Billings prelim report 2005-08-19

Steve Kinser Earns Rough and Tumble BMP Speedway Preliminary Feature Victory Billings, MT -- August 19, 2005 -- Perhaps it was dry summer weather followed by heavy downpours a day earlier, or perhaps it was a menacing full moon hanging over ...

Steve Kinser Earns Rough and Tumble BMP Speedway Preliminary Feature Victory

Billings, MT -- August 19, 2005 -- Perhaps it was dry summer weather followed by heavy downpours a day earlier, or perhaps it was a menacing full moon hanging over central Montana, but whatever the cause it left sizable ruts in the BMP Speedway racing surface Friday night and gave Steve Kinser a reason to celebrate after he survived 10 cautions -- five of which were red flags for cars that flipped -- and 30 laps of racing for a preliminary feature victory to kick off the World of Outlaws Sprint Series Wild, Wild Northwest Tour.

Kinser, who on Tuesday swept the event at Red River Valley Speedway, started 19th on Friday in his Quaker State Maxim and gained a couple of spots on nearly every caution, the final one coming out to set up a green-white-checkered finish after leader Tim Shaffer caught a big rut and flipped hard in Turns 1 and 2.

That shuffled the leaders again as Kinser raced to the checkered flag on the 3/8-mile oval ahead of Donny Schatz, Jac Haudenschild and Danny Lasoski. Those four drivers are locked into the top four spots in the Stacker 2® Dash on Saturday night that will set the top six spots for the main event.

Cars racing through the turns looked as if they were being tossed around like boats in rough seas. A car could run through the middle of Turn 1 and be thrown to the top of Turn 2 before the driver had a chance to recover. In the end, red flags halted action for Paul McMahan, whose car was sent almost straight upward in Turns 1 and 2 before spinning on the rear bumper with nine laps down; Daryn Pittman, who flipped in Turn 3 with 25 laps down but was able to rejoin the race; Brooke Tatnell, who appeared to catch a tire barrier on the bottom of Turn 3 with 26 laps down; Jason Solwold, whose broken front axle led to a hard flip in Turns 3 and 4 as the 28th lap was being completed; and finally Shaffer, who was on his way to winning from the 15th starting spot when he was tossed upside down in Turns 1 and 2 after taking the white flag.

"It was plenty rough," said Kinser, whose victory after starting 19th is the deepest spot in the field from which anybody has come to win this season. "I had intentions of even pulling in after the start of the race. I figured from where I was at I didn't figure there was any way we'd ever get to the top four. I got a decent start and then I thought I'd hang in there a little bit longer. I didn't figure there was any use speeding that thing around there for 30 laps then stuff just kept happening and actually got going a little better at the end. Once we got up to smelling distance it made a little bit of a difference. I was just fortunate that everybody had a little bit of bad luck."

The cautions also shuffled the top spot several times. McMahan won the Stacker 2® Dash and started on the pole for the fourth time this season. He led the first six laps before Craig Dollansky, who had worked his way to second after starting sixth, powered to the lead on Lap 7. It appeared nobody would catch Dollansky as he was able to maneuver through traffic and keep his car under control, but during the caution after Tatnell's red flag Dollansky was forced to the work area with a flat left rear and turned over the lead to Shaffer with 25 laps complete.

By this point, many of the drivers who started deep in the field had been able to hang on and slide toward the front. Jason Meyers and Schatz were tailing Shaffer on the restart following Solwold's flip, but Kinser had worked his way to fourth and had a great jump on the restart, shooting past Meyers and Schatz then narrowly avoiding Shaffer's flip in Turn 1 to grab the lead as the caution waved. Then all the extra laps run under caution caught up with Meyers, who ran out of fuel before the green flag could wave on the green-white-checkered finish.

Kinser was able to watch Shaffer's march through the field in the bottom groove, which resembled Shaffer's run in the Knight Before the Kings Royal last month, but wasn't able to match his line.

"I could see him, but I just couldn't get to the bottom of Turns 1 and 2 at all," said Kinser, a Mean 15 racer from Bloomington, Ind., who has won all three World of Outlaws races run at BMP Speedway. "I could get to the bottom of Turns 3 and 4 pretty good, but until I changed my line in Turns 1 and 2 I wasn't too good. I was trying to run in the middle and then chop it back off. I could get some runs on some guys off the bottom but I couldn't follow it around. Finally at the end I got to where I could run around the top so it all worked out I guess. Sort of a strange night. It was survival, I will say that."

For Donny Schatz, who started his Parker Stores J&J on the outside of Row 2, patience wound up benefiting him the most.

"I tried to be as cautious as I could and it cost me a lot of spots," said Schatz, a four-time winner World of Outlaws feature winner this season from Fargo, N.D. "Apparently it paid off in the end."

Haudenschild couldn't afford to be patient in Dennis Roth's 83jr Beef Packers machine. Having to come back through the field after his early spin meant he was forced to attack the speedway to keep his momentum going forward.

"The track was real rough and we had the car handling good," said Haudenschild, who picked up a victory earlier this month at Eldora Speedway in Roth's No. 83 car. "I spun out early in the race, I was running seventh and had to restart on the tail. We just got back up through there. There were a lot of crashes and we just kind of dodged all the bullets and wound up third.

"It's harder to get to the front without restarts. Sometimes they help you and sometimes they hurt you."

Joey Saldana, Terry McCarl, Kraig Kinser, Dollansky, McMahan and Tatnell rounded out the top 10 finishers. After Paul Sides qualified his car, Kinser arrived at the track between heats and the dashes having finished eighth during the afternoon in his first ARCA Re/Max Series event at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.

McCarl was another driver who appeared to have a chance of being locked into the Dash for Saturday's main event, but was hanging on at the end after his nose wing was damaged. He said going into the turns was like driving 100 mph into a 2-foot curb.

"You don't want to lose a nose wing on this deal," McCarl said. "We started 11th and got up to fifth and I hooked a rut real bad and about flipped it and I started driving kind of conservatively because I thought you were just going to have to survive this thing, I need to back out of this. Then I started to get passed so you still had to stay aggressive. That's what world of World of Outlaws sprint car racing is right there. I kind of screwed up in the middle stages and lost some spots and then I got back to driving right and I think we had a shot at top four when I broke my front wing off. It was brutal after that. You don't want to lose your front wing on a track like this. Every car out here has damage, it doesn't matter where you finished."

The World of Outlaws Sprint Series returns Billings Motorsports Park on Saturday night to complete the two-day program. After leaving Billings, the Outlaws invade Billings Motorsports Park in Billings, Mont., for a two-night show Aug. 19-20; Grays Harbor Speedway in Elma, Wash., for a two-night show Aug. 26-27; and Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., for a one night event on Aug. 30.

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* Kraig Kinser raced to an eighth-place finish in the ARCA Re/Max Series event Friday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., before finishing seventh in the World of Outlaws preliminary feature Friday night at Billings. While Paul Sides put the Steve Kinser Racing Remy Maxim through time trials and ran it in the fourth heat, Kraig Kinser arrived at Billings Motorsports Park around 10 p.m. local time between the heats and the dashes and raced the car in the A-main. Per World of Outlaws rules, Kinser had to start at the back of the A-main grid, but given the carnage during the 30-lap event he was able to slide up to a top-10 finish.

"I'm happy I did it," said Kinser, who competed for the first time in the ARCA series. "It all worked out. I fought the track a little bit. I wish I would have gotten a couple of more laps on it before the feature. It was a lot rougher than I expected. I thought it was going to be nice and slicked up like it was last year. It was a total shock when I got in here."

Kinser, 20, didn't appear to have any trouble adjusting from one car to the other.

"I don't even try to think about the adjustment," he said. "It's definitely different. It has a different feel to it. The cars are totally different. You can do stuff with one car you can't do with the other. It was a little change but it didn't mess me up too bad."

* Jason Sides paced the 33 cars that went through time trials with a record-breaking lap around the 3/8-mile oval in 12.236 seconds at 110.330 mph. Danny Lasoski previously held the record after going 12.281 seconds at 109.926 mph on Aug. 20, 2004.

"I like the 3/8ths," said Sides, a Mean 15 racer from Bartlett, Tenn. "I never had a new track record. I think we were quick time one time two years ago at Jetmore. As far as quick time it always helps everybody's morale on the team."

* Steve Kinser earned his series-leading 17th A-feature victory Aug. 16 Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. Kinser's victory Friday at Billings was his second preliminary feature win this season. -- Shane Stewart won the second preliminary A-main Aug. 12 at Knoxville Raceway, visiting Victory Lane with the Outlaws for the first time this season and making him the 21st different driver to do so. There have been 16 different A-feature winners. -- Kraig Kinser captured the Knoxville Nationals on Aug. 14 for his sixth A-feature victory of the season. He also has a preliminary feature win at Las Vegas. -- Jason Meyers earned his fourth win of the season July 2 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. -- Donny Schatz also has four A-feature victories, winning most recently on July 8 in Joliet, Ill. -- Tim Shaffer's victory July 19 in the Silver Cup was his third of the season, going with wins Lake Ozark Speedway and Thunderbowl Raceway. -- Brian Paulus won June 28 at Huset's Speedway for his second victory of the season, and picked up a preliminary feature win in the following race at Red River Valley Speedway. -- Craig Dollansky has won two features, most recently at Powercom Park, and he also has two preliminary feature wins. -- Brooke Tatnell has two A-feature victories, winning at Cedar Lake and Fulton speedways, as well as a preliminary feature win at Princeton Speedway. -- Sammy Swindell won his second A-feature of the season June 4 at Eldora Speedway. Swindell also has a preliminary feature win April 8 at Eldora. -- Fred Rahmer won the Summer Nationals crown July 23 and picked up a preliminary feature win in the Knoxville Nationals on Aug. 10. -- Single-event winners include Jac Haudenschild on Aug. 5 at Eldora Speedway, Stevie Smith July 13 at Attica Raceway Park, Tim Kaeding June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park, Daryn Pittman April 23 at 81 Speedway in Wichita, Chad Kemenah July 9 at I-55 Raceway, and Jeff Shepard Feb. 11 at Volusia Speedway Park. -- In preliminary features, Danny Lasoski has won twice while Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan and Jason Johnson have each won once.

