Steve Kinser Captures to World of Outlaws Sprint Series Main Event at Eldora New Weston, OH -- April 9, 2005 -- Steve Kinser knows how to get around Eldora Speedway. Coming into the World of Outlaws Sprint Series main event Saturday night,...
Steve Kinser Captures to World of Outlaws Sprint Series Main Event at Eldora
New Weston, OH -- April 9, 2005 -- Steve Kinser knows how to get around Eldora Speedway. Coming into the World of Outlaws Sprint Series main event Saturday night, Kinser had won 30 features in his career on the historic high-banked, half-mile track.
When the dust settled on the two-day event, Kinser was in Victory Lane $12,000 wealthier for winning the 516th feature in his career. It also gave him sole possession of the series' points lead.
But even though Kinser led all 30 laps to pick up his third victory of the season, Tim Kaeding made him earn it.
After starting in the front row alongside Sammy Swindell, Friday night's preliminary feature winner, Kinser quickly jumped out front and built a lengthy advantage. Two early cautions bunched the field, but each time Kinser pulled away on the restart. In the middle of the pack, Kaeding slid up to the cushion inches off the wall and picked off cars until he was behind Kraig Kinser when second-place running Swindell's right rear tire blew apart in Turn 1 with eight laps complete, bringing out another caution.
That moved Kraig Kinser up to second and Kaeding into third. On the restart, Steve Kinser powered back to the lead while Kraig Kinser and Kaeding waged a side-by-side duel for second. Finally on Lap 15, Kaeding was able to use his momentum on the high side of the track to slide in front of Kraig Kinser and make it stick.
By the time Kaeding and his Dennis Roth-owned car cleared Kraig Kinser, Steve Kinser had built a 1.6-second lead. Kaeding sliced that sliced that advantage to less than half a second by Lap 25, but then Kinser cleared traffic and with no one in his way it was nearly impossible for Kaeding to catch him.
After Steve Kinser and Kaeding, Kraig Kinser finished third, followed by Chad Kemenah, Brooke Tatnell and Craig Dollansky.
"We had a pretty good racecar Friday night, but we started in the fourth row and in 25 laps I had to pass a lot of good cars just to finish third," said Steve Kinser, 50, a 19-time series champion from Bloomington, Ind. "I got a good start up in the front [Saturday night]. I ran pretty good all the way but they said Tim got to beating the top in Turns 1 and 2 and started gaining some time on us, but I got in a little bit of a conservative mode. Sometimes you get in it and somebody gets by you and it's hard to get back by them. You have to watch what you're doing. I was feeling some rubber. I didn't know whether to lean on the wall in 1 and 2, but I elected to stay out of it. There was a real soft spot going into Turn 1 and I just didn't want to mess with it so I stayed away from it."
For Kaeding, finishing second in only his third start at Eldora was a remarkable accomplishment.
"Last year we came here for the first time with the All Stars during their Speed Week and ran second to Jac Haudenschild," said Kaeding, 26, a Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award contender from San Jose, Calif. "I think that was the best thing I learned last year to was how to run this place. We ran behind him and it was just unbelievable how somebody could get so close to the wall and hit it a couple of times and keep going. I kept that in mind. We just rolled around there and we were good. This whole team has struggled the last month or so on the road and it's nice to start picking up some top-fives. Hopefully we get a win in here sooner or later.
"To run Eldora for the third time ever in my life and be able to run second to Steve Kinser, that's just a feat within itself. That's like winning in my book. He's run here probably 300 times and I ran here three times. For us to do what we were able to do at Eldora is just great for our whole team."
Kraig Kinser, who drives a car owned by Steve Kinser Racing, could only fend off Kaeding for so long before Kaeding muscled his way into second.
"I was just holding him up," said Kraig Kinser, 20, the series' top rookie last season and a two-time main-event winner in 2005. "Once he got solidly by me he was pretty much going after dad. He was getting close. I could still see dad a little bit and he kept reeling him in. Another couple of laps and he would have been up there. He was definitely coming. He was probably the quickest car here tonight, he just started too far back."
Unaware how fast Kaeding was pushing, Steve Kinser smoothly ran his line and navigated traffic with ease to the checkered flag.
"Everybody said [Kaeding] was coming quick so he must have been coming pretty hard at the end," Kinser said. "I probably got more conservative than I should have. I was going to sit there and follow [Brandon Wimmer] the rest of the race because I thought the rubber would keep getting faster and faster where they couldn't get up in the dust and run that quick. But I had make a move to get by him and I felt that once I got past him I had open racetrack and it's hard to run somebody down. I knew how many laps were left, but you never know. I've been beat a lot of times toward the end. It's not much fun, but it happens and it will happen again sometime."
In the Stacker 2® Dash, Sammy Swindell started on the pole thanks to his preliminary feature win Friday night and quickly shot out to the lead and victory to earn the pole position for the A-main.
Cody Geldhart started on the pole in the B-main and held on to win while Kenny Jacobs, Joey Saldana and Ed Neumeister grabbed the other transfer spots. Randy Hannagan and Larry Neighbors raced their way into the B-main by finishing in the top two positions of the C-main.
In heat races, Danny Lasoski breezed through the first heat, Rob Chaney held off Kaeding to win the second heat, Paul McMahan raced to the third heat victory, and Jeremy Campbell held off Shane Stewart to win the fourth heat, which was slowed by two red flags for flipped cars. In the second incident, Jeff Mitrisin of Oskaloosa, Iowa, was transported to a hospital in nearby Greenville for observation.
Kraig Kinser paced the field, minus the locked-in cars of Sammy Swindell, Jason Solwold, Steve Kinser and Chad Kemenah, by turning a lap in 13.095 seconds at 137.457 mph, meaning Craig Dollansky's track record of 12.707 seconds on April 13, 2002, is safe until the Outlaws return June 4 to Eldora.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Series makes its first appearance of the season in Indiana when it runs April 16 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt. The series then shifts back West for races April 22 at Outlaw Motor Speedway in Muskogee, Okla., and April 23 at 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kan., before closing out the month at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa.
All the action from Eldora Speedway can be seen at 8 p.m. ET April 20 on The Outdoor Channel. On April 13, The Outdoor Channel will broadcast coverage of the Outlaws race at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo.