Smith collides with Shaffer, wins at Farmer City. FARMER CITY, IL (June 7) - Stevie Smith and Tim Shaffer, former Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Rookies of the Year from Pennsylvania, collided while battling for the lead midway through...
Smith collides with Shaffer, wins at Farmer City.
FARMER CITY, IL (June 7) - Stevie Smith and Tim Shaffer, former Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Rookies of the Year from Pennsylvania, collided while battling for the lead midway through Friday's "A" Feature at Farmer City Raceway. Smith and the #11H Vivarin Maxim - the car Shaffer drove for 3 ½ years - survived the mishap and claimed the $10,000 first prize.
The victory, Smith's second of the season, pushed the 1990 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award winner to within six points of seventh-place Donny Schatz in the point standings. Shaffer and Schatz, who held off Steve Kinser for second place, are the highest-ranking drivers yet to visit victory lane following a Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series feature race this season.
"My crew won the race for me," Smith said graciously. "Sonny (Kratzer), Justin (Krull) and Steve (Swenson) have been working really hard, and I think we're starting to put it all together.
"Tim was running pretty good, but he messed up a little in one and two. I was able to get a run on him into three and four, and we got together. I think he cut a right rear tire on my left front (torsion) arm.
"It doesn't matter if it's Farmer City or Eldora, or wherever; it's still a World of Outlaws race and it's great to win. I guess Steve got going pretty good there toward the end - I think I saw his nose down there on the bottom one time - but we were able to hang on."
Smith and Shaffer started dominating the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 27th event of the year in time trials. Both broke Farmer City's single-lap record with 10.330-second laps around the high-banked, ¼-mile oval, but Shaffer received credit for fast time because he completed his 87.125-M.P.H. lap first. Smith and Shaffer earned the right to start the "A" Feature on the front row by winning their O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash races.
Smith and Shaffer raced wheel-to-wheel down the front straightaway as the green flag fell in the main event, but sixth-starting Blake Feese spun in turn two, bringing out the caution flag and nullifying the original start. Shaffer, the 1997 Rookie of the Year from Aliquippa, PA, steered Dennis Roth's #83 Beef Packers Eagle around Smith in the fourth corner to take the early lead and was five car-lengths ahead when he entered lapped traffic four laps into the race.
Mark Kinser, who passed Schatz for third place in the high groove between turns three and four late in the second lap, joined the battle for first place six laps later as the leaders raced nose-to-tail through dense lapped traffic.
Smith, from New Oxford, PA, was trying to take the lead from Shaffer in turn three late in the 15th lap when they collided. The caution flag flew as Shaffer turned the #83 completely around, but continued racing. Shaffer's right rear tire lost air pressure during the caution period, causing him to stop and lose first place. Shaffer raced back into 13th place from the back of the pack during the second half of the race.
Schatz challenged Mark Kinser for five laps after the race resumed before steering his family's #15 Parker Stores into second place on the back straightaway midway through lap 21.
Steve Kinser, who lined up inside the fifth row when the race began, started making his move toward the front two laps later. He steered his #11 Quaker State Maxim to the lowest point in turn three to pass Joey Saldana for fourth place, then used an identical move to pass second cousin Mark Kinser the next time around. "The King of the Outlaws" exchanged the runner-up spot with Schatz during the 25th and 26th laps, gaining and losing the positions in the fourth corner.
Mark Kinser finished in fourth place, ahead of Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Danny Lasoski, Saldana, First Heat Race winner Craig Dollansky, Brad Furr, Daryn Pittman and Terry Babb. Dollansky finished in seventh place for the third straight race.
Power steering problems in the #21 Hop & Sac J&J caused Pittman to qualify a disappointing 18th among the 30 cars in the field. The defending World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion raced past nine cars to finish ninth in the main event, however.