By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to Speed Sport News, Joey Saldana will drive the No. 41 Jason Johnson Racing Sprint Car late in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. He will replace Carson Macedo, who cannot race due to prior commitments.
Saldana will first race the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas on Friday, October 19th. He will then drive the car the next night at the Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kansas.
He will then drive the car Nov. 1-3 at the World of Outlaws World Fines at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina. Saldana is a 105-time World of Outlaws feature winner.
However, he has not won a race since September 17th, 2016 at US 36 Raceway in Missouri.
Macedo took over for Jason Johnson after his death in June.
“When Carson gave us his schedule prior to the Knoxville Nationals, he said he could race all the races he was available for, provided we wanted to race and he didn’t have anything going with the (Joe Gaerte-owned) No. 3g,” JJR team principal Bobbi Johnson said to Speed Sport News. “These four races ended up open for us and certainly have a lot of importance to us as a team. The Kansas City and Dodge City events have to do with several of our sponsors that are based around that area and that we need to showcase, while the World Finals is obviously one of the biggest weekends of the year and a race that Jason won in the past, making Charlotte a special place for us as a team.
“We really wanted to field a car and the World of Outlaws has been so good to us… We want to give back to them. When you combine that with being able to showcase Joey and the caliber of driver he’s always been and continues to be in a sprint car, it was really a great fit for our team and we’re looking forward to working with him for these four races.”
The 46-year-old Saldana has split between the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions and the World of Outlaws this season. He has driven the Rudeen Racing No. 26 car for much of the season.
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