Dodge City: Race report

Swindell Weight Violation Gives Kinser Dodge City Victory DODGE CITY, KS (June 22) - Steve Kinser was declared the winner of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series' inaugural "A" Feature at Dodge City Raceway Park Tuesday when the ...

Swindell Weight Violation Gives Kinser Dodge City Victory

DODGE CITY, KS (June 22) - Steve Kinser was declared the winner of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series' inaugural "A" Feature at Dodge City Raceway Park Tuesday when the #12X Beaver Drill & Tool Maxim driven by Sammy Swindell violated the weight rule.

Ironically, Swindell was the winner in a similar situation when Kinser and his #11 Quaker State Maxim weighed less than the series' 1,375-pound weight limit following the main event at Eldora Speedway on April 19, 2003. "Slammin' Sammy" was disqualified 1½ months earlier when his car was too light following the qualifying session at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"You never want to win a race like this," Kinser said. "I'm really surprised, because no one really pushes the weight very close anymore. I lost a race like that last year at Eldora, and I think up until now I'm the only one who ever got a feature win taken away for being light. Sammy's not running for points this year, so maybe that's why he's so close. But when you're in a points situation, you have to kind of stay in a safe zone. I was 75 pounds over, so I don't know why you'd push it so close, but again, you hate to win a race this way."

The $10,000 victory, Kinser's ninth of the season, gave him a 120-point advantage over Danny Lasoski in their battle for first place in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series standings.

Swindell's disqualification overshadowed one of the most exciting races in series history. The World of Outlaws Sprint Series champions battled around every inch of Dodge City's semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval throughout the 35-lap main event that featured lead changes by Kinser, Swindell and Lasoski.

Kinser, the 11th-fastest qualifier and .241 seconds off Swindell's record-setting pace, started outside the fifth row after finishing fifth in the Second Dash Race.

Lasoski, who earned the privilege of starting the "A" Feature outside the front row by winning his series-leading eighth Dash Race of the season, burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event. "The Dude" was 1.6 seconds ahead of pole-sitter Tim Shaffer when he entered lapped traffic four laps into the race.

Swindell passed Donny Schatz deep in turn two early in the fifth lap, then took third place from fellow Tennesseean Jason Sides with an inside move between the third and fourth corners one lap later.

Swindell and "The King of the Outlaws" executed similar inside moves between turns one and two past Shaffer during the eight and ninth laps for the second and third positions. Kinser followed "Slammin' Sammy" past Lasoski deep in the fourth corner late in lap 13.

The defending and 18-time World of Outlaws Sprint Series champion duplicated the move to take the lead five laps later, only to have Swindell pass him between turns one and two the next time around.

Kinser used a similar maneuver to pass the three-time series champion early in the 26th lap, but Jonathan Allard spun in the fourth corner before the leaders crossed the finish line. Swindell restarted ahead of the field when the race resumed because he was the leader during the lap before the caution.

"Slammin' Sammy" raced away from Kinser as the green flag replaced the yellow, and entered lapped traffic with a .34-second advantage four laps later.

Paul McMahan hit the retaining wall and flipped in turn one early in the 32nd lap. Sides did the same in the fourth corner within a lap after the race resumed, setting up a three-lap dash to the checkered flag.

Swindell controlled the final restart and took the checkered flag with .95 seconds to spare, but Kinser received credit for the victory when the scales revealed Sammy and the #12X Beaver Drill & Tool Maxim weighed less than 1,375 pounds.

"This is a great facility - second to none - and it's going to be a great dirt racetrack," Kinser told the record crowd in victory lane. "It's just a shame that it was opened up and all the rain got down in it and got it rough, but this is a great place. I look forward to coming back and running here again."

Tim Shaffer finished in third place, ahead of Kraig Kinser, Schatz, Brooke Tatnell, Brandon Wimmer, 19th-starting Jason Meyers, Third Heat Race winner Craig Dollansky and Brian Paulus.

Shaffer's third-place run pushed him past Joey Saldana into seventh place in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series point standings. Kraig Kinser, the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year leader, passed Saldana and Daryn Pittman for eighth place in the standings.

Wimmer's seventh-place finish was the second straight in the top 10 for the 17-year-old driver of the #7TW Two Winners Racing Maxim.

Swindell paced the qualifying session with a 104.846-M.P.H. lap around the semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval that was converted to a dirt-racing surface from asphalt several months ago.

Tatnell, the only Australian driver to win a World of Outlaws Sprint Series "A" Feature, was the second-fastest qualifier at Dodge City Raceway Park. Brooke was challenging Saldana for the lead in the Second Heat Race when the engine in the #66 Phillips 66 Trop-Artic Eagle lost power. After finishing second in the "B" Feature, Tatnell raced past 11 cars to finish sixth in the main event.

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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