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Strong East Coast Swing Vaults Joey Saldana Back into World of Outlaws Championship Lead

By Tony Veneziano

Concord, NC-May 16, 2010- Joey Saldana used three Top-Five finishes during the first East Coast swing of the season to move back into the top spot in the World of Outlaws championship standings for the second time this year, as he currently leads 20-time series champion Steve Kinser by 13 markers. The veteran scored a runner-up finish last Thursday night at Williams Grove Speedway and followed that up with a fourth-place finish on Friday at the half-mile. Saldana wrapped up the weekend with another runner-up performance at Virginia Motor Speedway.

Kinser picked up a couple of Top-Five finishes along with a Top-10 to bring his series leading total to 17 Top-10 finishes on the season. He came from 25th to finish 10th in the opener at Williams Grove and charged all the way from 25th to fifth in the finale, while wrapping up the weekend with a fourth-place effort at Virginia Motor Speedway. Kinser is tied with Saldana for the series lead in Top-Five finishes with 13.

Jason Meyers picked up his series leading fifth win of the season on Saturday night at Virginia Motor Speedway after setting fast time to earn five bonus points, following 12th and 13th-place finished at Williams Grove. The California native has 15 Top-10 finishes with 10 of those being Top-Fives in the first 18 races of the season as he chases his first series title.

Donny Schatz remains fourth in points after he finished third at Virginia Motor Speedway to rebound from a vicious accident on Friday night at Williams Grove. The four-time and defending series champion opened the East Coast swing with a seventh-place performance last Thursday night at Williams Grove.

Jason Sides remains fifth in points after a fifth-place effort at Virginia Motor Speedway. He came from 27th to finish seventh in the finale at Williams Grove on Friday night. He led a number of laps on Saturday night at Virginia on his way to a fifth-place finish.

Paul McMahan moved up to sixth in points after the trio of races. The veteran has 10 Top-10 finishes on the season with seven of those being Top-Fives as he continues to fill in for the injured Cody Darrah at Kasey Kahne Racing.

Jac Haudenschild is currently eighth in points just 15 markers out of the sixth spot on the strength of nine Top-10 finishes, including coming from 21 st to finish 10th in the finale at Williams Grove. He followed that up with an eighth-place performance at Virginia Motor Speedway.

Kraig Kinser is currently eighth in the series standings, just 20 points out of the sixth position on the strength of nine Top-10 finishes. He led a number of laps in the opener at Williams Grove last Thursday night before running low on fuel late in the race and falling back to eighth at the finish. The following night he came from 23rd to finish eighth and wrapped the weekend up with a solid10th-place performance at Virginia.

Danny Lasoski finished 12th at Virginia Motor Speedway after having a tough go at Williams Grove Speedway. The 2001 series champion is currently ninth in points on the strength of nine Top-10 finishes and is just 25 points out of the sixth position.

Lucas Wolfe currently rounds out the Top-10 in points with eight Top-10 finishes on the year. He ran a very strong fourth in the opener at Williams Grove Speedway last Thursday night.

The World of Outlaws return to action on Friday, May 21 at Attica Raceway Park in Ohio and I-96 Speedway on Saturday, May 22.

2010 World of Outlaws Championship Standings through May 15

Position

Driver

Pts.

Difference

Earnings

Wins

Top-5

Top-10

1.

Joey Saldana

2554

$87,100

4

13

15

2.

Steve Kinser

2541

-13

$63,600

2

13

17

3.

Jason Meyers

2534

-20

$80,300

5

10

15

4.

Donny Schatz

2424

-130

$45,600

1

8

14

5.

Jason Sides

2395

-159

$40,100

1

6

11

6

Paul McMahan

2320

-234

$38,475

1

7

10

7.

Jac Haudenschild

2305

-249

$39,250

1

4

9

8.

Kraig Kinser

2300

-254

$28,400

0

2

9

9.

Danny Lasoski

2295

-259

$32,200

0

3

9

10.

Lucas Wolfe

2274

-280

$31,725

0

4

8

11.

Craig Dollansky

2264

-290

$36,600

1

3

8

12.

Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2192

-362

$22,150

0

1

3

13.

Chad Kemenah

2018

-536

$17,120

0

0

4

14.

Ben Gregg

1871

-683

$12,075

0

0

0

15.

Tim Kaeding

1861

-693

$23,625

0

3

6

16.

Brian Ellenberger

1792

-762

$10,560

0

0

0

17.

Toni Lutar

1685

-869

$9,175

0

0

1

18.

