PORT ROYAL, PA (September 27) -- Tim Shaffer all but told Danny Wood he would win Thursday's Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature at Port Royal Speedway. "You know these things come in pairs," Shaffer said as the Kevin Gobrecht Rookies...
PORT ROYAL, PA (September 27) -- Tim Shaffer all but told Danny Wood he would win Thursday's Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature at Port Royal Speedway.
"You know these things come in pairs," Shaffer said as the Kevin Gobrecht Rookies of the Year talked before the series' first race at Port Royal in 14 ½ years. Shaffer spoke from experience, having won two main events in each of the two seasons after his rookie year.
Wood, who won the first "A" Feature of his career at Lernerville Speedway Tuesday, made Shaffer's prophesy come true, passing Paul McMahan early in the 16th lap on his way to claiming his second $10,000 paycheck in three days.
"I owe it all to (crew members) Rob (Hart) and Cathy (Barrows)," Wood said graciously. "They gave me another great car to drive tonight. I think some people may have underestimated this team, and maybe I underestimated this crew, but when it goes this good there's no feeling like it. I have my wife behind me 100 percent and my son Danny is out here, too. Man, when we were down the most and needed it the most, it's all come together. This Avenger car with Hoosier tires and the Wesmar engine were just great all night long."
Rain delayed the start of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 56th event of the year by almost two hours.
Wood, the 16th-fastest qualifier in the 41-car field, won the Fourth O'Reilly Heat Race and his second Channellock Dash of the season for the right to start the 30-lap main event on the pole.
Wood and McMahan raced wheel-to-wheel down the front stretch as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. McMahan drove the #U2 United Expressline Eagle around Wood high in the second corner to the lead, and was a half-straightaway ahead when he entered lapped traffic five laps later.
Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Mark Kinser battled First O'Reilly Heat Race winner Danny Lasoski for three laps before passing him deep in the second corner early in the sixth lap.
Wood narrowed the gap to five car-lengths in dense traffic the next time around. Craig Dollansky used a slide move to pass Wood for second place late in lap seven, but his #7 Polydome Maxim slid over the cushion in turn three and flipped.
Steve Kinser took the low line through the third and fourth corners to pass Lasoski for fourth place as the green flag replaced the red, only to have 1993 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Rookie of the Year Greg Hodnett stop on the back straightaway with a mechanical malfunction.
McMahan raced away from the 26-car field as the race resumed, and opened a 20-car-length advantage within seven laps. Wood caught him two laps later, however, and raced into the lead as McMahan slowed behind Skip Jackson in the low groove in turn one.
Mark Kinser steered the #5M Mopar Maxim to the lowest point in the fourth corner to pass McMahan for the runner-up spot late in the 17th lap. Jackson took the leaders out of lapped traffic one lap later when he stopped on the back straightaway with a flat left rear tire.
Steve Kinser chased Lasoski for six laps after the restart, then took the low line through the second corner into fourth place early in lap 23.
The leaders were approaching lapped traffic the next time around when debris punctured Jackson's left rear tire, causing him to stop on the back straightaway, setting up a seven-lap dash to the checkered flag.
"The King of the Outlaws" continued his run toward the front within a lap after the green flag replaced the yellow, passing McMahan deep in turn four. Jason Meyers used a similar move to pass Lasoski for fifth place four laps later.
Wood was eight car-lengths ahead of Mark Kinser when he took the checkered flag.
"I could feel Mark behind me," Wood said. "I knew he'd be coming to get me there, but maybe we're proving we can race with these guys. Having Mark behind me got me pretty clinched up the last couple of laps."
"I'm glad all the fans stuck with us through the rain. I just hope they enjoyed the show and got their money's worth.
Steve Kinser finished in third place, ahead of McMahan, Meyers, Lasoski, Andy Hillenburg, Shaffer, Lance Dewease and 23rd-starting Todd Shaffer.
"The King of the Outlaws" qualified third quick with his first time trial, but stopped with a blown engine several seconds later. Kinser's crew replaced the engine in his #11 Quaker State Maxim so he could run the Third O'Reilly Heat Race.
Mark Kinser set Port Royal's single-lap record with a 113.122-m.p.h. lap around the semi-banked, ½-mile oval. Setting quick time in his third straight event pushed him into a tie for the series lead with Dollansky and Joey Saldana.
Saldana and Dale Blaney used provisionals to start the "A" Feature and finished 20th and 26th, respectively.