Grays Harbor: Friday Prelim race report

Kinser Makes It Three In A Row Steve Kinser left no doubt in the minds of drivers and fans alike that he can master a new track with little or no problems. Coming off a double win at Billings, MT on a track he had never seen, "The King" took to...

Kinser Makes It Three In A Row

Steve Kinser left no doubt in the minds of drivers and fans alike that he can master a new track with little or no problems. Coming off a double win at Billings, MT on a track he had never seen, "The King" took to the new three-eights mile clay oval at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA like it was his home track and sailed to win three in the six race swing of the 11th Annual "Wild Wild Northwest Tour" on August 27th.

Fargo, ND driver Donny Schatz jumped to the initial lead over Brandon Wimmer of Fairmont, IN on the opening lap but it was the Bloomington, IN veteran moving past both Schatz and Wimmer as he sailed low into the first turn and pulled to the lead as they exited to the back straight on the second lap.

With two laps complete, Erin Crocker flipped in turn one to bring out the red. While under the red flag, Tim Shaffer pitted and replaced a left rear tire. However, the tire was not flat and Shaffer was sent back to the pits and not allowed to restart.

Kinser quickly opened a large lead over Schatz on the restart as Dollansky moved to third and then Wimmer lost fourth to Chico, CA driver Jonathan Allard on lap four. Daryn Pittman, of Qwasso, OK, put Wimmer back another spot on the next go around as leader Kinser was encountering traffic as he finished the lap.

With a 20-car length lead over Schatz, Kinser continued to work the traffic with his magic touch as Pittman and Allard diced for fourth. Pittman picked off the spot in turns one and two on lap nine as Kinser saw much of his lead disappear while held up behind the slower cars of Shane Stewart and Aaron Fell, running wheel to wheel in front of the leader for over a lap.

Action slowed on laps 12 and 14 when the amber light flashed for first Roger Crockett and then Jesse Whitney.

On lap 12 Tim Kaeding stopped in turn two right in front of leader Kinser. Kinser slowed and quickly turned left hitting a rough spot that had him diving into the infield to keep his motor running. Kinser kept the lead for the restart, where Fell lost a right rear wheel and made hard contact with the turn one wall. Fell was uninjured.

Mark Kinser, cousin to Steve, moved to fourth over Allard while exiting high from turn four on lap 18. On the next lap Allard and M. Kinser swapped the position twice, first on the backstretch and then again as Kinser took the spot for good by running the top in turns three and four.

With four to go in the 25 lap preliminary feature, Kinser was back running in traffic with a 15-car length lead over Dollansky. At the checkered flag, Kinser led by 10-car lengths and Pittman passed Schatz for third as he exited turn 4 on the low side . "We had a good car tonight, I found the bottom in (turns) three & four before anybody else did. I saw that car (Tim Kaeding) stopped up there in turn two, and I just got out of the gas and hit that hole and I didn't know where I was going. I thought I was going to turn over there for a minute, but we kept it together. I think Fred (Brownfield) needs to smooth this place out a little bit, but I'll give him an excuse for these first couple of races. I got here Sunday night and watched it do nothing but rain until last night, and I know he put new dirt on the place. It's always good to get locked in on the first night---it takes a lot of pressure off, with not having to qualify or run a heat race. We got one tonight, and we'll have to come back here tomorrow and run hard again and see if we can get another one."

Danny Lasoski of Dover, MO made easy work of the B-Main event going to the win over Aaron Fell of Abbotsford, BC. In the 12 lap event Dale Smith of Cottage Grove, OR provided the fans with a scary moment when he hit a hole entering the first turn on a lap five restart, nosed into the track and did a series of three nose to tail flips, Smith exited his car on his own but accepted a ride to the pits in the aid car. His severely shortened car went out on the hook. Also making the cut to the A-Feature were Roger Crockett and Jesse Whitney.

Chad Hillier of Sedro Woolley, WA and D. Smith finished one / two in the 10 lap C-Main to gain the only transfers to the B-Main.

The non-qualifiers D-main sent the top four to the C-Main with Jay Cole, John Tharp, Shawn Rice and Brad Holmes making the cut.

Setting the lineup for the A-Feature event are two dashes. The top three spots for the inside row had Schatz, Dollansky and Pittman coming from the first dash. In the second dash, it was Wimmer, S. Kinser and Allard going one, two, and three to the finish line.

In the heat races, the first heat went to Joey Saldana while the top spot in the second heat was all Jason Meyers'. Tim Kaeding had the win for heat three and Tim Shaffer was top dog in the final heat.

Fast time for the evening was Craig Dollansky who set a new track record of 11.930 seconds.

The Boundless World of Outlaws Series Wild Wild Northwest Tour continues at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA, wrapping up the "Big E" weekend on August 28th, and will wind up it's 2004 swing at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, OR on Tuesday August 31st.

For additional information on this and other World of Outlaw events visit their web site at www.theworldofoutlaws.com.

-courtesy of graysharborraceway-

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Erin Crocker , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Joey Saldana , Shane Stewart , Tim Kaeding , Roger Crockett