Inside Line Promotions - ELMA, Wash. (Sept. 9, 2015) - Jason Sides narrowly missed the heat race inversion during both World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series races in Washington last weekend.
Sides qualified 15th quickest - a little more than a tenth of a second out of the inversion - on Saturday at Skagit Speedway in Alger and he timed in 13th quickest - less than seven hundredths of a second from the inversion - on Monday at Grays Harbor Raceway.
"Qualifying is everything," he said. "We were just barely out of the inversion both nights. That puts you behind every time."
Sides then finished where he started - fifth - in a heat race both nights to lock into the main event. However, both tracks were extremely rough and Sides decided not to push the issue.Read more: Sides Battles Just Outside Top 10 During Rough Races in Washington
The remarkable results for Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz and the TSR Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance team continued north of the border this weekend during the ninth annual Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta. Schatz, the six-time and reigning World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series champion, displayed both patience and perseverance in winning Friday’s 30-lap A-Feature and charging from the back of the pack to finish second in Saturday’s 30-lap A-Feature. The finishes increased his streak of finishes inside the top-three in WoO points races to 25.Read more: Schatz Banks Another Outlaw First-Second Weekend
ALGER, Wash. (Sept. 5, 2015) – World of Outlaws teams returned to Skagit Speedway tonight for the final, and only, night of Monster Meltdown competition after rain washed out Friday night’s show.
With no rain in sight, preliminary action got underway. Joey Saldana wheeled the Motter Equipment HE&M Saw Beltline Body Shop 71M to the No. 4 qualifying position with a quick lap of 10.977 seconds.
In the opening heat race, Saldana pushed off from the third position. When the green flag dropped, polesitter Jason Johnson assumed the lead followed by David Gravel, Saldana and Kerry Madsen. Madsen was able to maneuver past Saldana a couple of laps later. Saldana finished fourth and transferred to the dash which set starting positions for the first four rows of the A Main.Read more: Saldana Fourth In Monster Meltdown at Skagit Speedway
Inside Line Promotions - EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada (Aug. 31, 2015) - Jason Sides capped the 9th annual Oil City Cup by tying his career-best result at Castrol Raceway on Saturday.
Sides finished fourth to wrap up the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series doubleheader, which marked his first top five at the track since 2011. He also placed fourth in 2010 and 2009.
"It didn't start out very well," he said. "We put a motor back in the car that we had some troubles with earlier in the year. We thought we had it fixed and was hoping for a better result. The gremlins are still there. We worked on it throughout the night on Friday and that put us behind the eight ball."Read more: Sides Ties Career-Best Result at Castrol Raceway to Cap Oil City Cup
EDMONTON, Alberta (Aug. 29, 2015) – Tonight was the finale of the World of Outlaws Oil City Cup competition at Castrol Raceway. Joey Saldana swept the Oil City Cup competition in 2009, and was looking for a victory tonight to add to his podium finish last night, but Lady Luck was not riding with him.
In keeping with his Brownsburg Bullet nickname, Saldana drove a quick, fast and flawless lap in the Motter Equipment HE&M Saw Beltline Body Shop 71M to capture his 14th quick time of the season. The series’ leading qualifier ran a best lap of 14.707 seconds on a track that was drying out due to 30 mph sustained winds.
Saldana rolled off fourth in the starting lineup of the opening heat. At the green, polesitter Jacob Allen led the pack with Saldana running fourth. After a caution on lap three, and after competition resumed, Saldana advanced to third. At the checkered flag it was Allen with the heat victory, Saldana third, with both drivers transferring to the dash.Read more: Saldana Racks up 14th Quick Time of the Season Saturday at Castrol Raceway
EDMONTON, Alberta (Aug. 28, 2015) – The opening night of Oil City Cup competition got underway tonight at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton under clear skies, with no rain in sight. A nice welcome for the World of Outlaws who encountered two rain outs during their last trip across the northern border.
On a track where the Motter team drew a number late in the time trial order which might have presented a pretty big hurdle for most, Joey Saldana, in true ‘Bullet’ form, wheeled the Motter Equipment HE&M Saw Beltline Body Shop Sprint Car to the No. 3 qualifying position, tying Donny Schatz’s 13.398-second time.Read more: Saldana Third Friday at Castrol Raceway in Canada
EDMONTON, Alberta (Aug. 25, 2015) – As Joey Saldana and the Motter Equipment HE&M Saw Beltline Body Shop team prepare to drive across the northern border into Canada to compete for the Oil City Cup, they hope that Mother Nature stands down. Approximately four weeks ago, the World of Outlaws teams were in Canada for three events, two of which rained out.
“That was a disappointing trip,” said Saldana. “Obviously we have no control over the weather but we hope our trip to Castrol Raceway this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28 and 29 is rain free, not just for the teams, but for the fans. We don’t get into Canada often, maybe five races or so a season, and we appreciate the enthusiasm the Canadian fans show for our sport.”Read more: Joey Saldana Motter Team Prepare for Castrol Raceway Weekend
Inside Line Promotions - MINOT, N.D. (Aug. 24, 2015) - Jason Sides captured his 11th top five of the season with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Sunday to wrap up a busy week.
Sides earned a fourth-place result at Nodak Speedway, which marked his first top five since July 4.
"It's a really nice facility and a nice track," he said. "There was a top and a bottom to really race well there. I enjoy going there. It's like our track at home where I grew up on."
That comfort level showed up from the start of the night as Sides qualified 10th quickest, which started him on the pole of a heat race.Read more: Sides Caps Busy Week with Top-Five Finish at Nodak Speedway
MINOT, N.D. (Aug. 23, 2015) – Tonight the World of Outlaws continued their fall trek back to the West Coast making a stop at Nodak Speedway.
Joey Saldana, who was one of the final three to take to the track for time trials, drove the Motter Equipment HE&M Saw Beltline Body Shop 71M to the No. 9 qualifying position with a 13.608-second lap.
In heat racing action, Saldana pushed off from the outside of the first row next to polesitter Daryn Pittman. When the green flag waved, Pittman assumed the lead followed by Saldana. Though Saldana was giving Pittman a run for the money, he wasn’t able to track him down in the short 8-lap event. Pittman and Saldana finished one, two.Read more: Flat Tires and Empty Gas Tanks Wreak Havoc at Nodak Speedway
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug.12, 2015) – Words can’t justify the kind of legacy Donny Schatz is building at the Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals, Sprint car racing’s biggest event. For 20 consecutive years, Schatz has spent one week every August participating in “The Granddaddy of Them All” and, for the past 15 years, he’s been blazing an extremely bright trail. This week, the Tony Stewart-Curb Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver is focused on one thing, and that’s continuing what’s been a phenomenal run on the sport’s biggest stage.
Last year, after winning his eighth Knoxville Nationals crown, he expressed great appreciation for the opportunity to simply take part in the event, let alone stand on the top step of the podium. Winning the Nationals “means everything to me – a guy can only dream so big,” Schatz said during the celebration.Read more: Donny Schatz Knoxville Nationals Advance