'The King' Roars in Outlaws Championship Finale By Richard Day CONCORD, NC (October 6) -- Steve Kinser hates to finish second, especially at the few tracks where he has a history of being the runner-up. "The King of the Outlaws" changed...
'The King' Roars in Outlaws Championship Finale
By Richard Day
CONCORD, NC (October 6) -- Steve Kinser hates to finish second, especially at the few tracks where he has a history of being the runner-up. "The King of the Outlaws" changed that pattern at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway Saturday, leading all 30 laps to win the OdoBan Outlaws Championship. "My guys have been working real hard the last couple of weeks," the defending and 16-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion said. "Maxim built us a new car and we built a new motor. It feels good to have a car that gets around as good as this one does. We never made a change on the car all night long -- just put fuel in it and went from there. I've been here four times and ran second three times, so it's nice to finally get a win." The $20,000 victory was Kinser's fifth of the season and the 450th of his incomparable career. Kinser, the runner-up in Friday's Preliminary Feature, earned the right to start the "A" Feature on the pole by beating Tim Shaffer across the finish line in the Channellock Dash. Kinser leads the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series with 10 Channellock Dash victories. "The King of the Outlaws" drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim into the lead as the green flag fell in the series' 58th main event of the season. Shaffer raced wheel-to-wheel with Kinser on the back straightaway, but was unable to surge ahead. The leaders were entering lapped traffic late in the fifth lap when a mechanical malfunction on Dale Blaney's #10 U.S. Print/MBNA/Mopar Maxim caused him to collided with Third O'Reilly Heat Race winner Mike Goodman, who hit the retaining wall and flipped. Goodman was uninjured, but the damage to his car kept him from restarting the race. Jason Meyers lost seventh place when he spun in the fourth corner on the ensuing restart. Danny Lasoski, Daryn Pittman, Paul McMahan, Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Mark Kinser and Danny Wood collided trying to avoid Meyers. Lasoski joined Kinser and Wood at the rear of the field, while Meyers, Pittman and McMahan watched the rest of the race from the infield. Steve Kinser was 1.7 seconds ahead of Shaffer when the leaders entered lapped traffic during lap 10. P.J. Chesson hit the first-corner wall three laps later, taking them out of lapped traffic and tightening the field. Jeff Shepard, who set the single-lap record with a 121.212-m.p.h. lap around the semi-banked, 4/10-mile oval, lost third place when the #5 Wirtgen Maxim spun into the wall in turn one midway through the race. Greg Hodnett and Jason Sides collided trying to avoid Shepard and flipped. Mark Kinser, who won the first three main events the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series ran at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway, raced back through the field after crashing during the fifth-lap restart. He drove the #5M Mopar Maxim around Craig Dollansky and Shane Stewart in the first and second corners early in lap 16. The series' two-time champion continued his run toward the front during laps 17 and 21, passing Stevie Smith high in turn three and Sammy Swindell low in the first corner to claim fourth place. Steve Kinser held a 2.7-second advantage when he caught the back-markers with eight laps remaining. An engine problem in the #1 Channellock Stealth caused Swindell to stop in turn four late in the 26th lap, however, setting up a four-lap dash to the checkered flag. Donny Schatz, who passed Shaffer for second place late in the race, was unable to keep pace with Kinser on the final restart and was 2.1 seconds behind when he crossed the finish line. Shaffer held off 18th-starting Mark Kinser for third place. Smith finished fifth, ahead of Stewart and Dollansky. Oklahomans Danny Wood and Andy Hillenburg raced into eighth and ninth place from inside the 12th and 11th rows, respectively, while Joey Saldana finished 10th. Mark Kinser's rampage through the field, coupled with Lasoski's 14th-place finish, widened the margin in their battle for the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series championship to 63 points with five events remaining in the 2001 season. The series will sanction the Second Annual Lone Star Classic at Houston Raceway Park Saturday and Sunday.