Paulus Rolls at Huset's for Second World of Outlaws Sprint Series Win of Season Brandon, SD -- June 28, 2005 -- Brian Paulus was under pressure to win. Sure, Kraig Kinser and the rest of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series were bearing down on...
Paulus Rolls at Huset's for Second World of Outlaws Sprint Series Win of Season
Brandon, SD -- June 28, 2005 -- Brian Paulus was under pressure to win. Sure, Kraig Kinser and the rest of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series were bearing down on him Tuesday night at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D., but dealing with those guys was nothing compared to the pressure of winning in front of -- his in-laws.
That's right. Paulus got married soon after the series raced in February at Volusia Speedway Park. His wife, Melissa, grew up in South Dakota and her parents were among the fans in the capacity crowd watching as Paulus held off Kraig Kinser, Terry McCarl, Daryn Pittman and Steve Kinser to earn his second A-feature win of the season.
"I'd hate for them to think she married a loser," said Paulus, a Mean 15 racer and native of Mechanicsburg, Pa. He opened the month of June with a victory from the pole at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park and closed it out with another win Tuesday night from the top spot on the grid.
"We had a good car on the bottom," Paulus said. "I know Daryn was awesome fast up top and I thought if we could just stick with him until lapped traffic that'll give us our shot."
Pittman jumped out to the early lead in the 35-lap main event, but a seven-car incident in Turn 2 brought out a quick caution and a complete restart. When Pittman again raced to the front, Jason Solwold brought out the caution when he stopped in Turn 1.
For a third time, Paulus and Pittman brought the field to the green flag. Paulus was determined to make the bottom groove work while Pittman carried his momentum on the high side of the 3/8-mile high-banked oval and drove into the lead.
Kraig Kinser and McCarl raced side-by-side for third before McCarl grabbed the position and set his sights on Paulus and Pittman. With Paulus working the bottom and Pittman on the cushion, Brooke Tatnell entered the mix and worked his way past Kraig Kinser, grabbing fourth at the flagstand just before another caution waved on Lap 6.
Pittman had a great jump on the restart, as did McCarl, who went around Paulus to grab second. But before the pass could become official, another yellow waved, moving Paulus back in front of McCarl. At that point, Paulus knew his line around the oval wasn't working fast enough to stay in the lead pack.
"Daryn and I had two good starts together, we ran side-by-side racing and both starts ended up getting a caution," Paulus said. "On the third start, the motor stumbled and he got a good jump on me. I really didn't have a whole lot for him and then Terry McCarl got by me and the yellow came out. I knew then I was going to have to move around on the track to find another spot to run because where I was wasn't going to be good enough to take second. We moved around in Turns 3 and 4 and got faster. We kept sticking in the middle to the bottom in Turns 1 and 2 and chasing down Daryn in lapped traffic and I just don't think he had a car that would go anywhere but the top. We could run anywhere, high, low, it didn't matter."
So Paulus moved around on the track, trying to keep up with Pittman while behind him Kraig Kinser worked his way back around Tatnell and went to work on McCarl. Kinser repeatedly looked to the outside of McCarl, finally making the pass the Lap 12 as the top five hit traffic.
With the top three racing nose-to-tail, Paulus peaked to the inside of Pittman several times before he powered his way to the front as they exited Turn 2 on Lap 16.
Kinser followed close behind and stole second three laps later, also on the exit of Turn 2, while McCarl slid into third by motoring around Pittman on the high side of Turns 3 and 4.
Paulus continued to smoothly work through traffic as the track began to take rubber in each turn. Kinser kept pace with Paulus as the laps wound down, but he had no chance to make a move and settled for second.
"It was definitely hard," said Kraig Kinser, who won the preliminary feature Friday at Knoxville Raceway and was credited with his fourth A-feature victory of 2005 when the main event was rained out on Saturday. "It was hard to get around somebody and actually clear them before the straightaway because you really had to have them cleared before you got there. I thought we were going to be in trouble there at the start of the race, so we just kind of slid back and couldn't keep up with the guys in front of us. As the race kept going we kept getting better and better. At the end there, we just ran out of time."
