Grays Harbor: Finale race report

Kinser Sweeps In Front of Record Crowd In front of a record 7000 cheering fans at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA, "The King" of sprint car racing, Steve Kinser, won both nights of the 11th Annual "World of Outlaws" Wild Wild Northwest Tour...

Kinser Sweeps In Front of Record Crowd

In front of a record 7000 cheering fans at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA, "The King" of sprint car racing, Steve Kinser, won both nights of the 11th Annual "World of Outlaws" Wild Wild Northwest Tour visit to the raceway, the second two day event in as many weekends.

Leading by a straightaway at the finish, Kinser commented in the winner's circle, "I had a really good car again tonight. About 3 or 4 weeks ago when we were back in Pennsylvania and getting ready to go to the nationals, we were having all kinds of problems, but my guys fought back really hard, and we've been as fast as we can since we left Knoxville. When you get to running good every night, it gets your confidence up and you probably make some moves and put the car in places you normally don't."

Kinser got the jump off turn four at the green flag to take the lead. The Bloomington, IA veteran had a good ten car lead when Tim Kaeding of Campbell, CA passed Bixby, OK's Shane Stewart for fifth by going low in turn two on the second lap, and was leading by a 15 car length margin when he encountered traffic on lap five.

Chico, CA driver Jonathan Allard brought out the first yellow flag by spinning in turn four while Travis Rutz of Langley, BC stopped in turn two at the same time.

Two laps later Dennis Moore, Jr. jumped the berm on the low side as he exited turn four and unable to get back on to the raceway stopped on the inside of turn one to bring out another yellow.

On Lap ten, Brandon Wimmer hit the wall as he exited turn two, causing another yellow flag Wimmer, running 11th at the time pitted, but the Fairmount, IN teenager was unable to make repairs in time to restart. While under caution, Mark Kinser pitted and returned to the end of the field.

Stewart took fifth from Kaeding in turns three and four on the next lap as Lasoski made the same pass on Kraig Kinser for 7th on lap 12.

Dover, MO legend, Danny Lasoski passed Kaeding for 6th on lap 15, just before Allard hit the back straight wall and flipped the next lap. Allard was uninjured, but done for the night. On the restart, Stewart bicycled and hit the wall in turn two. A broken front axle sent Stewart to the pits, unable to make it back out.

Having a great run, 20th starter Jason Meyers of Clovis, CA passed Mechanicsburg, PA's Brian Paulus for 9th on lap 18.

By the mid point of 20 laps, Kinser was about to battle traffic once again with his 12-car length lead over Dollansky quickly dropping to a 4-car length lead.

Dollansky's closed shot at the lead came on lap 23 as he nosed under for the lead low on the backstretch, but Kinser was able to regain the lead by going low in turns three and four.

"Craig (Dollansky) was fast all weekend", said Kinser. We got a little loose getting off of turn four and lost some ground. I saw him get underneath me on the back, but I was able to get into three and chop to the bottom in four and get back up front."

Continuing to move forward Lasoski made a high side pass in turns one and two on lap 29 to take fourth from Pittman, where he would finish.

With 10 laps left in the 40 lap event, Kinser lead Dollansky by only 4 car lengths but Kinser quickly opened it to a half straightway lead as Dollansky was held up by the lapped car of Mark Kinser a couple of laps later.

The final stoppage of the night came on lap 35 when Danny Wood of Norman, OK and Brownsburg, IN's Joey Saldana made contact in turn four. Wood flipped and collected Saldana with neither able to continue.

The last pass of the evening came on lap 37 when Kraig Kinser took fifth place from Pittman by going to the top in the first two turns as his father Steve sped to the win.

When asked about his $17,000 winnings for the weekend, Kinser replied, " With as much money as we're spending running two teams, we can use this tonight and a lot more."

The 12-lap B-Main ran fast and smooth with Wimmer taking the lead after a short battle with Rutz in the opening laps. By lap three World of Outlaws Rookie candidate Eric Crocker had taken third to make the top three a band of young guns.

Rutz lost a couple of spots on lap 7 when he slid above the berm with Moore, Jr. and Eugene, OR driver Roger Crockett moving past.

The pack lengthened out in the closing laps with transfer spots going to winner Wimmer, Crocker Moore, Jr. and Crockett.

Jimmy Trulli of Placerville, CA and Brock Lemley out of Bellingham, WA garnered the top two spots of the 10-lap C-Main to pick up the only two transfers to the B-Main. While Trulli finished with a comfortable lead, Lemley worked hard for his second place finish being challenged by Shelton, WA drivers Jay Cole and Randy Van Aagton in the closing laps.

The dash, which determines the starting order of the first eight cars of the A-Main event, went to S. Kinser with Dollansky getting second to start along side him on the front row of the feature.

Heat race action was close and exciting in all four heats. First to the line were Jesse Whitney, Silver Lake, WA -- Heat one; Jeff Hodgson, St. Albert, AB -- Heat two; Mark Kinser, Oolitic, IN -- Heat three and Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, IN -- heat four.

Fast time for the evening was Shane Stewart with time of 12.222 seconds.

The Boundless World of Outlaws Series Wild Wild Northwest Tour will wind up its 2004 swing at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, OR on Tuesday August 31st.

-courtesy graysharborraceway-

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Brian Paulus , Jason Meyers , Joey Saldana , Jonathan Allard , Kraig Kinser , Shane Stewart , Tim Kaeding , Roger Crockett