9-11-2015-Joey-Saldana

Joey Saldana gave everyone a reason to smile in his final appearance in the # 71M Motter Equipment Motorsports car on Sunday night at the Bad Boy Buggies World Finals as he led a dominating performance to score his third World of Outlaws Sprint Car Championship victory of the year.

For Saldana, winning the third and final night of the World Finals brought mixed emotions.

“It’s kind of bittersweet really – this will probably be my last time driving the 71M,” Saldana said in victory lane at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Concord, NC).

“That’s the awesome way to go out right there. I can’t thank Ruth and Dan Motter enough for everything they’ve done for me these last three years – just giving me an opportunity to race at a high level.”

Saldana and Motter announced late Sunday night they would be parting ways. The team’s statement said Motter Motorsport team’s efforts to secure sponsorship for 2016 were ongoing.

Saldana came into the final night of World Finals after taking the qualifying quick time on Thursday. It was the 17th quick time of 2015 for Saldana, who was the season’s leading qualifier.

As the green flag fell on the rain postponed season finale that saw rare daytime racing for the World of Outlaws, Saldana jumped out front. In clean air, the # 71M pulled away from the field as the scramble got underway behind him.

Logan Schuchart, who started on the outside front row, tried to run down the leader as Shane Stewart looked for second. Brad Sweet charged forward from sixth and was quickly on Schuchart’s heels. The two drivers traded third place between lap seven and eight.

When the caution flag flew on lap five, Sweet pounced. On the restart Saldana led Stewart, Sweet, Stevie Smith, Daryn Pittman (who started the feature in 19th position) and Schuchart.

Saldana again pulled away in clean air but as he caught traffic on lap 14, Stewart and Sweet closed in. The caution again flew with 17 laps complete as Saldana maintained the lead. Smith got around Sweet on the restart but was no match for Pittman who continued his charge forward and took over the final podium position.

Saldana took the chequered flag in the first position with Stewart and Pittman close behind.

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“This is awesome,” Saldana said.

“We’ve really had a good car this year – just too many DNFs and too many mistakes on my part. We’ve had a great car and led a lot of laps and tonight just showed how good our team is.”

Pittman was the KSE Racing Hard Charger of the night after advancing 16 positions throughout the feature.

The finish was the 27th podium finish of the year for Stewart. He finishes 2015 second in the championship points standings with his Larson Marks Racing team.

Saldana closes out 2015 sixth in the championship standings with three wins, 37 top-five finishes and 54 top-ten finishes.

“I don’t know what to say,” Saldana said.

“It’s just awesome – awesome experience today and an awesome time to be a part of the World of Outlaws. I love what I do.”

Schatz Crowned a Champion for the Seventh Time

With confetti in the air and fireworks in the distance, Donny Schatz joined World of Outlaws Late Model Series driver Shane Clanton and Super DIRTcar Series driver Matt Sheppard to be crowned a 2015 champion.

Schatz ends the season after a historic year that saw him cross over the double century mark in total wins and score the most single-season wins in 24 years. The championship is the seventh of his career – second only to 20-time champion Steve Kinser.

Schatz thanked his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team for the work they did all season to give him a chance to be in victory lane.

“(Tony Stewart) has done a fantastic job of assembling the best people to do their job and he lets us do our thing,” Schatz said.

“The guys on the race team, the Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance team, do a phenomenal job. The way they maintain the car, the way they set the car up, just the way they attack things. It’s definitely an honour to drive that thing. There are days I can’t get my job done and they carry me. That’s what it takes, that’s what teamwork is and that’s why we’re standing up here as champions.”

With the enormity of the season and of his position in World of Outlaws history starting to sink in, Schatz said he and his team are already focused on the year to come.

“We’re going to go home after this weekend as champions and we’re going to wipe the slate clean just like we have to,” Schatz said.

“These guys are going to start working hard – they’ve already started working hard for next year. So you come back out and hope you can better yourself next year. That’s going to be awfully tough but the group of guys that Tony Stewart has assembled, there wouldn’t be a better group of guys to do it with. These guys are absolutely phenomenal. I’m looking forward to getting to that first race in Florida now.”

The 2015 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Championship has officially come to a close.

The Dirt Track at Charlotte Notebook

RACE NOTES: Joey Saldana won his third WoO Championship victory of the year on Sunday. It is the 94th WoO win of his career. Daryn Pittman was the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing 16 positions to finish in third. On his way to a win Sunday night, Saldana scored his 17th quick time of the year. It is the second year in a row Saldana had been the leading qualifier. Donny Schatz officially wrapped up his seventh WoO Championship on Sunday night. Rico Abreu joined Paige Polyak in running the alphabet this weekend at World Finals. Both drivers started in the C main, Polyak on night one and Abreu on night two, and raced their way into the A main.

