Saldana Finishes 10th In Knoxville Nationals B Main

PETERSEN MEDIA- Hoping for a big week at the Knoxville Nationals, a tough qualifying night would put Joey Saldana and his Roth Motorsports team in a hole for the rest of the week that would result in them finishing 10th in the Saturday night B Main.

“It was pretty disappointing to not make the show on Saturday night,” Saldana said. “We had a good start to our qualifying night, but we ended up on the short end of the stick late in the B Main on Thursday night and really had some ground to make up.”

Saldana’s Knoxville Nationals would get off to a great start on Thursday night as he would go out 56th of the 60 cars checked into the pit area and time the Roth Enterprises/HR Livestock Transportation/Roth Investments No. 83 machine in second fastest overall.

With the track still narrow in heat race action, many of the top qualifiers, including Saldana, would be unable to work their way from the fourth row of their heat race into the Top-Four and would be forced into the night’s B Main event.

Lining up on the front row of the B, Saldana would jump out to the early lead as he looked very strong out front. Leading the early laps, Saldana would keep his challengers at bay until the caution flag waived late in the race. Able to get out to a good start, Saldana would feel contact to the rear of his machine and it would result in him nearly spinning out and falling out of a transfer spot.

Coming back to run on Friday night, Saldana would again lay down a great lap in qualifications as he would time in sixth fastest before finishing third in his heat race and moving into the Friday night feature event.

Lining up in the seventh spot for the 25-lap feature event, Saldana would try to work his way into the Top-4 to earn a spot in the Knoxville Nationals feature event. With the track tough to move on, much of the Top-10 stayed the same as passing was at a premium. Battling for position, Saldana’s seventh place finish would place him in Saturday night’s B Main.

Lining up 13th, Saldana again would look to race his way into the Top-4, but would have some stiff competition to work through. Able to pick up a few spots in the early goings of the 22-lapper, Saldana would find himself in 10th, and fighting with Brooke Tatnell and Stevie Smith.

Trying to make up ground on the ½ mile, Saldana’s 2016 Knoxville Nationals would come to a close in the B Main.

“I hate it for Dennis and Teresa Roth,” Saldana said. “They have been so good to this sport for years and deserved to have their car in the feature of the biggest race of the year. I continue to thank them for this opportunity, and we will keep digging and try to win some more World of Outlaws races for them in the final few months of the season.”

The Roth Motorsports team would like to thank Roth Enterprises, HR Livestock Transportation, Roth Investments, Southern Pacific Farms, 3H Cattle,  Mobil1, FK Rod Ends, Weld Wheels, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Kent Performance, Kaeding Performance, and Astro Titanium for their support in 2016.

ON TAP: Joey and the Roth Motorsports team will be in action with the World of Outlaws on Tuesday night at the Junction Motor Speedway before traveling to the Angell Park Speedway on Sunday night.

2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-69, Wins-4, Top 5’s-25, Top 10’s-51.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Roth Motorsports by checking out their website, www.rothmotorsports83.com, and stay connected with Joey by following him on Twitter @JoeySaldana.

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