(Special to Jeremy Elliott)
Joey Saldana knows all too well the twists and turns a Sprint Car career can take. There are no guarantees.
A driver has to expect a measure of uncertainty. Saldana’s been with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series for 17 years, so he is aware more than most drivers how this game works.
And that fact is evident for the second year in a row, as Saldana enters the offseason wondering what his future holds.
According to Saldana, Dennis Roth Motorsports scaling back. The move leaves the Indiana driver, who has 99 career World of Outlaws victories, ride searching heading into the offseason.
“The 83 won’t be on the World of Outlaws tour next year,” Saldana said Saturday before the start of the final night of the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals.
“They’ve had some important people; Jack Ventura passed away this year, which is a big part of Dennis Roth Motorsports. Dennis had heart surgery this year, and I think he is stepping back a bit. At his age, he doesn’t have to do anything. He’s done enough.”
A year ago, car-owner Dan Motter decided to leave the World of Outlaws and scale back his operation, which left Saldana on the market.
Roth stepped in and gave Saldana a seat, and the team responded with five wins, 30 top-five finishes and 61 top 10s heading into the last night of the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. <<READ MORE>>