KANSAS CITY, KANSAS (October 19, 2018) – With wheelman Carson Macedo racing out in California at the Trophy Cup in the Tarlton #21, Bobbi Johnson and Philip Dietz welcomed talented Joey Saldana to chauffeur the Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) #41 Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) Maxim in the FVP Battery Showdown at Lakeside Speedway on Friday night. There were 27 impressive teams entered in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series show in Kansas City, with Saldana and the JJR team ready to roll!
Saldana, affectionately known as the Brownsburg Bullet, climbed into the cockpit of the Maxim Racing machine and buckled into his Crow Enterprizes safety belts. The proven speedster from Indiana would be the third car sitting in the staging area awaiting his opportunity to turn his two laps around Lakeside Speedway. His Kistler Engines/Engler Machine & Tool power came to life under the hood and he mashed the loud pedal. The red MVT/Valvoline #41 was up to speed and Saldana was displaying his talents in front of the packed grandstands. He turned his first lap in 13.814 seconds. He then stayed focused and started to kick the dirt up on his second lap before slowing and pulling off. His first lap was a good one though, as it was eighth quick overall on the night.
On a surface that was producing some speed and good racing, Saldana would line up on the inside of row two in the second 8-lap heat race. He would share the row with Kerry Madsen as the two racers paced behind the front row of Jason Sides and Daryn Pittman. Sides raced into the lead when the green lights illuminated, as Saldana drove off the bottom and into the show position. He had the MVT/Jonestown KOA #41 Maxim movin’ and groovin’ around Lakeside Speedway as Sides to the heat race victory ahead of Pittman with Saldana coming home third. Kerry Madsen, Hunter Schuerenberg and Mason Daniel secured the final three transfer spots.
With all of the qualifying completed, the 30-lap A-Main remained with a $10,000 winner’s check sitting in victory lane for the first and fastest driver to the finish line. Philip Dietz, Tyler Elliott and Patrick Dudzinski made the final changes to the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Durst Inc./FK Rod Ends #41 Maxim for their driver. Saldana was ready to go as the cars pushed out onto the speedway for the FVP Battery Showdown. After the four-wide salute to the fans wrapped up, highlighted by the missing man formation to honor the sports fallen heroes – the Ragin’ Cajun Jason Johnson and Greg Hodnett, the field aligned in their traditional two-by-two starting lineup. Polesitter, Daryn Pittman, drove the Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR) ionomy #9 into the lead when the green flag waved as Saldana powered the JJR #41 into position behind 9-time Donny Schatz. Saldana stayed up on the wheel and headed to the top side of the track as he chased down Jason Sides and Brad Sweet. The three talented drivers battled for position putting on an incredible show for the fans. Sides was low and making his car wide, as Sweet was a lane up and Saldana was rounding at the top of the track. The action was exciting, eventually resulting in the Brownsburg Bullet getting the best of both and leading them as he ran in the fifth position. Pittman claimed the winner’s check as he beat Schatz to the checkered flag. Sheldon Haudenschild earned the last step on the podium as Shane Stewart and Saldana rounded out the top five. A great debut for Saldana in JJR’s Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Factory Kahne Shocks #41 Maxim!
Joey Saldana Keeps the JJR #41 Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) Maxim Trucking Forward to a Fifth Place Finish in Kansas City!
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