Saldana wins at Beaver Dam
The World of Outlaws Series competed on Friday night at Cedar Lake Speedway and Saturday night at Beaver Dam in Wisconsin. Saldana posted his fourth win of the season on Saturday at Beaver Dam, while Paul McMahan finished third, Brad Sweet finished fifth and Cody Darrah finished 11th.
-Joey Saldana, driver of the #9 Red Bull/Sage Fruit/ASE Maxim
On Friday night, Saldana qualified third, finished third in his heat, fifth in the dash and eighth in the A Main.
On Saturday, Saldana let out a big breath before crawling out of his Kasey Kahne Racing #9 Red Bull Maxim in the Beaver Dam Raceway victory lane. He had just held off Craig Dollansky to win the Jim Boyd Memorial for his fourth victory of the season, but his first win since early May. Saldana is now within six points of the point’s leader.
“It feels great to be back in victory lane after the past month,” said Saldana, of Brownsburg, Ind. “A good start has kept us in this points battle and if you’re going to beat guys like Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers, you have to be spot on, night after night. We haven’t been doing that lately. It’s been a struggle. It’s easy to lose your confidence out here but this win helps. The high line was good for us and I knew Craig was closing in but I was just patient and held on.”
-Brad Sweet, driver of the #49 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet/Sage Fruit Maxim
Brad Sweet rejoined the World of Outlaws on Friday night and posted an impressive fifth-place finish in the A main after starting from the third position.
On Saturday night, Brad Sweet started off with a 15th-place qualifying effort, but rallied back with a fourth-place finish in his heat. Sweet started the A main in the 15th position and fought his way up to fifth for his second-consecutive top-five finish of the weekend.
-Paul McMahan, driver of the #83 HR Cattle/Roth Motorsports Maxim
On Friday night, McMahan qualified second, finished fifth in his heat, sixth in the dash and 23rd in the A main following a part failure.
On Saturday night, McMahan found himself in position to post his third win of the season. Pole-sitter Brooke Tatnell tried to hold on to the lead but saw McMahan rocket by out of turn four to lead lap one. McMahan opened up considerable advantages as the race wore on but was caught in lapped traffic as the low line bottled up and allowed his teammate, Saldana, to slide past on the outside. McMahan brought home a third-place finish and remains seventh in the point standings.
“We tried a softer tire for the feature and that probably hurt us as the night wore on,” said McMahan, of Nashville, Tenn. “Hats off to the crew, though. They had me up front and this thing was incredibly fast all night long.”
-Cody Darrah, driver of the #91 Great Clips/Sage Fruit/ASE Maxim
Darrah qualified eighth, finished third in his heat and 12th in the A main on Friday night.
On Saturday, Darrah qualified 17th, finished fifth in his heat and 11th in the A main. He remains ninth in the point standings.