Sides Wins Thriller in Calistoga from World of Outlaws Sprint Cars

 
DATE
NEWS ARTICLE
5-31-11

Sides Outlasts Meyers for I-96 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Victory

Sides Outlasts Meyers for I-96 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Victory
Tennessean holds off Meyers, Dollansky for 3rd win of ’11 at wild Michigan event

LAKE ODESSA, Mich. — May 30, 2011 — Jason Sides was determined to win something with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at I-96 Speedway on Monday night. The driver from Bartlett, Tenn., had purchased a body’s length of 50-50 tickets for the night’s draw and came up just short in his bid to win the $900 pot. Instead, Sides pocketed $10,000 as he took the checkered flag for the third time this season after outlasting the field on a night of attrition.

“We had to endure a lot tonight,” said an exhausted Sides, after holding off Jason Meyers to finally win on the fourth attempt at a green-white-checkered finish. “We lost some water out of the radiator during one of the red flag periods so that worried us. Bill Rose also got a good jump on us but we were able to track him back down.”

Rose, racing for his first World of Outlaws victory, appeared to be playing the role of the spoiler on the night. The rookie from Plainfield, Ind., started the night’s main event on the pole and didn’t even make it all the way down the backstretch when the first red flag flew. An eight-car incident on the front straightaway halted the race and had serious implications on the points battle as 20-time champion Steve Kinser went end-over-end in a violent wreck that also involved Kerry Madsen, Lucas Wolfe and more. Kinser eventually emerged from the wreckage and walked back to the pit area under his own power. Madsen also was unharmed and helped track officials clean up the mess.

“It was a whole bunch of guys going for the same real estate and there wasn’t much to be had,” said Madsen, the Australian driver of the #92 P.I.H.A KPC. “I honestly could see what all was going on but it was extremely unfortunate that our night had to end before it ever really got started.”

Throughout the first third of the race, Sides and Rose traded the top spot with Rose using a great restart to run away from Sides. Eventually, Sides moved back in front and held on throughout the end of the race. As the laps began to wind down, two-time I-96 Speedway winner Meyers charged through the field in his #14 Allstar Performance/DDNI/GLR Investments KPC and appeared to be closing in on Sides as Rose ran out of fuel with only a handful of laps to go.

“I wanted the three-peat here at I-96 (Speedway) but to come from 10th to second tonight was still a great run,” said Meyers, the 2010 World of Outlaws champion. “It’s something we are really proud of and we can get rolling now. We can’t wait to be back at the track.”

Another hard charger was Craig Dollansky in the #7 Big Game Treestands Maxim. Dollansky used the outside line to pick off his competitors as the laps wore down.

“We were pretty good as the laps clicked by,” said Dollanksy, of Elk River, Minn. “We ran a little bit harder tire than some of the other teams and it really brought out the best in our car towards the end.”

Meyers and Dollansky each got one chance as the final red flag period of the night saw Paul McMahan flip in nearly the same spot as Kinser and Madsen at the beginning of the race. McMahan climbed from his battered machine and walked away from the scene. Using an impressive jump at the end, Sides drove off from the field with Meyers second, Dollansky third, Donny Schatz fourth and the night’s fastest qualifier, Chad Kemenah, rounding out the Top 5.

Further back in the pack, points leader Joey Saldana was involved in two separate accidents but still managed a Top-10 finish to wind up extending his lead to 12 points over second place which is now held by Schatz. Kinser dropped to third with Meyers and Sides completing the top 5 that’s only separated by 69 points.

The Outlaws now head for the heartland with visits to the Bellville (Kan.) Highbanks on Friday, June 3, and Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. on Saturday, June 4.

I-96 SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK

QUICK TIME – Chad Kemenah was the night’s fastest qualifier with a lap around the four-tenths mile oval in 15.989 seconds, earning five championship points. Donny Schatz, Jason Sides, Bill Rose and Kerry Madsen also earned qualifying points. It marked Kemenah’s second Quick Time of the season.


WINNERS - There have been 18 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature events in 2011. The winners include: Steve Kinser – 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 11 and 12, Pike County Raceway on Feb. 25, the Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 4); Joey Saldana – 3 (Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 3, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 19, Eldora Speedway on May 6); Jason Sides – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Calistoga Speedway on April 2, I-96 Speedway on May 30); Sammy Swindell – 3 (Royal Purple Raceway on Feb. 26, Merced Speedway on April 1, Tri-State Speedway on April 30); Craig Dollansky – 2 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 12, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 3); Paul McMahan – 1 (the Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 28); Daryn Pittman – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 13); Donny Schatz – 1 (Attica Raceway Park on May 20.)

