Kaeding wins thriller over Lasoski, Kinser Tim Kaeding and his team needed a boost Friday night in Attica, Ohio. That's exactly what they got, as Kaeding held off a furious charge by teammate and car owner Steve Kinser to win the July 21 ...
Kaeding wins thriller over Lasoski, Kinser
Tim Kaeding and his team needed a boost Friday night in Attica, Ohio.
That's exactly what they got, as Kaeding held off a furious charge by teammate and car owner Steve Kinser to win the July 21 National Sprint Tour main event at Attica Raceway Park.
Points leader Danny Lasoski took the lead from early race leader Shane Stewart on lap 8, and seemed ready to win again as Kaeding and Kinser moved into position not far behind.
"Basically I had to go where everybody wasn't," Lasoski said. "Shane was getting loose. Then I didn't see anyone until the yellow."
Lasoski maintained a slight lead as the laps wound down in the 40-lap event. When a yellow came out on lap 32 and Lasoski had clear track in front of him, he looked to be in good shape.
"I thought I was going to be," Lasoski admitted afterwards.
On the restart, Lasoski went low as Kaeding went high. Kaeding took the lead, with Kinser following by for second.
"That was pure and simple driver error," Lasoski said. "I took the bottom, and I should have gone in the middle."
Kaeding had been trying to figure a way by Lasoski prior to the yellow.
"We were just following him, being patient," said Kaeding, who notched his series-leading 10th win of the year and moved back past Kinser for second in the points. "I saw I was decent up top, so I saved it.
"I knew the bottom was way too slow," Kaeding added of his strategy under yellow. "I rolled the wing back two or three inches and decided to go high. Like I've been saying all year, live and die by the high side."
Even after he got the lead, Kaeding couldn't relax as he had Kinser looking every which way to get by.
"Steve kept coming out of nowhere," Kaeding said. "He was running the daylights out of his car."
The two leaders battled side by side in the closing laps, swapping the bottom and top lanes. Coming to the white flag, Kinser tried one more slide job on the bottom but couldn't make the move stick.
"If I could have gotten clear, I could have gone back up top and they wouldn't have gotten by me," Kinser said. "Coming to the white, I had to back off and it just killed the motor. It wouldn't take back off."
Kaeding, meanwhile, only had one thought as 'The King' was underneath him.
"When he pulled off the slide job, I just put the foot back on the pedal," Kaeding said. "I was either going to hit the wall or I was going to make it."
When Kinser was forced to back off, Lasoski snuck by for second.
"I put myself into position and let them battle," Lasoski said. "If something happened, I was going to capitalize on it."
As it was, Kaeding held off Lasoski, Kinser, Stewart and Dale Blaney.
After suffering a DNQ and a 10th-place finish in the last two races, Kaeding was looking for a boost.
When asked had badly his team needed the win, Kaeding turned to crew chief Mike Cool.
"How bad did we need it?" Kaeding asked.
"Bad," Cool responded.
"Yeah, we needed it bad," Kaeding agreed. "We needed to get our confidence up. But we need about 10 more of these to be back in the points chase."
Kinser, meanwhile, wasn't overly disappointed with third.
"I was just lucky to finish," Kinser said. "I was on seven cylinders the whole race."
Trophy dashes were won by Shane Stewart and Jason Solwold, with Solwold choosing to start on the inside pole for the 40-lap main event.
Heat races were won by Tim Hunter, Mark Keegan and Kaeding. Blaney was the fastest of 35 qualifiers with a time of 12.065 seconds, his first fast time of the year. The B-main was won by David Harrison.
The National Sprint Tour completes its Ohio weekend doubleheader with a show at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio on Saturday, July 22.