Silver Dollar: Gold Cup Race of Champions finale report

Kinser beats Kaeding in royal battle at Gold Cup. CHICO, CA (September 7) -- "King of the Outlaws" Steve Kinser won a royal battle Saturday, beating "King of California" Tim Kaeding under the checkered flag by a mere two car-lengths at Silver ...

Kinser beats Kaeding in royal battle at Gold Cup.

CHICO, CA (September 7) -- "King of the Outlaws" Steve Kinser won a royal battle Saturday, beating "King of California" Tim Kaeding under the checkered flag by a mere two car-lengths at Silver Dollar Speedway to claim his 10th Gold Cup Race of Champions title.

The classic, 40-lap main event featured three lead changes between Kinser, Kaeding and Tim Shaffer before "The King of the Outlaws" claimed his first Gold Cup championship since 1992. Kinser climbed from his car, walked down the front straightaway and embraced Kaeding before celebrating the $25,000 victory.

"It's been 10 years since I've been here (in victory lane at Silver Dollar Speedway), and it's great to be back," Kinser said. "I just told Tim he ran a great race, and he's going to win some Gold Cups if he sticks around to run them."

Kaeding, the 2001 Silver Dollar Speedway champion, was honored to compete with royalty.

"We had a couple of kings run first and second tonight," Kaeding said. "I gave him all I had, but I just couldn't do it. I just kept telling myself not to screw up, and I did, and Steve got by me. I just want to thank my guys -- Rod Tiner, Terry Cowan and Rick Hirst -- for giving me a great car all week long. I hope you guys out there love this as much as I do. It was pretty stressful out there. I have a lot of fans out here. Maybe next year."

Kinser, who won the First Preliminary Feature, received the privilege of starting the championship feature on the pole by scoring the most points in the preliminary programs. Shaffer, who set quick time and finished fourth in the opening-night feature, scored two fewer points than "The King of the Outlaws" and started outside the front row.

Kinser drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event. Kaeding, who started inside the second row, raced wheel-to-wheel with Shaffer through turns three and four late in the opening lap, but was unable to surge ahead.

Kinser was approaching lapped traffic late in the sixth lap when 1993 Gold Cup champion Stevie Smith spun in the fourth corner. "The King of the Outlaws" controlled the ensuing restart, and was two car-lengths ahead of Shaffer when he entered lapped traffic six laps later.

Shaffer caught Kinser early in the 13th lap, however, and steered the #83 Beef Packers Eagle into the low groove between the first and second corners to take the lead. "B" Feature winner Mike Goodman took the leaders out of lapped traffic two laps later when he spun in turn two.

Shaffer was four car-lengths ahead of Kinser when he caught the back-markers during lap 21. Kaeding rode the rim through turns one and two to pass Kinser for second place five laps later.

Randy Hannagan's fourth-corner spin tightened the field early in lap 27. Kaeding passed Shaffer deep in turn three within a lap after the race resumed, only to lose the lead when he jumped the cushion in the fourth corner. Brad Furr spun on the back stretch several seconds later.

Kaeding steered the #7T into the lowest point in turn two to pass Shaffer for the lead again as the race resumed. Peter Murphy spun in turn four immediately after the leaders completed lap 27, while Donny Schatz and Robbie Farr's second-corner collision sent Schatz' #15 Parker Stores J&J flipping.

Kinser passed Shaffer for second place with an inside move through turns one and two as the green flag replaced the red, and was six car-lengths behind Kaeding when the leaders entered lapped traffic five laps later. Kinser raced past when Kaeding slid off the racing surface on the back straightaway midway through the 34th lap, only to have Smith spin in the fourth corner before the leaders crossed the finish line, nullifying the move.

Kinser passed Kaeding for the lead entering turn three when the 24-year-old racer from San Jose slipped off the back stretch again within a lap after the race resumed. Smith, who won the "C" Feature and finished second in the "B" to qualify for the main event, flipped in turn four just seconds after "The King of the Outlaws" completed lap 35.

"We just got to running the bottom there in (turns) one and two," Kinser said in victory lane. "Actually, the top slowed down in one and two, and I think if Tim would've gotten to the bottom first, we wouldn't have been able to do anything with him. Tim got out front there, and I just thought maybe if I could hang in there, I could get him back."

Shaffer congratulated the kings for their outstanding performances.

"Tim has been doing an excellent job," Shaffer said. Steve just seems like he plays dead there for a couple of laps and then, all of a sudden, he's right back in it. I wanted to win this one for Dennis (Roth). We gave it our best, but just didn't get it done. This place is great. There's usually a top and a bottom, and it's a lot of fun."

The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will sanction the O'Reilly Auto Parts Texas Showdown at Texas Motor Speedway Thursday and Saturday.

-WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Brad Furr , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Randy Hannagan , Tim Kaeding , Peter Murphy