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Joey Saldana Outruns Donny Schatz For Win At The Dirt Track At Charlotte

Joey Saldana Outruns Donny Schatz For Win At The Dirt Track At Charlotte

by May 23, 2014 0 comments

CONCORD, NC – Joey Saldana started on pole and led every lap to take the checkered flag in the Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown Friday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

The win marked Saldana’s fourth at the track; however, it didn’t come easy. While battling Donny Schatz, Saldana lost the lead after being caught up in lapped traffic, but before they could race back to the line, the caution flew when Kory Crabtree spun exiting turn two. With the lineup reverting back to the last completed lap, Saldana was awarded the lead.

On the lap eight restart while running seventh, Shane Stewart flipped end-over-end as he clipped a tire exiting turn four. Nearly the entire field maneuvered to avoid Stewart’s flipping car. The only other driver that wasn’t able to get back going was the No. 49 of Brad Sweet.

As the laps quickly dissipated, Donny Schatz closed the ground on Joey Saldana, and on lap 20, the two drivers split the lapped car of Jason Sides while rounding turns three and four.

“I thought I gave it away when I ran into the back of Jason Sides,” Saldana said. “I knew Donny was on me, and you don’t want to run into anybody, but I knew I had to keep my pace going or he was going to drive right by. I think it’s just instincts. You can’t learn it, you just have to experience it, and some guys are just really, really gifted, and some guys aren’t so you’ve got to work hard at it.”

Schatz came close to taking the lead out of turn four on lap 27 but was unsuccessful. By using the cushion, Schatz was able to stay in contact. Schatz made one last move out of turn four coming to the checkered flag, but in the end, it just wasn’t enough.

“To race Donny Schatz on a slick track,” Saldana said. “I think the one reason that saved me was one and two. The cushion is what saved me, because he’s definitely everybody’s benchmark when it gets slick.”

Next on the schedule for the STP World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, is Lawrenceburg Speedway in Indiana on Monday, May 26, then it’s off to Attica Raceway Park in Ohio for the Kistler Engines Classic on Friday, May 30.

Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown World of Outlaws Results:
1.) 71M Joey Saldana
2.) 15 Donny Schatz
3.) 1S Logan Schuchart
4.) 51 Paul McMahan
5.) 4 Cody Darrah
6.) 83 David Gravel
7.) 11 Steve Kinser
8.) 9 Daryn Pittman
9.) 29 Kerry Madison
10.) 11K Kraig Kinser
11.) 49 Brad Sweet
12.) 19M Brent Marks
13.) W20 Greg Wilson
14.) 1 Sammy Swindell
15.) 63 Chad Kemenah
16.) 1A Jacob Allen
17.) 60 Kory Crabtree
18.) 3F Rick Fraley
19.) 7S Jason Sides
20.) 23 Lance Moss
21.) 2 Shane Stewart
22.) 98H Dave Blaney

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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