2015 WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 31 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Placerville Speedway on April 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 12, Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 26, Eldora Speedway on May 8, Eldora Speedway on May 9, Williams Grove Speedway on May 15, Weedsport Speedway on May 17, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 22, Knoxville Raceway on June 13, Huset’s Speedway on June 14, Granite City Speedway on June 17, River Cities Speedway on June 19, Dakota State Fair Speedway on June 20, Beaver Dam Raceway on June 27, Lakeside Speedway on July 1, Dodge City Raceway Park on July 4, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 11, Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 26, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 8, Knoxville Raceway on Aug. 15, River Cities Speedway on Aug. 21, Nodak Speedway on Aug. 23, Castrol Raceway on Aug. 28, Grays Harbor Raceway on Sept. 7, Cottage Grove Speedway on Sept. 9, Silver Dollar Speedway on Sept. 12, Berlin Raceway on Sept. 26, Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on Oct. 11); Shane Stewart – 9 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, Keller Auto Speedway on April 17, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 1, Crawford County Speedway on June 12, Eldora Speedway on July 17, Eldora Speedway on July 18, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 8, Skagit Speedway on Sept. 5, Silver Dollar Speedway on Sept. 11); Daryn Pittman – 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Antioch Speedway on March 29, New Egypt Speedway on May 19, Castrol Raceway on Aug. 29, Antioch Speedway on Sept. 13); Brad Sweet – 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11, I-96 Speedway on June 25, Deer Creek Speedway on Sept. 19, Port Royal Speedway on Oct. 24); Paul McMahan – 3 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 18, Tri-State Speedway on May 3, Lawrenceburg Speedway on Oct. 16); Joey Saldana – 3 (Kokomo Speedway on June 3, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 12, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Nov. 8); Rico Abreu – 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 22); Dale Blaney – 2 (Attica Raceway Park on May 29, Lernerville Speedway on July 21); Stevie Smith – 2 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 25, Williams Grove Speedway on Oct. 4); Christopher Bell – 1 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on May 2); Brian Brown – 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Cody Darrah – 1 (Lernerville Speedway on July 21); Danny Dietrich – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 25); Stewart Friesen – 1 (Ohsweken Speedway on July 28); Greg Hodnett – 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 13); Tim Kaeding – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Danny Lasoski – 1 (I-80 Speedway on June 5); Kerry Madsen – 1 (Junction Motor Speedway on Aug. 18); Terry McCarl – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Jason Sides – 1 (Dodge City Raceway Park on July 3); Greg Wilson – 1 (Eldora Speedway on Sept. 25); Dusty Zomer – 1 (The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Nov. 6).

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; The Dirt Track at Charlotte; Concord, N.C..; Nov. 8, 2015

A main – (30 Laps): 1. 71M-Joey Saldana [1] [$12,000]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [4] [$5,500]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [19] [$3,200]; 4. 51S-Stevie Smith [8] [$2,800]; 5. 1B-Dale Blaney [20] [$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2] [$2,300]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [6] [$2,200]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [21] [$2,100]; 9. 7-David Gravel [14] [$2,050]; 10. 24R-Rico Abreu [23] [$2,000]; 11. 19M-Brent Marks [12] [$1,500]; 12. 2L-Danny Lasoski [5] [$1,200]; 13. 29-Kerry Madsen [7] [$1,100]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10] [$1,050]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [25] [$]; 16. 51-Paul McMahan [22] [$1,000]; 17. 4-Cody Darrah [24] [$1,000]; 18. 45-Tim Shaffer [15] [$1,000]; 19. 70-Danny Holtgraver [17] [$1,000]; 20. 1-Sammy Swindell [9] [$1,000]; 21. 67-Sheldon Haudenschild [13] [$1,000]; 22. 27-Greg Hodnett [11] [$1,000]; 23. 41-Jason Johnson [26] [$]; 24. 23S-Trey Starks [16] [$1,000]; 25. 24-Terry McCarl [18] [$1,000]; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen [27] [$]; 27. 17W-Bryan Clauson [3] [$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Joey Saldana 1-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-Daryn Pittman [+16]

