Kaeding sneaks by McMahan for Bloomington win Steve Kinser had already been honored quite a bit Friday, June 2 as the National Sprint Tour raced at his home track of Bloomington Speedway in Bloomington, Ind. Kinser's homecoming -- 410...
Kaeding sneaks by McMahan for Bloomington win
Steve Kinser had already been honored quite a bit Friday, June 2 as the National Sprint Tour raced at his home track of Bloomington Speedway in Bloomington, Ind.
Kinser's homecoming -- 410 winged Sprints had not raced at the Kinser family's home track since 1999 -- included a chance for Steve to run some laps with his dad, Bloomington legend Bob Kinser.
Steve Kinser got to celebrate his 52nd birthday in grand style, as the winning car owner.
Only Kinser wasn't driving the winning entry.
Instead, it was Tim Kaeding in the second Steve Kinser Racing car sneaking past Paul McMahan in lapped traffic coming to the white flag for his fifth win in 11 races this year.
"I was cruising, just trying to save my tires," Kaeding said. "Lapped traffic can be a blessing, but it can also hurt you sometimes. I feel bad taking a win away from another Californian, but not too bad. You've got to take them when you can.
"I thought we would be a top-five car," added Kaeding, who extended his NST points lead with the win. "I was way surprised. I knew we would be up front. I just kind of held out and waited for the end. I didn't want to burn off my tires."
McMahan had been stuck behind a back marker for a few laps, and tried to guess the right away around. As it turned out, the high side wasn't the way.
"It's racing," said McMahan, who set fast time in qualifying at the ¼-mile track with a lap of 9.72 seconds. "That's just part of it. I followed that lapped car way too long. The guy would enter the turn at the top, and be on the bottom on the exit. I needed to squeeze him out of the way, but that's not how I race.
"I wish I could tell you how frustrating it is," the runner-up added. "You can't imagine. Opportunities don't come along too often, so you have to take advantage."
McMahan noted speed hasn't been the issue with his Tony Stewart Motorsports team this year.
"We've been fast, we just haven't had luck," he said. "This wasn't bad luck. I just made a mistake."
Tim Shaffer and McMahan battled side-by-side for the lead the first few laps before Shaffer took the lead on lap 3. Shaffer held the lead until a near-collision with a lapped car on lap 11 forced Shaffer off the outside cushion. By the time Shaffer recovered, he was back to eighth and Danny Lasoski had the lead.
"It was bad judgment," Shaffer said of the near miss. "We had a good car, but we don't have anything to show for it. It's frustrating. I wanted to get back up there, but it's hard to pass."
Lasoski held onto the lead until lap 23 of the 40-lap race, when McMahan got by. Kaeding followed for second a lap later.
"We put on way softer tires," said Lasoski, who held on for third. "When I got the lead, I burned off the tires. I could only run half-throttle or I would blow the tires."
At the end it was Kaeding, McMahan, Lasoski, Shane Stewart and Jason Sides in the top-five. Rounding out the top-10 were Jason Meyers, Jason Solwold, Kinser, Shaffer and Kevin Swindell.
Heat race winners were Solwold, Kerry Madsen and Nick Smith. Dash winners were McMahan and Shaffer.
For Kaeding, the dream season continues.
"That's way too much for me to handle," he said of the five wins. "To win almost half the races is an unbelievable feeling."
Kinser wanted that feeling at his home track after the multitude of celebratory events, but struggled all night.
"We just didn't get the job done," Kinser said. "I would spin (the tires) all the way out of the corners. That's about as bad as we're run all year. You have bad nights. I just hate that it came at home."