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A Well Oiled Machine: Kinser Wins Opening Night of Oil City Cup Steve Kinser has won countless races in the United States. He also has won in Australia, as well as in the World of Outlaws lone race in Mexico in 1992. The one place he had not...

A Well Oiled Machine: Kinser Wins Opening Night of Oil City Cup

Steve Kinser has won countless races in the United States. He also has won in Australia, as well as in the World of Outlaws lone race in Mexico in 1992. The one place he had not won, prior to the World of Outlaws inaugural visit to Castrol Raceway on Friday night, was in Canada. The 20-time World of Outlaws champion is the only driver that has competed in all six World of Outlaws events north of the border, dating back to 1979.

That all changed on Friday night, as he was victorious on the first night of the Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, leading all 35 laps from start-to-finish. The race was also the kick-off of the 2007 Gold Rush Tour for the World of Outlaws that will consist of 11 races at six tracks.

"It's good to win once," said Kinser, driver of the Q Oil Maxim. "It's been a while since we won a race. It all turned out pretty well. Our car felt really good tonight. We made some adjustments for the feature. In the feature, the car was getting a hold of the track better."

Kinser started second and quickly jumped to the lead as he charged down the front straightaway and led into the first turn with pole sitter Tim Shaffer and Terry McCarl behind.

Kinser opened a healthy lead over the first five laps of the 35-lap event and hit lapped traffic on the sixth circuit, giving Shaffer a chance to close in. Shaffer got bottled up in traffic and had to get on the brakes exiting the second turn, allowing Kinser to pull away again.

McCarl slipped into second and closed on Kinser, but contact between the leader and a lapped car, left McCarl with nowhere to go and he was forced to the work area.

Kinser endured four more cautions as well as a red flag period to earn his ninth A-Feature win of the season and the 542nd of his World of Outlaws career. Also, Shaffer made a late charge in traffic as the pair saw the white flag.

"It was a long night," said the winner. "The track was rough and choppy. It smoothed out a little bit later in the night, but not a lot. We had a lot of yellows, which I guess was probably good. I had an open track most of the time that way. I was fast and the only way that I probably would have gotten past would have been in lapped traffic, which would have been easy tonight."

Despite the cold temperatures and the number of interruptions in the 35-lap event, Kinser has no problem staying in a rhythm. After finishing second in the Crane Cams Dash, his crew made a number of changes to his car that were beneficial to him in the A-Feature.

"My car was handling good enough that I was able to pick it right back up pretty easily," noted Kinser. "The car was a lot easier to drive than in the dash. I could run around the top and diamond it down back off to the middle."

For Shaffer, it was his second consecutive runner-up finish and 25th Top-1o finish, as he continues to close in on his first win of the season. He won the Crane Cams Dash by a healthy margin to earn the pole position for the A-Feature.

"We were pretty awesome most of the night," said Shaffer, driver of the Casey's General Store Maxim. "We tried to make the car better for the feature and probably should have left it alone. We'll take second. We were pretty good. We had a radiator cap come off with about 15 laps to go and that let a lot of water out of it. The yellow came out right at the right time. When you are running second, you want to see the yellows. We just couldn't capitalize on them."

Shaffer and his team learned a number of things that they can apply to the second night of the Oil City Cup in the World of Outlaws inaugural visit to Castrol Raceway. With warm weather expected again during the day and cooler temperatures at night, he knows he will have his hands full in his second race at the state-of-the-art facility.

"It was a tricky track for everybody, but my crew worked hard and we are happy," he noted. "If we can get that car rolling around like we did tonight, we'll be fine, but the track will be different tomorrow. That's the thing about dirt track racing, it changes every night."

Donny Schatz, the current World of Outlaws championship point leader made a late charge to finish third after starting 11th. He battled with Jason Meyers late in the race for the third position.

"We did what we had to, but we would have liked to have passed two more cars," said Schatz, driver of the ParkerStore J&J. "We gave it everything we had, but it tough to do it when you don't get traffic. We're glad to be in the Top-three with how the track looked."