Daryn Pittman

1650

-904

$18,110

0

1

4

19.

Brad Sweet

1648

-906

$22,080

0

3

6

20.

Terry McCarl

1307

-1247

$12,525

0

0

3

2010 STAT ATTACK

There have been 18 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature events this season.

A-Feature winners (10 Different Drivers) Driver, Hometown – Wins

1- Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 5

2- Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana- 4

3- Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 2

4- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota – 1

Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1

Chad Layton, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – 1

Paul McMahan, Nashville, Tennessee – 1

Fred Rahmer, Salfordville, Pennsylvania – 1

Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 1

Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tennessee – 1

Lap leaders, Driver, Hometown – Total laps led (18 Different Drivers)

1- Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana – 107 laps

2- Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 81 laps

3- Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 65 laps

4- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota – 54 laps

5- Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 53 laps

6- Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tennessee – 41 laps

7- Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tennessee – 27 laps

8- Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 26 laps

9- Tim Kaeding, San Jose, California- 23 laps

10- Chad Layton, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – 19 laps

11- Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas – 15 laps

12- Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pennsylvania – 13 laps

Brian Leppo, New Oxford, Pennsylvania – 13 laps

13- Paul McMahan, Nashville, Tennessee – 11 laps

14- Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania- 10 laps

15- Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana – 7 laps

16- Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania – 4 laps

17- Fred Rahmer, Salfordville, Pennsylvania – 2 laps

Time trial leaders (11 Different Drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Quick times

1- Paul McMahan, Nashville, Tennessee – 3

2- Jason Meyers, Clovis, California – 2

Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana – 2

Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tennessee- 2

Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania -2

3- Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas – 1

Tim Kaeding, San Jose, California- 1

Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Washington- 1

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri – 1

Brian Leppo, New Oxford, Pennsylvania – 1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota – 1

Track Records established in 2010 World of Outlaws events (4)

*Tim Kaeding, March 5, Thunderbowl Raceway (1/3-mile), Tulare, California, 12.651 seconds at 94.759 mph

*Lucas Wolfe, March 13, HoustonRacewayPark, (1/4-mile), Baytown, Texas, 11.561 seconds at 77.848 miles per hour

*Kasey Kahne, March 19, Volunteer Speedway (4/10-mile), Bulls Gap, Tennessee, 10.258 seconds at 140.378 mph.

*Sam Hafertepe Jr., May 1, Jackson Speedway (1/2-mile), Jackson, Minnesota, 15.601 seconds at 115.377 mph.

Dash Winners (10 Different Winners) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Dash Wins

1- Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota – 4

2- Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tennessee – 3

3- Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 2

Tim Kaeding, San Jose, California- 2

Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana – 2

4- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota – 1

Chad Layton, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – 1

Paul McMahan, Nashville, Tennessee- 1

Fred Rahmer, Salfordville, Pennsylvania – 1

Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania- 1

Pole Positions (10 Different Drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Poles

1- Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 4

2- Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tennessee – 3

3- Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 2

Tim Kaeding, San Jose, California- 2

Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana – 2

4- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota – 1

Chad Layton, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – 1

Paul McMahan, Nashville, Tennessee- 1

Fred Rahmer, Salfordville, Pennsylvania – 1

Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania- 1

B-main Winners (11 Different Winners) Rank – Driver, Hometown – B-Main Wins

1- Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio – 3

2- Brian Ellenberger, Butler, Pennsylvania- 2

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 2

Evan Suggs, ScottsValley, California- 2

3- Dale Blaney, Hartford, Ohio- 1

Rob Chaney, Wooster, Ohio – 1

Cale Conley, Vienna, West Virginia- 1

Tim Kaeding, San Jose, California – 1

Alan Krimes, Denver, Pennsylvania – 1

Kerry Madsen, St. Mary, NSW, Australia – 1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1

Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tennessee – 1

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award

1- Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania – 3

Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania- 3

2- Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana – 2

3- Ben Gregg, Phoenix, Arizona – 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio- 1

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 1

Toni Lutar, White Rock, British Columbia – 1

Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 1

Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Oklahoma – 1

Fred Rahmer, Salfordville, Pennsylvania – 1

Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana – 1

Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota – 1

Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, California – 1

Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award Standings

Ben Gregg 1871

Toni Lutar 1685 -186

Engine Builder Challenge

Speedway Engines 81

Don Ott 62 -17

Shaver Specialties 55 -25

Kistler 55 -24

Chassis Builder Challenge

Maxim 88

J&J 65 -23