'The King' wins second straight feature at Grandview. BECHTELSVILLE, PA (May 18) -- Steve Kinser closed to within 41 points of first place in the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series point standings Sunday when the series returned to Grandview ...
'The King' wins second straight feature at Grandview.
BECHTELSVILLE, PA (May 18) -- Steve Kinser closed to within 41 points of first place in the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series point standings Sunday when the series returned to Grandview Speedway for the first time in 6 ½ years for a Thunder on the Hill event.
The defending and 17-time series champion led all 35 laps to claim his seventh "A" Feature victory of the season and his second in succession. "The King of the Outlaws" also won the main event at Delaware International Speedway Tuesday.
"They watered the top (of the race track), and I went out there and tried up there," Kinser said. "Then, I moved to the bottom and it felt pretty good down there. I saw someone outside of me later on, so I moved up to the middle, and then I didn't feel them out there anymore, so I moved back down to the bottom. The track started to take some rubber down the back stretch and getting into the corner later in the race. There was still some moisture down there getting off the turns, so I just figured I'd stay down there and make someone pass me on the top or in the middle.
"Everything worked out good tonight. We got a good draw for the dash (the #0), and that makes a big difference out here with these guys. The Quaker State car has been running good all year long. We were leading a race and got a flat tire and had some other problems. Then we got disqualified at Eldora. But we're still right there near the front, and there's a lot of races left to go."
Kinser, the second-fastest qualifier, was .075 seconds off Tim Shaffer's pace-setting lap around the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval. Shaffer, who lives in Aliquippa, PA, received $200 from Comdial Telephone Communications for setting quick time with the 95.004-M.P.H. lap. Kinser and Shaffer won the Dash Races for the privilege of starting the "A" Feature on the front row.
Kinser drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event. "The King of the Outlaws" had a 15-car-length advantage on Shaffer by the time they entered lapped traffic six laps into the race.
Tyler Walker, who started outside the fifth row, exchanged sixth place with Greg Hodnett twice during the ninth and 10th laps. Walker drove C&W Motorsports' #35 Maxim into the high groove between turns three and four to pass Hodnett, only to have the 1993 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year regain the position deep in the second corner. Hodnett coasted into the infield three laps later, however, when the shock tower broke away from his front axle.
Walker, the 2002 World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion, raced into fourth place during the race's middle stages, passing Billy Pauch and Daryn Pittman. Fred Rahmer took the low line through the first two corners to pass Pittman for fifth place early in lap 19.
Lasoski, who passed Shaffer for the runner-up spot early in the 12th lap, closed to within five car-lengths of Kinser in lapped traffic during lap 21. Walker took the high line around Shaffer in turn four for third place several seconds later.
Kinser, Lasoski, Walker and Shaffer raced nose-to-tail in dense lapped traffic throughout the 28th lap. Shaffer, the 1999 Rookie of the Year, claimed third place with a fourth-corner pass of Walker the next time around.
"The King of the Outlaws" broke out of lapped traffic and steadily increased his advantage to eight car-lengths during the final six laps to claim the third victory of his career at Grandview Speedway. Defending Williams Grove National Open champion Lance Dewease and Mark Smith tangled in turn four as the checkered flag fell and were received credit for 18th and 22nd place, respectively.
Shaffer finished third, ahead of Walker, Rahmer, Pittman, Joey Saldana, Pauch, Paul McMahan and 15th-starting Mark Kinser.
NASCAR Busch Series racer Kasey Kahne drove Karavan Racing's #7 VMAC Maxim for the injured Craig Dollansky and finished in 13th place.
Sammy Swindell, a two-time winner at Grandview, drove the #1 Ore-Cal/Beef Packers J&J past eight cars to finish 14th.
The O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series will sanction the Charlotte Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway Friday and Saturday.