WOO: Saldana Hits the Jackpot; Wins Night One of FVP Outlaw Showdown in Las Vegas

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Joey Saldana took over for early leader Brian Brown and drove to his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series triumph of the season in Thursday night’s FVP Outlaw Showdown presented by Dollar Loan Center at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas.

The win is the first for Saldana with his new team, Roth Motorsports, and for newly minted crew chief Eric Prutzman.

“I haven’t been doing very good as a driver lately,” Saldana said. “Tonight it was all about staying patient and not doing anything stupid, and I didn’t make any mistakes so we are standing here on the front straightaway.”

The Brownsburg, Ind.-native started the 30-lap feature third, while Brown led the field to the green in his FVP/Casey’s General Store No. 21.

Brown, who dominated the dash after he started from the pole, appeared to be the man to beat in the feature as well.

Saldana slid into the runner-up position after he passed second-place starter and point leader Brad Sweet. Sweet settled into third just in front of teammate Daryn Pittman and Jason Johnson.

The top five remained consistent throughout the early part of the race, with Brown pulling out to a substantial lead early. Brown faced his biggest challenge once he approached lapped traffic as it brought second and third to his rear bumper.

Charging his way through the field, Shane Stewart piloted his American Born Moonshine/Eneos Oil No. 2 from 15th to crack the top five. Stewart took advantage of the outside line as he gained 11 positions by the time the checkered flag waved.

Up front, Brown continued to dominate until mechanical issues struck the leader on lap 19. With only 11 laps to go, Brown retired from the race handing the lead over to Saldana.

Saldana took the lead on the restart, holding back the Kasey Kahne Racing teammates of Pittman and Sweet who had combined to win four of the first five races of the season.

Saldana stretched his lead on Pittman, who had made his way around teammate Sweet, as the laps winded down. Pittman never could get close enough to the leader to make a move as Saldana led the final 10 laps and claimed his first victory of the season and first since the final night of last season’s Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals.

“It was a great effort by everyone on this Roth Motorsports team,” Saldana said. “We qualified well, heat raced well and everything just went the way it was planned. And, as a driver, you have to be able to finish these things off and I haven’t been doing that.”

Finishing second for the third time this year, Pittman continued Kasey Kahne Racing’s streak of at least one car finishing on the podium.

“We’ll take second, we gave it all we had,” Pittman said. “We got a decent restart to get past Brad (Sweet), but that was all about where I was, the bottom was definitely better.

“The Great Clips guys did a heck of a job…we continue to unload fast race cars and be in the hunt. We have had a lot of really disappointing second place finishes this year but this isn’t one. We will take it as a good night.”

Rounding out the top three was Sweet who only has one finish outside of the top three all season long, which was a fourth place finish last weekend at Cotton Bowl Speedway.

“It’s good when you can say you’re disappointed with third,” Sweet said. “It shows just how good the team has been…I knew if I covered the bottom it was going to be really hard to pass.”

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues action at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday night for the finale of the FVP Outlaw Showdown Presented by Dollar Loan Center double-header.

 

World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; Las Vegas, Nev.; March 3, 2016

A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 83-Joey Saldana [3] [$10,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [4] [$5,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [2] [$3,000]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [15] [$2,700]; 5. 41-Jason Johnson [7] [$2,500]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [14] [$2,200]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [13] [$2,000]; 8. 29-Kerry Madsen [8] [$1,800]; 9. 24R-Rico Abreu [11] [$1,600]; 10. 1-Sammy Swindell [16] [$1,450]; 11. 24-Terry McCarl [17] [$1,300]; 12. 82-Dusty Zomer [5] [$1,200]; 13. 18S-Jason Solwold [20] [$1,100]; 14. 5-David Gravel [12] [$1,000]; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart [18] [$950]; 16. 2L-Danny Lasoski [9] [$900]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6] [$850]; 18. 73-Brady Bacon [21] [$750]; 19. 17W-Bryan Clauson [10] [$725]; 20. 7-Paul McMahan [24] [$700]; 21. 21-Brian Brown [1] [$700]; 22. 55L-Aaron Reutzel [22] [$700]; 23. 41X-Dominic Scelzi [19] [$700]; 24. 44W-Austen Wheatley [23] [$700].

