Meyers Wins at Perris as Kinser Suffers Flat Tire LAKE PERRIS, CA (February 28) -- Steve Kinser was less than a lap away from his first World of Outlaws Sprint Series victory at Perris Auto Speedway Saturday when the tire he damaged two...
Meyers Wins at Perris as Kinser Suffers Flat Tire
LAKE PERRIS, CA (February 28) -- Steve Kinser was less than a lap away from his first World of Outlaws Sprint Series victory at Perris Auto Speedway Saturday when the tire he damaged two laps earlier lost air pressure. Californian Jason Meyers passed him on his way to winning the Snap-on Tools Shootout.
Meyers and "The King of the Outlaws" exchanged the lead four times during the 30-lap thriller. Kinser was leading the race with 2½ remaining when his #11 Quaker State Maxim hit retaining wall on the back straightaway, and his right rear tire started losing air pressure soon thereafter. The tire was completely flat as Kinser entered the second corner early in the final lap, allowing Meyers and Craig Dollansky to race past. Danny Lasoski, who set fast time for the third time in the last three races, collided with the defending and 18-time champion on the back straightaway, causing Kinser to spin into Dean Jacobs.
Meyers held off Dollansky for the sixth victory of his World of Outlaws career. Meyers drove Karavan Motorsports' #7 VMAC Maxim for five months while Dollansky recovered from a back injury last year.
"That was a great race!" Meyers yelled to the capacity crowd. "My partner, Guy Stockbridge, isn't here tonight, but I can't wait to tell him how we did.
"I got a really good start, and then Steve got by me. I was able to catch back up to him and get my him on the top, but the next lap he went right back by me, so I don't know if he was relaxing out front or what.
"It's unfortunate for Steve, but fortunate for me that he got that flat tire. I just want to thank everybody for coming out tonight. I know it was cold up there in the stands, but I hope everyone enjoyed the races."
Meyers, the seventh-fastest qualifier, finished third in the First Heat Race and earned the privilege of starting the "A" Feature on the pole by winning the First Dash Race.
Meyers drove the #14 Elite Landscaping Maxim into the lead as the green flag fell in the World of Outlaws' third "A" Feature of the season. Kinser, who started outside the second corner, passed Shane Stewart and Dollansky during the first two laps.
Tyler Walker, whose fifth-place finish pushed him into first place in the point standings, started outside the fourth row. The 2002 World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion took the low line through turn four to pass Lasoski for fifth place late in the third lap. Kinser used a similar move to pass Meyers for the lead two laps later.
"The Dude," who has won two of the World of Outlaws' last four main events at Perris Auto Speedway, steered former NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle into the low groove between the first and second corners to pass Shane Stewart for fourth place early in lap 10.
Meyers was gaining on Kinser when Mike Faria spun in turn four two laps later. Brian Paulus lost 10th place midway through the race when his #28 Maxim turned completely around in the fourth corner.
Meyers and Kinser exchanged the lead during the 16th and 17th laps. Meyers took first place with a high move through turn two, only to have "The King of the Outlaws" pass him with an inside move in the same spot the next time around.
Engine problems forced Joey Saldana to stop on the front straightaway late in lap 18. Kinser raced away from the field as the green flag replaced the yellow, and was six car-lengths ahead of Meyers when he entered lapped traffic with six laps remaining.
Donny Schatz, who started outside the 11th row, drove his #15 Parker Stores J&J past 12 cars during the first 24 laps. The 2003 Motorsport Video Hard Charger award winner passed Kraig Kinser for ninth place early in lap 26 and eventually finished in seventh place.
Meyers was pleased to win in California for the first time in his World of Outlaws career.
"This win really helps a lot," Meyers said. "This is a new team and funds are a little low. I'm just glad to get a win with my new crew chief Steve Swenson. Preston Cross has helped me the last couple of years, and he came down here tonight to help me out."
Lasoski finished in third place, ahead of Stewart, Walker, Paul McMahan, Schatz, Kraig Kinser, 16th-starting Tim Shaffer and Daryn Pittman.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Series will run a $95,350 event at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Thursday and Friday.