'The King' beats Furr in second Eagle Nationals Preliminary EAGLE, NE (June 21) - Steve Kinser appeared to be on his way to an easy victory in the second preliminary feature at the 19th Annual Eagle Nationals Friday at Eagle Raceway when Brad...
'The King' beats Furr in second Eagle Nationals Preliminary
EAGLE, NE (June 21) - Steve Kinser appeared to be on his way to an easy victory in the second preliminary feature at the 19th Annual Eagle Nationals Friday at Eagle Raceway when Brad Furr passed him. "The King of the Outlaws" regained the lead several seconds, however, and won his second Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series preliminary feature of the season.
Kinser, who won his first of six Eagle Nationals titles when Furr was only eight years old, drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim to victory in style, pulling a wheel stand as he took the checkered flag.
"We were getting around pretty good on the bottom pretty good, but then it seemed like we were having trouble when we caught up to traffic," Kinser said. "I kept looking to my left, because I knew someone would be coming. I was just afraid to try to get off the bottom in traffic, but finally I moved up and we found some traction in the middle of the race track, and I got going again. When you're 58 - oops, I mean 48 - years old and way overweight, it's hard (to race around a tight, 1/3-mile track in hot conditions)."
Kinser, the seventh-fastest qualifier in the 39-car field, earned the right to start the 30-lap feature on the pole by winning his series-leading 10th O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash of the year. The 16-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the preliminary feature.
Third Heat Race winner Shane Stewart collided with Stevie Smith midway through the second lap and flipped into the retaining wall on the back straightaway. World of Outlaws Gumout Series points leader Tyler Walker was also involved and restarted at the rear of the field with a new nose wing. Smith drove the #11H Vivarin Maxim back into 10th place during the final 28 laps.
Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Danny Lasoski started making his way toward the front when the green flag replaced the red, passing Jac Haudenschild and Craig Dollansky deep in turn two during the second and third laps to take over second place.
After exchanging fourth place with "The Wild Child" the next two times around, Furr passed Dollansky for third place with an inside move in the second corner early in lap six.
Kinser was 1.2 seconds ahead of "The Dude" when he entered lapped traffic three laps later.
Furr, who started inside the third row, continued racing toward the front in dense lapped traffic, passing Lasoski for second place during the 18th lap. Furr drove his #2 Sanmina/SCI Eagle past Kinser on the back straightaway three laps later, only to have "The King of the Outlaws" regain the lead high in turn four.
"My guys - Mike Harper, Rod (Muesling), and Trevor (Green) - gave me a great car tonight," Furr said. "I just didn't quite get the job done. I got by Steve for a spit-second there, but he was able to get back by me. I think tomorrow night when the big money's on the line, we'll have enough to get it done."
Daryn Pittman and Brooke Tatnell took turns passing each other for fourth place during laps 22 and 26. The defending Gumout Series champion drove the #21 Hop & Sac J&J into the high groove between the third and fourth corners to pass Tatnell, only to have the Australian racer pass him deep in turn two.
Kinser was eight car-lengths ahead of Furr when he took the checkered flag.
Lasoski finished in third place, ahead of Tatnell, Pittman, Beef Packers teammates Tim Shaffer and Sammy Swindell, 16th-starting Johnny Herrera, Haudenschild and Smith.
Joey Saldana and his family's #17 Eagle Raceway/HEM Saw Eagle set quick time for the seventh time this season, circling the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval in 11.762 seconds - an average speed of 102.023 M.P.H.
P.J. Chesson was running fourth in the "B" Feature when he spun into Danny Wood in turn four. Chesson was unable to restart and Wood's 12th-place finish kept him out of the evening's main event.