World of Outlaws finale at Hagerstown Speedway, Sunday, May 21st

Smith Wins Battle With Kinser at Hagerstown By Richard Day HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 21) -- Stevie Smith answered Mark Kinser's repeated challenges and led all 30 laps while winning the "A" Feature at ...

Smith Wins Battle With Kinser at Hagerstown By Richard Day HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 21) -- Stevie Smith answered Mark Kinser's repeated challenges and led all 30 laps while winning the "A" Feature at Hagerstown Speedway last July 31st. Smith and Kinser staged a repeat performance Sunday when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series returned to the Frank Plessinger's half-mile oval. "I knew Mark was back there; I could hear him," Smith said. "I'm glad to win one here for my friends and fans. I had about 30 good friends by my trailer tonight. "This Ingersoll-Rand car has been fast all year, but the competition out here is just so tough. We'll just keep plugging along and trying to win races. If we do that, we should be right there at the end (in the battle for the championship)." The $12,000 victory, Smith's second of the season, pushed him past Sammy Swindell into fourth place in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings. Smith, the runner-up in Saturday's Preliminary Feature, earned the right to start the "A" Feature outside the front row by finishing second in the Second CHANNELLOCK Dash. Kinser won his fifth CHANNELLOCK Dash of the year from outside the second row. Smith and Kinser were battling for the lead early in the opening lap of the main event when Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Tyler Walker crashed into the first-corner retaining wall. Stevie and Mark raced wheel-to-wheel down the front straightaway when the race resumed, and Smith surged ahead in the high groove in turn two. The battle for the lead slowed the next time around when Fourth NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Brian Paulus spun in the fourth corner. A mechanical malfunction in the #1 CHANNELLOCK Stealth caused Sammy Swindell to surrender fifth place and drop out of the race as the green flag replaced the yellow. Smith was 15 car-lengths ahead of Kinser when he entered lapped traffic during the seventh lap. A collision involving Paulus and Danny Wood sent P&P Motorsports' #28 Verdelli Farms Maxim flipping in turn four. Smith narrowly avoided the crash and maintained first place. Danny Lasoski passed Hodnett for fifth place on the restart, only to have a drive line problem in the #83 Beef Packers Eagle cause him to slow in the third corner. Donny Schatz lost ninth place when he spun to avoid "The Dude" and collided with Fred Rahmer, who flipped in turn four. Third NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Tim Shaffer started making a run toward the front when the green flag replaced the red. The 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award winner steered the #11H Vivarin Eagle deep in the second corner to pass Hodnett, took the high line around Second NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Jac Haudenschild in turn three and raced past Joey Saldana in the fourth corner for third place. Smith was a half-straightaway ahead of Kinser when he caught the backmarkers again midway through the 14th lap. Mark narrowed the gap to six car-lengths in dense lapped traffic one lap later. Kinser continued his pursuit of Stevie for the next seven laps, and made a run at him in turns three and four late in the 22nd lap. Stevie and Mark raced side-by-side down the front stretch the next time around, but Smith managed to stay ahead as they exited the first corner. Kinser drove the #5M Mopar Maxim within inches of Smith's rear bumper throughout lap 27. The top wing on the #22 Elden Racing Maxim collapsed during the 27th lap, but "The Wild Child" continued to race. He dropped from fourth to 16th place during the final three laps, however. Shaffer suffered a similar fate -- losing 10 positions back to 13th -- suffering a right rear tire during the final lap. Smith was three car-lengths ahead of Kinser when he took the checkered flag. "The track fooled us a little," Smith admitted. "We thought it was going to stay stickier, and we were really loose there at the end. We were spinning the wheels, and when you're that loose it's hard to make a move (in lapped traffic) in the corners." Saldana finished in third place, ahead of Craig Dollansky, Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Steve Kinser, 20th- starting Johnny Herrera, Andy Hillenburg, Hodnett, Lance Blevins and Dean Jacobs. Walker received his first Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the season for pacing the 28-car qualifying session with a 15.047-second, 119.625-m.p.h., lap around the semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series headed south for Monday and Tuesday practice sessions at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway, respectively. The series will sanction the Inaugural Wix Filters Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway Thursday and Friday. TNN will televise both races live, starting at 11 p.m. (EDT) Thursday and 9 p.m. (EDT) Friday. WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Tyler Walker , Brian Paulus , Dean Jacobs , Joey Saldana , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera