Indiana Sprint Week has been exactly what Levi Jones needed. A win on Sunday night at Kokomo Speedway helped the Tony Stewart Racing driver extend his USAC National Sprint Car Series lead over second-place Damion Gardner while rising to the top of the Indiana Sprint Week standings. It’s a position that Jones knows well as he is the defending champion in both.
It was a restart that was the different for Jones at Kokomo as he was able to go low and get past Jerry Coons Jr. on a lap 19 restart and lead the final 12 laps for his fourth career Indiana Sprint Week victory. Brady Short finished second while Chris Windom was third. The victory helped Jones open up a 32-point lead over Short in the Indiana Sprint Week standings after three of the seven races. He also opened a 77-point lead in the USAC National Sprint Car standings over Damion Gardner.
Indiana Sprint Week is off today and tomorrow before continuing on Wednesday at the Action Track in Terre Haute. Racing will continue on Thursday at Brownstown Speedway and Friday at Bloomington Speedway before finishing on Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.
As the USAC National Sprint Cars continued on Indiana Sprint Week, the World of Outlaws prepared for one of their richest and most prestigious weeks of racing with a pair of shows in Wisconsin over the weekend. On Saturday night, Joey Saldana held on to a victory at Charter Raceway Park in Beaver Dam while Craig Dollansky claimed the checkered flag at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond on Sunday.
Saldana was extremely fortunate to hang on for victory on Saturday – he had a right rear tire going flat in the final laps of the race. He was able to make it through the last few laps before the tire went completely flat, earning his eighth feature of the season and 67th of his World of Outlaws career. The win moved Saldana into a tie with Stevie Smith for eighth on the all-time series win list. Saldana’s teammate Paul McMahan was second while Steve Kinser was third.
Saldana would run out of luck on Sunday at Cedar Lake Speedway. He was running fourth midway through the feature when he spun, sending him to the back of the field. He was only able to work his way back up to 14th, his worst result since finishing 16th at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas on June 26. However, Saldana was still able to retain his lead in the World of Outlaws series standings, leaving Wisconsin with a 26-point cushion over Kinser and a 48-point lead over Jason Meyers.
However, it was Dollansky who was the star of the show on Sunday. He took over the lead from the outside of the front row after passing pole sitter Jason Sides on the opening lap and never trailed from there. He was able to wisely use the lane choice during three double-wide restarts, choosing the low line on the first two and the top line during the third. The choices proved to be correct as he powered away from the rest of the field each time. Meyers was second while Sammy Swindell was third.
The World of Outlaws move to Ohio for their next races as the “Month of Money” kicks off. Wednesday night the series will be at the Brad Doty Classic at Limaland followed by two nights of racing at Eldora Speedway on Friday and Saturday culminating with the $50,000-to-win Kings Royal. Donny Schatz is the defending Kings Royal champion.