Talladega II: Race report

Kinser completes Dixie Double Play at Talladega. TALLADEGA, AL (October 5) -- Steve Kinser put together one of the most memorable performances of his career at Talladega Superspeedway on April 30, 1994, beating the best racers in motorsports in...

Kinser completes Dixie Double Play at Talladega.

TALLADEGA, AL (October 5) -- Steve Kinser put together one of the most memorable performances of his career at Talladega Superspeedway on April 30, 1994, beating the best racers in motorsports in only his third International Race of Champions event. Before Saturday, he was winless in three Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series main events at the Talladega Short Track, however.

Despite falling back to third place midway through the 40-lap race, "The King of the Outlaws" thrilled the largest crowd in the history of the Talladega Short Track by exchanging the lead with Donny Schatz twice and beating Craig Dollansky under the checkered flag by half a straightaway for his second consecutive $10,000 victory. Kinser also won Friday's "A" Feature when the series invaded Tennessee Motor Speedway for the first time. "I was running pretty good and I started finding the middle, so I was going to try to run there on that (10th-lap) restart," Kinser explained. "But after the tires cooled down, I just went to the bottom and both of those guys (Schatz and Dollansky) went right around me. I was catching Donny right about the time he had the problem with that car coming out of four, and we were able to get around him and get back to complete the lap. I was just worried about a tire going down at the end. The bleeders were working really hard and I just wanted to get this one done.

"Eighteen wins is probably more than we've had in the last few years put together, but I have a great race team and they've worked hard all year long. We put a new car together for this weekend, and it's run pretty good "

Kinser, who won 10 "A" Features in 2000 and six last season, earned the right to start the main event outside the front row for the second straight race by winning his 17th O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash of the year. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim into the lead as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. Schatz took over second place early in the opening lap, passing Dollansky in the low groove between turns one and two.

"The King of the Outlaws" was seven car-lengths ahead of Schatz when he entered lapped traffic during the sixth lap.

Brad Furr, who started inside the fourth row, passed Johnny Herrera late in lap five and took the high line around Dollansky for fourth place four laps later. Furr's #2 Sanmina/SCI Eagle slid over the bank in the second corner the next time around, however. Tyler Walker, who finished only four car-lengths behind Kinser at Tennessee Motor Speedway the night before, surrendered 12th place when he pitted to replace a flat right rear tire during the caution period.

Schatz drove his #15 Parker Stores J&J into the lead as the race resumed, passing Kinser in the high groove between turns one and two. Schatz had a 10-car-length advantage when he caught the back-markers five laps later. Dollansky rode the rim around Kinser between the third and fourth corners for second place late in lap 20.

Daryn Pittman, 14th-starting Stevie Smith and Danny Lasoski passed Jac Haudneschild during the 23rd and 26th laps to take over the fifth, sixth and seventh positions. Kinser regained second place with an inside move between the first and second corners two laps later.

Schatz slowed in dense lapped traffic entering turn four late in lap 33, allowing Kinser and Dollansky to race past him.

Haudenschild lost 10th place less than a lap later when he collided with Aaron Berryhill in the second corner. Randy Hannagan, who led 17 of 30 laps in Friday's main event, surrendered 11th place when his crew replaced his flat right rear tire during the caution period.

A collision involving Craig Keel and Third Heat Race winner Joey Saldana sent Keel spinning in turn two as the race resumed. Walker crashed with fellow World of Outlaws Gumout Series racer Jeremy Campbell and hit the fourth-corner retaining wall during the ensuing restart.

Smith and Lasoski passed Herrera for fifth and sixth place during the final two laps as Kinser cruised to the half-straightaway victory.

Schatz finished in third place, ahead of Pittman, Smith, Lasoski, Herrera, fast qualifier Tim Shaffer, Saldana and 17th-starting Mark Kinser. Shaffer paced the qualifying session for the 10th time this season, driving the #83 Beef Packers Eagle around the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval in 11.770 seconds, an average speed of 101.965 M.P.H.

The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will sanction the Third Annual Outlaws Championship at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway Friday and Saturday.

-WoO-

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Brad Furr , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Tyler Walker , Aaron Berryhill , Daryn Pittman , Randy Hannagan , Johnny Herrera