Steve Kinser clinched his unprecedented 18th World of Outlaws point championship after winning for the 25th time in 2003 at Kilgore, Texas Friday evening with his Quaker State MAXIM.
Combined with Saturday's rain-out at Houston, Kinser's lead in the point chase is insurmountable, and will be crowned the 2003 season champion at Las Vegas this weekend.
Kinser used a last lap pass after starting fifth to win at Kilgore, Texas, earning $10,000 with his Scott Gerkin-wrenched MAXIM.
"We had a good race the last couple of laps," said Kinser. "I could see Donny was in trouble there, and I thought I could get a good bite on the bottom, but I got off the turn too slow and let him by me. I should have gone to the top the first time and he would've never gotten past, but we made it work the second time. A win's always good, and maybe this will give us a little breathing room for these last three nights."
Greg Hodnett also picked up his 25th victory of the 2003 season, closing out his outstanding year by winning with the Lee Stauffer-wrenched, Bob Stewart-owned Apple Dealers MAXIM at Hagerstown's Octoberfest. Hodnett banked $10,000 for his win the 50-lap event, charging from third starting spot with a 2001 MAXIM chassis that featured a coil spring front suspension designed by Stauffer.
"The race track was great, it was real racy and have to congratulate Randy Grove and the rest of the crew," said Hodnett. "You could race anywhere on the track, high or low. It is a great way to end the season."
Shane Stewart and Gary Wright were winners at I-30's Short Track Nationals last Thursday and Friday. Both picked up preliminary feature wins with their MAXIMs.
Terry Gray was a winner with the Goodson Farms MAXIM at Putman County Saturday, while Bud Kaeding won for the 2nd year in a row with his BK Motorsports MAXIM at the 9th Annual Dirt Track Nationals at Kings Speedway in Hanford.