Countdown to 2009: A Look Back at Five Memorable World of Outlaws Races from 2008
Concord, NC-- December 30, 2008--With just two days remaining in 2008, five of the most exciting races of the World of Outlaws season will be re-visited for five consecutive days in chronological order.
The fourth event that will be featured will be the October 17 race from Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, California. The race saw Jac Haudenschild battle Steve Kinser in heavy lapped traffic on the ¼-mile, nearly taking the lead a couple of times, before the 20-time series champion prevailed. Both drivers climbed out of their cars on the front straightaway after the race and gave each other high-fives.
"It's always fun to run with Haud," said Kinser with a smile after the win. "We have had some fun ones over the years. We're both fortunate that we are able to stand up in the seat and still get the job done once in a while."
Kinser started sixth in the 40-lap contest, but moved up to the outside of the front row after Daryn Pittman and Terry McCarl who lined up second and fourth got together on the initial start after McCarl's car broke, bringing out a red flag. On the second start, Kinser won a drag race down the front straightaway with Danny Lasoski and led high into turn one. Lasoski dove under him in the second corner to take the lead, which he would hold for the first eight laps.
On the ninth lap, Kinser looked high on Lasoski for the lead in turn three and then dove under him exiting turn four to take the point as the pair negotiated lapped traffic. He would lead the rest of the way, though Haudenschild closed in late.
Haudenschild made a bid for the lead on the 35th lap, on the high side of turns one and two, drawing even Kinser. He used the same line on the next lap to inch ahead of Kinser on the back straightaway as the latter was held up by a lapped car. As the pair entered turns three and four Haudenschild was bottled up, allowing Kinser to get back by. Haudenschild battled back and rode the high side of the track for the last three laps of the race as he tried to catch Kinser.
"The car felt good tonight and has felt good all year long," said Haudenschild. "We are really glad to be driving that car. Leonard (Lee) has it working good. We have a good race car and have been hanging in there up front all year long."
The 2009 World of Outlaws season opens on February 6 at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida, with the 38th Annual Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH.