Grays Harbor Raceway Park finale report

ELMA, WA (August 18) -- Stevie Smith executed a daring, last-lap pass to complete the fourth double-feature sweep of his Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series career Saturday at Grays Harbor Raceway Park. Smith chased pole-sitter Craig Dollansky and...

ELMA, WA (August 18) -- Stevie Smith executed a daring, last-lap pass to complete the fourth double-feature sweep of his Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series career Saturday at Grays Harbor Raceway Park.

Smith chased pole-sitter Craig Dollansky and Dale Blaney before passing Donny Schatz in dense lapped traffic on the back straightaway midway through the 40th lap for the $12,000 victory.

"We almost didn't get this one," Smith said in victory lane. "We caught a break there in traffic and a couple of fast cars had trouble in front of us. I'd like to thank everyone here for coming out. Fred Brownfield's done a great job with this track."

Smith, who earned the pole position in the Channellock Dash by winning Friday's Preliminary Feature, started the "A" Feature inside the second row after following Dollansky and Blaney across the finish line in the 10-lap race.

Dollansky, the defending World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion, raced past six cars to win his fifth Channellock Dash of the year. He burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event. A mechanical malfunction caused Karavan Racing's #7 Polydome Maxim to slow dramatically early in the second lap, however. Steve Kinser, who passed Blaney and Smith during the opening lap, collided with Dollansky and spun in the third corner. Second O'Reilly Heat Race winner Tim Shaffer coasted into the pits so his crew could replace the nose wing on the #11H Vivarin Maxim during the caution period.

Blaney restarted in first place and raced ahead of the field until Schatz took the lead with an inside move deep in the fourth corner four laps later. Schatz was .7 seconds ahead of Blaney when he entered lapped traffic two laps later.

Smith steered his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Maxim into the low groove between turns one and two to pass Blaney for second place early in lap eight.

Kinser took the leaders out of lapped traffic when his #11 Quaker State/NAPA Maxim spun in the second corner just ahead of the leaders two laps later. Schatz raced away from the field as the race resumed, and was one second ahead of Smith when he caught the back-markers during the 15th lap.

Fast-qualifier Danny Lasoski steered NASCAR Winston Cup star Tony Stewart's #20L J.D. Byrider Eagle to the lowest point in the second corner to pass Blaney for third place midway through the race.

Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Mark Kinser, who started inside the sixth row, passed Randy Hannagan for sixth place deep in turn four the next time around. After Andy Hillenburg raced through the low groove between the third and fourth corners to pass Blaney for fourth late in lap 22, Kinser used a similar move in turn two to pass Dale for fifth place six laps later.

Schatz was 2.5 seconds ahead of Smith when Steve Kinser collided with "B" Feature runner-up Barry Martinez with 8 ¼ laps remaining. Mark Kinser took over fourth place with a high move around Hillenburg in the second corner two laps after the race resumed.

Schatz was .6 seconds ahead of Smith when the leaders entered lapped traffic with two laps remaining. Stevie steered his #19 into the inside line on the back stretch and trapped Schatz behind a lapped car as he took the lead during the final lap. The 1990 Rookie of the Year took the checkered flag with .8 seconds to spare.

"We're just basically taking one race at a time," said Smith, who has climbed into sixth place in the point standings. "We got ourselves into a pretty big hole at the beginning of the season, and it's going to take a lot more nights like this to dig ourselves out.

"I just want to thank my crew members for all their hard work. We have Jamie Adrian, who used to work for Mark Kinser, working for us now. He's showing us all their secrets, but I think they still have a few that we don't know."

Lasoski gained two points in the battle for the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points lead by holding off Mark Kinser for third place. Hillenburg finished fifth, ahead of Hannagan, Blaney, Paul McMahan, Jeff Shepard and Shaffer.

McMahan, who passed Shaffer in the point standings on opening night, overcame a crash during Saturday's Channellock Dash to move past Joey Saldana for eighth place.

Central State Fair Speedway will host the Wild, Wild Northwest Tour finale Wednesday before the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series sanctions a $95,350 event at Portland Speedway Friday and Saturday.


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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan