Along the World of Outlaws Sprint Series Trail FARLEY, IA (June 15) -- Tim Shaffer and Daryn Pittman led their first "A" Feature laps of the season Saturday at The Raceway at Powercom Park. They will be considered drivers to beat Wednesday when...
Along the World of Outlaws Sprint Series Trail
FARLEY, IA (June 15) -- Tim Shaffer and Daryn Pittman led their first "A" Feature laps of the season Saturday at The Raceway at Powercom Park. They will be considered drivers to beat Wednesday when the World of Outlaws Sprint Series returns to Farley Speedway for the first time in almost 10 years.
Shaffer, driving the #6 Casey's General Stores Maxim in only his second main event, led the first 19 laps from the pole. Despite losing the lead in a 19th-lap crash, "The Steel City Outlaw" raced back into fifth place during the second half of the 40-lap race. Pittman, who also started on the front row, drove the #21 Hop & Sack CMC ahead of the 24-car field before series points leader Steve Kinser passed him following a 32nd-lap restart.
Kraig Kinser, who leads the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year points race, is the only other driver ranking among the World of Outlaws Sprint Series top 10 without an "A" Feature victory. Kraig, Steve Kinser's son, led 27 laps at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track and 29 laps at Princeton Speedway.
Jonathan Allard, who ranks second in the Rookie of the Year standings, drove the #35 PRT Travel Maxim into the top 10 in his third straight main event Saturday at Powercom Park. Fellow rookie Erin Crocker steered the #16 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Maxim around five cars to finish in 12th place, tying the best "A" Feature finish of her World of Outlaws Sprint Series career. "The First Lady" also finished 12th at Princeton Speedway and Rolling Wheels Raceway Park.
Since Joey Saldana joined the Volcano Joe's Coffee team 19 races ago, only Steve Kinser, Danny Lasoski, Jason Meyers, Donny Schatz and Craig Dollansky have scored more points. The 1996 Rookie of the Year ranks eighth in the standings, seven points behind Kraig Kinser. Only 19 points separate positions seven through 10.
Meyers and Dollansky moved into fourth and fifth place in the point standings, respectively, when fast qualifier Paul McMahan finished 19th in Saturday's "A" Feature at The Raceway at Powercom Park.
Neither a mid-race crash nor a late spin could keep Jason Sides from finishing 11th for the fifth time this season. The 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year maintained an 11-point advantage over Brian Paulus in their battle for 11th place in the point standings. Paulus, who won the NGK Spark Plugs Shootout at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track in early April, drove the #28 Arnold Transportation Maxim past nine cars to finish in ninth place.
Steve Kinser increased his advantage in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series standings to a season-high 125 points over Lasoski during Saturday's "A" Feature victory at Powercom Park. The $10,000 victory was Kinser's first at the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval.
"The King of the Outlaws" will be racing for his third straight victory at Farley Speedway Wednesday. Kinser set Farley Speedway's single-lap record with a 110.824-M.P.H. lap on July 13, 1994.
Mark Kinser will definitely be a driver to watch this weekend when he makes his debut in the #83 Beef Packers Maxim at the 21st Annual Eagle Nationals. The series' two-time champion has won seven main events at Eagle Raceway.
Recent rain-induced postponements will make July an extremely busy month for the "Mean 15." Sprint car racing's premier series is scheduled to run 20 races in 31 days during the year's seventh month.