Kody Kinser Takes Checkers in O'Reilly Midwest All Star Action The Kinser legacy continued Saturday night as Kody Kinser took home the $2,000 Midwest All Star check at I57/I64 Raceway in Mount Vernon, Illinois. History was once again made for...
Kody Kinser Takes Checkers in O'Reilly Midwest All Star Action
The Kinser legacy continued Saturday night as Kody Kinser took home the $2,000 Midwest All Star check at I57/I64 Raceway in Mount Vernon, Illinois. History was once again made for the O'Reilly Midwest All Star Series as Kinser became the first Rookie of the Year contender to take home the winner's share. Kinser in the Crone Lumber/Kinser Timber 4K, started out the night 8^th quick in time trials and ran consistently to place himself on the pole for the feature.
"Dad (Kelly Kinser) and I talked about things before we went out. He said it looked like the bottom was where it was going to be, and he was right. We set the car up to run that low line and it worked," stated Kody. "I kind of put a little of the pressure on myself in regards to the Kinser name. Now that I got the win, that's done and it's time to go racing."
Ryan Bunton, in the Morton Collision Center 6R, continues to prove that he is a serious contender with the series as he paced the field in qualifying, with a quick time of 12.015 at the high banked facility. Bunton was followed in time trials by Jeremy Standridge and Tyler Thompson respectively.
With qualifying events over it was Heat Race action time. A pair of races were up for the "Best in the Midwest." Bunton once again found himself taking care of the competition as he moved up solidly in the first event from his 6^th place start to take the checkers in an event filled with side jobs and tight action in the corners. AJ Bruns, in his family owned 44 car, did his march to the checkers by starting in the 5^th position with a last lap turn 4 pass on Doc Sloan's Deslodge Foot and Ankle D12 machine.
The O'Reilly Midwest All Star Dash event is comprised of 6 member drivers pushing the envelope one more time for the fans before feature events. It was Bruns once again setting his sights on the checkers as he showed the way on each lap.
With a track that had already seen 3 feature events on the night, Kinser showed the way in the 30 lap affair. As passing opportunities were at a premium, Rookie of the Year contender John "Sparky" Pate would make his way around the most cars improving his starting position of 13^th to finishing 7^th . Kinser held onto the lead in a feature that went incident free and without caution. Rounding out the top performers for the feature event, Jimmy Hurley in the Action Graphics 35 was second, Jerrod Hull in the Ozarc Gas 12 crossed third, Ryan Bunton in the Morton Collision Center 6R came home fourth, and AJ Bruns rounded out the top 5.