Las Vegas: Thursday Prelim report

Kinser Wins Outlaw Nationals Preliminary with Late Pass LAS VEGAS, NV (March 4) -- Steve Kinser passed Brian Paulus during a 24th-lap restart on his way to winning Thursday's Preliminary Feature at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as...

Kinser Wins Outlaw Nationals Preliminary with Late Pass

LAS VEGAS, NV (March 4) -- Steve Kinser passed Brian Paulus during a 24th-lap restart on his way to winning Thursday's Preliminary Feature at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the World of Outlaws Sprint Series opened the Las Vegas Outlaw Nationals Presented by J.D. Byrider.

"The King of the Outlaws," who lost the lead less than a lap from the checkered flag six days earlier at Perris Auto Speedway, closed to within seven points of World of Outlaws Sprint Series standings leader Tyler Walker with his first Preliminary Feature victory of the season.

Kinser steered his #11 Quaker State Maxim into the low groove between the first and second corners to pass Paulus after Shane Stewart brought out the caution flag with a turn-three crash with 1 1/3 laps remaining. The $5,000 victory gave Kinser the pole position in Friday's Dash Race.

"I was getting around the bottom of one and two really good," Kinser said. "It just started getting a little slick coming off the corner to where you kind of had to watch it. I went in there and kind of missed the bottom and slid on up on Brian. Actually, it was probably the best thing that could have happened to me because I slid on up in front of him. He got a good run down the backstretch, and from there it was just a battle to see who could get the lowest getting into three.

"When I got here this afternoon I thought the track was maybe going to be a little too good and be kind of one lane, but it widened out pretty good and got slick through the middle."

Kinser, the fourth-fastest qualifier in the 33-car field, earned the right to start the 25-lap Preliminary Feature inside the third row by finishing third in the First Dash Race.

Sammy Swindell, who was involved in a first-lap crash in the First Heat Race, won the First Dash Race for the privilege of starting the Preliminary Feature on the pole. The three-time series champion drove Roth Motorsports' #83JR Beef Packers J&J into the lead as the green flag fell in the evening's main event.

Stewart, who set the single-lap record at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last March 1st, was on the move during the first five laps, exchanging third and fourth places with fast qualifier Craig Dollansky and defending Las Vegas Outlaw Nationals champion Tim Shaffer three times.

Swindell, who won the 2000 World of Outlaws Sprint Series season finale in Las Vegas, was 10 car-lengths ahead of Paulus when he entered lapped traffic six laps into the race. Donny Schatz exchanged sixth place with Kinser during the seventh lap before his #15 Parker Stores J&J hit the retaining wall and flipped in turn one the next time around.

Swindell's car started smoking midway through the race, and stopped on the back straightaway with engine problems four laps later. Paulus, who won the First Heat Race, restarted ahead of the 24-car field as the green flag replaced the yellow.

Walker, whose qualifying problems caused him to start inside the 12th row, drove Guy Forbrook's #5 Wirtgen/MPD Hand Controls Maxim past 14 cars during the first 15 laps. The 2002 World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion passed "B" Feature winner Danny Lasoski and Paul McMahan during the 17th and 18th laps to claim seventh place.

Paulus was four car-lengths ahead of Dollansky when he caught the back-markers with five laps remaining. Kinser passed the 2000 Gumout Series champion with an inside move between the first and second corners two laps later, and used the same move to take the lead during the final restart.

"It (500 main event victories) is just a number to me," Kinser said as he looked forward to Friday's "A" Feature. "I'd just like to get it over with so people would leave me alone about it. (Crew chief) Scott Gerkin has been doing a great job with these Maxim cars. If he gives me cars as good as I've had lately, we should be able to win a few more races here in the next couple of months."

Dollansky, who drove Karavan Motorsports' #7 VMAC Maxim past Paulus late in lap 24, was two car-lengths behind when the 18-time series champion took the checkered flag. Shaffer finished in fourth place, ahead of Daryn Pittman, Lasoski, Walker, McMahan, Fourth Heat Race winner Jason Sides and 16th-starting Dean Jacobs.

Jason Solwold, whose crew replaced his engine following the warm-up session, took one lap at the end of time trials. His new power plant picked up speed throughout the evening, allowing him to pass nine cars on his way to a 15th-place finish in the Preliminary Feature.

-WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Brian Paulus , Dean Jacobs , Jason Sides , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart