World of Outlaws finale at Eldora Speedway, Saturday, April 14th Kinser Takes Points Lead at Eldora By Richard Day ROSSBURG, OH (April 14) -- Mark Kinser admits he's had limited success at Eldora Speedway over the years. Winning the fourth...
World of Outlaws finale at Eldora Speedway, Saturday, April 14th
Kinser Takes Points Lead at Eldora By Richard Day
ROSSBURG, OH (April 14) -- Mark Kinser admits he's had limited success at Eldora Speedway over the years.
Winning the fourth "A" Feature of his career at "The World's Fastest Half-Mile" Saturday was very significant, however, as it gave him the lead in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings.
The two-time series champion passed Preliminary Feature winner Stevie Smith deep in turn two early in the eighth lap and led the final 27 3/4 laps to win his fourth straight main event.
"We started off the year struggling," Mark admitted. "I might have made some mistakes as a driver, or the crew might have turned a wrong bolt on the car -- I think it was more a case of me letting them down -- but we're making up for it now.
"I saw that Danny (Lasoski) had some problems there, and that's unfortunate. He's a really good friend of mine, and his problems probably allowed me to take the point lead."
Kinser enters next weekend's inaugural Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series event at the Talladega Short Track 15 points ahead of "The Dude."
After qualifying fifth-quick and finishing fifth in the Second O'Reilly Heat Race, Kinser drove the #5M Mopar Maxim past six cars in the CHANNELLOCK Dash to claim the second row inside starting position in the "A" Feature.
Smith burst into the lead from the pole as the green flag fell in the main event. Kinser challenged Craig Dollansky for 4 1/2 laps before passing the defending World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion between turns three and four for second place. Dale Blaney took the low line through the third corner to pass fellow Ohioan Jac Haudenschild for sixth place several seconds later.
Lasoski stopped on the front straightaway with stripped rear-end gears early in lap six and was unable to restart.
Kinser passed Smith for the lead while Blaney continued his run toward the front. After passing Donny Schatz and Dollansky during the seventh and eighth laps to take over third place, Blaney brushed the retaining wall between turns one and two and dropped back to seventh.
Kinser was a full straightaway ahead of Smith when he entered lapped traffic during lap 12. Smith narrowed the gap to a half- straightway in dense lapped traffic within two laps, however.
Paul McMahan, who started inside the fifth row, passed Dollansky for third place low between turns three and four midway through the race.
Former Rookies of the Year Schatz and Blaney exchanged fifth place before the rear struts on Dale's #10 U.S. Print/MBNA/Mopar Maxim's nose wing collapsed during the 22nd lap. causing it to tilt upward and handle poorly in the corners.
Kinser lost his half-lap advantage when Sammy Swindell stopped with a flat right rear tire late in lap 25. The defending Amoco Knoxville Nationals champion built another comfortable lead within five laps, however, entering lapped traffic half a lap ahead of Smith.
Cautions for Jason Meyers' and Daryn Pittman's flat right rear tires during the 32nd and 33rd laps tightened the field.
Schatz, who set quick-time and won the First O'Reilly Heat Race, drove his family's #15 Parker Stores J&J past Dollansky high in the fourth corner with 1 1/4 laps remaining. Steve Kinser followed Schatz past Dollansky, then passed Donny on the front stretch as the white flag fell. Schatz regained fourth place by passing "The King of the Outlaws" high in turn four as they headed for the checkered flag.
Mark Kinser was a straightaway ahead of Smith when he took the checkered flag. The right rear tire on Smith's #19 Ingersoll-Rand Maxim was flat in victory lane.
"I was pretty concerned with having a tire going down there under caution," Mark said. "I could feel the car hitting the frame rail, so I was trying to keep some speed up and keep the air in the tire, but you can only push that pace truck so far.
"I saw (crewman) Dennis Kohler signal me under caution that I had some breathing room, but I just wanted to get this one done and in the books."
McMahan finished in third place, ahead of Schatz, Steve Kinser, Dollansky, 23rd-starting Brad Furr, Danny Wood, Randy Hannagan and Haudenschild.
The #5 Wirtgen Maxim lost its front left wheel, causing Jeff Shepard to crash into the retaining wall in turn three during hot laps. Despite driving a backup car from the rear of the field throughout the remainder of the program, Shepard passed 11 cars to finish 13th in the "A" Feature.