Lawrenceburg race report 2005-08-03

Kraig Kinser Rolls at Lawrenceburg Speedway for Fifth World of Outlaws Feature Win Lawrenceburg, IN -- August 3, 2005 -- World of Outlaws Sprint Series racers are known for their toughness, for their ability to sling a 1,375-pound,...

Kraig Kinser Rolls at Lawrenceburg Speedway for Fifth World of Outlaws Feature Win

Lawrenceburg, IN -- August 3, 2005 -- World of Outlaws Sprint Series racers are known for their toughness, for their ability to sling a 1,375-pound, 850-horsepower machine around a dirt track with 23 other cars like they're out for a Sunday drive.

It's a tough enough task when you're feeling 100 percent, and by August the bumps and bruises can take their toll. But Kraig Kinser, a top wrestler when he was in high school, will have none of that. With a heavily bandaged left hand from burns he received July 21 at Williams Grove Speedway when the fuel line broke and engulfed his car in flames, Kinser rolled to victory Wednesday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

His car working perfectly on the bottom, Kinser grabbed the lead from pole-sitter Jason Sides on Lap 6 and held off Brooke Tatnell down the stretch in the 40-lap main event for his fifth A-feature victory this season and the sixth in his career.

Kraig's victory, combined with a similar run in June on the quarter-mile Kokomo Speedway and his father Steve's win in April on the quarter-mile Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, gives Steve Kinser Racing a sweep of the three World of Outlaws races this season in the Hoosier State.

Kraig Kinser had run out to a sizable lead on the nearly circular Lawrenceburg quarter-mile track before Turns 3 and 4 began to take rubber. Kinser tried to move his Remy Maxim up a couple of grooves late to take advantage of the grip, but Tatnell had begun to close the gap and the two raced nose-to-tail with six laps to go.

Then Tatnell caught a rut in Turns 1 and 2 where Kraig Kinser had been almost perfect throughout the night. It bounced Tatnell just high enough in Turn 2 to give Kinser the final advantage he needed to power to victory. Tatnell held on for second ahead of Jason Meyers, Daryn Pittman, Tim Shaffer, Tim Kaeding, Danny Smith, points-leader Steve Kinser, Jac Haudenschild and Brian Paulus.

Afterward, Kinser was outside his transporter signing autographs as usual, bandaged hand and all. But he was feeling no pain.

"When you have a good racecar like I had tonight, it's not that difficult, really," said Kinser, a Mean 15 racer from Bloomington, Ind., who was the series' top rookie in 2004. "The car was going around there and it didn't even feel like the bumps were affecting it. I didn't have to work the wheel too hard. The car was there the whole time. I just had to sit there and barely turn it. It didn't really hurt me as bad as some of the other tracks we've been to. It definitely hurt a little bit at the beginning of the night. After hot laps it pretty much stayed the same.

"I'm not feeling it right now."

For Kinser, 20, just competing again on the Indiana short tracks where he learned to race while his father was touring with the Outlaws is exciting, but winning in his native state certainly puts a wide smile on his face.

"Any time you can win around home, it feels good," he said. "I can't wait until we get back in Indiana. We ran these tracks a little bit more when I was younger, but I don't get to see them too much anymore. It's definitely good to take wins at these tracks."

It was that knowledge that helped him know where he needed his car set up to run in the feature. Starting on the inside or Row 2, he knew he would have the bottom to himself as most of the other racers shot to the cushion on the moderately banked oval.

"I knew the bottom usually gets pretty good and if I stayed down there it would be hard for somebody to get around me," said Kinser, who collected $10,000 for his effort. "Once everybody started running up top I knew there was some rubber going down so I had to slowly work my way up there. Everything just clicked tonight."

Tatnell's run in his Segway/Steel Dreams Maxim from sixth on the starting grid was his fourth top-two finish in the past five race nights, including a victory in the preliminary feature Friday in the Princeton National.

"It was a good run," said Tatnell, who raced his team into the Mean 15 in July and was competing at Lawrenceburg for the first time since 1991. "We ran Kraig down and got there, then I hooked a rut in Turns 1 and 2 and lost a lot of time and had to run him back down.

"I think the biggest thing was we had more tire left. I don't know what Kraig and those guys had on, but I can pretty much guarantee that I had harder tires than a lot of those guys. The ball just keeps rolling. It's generally hard to get something started, and once you get it started then it's usually hard to keep it there. Tonight, second place was a decent run. We were pretty happy with it."

Per usual on a short track, the race for victory wasn't the only battle on the track. Jason Meyers and Daryn Pittman, who started 11th, raced back and forth for third before Meyers grabbed the spot on the last lap, giving his Elite Racing Team Maxim its second top-three in the past three events.

"Great racetrack tonight," said Meyers, a Mean 15 racer from Clovis, Calif., who is second in points. "Some of these quarter-miles in Indiana have been some of the best races we've had all year. SLS [Promotions] did a hell of a job tonight. I think the fans saw a good race. These quarter-miles have been real good lately."

Pittman's run re-energized the Titan Racing team that had been struggling of late. A winner earlier this season, his fourth-place run last night was his best finish since since June 28 at Huset's Speedway.

"For us, it was great," said Pittman, a Mean 15 racer and native of Owasso, Okla. "We backed up there and literally came from about 15th before we finally found the racetrack and got going. It's a good result for us here. I don't think I've had a good result here in the three times I've been here. I've never been able to find a way to get around it. It's a good momentum change.

"It's a good result for us just going into Friday [at Eldora]. The results have been absolutely terrible and it's hard on everybody here. It's hard to keep your head up when you keep finishing 14th and 15th every night. If we can finish in the top five at Eldora, we'll definitely have some momentum going into the Nationals."

The Knoxville Nationals, an event on every racer's mind right now. With $140,000 to win, the event from Aug. 10-13 can make a season for any team.

"Getting a win this close to the big race definitely feels good going in there knowing we're back on track," said Kraig Kinser, who won in June at the historic half-mile in central Iowa.

With his continued success, and considering he already had a strong run at Knoxville in April, Tatnell is eager to take his shot at the prize.

"I've never doubted my ability, but I've never thought I'd be sitting here saying I've got a good shot, a legitimate shot at winning the Nationals this year," he said. "I don't think that's being cocky, that's how much faith I have in this team. I think we've earned a right to be able to say that this year."

After posting four victories through early July, Meyers is pleased to have his team rolling forward as the Nationals approach next week.

"We built some momentum about a month ago and then we kind of fell off a little bit," he said. "Everybody's working real hard. Our sponsors want results, our team members want results, I want results. Everybody does. A good team bounces back. We've been working on that, we're trying to build some momentum going into Knoxville next week and tonight's a good start to that."

After departing Lawrenceburg Speedway, the Outlaws roll Aug. 5 into Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, before catching its collective breath heading into the $140,000-to-win 45th Annual Knoxville Nationals Aug. 10-13.

LAWRENCEBURG NOTEBOOK

* Kraig Kinser won at Lawrenceburg for his fifth A-feature victory of the season. He also has a preliminary feature win at Las Vegas. -- Steve Kinser earned his series-leading 16th A-feature victory by winning Saturday night at Princeton Speedway. Kinser, the Kings Royal winner, also has a preliminary feature victory this season in the Eagle Nationals at Eagle Raceway. -- Fred Rahmer's victory July 23 at Williams Grove made him the 15th different World of Outlaws A-feature winner this season, and the 19th different winner including preliminary events. -- Jason Meyers earned his fourth win of the season July 2 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. -- Donny Schatz also has four A-feature victories, winning most recently on July 8 in Joliet, Ill. -- Tim Shaffer's victory July 19 in the Silver Cup was his third of the season, going with wins Lake Ozark Speedway and Thunderbowl Raceway. -- 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. -- Craig Dollansky has won two features, most recently at Powercom Park, and he also has two preliminary feature wins. -- Brooke Tatnell has two A-feature victories, winning at Cedar Lake and Fulton speedways, as well as a preliminary feature win at Princeton Speedway. -- Sammy Swindell won his second A-feature of the season June 4 at Eldora Speedway. Swindell also has a preliminary feature win April 8 at Eldora. -- Single-event winners include Stevie Smith July 13 at Attica Raceway Park, Tim Kaeding June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park, Daryn Pittman April 23 at 81 Speedway in Wichita, Chad Kemenah July 9 at I-55 Raceway, and Jeff Shepard Feb. 11 at Volusia Speedway Park. -- In preliminary features, Danny Lasoski has won twice while Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan and Jason Johnson have each won once.

