Daniels is Hemi Challenge champ at Maple Grove; Sets new record for SS/AH at 8.284/159.53

SS/AH racer Jim Daniels won the Mopar HEMI Challenge at The Dutch in his 1968 Dart by beating Barton Engines’ David Barton in the final Sunday afternoon at Maple Grove Raceway.

Daniels made a pass of 8.284 seconds at 159.53 mph as Barton fouled on the start. Both cars carried Ray Barton-built engines, giving the Robesonia, Pa.-based company a win-win situation. David Barton is Ray Barton’s son.

This is Daniels’ second HEMI Challenge victory this season and third overall. He won at Maple Grove last year.

We’ll have complete coverage of the Hemi Challenge and the Dutch Classic later this week.  (Phil Hutchinson photo) []

Lone Star Speedway victory for Saldana

Joey Saldana steered his Mopar-powered World of Outlaws Sprint car to a series-leading 19th A-Feature win of the season in the inaugural WoO Fest at Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Saldana won the Crane Cams Dash to start on the pole for the 30-lapper and earned $12,000 for the win, which was the 58th of his World of Outlaws career. He made it three-for-three in the state of Texas after wiring the field at Lone Star Speedway. The Kasey Kahne Racing driver won earlier this season at the half-mile and also was victorious at Houston Raceway Park in Texas.

"This is another great win," said Saldana. "I can't thank Willie (Kahne), Kolten (Gouse) and Kale (Kahne) enough. They work really hard. It was a great effort by this whole team."

Saldana is currently third in the World of Outlaws standings. []