Schatz, who was under the weather, endured very chilly conditions that saw the mercury drop below 50 degrees by the completion of the feature.

"I'm glad the night is over with and hopefully I can get rested up for tomorrow and try to get my wind back underneath me," he said.

Joey Saldana lined up 13th for the A-Feature and steadily worked his way to the front. With the aid of a few cautions, he was able to stay close to the leaders to record his 46th Top-10 finish of the season as he continues to chase Schatz in the championship standings.

"It was a good night for us," said Saldana, driver of the Open Joist JEI. "It was definitely a good run for a track that demanding. We just have to keep running strong and hanging around the front."

Saldana was glad that the leaders did get into long runs in lapped traffic. He felt his car was best on restarts and that gave him ample opportunities to gain positions, as he used both the high and low side of the track.

"The restarts were good," he said. "The track was so hard to pass on and narrow that if you had a good restart you could get around a guy. It seemed to benefit you. At the end, the track opened up a little better, but it was over."

Jason Meyers finished fifth aboard the Primerica Financial Maxim. He had several battles over the course of the night as he ran in the Top-Five the entire distance.

Jeremy Campbell finished sixth, driving the RLM Financial Maxim. Craig Dollansky and his team changed engines a couple of times on the night as he finished seventh after starting 18th. Paul McMahan was eighth in the Bass Pro Shops Eagle, after beginning the night by setting a new track record in time trials, with KSE Race Products Hard Charger Award winner Jac Haudenschild in ninth in the Wright One Construction Maxim, and Danny Lasoski rounded out the Top-10 in the Roth Motorsports JEI, after starting 22nd.

The World of Outlaws return to action on Saturday night with the second night of the Oil City Cup from Castrol Raceway in Edmonton.


* FAST QUALIFIER: Paul McMahan paced the 36 cars that took time with a record setting AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked 3/8-mile oval in 12.875 seconds at 104.854 mph. For his qualifying effort, McMahan earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Jason Meyers (4), Donny Schatz (3), Travis Rutz (2) and Joey Saldana (1).

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Jeremy Campbell, Kerry Madsen, Terry McCarl and Tim Shaffer won heat races... Marc Duperron won the B-Main... Tim Shaffer won the Crane Cams dash.

* UP NEXT: The Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada wraps up for the World of Outlaws on August 18

World of Outlaws Statistical Report; Castrol Raceway; Edmonton, AB; Aug. 17, 2007

1) 20-Paul McMahan 12.875
2) 14-Jason Meyers 12.912
3) 15-Donny Schatz 12.915
4) 39C-Travis Rutz 12.953
5) 9-Joey Saldana 13.052
6) 2-Brooke Tatnell 13.073
7) 24-Terry McCarl 13.198
8) D1-Justin Henderson 13.213
9) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 13.241
10) 11H-Kerry Madsen 13.244
11) 11-Steve Kinser 13.249
12) 6-Tim Shaffer 13.252
13) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 13.274
14) 5C-Chad Hillier 13.289
15) 11EH-Marc Duperron 13.305
16) 1X-Randy Hannagan 13.324
17) R19-Jason Solwold 13.326
18) 7-Craig Dollansky 13.353
19) 4-Tim Gee 13.378
20) V8-Jeff Hodgson 13.381
21) 35-Jac Haudenschild 13.446
22) 7S-Jason Sides 13.460
23) 83-Danny Lasoski 13.511
24) 21-Daryn Pittman 13.622
25) 15K-Gord Kynoch 13.721
26) 14A-Cody Adams 13.842
27) 57C-Chris Schmelzle 13.868
28) 7X-Wade Fleming 13.934
29) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 14.048
30) 12-Casey Adams 14.109
31) 6M-Sean Moran 14.316
32) 1M-Drew McDonell 14.492
33) 6T6-Austin Boychuck 14.627
34) 3-Brad Milne 14.748
35) 5-Todd Sparks 14.860
36) 57-Jesse Dakus 15.219

Heat 1 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
2) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
3) 20-Paul McMahan
4) 9-Joey Saldana
5) 35-Jac Haudenschild
6) R19-Jason Solwold
7) 15K-Gord Kynoch
8) 6T6-Austin Boychuck
9) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.

