PERRIS, Calif. – March 10, 2012 –
After celebrating with his hands in the air as he propped himself on the back of his sprint car, Joey Saldana pulled off his helmet to reveal messy hair, a dirty face and a look of exhaustion.
“I think I’m more mentally worn out,” he said with a smile. “Physically I feel great.”
Saldana led all 30 laps by riding the cushion around the top of Perris Auto Speedway to claim the NAPA Know How SoCal Showdown in his Weld Racing wheel equipped sprint car, which was the first World of Outlaws race at the fast half-mile oval since 2007.
“You don’t get these opportunities very often and getting your first one out of the way early in the season is a big asset to the whole season,” said Saldana, who became the fifth different winner in five World of Outlaws main events this season.