The World of Outlaws at Eldora Speedway May 7-8 2010
Mike Campbell Photos
|Paul McMahan||Joey Saldana||Kraig Kinser|
|Donny Schatz||Tim Kaeding||Jessica Zemken|
|Justin Henderson||Lee Jacobs||Lucas Wolfe|
|Jac Haudenschild||Kraig Kinser||Sammy Swindell|
|Craig Dollansky||Lucas Wolfe||Dale Blaney|
|Jessica Zemken||Randy Hannagan||Tim Shaffer|
|Rob Channey||Joey Saldana||Jason Sides|
|Steve Kinser||Tyler Walker||View of the pits|
|View of the pits||Daryn Pittman||Kerry Madsen|
|Dale Blaney||Craig Dollansky & Tim Shaffer||Kerry Madsen & Jason Sides|
|Joey Saldana & Tim Kaeding||Daryn Pittman & Cale Conley||Jason Meyers & Sammy Swindell|
|Kasey Kahne Racing pits||Lucas Wolfe & Donny Schatz||Brian Ellenberger & Daryn Pittman|
|Sammy Swindell||Joey Saldana & Daryn Pittman||Brad Sweet|
|Daryn Pittman||Dustin Daggett||Jason Sides|
|Steve Kinser||Charlie Fisher & Jac Haudenschild||Craig Dollansky|
|Cale Conley||Brad Sweet||Justin Henderson|
|Justin Henderson||Chad Kemenah||Todd Kane|
|Daryn Pittman||Dustin Daggett||Jason Meyers|
|Brian Ellenberger||Paul McMahan||Toni Lutar|
|Lee Jacobs||Tim Kaeding||Cale Conley|
|Paul May||Brian Paulus||Donny Schatz|
|Ben Gregg||Sam Hafertepe Jr.||Joey Saldana & crew in Victory Lane Friday night|
|Danny Lasoski & Cale Conley||Chad Kemenah & Craig Dollansky||Chad Kemenah & Kerry Madsen|
|Jason Meyers & Jac Haudenschild||Sammy Swindell, Craig Dollansky & Paul McMahan||Joey Saldana & Paul McMahan|
|Brad Sweet & Lucas Wolfe||Donny Schatz & Lucas Wolfe||Donny Schatz & Toni Lutar|
|Paul McMahan & Jac Haudenschild||Paul McMahan & crew in Victory Lane Saturday night|
|Doallansky Hauler||Back straight billboards||Tim Kaeding's Roth Motorsports Hauler|
|Craig Dollansky||Dustin Daggett||Sam Hafertepe Jr.|
|Toni Lutar||Todd Kane||Infield Tower|
|Work'n Woody & World of Outlaws Media Trailer||Work'n Woody||Lucas Wolfe's Hauler|
|Jason Meyers Hauler||Kerry Madsen||Danny Lasoski's Hauler|
|View of the pits||Danny Lasoski||Brian Ellenberger|
|Dale Blaney||Jason Sides||Kraig Kinser|
|Steve Kinser||Steve Kinser's TSR Hauler||View of the pits|
|View of the pits||Jason Meyers||Main Grandstands|
|View of the pits||Jac Haudenschild||Lucas Wolfe|
|Ben Gregg's Hauler||Sammy Swindell||Justin Henderson|
|Lee Jacobs||Tim Kaeding||Paul McMahan|
|Joey Saldana||Brad Sweet||Turn 3 & 4 Suites|
|View of the pits||View of the pits||Kasey Kahne Racing pits|
|Rob Chaney||Goodyear Tire Trailer||Front straight & turn 1|
|Front straight & turn 4||Victory Lane & Infield||Chad Kemenah|
|Chad Kemenah||View of the pits||Scoreboard & JumboTron TV|
|Back straight pit gate||Back straight||View of the pits|
|Randy Hannagan||Randy Hannagan||Turns 3 & 4 Suites|
|Turns 3 & 4 Suites||Turn 4||Front straight grandstands|
|Turn 1||Turms 1 & 2||Turn 2|
|Back straight||Ben Gregg||Lucas Wolfe|
|JumboTron TV||Below main grandstands||Front straight & turns 1 & 2|
|Turn 4 & Suites||Suites||Turn 3 & back straight|
|Center of infield||Turn 4 & main grandstands||Turn 3 & 4 pits|
|Turn 4 terrace||Turn 4 & front straight||Front straight pits|
|Turn 4 terrace||Front straight||Center of infield|
|Turn 3 & 4 pits||Top of grandstands||Bar|
|Earl & Bernice Baltes statues in main entrance||Earl & Bernice Baltes statues in main entrance||Turns 1 & 2|
|Center of infield||Flag Stand||Turn 3 & 4|
|Front straight & turns 3 & 4||Turn 1 & 2 Terrace||Donny Schatz pits|
|Turn 3 & back straight||Turn 1 Terrace||Paul McMahan celebrates World of Outlaws Feature Win|
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Saldana Storms to Victory at Eldora Speedway: Scores Fourth Win of 2010
Rossburg, OH- May 7, 2010- Joey Saldana felt like a win slipped away from him last weekend at Jackson Speedway when he suffered a flat tire late in the going and he made up for it on Friday, as he was victorious in the opener of Outlaw Thunder by Goodyear for the World of Outlaws at the famed Eldora Speedway in Ohio, despite significant damage to the left sideboard of his top wing.
For Saldana, it was his fourth A-Feature win of the season, which ties him with current point leader Jason Meyers atop the win list. Saldana lined up sixth and gained two spot on the opening lap and was up to third on the second circuit. He got around Donny Schatz for second on the 11th lap and took the lead from Lucas Wolfe in turns three and four on the following circuit and would pace the remainder of the distance aboard the Budweiser Maxim.
"We had an awesome car tonight," said Saldana. "That's the way it was in '08 when we won a couple races here and were leading the others and blew tires. We kind of strayed away from that and last year we really struggled here. We went back tonight to how we ran our car in '08 and I can't say enough about my guys. They did a great job."
The first caution of the night flew on the 13th lap with Saldana choosing the high line to restart in, on the double file restart. He charged into turn one, with Schatz and Wolfe battling for the second spot. Saldana would open a big lead as the laps wound down, hitting lapped traffic again on the 19th go-around.
"At Eldora with how the track gets and my car was running very well on the top, so that was where I was going," shared Saldana of the double file restart. "Even if I was on the bottom, I was going to the top. It was a really good night for us and we'll come back tomorrow and hopefully we can duplicate this performance."
The race was scheduled for 30 laps, but was declared official after a lap-25 caution when rain began to pour down. The final caution of the night flew for four-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz, who had a flat tire while running second. He ended up 18th as the final car on the lead lap.
For Saldana, the win was his eighth with the World of Outlaws at Eldora In his career at the famed half-mile with the series he has nearly 50 Top-10 finishes. Winning at Eldora is always extra special for Saldana, as his father Joe won a number of races at the track as well during his career.
"When my dad raced, this was actually one of the few tracks that I got to watch him race at," explained the second generation driver. "It really hasn't changed that much since then. Tony (Stewart) took it over and he kind of changed it a little bit, but now it's back to the way it was when my dad raced here. When it's like this, it's such a fun track to drive. I love it and enjoy it. I respect it as well, because I know it can bite you. I just love racing here."
Wolfe lined up second and took the lead from Schatz on the eighth lap in traffic, using the low side of the back straightaway to get a strong run going into turn three. The native of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania would lead four laps en route to matching his season-best finish of second. It was his second consecutive podium finish aboard the Allebach Racing Maxim as he continues to close in on his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature win.
"Good results tonight, with all things considered," said Wolfe. "It was our strongest run of the year. I'm happy to have a good result here, racing with Joey (Saldana and (Donny) Schatz. Obviously they are two of the best anywhere." Wolfe was held up just a bit in lapped traffic on the 12th lap allowing Saldana to close in and take the lead. After lining up on the low side on the double file restart on the 13th lap, he fell back to third, but battled right back to get around Schatz and reclaim the runner-up position.
"It certainly benefited us being in lapped traffic and I was able to get (Donny) Schatz and then the same thing happened with Joey (Saldana)," noted the 2008 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year. "We missed it just a little and played a little wrong on that one caution. If it would have come out one lap earlier, we could have restarted on the front. It was a strong result for us and we'll come back tomorrow and see if we can improve one spot better and get ourselves a win."
Steve Kinser was third in the Bass Pro Shops Maxim in his first start at Eldora driving for Tony Stewart Racing.
Paul McMahan came home fourth in the Great Clips Maxim to earn his sixth Top-Five finish of the season and also moved up a couple of spots in points to seventh.
Jason Meyers rounded out the Top-Five in the GLR Investments KPC to extend his string of Top-10 finishes to start the season to 14. He leads the World of Outlaws championship standings by 15 markers over Steve Kinser as he chases his first title.
Danny Lasoski finished sixth in the Casey's General Store JEI, with Craig Dollansky in seventh piloting the Big Game Treestands Maxim. Sammy Swindell came from 15th to finish eighth in the Big Game Treestands Maxim. Kerry Madsen came home ninth in his first World of Outlaws start of the season aboard the Halls Haulage KPC. Chad Kemenah came from 18th to finish 10th in the Golden Flavor Sesame Sticks Maxim.
The World of Outlaws wrap up Outlaw Thunder by Goodyear at Eldora Speedway on Saturday, May 8, which kicks off with a special Pre-race Pit Party from 3:30-5 p.m., which will allow fans with a grandstand ticket to cross the track and meet their favorite drivers.
