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Saturday - March 19th, 2011

World of Outlaws - March 19th, 2011

TULARE, Calif. - March 19, 2011 - Joey Saldana admittedly gave away the lead on a double-file restart but promptly charged back to the front on Saturday night at Thunderbowl Raceway to earn his second World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

On a double-file restart with 17 laps complete at the 1/3-mile oval, Saldana was leading and chose the top side in the Kasey Kahne Racing Red Bull Maxim with hometown hero and defending series champion Jason Meyers sliding into the low line. The green flag flew and Meyers shot to the lead in his DDNI/GLR/Allstar Performance/Media-Tile KPC.

"I very nearly gave this one away tonight," said Saldana, of Brownsburg, Ind. "I had been experimenting with both the top and the bottom and thought I'd have more grip up top."

Saldana quickly reeled in Meyers and surged back in front on Lap 22. Saldana then fought his way through traffic, trying to add distance back to Meyers, but on the final lap Meyers, of nearby Clovis, made another charge to the delight of the hometown crowd. However, Saldana was too strong and powered ahead to the checkered flag.

"On the first double-file restart I chose the bottom and it worked out," said Saldana, who won for the fourth time at Thunderbowl Raceway, and the third time in the past three years. "Then we had a single-file restart and I went to the top and I felt like I had a little more grip up there. On the next double I went to the top and it was totally the wrong call. I think it had more grip but it was just too far around. He just snookered me there and I just had to get up on the wheel and run him down. He was running a pretty good pace. I think we could move around a little bit better than him in the lapped cars and that's probably what saved us. When it came time to move, we could move up a lap higher than him going into Turn 3 and that seemed to pay off for us in the end.

"It was a solid car all night. When it came to the feature, it was just a real good race between me and Jason, back and forth. I'm glad we came out on top."

The victory moved Saldana into a tie with Steve Kinser atop the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship standings. Kinser, who finished sixth, has led the points since the first race of the year.

Jac Haudenschild started on the pole alongside Kerry Madsen, who jumped out to a big lead early on before he was forced to the work area with a broken throttle linkage on Lap 16, bringing out the caution and turning the lead over to Saldana. On the double-file restart, a huge pile-up resulted in Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender Cody Darrah taking a wild ride in Turn 4. Darrah walked away unharmed from the Kasey Kahne Racing Great Clips Maxim but the incident also left the cars of Bill Rose, Chad Kemenah, Craig Dollansky and Ben Gregg with damage. A single-file restart lasted only one lap before the caution waved again, setting up the showdown on the Lap 17 double file restart between Saldana and Meyers.

"What a great night for our team and the fans out here in California," said Meyers, who was the night's fastest qualifier. "We were on the pole last night and got rained out [at Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway]. We wanted a win tonight and came close but Joey just had us beat."

Four-time series champion Donny Schatz, of Fargo, N.D., continued his run up the standings by finishing third in the STP/Armor All/Chevrolet J&J. Haudenschild wound up fourth in one of three Roth Motorsports machines in the field while Sammy Swindell rounded out the Top Five.

Qualifying - 1) 14-Jason Meyers 12.794; 2) 7S-Jason Sides 12.907; 3) 9-Joey Saldana 12.987; 4) 15-Donny Schatz 13.011; 5) 7-Craig Dollansky 13.057; 6) 63-Chad Kemenah 13.059; 7) 92-Kerry Madsen 13.068; 8) 83SR-Jac Haudenschild 13.079; 9) O-Jonathan Allard 13.084; 10) 83-Paul McMahan 13.125; 11) 2B-Ben Gregg 13.143; 12) 1-Sammy Swindell 13.166; 13) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 13.193; 14) 55-Trey Starks 13.218; 15) 33E-Evan Suggs 13.262; 16) 83JR-Tim Kaeding 13.263; 17) 29-Bud Kaeding 13.275; 18) 11-Steve Kinser 13.305; 19) 6R-Bill Rose 13.356; 20) 6-Kraig Kinser 13.405; 21) 91-Cody Darrah 13.427; 22) 99-Kyle Larson 13.456; 23) 2L-Logan Forler 13.456; 24) OO-Cory Eliason 13.672; 25) 21-Tommy Tarlton 13.691; 26) 89-Rico Abreu 14.042.

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature) - 1) 83-Paul McMahan[1] 2) 92-Kerry Madsen[2] 3) 14-Jason Meyers[4] 4) 15-Donny Schatz[3] 5) 83JR-Tim Kaeding[6] 6) 21-Tommy Tarlton[9] 7) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[5] 8) 99-Kyle Larson[8] 9) 6R-Bill Rose[7].