* Billings Motorsports Park is a semi-banked 3/8-mile oval. The series has raced 10 times this season on tracks that length, at Pike County Speedway, Houston Raceway Park, Batesville Speedway, Outlaw Motor Speedway, 81 Speedway, Huset's Speedway, Cedar Lake Speedway, Attica Raceway Park, Fulton Speedway and BMP Speedway. Steve Kinser held off Brooke Tatnell to win at Pike County, Donny Schatz edged Steve Kinser at Houston, Kraig Kinser dominated at Batesville, Steve Kinser snuck past Jason Meyers late at Outlaw, Daryn Pittman cruised to victory at 81 Speedway, Jason Meyers outlasted the field at Sharon on a night when several top contenders ran into various trouble, Brian Paulus started on the pole and won at Huset's, Brooke Tatnell picked up his first win of the year at Cedar Lake and his second at Fulton, Stevie Smith won at Attica, and Steve Kinser won at BMP Speedway.

* In the Stacker 2® Dash that set the inside top six rows of the main event, Paul McMahan fought off Shane Stewart in the first two turns and motored to his fourth pole position of the season. Stewart brought his machine home in second, followed by fast-qualifier Jason Sides, Jac Haudenschild and Terry McCarl, who was racing at Billings Motorsports Park for the first time.

* In the second Dash that set the outside top six rows of the feature, Danny Lasoski continued his resurgence with a dominating run to win the outside pole for the main event. Donny Schatz drove the bottom groove to finish second followed by Craig Dollansky, Jonathan Allard and Joey Saldana.

* In the B-main, Tim Kaeding was uncatchable. From the green flag, after two cautions and through traffic, he powered to huge advantages each time. Brooke Tatnell was second to the checkered flag with Joe Ramaker and Ned Powers picking up the final two transfer spots to the A-main.

* In the first heat, Jason Solwold and Danny Lasoski dropped to the bottom groove and powered away from the field as fast-qualifier Jason Sides cut from sixth to third on the first lap. The top three worked through traffic with Solwold taking the checkered flag and Lasoski, Sides, Stewart and Brandon Wimmer picking up the other transfer spots.

* In the second heat, Brian Paulus darted to the lead in the first corner as fourth-starting Jac Haudenschild raced through the first two turns in the top groove and grabbed second. The leaders settled into a single-file run with Paulus and Haudenschild leading Tim Shaffer, Donny Schatz and second-fastest qualifier Craig Dollansky. With Paulus and Haudenschild pulling away, Shaffer and Schatz made contact coming off of Turn 2 with two laps remaining. They held on and remained ahead of Dollansky. Paulus held off Haudenschild to win the heat, with Shaffer, Schatz and Dollansky earning the final transfer spots.

* In the third heat, Steve Kinser picked up where he left off in Fargo by cruising to a heat race victory. Kinser was never challenged but there was plenty of action in the 10-lap race. Jason Meyers nearly caught Roger Crockett for second with two to go, but Crockett had just enough horsepower to fight off Meyers. In the battle for the fifth and final transfer spot, Tim Kaeding worked the top groove but Jonathan Allard was just fast enough through the middle of the 3/8-mile oval to hold off Kaeding in the final corner when a lapped car cut off Kaeding's momentum. After Kinser won, Crockett, Meyers, Terry McCarl and Allard also transferred to the A-main.

* In the fourth heat, Daryn Pittman quickly shot to the lead before Brooke Tatnell powered by on the high side to complete the fourth lap. Then all of a sudden Tatnell's car slowed in Turns 3 and 4, charged back then finally came to a stop in Turn 4. Tatnell wasn't able to return to the heat as Pittman took over the lead once again. Then on the restart Joey Saldana raced to the top in the first two turns and shot around Pittman off of Turn 2. One more caution, this time when the front wing came off of Billings' Calvin Stumpf, but Saldana was too strong for the field on the green-white-checkered run. Transferring after Saldana were Pittman, Paul McMahan, Paul Sides in the Kraig Kinser's machine, and Brandon Johnson.

* The World of Outlaws Sprint Series returns Billings Motorsports Park on Saturday night to complete the two-day program. After leaving Billings, the Outlaws invade Billings Motorsports Park in Billings, Mont., for a two-night show Aug. 19-20; Grays Harbor Speedway in Elma, Wash., for a two-night show Aug. 26-27; and Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., for a one night event on Aug. 30.

* The Outdoor Channel will air the Polydome Princeton National from Princeton Speedway at 8 p.m. (Easter) on Aug. 24, followed Aug. 31 by the event at Billings Motorsports Park.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Brian Paulus , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Jonathan Allard , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Tim Kaeding , Roger Crockett , Jason Johnson