Steve Kinser Wins World of Outlaws Feature For Third Consecutive Year At Grandview Speedway Bechtelsville, PA -- May 24, 2005 -- Rain or not, nobody was going to catch Steve Kinser Tuesday night at Grandview Speedway. From setting the quick...
Steve Kinser Wins World of Outlaws Feature For Third Consecutive Year At Grandview Speedway
Bechtelsville, PA -- May 24, 2005 -- Rain or not, nobody was going to catch Steve Kinser Tuesday night at Grandview Speedway.
From setting the quick time of the night to wrapping up his eighth World of Outlaws Sprint Series victory of the season when the race was halted by rain after 22 laps, Kinser had the dominant car.
It marked his first win this season on a 1/3-mile oval, but it was the third time in a row and the fifth time in his career Kinser has won at Grandview, where he added $10,000 to his winnings this season with a victory during the track's Thunder on the Hill festivities.
Finishing behind Kinser when the race was red-flagged were Joey Saldana, Sammy Swindell, Kraig Kinser and Terry McCarl.
"We were good all night, we had a good racecar for it," said Kinser, who also won the Stacker 2® Dash. "We've been good the last three or four times we've been here. We have a good setup on the car right now. I can work the bottom, middle and the top, I can actually work three grooves in both corners. When you can do that, it makes a big difference."
Saldana, powered by a new motor, had a strong run for the third race in a row. Still, he recognized that Kinser was going to be tough from the time cars rolled onto the track Tuesday evening.
"[Kinser] looked good in hot laps," said Saldana, who won a Dash for the second race in a row. "He went out late and qualified fast time, he went through his heat pretty easy. They had a restart in the Dash, but he won that pretty good. When he's on, he's on. I'll take it and go on to Williams Grove and hopefully get another good finish."
Kinser started on the pole and shot into the lead going into Turn 1 on the first lap. Six laps later he had already caught the rear of the field and was able to run anywhere he needed to slice through the traffic, extending his advantage.
Meanwhile, the battle for a top-five finish intensified with McCarl pushing hard to get around Swindell. But with the track getting slick, McCarl went way high after trying to get around Swindell and that allowed Kraig Kinser to slip underneath. Kinser tried to get by Swindell but with conditions worsening it was nearly impossible.
By the time the first caution waved on Lap 15, there were three lapped cars between Kinser and Saldana, making it almost impossible for anybody threaten Kinser.
"Once it laid rubber down on the bottom I was just back-pedaling all the way," said Kinser, who won for the 521st time in his Outlaws career. "I didn't even want to run up to the lap traffic. Once it gets that rubber down it's hard to pass.
"You just got to watch it. I slid off the bottom there one time and I knew it was getting a little slick, then the straightaways started getting real slick. When the track is that hard and then it rains on it, it's just hard to do anything with it because it's so greasy you can hardly race on it and you slide around a lot." Kraig Kinser, a two-time feature winner this season, knew the rain would be a factor in the race, forcing drivers to be more aggressive in case the feature was called early, which proved to be the case.
"When the rain is going, you just know you need to get going a little bit earlier," he said. "I was just kind of waiting for someone to screw up but once the rain started coming down I had to get where it was dry and pretty good to race."
For McCarl, picking up his second top-five finish of the season after racing at Grandview for the first time in eight years was reason enough to celebrate.
"If you roll into Pennsylvania and get a top-five, you've got to be happy," said McCarl, a six-time Knoxville Raceway champion. "I haven't been here since '97 and we're just looking to be consistent all week. These shows are just tough to get in, let along run top-five. Our goal is to make every feature on this swing and try to improve our position in the point standings and tonight was a big step toward for that."
In the Stacker 2® Dash, Steve Kinser started fourth but dove low in Turns 1 and 2 to get past Daryn Pittman and Sammy Swindell. After a caution came out for a flat tire on Pittman's car, Kinser shot back to the lead and held on to win the pole for the feature.
In the second Dash, Saldana led a single-file race to the checkered flag to collect his second Dash victory in as many races.
In the B-main, Danny Lasoski started on the pole and fended off Paul McMahan early before he drove off to victory despite three cautions. McMahan held onto second followed by Mark Smith and Fred Rahmer.
In the first heat race, Brian Paulus grabbed the lead when the green flag dropped and held onto it even after a red flag came out when Judi Bates flipped in Turn 4. Shane Stewart, Steve Kinser, Lucas Wolfe and Jason Solwold also made the transfer.
In the second heat, Jason Meyers shot into the lead off of Turn 4 and held on after the field stretched out single-file. Greg Hodnett, Brandon Wimmer, Sam Schlossberg and Sammy Swindell earned the transfer spots.
In the third heat, Jason Sides raced to the win after a scary three-car incident off of Turn 2 sent Brooke Tatnell flipping into the wall after contact with Chad Layton, who spun and collided with Lance Dewease. Tatnell wound up pulling out a backup car and using a provisional to start the A-main. In addition to Sides, Kraig Kinser, Donny Schatz, Craig Dollansky and Layton all earned transfer spots.
In the fourth heat, Tim Kaeding and Tim Shaffer raced side-by-side into Turn 1 before Kaeding got the advantage coming off of Turn 2. Pittman, McCarl and Saldana earned the other transfer spots.
Steve Kinser paced the 41-car field with a lap around the 1/3-mile oval in 12.334 seconds at 96.319 mph. Sean Michael established the single-lap record of 11.533 seconds on May 26, 2002. For the second race in a row, rookie contender Brandon Wimmer was the second quickest driver.
"The Mopar is running great right now," said Wimmer, who just wrapped up high school last week. "We're just going out here doing the best we can. We're not out here to run last, we're out here to win races. If we didn't think we could, we wouldn't be out here."
Next up for the World of Outlaws Sprint Series is a two-night show Thursday and Friday at Williams Grove Speedway and a one-night feature Saturday at Hagerstown Speedway.