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature) - 1) 2B-Ben Gregg[1] 2) 83SR-Jac Haudenschild[2] 3) 29-Bud Kaeding[6] 4) 7-Craig Dollansky[3] 5) 7S-Jason Sides[4] 6) 6-Kraig Kinser[7] 7) 55-Trey Starks[5] 8) 2L-Logan Forler[8] 9) 89-Rico Abreu[9].

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature) - 1) 1-Sammy Swindell[1] 2) O-Jonathan Allard[2] 3) 9-Joey Saldana[4] 4) 63-Chad Kemenah[3] 5) 11-Steve Kinser[6] 6) 91-Cody Darrah[7] 7) 33E-Evan Suggs[5] 8) OO-Cory Eliason[8].

Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) - 1) 83SR-Jac Haudenschild[1] 2) 92-Kerry Madsen[2] 3) 9-Joey Saldana[4] 4) 15-Donny Schatz[3] 5) 7S-Jason Sides[5] 6) 14-Jason Meyers[6] 7) 83-Paul McMahan[8] 8) O-Jonathan Allard[7] 9) 1-Sammy Swindell[10] 10) 2B-Ben Gregg[9].

B-main (8 laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature) - 1) 6R-Bill Rose[4] [] 2) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[1] [] 3) 33E-Evan Suggs[3] [] 4) OO-Cory Eliason[7] [] 5) 55-Trey Starks[2] [] 6) 99-Kyle Larson[5] [] 7) 89-Rico Abreu[8] [$200] 8) 2L-Logan Forler[6] [$180].

A-main (35 laps) - Starting Position [#] - 1) 9-Joey Saldana[3] [$10,000]; 2) 14-Jason Meyers[6] [$5,500]; 3) 15-Donny Schatz[4] [$3,200]; 4) 83SR-Jac Haudenschild[1] [$2,800]; 5) 1-Sammy Swindell[9] [$2,500]; 6) 11-Steve Kinser[17] [$2,300]; 7) 7S-Jason Sides[5] [$2,200]; 8) 83-Paul McMahan[7] [$2,100]; 9) O-Jonathan Allard[8] [$2,050]; 10) 83JR-Tim Kaeding[15] [$2,000]; 11) 29-Bud Kaeding[16] [$1,500]; 12) 99-Kyle Larson[24] [$1,200]; 13) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[13] [$1,100]; 14) OO-Cory Eliason[21] [$1,050]; 15) 6-Kraig Kinser[19] [$1,000]; 16) 63-Chad Kemenah[12] [$900]; 17) 55-Trey Starks[23] [$800]; 18) 6R-Bill Rose[18] [$800]; 19) 92-Kerry Madsen[2] [$800]; 20) 33E-Evan Suggs[14] [$800]; 21) 21-Tommy Tarlton[22] [$800]; 22) 7-Craig Dollansky[11] [$800]; 23) 91-Cody Darrah[20] [$800]; 24) 2B-Ben Gregg[10] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Kerry Madsen 1-12; Joey Saldana 13-17, 22-35; Jason Meyers 18-21. KSE Hard Charger Award: Steve Kinser.

Joey Saldana

Sammy Swindell

Defending World of Outlaws Champ - Jason Meyers

Joey Saldana in Victory Lane

West Coast 360's
Race Results
Saturday - March 19th, 2011


FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Wes Gutierrez (#007 WG), 2. Davey Pombo (#3E Eames), 3. Craig Stidham (#3 Stidham), 4. Richard VanderWeerd (#10 VanderWeerd), 5. Jace VanderWeerd (#88 VanderWeerd), 6. Justyne Hamblin (#8 JH), 7. Rusty Carlisle (#51 Carlisle), 8. Andy Forsberg (#92 Forsberg), 9. Danny Faria Jr. (#2 Bowman). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bud Kaeding (#29 Bowman), 2. Greg Alexander (#72 Tyler), 3. Ryan Bernal (#11x Olmstead), 4. Dennis Howell (#62 Howell), 5. Jonathan Logan (#32 Logan), 6. Garrett Ishii (#71G Ishii), 7. Marty Hawkins (#3m Hawkins), 8. Kevin Barnes (#36B Barnes), 9. Matt Day (#97 Day), 10. T.J. Smith (#14 LeGras). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Nico Russo (#3N Russo)

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bud Kaeding, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Greg Alexander, 4. Andy Forsberg, 5. Davey Pombo, 6. Wes Gutierrez, 7. Craig Stidham, 8. Jace VanderWeerd, 9. Richard VanderWeerd, 10. Marty Hawkins, 11. Garrett Ishii, 12. T.J. Smith, 13. Justyne Hamblin, 14. Rusty Carlile, 15. Kevin Barnes, 16. Matt Day, 17. Danny Faria Jr., 18. Dennis Howell, 19. Jonathan Logan. NT
**Howell flipped on lap 13 of the feature. Faria flipped on lap 24 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Kaeding.

Jonathan Logan

Bud Kaeding Won the West Coast 360 Feature

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