'King' Wins at Eldora, Takes Points Lead @ By Richard Day ROSSBURG, OH (April 22) -- Steve Kinser won a battle with Stevie Smith Friday at Eldora Speedway and took the lead in the eight-month war for...
'King' Wins at Eldora, Takes Points Lead @ By Richard Day
ROSSBURG, OH (April 22) -- Steve Kinser won a battle with Stevie Smith Friday at Eldora Speedway and took the lead in the eight-month war for the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series championship. "The King of the Outlaws" trailed Danny Lasoski by 26 points entering the first of five events the series will run at Eldora this season. Friday's rained out preliminary program didn't dampen Kinser's spirits, however, as he held off Smith in every race he ran -- the First NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race, the First CHANNELLOCK Dash and the "A" Feature. The $10,000 victory, Kinser's third of the season, pushed him into first place in the point standings when an overheating engine put Lasoski in the pits 10 laps into the race. Kinser led the first, 12th and final 4 2/3 laps for the 23rd "A" Feature victory of his career at "The World's Fastest Half-Mile." "These Hoosier tires just wouldn't quit and the Quaker State Maxim has been fast just about every place we've been lately," Steve said. "It's just a pleasure to drive." Kinser, the fifth-fastest qualifier in the 46-car field, burst into the lead from the pole as the green flag fell in the 30-lap "A" Feature. Second CHANNELLOCK Dash winner Craig Dollansky made a run at "The King" late in the opening lap, but was unable to surge ahead in the third and fourth corners. Smith, the Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner, drove his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit into the low groove to pass Dollansky in turn two, then took the lead deep in the third corner during the second lap. Stevie, a Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series main event winner at Eldora Speedway last August 6th, was 10 car-lengths ahead of Kinser when he entered lapped traffic on lap seven. "The King of the Outlaws" caught Smith within four laps, however, and regained the lead with a low move through the first and second corners early in the 12th lap. Smith returned the favor with a similar move one lap later. Kinser was challenging Smith for the lead when Jason Meyers spun in front of them in turn two during the 15th lap. Smith raced away from the field and Mark Kinser passed Joey Saldana for fourth place as the green flag replaced the yellow. Smith was four car-lengths ahead of Kinser when he caught the backmarkers again during the 22nd lap. Dollansky, who won the inaugural World of Outlaws Support Series race at Lernerville Speedway eight days before, clipped the outside retaining wall in turn two early in lap 25. Kinser passed Smith deep in the second corner the next time around and completed the lap before Dollansky surrendered third place when he stopped in turn three. Mark Kinser, Eldora's single-lap record holder, steered the #5M Mopar Maxim into the low groove in the first corner to pass Smith for the runner-up spot as the race resumed. "The King of the Outlaws" took the checkered flag eight car-lengths ahead of his cousin. "I wasn't sure I was going to get back by Stevie," Steve said. "I probably have more laps around here than anyone, but when it slicks off a little it's not often that you can run good around the bottom. I was watching him get loose there coming off two, and I thought we were better there than he was." Smith held off Saldana for third place. Dale Blaney drove the #93 Amoco Maxim past Sammy Swindell for fifth place late in the final lap. Eighteenth-starting Andy Hillenburg finished seventh, ahead of Jac Haudenschild, Kasey Kahne and Kenny Jacobs. Smith received his first Vivarin-Fast-Time Award of the season for pacing the 46-car qualifying session with a 13.681-second, 131.569- m.ph. lap around the high-banked, 1/2-mile oval. Lasoski executed a daring pass of Pennsylvanians Ed Lynch, Jr., and Tim Shaffer as they headed to the checkered flag in the "B" Feature to gain the final starting position in the main event. Shaffer took a provisional and finished 20th in the "A" Feature. Tyler Walker's return to the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series was tarnished when the engine in Jimmy Vasser's #V12 Wirtgen Maxim lost power on the pace lap of the First CHANNELLOCK Dash. He finished 17th in the main event. Greg Hodnett, who suffered a broken shoulder blade at Tri-City Speedway the previous Saturday, was ready to drive Vasser's backup sprinter, but the #V12x had mechanical problems. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will sanction a double- feature event at Knoxville Raceway Friday and Saturday, then run a $47,490 race at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, SD, Sunday.