Heat 2 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 11H-Kerry Madsen
2) 5C-Chad Hillier
3) 14-Jason Meyers
4) 7-Craig Dollansky
5) 7S-Jason Sides
6) 12-Casey Adams
7) 2-Brooke Tatnell
8) 14A-Cody Adams
9) 3-Brad Milne

Heat 3 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 24-Terry McCarl
2) 11-Steve Kinser
3) 15-Donny Schatz
4) 4-Tim Gee
5) 57C-Chris Schmelzle
6) 83-Danny Lasoski
7) 6M-Sean Moran
8) 5-Todd Sparks
9) 11EH-Marc Duperron

Heat 4 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 6-Tim Shaffer
2) 1X-Randy Hannagan
3) 39C-Travis Rutz
4) D1-Justin Henderson
5) 21-Daryn Pittman
6) V8-Jeff Hodgson
7) 1M-Drew McDonell
8) 7X-Wade Fleming
9) 57-Jesse Dakus

Crane Cams Dash (8 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 6-Tim Shaffer
2) 11-Steve Kinser
3) 24-Terry McCarl
4) 11H-Kerry Madsen
5) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
6) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
7) 14-Jason Meyers
8) 20-Paul McMahan
9) 5C-Chad Hillier
10) 1X-Randy Hannagan

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 11EH-Marc Duperron
2) 2-Brooke Tatnell
3) R19-Jason Solwold
4) 83-Danny Lasoski
5) V8-Jeff Hodgson [$200]
6) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. [$180]
7) 7X-Wade Fleming [$175]
8) 14A-Cody Adams [$160]
9) 12-Casey Adams [$150]
10) 6M-Sean Moran [$150]
11) 1M-Drew McDonell [$150]
12) 5-Todd Sparks [$150]
13) 6T6-Austin Boychuck [$150]
14) 3-Brad Milne [$150]
15) 57-Jesse Dakus [$150]
16) 15K-Gord Kynoch [$150]

A-main (35 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 11-Steve Kinser[2] [$10,000]
2) 6-Tim Shaffer[1] [$5,000]
3) 15-Donny Schatz[11] [$3,000]
4) 9-Joey Saldana[13] [$2,700]
5) 14-Jason Meyers[7] [$2,500]
6) 10C-Jeremy Campbell[6] [$2,200]
7) 7-Craig Dollansky[18] [$2,000]
8) 20-Paul McMahan[8] [$1,800]
9) 35-Jac Haudenschild[20] [$1,600]
10) 83-Danny Lasoski[22] [$1,450]
11) 5C-Chad Hillier[9] [$1,300]
12) 21-Daryn Pittman[23] [$1,200]
13) 24-Terry McCarl[3] [$1,100]
14) 1X-Randy Hannagan[10] [$1,000]
15) D1-Justin Henderson[15] [$950]
16) 7S-Jason Sides[21] [$900]
17) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.[25] [$150]
18) 39C-Travis Rutz[12] [$750]
19) 57C-Chris Schmelzle[24] [$725]
20) 4-Tim Gee[19] [$700]
21) R19-Jason Solwold[17] [$700]
22) 11H-Kerry Madsen[4] [$700]
23) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[5] [$700]
24) 2-Brooke Tatnell[14] [$700]
25) 11EH-Marc Duperron[16] [$700]

Lap Leaders: Steve Kinser 1-35
KSE Hard Charger Award: Jac Haudenschild

Note: Tony Bruce Jr. used a provisional to start the A-Feature.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild , Casey Adams , Marc Duperron , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.