Joey Saldana’s Saturday night at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn. was as disastrous as his Friday night was spectacular. One night after claiming his third World of Outlaws feature of the season to extend his series points lead, Saldana suffered a broken hand in a crash during the A-main, an injury which potentially deals a severe blow to his title aspirations.
World of Outlaws PR Director Tony Veneziano confirmed to beepwire.com – from an email from Saldana’s wife – that Saldana suffered a broken hand in the crash. Veneziano did not know which hand was broken but did say that Saldana is scheduled to meet with top orthopedic surgeon Dr. Terry Trammell in Indianapolis on Monday to determine if surgery was necessary.
Saldana flipped on the backstretch during a Lap 4 restart during the A-main at Volunteer Speedway. A red flag had been thrown after Tim Kaeding flipped on the restart; Saldana was not involved in the initial accident but apparently became tangled with another driver after the red flag was thrown. Kaeding was sore but refused to be sent to a hospital after suffering his second heavy accident of the weekend.
As Saldana’s title hopes were thrown into doubt, the steady progress of Jason Meyers towards his first career World of Outlaws crown continued. Meyers set the fast time in qualifying and backed that up by winning the 35-lap feature – his third victory of 2010. Combined with Saldana’s misfortunte, Meyers went back to the top of the series points standings, five points ahead of Steve Kinser and 20 points past Saldana.
Having a turnaround night on Saturday was Lance Dewease. One night after failing to make the feature, Dewease lead for the first 13 laps before being passed by Meyers in traffic before coming home in second. Saldana’s Kasey Kahne Racing teammates Brad Sweet and Paul McMahan finished third and fourth, with Steve Kinser finishing fifth.
Saldana does catch one break with his injury – the timing. The World of Outlaws series is off until April 10, when the series returns to action at Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, Okla.
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