Kraig Kinser Gets Career First at Cottage Grove Cottage Grove, OR (August 31, 2004) Cottage Grove Speedway is the home of Kraig Kinser's first World of Outlaws victory as he led a father-son sweep of the 40-lap A feature with dad Steve ...
Kraig Kinser Gets Career First at Cottage Grove
Cottage Grove, OR (August 31, 2004) Cottage Grove Speedway is the home of Kraig Kinser's first World of Outlaws victory as he led a father-son sweep of the 40-lap A feature with dad Steve Kinser.
Starting sixth in the #11k Delco-Remy/Steve Kinser Motorsports Maxim, Kraig drove around Danny Lasoski in the #20 JD Byrider Eagle for third place on the second lap. The caution flew for a Jason Meyers spin in the #14 Elite Landscaping Maxim. Jonathan Allard in the #35 PRT Travel Maxim was caught up in the mishap. Both pitted and returned to racing. Kraig passed his father for second place on lap six as the elder Kinser in the #11 Quaker State Maxim got out of shape in turn two. In lapped traffic he closed to within two car lengths of leader Craig Dollansky in the #7 VMAC Maxim. In traffic, Kraig made contact with Jonathan Allard, who spun again in turn four and brought out the caution flag. Allard would retire to the pits. Racing would have to wait as Mark Kinser in the #83 Beef Packers Maxim got into Donny Schatz in the #15 Parker Store J&J in turn two, sending Schatz spinning and the yellow flag flying.
Kraig Kinser raced furiously to keep up with Dollansky up front. There was action throughout the top ten as Joey Saldana in the #2 Volcano Joe's Coffee Maxim and Mark Kinser dueled for seventh. Racing halted again on lap 17 when Roger Crockett in the #11C spun exiting turn two. On the restart, Brian Paulus in the #28 Arnold Transportation Maxim, running eighth, spun in turn two collecting Donny Schatz, Tim Shaffer in the #6 Casey's General Stores Maxim and Jayme Barnes in the #4J. Schatz and Shaffer were able to restart.
Dollansky held on to the top spot as the field entered lapped traffic on lap 24. Five laps later, trouble struck Dollansky as his right rear tire began to lose air. Kinser took the lead going into corner two. Dollansky rolled to a stop on the front stretch bringing out the caution and allowing Dollansky to change the tire, he restarted at the back of the field. Kinser was concerned about his tires as well: "I got really nervous when Craig (Dollansky) blew that tire, because a lap or two before that I thought I had a tire going down."
The tires would never trouble Kraig however as he won by ten car lengths. "I want to thank the crowd for coming out tonight--this is awesome! The best sprint car drivers in the world are on that list, and I'm just glad to have my name at the bottom for now. Hopefully we can keep the momentum up through Calistoga and Chico, and maybe get a Gold Cup win."
Steve Kinser celebrated the moment by recalling the story of his first one-two sweep with his father. "I remember me and my dad ran first and second in a race at Kokomo, Indiana. We built a new car, and he drove the back-up car, and led for awhile before I was able to get by him. For a minute I thought I might have picked the wrong car. I ran 1-2 with him, and now it's pretty special to get one with Kraig. I didn't have anything for him as long as he didn't get off the bottom (of the track)."
Daryn Pittman came home third, with Danny Lasoski fourth and Tim Kaeding in fifth place. Up next is the three-day Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, CA taking place September 3-5.