Mopar®-powered Saldana Edges Kinser for Victory at Nodak Speedway

By Auto News Log • August 24th, 2010

Mopar-powered World of Outlaws Sprint Series driver Joey Saldana maintained his spot at the top of the point standings, inching out a 0.018-second photo-finish victory over Steve Kinser to score his series-leading 11th A-Feature win of the season and his first victory at Nodak Speedway in Minot, N.D. on Friday, Aug. 20.

Saldana led on the white flag lap, with Kinser sliding him coming off turn four to take the top spot. The pair then drag raced down the front straightaway in front of the brand new state-of-the-art grandstand at the high-banked 3/8-mile, with Saldana winning by mere inches over the 20-time series champion. For Saldana, it was his 70th career World of Outlaws A-Feature win, tying him with Dave Blaney for seventh on the series all-time win list.

“That was amazing,” said Saldana, driver of the Kasey Kahne Racing Budweiser Maxim. “I wasn’t getting through those lapped cars too good and didn’t want to change anything up and he almost beat me. I thought I had just lost the race. He was sliding across there and there was no grip across the middle and I just got lucky and got back underneath him and got the win. That was crazy with all the yellows and the double file restarts. It definitely makes it nerve wracking for a driver.”

Saldana also earned a fourth-place finish in the World of Outlaws wrap-up of the Magic City Showdown at Nodak Speedway on Saturday night. The World of Outlaws Series returns to action on Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28 in the Fourth Annual Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. For more information, visit http://www.worldofoutlaws.com.

Source: Mopar Speed

 

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