Steve Kinser Dominates at Rolling Wheels: Earns Second Win of 2008 Elbridge, NY-- May 26, 2008-- Steve Kinser has an impressive and unmatched record at most of the tracks on the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule,...
Steve Kinser Dominates at Rolling Wheels: Earns Second Win of 2008
Elbridge, NY-- May 26, 2008-- Steve Kinser has an impressive and unmatched record at most of the tracks on the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule, and one that really stands out above the rest is Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, New York. The 20-time series champion had made 25 starts at the sprawling 5/8-mile facility entering Monday night's event and had finished in the Top-10 in each and every one of those. He kept this streak going on Memorial Day, as he picked up his 10th A-Feature win at the track and the 545th of his career.
Kinser started on the outside of the front row aboard the Q Oil Maxim and took the lead from Shane Stewart on the opening lap of the event, after a caution led to a complete restart after the initial green flag. From there, the native of Bloomington, Indiana would dominate the race, leading all 25 circuits in an event that would go green to checker in just over 8 minutes and 14 seconds. He began the night by setting fast time in time trials, won the first heat race and was just one spot short of a clean sweep, finishing second in the Crane Cams Dash.
"We've always run around this place pretty good and always have a good set-up," said Kinser from Victory Lane after his second win of 2008. "It's one of those race tracks that fits our race cars and fits my style of driving. We've always been exceptionally fast here. I always enjoy coming here."
The race began with Shane Stewart jumping to the lead in the first turn, and Kinser battling him on the high side of the track exiting the second turn but the caution flew before a full lap was completed, leading to a complete restart. On the second start, Stewart again led into the first turn, with Kinser charging around him on the outside, exiting the second turn.
Jason Meyers, the current Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship point leader moved into third on the opening lap, with two-time defending series champion Donny Schatz gaining two spots on the opening circuit to move into fourth. Terry McCarl also gained two spots on the opening lap, moving into the sixth position.
"I stumbled a little bit on the first start and it took off a lot cleaner the second time," explained Kinser. "Shane (Stewart) still beat me down in the corner, but I was closer on him. I was able to feel him out on that first start. I had a little confidence when I ran in there on that second one. Once we got the lead we just sort of stayed where we were at."
Kinser quickly began to pull away and entered lapped traffic just five laps into the 25-lap contest. He ran the high side of the track, as he opened a sizeable lead. With nine laps in the books, Kinser continued to lap cars, though he was bottled up by a couple of cars, allowing Stewart, Meyers and Schatz to close in just a bit.
"I got held up a little bit," Kinser said. "I tried to run in the middle of (turns) one and two and finally I went back up there and was easing into the throttle coming off of (turn) two and got a pretty good run at them."
Near the halfway point of the race, Kinser cleared a number of lapped machines and began to really pull away in open track. At the same time, Schatz began to battle Meyers for the third spot, with the latter fending him off. Schatz looked under him a couple of times but could not quite make a pass.
Meyers got around Stewart on the 21st lap to move into the runner-up spot, with Schatz just behind him. Kinser pulled away at the end to win by nearly three second and he wound up lapping all the way up to the 13th--place finisher.
"The way it worked it out it was pretty good," Kinser said of the race going non-stop once it got going. "Anytime you get the checkered flag first, you can't complain about anything."
Meyers earned his 10th Top-Five finish of the season, as he came home second in the GLR Investments KPC. He wrapped up the East Coast swing with three finishes of first or second, with a win at Virginia Motor Speedway on Saturday night highlighting that.
"It's been a great weekend for this entire team," said Meyers. "They worked hard for it and we are proud of it. I thought we may have had something for him tonight, but we weren't good enough early. We got kind of close there at the end in lapped traffic, but Steve has always been good here. He was good enough tonight that we could not quite get to him. We'll take second here tonight and it capped off a great weekend."
After moving into third on the opening lap, Meyers did everything he could to track down the leaders, but had plenty of lapped traffic to contend with, with the blazing fast pace that was being set on the 5/8-mile.
"Unfortunately a couple of guys after the leader lapped them, moved up into the line," noted the native of Clovis, California. "It kind of hurt me a little trying to get by them. I wasn't that good when I got off the cushion in (turns) three and four. That hurt us a little bit tonight, but that's just lapped traffic and sometimes it helps you and sometimes it hurts you."
Schatz used a strong start to get around his teammate Kraig Kinser, as well as Kerry Madsen on the opening lap to put himself in the fourth spot. He would wind up third in the Armor All J&J for Tony Stewart Racing, keeping his streak of being the only driver to finish in the Top-10 of each event this season intact.
"It was big strides for us tonight," shared Schatz. "We have been playing around too much and had something that felt halfway decent tonight. I know that Steve (Kinser) was better than us and it was just tough to get around guys out there, unless they made a mistake. We'll take a Top-Three and go to Attica (Raceway Park) and try to win something."
On the opening start prior to the yellow flag, Schatz found a line that worked well for his car to gain a couple of spots early on a track that was tough to pass on He used that same move on the second start to snare two spots.
"It was the same for us on both," he said of the two starts. "It gave some guys a chance to see what other people did on the first start and to see how their car was and move around on the race track. It didn't hurt us. We like to see it go straight through and usually that benefits us."
Shane Stewart picked up his second Top-Five finish in the last three events, coming home fourth in the Roth Motorsports machine. He kept pace early with Kinser, but had some trouble with his wing later in the event, which greatly affected the handling of his car as the fuel load burned off.
"All in all it was a good night for us," Stewart said. "We just have to keep this going. We had a good run at Charlotte (The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway) and a good run here. I think we would have been ok at Virginia (Motor Speedway) as well. We just had a little bad luck there. I'm happy with it and if we can keep the momentum going and the Top-Fives coming, then we'll sneak in there and get a few wins."
