SALDANA STOLE THE SHOW AT THE SOCAL SHOWDOWN
PERRIS, CA - After celebrating with his hands in the air as he propped himself on the back of his sprint car, Joey Saldana pulled off his helmet to reveal messy hair, a dirty face and a look of exhaustion.
"I think I'm more mentally worn out," he said with a smile. "Physically I feel great."
Saldana led all 30 laps by riding the cushion around the top of Perris Auto Speedway to claim the NAPA Know How SoCal Showdown, which was the first World of Outlaws race at the fast half-mile oval since 2007.
"You don't get these opportunities very often and getting your first one out of the way early in the season is a big asset to the whole season," said Saldana, who became the fifth different winner in five World of Outlaws main events this season.
"I think the key to victory was the dash. Getting around Jason (Meyers) and getting clean air made a huge difference. And just making sure I chose the right spot on those restarts."
Meyers, who started on the pole of the six-lap dash, chose the bottom on a double-file restart midway through the race that determined the first five rows of the feature lineup. Saldana took advantage on the restart and zipped by Meyers on the top as the duo exited turn two. Saldana picked up the win and the pole position for the main event.
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