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Jason Sides Wins Finale of Six Nations Showdown at Ohsweken

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Ohsweken, ONAfter having a flat tire while running second on Tuesday night while battling for the lead and a win, Jason Sides had one thing on his mind on Wednesday and that was to pick up another victory at Ohsweken Speedway, where he has been blazing fast in all three of his starts. He did pick up that win in convincing fashion in the finale of the Six Nations Showdown, leading the final 24 laps of the 30-lap contest to score his first win of the 2009 campaign and the third of his World of Outlaws career.

Jason Sides and his crew celebrate their win (World of Outlaws photo by Alex & Helen Bruce)

Jason Sides and his crew celebrate their win (World of Outlaws photo by Alex & Helen Bruce)

It was his second career win at Ohsweken Speedway, as he was also victorious in 2007 when the World of Outlaws made their debut at the 3/8-mile located in Ontario, Canada. In three career starts at the track, he has led laps in each and every one and been in contention for the victory each time. He has now led 50 laps of A-Feature competition at the track which is the most of any driver.

“This has been a good place for us,” said Sides in Victory Lane on Wednesday night. “We got our win here in ‘07 and to come back here and get another win is great for us. I have to say hi to my mom and dad and my wife Farrah at home and (daughter) Skylar at home. They have all been listening on the internet and it’s great for all of us.”

Sides led the first nine laps on Tuesday night after starting on the pole and was running second when he had a flat tire on the 12th lap. While winning on Wednesday does not completely make up for the near miss on Tuesday, it was a very special win for Sides aboard the Wetherington Tractor Service Maxim.

“It’s tough,” he said. “It’s really tough. Those things happen. This does make it pretty sweet that we can come back and get a win.”

The race began on Wednesday night with Craig Dollansky jumping to the lead after starting on the outside of the front row. Sides, who started third, quickly got around Jason Meyers who had started on the pole to take the second spot. He closed in on Dollansky on the third lap, with Dollansky pulling away a slight bit on the following circuit. The leaders entered lapped traffic on the sixth lap, when the first caution flag of the night flew.

On the restart, Sides looked low in turns one and two nearly taking the lead from Dollansky and did take the top spot from him as the pair powered their way through turns three and four. He quickly pulled away once in the lead. He was in lapped traffic on the eighth go-around, though the second caution of the night came on the 10th lap giving him clear track to work with.

Another strong restart propelled Sides to about a six-car length lead and just three laps after the restart he was back in traffic. An open red flag on the 16th lap gave all the crews a chance to work on their machines and Sides again used a strong restart to jump out to a sizeable advantage.

Sides began to pull away with 10 laps remaining as Craig Dollansky and Donny Schatz battled for the second spot. The leader found himself in lapped traffic the last couple of laps, but weaved his way through the slower machines en route to the victory.

“I don’t know about a rail, but it was up and down and all over the place,” shared Sides when asked about how good his car was. “The track turned out pretty good for us with the amount of rain they got here overnight and earlier today. I just want to thank all the spectators for coming out. If it wasn’t for you guys we couldn’t be out here racing.”

Schatz lined up fifth in the Armor All J&J and got around Jac Haudenschild on the opening lap before working on Jason Meyers for third. The three-time and defending series champion had a spirited battle with Craig Dollansky for second for a majority of the second half of the race. Schatz moved into the second position with five laps remaining and wound up finish in the runner-up spot.

“We were pretty decent,” noted Schatz. “I decided on that last red that I was going to drive it like it wasn’t going back to the United States. It helped a little bit and I just had to sit up in the seat a little more. We got a couple of spots there. Jason (Sides) has always been good here and we’ve run second to him twice and we normally don’t like to run second, but he did a great all night and I’m glad to get what we did.”

The open red flag helped Schatz and his Tony Stewart Racing team as they made a number of adjustments during that time. The runner-up finish was his series leading 27th Top-Five finish of the season as he chases his fourth consecutive title.

“We changed everything but the driver,” quipped the North Dakota native. “They did a great job and made good changes and got me where I needed to be a little better. It always helps to do that. Nobody likes to see red flags, but tonight was a pretty demanding race track. It was a big guessing game and we just got a chance to adjust on it and get a little better.”

Craig Dollansky finished third for the second consecutive night at Ohsweken. He won the Crane Cams Dash to earn the pole for the A-Feature and led the field into turns one and two at the start and paced the field for the first five laps. Going back to his win at Lebanon Valley Speedway on Sunday night, the native of Elk River, Minnesota has three straight podium finishes in the DirecTV Maxim.

“We’d definitely like to have been a few spots better, but Jason (Sides) and those guy had a good race car,” Dollansky said. “I ended up knocking the floor pan out of this thing on the last restart and had my hands full and also packed the left rear with mud and had a pretty serious vibration. We were just trying to hang on there at the end and get the best finish we could. This Kasey Kahne Racing team has been working hard and we’ll keep plugging away and get some more wins.”

