Eldora: Saturday Finale race report

Steve Kinser Completes Eldora Speedway Sweep With Last-Lap Pass ROSSBURG, OH (April 10) -- Danny Lasoski was less than a lap from winning his first World of Outlaws Sprint Series "A" Feature at Eldora Speedway Saturday when Steve Kinser ...

Steve Kinser Completes Eldora Speedway Sweep With Last-Lap Pass

ROSSBURG, OH (April 10) -- Danny Lasoski was less than a lap from winning his first World of Outlaws Sprint Series "A" Feature at Eldora Speedway Saturday when Steve Kinser stole his thunder.

"The King of the Outlaws" drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim past Lasoski deep in the first corner and completed his sweep of the double-feature event when he won the "A" Feature by three car-lengths.

"There wasn't anything patient about that," Kinser told the capacity crowd witnessing the World of Outlaws Sprint Series' 100th main event at Eldora Speedway. "I ran as hard as I could the whole race. I was a little bit loose getting off both corners, and I moved around a little bit and found the middle in (turns) three and four. I really didn't think I was going to get him (Lasoski), but there were a couple of lapped cars there and I got a really good run off the middle in three and four coming down for the white flag. This place is pretty special to me. I've been running here since I started racing in 1977, and I've won a lot of races here."

The $12,000 victory, Kinser's 30th at "The World's Fastest Half-Mile," increased his advantage in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series standings to 83 points over Lasoski. Kinser has won both the Preliminary and "A" Features in two of the three double-feature events the series has run in 2004.

"The Dude," who earned the privilege of starting the 30-lap main event on the pole by beating Kinser under the checkered flag in the Dash Race, started the "A" Feature with a fresh engine. The World of Outlaws Sprint Series 2001 champion burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event, and was a full straightaway ahead of "The King of the Outlaws" when he entered lapped traffic seven laps into the race. Kinser closed to within eight car-lengths within two laps, however.

Kinser's son, Kraig, started making his way toward the front during the race's middle stages, driving the #11K Delco-Remy Maxim past Craig Dollansky and Chad Kemenah during the 11th and 15th laps to take over fifth place. Although the leader in the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year race eventually finished seventh, he improved two positions to fifth place in the point standings.

Kinser's cousin, Mark Kinser, was the evening's fastest qualifier. The two-time World of Outlaws Sprint Series champion crashed with Jason Sides and Dean Jacobs during the First Heat Race, but won the "B" Feature. He drove father Karl Kinser's #5M SABKO Maxim past Kemenah, Kraig Kinser, Donny Schatz and Joey Saldana between the 15th and 19th laps to claim third place in the main event.

Lasoski had NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle 10 car-lengths ahead of Steve Kinser with 5½ laps remaining. "The King of the Outlaws" narrowed the gap to eight car-lengths within two laps and was only five car-lengths behind during lap 28.

Kinser raced through the low groove in the fourth corner as the leaders completed the 29th lap, then took the lead with an inside move in turn one en route to his fourth "A" Feature victory of the season.

Mark Kinser, who paced the qualifying session with a 135.706-M.P.H. lap around Earl Baltes' high-banked, ½-mile oval, finished in third place. Dollansky finished fourth, ahead of Saldana, Schatz, Kraig Kinser, Kemenah, Sammy Swindell and 21st-starting Dale Blaney. Dollansky's fourth-place run pushed him into eighth place in the point standings.

Tyler Walker raced into 11th place from inside the ninth row, and Paul McMahan drove Dave Helm's #11H Selma Shell Maxim past 12 cars to finish 12th.

Jason Meyers, the fourth-fastest qualifier in the 47-car field, failed to qualify for the "A" Feature in the Fourth Heat Race and the "B" Feature. Meyers used a provisional to start the main event and drove the #14 Elite Landscaping Maxim into 23rd place.

The World of Outlaws' fire-breathing, mudslinging sprint cars will run $51,600 events at Sedalia's State Fair Speedway Friday and at I-55 Raceway Saturday.

-WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Tyler Walker , Dean Jacobs , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Chad Kemenah