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Joey Saldana celebrates his sweep. (World of Outlaws Photo by Perry Nelson)

Joey Saldana celebrates his sweep. (World of Outlaws Photo by Perry Nelson)

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Joey Saldana completed a sweep of the third annual Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Saturday night.

He dominated the weekend at the 3/8-mile leading all 70 of the laps of the two A-Feature events to pick up a total of $20,000 as the Gold Rush Tour for 2009 continues. For Saldana, it was his series leading 15th A-Feature win of the season and the 54th of his World of Outlaws career.

“My crew works so hard and they definitely deserve to win these races,” said Saldana. “They give me a great car every night and it’s up to me to get the job done. It was a great weekend for this entire team and a great effort both nights.”

The race began with Jason Meyers leading the field into turn one with Saldana challenging him on the high side of turn two, with a red flag flying before they got to turn three. On the complete restart, Meyers again led the field into turns one and two, with Saldana blasting into the lead on the high side of turns three and four.

Saldana jumped to a quick lead and was just about to encounter lapped traffic on the fifth lap when the caution flag flew. A strong restart saw him quickly dart to a sizeable lead. He was working his way through lapped traffic on the eighth lap when he got into the wall in turn two, though he gathered it back up and retained the top spot over Jason Meyers.

The native of Brownsburg, Indiana continued to work his way through traffic aboard the Budweiser Maxim toward the halfway point of the 35-lap race. By the 20th lap he had over a two second lead as he weaved his way through the slower machines, when the second red flag of the night flew.

Meyers kept pace with Saldana on the ensuing restart and took the lead from him on the low side of turn three on the 22nd lap, when the red flag flew, before the lap was completed, thus giving the lead back to Saldana on the restart.

“It’s definitely better to be lucky that good,” the winner said with a smile. “We needed that yellow and I could kind of see how the lapped cars were getting faster on the bottom and it began to take rubber and Jason (Meyers) showed me that.”

Saldana would use a strong restart on the bottom of the track with 13 laps remaining to open a comfortable lead as the laps wound down. He worked his way through traffic over the final eight laps of the race and wound up winning by nearly four seconds.

Saldana endured a total of three red flags and a yellow en route to winning. Two of the red flags were opened up, allowing the crews to work on their machines.

“It was pretty good on the restarts, I just didn’t find that rubber on the bottom of (turn) two fast enough and that could have cost me the race,” he explained. “Once we got to the rubber we had a good car, on the top or wherever we were. They said we pulled away.”

Meyers started on the pole on Saturday night and led on both starts, though Saldana would get around him and officially be credited with leading the opening circuit. Meyers dove under Saldana in turn three on the 22nd lap when the red flag flew for a vicsious crash involving Craig Dollansky. Meyers would end up finishing second in the GLR Investments KPC.

“It’s just how it goes sometimes,” shared Meyers. “Everyone did a great job on this car tonight. It’s unfortunate to get down underneath him and show him where the rubber is at and then the red comes out. It’s unfortunate, but that’s how a race is scored. I’ve won races that way and I have lost them as well. Congratulations to Joey he was fast all night long around the top. We had a good car.”

Steve Kinser lined up fourth and moved into third on the opening lap getting around Lucas Wolfe. Jason Sides got around him on the 17th lap, though the 20-time series champion would take back the third spot on the 21st go-around. He would end up third to pick up his 40th Top-10 finish of the season in the Quaker State Maxim.

“I come so close, but I was having so much trouble getting off (turn) two up top,” shared Kinser. “I came so close on the bottom and wish I could have found that down there a little quicker. Jason (Sides) actually showed it to me and got by me. If you happened to catch a lapped car bad at the end that was the only way you were going to make a pass.”

Meyers began the night by setting fast time in qualifying for the sixth time this season as he picked up five bonus points in the series championship standings as he chases his first title. On the two open red flags, he crew made minimal changes to his machine.

“We had a good car right from the start, so there wasn’t a whole lot to change,” noted the California native. “We made a couple of little changes probably for the sake of making changes. These guys worked hard all night long and we had a really good car.”

Kinser earned his second straight podium finish at Castrol Raceway, where he made history in 2007, winning in the World of Outlaws debut at the state-of-the-art 3/8-mile. Along with battling the rest of the field on Saturday night he battled the racing surface.

“The track got a little tricky at the start and everyone was gun shy,” stated Kinser. “If you ran on the bottom it was throwing all the marbles on top. We had been running the top and Joey (Saldana) got up there on the second lap and got it cleaned off. I would have thought it would have taken more laps than that, but he was pretty fast all weekend.”

Jason Sides finished fourth on Saturday night in the Wetherington Tractor Service Maxim to earn his 17th Top-Five finish of the season. Donny Schatz rounded out the Top-Five in the Armor All J&J.

Danny Lasoski was sixth in the Casey’s General Store JEI, with Lucas Wolfe seventh piloting the Allebach Racing Maxim. Travis Rutz came home eighth in the Pat Beck Motorsports XXX. Paul McMahan was ninth aboard the Extreme Oilfield Technology Maxim. Jayme Barnes rounded out the Top-10 in Jason Sides’ second car.

The World of Outlaws return to action on Friday, September 4 and Saturday, September 5 at Skagit Speedway in Washington.