Qualifying: 1. 71M-Joey Saldana, 12.904; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.919; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett, 12.930; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.990; 5. 67-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.994; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.025; 7. 45-Tim Shaffer, 13.031; 8. 51S-Stevie Smith, 13.047; 9. 70-Danny Holtgraver, 13.080; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.099; 11. 19-Paige Polyak, 13.107; 12. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.122; 13. 23C-Tyler Courtney, 13.135; 14. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.136; 15. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.148; 16. 24R-Rico Abreu, 13.200; 17. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.212; 18. 82-Dusty Zomer, 13.214; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.295; 20. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.311; 21. 11N-Randy Hannagan, 13.380; 22. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.385; 23. 1Z-Stewart Friesen, 13.425; 24. 2LX-Logan Forler, 13.454; 25. 77X-Sam Hafertepe, 13.609; 26. 19M-Brent Marks, 12.920; 27. 7-David Gravel, 12.934; 28. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.961; 29. 17W-Bryan Clauson, 13.029; 30. 23S-Trey Starks, 13.041; 31. 2L-Danny Lasoski, 13.044; 32. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.071; 33. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.072; 34. 13-Jac Haudenschild, 13.098; 35. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.104; 36. 1B-Dale Blaney, 13.158; 37. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.169; 38. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.180; 39. 6T-Cole Duncan, 13.194; 40. 33-Dominic Scelzi, 13.290; 41. 94-Ryan Smith, 13.318; 42. 5C-Dylan Cisney, 13.355; 43. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 13.418; 44. 17BX-Steve Buckwalter, 13.438; 45. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.514; 46. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.528; 47. 94Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.531; 48. 44D-Chase Dietz, 13.587; 49. 23M-Lance Moss, 13.712; 50. 36D-Wayne Dadetto, 14.332

Heat Race 1 – (8 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A main): 1. 2-Shane Stewart [2]; 2. 45-Tim Shaffer [1]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [3]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 5. 24R-Rico Abreu [6]; 6. 23C-Tyler Courtney [5]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [8]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [7]

Heat Race 2 – (8 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A main): 1. 51S-Stevie Smith [1]; 2. 67-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [6]; 5. 98H-Dave Blaney [5]; 6. 1Z-Stewart Friesen [8]; 7. 19-Paige Polyak [4]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [7]; 9. 77X-Sam Hafertepe [9]

Heat Race 3 – (8 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A main): 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [2]; 2. 27-Greg Hodnett [3]; 3. 70-Danny Holtgraver [1]; 4. 4-Cody Darrah [4]; 5. 10H-Chad Kemenah [5]; 6. 82-Dusty Zomer [6]; 7. 2LX-Logan Forler [8]; 8. 11N-Randy Hannagan [7]

Heat Race 4 – (8 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A main): 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [1]; 2. 17W-Bryan Clauson [2]; 3. 24-Terry McCarl [4]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [5]; 5. 19M-Brent Marks [3]; 6. 17BX-Steve Buckwalter [7]; 7. 94-Ryan Smith [6]; 8. 94Z-Brock Zearfoss [8]; 9. 23M-Lance Moss [9]

Heat Race 5 – (8 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A main): 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1]; 2. 23S-Trey Starks [2]; 3. 1B-Dale Blaney [4]; 4. 11-Steve Kinser [7]; 5. 7-David Gravel [3]; 6. 6T-Cole Duncan [5]; 7. 5C-Dylan Cisney [6]; 8. 44D-Chase Dietz [8]; 9. 36D-Wayne Dadetto [9]

Heat Race 6 – (8 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A main): 1. 2L-Danny Lasoski [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 4. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [6]; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [7]; 6. 13-Jac Haudenschild [1]; 7. 33-Dominic Scelzi [5]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A main): 1. 71M-Joey Saldana [1]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 3. 17W-Bryan Clauson [4]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [5]; 5. 2L-Danny Lasoski [6]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 7. 29-Kerry Madsen [7]; 8. 51S-Stevie Smith [9]; 9. 1-Sammy Swindell [8]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10]

C main – (10 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the Last Chance Showdown): 1. 24R-Rico Abreu [1] [-]; 2. 5C-Dylan Cisney [2] [-]; 3. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [4] [$150]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [3] [$150]; 5. 82-Dusty Zomer [5] [$150]; 6. 11N-Randy Hannagan [9] [$125]; 7. 1Z-Stewart Friesen [13] [$125]; 8. 2LX-Logan Forler [14] [$125]; 9. 44D-Chase Dietz [12] [$125]; 10. 17BX-Steve Buckwalter [6] [$125]; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen [7] [$125]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [11] [$125]; 13. 11-Steve Kinser [8] [$125]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [15] [$125]; 15. 13-Jac Haudenschild [16] [$125]; 16. 77X-Sam Hafertepe [17] [$125]; 17. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [18] [$125]; 18. 23M-Lance Moss [19] [$125]; 19. 36D-Wayne Dadetto [20] [$125]; 20. 94Z-Brock Zearfoss [10] [$125]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A main): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1] [-]; 2. 7-David Gravel [4] [-]; 3. 19M-Brent Marks [2] [-]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [6] [-]; 5. 24R-Rico Abreu [13] [-]; 6. 4-Cody Darrah [5] [-]; 7. 98H-Dave Blaney [9] [$300]; 8. 6T-Cole Duncan [8] [$250]; 9. 33-Dominic Scelzi [10] [$225]; 10. 94-Ryan Smith [12] [$200]; 11. 10H-Chad Kemenah [11] [$200]; 12. 5C-Dylan Cisney [14] [$200]; 13. 19-Paige Polyak [3] [$200]; 14. 23C-Tyler Courtney [7] [$200]