Kraig Kinser had a very strong night, finishing fifth in the Bass Pro Shops Maxim, to earn his best finish of the young season. He began the night by turning the second fastest lap in time trials and followed that up with a second-place finish in the second heat race and a third-place finish in the Crane Cams Dash.
"The Bass Pro Chevrolet was pretty fast all night," said the third generation driver. "We learned a number of things that will help us as we go on to the next race. We were a little behind in the feature and were not quite as good as we were the rest of the night. It still was a great night."
Joey Saldana finished sixth on Monday night aboard the Budweiser/Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI, to earn his 10th Top-10 finish of the season. Terry McCarl was seventh in the Big Game Treestands Eagle to pick up his fifth Top-10 of 2008. Paul McMahan was eighth, with Kerry Madsen just behind him in ninth in the TK Concrete Maxim.
Craig Dollansky rounded out the Top-10 in the Aggressive Hydraulics Maxim, earning the KSE Race Products Hard Charger Award after starting 17th.
The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action on Friday, May 30 at the high-banked 1/3-mile Attica Raceway Park in Ohio.
ROLLING WHEELS RACEWAY PARK NOTEBOOK
* FAST QUALIFIER: Steve Kinser paced the 26 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked 5/8 oval at 16.836 seconds at 133.642 mph. For his qualifying effort, Kinser earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Kraig Kinser (4), Tim Shaffer (3), Tony Bruce Jr. (2), and Jason Meyers (1).
* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Steve Kinser, Kerry Madsen and Terry McCarl won heat races... Shane Stewart won the Crane Cams Dash... Lucas Wolfe won the B-Main.
* UP NEXT: A return to the Midwest for a doubleheader weekend in Ohio, at Attica Raceway Park on Friday, May 30 and at Eldora Speedway on Saturday, May 31.
Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Rolling Wheels Raceway Park; Elbridge, NY; May 26, 2008
1) 11-Steve Kinser 16.836
2) 20-Kraig Kinser 16.935
3) 6-Tim Shaffer 16.948
4) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. 17.037
5) 14-Jason Meyers 17.091
6) 83-Shane Stewart 17.115
7) 31-Paul McMahan 17.227
8) 55-Kerry Madsen 17.245
9) 24-Terry McCarl 17.263
10) 15-Donny Schatz 17.314
11) 9-Joey Saldana 17.338
12) 1Z-Jessica Zemken 17.417
13) 8K-Chad Kemenah 17.489
14) 7S-Jason Sides 17.499
15) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 17.502
16) 5C-Chad Hillier 17.607
17) 2-Craig Dollansky 17.608
18) 21-Daryn Pittman 17.683
19) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 17.881
20) 8-Mike Lutz 17.887
21) R19-Jac Haudenschild 17.893
22) 51-Bryan Howland 18.057
23) 9B-Bobby Breen 18.202
24) 8X-Blake Breen 18.417
25) 17J-Lance Young 18.733
26) 33-Doug Emery 18.743
Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 11-Steve Kinser
2) 15-Donny Schatz
3) 31-Paul McMahan
4) 8K-Chad Kemenah
5) 5C-Chad Hillier
6) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
7) 51-Bryan Howland
8) 17J-Lance Young
9) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.
Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 55-Kerry Madsen
2) 20-Kraig Kinser
3) 9-Joey Saldana
4) 14-Jason Meyers
5) 2-Craig Dollansky
6) 7S-Jason Sides
7) 8-Mike Lutz
8) 9B-Bobby Breen
9) 33-Doug Emery
Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 24-Terry McCarl
2) 83-Shane Stewart
3) 1Z-Jessica Zemken
4) 6-Tim Shaffer
5) 21-Daryn Pittman
6) R19-Jac Haudenschild
7) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
8) 8X-Blake Breen
Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting
positions of A-feature)
1) 83-Shane Stewart
2) 11-Steve Kinser
3) 20-Kraig Kinser
4) 14-Jason Meyers
5) 55-Kerry Madsen
6) 15-Donny Schatz
7) 9-Joey Saldana
8) 24-Terry McCarl
9) 6-Tim Shaffer
10) 31-Paul McMahan
B-main (8 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
2) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.
3) 51-Bryan Howland
4) 9B-Bobby Breen
5) 8-Mike Lutz
6) 33-Doug Emery
7) 8X-Blake Breen [$200]
8) 17J-Lance Young [$180]
A-main (25 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 11-Steve Kinser [$10,000]
2) 14-Jason Meyers [$5,500]
3) 15-Donny Schatz [$3,200]
4) 83-Shane Stewart [$2,800]
5) 20-Kraig Kinser [$2,500]
6) 9-Joey Saldana [$2,300]
7) 24-Terry McCarl [$2,200]
8) 31-Paul McMahan [$2,100]
9) 55-Kerry Madsen [$2,050]
10) 2-Craig Dollansky [$2,000]
11) 21-Daryn Pittman [$1,500]
12) 8K-Chad Kemenah [$1,200]
13) 6-Tim Shaffer [$1,100]
14) R19-Jac Haudenschild [$1,050]
15) 1Z-Jessica Zemken [$1,000]
16) 5C-Chad Hillier [$900]
17) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. [$800]
18) 5W-Lucas Wolfe [$800]
19) 8-Mike Lutz [$800]
20) 7S-Jason Sides [$800]
21) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [$800]
22) 33-Doug Emery [$800]
23) 9B-Bobby Breen [$800]
24) 51-Bryan Howland [$800]
Lap Leaders: Steve Kinser 1-25
Chicken Hawk Hot Lap Award: Steve Kinser
Penske Power Position: Donny Schatz
KSE Hard Charger Award: Craig Dollansky