Sharon II: Rain-delayed feature report

'The King' takes Sharon's rain-delayed feature. HARTFORD, OH (July 30) -- Steve Kinser, who has experienced more than his share of bad luck this season, received some good fortune Wednesday when the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series returned to...

'The King' takes Sharon's rain-delayed feature.

HARTFORD, OH (July 30) -- Steve Kinser, who has experienced more than his share of bad luck this season, received some good fortune Wednesday when the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series returned to Sharon Speedway to complete the racing program postponed from May 30th.

"The King of the Outlaws" inherited first place from early leader Dale Blaney late in the 18th lap, then coasted to the $10,000 victory on a right rear tire that was quickly losing air pressure.

"I had a hole in the tire, and it was starting to go down," Kinser said following his first victory at the Blaney family's semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval. "If we'd have had one more caution, I wouldn't have won."

The defending and 17-time O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series champion was the sixth-fastest qualifier in the 34-car field. Kinser earned the right to start the 30-lap main event outside the third row by following Blaney and Stevie Smith across the finish line in the Second Dash Race.

Rob Chaney, who won the First Dash Race, burst into the lead from the pole as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature May 30th. "B" Feature winner C.W. Harshman hit the retaining wall in the second corner, however, bringing out the caution flag and forcing a complete restart.

Chaney won a front-straightaway drag race with Blaney when the race resumed to take the lead. Kinser drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim past Joey Saldana -- the "A" Feature winner at Sharon Speedway last July 31st -- for fourth place late in the opening lap.

O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series point standings leader Danny Lasoski took the low line through turns one and two to pass Smith for fifth place the next time around. Blaney, the Second Dash Race winner, rode the rim through the third and fourth corners to pass Chaney for the lead late in lap three.

Kinser, Saldana and Lasoski raced past Chaney during the fifth and sixth laps before rain made the track unsafe for racing.

When the fire-breathing, mud-slinging sprint cars returned to Sharon Speedway Wednesday, Phil Gressman replaced Jeff Shepard in the #2 Miller car and Scott Groves replaced Jack Sodeman, Jr., in the #54 Groves car. Jarrod Larson and Mike Kekich used provisionals, while fast qualifier Jimmy Hawley and Johnny Herrera did not return for the remainder of the program.

Chaney lost fifth place just two laps after the race resumed when he crashed into the first-corner retaining wall after his car lost its right rear wheel.

Fourth Heat Race winner Tyler Walker and Daryn Pittman exchanged fifth place just seconds before Pittman collided with Randy Hannagan and flipped in turn one early in lap 10. Pittman restarted at the rear of the field, but stopped on the back straightaway within a lap after the green flag replaced the red. Crew Chief Joe Gaerte, along with "Bingo" Jenkins and Glenno Ingliss, quickly replaced the top wing on the #21 Hop & Sack J&J so Pittman could return to the race.

Lasoski and Saldana took turns passing each other for third place during the 12th lap, and Second Heat Race winner Tim Shaffer took the low line through turns three and four to pass Walker for fifth one lap later.

Blaney surrendered the lead when gear problems forced him to stop in the third corner late in lap 18. "The King of the Outlaws" restarted ahead of the 26-car field, and immediately started building a commanding advantage as the green flag replaced the yellow.

Kinser was approaching lapped traffic when Hannagan spun in turn four late in the 20th lap. Brian Paulus stopped in the second corner with a blown engine as the race resumed, bringing out the caution flag again.

Donny Schatz, who took a three-feature winning streak into the rain-delayed event, made several charges following the final restart. The 1997 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year passed Third Heat Race winner Chad Kemenah during lap 25, then exchanged seventh place with Smith during the final two laps.

Saldana was racing into turn three when Kinser took the checkered flag. Lasoski finished in third place, ahead of Shaffer, Walker, 23rd-starting Jason Meyers, Smith, Schatz, Kemenah and Jason Johnson.

Mark Kinser drove father Karl's #5M Sabko Maxim past eight cars to finish 11th.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Tyler Walker , Brian Paulus , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Joey Saldana , Randy Hannagan , Johnny Herrera , Jason Johnson
Teams HART