Once in front, Paulus had no idea who it was chasing him down, he just knew he couldn't let up.
"I had no idea," said Paulus, who has five top-five runs this season and collected $10,000 for winning Tuesday night. "I figured Daryn and Terry were right there. I didn't even know Kraig was in the mix. I knew that as long as I didn't make mistakes, they weren't just going to drive by us.
"I watched the second Dash and the guys who ran the bottom went backwards. I watched the "B" and the guys who ran the bottom went backwards. I thought, 'Well, that's been my line all night. If it's not there anymore I'll have to move around the track in the feature.' I couldn't imagine why anybody couldn't run down there. I just committed to it early."
And he made it work. McCarl knew he would have a tough time with Paulus after he got around him and then had the caution wave on Lap 6, moving Paulus back to second.
"These guys are so smart out here you don't want to give them two chances because nobody is going to let you get by again," said McCarl, who has won six Huset's track championships. "Brian did a great job. He had a good car. We had a great car all night. We went out and qualified with quick time. It's like home for me so getting a top three is great.
"I was real disappointed when Knoxville got rained out the second night. I felt we were faster than that fourth place the night before. We're building momentum, we're learning so much every night. I think we're coming into our stride at the right time of year."
Once in front, Paulus stretched his advantage to more than a second as he pulled away and let the rest of the field shake itself out.
* Joey Saldana, who was injured in a three-car crash during a heat race June 17 at Eagle Raceway, is expected to return to action July 1 in the preliminary feature of the Duel in the Dakotas at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. Saldana, who had a concussion that resulted in spells of dizziness, has vastly improved and should be fully ready to compete Friday night.
* In the Stacker 2® Dash, Brian Paulus raced into the lead in Turn 2 on the first lap and stretched his advantage to 2.2 seconds at the finish as Terry McCarl surged past Shane Stewart. Brooke Tatnell, Tim Shaffer and Jason Meyers made up the rest of the inside first six rows of the feature.
* In the second Dash, Daryn Pittman charged to the high side of the track and drove by Kraig Kinser and pulled away to the checkered flag. Kinser held on for second ahead of Sammy Swindell, Paul McMahan, Steve Kinser and Danny Wood, to make up the outside first six rows of the feature.
* In the B-main, Craig Dollansky started on the pole and eventually posted an easy victory as the battle for the final transfer spot heated up behind him. Kevin Swindell had challenged for the lead before a caution flew. Afterward, Dollansky took charge as Swindell fended off Billy Alley. Mark Dobmeier then joined the action and snuck past Alley late in the race.
* In heat race action, the winners included Collin Northway, Donny Schatz, Tim Kaeding and Jason Sides.
* Terry McCarl paced the 33-car field with a lap around the 3/8-mile oval in 11.067 seconds. McCarl established the track record of 10.426 seconds on Aug. 17, 2002.
* The Outlaws opens the Independence Day Weekend July 1-2 with the Duel in the Dakotas at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D., then race July 4 at Cedar Lake Speedway in Somerset, Wis., July 6 at The Raceway at Powercom Park in Beaver Dam, Wis., and July 8 at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., where the series will be racing in conjunction with the NASCAR event at Chicagoland Speedway.
* The Outdoor Channel will air on June 29 the race June 9 from I-96 Speedway. All of the action from the Eagle Nationals will air at 8 p.m. (ET) on July 6 on The Outdoor Channel.
* If fans can't get to a track to see the series, they can experience the excitement of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series live on Dirtvision.com through the DIRT Radio Network. To listen to the audio broadcasts, log on to www.dirtvision.com and click on the DIRT Radio Network logo. Listeners will need Windows Media Player 9 or higher to listen to the DIRT Radio Network. For technical support or questions, e-mail email@example.com.