I-55 race report

Kraig Kinser Sweeps World of Outlaws Sprint Series Racing Weekend With Victory At I-55 Raceway Pevely, MO -- April 2, 2005 -- Kraig Kinser surged to the front in only six laps Saturday night at I-55 Raceway and held off the charging Craig ...

Kraig Kinser Sweeps World of Outlaws Sprint Series Racing Weekend With Victory At I-55 Raceway

Pevely, MO -- April 2, 2005 -- Kraig Kinser surged to the front in only six laps Saturday night at I-55 Raceway and held off the charging Craig Dollansky to win a World of Outlaws Sprint Series feature for the second consecutive night.

Kinser, who started on the pole and easily won Friday at Batesville Speedway, was forced to work a little harder last night. He started seventh, but followed Tim Kaeding to the front on the 1/3-mile high-banked oval in one of the most intense races this season. With a high cushion and multiple grooves working, cars slid back and forth, high and low on seemingly every inch of dirt for the entire 40-lap race.

By the fifth lap, Kinser and Kaeding were swapping second place as they chased down pole-sitter Jason Meyers. One lap later, Kinser showed off his horsepower and setup by sliding around Kaeding on the outside of Turn 2 and then grabbing the lead from Meyers on the low side exiting Turn 4.

But Dollansky wasn't going to let Kinser run away with the race. He went low into Turn 3 and pinned Kaeding to the bottom. He carried his momentum off of Turn 4 and into second before the caution flew on Lap 31, eliminating Kinser's straightaway advantage.

On the restart with two lapped cars between Mean 15 racers Kinser and Dollansky, Kinser shot out to the lead once again. By the time Dollansky was able to work through the traffic, he ran out of time to catch Kinser, who won by about a half-straightaway.

"I could not imagine having a better weekend," said Kinser, a native of Bloomington, Ind., who collected a combined $20,000 for his two victories. "I just hope this good luck and good fortune continues.

"I followed Kaeding the first couple of laps and I saw that he was losing a little bit running the bottom in Turns 1 and 2 so I went around the top and got him. Then I just reeled Meyers in because he didn't know the bottom was coming in. He couldn't do anything until someone got by him."

Following Kinser and Dollansky to the finish in the thrilling A-main were Kaeding, Steve Kinser, Donny Schatz and Daryn Pittman.

"This racetrack produces some real good racing," Dollansky said. "You can get a couple of grooves going. You can do the sliding back and forth. It seems like an exciting racetrack for the fans."

It also marked the first time since he took the points lead last month in Las Vegas that Dollansky has finished ahead of Steve Kinser in a feature. After being tied in points with Kinser entering the night, his second-place run was enough to boost him back atop the standings, four points ahead of Steve Kinser and 55 points ahead of Kraig Kinser.

"It's been a good strong start to the season," said Dollansky, of Elk River, Minn. "It's a long season but it's always good to get a good start and not have to play catch-up. I'm really happy with what's going on with this race team right now. We just have to stay on top of our game and do the right things."

For Kaeding, a Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award contender, a third-place run gives his Dennis Roth-owned Beef Packers team some momentum as the series heads to Eldora Speedway next weekend.

"It was a good old time," said Kaeding, of San Jose, Calif. "It was a lot better than the last couple of weeks. We actually finished decent and got a top five.

"We run a lot of bull rings like this back home. It was more of my setup just because you can get up on the cushion. I'm not a good bottom runner, but somehow we got around on the bottom decent, too. Our biggest thing right now is getting laps in and finishing races."

In the Stacker 2® Dash, Meyers went to the high side in Turn 1 on the fourth lap to slide past Chad Kemenah and earn his first pole position of the season. In the second dash, Terry McCarl started on the pole and quickly built a big lead and won while Pittman and Dollansky waged a fierce battle for second.

In the B-main, Joey Saldana surged into the lead at the drop of the green flag and cruised around on the cushion for a victory.

In the first heat, Tim Shaffer lined up on the outside of the front row, charged into the lead at the drop of the green flag and led all 10 laps. In Heat No. 2, Danny Lasoski cruised around the low side of the track and held off a high-side charge from McCarl to win. In the third heat, Kelly Kinser started on the pole and led all 10 laps for the victory. Kemenah won a wild Heat No. 4 that featured three-wide racing as drivers fought to finish in the top five to earn a transfer spot to the feature.

Steve Kinser paced the 49-car field with a lap around the 1/3-mile high-banked oval in 10.211 seconds at 117.509 mph, barely off of Stevie Smith's track record 10.189 seconds set on March 30, 2002.

"The track was a little better for the earlier guys [who qualified]," Steve Kinser said. "I went out early and the track slowed down a little bit as the later guys went out."

Next weekend, April 8-9, the World of Outlaws Sprint Series rolls into historic Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Last season, Sammy Swindell, Jason Sides, Dale Blaney, Danny Lasoski and Steve Kinser all won features at Eldora, which was purchased during the off-season by Lasoski's car owner and NASCAR star, Tony Stewart.

All the action from I-55 Raceway can be seen at 8 p.m. ET April 13 on The Outdoor Channel. This week on The Outdoor Channel, coverage from the Texas Shootout at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas, can be seen at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6.


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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kraig Kinser , Chad Kemenah , Tim Kaeding