KINSER WINS AT MISSOURI STATE FAIR SPEEDWAY Though he won by nearly three seconds on Wednesday night, Steve Kinser's $10,000 win was anything but easy at Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia. He charged to the lead on the opening lap of...
KINSER WINS AT MISSOURI STATE FAIR SPEEDWAY
Though he won by nearly three seconds on Wednesday night, Steve Kinser's $10,000 win was anything but easy at Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia.
He charged to the lead on the opening lap of the 25-lap event after winning the Crane Cams Dash to earn the pole position. After opening a couple of sizeable advantages that were negated by caution flags, he entered heavy lapped traffic on the 11th lap as Tim Shaffer closed on him and looked for the lead.
After looking to the high side, Shaffer dove low in turn one and took the lead on the 12th circuit, with the pair just inches apart as they negotiated the heavy traffic. Kinser fought right back in the second turn nearly taking the lead on the low side of the track. They continued to duel in traffic for the next several laps, until the yellow flag flew.
After a late restart, Kinser looked low in turns one and two, then high in turns three and four for the lead. On the second lap after the restart (lap 18), he went back to the low side of the track in the first turn to take the lead back from Shaffer.
A red flag with three laps to go, gave Shaffer and Donny Schatz one more chance at Kinser, but a strong restart propelled Kinser to a healthy lead that he would hold for the last three laps of the race.
"The car felt good all night," said Kinser, driver of the Q Oil Maxim. "We felt good hot lapping, and we qualified well. We ran good in the heat. We drew a good number in the dash. I tried to give it away there in the lapped traffic. I should have gone ahead and went by them on the outside of turns three and four. Even in the middle I could have made some room. I got to following them a little bit and that let Tim (Shaffer) get by me. I found the middle and got a run on Tim and that was the main thing."
Schatz made a late pass of Shaffer to earn the runner-up position. The reigning World of Outlaws champion began the night by turning the fifth fastest lap in time trials. He was consistently one of the fastest cars on the track.
"From where we started it was a good night," said Schatz, driver of the Parker Store J&J. "We qualified well and didn't have a good heat race, but we got through there When you start ninth or tenth in the dash, you have a long road to go. We got to sixth in the dash and ended up second."
Shaffer led his first seven laps of the season and for the fourth time this season finished in the Top-three, as he was third. He battled with Kinser in traffic numerous times during the 25-lap event.
"We had a great car and my guys did a great job," said Shaffer, driver of the Casey's General Store Maxim. "We made some changes in the last week or so and I we qualified well and raced well. That car is night and day different. It is fun to drive now and it?s fun to race again. Hopefully we can keep the car up front."
Daryn Pittman lined up 13th for the A-Feature and steadily worked his way to the front, finishing fourth. He used a couple of late cautions to his advantage as he was able to utilize clean race track, though he was just as fast in lapped traffic as he was in clean track.
"We were good," said Pittman, driver of the Titan Garages Maxim. "We were two one-hundredths (of a second) off the inversion in qualifying and we seem to do that a lot. Luckily we have a fast enough race car that we are able to make up for it. It's unfortunate that we started 13th. We were fast early in the race and the middle of the track kind of gave up on us in turns three and four."
For Kinser, it was his fifth career win at Missouri State Fair Speedway in the annual event that benefits the Michael Ross Memorial Foundation (MRMF). The native of Bloomington, Indiana took part in the MRMF Golf Tournament on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for the race, which in its 10 years along with the race has now raised over $1 Million.
"It's great to support the Michael Ross Foundation," said Kinser. "They had a great golf tournament, and they have a lot of people out here helping them. It's a fun race to come to."
Kinser was one of the few drivers that did not make wholesale changes during an open red flag with just three laps to go. He was confident in his car, and knew that if he got a good restart it would be hard for anyone to pass him.
"We didn't change anything," said the winner. "We had a good enough car that we felt we could hold them off."
Kinser was able to use both sides of the race track, especially when he was slicing his way through traffic and when he was chasing down Shaffer.
"It was a good race track today," he noted. "It had a bottom grove, though one and two went away a little bit. They were there earlier in the night and it had a good top groove. You could do some passing on it."
Schatz was hoping the race would go green a little bit longer and the leaders would stay in traffic, because that is where he gained an enormous amount of ground. When the red flag flew with three laps remaining his crew jumped at the opportunity to tweak their car for one last run at Kinser.
"We changed all kinds of stuff," said the current World of Outlaws championship point leader. "You get three laps to go and you are sitting in a position where you know you can win a race, you do what you have to do. We changed a couple shocks and some air pressure and a few things that we knew we needed to do to go the right way. We made some good calls and got one spot better, we just didn't get the all important one."
Schatz gained a couple of spots in the opening five laps of the race, and then patiently shadowed Jason Solwold waiting for the right opportunity to take the third spot. That came on the 15th lap. Late in the race, he was able to shoot around Shaffer for second, to earn his 30th Top-10 finish in 33 events this season. Throughout the night he used both the high and low side of the track to pass cars.
"Anytime it doesn't lay rubber that is an accolade to the track," he said. "These guys worked hard with the heat and it was probably a good thing we got some rain this morning. There was a top and a you could run the bottom though it was tricky. I think the middle was fastest, but I just couldn't figure it out until the race was over."
Most times late in the race, a driver would prefer to be in the second spot to see where the leader goes, especially on a restart, but Shaffer was very confident as he restarted in the lead with less than 10 laps to go.
"We took off on that start and never spun a wheel," said Shaffer. "I don't know how someone can drive by when you don't spin your wheels and everything is hooked up. It's one of those deals where we got loose late and hung on to third. We?ll take it."
The 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year had a full night, as he also competed in the Winged Outlaws Warriors (WOW) 360-sprint car race, and the celebrity modified race that feature several NASCAR and NHRA drivers. Each time he came off the track, Shaffer quickly exited the car and sprinted to the next machine he would pilot.
"It was a busy night," he smiled. "We were running third in the 360-race and dropped out when the throttle broke. We ran third in the modified too. All in all it was a great night, and we?ll keep plugging away."
Shaffer continues to close in on his first A-Feature win of the season and he hopes to get it in the Boot Hill Showdown Presented by MJE this weekend at Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas, where he won an event last season.
"I like that place and we have always done well there," he acknowledged. "Hopefully we can go there and do it again. You never know in this game, there is such tough competition. If we keep doing the right things, we'll beat them."
Pittman picked up a position on each of the first four laps of the race, as he quickly broke into the Top-10 after starting 13th. By the 11th lap he was up to sixth and took the fifth spot from Stevie Smith on the 17th lap. One lap later he got around Jason Solwold to earn his 12th Top-Five finish of the season.
"A Top-Five from 13th in this deal, with how tough it is an accomplishment any night," he noted.
Jason Solwold finished fifth to earn his 18th Top-10 finish of the season in the City Wide Insulation Maxim. He began the night by setting fast time at the half-mile.
Chad Kemenah finished sixth in the Hampshire Racing Engines Maxim. Joey Saldana was seventh in the Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI. Stevie Smith was eighth in the Race Against the Abuse of Children Everywhere JEI, with Jason Meyers ninth in the Primerica Financial Maxim, and Terry McCarl 10th in the Big Game Treestands Eagle.
Danny Lasoski who was instrumental to the success of the event that benefited the Michael Ross Memorial Foundation lost an engine while running third just three laps into the event.
The World of Outlaws return to action on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23 in the Boot Hill Showdown Presented by MJE at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kansas.
MISSOURI STATE FAIR SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK
*FAST QUALIFIER: Jason Solwold paced the 31 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked half-mile oval in 16.556 seconds at 108.722 mph. For his qualifying effort, Solwold eared five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Stevie Smith (4), Steve Kinser (3), Tim Shaffer (2) and Donny Schatz (1).
*QUALIFYING WINNERS: Chad Kemenah, Brian Carlson and Justin Henderson won heat races. Jeremy Campebll won the B-Main. Steve Kinser won the Crane Cams Dash.
*UP NEXT: The Boot Hill Showdown Presented by MJE at Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas, dots the schedule on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23. A stop at Black Hills Speedway on Monday, June 25 follows.