OIL CITY CUP AT CASTROL RACEWAY NIGHT #2 NOTES

• FAST QUALIFIER: Jason Meyers paced the 23 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked 3/8-mile oval at 13.422 seconds at 100.581 mph. For his qualifying effort, Meyers earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Danny Lasoski (4), Jason Sides (3), Joey Saldana (2), and Steve Kinser (1).

• QUALIFYING WINNERS: Travis Rutz, Jeff Hodgson and Craig Dollansky won heat races. Jason Meyers won the Crane Cams Dash.

• FEATURE WINNERS: There has been 52 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, 34 Raceway, I-55 Raceway and Castrol Raceway-twice), 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, Eldora Speedway, K-C Raceway and Dacotah 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), Craig Dollansky (Lebanon Valley Speedway, I-55 Raceway and River Cities 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), 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: Castrol Raceway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile oval. The World of Outlaws have raced 15 times on a track that size this season. The winners include: Joey Saldana (Lawrenceburg Speedway, Dodge City Raceway Park-twice, U.S. 36 Raceway, 34 Raceway and Castrol Raceway-twice), Donny Schatz (Lawrenceburg Speedway, Cedar Lake Speedway, K-C Raceway and Dacotah Speedway), Jason Meyers (Paducah International Raceway and Ohsweken Speedway, Danny Lasoski (Nodak Speedway) and Jason Sides (Ohsweken Speedway).

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway Night #2; Edmonton, AB; August 29, 2009

Qualifying

1) 14-Jason Meyers 13.422

2) 6-Danny Lasoski 13.509

3) 7S-Jason Sides 13.532

4) 9-Joey Saldana 13.551

5) 11-Steve Kinser 13.564

6) 15-Donny Schatz 13.578

7) 8-Travis Rutz 13.583

8) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 13.636

9) 19-Craig Dollansky 13.636

10) 20-Kraig Kinser 13.650

11) V8-Jeff Hodgson 13.698

12) 11EH-Marc Duperron 13.826

13) 39C-Paul McMahan 13.847

14) 7-Jayme Barnes 13.883

15) R19-Toni Lutar 13.988

16) 4-Tim Gee 14.023

17) 12-Casey Adams 14.077

18) 22-Brian Ellenberger 14.085

19) 15K-Gord Kynoch 14.473

20) 7F-Wade Fleming 14.493

21) 6M-Sean Moran 14.508

22) 97-Jessica Lavallee 15.547

23) 38-Trevor Turnball -.—

24) 44-Kelly Miller 14.487

Heat 1 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 8-Travis Rutz

2) 14-Jason Meyers

3) 20-Kraig Kinser

4) 9-Joey Saldana

5) 39C-Paul McMahan

6) 4-Tim Gee

7) 15K-Gord Kynoch

8) 97-Jessica Lavallee

Heat 2 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) V8-Jeff Hodgson

2) 5W-Lucas Wolfe

3) 11-Steve Kinser

4) 6-Danny Lasoski

5) 7-Jayme Barnes

6) 7F-Wade Fleming

7) 12-Casey Adams

8) 38-Trevor Turnball

Heat 3 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 19-Craig Dollansky

2) 15-Donny Schatz

3) 7S-Jason Sides

4) 22-Brian Ellenberger

5) R19-Toni Lutar

6) 11EH-Marc Duperron

7) 6M-Sean Moran

8) 44-Kelly Miller

Crane Cams Dash (8 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)

1) 14-Jason Meyers

2) 9-Joey Saldana

3) 5W-Lucas Wolfe

4) 11-Steve Kinser

5) 19-Craig Dollansky

6) 7S-Jason Sides

7) 6-Danny Lasoski

8) 15-Donny Schatz

9) 8-Travis Rutz

10) V8-Jeff Hodgson

A-main (35 laps) – Starting Position [#]

1) 9-Joey Saldana[2] [$10,000]

2) 14-Jason Meyers[1] [$5,000]

3) 11-Steve Kinser[4] [$3,000]

4) 7S-Jason Sides[6] [$2,700]

5) 15-Donny Schatz[8] [$2,500]

6) 6-Danny Lasoski[7] [$2,200]

7) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[3] [$2,000]

8) 8-Travis Rutz[9] [$1,800]

9) 39C-Paul McMahan[13] [$1,600]

10) 7-Jayme Barnes[14] [$1,450]

11) 4-Tim Gee[16] [$1,300]

12) 11EH-Marc Duperron[12] [$1,200]

13) 12-Casey Adams[19] [$1,100]

14) 6M-Sean Moran[21] [$1,000]

15) 19-Craig Dollansky[5] [$950]

16) 15K-Gord Kynoch[20] [$900]

17) V8-Jeff Hodgson[10] [$850]

18) R19-Toni Lutar[15] [$750]

19) 22-Brian Ellenberger[17] [$725]

20) 7F-Wade Fleming[18] [$700]

21) 20-Kraig Kinser[11] [$700]

22) 97-Jessica Lavallee[22] [$700]

23) 38-Trevor Turnball[23] [$700]

24) 44-Kelly Miller[24] [$700]

Lap Leaders: Joey Saldana 1-35
SuperClean Start of the Night Award: Craig Dollansky
Penske Power Position Award: Steve Kinser
KSE Hard Charger Award: Sean Moran

– Courtesy of Tony Veneziano of the World of Outlaws

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, August 30 2009
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