Saldana Finishes Third at Dodge City, Wins Hard Charger Award

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DODGE CITY, Kan. (July 3, 2015) – Joey Saldana and the Motter Equipment HE&M Saw Beltline Body Shop team hoped to capitalize on their recent momentum coming off a second place finish at Lakeside Speedway as The World of Outlaws kicked off the first of two nights of racing at the Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park tonight.

In preliminary action, Saldana logged the No. 6 qualifying spot with a 12.851-second lap on the 3/8-mile track.

The Brownsburg Bullet lined up in the third position for the start of the third heat. When the track went green, Jason Johnson took the lead followed by Shane Stewart, Daryn Pittman and Saldana. The top four did not change position during the eight-lap heat. Saldana’s fourth place finish earned him a starting position in the A-Main.

The Bullet pushed off ninth for the start of the 30-lap feature. When the field was unleashed, front row starter Jason Johnson topped the leaderboard followed by Donny Schatz and Jason Sides. Saldana was eighth but leapfrogged to fifth the next lap. On lap seven, Schatz took command of the field, Johnson was second, Sides was third and Saldana fourth. The third lead change occurred on lap 14 when Sides was able to make a big move in traffic to pass Schatz for the lead. Sides and Schatz continued to pace the field and on lap 28, Saldana passed Pittman for third. At the checkered flag it was Sides with the Dodge City opening night victory, Schatz second and Saldana was third. The Bullet also earned the Hard Charger award for tonight’s performance, his second this season.

“The trip around Dodge City tonight was eventful,” said Saldana. “Lapped traffic was really tough. It was just a good race. I was happy to see Jason Sides win. He has been out here doing this deal all by himself so he is very much deserving of this win tonight.

“Hopefully we can win some more. We definitely have a good car. We just have to do things right. The driver has to do things right. Tonight we did okay, we just need to get a little bit better.”

“I am very proud of our team,” said owner Dan Motter. “We are the best and most consistent we’ve been for three seasons.”

Tomorrow night the Outlaws will wrap competition at Dodge City Raceway Park.

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