ensuing caution and ultimately getting trapped in the work area. With Kaeding out of the race nobody was even close to Saldana up front, even despite Friday night's winner Jason Meyers moving up to the second spot on the restart after passing Wolfe a couple of circuits prior to the lap 11 accident.
The final caution of the race spelled disaster for Wolfe as a reported broken driveshaft ended his night on the 14th lap while sitting in the third position aboard his Allebach Racing No. 5w. It was the second night in a row the Pennsylvania driver had issues take away solid top-five runs, but despite the tough luck Wolfe was very impressive over the weekend and showed what he's certainly capable of doing after getting more and more laps on the different tracks across the country.
The final 21-laps of the race was all about Saldana up front as he charged through lapped traffic with no hesitation and maintained a comfortable margin over second place Meyers throughout the rest of the feature to take the checkered flag and earn his first World of Outlaws victory of the season. "It's so tough to win these things because there are so many great drivers out here and no matter how many you win they always feel special," Saldana commented following the main event. "The first one during the season is always the hardest so now we can just focus on racing and hopefully more wins will come."
After winning his first career World of Outlaws main event at Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway on Friday Clovis, CA racer Jason Meyers backed it up with a second place effort on Saturday at the helm of his GLR Investments, Elite Racing No. 14. "The team worked real hard all weekend and to be able to win last night and run second tonight is pretty awesome with all my sponsors, family and friends in attendance," said Meyers, who now sits just seven digits behind Saldana for the series point lead. "I want to congratulate Joey and his team because they were checked out tonight and he got through traffic really good so the rest of us were pretty much racing for second."
Coming home in third and having a very impressive run after starting from 14th was Pennsylvania legend Fred Rahmer, who made a successful Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway debut that also included a dash win and sixth place finish on Friday in his C&S Lawn Landscape, Material Handling Systems No. 51 machine. One stretch of Saturday's feature saw "Fast Freddy" pass a number of cars as he ripped around the 1/3 mile clay like a Thunderbowl veteran. "It was really nice coming out here and meeting some new people and I had a lot of fun," Rahmer said. "I've never seen a place like this because we don't have anything like it back home. I appreciate everyone for having me out here and have to thank Brent Kaeding and his guys for helping out with the set-up."
The remainder of the top-10 in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series main event was comprised of Bloomington, Indiana's Kraig Kinser, Bartlett, Tennessee's Jason Sides, Bloomington, Indiana's Steve Kinser, Sunnyvale, Texas' Sam Hafertepe Jr, Nashville, Tennessee's Paul McMahan, Easton, CA's Tommy Tarlton and Owasso, Oklahoma's Daryn Pittman.
Joey Saldana in Victory Lane
Danny Lasoski - Daryn Pittman
Photos by Paul Trevino Racing Photos
4 Wide Salute to the Fans
#6 Danny Lasoski - 11 Steve Kinser
#5 Lucas Wolfe - #83 Tim Kaeding
#94 Zach Zimmerly - #21 Tommy Tarlton
Photos by Jack Hedstrom
West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series
March 6, 2010 - Tulare, California - Thunderbowl Raceway
The companion USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series main event was picked off by Dean "Kiwi" Alexander, who inherited the lead after contact between Danny Sheridan and Peter Murphy took them out of contention for the win. The scheduled 30-lapper began with Alexander grabbing the lead, but that didn't last long as Murphy shot around him on lap three to put his Tarlton & Son Inc, Tachi Palace No. 21 into the top-spot. Sheridan soon followed suit and began to apply heavy-intense pressure to the rear of Murphy with the driver known as "Showtime" looking high and low to do something with the leader.
Sheridan would finally make the move on lap 11 to claim the lead aboard his Kittle Motorsports No. 18 mount, but soon after taking the lead contact would ensue between him and Murphy, which resulted in Sheridan's sprinter getting upside down in turn three and putting him out of the race. With front end damage to his car Murphy also stopped and the Clovis driver was forced to pit and make repairs. When the green flag came out again Alexander led the field into turn one, but soon felt pressure from Fresno's Craig Stidham.
The former Trophy Cup champ methodically closed in on Alexander as he tried to find a way by the McCowan Motorsports No. 11, but he would run out of laps when a caution on lap 25 also brought out the checkered flag due to curfew considerations. Alexander would score the win with Stidham, Danny Faria Jr, Jace VanderWeerd, Garrett Ishii, Richard VanderWeerd, Peter Murphy, Chris Ennis, Jimmy Thompson and Andy Ferris rounding out the top-10.
Racing action will return to the Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway on Saturday night April 3 with an event featuring the USAC West Coast 360 Sprinters and dirt modifieds.
West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series Race Results
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Peter Murphy (#21 Tarlton), 2. Jace VanderWeerd (#88 VanderWeerd), 3. Dave Knott (#28 Knott), 4. Andy Ferris (#4J Ferris), 5. Richard VanderWeerd (#10 VanderWeerd), 6. Albert Pombo (#35 Pombo), 7. Jesse Mack (#8M May), 8. Matt Day (#97 Day). 2:19.87.
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dean Alexander (#11 McCowan), 2. Justyne Hamblin (#8 JH), 3. Jonathan Logan (#32 Evett/Logan), 4. Garrett Ishii (#71G Ishii), 5. Steve Osborne (#9J Osborne), 6. Bill Jones (#16J Jones), 7. Brandon Thomson (#92 Thomson). NT.
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ricky Kirkbride (#87 Van Meter), 2. Jimmy Thompson (#71 Eames), 3. Craig Stidham (#3S Stidham), 4. Chris Ennis (#86 Ennis), 5. T.J. Smith (#14 UHL), 6. Koen Shaw (#88K Shaw), 7. Geoffrey Strole (#09S Strole). 2:26.17.
FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Danny Sheridan (#18 Kittle), 2. Danny Daria Jr. (#17V Faria), 3. Matt Streeter (#14JR Streeter), 4. Davey Pombo (#3P Bowman), 5. Wes Gutierrez (#007 WG), 6. Aaron Altaffer (#21A Dorothy), 7. Rusty Carlile (#51 Carlile). NT.
SEMI: (10 laps) 1. R. VanderWeerd, 2. A. Pombo, 3. Osborne, 4. Altaffer, 5. Mack, 6. Day, 7. Smith, 8. Shaw, 9. D. Pombo, 10. Carlile, 11. Strole. NT.
FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Dean Alexander, 2. Craig Stidham, 3. Danny Faria Jr., 4. Jace VanderWeerd, 5. Garrett Ishii, 6. Richard VanderWeerd, 7. Peter Murphy, 8. Chris Ennis, 9. Jimmy Thompson, 10. Andy Ferris, 11. T.J. Smith, 12. Jonathan Logan, 13. Steve Osborne, 14. Matt Day, 15. Justyne Hamblin, 16. Danny Sheridan, 17. Dave Knott, 18. Jesse Mack, 19. Albert Pombo, 20. Ricky Kirkbride, 21. Matt Streeter, 22. Wes Gutierrez. NT.
West Coast 360 Sprint Cars - #18 Danny Sheridan - #17v Danny Faria
Dean Alexander Won the West Coast 360's Race
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