Mark Kinser Silences his Critics at Knoxville Raceway KNOXVILLE, IA (May 3) -- Anybody who thought Mark Kinser was in the twilight of his career knows very little about the two-time World of Outlaws Sprint Series champion. Kinser, racing in...
Mark Kinser Silences his Critics at Knoxville Raceway
KNOXVILLE, IA (May 3) -- Anybody who thought Mark Kinser was in the twilight of his career knows very little about the two-time World of Outlaws Sprint Series champion.
Kinser, racing in only his second World of Outlaws Sprint Series event of the season, dominated Saturday's Budweiser Spring Classic "A" Feature at Knoxville Raceway. The flag-to-flag victory was the 152nd of his World of Outlaws Sprint Series career and his 13th at "The Home of the Nationals." Mark, who won Knoxville Nationals championships in 1996, 1999 and 2000, drove father Karl Kinser's #5M SABKO Enterprises Maxim under the checkered flag 1.8 seconds ahead of fast qualifier Chad Kemenah.
The action behind Kinser and Kemenah was much less predictable, as six drivers passed more than 10 cars. Tim Shaffer drove the #83 Beef Packers Eagle into fourth place from inside the 11th row to improve three positions in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series point standings. The 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year is one point ahead of fourth-place Donny Schatz, who drove his family's #15 Parker Store J&J past 15 cars to finish seventh.
"It was one of those nights where we got off to a slow start, but my crew stuck with me and made some changes on the car," Schatz said. "We kept up with the racetrack and got better as the night went on. As far as the qualifying thing goes, it's kind of like blowing a fuse and just flipping the switch back instead of resetting it. The track was really choppy when we hot lapped and then it kind of smoothed out during qualifying. We flipped the switch, but just didn't reset the car. We got through it and learned some things, too."
Despite racing past 11 cars to finish in ninth place, World of Outlaws Sprint Series points leader Steve Kinser saw his advantage shrink to 53 points when seven-time Knoxville Raceway champion Danny Lasoski finished third. Jason Sides, the series' Rookie of the Year in 2003, passed 13 cars to finish one position behind "The King of the Outlaws."
Daryn Pittman and Kerry Madsen each used provisionals to start the 25-lap main event. Pittman, the Manufacturers' Hard Charger Award winner in 2002, drove the #21 Hop & Sack CMC past 13 cars to finish in 14th place. Madsen, who swept the Preliminary Features during the World of Outlaws Down Under event at Parramatta City Raceway near Sydney, Australia, in January, raced into 15th place from outside the 13th row.
Kinser, Schatz and Pittman lead the World of Outlaws Sprint Series with nine top-10 finishes through the first 11 events.
Qualifying woes put Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year points leader Kraig Kinser at the rear of every race he entered during the Budweiser Spring Classic. Steve Kinser's son drove the #11K Delco-Remy Maxim to victory in the "D" Feature, finished sixth in the "C," used a provisional in the main event and passed eight cars to finish in 20th place. Kraig holds a 268-point advantage over Jonathan Allard in the Rookie of the Year race. Allard and fellow rookies Brian Brown and Erin Crocker rank 15-17 in the overall standings.
The 65 cars competing in the Budweiser Spring Classic is the most the World of Outlaws Sprint Series has attracted in a single event this season. One hundred fifty-two different drivers have raced with sprint car racing's premier series in 2004. Seventeen teams are racing on a full-time basis with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series this season. Nine drivers have led "greatest show on dirt" "A" Features and 16 have won Dash Races.