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In the Groove, Issue #013 -- Saldana wins on return
September 22, 2011
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Saldana wins on return

Joey Saldana returned to Sprint Car racing with a dominating feature victory at Hartford Motor Speedway on Wednesday, September 21. Saldana climbed back into the driver’s seat of the Kasey Kahne Racing number 9 after being sidelined for nine weeks due to serious injuries suffered at Eldora Speedway on July 16. As a result of the accident Saldana had two plates and 25 screws inserted into his right forearm. Saldana also suffered rib injuries, causing a partially collapsed lung. Ironically, this is the second year in a row that Saldana’s championship hopes have been dashed by accidents at Eldora Speedway. In March 2010 Saldana broke his left hand, requiring eight screws and a plate, and in September he suffered a concussion at the track.

Outlaws update

Jason Meyers continues to lead the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Championship with only 10 nights of racing remaining. Meyers has only won four main events so far in the championship, however his consistency has seen him rack up 33 top-five finishes. Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz are battling it out for second place ahead of Paul McMahon and Craig Dollansky. The Outlaws next head to Eldora Speedway on Friday, September 23.

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Schaffer leads All Stars

Tim Schaffer looks set to claim his third consecutive All Star Circuit of Champions crown. Schaffer has a 215 point lead from former champion Dale Blaney with only three nights of racing left on the schedule. Schaffer has again had a stellar year, so far scoring 10 wins, earning him a healthy points advantage. The All Stars next head to Eldora Speedway on Saturday, October 1.

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Herrera closes in on Stewart

Shane Stewart continues to lead the ASCS National Series, however Johnny Herrera has whittled down his lead from 142 to just 78 points after Stewart suffered his first DNF for the season at the Jackson Nationals on August 20. The DNF put an end to Stewart’s amazing run of 21 consecutive top-ten feature finishes dating back to last year. The next event on the ASCS National Series schedule is the Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway on Friday, September 23.

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Kahne to bring Outlaws to Talladega

NASCAR star Kasey Kahne is promoting an event that will see the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series return to the Talladega Short Track on Saturday, October 22. Known as the “Talladega Sage Fruit Showdown” the event will see the return of the Outlaws to the track after almost 10 years. When that Outlaws last competed at the track in 2002 Danny Lasoski and Steve Kinser earned victories.

USAC update

Tony Stewart Racing’s Levis Jones holds a slender 16 point lead from Chris Windom in the USAC National Sprint Championship. Jones has 1209 points from Windom on 1193 and Jon Stanbrough on 1141. Jones, who hasn’t scored a win in the championship since June 1 at Lincoln Speedway, will be looking to consolidate his lead when the series hits Eldora Speedway on Saturday, September 24.

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Canadian Sprint Car Nationals

Sam Hafertepe, Jr. added his name to the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals winners’ list on Saturday, September 17 with a dominating performance at Ohsweken Speedway. Hafertepe started 6th in the 35 lap A-Feature, and led the final 24 laps of the race to claim the $11,000 win. 2008 Nationals winner Wayne Johnson started 24th after trouble in his heat race, and beat teammate Jamie Collard by inches at the finish line for the runner-up spot.

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