World of Outlaws Statistical Report: Missouri State Fair Speedway; Sedalia, MO; June, 20, 2007
1) R19-Jason Solwold 16.556
2) 19-Stevie Smith 16.585
3) 11-Steve Kinser 16.601
4) 6-Tim Shaffer 16.602
5) 15-Donny Schatz 16.652
6) 14-Jason Meyers 16.692
7) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 16.705
8) 83-Danny Lasoski 16.716
9) D1-Justin Henderson 16.744
10) 3X-Chad Kemenah 16.745
11) 18-Brian Carlson 16.760
12) 21X-Brian Brown 16.765
13) 21-Daryn Pittman 16.768
14) 9-Joey Saldana 16.777
15) 5C-Chad Hillier 16.778
16) 24-Terry McCarl 16.800
17) 7S-Jason Sides 16.801
18) 1X-Randy Hannagan 16.808
19) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 16.878
20) 8K-Zach Chappell 16.901
21) 7-Craig Dollansky 16.919
22) 20-Paul McMahan 16.936
23) 2-Brooke Tatnell 16.938
24) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 16.976
25) 11H-Kerry Madsen 17.001
26) 11D-Dion Hindi 17.051
27) 36-Jason Martin 17.083
28) 15X-Jon Corbin 17.175
29) 35-Jac Haudenschild 17.204
30) 1A-Adam Jones 17.425
31) 6X-Jack Potter 17.597
HEAT 1 (8 LAPS, TOP 6 FINISHERS TRANSFERRED TO A-FEATURE)
1) 3X-Chad Kemenah
2) 6-Tim Shaffer
3) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
4) R19-Jason Solwold
5) 24-Terry McCarl
6) 21-Daryn Pittman
7) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
8) 20-Paul McMahan
9) 11H-Kerry Madsen
10) 15X-Jon Corbin
11) 6X-Jack Potter
HEAT 2 (8 LAPS, TOP 6 FINISHERS TRANSFERRED TO A-FEATURE)
1) 18-Brian Carlson
2) 83-Danny Lasoski
3) 19-Stevie Smith
4) 15-Donny Schatz
5) 9-Joey Saldana
6) 2-Brooke Tatnell
7) 7S-Jason Sides
8) 8K-Zach Chappell
9) 35-Jac Haudenschild
10) 11D-Dion Hindi
HEAT 3 (8 LAPS, TOP 6 FINISHERS TRANSFERRED TO A-FEATURE)
1) D1-Justin Henderson
2) 11-Steve Kinser
3) 21X-Brian Brown
4) 14-Jason Meyers
5) 1X-Randy Hannagan
6) 7-Craig Dollansky
7) 5C-Chad Hillier
8) 36-Jason Martin
9) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
10) 1A-Adam Jones
Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10
1) 11-Steve Kinser
2) 6-Tim Shaffer
3) 83-Danny Lasoski
4) R19-Jason Solwold
5) 18-Brian Carlson
6) 15-Donny Schatz
7) 19-Stevie Smith
8) D1-Justin Henderson
9) 3X-Chad Kemenah
10) 14-Jason Meyers
B-MAIN (12 LAPS, TOP 6 FINISHERS TRANSFERRED TO A-FEATURE)
1) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
2) 5C-Chad Hillier
3) 7S-Jason Sides
4) 20-Paul McMahan
5) 8K-Zach Chappell
6) 11H-Kerry Madsen
7) 11D-Dion Hindi [$200]
8) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [$180]
9) 35-Jac Haudenschild [$175]
10) 36-Jason Martin [$160]
11) 15X-Jon Corbin [$150]
12) 1A-Adam Jones [$150]
13) 6X-Jack Potter [$150]
A-main (25 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 11-Steve Kinser [$10,000]
2) 15-Donny Schatz [$5,500]
3) 6-Tim Shaffer [$3,200]
4) 21-Daryn Pittman [$2,800]
5) R19-Jason Solwold [$2,500]
6) 3X-Chad Kemenah [$2,300]
7) 9-Joey Saldana [$2,200]
8) 19-Stevie Smith [$2,100]
9) 14-Jason Meyers [$2,050]
10) 24-Terry McCarl [$2,000]
11) D1-Justin Henderson [$1,500]
12) 7-Craig Dollansky [$1,200]
13) 11H-Kerry Madsen [$1,100]
14) 1X-Randy Hannagan [$1,050]
15) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. [$1,000]
16) 20-Paul McMahan [$900]
17) 7S-Jason Sides [$800]
18) 2-Brooke Tatnell [$800]
19) 10C-Jeremy Campbell [$800]
20) 8K-Zach Chappell [$800]
21) 18-Brian Carlson [$800]
22) 21X-Brian Brown [$800]
23) 5C-Chad Hillier [$800]
24) 83-Danny Lasoski [$800]
Lap Leaders: Steve Kinser 1-11, 18-25; Tim Shaffer 12-17
KSE Hard Charger Award: Kerry Madsen