Kinser Regains Points Lead at Route 66 By Richard Day JOLIET, IL (July 13) -- The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series showed just how competitive it has become Friday at Route 66 Raceway. Not only did first place in the point standings change...
Kinser Regains Points Lead at Route 66
By Richard Day
JOLIET, IL (July 13) -- The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series showed just how competitive it has become Friday at Route 66 Raceway.
Not only did first place in the point standings change for the 10th time this year, each of the top six drivers switched positions. Mark Kinser won his third straight main event to pass Danny Lasoski for the points lead, while Craig Dollansky moved ahead of defending and 16-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz took fifth place from Andy Hillenburg.
Mark Kinser, who won series championships in 1996 and 1999, passed Lasoski for the lead late in the sixth lap and led the final 24 1/4 for his 12th "A" Feature victory of the season.
"I have three guys working on this car (Dennis Kohler, Justin Adams and Willie Kahne) who could be crew chiefs anywhere else," Mark said graciously. "Now Cale, Kasey Kahne's little brother, is helping us, and he's a great mechanic, too.
"I don't think we had much for Danny, but Dad (crew chief and car owner Karl Kinser) is back. Danny's one of the most respectable guys out here, and we've had some great races in the past. I doubt this point thing is over yet."
Kinser, the runner-up in Thursday's Preliminary Feature, followed Jeff Shepard and Lasoski across the finish line in the CHANNELLOCK Dash. He moved into the pole position, however, when Shepard's crew was unable to get the #5 Wirtgen America Maxim to the push lane in time to start the 30-lap "A" Feature.
The engine in Hillenburg's #2 Luxaire J&J lost power as the green flag fell, forcing him to watch the main event from the pit area.
Lasoski drove NASCAR Winston Cup star Tony Stewart's #20L J.D. Byrider Eagle around Kinser in turn four to take the lead as the race resumed. Steve Kinser, a two-time winner at Route 66 Raceway, passed Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate Brad Furr for seventh place late in the opening lap.
Former Rookies of the Year Tim Shaffer and Stevie Smith exchanged fifth place during the third and fourth laps, before Billy Wilburn spun into Danny Wood in turn four early in lap five. Scott Neitzel and Blake Feese collided trying to avoid the crash and flipped into the retaining wall in the fourth corner. Wood restarted the race at the back of the pack after Rob Hart and Cathy Barrows quickly replaced the front axle on the #21W Pepsi Avenger. Steve Kinser hooked the cushion in turn one as the green flag replaced the red, causing his #11 Quaker State Maxim flip.
Shaffer drove the #11H Vivarin Maxim into the high groove between the first and second corners to pass Smith again as the race resumed.
Mark Kinser challenged "The Dude" for the lead for 1 2/3 laps after the restart, then drove the #5M Mopar Maxim into the high groove in turn four to pass him late in lap six. Shaffer continued his run to the front, passing Dale Blaney high in the third corner. The red flag flew again when Wilburn flipped in turn four several seconds later.
Jason Meyers drove DOCC Motorsports' #20 Eagle Raceway Eagle past Kraig Kinser and Brad Furr within three laps after the race resumed.
The leaders were approaching lapped traffic late in the 13th lap when First O'Reilly Heat Race winner Randy Hannagan spun in turn four.
Furr followed Meyers through the low groove between the first and second corners to pass Smith as the race resumed, then exchanged fifth place with Blaney during laps 16 and 19. Meyers dropped out of the race with a mechanical problem after 13th-starting Paul McMahan passed him six laps later.
Kinser was a straightaway ahead of closest pursuers when he entered lapped traffic during the 20th lap. Schatz drove his family's #15 Parker Stores J&J into the high groove between turns three and four to pass Lasoski for the runner-up spot the next time around.
Shaffer took third from "The Dude" deep in turn one early in lap 25. McMahan steered the #U2 United Expressline Eagle to the rim of the semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval in the fourth corner to pass Blaney late in lap 26, then passed Lasoski for fourth place deep in turn four the next time around.
Kinser took the checkered flag as Schatz raced down the back straightaway. Dollansky, who started outside the eighth row, drove Karavan Racing's #7 Polydome Maxim past "The Dude" in the fourth corner as they headed for the finish line.
Shaffer held off the hard-charging McMahan to finish third. Dollansky finished fifth, ahead of Lasoski, Blaney, Smith and Furr.
Shepard raced from the rear of the field to finish in 10th place.