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A Memorable Night: Kinser Wins on Memorial Day at Rolling Wheels Steve Kinser has had countless hard fought victories over his career, and he added another one to that list on Monday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, as he won the World of...

A Memorable Night: Kinser Wins on Memorial Day at Rolling Wheels

Steve Kinser has had countless hard fought victories over his career, and he added another one to that list on Monday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, as he won the World of Outlaws event on Memorial Day.

The 20-time series champion was engaged in a mid-race battle with Craig Dollansky, Daryn Pittman, Donny Schatz, and Joey Saldana. The five drivers were so close that a blanket could have been thrown over them all. They jockeyed for position lap after lap and ultimately the win, over a span of six laps while they weaved their way through lapped traffic. Kinser came out on top to of this battle to earn his fifth A-Feature win of the season and ninth career triumph at Rolling Wheels.

Joey Saldana made a late charge to finish second, with current series point leader Donny Schatz third, Craig Dollansky fourth, and Daryn Pittman fifth.

"That was a fun race," said Kinser, driver of the Q Oil Maxim. "We had four or five of us going at it in lapped traffic. When you have a race like that and you come out on top, it is always a lot of fun."

Craig Dollansky led from the drop of the green flag until the 16th lap when Kinser used the low side of the track on the back straightaway to take the lead, with Pittman, Schatz, and Saldana all in toe. While Kinser was leading, the second position traded hands a number of times but at the line it was Dollansky holding that spot for the 16th and 17th laps, before Saldana took the position.

Kinser quickly began to pull away after taking the lead, before a caution with four laps to go, bunched the field up. Saldana made a couple of runs at Kinser on the restart, drawing even coming off the second turn each lap, but Kinser charged down the back straightaway to retain the lead and pulled away by over a second as he crossed under the checkered flags.

"I got better as I got more heat in the tires," explained the winner. "I didn't really need that last yellow. I had the car working good and there weren't really any lapped cars in front of me. A lot of times the yellows will seal a tire over and you can't take off well. I was doing a lot of (tire) spinning down the backstretch and I was worried that Joey (Saldana) or somebody may get a run on me in (turns) three and four. Once I got a full lap and a half in, I felt pretty comfortable."

After some bad luck befell him on Friday in the Eckerd Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway, Saldana was thrilled with his runner-up finish. While he wanted to be in victory lane, he was glad to earn his 16th Top-Five finish of the season as he continues to hold down the second position in the championship standings.

"We had a good run," said Saldana, driver of the Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI. "Ricky (Warner) and Justin (Adams) have been working very hard. We wrecked a car at Charlotte the other day and they had to get a car built and then drive all the way up here. It was a good effort by the team. To stand on the front straightaway with the quality of cars that are here and the two guys we were racing was quite an accomplishment."

Donny Schatz who battled with Kinser early in the race for the third spot, moved into the second position on the 11th lap, before falling back to fourth and then fifth before battling his way back into the Top-three. He staged an entertaining battle with Dollansky and Pittman late. His third-place finish was his series-best 18th Top-Five finish of the season as he chases his second straight World of Outlaws title.

"We had a race to stay in third at the end," said Schatz, driver of the ParkerStore J&J. "We weren't as good as we wanted to be. We tried some stuff, and that wasn't the worst thing in the world. There were two cars better than us. We had to race hard at the end as the (No.) 7 and (No.) 21 were trying to keep us back there. "

In just his second race with Mike Woodring on board as crew chief, Dollansky led the first half of the feature and finished in the fourth position. He used a very strong start to power his way down the front straigthaway from the outside front row starting spot. For the native of Elk River, Minnesota, it was his ninth Top-Five finish of 2007.

"We made a few changes with this race car and this race team," said Dollansky, driver of the Karavan Trailers Maxim. "We have Mike (Woodring) here and he did a really good job tonight. We had a good car. We went out late to qualify and turned in a good lap. We also had a good car in the heat race and dash."

With the World of Outlaws first Eastern Swing of the season in the books, Kinser is pleased with how his team is performing. He wrapped up the seven race stretch with five Top-Five finishes, including wins at Lernerville Speedway and New Egypt Speedway, as he moved into the fifth spot in points in the process.

