NST: Tri-City results 2006-07-16

Kinser wins, Kaeding DQ'd at Tri-City Speedway Things quickly went from bad to worse for Tim Kaeding Sunday night at Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, Penn. And then things got even worse for Kaeding, who lost his National Sprint Tour points lead...

Kinser wins, Kaeding DQ'd at Tri-City Speedway

Things quickly went from bad to worse for Tim Kaeding Sunday night at Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, Penn.

And then things got even worse for Kaeding, who lost his National Sprint Tour points lead after being disqualified for being more than 50 pounds too light.

While Kaeding's night quickly went worse July 16, teammate and boss Steve Kinser was the main benefactor.

Kaeding took the lead on lap 4 from Paul McMahan, and promptly set sail as he has so many times this year.

Meanwhile, Kinser was working up through the field. Kinser was sixth on lap 6. On lap 7, he was fourth. The next lap, he was third after he and Brian Paulus split Shane Stewart on the backstretch.

Kinser took second on lap 9, and soon began looking for a way past his teammate.

Kinser wasn't the only one moving up. Danny Lasoski, who entered the night just 4 points behind Kaeding, started the 30-lap A-main 15th. He was 10th by lap 3, and fifth on lap 9. By lap 18, he was in third.

"I was a little faster, but (Kaeding) got out front first," Kinser said. "We were the fastest car, but there was so much grease on the bottom I couldn't hit it consistent enough."

And so Kinser stalked Kaeding, looking for a way by. Coming to the white flag, that chance came and Kinser pounced. Kinser pulled alongside, did a slide job in turn 2 and pulled away while Kaeding spun out, falling to fourth by the end. Kinser went on to his fourth win of the year, and second straight.

"I got a good run on him, coming off turn 4," Kinser said. "I was out of fuel. I don't even know how I finished."

"It was real bad luck," Kaeding said. "I knew he was going to get by. I ran out of fuel with five laps left. (Kinser) got under me, and that's why I spun."

After the race, Kaeding was disqualified after his car weighed in too light.

"We got DQ'd, plain and simple," Kaeding said simply. "It just puts a bunch of questions on it. It's heartbreaking."

Lasoski had to come from deep in the field for the second straight race. His night was hampered from the start by an engine problem. Both Lasoski and Kinser had to change motor early in the evening.

"We got here, and had the motor lock up," Lasoski said. "We didn't have any time. Basically I worked the top and the bottom of the track. I was going where they weren't. We put our best plan forward."

After getting into third, Lasoski thought he might have a chance to move up if things went his way.

"My best deal was lapped cars, or (Kaeding and Kinser) racing each other," Lasoski said.

Even though Kaeding's disqualification was a big boost for Lasoski in the points, he wasn't concerned about that.

"You can't look at the points," Lasoski said. "Right now, you have to keep on racing."

Kaeding had a simple strategy for getting back on track after a disappointing weekend.

"Try not to run out of fuel," he said.

Trophy dashes were won by Stewart and McMahan, with Stewart choosing to start on the inside pole for the main event.

Heat races were won by Kaeding, Kinser and Jason Meyers. Jason Sides was the fastest of 29 qualifiers with a time of 17.475 seconds, his third fast time of the year. The B-Main was won by Kerry Madsen.

The National Sprint Tour next races Tuesday, July 18 at Fonda Speedway in Fonda, New York.

-nst

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Series Sprint
Drivers Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Brian Paulus , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Tim Kaeding