Furr Dominates Spring Nationals Preliminary MESQUITE, TX (March 15) - Brad Furr and Donny Schatz entered the 29th Annual Spring Nationals tied for eighth place in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings. The young drivers traveled...
Furr Dominates Spring Nationals Preliminary
MESQUITE, TX (March 15) - Brad Furr and Donny Schatz entered the 29th Annual Spring Nationals tied for eighth place in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings. The young drivers traveled in vastly different directions throughout the preliminary program, however.
Furr won the second preliminary feature of his career, leading all 25 laps while beating series points leader Steve Kinser under the checkered flag by .804 seconds. Schatz suffered through an uncharacteristically tough evening, qualifying 27th and using one of his two provisionals of the year to start the feature. The 1997 Rookie of the Year passed 10 cars to finish in 15th place.
"The guys (crew) did an excellent job; I did the easy part," Furr said in victory lane. "That last caution (with seven laps remaining) made me nervous. I was hoping the race would keep going. The worst place we were was coming out of (turn) two, and I knew if we could get through there they wouldn't get us down on the other end. I'm just happy to be here."
Furr, the seventh-fastest qualifier, finished third in the Third Heat Race, but earned the right to start the feature on the pole by winning the First O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash. Kinser was eighth quick, winning the Fourth Heat Race and the Second O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash.
Furr drove his family's #2 Sanmina/ISC Eagle into the lead as the green flag fell in the preliminary feature. He raced away from "The King of the Outlaws" during the opening lap as Mark Kinser challenged for second place. Mark steered the #5M Mopar Maxim to the lowest point in turn three to pass cousin Steve late in the second lap.
Danny Lasoski, the 2000 Spring Nationals winner, was .the fastest qualifier - .290 seconds quicker than defending Spring Nationals champion Craig Dollansky. Dollansky passed "The Dude" for sixth place with a high move in the second corner early in lap three.
The leaders were approaching lapped traffic early in the fifth lap when Third Heat Race winner Johnny Herrera lost eighth place with a turn-two spin. Tyler Walker took the high line around Steve Kinser in the second corner for third place as the green flag replaced the yellow. "The King of the Outlaws" won a front-straightaway drag race with Walker to regain the position two laps later.
Mark Kinser was only .17 seconds behind when Furr entered lapped traffic nine laps into the race. Furr beat the two-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion through the back-markers, and opened a comfortable advantage within two laps. Kinser narrowed the gap to a car-length by lap 14, however.
"The King of the Outlaws" started making his way back toward the front the next time around. He drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim past Walker on the back stretch, then took the low line through turn three to pass Mark Kinser for the runner-up spot late in the 17th lap.
Michael Dupuy's second-corner spin set up a seven-lap dash to the checkered flag. Although no lapped cars restarted between he and Steve Kinser, Furr controlled the restart. The Kinser cousins exchanged second place during the 18th and 20th laps as Furr opened a .6-second advantage. The leaders were approaching lapped traffic as the checkered flag fell.
Mark Kinser closed to within a point of second place in the point standings by finishing third. Walker finished in fourth place, ahead of Lasoski, Joey Saldana, Dollansky, Tim Shaffer, P.J. Chesson and Randy Hannagan. Twenty-two cars finished the race, 19 on the lead lap.
Hannagan was in fourth place when the #1X K&C Drywall Eagle suffered a blown engine midway through the First Heat Race. "The Hurricane" won the "B" Feature, and raced into 10th place from outside the ninth row in the evening's main event.
Steve Kinser's son Kraig, racing for the first time this year, was the third-fastest qualifier in the 36-car field. He lost the lead in the "B" Feature when he collided with Dan Oswalt.