Las Vegas Finale report

Tim Shaffer Captures World of Outlaws Sprint Series Season Finale in Las Vegas Las Vegas -- Oct. 22, 2005 -- In a race of attrition, Tim Shaffer put his Casey's General Store Maxim in the right spot at the right time and captured the World of ...

Tim Shaffer Captures World of Outlaws Sprint Series Season Finale in Las Vegas

Las Vegas -- Oct. 22, 2005 -- In a race of attrition, Tim Shaffer put his Casey's General Store Maxim in the right spot at the right time and captured the World of Outlaws Sprint Series season finale Saturday night at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

On a restart with four laps to go in the 30-lap feature, leader Craig Dollansky's VMAC/Karavan J&J had trouble picking up the gas. Shaffer shot by on the bottom, preliminary feature winner Danny Lasoski went by on the top, and 2005 series champion Steve Kinser came up from behind. Dollansky, who led Laps 8 through 26 after early leader Sammy Swindell's car stumbled on a restart and eventually retired from the race, rolled up to the work area but was unable to return.

Once in front, Shaffer cruised along the cushion and stretched his lead to earn his fourth A-feature victory of the season. Lasoski held on to finish second in the Bass Pro Shops Eagle with Kinser in the Quaker State Maxim, Jason Sides in the Wetherington Tractor Services Maxim and Daryn Pittman in the Titan Garages & Carports Maxim rounding out the top five.

Jason Meyers wrapped up the best season of his World of Outlaws career with a sixth-place finish in the Elite Landscaping Maxim, followed by Donny Schatz's ParkerStore J&J, Shane Stewart's Snap-On Maxim, Tim Kaeding's Wright One Construction Maxim and Kraig Kinser's Remy Maxim.

For Steve Kinser, his third-place finish wraps up his 20th World of Outlaws Sprint Series championship, winning by a margin of 543 points in one of the most dominating seasons in Outlaws history. Kinser posted 20 A-feature victories to go with six preliminary feature wins, 48 top-fives and 61 top-10s. What might be most astonishing about the season is that only one time all season did Kinser need to transfer through the B-main to qualify for the feature, and he used no provisionals. Meyers was second in points, followed by 2006 Outlaws Dollansky and Schatz. Kraig Kinser, the 2005 Knoxville Nationals champion who won an ARCA Re/Max Series race this year at Talladega Superspeedway was fifth.

But Saturday night's finale belonged to Shaffer. While Dollansky and Swindell were racing back and forth for the lead, Shaffer shot past Lasoski after a restart with 17 laps down. That proved to be the winning move after first Swindell went out with a broken power steering hose and later Dollansky went out after his car wouldn't take off following the sixth of eight cautions and an open red flag.

"It was a great run for the whole team," said Shaffer, a Mean 15 racer from Aliquippa, Pa., who wound up eighth in the championship standings. "My guys have been working hard together all year and it's really paying off. Tonight was one of those deals where the track got a little rough and slick, and the guys doing an awesome job that makes me look good. It was one of those nights where the situation was just to keep plugging away. There were cars fasters than us, but you've got to finish. We were fortunate enough to come out of this thing in one piece and on top.

"It's just awesome to have a great team. We were a good team, but we're becoming a great team. And to finish up here on a win is a big plus."

After winning the preliminary feature, Lasoski was running away in the Stacker 2 Dash until motor trouble sent him to the pits. Starting the main event on the outside of the third row, Lasoski patiently worked his machine into the top three and was sizing up Dollansky and Swindell when Shaffer went past him.

"I've got to hand it to these Bass Pro Shops Mopar guys," said Lasoski, a Mean 15 racer from Dover, Mo., who finished the season sixth in points. "They did a great job. We hurt a motor in the Dash and it put us behind the eight ball. We were running along in fourth and a couple of front runners had trouble so we decided to try the bottom in one corner and Timmy Shaffer drove by us on the top, which is what a good racecar driver does. That was the winning move. Those guys have worked real hard all year, but I'm proud of my guys, they did a great job.

"We had a shot at winning the race, I just tried something in the middle of the race that cost us a position and that position was the winning move."

Steve Kinser calmly worked his car from 12th into a position to attack, but the cautions made it difficult to challenge for the lead.