Dollansky gained ground on Sides a couple of times in lapped traffic, while running second, though each time the caution came out putting the leaders back in open track.

“I really wanted to get into lapped traffic until we started to have the problems we had at the end,” he noted. “Every time we got into lapped cars, it seemed like the yellow would come out. We’ll keep working hard at this program and head to the next race.”

Jason Meyers, who won at Ohsweken Speedway on Tuesday night, finished fourth in the GLR Investments KPC. Jac Haudenschild was fifth for the second consecutive night aboard the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Maxim. Lucas Wolfe was sixth in the Allebach Racing Maxim, with fellow Pennsylvanian Cody Darrah seventh piloting the J&K Salvage Maxim. Danny Lasoski came home eighth in the Casey’s General Store JEI. Kraig Kinser was ninth aboard the Bass Pro Shops Maxim, with Steve Kinser rounding out the Top-10 in the Quaker State Maxim.

The World of Outlaws return to action on Saturday, August 1 at K-C Raceway near Chillicothe, Ohio.

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY NIGHT #2 NOTES

• FAST QUALIFIER: Joey Saldana paced the 38 cars that took time with a record setting AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked 3/8-mile oval at 12.420 seconds at 108.696 mph. For his qualifying effort, Saldana earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Jason Meyers (4), Jac Haudenschild (3), Danny Lasoski (2), and Jason Sides (1).

• QUALIFYING WINNERS: Craig Dollansky, Jason Meyers, Daryn Pittman and Donny Schatz won heat races. Jason Meyers won the Crane Cams Dash. Wayne Johnson won the B-Main.

FEATURE WINNERS: There has been 45 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature event held in 2009. The winners include: Joey Saldana (Volusia Speedway Park, Silver Dollar Speedway, Thunderbowl Raceway, Lone Star Speedway, Houston Raceway Park, The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Virginia Motor Speedway, Lawrenceburg Speedway, Dodge City Raceway Park-twice, U.S. 36 Raceway and 34 Raceway), Donny Schatz (Volusia Speedway Park-twice, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Knoxville Raceway, Eldora Speedway, Canandaigua Speedway, Lawrenceburg Speedway, River Cities Speedway, Cedar Lake Speedway and Eldora Speedway), Danny Lasoski (Delaware International Speedway, Nodak Speedway, Eagle Raceway, Charter Raceway Park and Lernerville Speedway), Jason Meyers (Silver Dollar Speedway, Paducah International Raceway, I-96 Speedway, Red River Valley Speedway and Ohsweken Speedway), Greg Hodnett (Williams Grove Speedway-twice), Steve Kinser (Tri-State Speedway and Limaland Motorsports Park), Terry McCarl (Knoxville Raceway and Eldora Speedway), Dale Blaney (Attica Raceway Park), Craig Dollansky (Lebanon Valley Speedway), Randy Hannagan (Thunderbowl Raceway), Tim Kaeding (Riverside International Speedway),Chad Kemenah (Manzanita Speedway), Jason Sides (Ohsweken Speedway) and Stevie Smith (Lernerville Speedway).

3/8-MILE WINNERS: Ohsweken Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile oval. The World of Outlaws have raced 11 times on a track that size this season. The winners include: Joey Saldana (Lawrenceburg Speedway, Dodge City Raceway Park-twice, U.S. 36 Raceway and 34 Raceway), Jason Meyers (Paducah International Raceway and Ohsweken Speedway), Donny Schatz (Lawrenceburg Speedway and Cedar Lake Speedway), Danny Lasoski (Nodak Speedway) and Jason Sides (Ohsweken Speedway).

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report Ohsweken Speedway Night #2; Ohsweken, ON; July, 29, 2009

Qualifying

1) 9-Joey Saldana 12.420

2) 14-Jason Meyers 12.551

3) R19-Jac Haudenschild 12.646

4) 6-Danny Lasoski 12.647

5) 7S-Jason Sides 12.650

6) 59-Erin Crocker 12.678

7) 89-Cody Darrah 12.717

8) 20-Kraig Kinser 12.741

9) 19-Craig Dollansky 12.750

10) 11-Steve Kinser 12.761

11) 17-Dayrn Pittman 12.777

12) 15-Donny Schatz 12.795

13) 22-Brian Ellenberger 12.827

14) O7X-Wayne Johnson 12.831

15) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 12.853

16) O-Glenn Styres 12.883

17) 63-Chad Kemenah 12.985

18) 32-Justin Barger 13.062

19) 1Z-Jessica Zemken 13.222

20) O5-Keith Dempster 13.284

21) 3T-Tony Beaber 13.426

22) 77X-Ryan Hunsinger 13.522

23) 71C-Jack Helget 13.563

24) 17T-Jeff Taylor 13.626

25) 5D-Dave Dykstra 13.652

26) 18-Kevin Loveys 13.737

27) 30-Dain Naida 13.740

28) 14H-Tom Huppuncen 13.742

29) 21X-Kevin Job 13.834

30) O1-Mikey Kruchka 13.885

31) AU77-Brett Milburn 13.977

32) 27-Jamie Collard 14.024

33) 36-Mike Stelter 14.204

34) 21J-John Burbridge 14.242

35) 83W-James Whittaker 14.553

36) 7M-Justin Martin 14.124

37) 5M-Brad Malloy 14.248

38) 67-Chris Durand 14.783

Note: The 7M, 5M and 67 cars all had illegal wings and were thus scored behind all legal cars in all events.

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 19-Craig Dollansky

2) 7S-Jason Sides

3) 9-Joey Saldana

4) 63-Chad Kemenah

5) 22-Brian Ellenberger

6) 5D-Dave Dykstra

7) 3T-Tony Beaber

8) 21X-Kevin Job

9) 36-Mike Stelter

10) 5M-Brad Malloy

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 14-Jason Meyers

2) 11-Steve Kinser

3) 59-Erin Crocker

4) 77X-Ryan Hunsinger

5) 18-Kevin Loveys

6) O1-Mikey Kruchka

7) 21J-John Burbridge

8) O7X-Wayne Johnson

9) 32-Justin Barger

10) 67-Chris Durand

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 17-Dayrn Pittman

2) 5W-Lucas Wolfe

3) R19-Jac Haudenschild

4) 1Z-Jessica Zemken

5) 89-Cody Darrah

6) 71C-Jack Helget

7) AU77-Brett Milburn

8) 30-Dain Naida

9) 83W-James Whittaker

Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 15-Donny Schatz

2) 20-Kraig Kinser

3) O-Glenn Styres

4) O5-Keith Dempster

5) 6-Danny Lasoski

6) 14H-Tom Huppuncen

7) 27-Jamie Collard

8) 7M-Justin Martin

9) 17T-Jeff Taylor

Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)

1) 14-Jason Meyers

2) 19-Craig Dollansky

3) 7S-Jason Sides

4) R19-Jac Haudenschild

5) 15-Donny Schatz

6) 11-Steve Kinser

7) 9-Joey Saldana

8) 20-Kraig Kinser

9) 17-Dayrn Pittman

10) 5W-Lucas Wolfe

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) O7X-Wayne Johnson

2) 32-Justin Barger

3) 3T-Tony Beaber

4) 5D-Dave Dykstra

5) 30-Dain Naida [$200]

6) 14H-Tom Huppuncen [$180]

7) 27-Jamie Collard [$175]

8) AU77-Brett Milburn [$160]

9) 21X-Kevin Job [$150]

10) 36-Mike Stelter [$150]

11) 21J-John Burbridge [$150]

12) 71C-Jack Helget [$150]

13) 83W-James Whittaker [$150]

14) 17T-Jeff Taylor [$150]

15) O1-Mikey Kruchka [$150]

16) 67-Chris Durand [$150]

17) 7M-Justin Martin [$150]

18) 5M-Brad Malloy [$150]

A-main (30 laps) – Starting Position [#]

1) 7S-Jason Sides[3] [$10,000]

2) 15-Donny Schatz[5] [$5,000]

3) 19-Craig Dollansky[2] [$3,000]

4) 14-Jason Meyers[1] [$2,700]

5) R19-Jac Haudenschild[4] [$2,500]

6) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[10] [$2,200]

7) 89-Cody Darrah[13] [$2,000]

8) 6-Danny Lasoski[11] [$1,800]

9) 20-Kraig Kinser[8] [$1,600]

10) 11-Steve Kinser[6] [$1,450]

11) 9-Joey Saldana[7] [$1,300]

12) 17-Dayrn Pittman[9] [$1,200]

13) 63-Chad Kemenah[17] [$1,100]

14) O-Glenn Styres[16] [$1,000]

15) 59-Erin Crocker[12] [$950]

16) 77X-Ryan Hunsinger[22] [$900]

17) O5-Keith Dempster[20] [$850]

18) 3T-Tony Beaber[21] [$750]

19) 18-Kevin Loveys[24] [$725]

20) O7X-Wayne Johnson[15] [$700]

21) 22-Brian Ellenberger[14] [$700]

22) 5D-Dave Dykstra[23] [$700]

23) 32-Justin Barger[18] [$700]

24) 1Z-Jessica Zemken[19] [$700]

Lap Leaders: Craig Dollansky 1-5, Jason Sides 6-30
SuperClean Start of the Night Award: Jason Meyers
Penske Power Position Award: Craig Dollansky
KSE Hard Charger Award: Cody Darrah

- World of Outlaws

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Wednesday, July 29 2009
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