Saldana Holds Off Schatz At Jackson
JACKSON, Minn. — Joey Saldana added to his recent string of World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series wins after battling Donny Schatz at Jackson Speedway Friday night. Saldana scored his third win in as many weeks and his fifth of the season.
The win propelled Saldana and his Motter Equipment car to second place in the race for the championship, 19 points back. It also gave him the 89th win of his career, tying him for sixth with 2001 Outlaws champion Danny Lasoski. Saldana said one his goals during his racing career was to hit the century mark in wins.
“It’s my 89th win. I just tied Danny Lasoski — this is like crazy,” Saldana said. “My goal for a long time was to win 100 races…it’s just a great night.”
“My dad was my hero, but Doug Wolfgang was my hero. (Wolfgang) won 107 Outlaws shows and never won an Outlaw championship — so it’s not all about winning championships, it’s about winning races. I just want to continue winning races and be competitive, and get a shot to race with the Outlaws.”
Wolfgang is fifth on the all-time wins list.
Saldana said that winning the Dash earlier in the night played a pivotal role in giving him the position he needed during the A main. With Schatz fighting him all night for position, Saldana said he just tried to make the right moves.
“Oh yeah, I knew (Schatz) was right on my back bumper but I knew, just stay on the bottom, don’t do anything stupid,” Saldana said. “If he’s going to beat me, he’s going to drive around me and if he does that, he deserves to win.”
Saldana’s last win came one week ago at the NAPA Auto Parts Outlaw Showdown at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. In that event, as with tonight, Saldana battled Schatz throughout the race and came out on top.