"I'm happy with how we have been running," he said. "We have been good trough most of the swing, other than when we had a little hiccup with a motor problem at Grandview. We've been running in the Top-Five everywhere we have gone and that is what we need to do."

Saldana lined up fifth for the A-Feature and fell back a spot on the opening lap before taking it back from Jason Solwold. He moved into third on the 17th lap when he got around Pittman. He followed that up the next lap by getting around Dollansky.

"At the beginning of the race, I didn't really have a good feel for my car," explained Saldana. "When I finally figured it out we starting rolling around there and picking off cars. I wish Steve (Kinser) hadn't got to the front when he did, because there were four or five of us right there, and that was the only shot to win the race. We battled hard and passed some really good cars."

Schatz tried everything he could on the final restart, as he lined up third behind Kinser and Saldana, as he looked to add to his series-best seven A-Feature wins on the season. During the Eastern swing, the native of Fargo, North Dakota won three races, and finished in the Top-Five in five of the seven events.

"Steve is the best on the restarts and he is not going to make any mistakes," said Schatz. "I tried to glaze about the top, but I sealed a tire up."

After enduring some back luck during the Eastern swing, Dollansky was pleased to finish up the grueling stretch of races on a very positive note. He has won at two of the next three tracks on the World of Outlaws schedule, as the series heads back to the Midwest.

"All in all, with some of the luck we have had lately, I am encouraged at what I saw," said Dollansky. "I'm looking forward to working with Mike and getting going. It is very encouraging. We'll just keep working at it."

Pittman started on the pole in the A-Feature and ran in the Top-Five all night in the Titan Garages Maxim, as he finished fifth. It was the eighth Top-Five finish of the season for the native of Owasso, Oklahoma.

Jason Solwold finished sixth in the City Wide Insulation Maxim. Jason Meyers was seventh in the Primerica Financial Maxim, earning the KSE Race Products Hard Charger Award after starting 13th. Danny Lasoski was eighth in the Roth Motorsports Eagle. Paul McMahan was ninth in the Bass Pro Shops Eagle. Jason Sides rounded out the Top-10 in the Wetherington Tractor Service Maxim.

The World of Outlaws return to action on Friday, June 1 at Sharon Speedway in Ohio, followed by the second event of the season at Eldora Speedway on Saturday, June 2.


* BACK IN ACTION: Jason Solwold returned to action at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park after missing the Eckerd Outlaws Showdown at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway, after he had sever allergic reaction to an insect bite. Leonard Lee his crew chief piloted the car to an 18th-place finish last Friday night in Charlotte. Solwold was sixth on Monday night at Rolling Wheels.

* FAST QUALIFIER: Chad Kemenah paced the 32 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked 5/8-mile oval in 17.337 seconds at 129.780 mph. For his qualifying effort, Kemenah eared five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Steve Kinser (4), Jason Sides (3), Bobby Breen (2) and Joey Saldana (1).

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Craig Dollansky, Paul McMahan, Donny Schatz and Terry McCarl won heat races... Justin Henderson won the B-Main... Daryn Pittman won the Crane Cams dash.

* UP NEXT: A trip to Ohio for a pair of races beginning at Sharon Speedway on Friday, June 1, followed by a visit to Eldora Speedway on Saturday, June 2.

World of Outlaws Statistical Report; Rolling Wheels Raceway Park; Elbridge, NY.; May 28, 2007

1) 3X-Chad Kemenah 17.337
2) 11-Steve Kinser 17.948
3) 7S-Jason Sides 18.041
4) 9B-Bobby Breen 18.051
5) 9-Joey Saldana 18.076
6) 35-Jac Haudenschild 18.097
7) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 18.134
8) 14-Jason Meyers 18.135
9) 7-Craig Dollansky 18.178
10) 20-Paul McMahan 18.182
11) R19-Jason Solwold 18.208
12) 21-Daryn Pittman 18.252
13) 11H-Kerry Madsen 18.361
14) 32-Justin Barger 18.362
15) 15-Donny Schatz 18.382
16) 24-Terry McCarl 18.394
17) D1-Justin Henderson 18.448
18) 6-Tim Shaffer 18.477
19) 2-Brooke Tatnell 18.486
20) 8K-Zach Chappell 18.511
21) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 18.552
22) 83-Danny Lasoski 18.587
23) 8-Blake Breen 18.607
24) 1X-Randy Hannagan 18.624
25) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 18.685
26) 36-Jason Martin 18.702
27) 11D-Dion Hindi 18.752
28) 1Z-Jessica Zemken 19.027
29) 5C-Chad Hillier 19.112
30) F1-Nick Fratto 19.202
31) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 19.291
32) 17-Lance Yonge 19.525
33) 52-Scott Kreutter -.---

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 7-Craig Dollansky
2) 9-Joey Saldana
3) 3X-Chad Kemenah
4) 11H-Kerry Madsen
5) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
6) 5C-Chad Hillier
7) D1-Justin Henderson
8) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
9) 52-Scott Kreutter

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 20-Paul McMahan
2) 11-Steve Kinser
3) 83-Danny Lasoski
4) 35-Jac Haudenschild
5) 6-Tim Shaffer
6) 36-Jason Martin
7) 32-Justin Barger
8) F1-Nick Fratto

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 15-Donny Schatz
2) R19-Jason Solwold
3) 7S-Jason Sides
4) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
5) 2-Brooke Tatnell
6) 11D-Dion Hindi
7) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
8) 8-Blake Breen

Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 24-Terry McCarl
2) 21-Daryn Pittman
3) 14-Jason Meyers
4) 8K-Zach Chappell
5) 1Z-Jessica Zemken
6) 1X-Randy Hannagan
7) 9B-Bobby Breen
8) 17-Lance Yonge

Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 21-Daryn Pittman
2) 7-Craig Dollansky
3) 15-Donny Schatz
4) 11-Steve Kinser
5) 9-Joey Saldana
6) R19-Jason Solwold
7) 24-Terry McCarl8)
7S-Jason Sides9)
20-Paul McMahan
10) 3X-Chad Kemenah

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) D1-Justin Henderson
2) 5C-Chad Hillier
3) 1-Randy Hannagan
4) 36-Jason Martin
5) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr [$200]
6) 10C-Jeremy Campbell [$180]
7) 11D-Dion Hindi [$175]
8) 17-Lance Yonge [$160]
9) 8-Blake Breen [$150]
10) 52-Scott Kreutter [$150]
11) F1-Nick Fratto [$150]
12) 9B-Bobby Breen [$150]
13) 32-Justin Barger [$150]

A-main (25 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 11-Steve Kinser[4] [$10,000]
2) 9-Joey Saldana[5] [$5,500]
3) 15-Donny Schatz[3] [$3,200]
4) 7-Craig Dollansky[2] [$2,800]
5) 21-Daryn Pittman[1] [$2,500]
6) R19-Jason Solwold[6] [$2,300]
7) 14-Jason Meyers[13] [$2,200]
8) 83-Danny Lasoski[20] [$2,100]
9) 20-Paul McMahan[9] [$2,050]
10) 7S-Jason Sides[8] [$2,000]
11) 2-Brooke Tatnell[17] [$1,500]
12) 35-Jac Haudenschild[11] [$1,200]
13) 24-Terry McCarl[7] [$1,100]
14) 11H-Kerry Madsen[14] [$1,050]
15) 6-Tim Shaffer[16] [$1,000]
16) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[12] [$900]
17) 3X-Chad Kemenah[10] [$800]
18) 36-Jason Martin[22] [$800]
19) 5C-Chad Hillier[24] [$800]
20) 1X-Randy Hannagan[21] [$800]
21) 1Z-Jessica Zemken[23] [$800]
22) D1-Justin Henderson[15] [$800]
23) 8K-Zach Chappell[18] [$800]
24) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[19] [$800]

Lap Leaders: Craig Dollansky 1-15, Steve Kinser 16-25

KSE Hard Charger Award: Jason Meyers

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Nick Fratt , Craig Dollansky , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Justin Barger , Lucas Wolfe , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.