Short-Track Roundup: Shaffer and Blaney take wins; Saldana released from hospital; more

Tim Shaffer and Dale Blaney
Tim Shaffer and Dale Blaney (shown) split $15,000 wins this weekend.

By: Mike Kerchner on 7/24/2011

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The Outlaw Trail

It was a busy week on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series trail, beginning with the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Pennsylvania's Lernerville Speedway. Tim Shaffer and Dale Blaney split $15,000 wins, but Shaffer earned the event trophy based on his second-place finish in the race he did not win.

From there, it was on to Williams Grove Speedway, where Greg Hodnett won on Friday night, leading into Saturday's Summer Nationals. Defending series champion Jason Meyers claimed his first victory at the legendary Pennsylvania half-mile oval and banked $20,000 for his 49th career victory.

Meyers left Williams Grove trailing four-time series champion Donny Schatz, who finished third Saturday, by a single point.

Saldana Goes Home

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series driver Joey Saldana on Thursday was released from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Saldana, who was injured badly in a crash during the July 16 Kings Royal sprint-car race at Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway in Ohio, was cleared to return home after a chest tube--which had been inserted into his body to inflate a collapsed lung--was removed.

Saldana also suffered a broken right arm, which required two plates and 25 screws to repair, and three broken ribs.

Saldana has been replaced by Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Brad Sweet.

What Vacation?

While most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers took advantage of the off-weekend on July 23-24 to travel to exotic locations, several went short-track racing. Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne each raced sprint cars, with Kahne escaping unhurt from a wild crash Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, Kyle Busch ventured to Maine to go asphalt late-model racing. Busch won Saturday night's Pro All-Stars Series late-model event and was the favorite to win the prestigious 38th annual TD Bank 250 Sunday afternoon at the three-eighths-mile track. Busch followed up the 150-lap triumph on Saturday by winning Sunday's 250-lap event in his familiar black No. 51 late model.

Money Man

Don O'Neal, who banked $100,000 earlier this summer for winning The Dream dirt-late-model race at Eldora Speedway, added another $25,000 to his bank account Saturday night, claiming the inaugural Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb.

NASCAR Touring

Darrell Wallace Jr. collected his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series victory of the season Saturday night at Ohio's Columbus Motor Speedway. It was the fourth career triumph for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program driver.

Meanwhile, Scott Steckly earned his 10th NASCAR Canadian Tire Series win.

Other Winners

Points leader Jason Johnson swept a pair of ASCS Lucas Sprint Car Series features Friday and Saturday night at Oregon's Cottage Grove Speedway . . . Veteran NASCAR modified driver Ted Christopher stepped into a supermodified and won the International SuperModified Association feature at New York's Airborne Park Speedway . . . Tim McCreadie and Shane Clanton collected World of Outlaws Late Model Series wins . . . Bryan Clauson led all 30 laps in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series event at Macon (Ill.) Speedway.

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