Paul McMahan Breaks Through at Eldora in Finale of Outlaw Thunder by Goodyear: Scores First Win of 2010
Rossburg, OH- May 8, 2010- Paul McMahan had been knocking on the door for the last few weeks as he looked for his first win of the season, racking up six Top-Five finishes in his last eight starts heading into the finale of Outlaw Thunder by Goodyear at Eldora Speedway. He broke through on Saturday in impressive fashion at the famed half-mile on a very windy and chilly night to score his first win of 2010 with the World of Outlaws and his first since joining Kasey Kahne Racing earlier this season to fill in for the injured Cody Darrah.
McMahan used a strong restart on the 28th lap after lining up on the low side of the track on the double file restart while running second. He used a masterful slide job in turn one to take the lead from Sammy Swindell and would withstand one final double file restart to take home the $10,000 triumph, which was the ninth of his World of Outlaws career and his first with the series since 2007. It was his second career win with the series at Eldora.
"I can't say enough about everyone on my team and just Kasey Kahne believing in me and giving me a shot," said McMahan in Victory Lane "It was an unfortunate situation of how I got in this race car with Cody (Darrah) getting hurt, but I'm taking the opportunity that I have and it's nice to get back to Victory Lane . It's been a long time."
The race began with Sammy Swindell taking the lead from Jac Haudenschild who started on the pole as the pair of Hall of Famers entered turn one. Joey Saldana moved into third on the opening circuit as the lead trio spread out a bit. Swindell set a blistering pace early in the race and was in lapped traffic just five circuits into the 30-lap contest.
Swindell masterfully worked his way through traffic and had a huge lead with five laps to go when a red flag flew for a Cale Conley flip. On the ensuing restart, Swindell chose the high side of the track and despite significant damage to his machine was able to jump out to a lead. The caution came out with three laps remaining for Joey Saldana who had a flat tire while running third, as well as Craig Dollansky who was running fourth.
On the double file restart that followed, Swindell again chose the outside line and led the field into turn one, where McMahan was able to take the lead. McMahan began the night by turning the quickest lap in time trials for the second consecutive night aboard the Great Clips Maxim.
"We weren't that good and then that red flag came out and the tires cooled off or something," noted McMahan. "We had that restart and I drove that thing down in the middle and it stuck and I got by Sammy (Swindell). I was a little concerned when the yellow came back out with Sammy having another shot at me."
After taking the lead, McMahan opened a slight lead while Danny Lasoski battled Swindell for the runner-up spot. The final caution of the night flew with a couple of laps remaining leading to one last double file restart. McMahan chose the outside line for the restart en route to the win.
"It was a pretty easy choice," he stated. "The inside lane I didn't think was very good and we had a pretty good restart there. The outside lane seemed to be the best choice and I just had to beat Sammy into (turn) one and he tried to give me a slider and I kind of pinched him a little bit to make sure he couldn't get a full slide job on me. Once I got out front, I think it was smooth sailing after that."
Lasoski started 16th and steadily worked his way to the front on his way to a runner-up finish in the Casey's General Store JEI. Lasoski lined up fourth on the final restart and was able to get around both Daryn Pittman and Swindell to gain two spots.
"The car was operating very good and we came from way back," said Lasoski. "I can't say enough about this JEI car, with Kistler power and the crew. My hat's off to the 91 car, they did a great job. I think Sammy (Swindell) had some trouble with his wing. For me this was like a victory tonight."
Swindell led the first 27 laps of the race and was in control until contact with Cale Conley damaged his machine. He sustained a broken wing cylinder and also had some oil leaking from his machine during the following red flag. The three-time series champion wound up third as he continues to fill in for the injured Terry McCarl in the Big Game Treestands Maxim.
"We kind of messed up some stuff down there," explained Swindell. "That wheel got out in front of me and I ran it over and I was lucky to save it. These guys gave us a great car and I thought we were going to lap the field. We were catching those guys so easy. The car was way loose after that and the wing was about a foot or foot and a half forward of where we had it."
Steve Kinser finished fourth on Saturday night to earn his series leading 11th Top-Five finish of the season in the Bass Pro Shops Maxim for Tony Stewart Racing. He also took over the top spot in the series standing by three markers over Jason Meyers, who finished 13th.
Donny Schatz, the four-time and defending series champion came home fifth in the Armor All/STP J&J. Daryn Pittman was sixth aboard the Indy Race Parts Eagle. Craig Dollansky recovered from a flat tire in the late going to finish seventh in the Big Game Treestands Maxim. Kerry Maxim was eighth to score his second consecutive Top-10 in the Halls Haulage KPC. Jac Haudenschild rebounded from a flat tire to finish ninth in the Owens-Corning Fiberglass XXX. Lucas Wolfe rounded out the Top-10 in the Allebach Racing Maxim.
Kraig Kinser earned the Chizmark Larson Hard Luck after his team changed engines a few times over the course of the night, before having additional engine problems in the main event.
The World of Outlaws return to action on Thursday, May 13 and Friday, May 14 at the famed Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania for two full nights of racing.
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