'King' dominates Outlaws' Central Washington event. YAKIMA, WA (August 24) -- As dominant as Steve Kinser has been in his sprint car racing career, he was winless in two Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series races at Central Washington State Fair ...
'King' dominates Outlaws' Central Washington event.
YAKIMA, WA (August 24) -- As dominant as Steve Kinser has been in his sprint car racing career, he was winless in two Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series races at Central Washington State Fair Speedway before Saturday. "The King of the Outlaws" took care of that in dominating fashion, however, leading all 40 laps from the pole and en route to his 15th victory of the season.
Kinser increased his advantage in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings to 259 points over Joey Saldana, who finished fourth after winning Friday's main event at Skagit Speedway.
"We've just been having a great year," Kinser said in victory lane. "My guys on the road do a fine job giving me a great race car. We made some changes right before the (O'Reilly Auto Parts) Dash, and we pretty much nailed it. My car was great on the top or the bottom, and it seemed like no matter where we caught the lapped cars, we could get by them. The only real problem we had was after that (36th-lap) red. The tire sealed up a little bit on us, and we weren't quite able to get up as good as we were before. But that's what happens when you run a long green like that and the tires cool off. When the car is as good as mine was tonight, you don't really get tired. It's when you have an ill-handling car and you're struggling around back in 12th or 13th just trying to hang onto it that wears you out."
Kinser earned the privilege of starting the "A" Feature on the pole by winning his 14th O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash of the season. He drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event and was never challenged, lapping two-thirds of the field on his way to claiming the $10,000 first prize. Danny Lasoski, who battled Kinser for the points lead until injuries from a July 26th crash at Williams Grove Speedway caused him to miss four races, was 2.9 seconds behind when "The King of the Outlaws" took the checkered flag.
Mark Kinser, Steve's second cousin and a two-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion, started inside the fourth row. He drove the #5M Mopar Maxim past Jac Haudenschild and Tim Shaffer during the first five laps.
Steve Kinser was 2.3 seconds ahead of Saldana when he entered lapped traffic six laps into the race. Lasoski drove NASCAR Winston Cup star Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle past fast-qualifier Brad Furr on the back straightaway to take over fourth place three laps later.
Saldana, who won the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series inaugural race at Central Washington State Fair Speedway in 2000, narrowed the gap to 1.6 seconds during the 10th lap, only to have Kinser increase his advantage to 3.2 seconds within three laps. Mark Kinser raced into fourth place with an inside move past Furr in the inside line between turns three and four late in lap 13.
Defending World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion Daryn Pittman passed Haudenschild for eighth place deep in the fourth corner four laps later.
Donny Schatz, who started outside the eighth row, drove his #15 Parker Stores J&J past six cars during the first 12 laps. The 1997 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year passed Haudenschild and Pittman during the 18th and 21st laps to move into eighth place.
Lasoski was 3.5 seconds behind "The King of the Outlaws" when he passed Saldana for second place with an inside move between turns one and two early in lap 23.
Shaffer drove the #83 Beef Packers Eagle past Furr for fifth place deep in the second corner five laps later. Mark Kinser used a similar move to pass Saldana for third place early in the 33rd lap.
Pittman lost 10th place with four laps remaining when the #21 Hop & Sac J&J hit an infield tire barrier and flipped in turn two. Schatz chased Shaffer for three laps before passing him for sixth place deep in the third corner.
Mark Kinser finished third, ahead of Saldana, ninth-starting Jason Meyers, Schatz, Shaffer, Furr, Third Heat Race winner Craig Dollansky and Stevie Smith.
Furr paced the qualifying session for the fourth time this season, circling the semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval in 13.714 seconds, an average speed of 98.440 M.P.H.
The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' Wild, Wild Northwest Tour will climax at Cottage Grove Speedway Tuesday. The series will sanction the Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway Friday, Saturday and Sunday.