"In a short run, the track was just tough tonight," said Kinser, a Mean 15 racer from Bloomington, Ind. "It was hard to pass. As rough as it was, clean air made a lot of difference. These cars are getting to where they need some air. It's not bad on a track that frees up a little bit, but when you're on something that has the right rear tight all the time and you get in behind somebody it makes it hard to drive."

His 20th championship is a remarkable milestone not many racers will ever achieve.

"It's a great deal," Kinser said. "We're just tickled with the way the whole season went. The race team did a great job all year. I felt like we had the fastest car all year. To win championships, you have to take a bad night and make a good night out of it. That's the hard part to do when you've got yourself a situation where you have to start anywhere from 10th to 24th and you have to come up and run in the top 10 or top five and make up those positions. And another thing is we didn't fall out of a whole lot of races. We had a couple of bad crashes, but other than that we had a great season."

Sides' team worked most of the night after the preliminary feature to change engines and cars. He made the hard work pay off with a smooth fourth-place for his third top-five of the season.

"It was just one of those deals," said Sides, a Mean 15 racer from Bartlett, Tenn. "This car works, it's 3-years-old. After the last few races we decided to drag this one out. It had a 360-motor in it and we stayed here last night until about 2:30 in the morning swapping cars and engines just to do it because we know it runs good. I should have done it earlier in the year.

"We struggled the last few weeks and to finish the season with a fourth place, I know some of it was attrition, but still the car was running good. It must have been something to do with the other car. This thing runs and to finish on a high note going into the end of the year makes it all worthwhile."

Pittman wrapped up his strong finish to the season with his 17th top-five as he prepares to compete in 2006 with the Outlaws.

"My hat's off to my guys," said Pittman, a Mean 15 racer and native of Owasso, Okla., who finished the season seventh in the championship standings. I thought we could have run third, but to finish with a top-five is a great exclamation point on our last couple of weeks. We are a top-five team and I think we've proven that over the last couple of weeks. To be able to finish up that way and going into the wintertime knowing we can start over and pick up where we left off is great momentum. It's good to see Tim get another win there. The racetrack was a little tough and not my type of racetrack. I'm not good when it's wet and rough so I'm tickled to death to come out with a top-five. I just can't wait for next year."

The Outlaws conclude the 2005 season with a look ahead to the 2006 season on Sunday night followed Monday with the 2005 banquet.

LAS VEGAS SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK

* Sammy Swindell paced the 32 cars that went through time trials in the Wirtgen/Jackpot Junction Maxim with an AMB i.t.-timed lap around the half-mile oval in 14.128 seconds at 127.407 mph. Terry McCarl was the second-quickest racer in time trials with a lap in the Big Game Treestands Eagle in 14.232 seconds at 126.476 mph. Danny Lasoski established the single-lap record of 13.719 seconds at 131.205 mph on March 6, 2004.

* Tim Shaffer's victory in the season finale on Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was his fourth of the season. -- Steve Kinser has a series-leading 20 A-feature victories and six preliminary feature wins this season. -- There have been 17 different A-feature winners this season. Including preliminary features, 22 different drivers have visited Victory Lane this season with the Outlaws. -- Donny Schatz has eight A-feature victories, second-most this year. He also has a preliminary feature win. -- Kraig Kinser captured the Knoxville Nationals on Aug. 14 for his sixth A-feature victory of the season. He also has a preliminary feature win at Las Vegas. -- Jason Meyers earned his fourth win of the season July 2 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. -- Sammy Swindell's victory Oct. 15 at Thunderbowl Raceway was his third A-feature win of the season. He also has two preliminary feature wins. -- Danny Lasoski's victory Friday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was his fifth preliminary win this season. He also has two main-event victories, at Dodge City and Cottage Grove. -- Craig Dollansky has two A-feature victories and three preliminary feature wins. -- Brian Paulus won June 28 at Huset's Speedway for his second victory of the season, and picked up a preliminary feature win in the following race at Red River Valley Speedway. -- Brooke Tatnell has two A-feature victories, winning at Cedar Lake and Fulton speedways, as well as a preliminary feature win at Princeton Speedway. -- Fred Rahmer's victory Friday night was his second preliminary feature win of the season with the Outlaws. He also won the Summer Nationals crown July 23 and picked up a preliminary feature win in the Knoxville Nationals on Aug. 10. -- Single-event winners include Jac Haudenschild on Aug. 5 at Eldora Speedway, Stevie Smith July 13 at Attica Raceway Park, Tim Kaeding June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park, Chad Kemenah July 9 at I-55 Raceway, and Jeff Shepard Feb. 11 at Volusia Speedway Park. -- In preliminary features, Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan, Jason Johnson and Shane Stewart have each won once.

* The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a half-mile oval. Including preliminary features, the series has raced 37 times this year on half-mile circuits with Steve Kinser winning 10 times (Volusia, Eldora three times, Knoxville, Williams Grove, Hartford, Red River Valley, Calistoga and Manzanita), Donny Schatz winning four times (Las Vegas, Route 66 Raceway, Calistoga, Williams Grove), Sammy Swindell winning four times (twice at Eldora, once at Hagerstown and Knoxville), Kraig Kinser winning three times (Las Vegas and twice at Knoxville), Danny Lasoski winning three times (Knoxville, Calistoga and Las Vegas), Craig Dollansky winning twice (Manzanita and Williams Grove), Jason Meyers winning twice (Granite City and Red River Valley), Fred Rahmer winning three times (Williams Grove twice and Knoxville), and Daryn Pittman (Jackson), Brian Paulus (Red River Valley), Jeff Shepard (Volusia), Jason Johnson (Williams Grove), Paul McMahan (Williams Grove), Jac Haudenschild (Eldora), Tim Shaffer (Las Vegas) and Shane Stewart (Knoxville) each winning once.

* Drivers who have raced to victory in preliminary features this season include (in alphabetical order) Craig Dollansky three times (Manzanita/Williams Grove/Silver Dollar), Jason Johnson once (Williams Grove), Kraig Kinser once (Las Vegas), Steve Kinser six times (Eagle twice/Billings/Elma/Calistoga/Silver Dollar), Danny Lasoski five times (Australia/Knoxville/Calistoga/Dodge City/Las Vegas), Fred Rahmer twice (Knoxville/Williams Grove), Kerry Madsen once (Australia), Paul McMahan once (Williams Grove), Brian Paulus once (Red River Valley), Joey Saldana once (Lernerville), Donny Schatz once (Thunderbowl), Shane Stewart once (Knoxville), Sammy Swindell twice (Eldora/Knoxville), and Brooke Tatnell once (Princeton).

* Sammy Swindell and Terry McCarl advanced through their heats to join Danny Lasoski, Craig Dollansky, Jason Solwold and Tim Shaffer in the Stacker 2 Dash, Dollansky raced to victory after leader Lasoski had motor trouble that forced him out of the race. Swindell, McCarl, Solwold and Shaffer followed Dollasnky to the checkered flag.

* In the B-main, Johnny Herrera held on after restart with 10 laps down and raced to victory, with Tim Kaeding, Joey Saldana and Kevin Swindell picking up the other transfer spots.

* In the first heat, Brooke Tatnell rolled to the lead on the top in the first corner. A lap later, Steve Kinser cut under Shane Stewart to swipe second with fast qualifier Sammy Swindell securing the final transfer spots.

* Paul McMahan and Brandon Wimmer raced wheel-to-wheel through the first three corners before McMahan edged ahead and pulled away to the checkered flag. Wimmer held on to finish second with second-fastest qualifier Terry McCarl and Kraig Kinser also reaching the main event.

* In the third heat, Randy Hannagan and Brian Paulus raced wheel-to-wheel through the first four corners before Hannagan held his ground on the top exiting Turn 4 to sweep into the lead. Hannagan drove away to the checkered flag with Paulus, Donny Schatz and Jason Johnson earning the transfer positions.

* Kerry Madsen and Jason Meyers swapped the lead in Turn 2 and Turn 4 on the first lap of the fourth heat, with Madsen running away to the checkered flag. Meyers held onto second with Jason Sides and Daryn Pittman picking up the final transfer spots.

* The Outlaws conclude the 2005 season with a look ahead to the 2006 season on Sunday night followed Monday with the 2005 banquet.

* The Outdoor Channel will air at 8 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 26 the Thunderbowl Raceway event and Nov. 2 by the season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Kevin Swindell , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Brian Paulus , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Chad Kemenah , Tim Kaeding , Jason Johnson
Teams Williams