Kraig Kinser Dominates the World of Outlaws Sprint Series Return to Batesville Speedway Locust Grove, AR -- April 1, 2005 -- By Chris Dolack, World of Outlaws Senior Writer On a night that saw 24 drivers shatter the Batesville Speedway track...
Kraig Kinser Dominates the World of Outlaws Sprint Series Return to Batesville Speedway
Locust Grove, AR -- April 1, 2005 -- By Chris Dolack, World of Outlaws Senior Writer
On a night that saw 24 drivers shatter the Batesville Speedway track record, Kraig Kinser proved to be the most dominating of all.
In the first World of Outlaws Sprint Series race at Batesville since 1993, Kinser busted the mark for quickest lap by more than a second, he easily won his Stacker 2® Dash, and he rolled through the feature for his second career main event victory with the Outlaws and his first this season. Together with a preliminary feature win last month in Las Vegas, Kinser has climbed to third in the series standings, 63 points behind tied leaders Craig Dollansky and Steve Kinser, who is Kraig's father and a 19-time series champion.
"I was just cruising tonight," said Kraig Kinser, a native of Bloomington, Ind., who collected $10,000 for winning. "That's all I was doing. I got close to the front straightaway wall and I decided to just try to keep it easy and not push it too hard and not shoot myself in the foot. Everything worked out. The car got a little loose at the end so I pulled the wing back and it started hooking back up again when the rubber came in. We had a good night, a solid night. You can't ask for much more than that."
Finishing behind Kinser was Daryn Pittman, Steve Kinser, Craig Dollansky and Brooke Tatnell. Dollansky retained a share of the points lead when shot past Tatnell coming out of Turn 4 as they came to the checkered flag in the 30-lap feature.
Pittman, who started on the outside pole, closed the gap to Kinser as the laps wound down. One of the few drivers in the series with experience on the high-banked, 3/8-mile Batesville oval, Pittman knew the track would eventually take on rubber. He began to use the grip to cut his deficit, but as Kinser worked his way through traffic, he also saw the rubber buildup and adjusted his line to take advantage.
"I have been here about three times, and Shane Stewart and Wayne Johnson have been here way more than that, and none of us have ever seen this place go an entire race without laying rubber," said Pittman, of Owasso, Okla. "I told [my crew] after the dash it was going to start laying rubber, it was just a matter of when. I started looking for it a little earlier and found it probably two laps before Kraig and it helped me run him down. I think if he would have stayed out of the rubber for maybe another lap or two, I could have got by him. But he was behind some lapped traffic and they were running in it and he was able to see it and move down. After he found the rubber, I knew as long as his tires had air in them he was going to beat us. In open track, he was definitely quicker than us."
With as fast as he was racing, Kinser didn't have open track for long. On restarts he quickly built a sizable lead, but traffic kept him from completely driving away -- at least until he saw where the rubber groove developed.
"I saw it getting black and I didn't think much of it," said Kinser, 20. "Then I caught up to a group of cars racing in front of me and I saw one of them squirt off that black stuff pretty good so I knew it was down and I moved down just about right when it came in."
That awareness is just another step in the progression Kinser has made in his sprint car racing education. Last season's Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award winner, Kinser has been consistently one of the fastest drivers on the circuit in 2005.
"I was hoping he wouldn't stay up on top of the track when that rubber got down, but he pulled right down at the right time," Steve Kinser said. "When he got behind the lapped cars, he did what he needed to do. That's a sign of learning. He's doing a good job, he's run really good all year. He's got a lot of confidence right now so that helps a lot, too."
In the Stacker 2® Dashes, Kraig Kinser started on the pole and easily won the first one while Pittman held off Steve Kinser to win the second one.
In heat races, Brian Paulus grabbed the lead early in the first heat and drove off with a victory, Danny Lasoski cruised to a win in the second heat, and Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award leader Shane Stewart captured the third heat.
In qualifying, 24 of the 25 cars turned speeds under the previous track record of 12.043 seconds. Kraig Kinser posted the quickest lap, circling the 3/8-mile oval in 10.746 seconds at 125.628 mph.
On Saturday, the World of Outlaws Sprint Series heads north to race at I-55 Speedway in Pevely, Mo., before competing April 8-9 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.