ROSSBURG, Ohio – Coming into this weekend’s World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series doubleheader at Eldora Speedway, parity has been the rule of the season, as 11 different drivers have shared victory honors in the 17 events completed to date.
One driver that is in favor of that statistic and hoping the trend continues is Joey Saldana of Brownsburg, Ind.
Although sitting third in the cumulative points chase, Saldana remains winless on the season. But Eldora and two nights of racing plays right into Saldana’s hand, as the second-generation driver has posted at least one WoO victory in six of the past seven seasons and ranks third on Eldora’s all-time WoO win list.
Saldana knows Eldora well and has become a fan favorite with his rim-riding style; often running above the cushion and only inches from the outer concrete wall.
He will be coming into the Eldora weekend as driver of a recently revived Sprint Car team that has had pretty good success at the historic speed plant as well. After a lengthy layoff from the sport, Dan Motter has returned and with the same familiar paint scheme that was used as Kenny Jacobs compiled multiple victories including a $100,000 win in the 1994 Historical Big One at Eldora.
Saldana has wasted little time in adapting to the new team, as he has compiled four top five finishes on the tour thus far, and has been the quickest qualifier twice. However, it is the feature win column that Saldana is seeking and his confidence level has been raised coming into Eldora and two opportunities to complete that goal.
Each night (May 3-4) will feature a full program of competition for the WoO STP Sprint Car Series. Joining the Friday night leg will be the Eldora Stock Cars, while the UMP DIRTcar Modifieds complete Saturday’s twinbill. Both nights share a 7:30 p.m. race starting time.