TALLADEGA, AL (October 7) -- Steve Kinser's successive victories in the Deep South last weekend pushed him much closer to his 17th Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series drivers' championship. No driver in any auto racing series comes close to Kinser's...
TALLADEGA, AL (October 7) -- Steve Kinser's successive victories in the Deep South last weekend pushed him much closer to his 17th Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series drivers' championship. No driver in any auto racing series comes close to Kinser's incomparable record.
Winning "A" Features at Tennessee Motor Speedway and the Talladega Short Track ran Kinser's season total to 18 victories and 469 since the series was founded in 1978. "The King of the Outlaws" has driven his #11 Quaker State Maxim into the top 10 in 55 of the 63 "A" Features, including 43 in the top five. Although he has set quick time only once, Kinser leads the series with 399 "A" Feature laps led and is tied with Lasoski with 17 O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash victories.
Finishing 18th or better in the remaining feature races -- three preliminaries and seven main events -- will clinch another drivers' championship for "The King of the Outlaws." Kinser has finished worse than 18th only five times all year (90 races).
The car owners' race is much closer, however, as NASCAR Winston Cup points leader Tony Stewart is only 115 points behind. Danny Lasoski has kept Stewart within striking distance of a second straight championship with 12 top-seven finishes in the 16 events since he returned from numerous injuries suffered in a July 26th crash at Williams Grove Speedway. Johnny Herrera drove the #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle during Lasoski's four-race recovery period and filled in admirably.
With nine straight finishes in the top eight, Craig Dollansky has closed to within five points of "The Dude" for the runner-up spot in the drivers' standings. The 2000 World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion has been ultra-consistent, driving Karavan Racing's #7 V-Mac/ Polydome Maxim into the top 10 in 53 of 63 events, including 30 in the top five and victories at Eldora Speedway and Nebraska Raceway Park.
A 14th-place finish in Friday's main event at Tennessee Motor Speedway stopped Tim Shaffer's streak of eight straight top-eight finishes. The 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year was in fourth place during the eighth lap when a flat right rear tire sent him to the rear of the field. Shaffer came right back Saturday at Talladega, however, driving the #83 Beef Packers Eagle into eighth place.
Shaffer is enjoying a career year, his first as Dennis Roth's driver. He ranks fifth in the point standings, 15 ahead of two-time series champion Mark Kinser, with 48 top-10s and 19 top-fives. He won the main event at Grays Harbor Raceway Park and preliminaries during the Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway and the O'Reilly Texas Showdown Texas Motor Speedway.