By Susan Arnold: MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (July 17, 2013) – The World of Outlaws month of money makes its next stop at Williams Grove Speedway Friday and Saturday, July 19-20 for the Summer Nationals.
This year the Summer Nationals comes with a twist as this season’s Morgan Cup winner will also be decided. The Morgan Cup competition between the Pennsylvania Posse and the World of Outlaws drivers is in its third year. The Outlaws have won twice: Jason Sides in 2011 and Steve Kinser in 2012.
Heading into this season’s defining Saturday Morgan Cup tie-breaker competition, it’s the Outlaws 1 (Donny Schatz winning the Friday night race, May 17 at Williams Grove) and the Posse 1 (Danny Dietrich’s win at Lincoln Speedway May 16). The Morgan Cup was scheduled to be presented May 18 at Williams Grove, but Mother Nature stepped in, unleashing a torrent of steady rain that day.
The defining Morgan Cup moment was postponed to this Saturday.
The Summer Nationals winner will take home $20,000 and there will be a $5,000 bonus paid to the Morgan Cup winner.
Joey Saldana, driver of the Motter Equipment Fatheadz Eyewear 71M, won the Summer Nationals in 2002, the same year he won his first Kings Royal.
Saldana heads into Williams Grove fresh off of a top-5 finish Tuesday night at Lernerville Speedway.
“We are struggling to find consistency,” said Saldana. “It would be great if we could get all the bugs out and have a good night. Competition is really tough with the Outlaws alone and now you throw the Posse on top of that, and if you are off the slightest bit, it’s like light years. But it’s fun when everything’s right and we can run with the best of them. It’s some good racing.”
Following Summer Nationals competition, the Motter team will head to the high-banked Lebanon Valley Speedway in New York for an Outlaws Sunday show (July 21).
“This week’s schedule will test the best,” said Saldana. “We had a doubleheader Tuesday night (July 16) that lasted into the wee hours of the morning and now we head into a grueling three-in-a-row. The schedule heats up during the summer months. I could drive every night if we raced that often.”
Saldana was a Lebanon Valley winner in 2003 and he’s looking to shake things up and get back to victory circle.