* The World of Outlaws action at Lawrenceburg Speedway was on a quarter-mile oval, marking the fifth (sixth) time the series has raced on a track that size, including preliminary features. Steve Kinser won April 16 at quarter-mile Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.; Tim Kaeding won June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park in Sheboygan, Wis.; Kraig Kinser won June 14 at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Ind.; Brooke Tatnell won July 29 at Princeton Speedway in Princeton, Minn.; Steve Kinser won July 30 at Princeton; and Kraig Kinser won Aug. 3 at Lawrenceburg.

* In the Stacker 2® Dash, Jason Sides and Kraig Kinser fought side-by-side for all six laps before Sides slid to the lead on the final circuit to earn his second pole position of the season. Kinser held on for second, followed by Jason Meyers, Chad Kemenah, Paul McMahan and Daryn Pittman.

"We have a new car, new motor," said Sides, the 2004 Kings Royal winner who also started on the pole this season at Sharon Speedway. "We had a good effort tonight, we just put on too hard tires [for the feature]. It was good for us to start up front. We're getting there."

* In the second Dash, Tim Kaeding cleared Tim Shaffer and rode the cushion to victory and the outside pole for the feature. Shaffer was second, followed by Brooke Tatnell, Steve Kinser, Rob Chaney and Jac Haudenschild.

* In the B-main, fast-qualifier Terry McCarl and 2004 Lawrenceburg winner Danny Smith raced side-by-side for the first four laps before McCarl pulled ahead and drove off to the checkered flag. Smith held on to finish second ahead of Kelly Kinser and Dale Blaney. Donny Schatz raced his way into the final transfer spot when he worked around Jason Solwold with two laps to go. Solwold was added the main event when Blaney scratched.

* In the first heat, Danny Lasoski motored to the front and pulled out to a victory with Kraig Kinser, Paul McMahan, Brandon Wimmer, Rob Chaney and Tim Kaeding earning the other transfer spots.

* In the second heat, Tim Shaffer went to the cushion and powered into the lead ahead of Joey Saldana. Once in front, Shaffer drove off with the checkered flag as Saldana, Chad Kemenah, Danny Smith, Randy Hannagan and Daryn Pittman earned the other transfer spots.

* The third heat featured the top four teams in owners' points, with drivers Steve Kinser, Jason Meyers, Craig Dollansky and Brooke Tatnell. Dollansky charged to the lead as Tatnell and Brian Paulus raced side-by-side. Kinser then surged from the sixth starting spot all the way to second and took the lead off of Turn 4 with one to go before Dollansky found enough horsepower to motor back in front and clip Kinser at the checkered flag. Tatnell, Meyers, Paulus and Jason Sides earned the remaining transfer spots.

* Terry McCarl paced the 29 cars that went through time trials with a lap around the quarter-mile oval in 10.058 seconds, breaking the single-lap record of 10.136 seconds set by Danny Lasoski on May 6, 2004.

* After departing Lawrenceburg Speedway, the Outlaws roll Aug. 5 into Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, before catching its collective breath heading into the $140,000-to-win Knoxville Nationals Aug. 10-13.

* The Outdoor Channel will broadcast the Silver Cup from Lernerville Speedway at 8 p.m. (ET) on Aug. 10. The Outdoor Channel will then air the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals from Williams Grove at 8 p.m. (ET) on Aug. 17 and the Princeton National from Princeton Speedway on Aug. 24.

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