Joey Saldana Takes World of Outlaws Thriller at Volusia Speedway Park

Barberville, FL — Feb. 10, 2006 — By Chris Dolack, VP Public Relations

Joey Saldana charged off of Turn 4 on the final lap to catch leader Jac Haudenschild and win a drag race to the checkered flag by 0.10 seconds Friday night during the 35th Annual Winternationals in front of packed grandstands at Volusia Speedway Park.

Haudenschild, Saldana and Fred Rahmer waged a race-long three-car battle before Saldana, the
World of Outlaws top rookie in 1996, powered past Rahmer in traffic and began to close on Haudenschild.

Haudenschild and Saldana ran through the low groove before Saldana shifted up the half-mile oval in his Dodge/Curb Records JEI and caught Haudenschild’s Wright One Construction Maxim in the final corner.

Rahmer held on to finish third in the Miller Bros. Chevrolet J&J followed by Daryn Pittman in the Titan Garages & Carports Maxim and Terry McCarl in the
Big Game Treestands Eagle, who raced into the top five after starting in the middle of the field.

Jeff Shepard was sixth in the IPC Packaging Eagle, followed by Jeremy Campbell in the American Driver’s Alliance/G-Force Racing Gear Maxim, Craig Dollansky in the Karavan Trailers J&J, Chad Kemenah in the Underground Utilities Inc. Eagle and Greg Wilson in the All Star Plumbing and Heating Maxim. After winning the season opener on Thursday, Kemenah leads the championship standings by one point.

On a very racy track, the leaders powered their way through the first corner before a pack of cars tried to go four wide into the first corner, creating a seven-car crash that brought out a red flag. On the restart, pole-sitter Haudenschild motored down the front stretch and kept Rahmer on the top. Pittman and Saldana worked up and down looking for a chance to make a move as McCarl quickly charged toward the lead pack.

On a restart with seven laps down, Haudenschild again locked his car to the bottom as Rahmer tried a charge on the top. Saldana looked around for space as the top three started edging away. With 14 laps down, Saldana finally saw an opening and motored his way past Rahmer and started to reel in Haudenschild.

“We got to lapped traffic before that yellow and I moved to the top and I ran Rahmer down pretty good,” said Saldana, a native of
Brownsburg, Ind., whose car is owned by Kasey Kahne. “I was like, ‘Well if we get to lapped traffic that’s something I can try.’ We were getting through there and Fred got caught by a lapped car and I stayed on the bottom. When I got to Jac I knew he wasn’t going to lift. I didn’t want to show him my nose because I knew he’d be going to the top. I just hung in there and ran it as hard as I could for two laps. I think he was being real conservative because there was a hole coming off of Turn 4 on the bottom. Luckily he was conservative enough that I got a run on him, got beside him and won the race.”

The top five caught traffic with five to go, scattering the leaders up and down the track. Haudenschild and Saldana cleared the traffic. Saldana pushed his car to the limit, nearly going sideways off of Turn 4 as they dashed to the checkered flag, with Saldana’s momentum carrying him to victory by the slimmest of margins.

“We knew Joey was right there but our car felt good,” said Haudenschild, of
Wooster, Ohio. “I was pretty much locked down to the bottom. He got a run on me going into Turn 3 and had his momentum going. I saw him coming out of the corner. We were awful close to banging and we just got passed.

“It was a pretty good race. Me and Rahmer raced pretty hard at the start. He got me on the first start and I got him on the second start. We were real good but there’s a lot of tough guys. The
Pennsylvania guys are always tough and run hard and there are a bunch of good guys running with the Outlaws this year so it’s going to be tough.”

After initially grabbing the lead before the red flag on the first lap, Rahmer, a legendary racer from
Salfordville, Pa., blazed around the half-mile oval trying to chase down Haudenschild before Saldana finally caught him in traffic.

“It was an intense race in the car,” said Rahmer, who won three
Outlaws events last season, including the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove and a preliminary feature during the Knoxville Nationals. “It had to be good to watch. I went the wrong way on a lapped car and allowed Joey to get me. I think I was quicker than Haud but we didn’t get it done. I’m happy with the car and the guys did a good job.”

But the night belonged to Saldana, who still is settling into his new ride with Kahne.

“This whole deal is all new,” Saldana said. “I have to go back and thank people like Jeff Shepard, Kerry Madsen, Erin Crocker, Kraig Kinser … everybody who has driven for Kasey Kahne got this team to this level. I talked to him in the past about driving for him, but if it wasn’t for Larry Woodward I’d be done racing. Larry gave me a ride for two years and if it wasn’t for the exposure I got with Larry I probably wouldn’t have this opportunity with Kasey. This what you strive to get.”

World of Outlaws head West for the annual Cactus Classic on March 3 at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix and the series’ inaugural appearance March 4 at USA Race Park in Tucson, Ariz., with 4:30 p.m. autograph sessions featuring several Mean 15 racers preceding each event. The Outlaws will invade The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a two-day event March 9-10 in conjunction with the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series weekend. The Mean 15 racers will sign autographs at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 10, in the midway near the LVMS 1.5-mile oval.

World of Outlaws Sprint Series is brought to the fans across the country by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Hoosier Racing Tire and The Outdoor Channel. Promotional Partners include AMB i.t., Choice Hotels, Hot Stuff Foods and The University of Northwestern Ohio. Contingency sponsors include DART Machinery, MSD Ignitions, and Wrisco Industries.

FAST QUALIFIER: Donny Schatz paced the 36 cars that went through time trials in the ParkerStore J&J with an AMB i.t.-timed lap around the half-mile oval in 13.387 seconds at 134.459 mph. Chad Kemenah shattered the track record Tuesday night in an All Star Circuit of Champions event when he turned a lap in 13.164 seconds. In a new rule for 2006, the top five fastest qualifiers on a single-day event are awarded points, with five points going to the quickest car and driver in time trials sliding to one point for the fifth-fastest qualifier. Kemenah was second quick, with Craig Dollansky, Brooke Tatnell and Terry McCarl rounding out the top five in time trials.

KART CLASH: Many of the Mean 15 racers warmed up for Friday night’s race by competing in the inaugural Mean 15 Kart Clash. Former
World of Outlaws rookie of the year Randy Hannagan charged past fellow Mean 15 racer Daryn Pittman and Shane Carson to take the checkered flag in front of a cheering crowd during the 35th Annual Winternationals.

VICTORY PARADE: Joey Saldana’s victory Friday night was his first
World of Outlaws feature victory of the 2006 season. He joins Chad Kemenah as the two winners this season on the World of Outlaws Sprint Series tour.

Volusia Speedway Park is a half-mile oval. The World of Outlaws Sprint Series has raced twice this season on half-mile ovals. Winners include Chad Kemenah (Volusia) and Joey Saldana (Volusia).

ON TELEVISION: Following the action on Thursday night, several
World of Outlaws Mean 15 racers — and many fans, as well — made their way to the Mobile Media Center to tape another episode of The Outdoor Channel’s “Elbows Up!” program, which is set to air at 8 p.m. Eastern on Feb. 22. Hosts Johnny Gibson and Brad Doty were joined by special guest Ernie Saxton as they interviewed racers about their off-season activities and plans for 2006. In addition, all the action from the season-opening events at Volusia Speedway Park can be seen on The Outdoor Channel at 8 p.m. Eastern on March 1.

QUALIFYING EVENTS: Bill Rose, Greg Hodnett,
Brian Brown and Chad Layton captured heat race victories. … Jac Haudenschild and Fred Rahmer won the dashes. … Points leader Chad Kemenah raced to victory in the B-main.

World of Outlaws head West for the annual Cactus Classic on March 3 at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix and the series’ inaugural appearance March 4 at USA Race Park in Tucson, Ariz., with 4:30 p.m. autograph sessions featuring several Mean 15 racers preceding each event. The Outlaws will invade The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a two-day event March 9-10 in conjunction with the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series weekend. The Mean 15 racers will sign autographs at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 10, in the midway near the LVMS 1.5-mile oval.

ON THE WEB: The Official
World of Outlaws Sprint Series Web site is at http://www.dirtmotorsports.com/sprint. Among the features are updated driver biographies with individual statistics and pictures, race-by-race statistics, detailed track information and race coverage, series news and team press releases. Also, links to the Media Guide and 2006 Official Rulebook can be found at the bottom of the home page.

World of
Outlaws Sprint Series Statistical Report; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.; Feb. 10, 2006
1) Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 13.387
2) Chad Kemenah, CK Racing 15K, 13.412
3) Craig Dollansky, Karavan 7, 13.497
4) Brooke Tatnell, Rush Racing 8, 13.516
5) Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 13.530
6) Jeremy Campbell, Campbell 10C, 13.534
7) Joey Saldana, Kahne 9, 13.535
8) Kaley Gharst, Gharst 44G, 13.594
9) Lance Dewease, Postupack 25, 13.596
10) Jeff Shepard, Ashworth 92, 13.627
11) Tony Bruce, Jr., Bruce 18B, 13.635
12) Daryn Pittman, Titan Racing USA 21, 13.636
13) Jac Haudenschild, Wright 35, 13.662
14) Randy Hannagan, TH Racing 1X, 13.691
15) Brock Mayes, Mayes 11B, 13.694
16) Fred Rahmer, Kline 22, 13.712
17) Greg Wilson, Warnimont 20W, 13.733
18) Greg Hodnett, Hamilton 77, 13.742
19) Ron Blair, Blair 35B, 13.743
20) Chad Layton, Apple 12, 13.749
21) Danny Martin, Martin 00, 13.753
Brian Brown, Martin 36, 13.777
23) Justin Henderson, Oswalt D1, 13.811
24) Bill Rose, Rose 6, 13.893
25) Becca Anderson, Woodring 19, 13.937
26) Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 14.032
27) Paul May, May 71M, 14.043
28) Bob Felmlee, Felmlee 6F, 14.065
29) Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Hafertepe 15H, 14.102
30) Spud Gustin, Gustin 4G, 14.120
31) Natalie Sather, Sather 94S, 14.170
Brian Carlson, SC Motorsports 18, 14.234
33) Jeff Busby, Busby 47J, 14.313
34) Kenny Adams, Adams 4A, 14.959
35) Chad Blonde, Blonde 5B, 13.767 (Scored at the back due to failing post-qualifying inspection—left rear tire too wide)
36) Barry Ruble, Ruble 63, No time

First Heat Race (8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) Bill Rose
2) Greg Wilson
3) Lance Dewease
4) Donny Schatz
5) Fred Rahmer
6) Kaley Gharst
7) Becca Anderson
8) Sam Hafertepe, Jr.
9) Jeff Busby

Second Heat Race (8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) Greg Hodnett
2) Justin Henderson
3) Jeff Shepard
4) Brock Mayes
5) Joey Saldana
6) Chad Kemenah
7) Dion Hindi
8) Spud Gustin
9) Kenny Adams (DNS)

Third Heat Race (8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
Brian Brown
2) Randy Hannagan
3) Ron Blair
4) Craig Dollansky
5) Jeremy Campbell
6) Tony Bruce, Jr.
7) Paul May
8) Chad Blonde
9) Natalie Sather

Fourth Heat Race (8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) Chad Layton
2) Danny Martin
3) Daryn Pittman
4) Jac Haudenschild
5) Brooke Tatnell
6) Terry McCarl
Brian Carlson
8) Barry Ruble
9) Bob Felmlee (DNS)

First Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined inside first 6 rows of A-feature)
1) Jac Haudenschild
2) Joey Saldana
3) Jeff Shepard
4) Brooke Tatnell
5) Brock Mayes
6) Donny Schatz

Second Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined outside first 6 rows of A-feature)
1) Fred Rahmer
2) Randy Hannagan
3) Daryn Pittman
4) Lance Dewease
5) Craig Dollansky
6) Jeremy Campbell

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) Chad Kemenah
2) Terry McCarl
3) Kaley Gharst
4) Tony Bruce, Jr.
5) Paul May [$200]
6) Spud Gustin [$180]
7) Dion Hindi [$175]
8) Becca Anderson [$160]
9) Natalie Sather [$150]
10) Jeff Busby [$150]
11) Sam Hafertepe, Jr. [$150]
Brian Carlson [$150]
13) Barry Ruble [$150]
14) Bob Felmlee (DNS) [$150]
15) Chad Blonde (DNS) [$150]
16) Kenny Adams (DNS) [$150]

A-main (25 laps)
1) Joey Saldana [$10,000]
2) Jac Haudenschild [$5,500]
3) Fred Rahmer [$3,200]
4) Daryn Pittman [$2,800]
5) Terry McCarl [$2,500]
6) Jeff Shepard [$2,300]
7) Jeremy Campbell [$2,200]
8) Craig Dollansky [$2,100]
9) Chad Kemenah [$2,050]
10) Greg Wilson [$2,000]
11) Kaley Gharst [$1,500]
Brian Brown [$1,200]
13) Brock Mayes [$1,100]
14) Donny Schatz [$1,050]
15) Chad Layton [$1,000]
16) Justin Henderson [$900]
17) Bill Rose [$800]
18) Ron Blair [$800]
19) Greg Hodnett [$800]
20) Randy Hannagan [$800]
21) Brooke Tatnell [$800]
22) Lance Dewease [$800]
23) Tony Bruce, Jr. [$800]
24) Danny Martin [$800]
Lap leaders: Jac Haudenschild 1-24, Joey Saldana 25

World of Outlaws Sprint Series Standings, through Feb. 10, 2006
Rank Driver Driver Points Team points Earnings Diff. W Top 5 Top 10
1 Chad Kemenah 295 295 $12,050 0 1 1 2
2 Joey Saldana 294 294 $13,200 -1 1 2 2
3 Donny Schatz 273 273 $6,550 -22 0 1 1
4 Daryn Pittman 272 272 $4,800 -23 0 1 2
Brian Brown 270 270 $3,700 -25 0 1 1
6 Greg Wilson 269 269 $4,200 -26 0 0 2
7 Jac Haudenschild 266 266 $6,300 -29 0 1 1
8 Fred Rahmer 266 266 $4,250 -29 0 1 1
9 Chad Layton 264 264 $3,800 -31 0 1 1
10 Jeremy Campbell 262 262 $3,400 -33 0 0 1
11 Terry McCarl 259 259 $3,400 -36 0 1 1
12 Jeff Shepard 258 258 $3,300 -37 0 0 1
13 Brooke Tatnell 248 248 $3,100 -47 0 0 1
14 Brock Mayes 248 248 $2,200 -47 0 0 0
15 Craig Dollansky 247 247 $2,900 -48 0 0 1
16 Greg Hodnett 246 246 $2,900 -49 0 0 1
17 Justin Henderson 246 246 $2,400 -49 0 0 0
18 Lance Dewease 238 238 $2,850 -57 0 0 1
19 Kaley Gharst 231 231 $2,300 -64 0 0 0
20 Bill Rose 228 228 $1,600 -67 0 0 0
STANDINGS NOTE: This season, the top five cars and drivers in time trials are awarded points, with the fastest team earning five points descending to one point for the fifth-fastest team. ... The driver who leads the most laps in the feature earns a four-point bonus.