Billings: Finale report

Big Sky Sweep for Kinser Billings, MT (August 21, 2004) Steve Kinser notched his 12th World of Outlaws A-feature win of the year Saturday night, leading all 40 laps in the finale of the series' inaugural appearance at Billings Motorsports Park.

Big Sky Sweep for Kinser

Billings, MT (August 21, 2004) Steve Kinser notched his 12th World of Outlaws A-feature win of the year Saturday night, leading all 40 laps in the finale of the series' inaugural appearance at Billings Motorsports Park. The win came in front of a standing-room-only crowd, and increased Kinser's point lead over runner-up Danny Lasoski to 73 at the halfway point of the 11th annual Wild Wild Northwest Tour.

"I really enjoyed this track--I've got no complaints. Anytime you've got more than one than one groove it makes it fun to race," Kinser said from victory lane. "Me and my wife Dana really like this whole swing up through Billings and then on to the Northwest. I want to thank Fred Brownfield--he and his staff do a great job out here, and I'd have to think he's a candidate for promoter of the year."

Kinser jumped out to an immediate lead at the drop of the green flag, and built up a half-second lead over Lasoski when they moved into slower traffic on lap 6. A lap 8 caution for Phil Dietz's turn four spin bunched the field. Joey Saldana and Donny Schatz exchanged third before 1995 World of Outlaws Rookie-of-the-year Randy Hannagan stopped on the backstretch on lap 10, bringing an end to his run for the night.

Kinser had established a 1.6 second lead by the time he moved back into traffic on lap 15, and Schatz moved around Lasoski for second on the next circuit. A turn four spin by Roger Crockett brought out the event's third caution flag on lap 22, and Lasoski used the restart to snare second back from Schatz on the high side of turn four.

While Schatz and Lasoski wrestled for second, a torrid battle was taking place for positions 4-7: Kevin Gobrecht Rookie-of-the-Year leader Kraig Kinser charged from his 13th starting position to pass Joey Saldana for fifth on lap 24. Daryn Pittman, who started 18th and moved from 21st to 6th in the Friday preliminary feature, passed Kraig Kinser for fifth on lap 27, with Saldana taking sixth on lap 29. On lap 30, Kraig Kinser, Saldana, Pittman, and Jason Meyers raced four wide from the entrance to turn three to the start-finish line, with Meyers taking 4th, Kinser 5th, Saldana 6th, and Pittman 7th.

Jason Sides' lap 31 caution found three lapped cars between leader Steve Kinser and second place Danny Lasoski, and Kinser opened up a 2.3 second lead before Erin Crocker spun on the backstretch on lap 38. Kinser was able to cruise to a 1.6 second victory, his third at Billings' venues (Magic City Speedway, MetraPark, and BMP).

"I was working the top pretty good there in (turns) one and two, and then I tried it down on the bottom and was getting around there pretty good, then I saw a little bit of rubber up there in two, and I didn't know what to do," said the 18 time Outlaw champion. "I was afraid someone would get up there in the rubber and get around me, especially in turn two. I got through the traffic pretty good most of the time--there was one time when I kind of leaned on the 11 car (Roger Crockett) there in three and four, but I don't think it really hurt him because it gave him his lap back. With the quality of cars that are running out here, you have to run hard every night. Danny (Lasoski), Donny (Schatz), even Kraig (Kinser) has been running top five most every night lately, and you can't give those guys no breaks or they'll go by you."

Erin Crocker's weekend continued to be plagued by bad luck. The "First Lady" was the second fastest qualifier on Saturday and was running fifth in the first heat race when the engine let go on the backstretch. Mike Woodring and the RPI crew replaced the power plant in time for the B-main, where Crocker finished second before winding up 12th in the A-main.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Erin Crocker , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kraig Kinser , Randy Hannagan , Roger Crockett