Kahne, Saldana Ring in New Year With Three Top- Fives in Australia Action
Kasey Kahne (right) kicked off the New Year in style, taking two
Top-five finishes in winged-sprint action at Australia=92s Parramatta City
Raceway. Kahne=92s Kasey Kahne Racing driver, Joey Saldana (left), also
scored a Top-five, taking runner-up honors in the second night of the
Kasey Kahne International Sprint Car event.
Team Mopar=92s Kasey Kahne and Joey Saldana hit the
Parramatta City Raceway track in Sydney, Australia, on New Year=92s Eve and
New Year=92s Day, driving to strong finishes in their first racing action of
the season at the two-day Kasey Kahne International Sprint Car event.
In Sunday=92s winged-sprint action, Kahne, owner of Kasey Kahne Racing
(KKR), Mopar=92s factory-backed team in World of Outlaws Sprint and USAC
Sprint and Midget action, grabbed a win in the second dash race during
prelim action. When the A-Main rolled off, Kahne started next to
pole-sittter Donny Schatz, grabbed an early lead, then remained at the
front, finishing third. Saldana finished nineteenth, after suffering
damage to his oil tank, due to on-track debris.
The first action of the New Year saw Saldana and the No. 9 Kasey Kahne
Racing team grab the highest starting spot (third) of the World of Outlaws
drivers competing in Monday=92s main event, with Kahne starting 14th.
Saldana and Schatz battled for the lead, with Saldana taking the runner-up
spot as the checkered flag fell. Kahne fought from the 14th spot up to the
front, finishing fourth and taking his second-straight Top-five
Saldana will compete again at Parramatta City Raceway on January 5-6 in
the Sprintcar Classic, with a prize of $50,000 up for grabs for the
winner. The 2007 World of Outlaws season opens on February 9 at Volusia
Speedway Park with the 36th annual DIRTcar Nationals presented by Mopar
Speedshop. For more info on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, log on