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World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; I-96 Speedway; Lake Odessa, Mich.; May 30, 2011

A-Main (30 Laps) [Starting Pos.] — 1. 7S-Jason Sides [2] [$10,000]; 2. 14-Jason Meyers [10] [$5,500]; 3. 7-Craig Dollansky [8] [$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [4] [$2,800]; 5. 63-Chad Kemenah [3] [$2,500]; 6. 83X-Tim Shaffer [16] [$2,300]; 7. 4-Danny Smith [14] [$2,200]; 8. 2M-Dustin Daggett [17] [$2,100]; 9. 91-Cody Darrah [5] [$2,050]; 10. 9-Joey Saldana [6] [$2,000]; 11. W20-Greg Wilson [18] [$1,500]; 12. 83-Paul McMahan [7] [$1,200]; 13. 6R-Bill Rose [1] [$1,100]; 14. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [13] [$1,050]; 15. 6-Kraig Kinser [15] [$1,000]; 16. 7L-Darren Long [24] [$900]; 17. 1A-Mark Aldrich [20] [$800]; 18. 25M-Ken Mackey [19] [$800]; 19. 1Z-Jessica Zemken [9] [$800]; 20. 10-Davey Brown [21] [$800]; 21. 12B-Mike Baker [23] [$800]; 22. 92-Kerry Madsen [11] [$800]; 23. 11-Steve Kinser [12] [$800]; 24. 47X-Louie Carufel [22] [$800]; 25. 1-Chad Blonde [25] [$200].

Lap Leaders: Jason Sides 1-4, 12-30, Bill Rose 5-11. Hard Charger: 83X-Tim Shaffer [+10].

Qualifying - 1. 63-Chad Kemenah, 15.989; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.017; 3. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.055; 4. 6R-Bill Rose, 16.092; 5. 92-Kerry Madsen, 16.096; 6. 11-Steve Kinser, 16.128; 7. 9-Joey Saldana, 16.129; 8. 91-Cody Darrah, 16.153; 9. 7-Craig Dollansky, 16.183; 10. 1Z-Jessica Zemken, 16.209; 11. 14-Jason Meyers, 16.236; 12. 83-Paul McMahan, 16.253; 13. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 16.368; 14. 1-Chad Blonde, 16.405; 15. 4-Danny Smith, 16.436; 16. 6-Kraig Kinser, 16.471; 17. 83X-Tim Shaffer, 16.499; 18. 2M-Dustin Daggett, 16.564; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 16.777; 20. 7L-Darren Long, 17.000; 21. 25M-Ken Mackey, 17.121; 22. 1A-Mark Aldrich, 17.229; 23. 10-Davey Brown, 17.462; 24. 47X-Louie Carufel, 18.099; 25. 12B-Mike Baker, 20.070.

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) — 1. 1Z-Jessica Zemken [1]; 2. 9-Joey Saldana [2]; 3. 63-Chad Kemenah [4]; 4. 6R-Bill Rose [3]; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [5]; 6. 6-Kraig Kinser [6]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [7]; 8. 1A-Mark Aldrich [8]; 9. 12B-Mike Baker [9]

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) — 1. 14-Jason Meyers [1]; 2. 91-Cody Darrah [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 4. 83X-Tim Shaffer [6]; 5. 92-Kerry Madsen [3]; 6. 1-Chad Blonde [5]; 7. 7L-Darren Long [7]; 8. 10-Davey Brown [8]

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) — 1. 83-Paul McMahan [1]; 2. 7-Craig Dollansky [2]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [3]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 5. 2M-Dustin Daggett [6]; 6. 4-Danny Smith [5]; 7. 25M-Ken Mackey [7]; 8. 47X-Louie Carufel [8]

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature — 1. 6R-Bill Rose [1]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 3. 63-Chad Kemenah [4]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 5. 91-Cody Darrah [6]; 6. 9-Joey Saldana [5]; 7. 83-Paul McMahan [10]; 8. 7-Craig Dollansky [7]; 9. 1Z-Jessica Zemken [8]; 10. 14-Jason Meyers [9].

B-Main - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) — 1. W20-Greg Wilson [1]; 2. 25M-Ken Mackey [3]; 3. 1A-Mark Aldrich [4]; 4. 10-Davey Brown [5]; 5. 47X-Louie Carufel [6]; 6. 7L-Darren Long [2]; 7. 12B-Mike Baker [7].