Lap Leaders: Brian Brown 1-19, Joey Saldana 20-30.

KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Shane Stewart [+11]

Qualifying – 1. 41-Jason Johnson, 14.311; 2. 24R-Rico Abreu, 14.418; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.495; 4. 21-Brian Brown, 14.532; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.595; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.595; 7. 2L-Danny Lasoski, 14.631; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.632; 9. 73-Brady Bacon, 14.678; 10. 55L-Aaron Reutzel, 14.778; 11. 24-Terry McCarl, 14.796; 12. 41X-Dominic Scelzi, 14.888; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.897; 14. 2LX-Logan Forler, 14.956; 15. 7-Paul McMahan, 14.971; 16. 33V-Henry VanDam, 14.971; 17. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 15.035; 18. 90-Lance Norick, 15.444; 19. 3F-Colton Slack, 15.785; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.623; 21. 29-Kerry Madsen, 14.651; 22. 83-Joey Saldana, 14.669; 23. 5-David Gravel, 14.671; 24. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.706; 25. 82-Dusty Zomer, 14.759; 26. 17W-Bryan Clauson, 14.787; 27. 1-Sammy Swindell, 14.809; 28. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 14.884; 29. 18S-Jason Solwold, 14.892; 30. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.958; 31. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.959; 32. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 15.130; 33. 88N-DJ Netto, 15.150; 34. 17-Josh Baughman, 15.169; 35. 68-Chase Johnson, 15.235; 36. O-Bud Kaeding, 15.308; 37. 44-Chris Martin, 15.319; 38. 55-Trey Starks, 15.348

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [1]; 3. 2L-Danny Lasoski [4]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 5. 24-Terry McCarl [6]; 6. 7-Paul McMahan [8]; 7. 73-Brady Bacon [5]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [7]; 9. 13-Mark Dobmeier [9]; 10. 3F-Colton Slack [10]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 3. 24R-Rico Abreu [1]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [4]; 5. 41X-Dominic Scelzi [6]; 6. 55L-Aaron Reutzel [5]; 7. 2LX-Logan Forler [7]; 8. 90-Lance Norick [9]; 9. 33V-Henry VanDam [8]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 83-Joey Saldana [2]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1]; 3. 17W-Bryan Clauson [4]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [3]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7]; 6. 44W-Austen Wheatley [5]; 7. 55-Trey Starks [10]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [6]; 9. 17-Josh Baughman [8]; 10. O-Bud Kaeding [9]

Heat 4 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 82-Dusty Zomer [3]; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen [1]; 3. 5-David Gravel [2]; 4. 1-Sammy Swindell [4]; 5. 18S-Jason Solwold [5]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [6]; 7. 88N-DJ Netto [7]; 8. 68-Chase Johnson [8]; 9. 44-Chris Martin [9]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 21-Brian Brown [7]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 3. 83-Joey Saldana [6]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 5. 82-Dusty Zomer [8]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 7. 41-Jason Johnson [1]; 8. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 73-Brady Bacon [1] [-]; 2. 55L-Aaron Reutzel [3] [-]; 3. 44W-Austen Wheatley [2] [-]; 4. 7-Paul McMahan [9] [-]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [5] [$300]; 6. 2LX-Logan Forler [7] [$250]; 7. 55-Trey Starks [18] [$225]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [6] [$200]; 9. 13-Mark Dobmeier [13] [$200]; 10. W20-Greg Wilson [4] [$200]; 11. 88N-DJ Netto [8] [$200]; 12. O-Bud Kaeding [14] [$200]; 13. 68-Chase Johnson [12] [$200]; 14. 17-Josh Baughman [10] [$200]; 15. 44-Chris Martin [16] [$200]; 16. 90-Lance Norick [15] [$200]; 17. 3F-Colton Slack [17] [$200]; 18. 33V-Henry VanDam [11] [$200].

CREDIT: World of Outlaws

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