Four Score: Kinser Wins Fourth Race at I-96 Speedway & Fourth Race of 2008 Lake Odessa, MI-- July 25, 2008-- Steve Kinser began and ended Friday on top, as he first set a new track record in time trials at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa,...
Four Score: Kinser Wins Fourth Race at I-96 Speedway & Fourth Race of 2008
Lake Odessa, MI-- July 25, 2008-- Steve Kinser began and ended Friday on top, as he first set a new track record in time trials at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan and wrapped up the night in the Victory Lane, after claiming his fourth Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature win of the season.
The win was the fourth of Kinser's career at I-96 Speedway with the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. He took home $10,000 for the triumph, which was the 547th of his career.
"We had a good car all night," said Kinser. "We've always run good here and you can't complain about that. I do enjoy coming here to race."
Kinser started on the pole of the 30-lap A-Feature at the half-mile aboard the Q Oil Maxim and quickly shot to the lead at the drop of the green, with Craig Dollansky chasing him. For each of the first five laps, Dollansky would look high exiting the first and second turns, along with the third and fourth turns, as Kinser ran the bottom of the track. Each time, Kinser would maintain his advantage.
The pair entered lapped traffic by just the fifth lap as they were setting a blistering pace. Five laps later they were in heavy lapped traffic, which gave Dollansky a chance to close in on Kinser and make a bid for the lead. On the 13th lap, Dollansky dove under Kinser exiting the third and fourth turns to inch ahead, and won a drag race down the front stretch, to be officially credited with leading the lap.
As the pair charged into the first and second turns on the 14th lap, Chad Blonde got sideways right in front of Dollansky, collecting him, while Kinser was able to take evasive action.
"I stuck on the bottom too long and I knew I was getting loose down there and not carrying enough steam," Kinser noted. "I probably should have moved up about four, five or six laps earlier or maybe even before that. I waited a little too long and Craig (Dollansky) got by us just before the (No.) 5 car got sideways in front of him. I don't know if I would have been able to have reeled him back in or not, but I should never have let him get by me anyway."
Kinser was right on Dollansky battling to take the lead back when Blonde spun, and the 20-time series champion went off the track, but never stopped, and thus by way of World of Outlaws rules he retained his spot on the track, which made him the leader, with Dollansky taking his car to the work area with a flat right rear tire. Dollansky wound up 12th at the finish.
"It was real close, but I had enough room to dive off the end of the track," Kinser explained of the spin in front of the leaders. "I gathered everything back up."
Kinser led on the restart, with Joey Saldana getting around Chad Kemenah to move into the runner-up position, with Donny Schatz closing in on Kemenah and taking the third spot from him.
In open race track, Kinser began to pull away though just five laps after the restart, he was back in lapped traffic. With nine laps remaining, Kinser sliced through the middle of two lapped cars that were running on the high and low side of the track exiting the first turn. Just a couple laps later, Donny Schatz got around Saldana to snare the runner-up spots and set his sights on the leader.
The final caution of the night flew with just four laps remaining, setting up a shootout between Kinser and Schatz. A strong restart gave Kinser a healthy advantage. Schatz gained ground in turns three and four and with three laps remaining, he looked low of the fourth turn on Kinser. The next lap he pulled even with the leader on the back straightaway, with Kinser using the high side of turns three and four to retain his lead.
"I didn't really want to come around the top and have anyone get a run on me in (turn) one, since I wasn't getting into one very good up high," shared the native of Bloomington, Indiana. "I ran in there about three-quarters of the way and pretty good up in there."
Kinser continues a very consistent stretch of races in the month of July that has seen him finish in the Top-Five in nine of the last 11 World of Outlaws events. In that stretch was a $40,000 win at the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway in Pennsylvania last week.
"We are definitely gaining on everything," said Kinser. "We have been in the Top-Five every night other than the second night at the Grove (Williams Grove Speedway). We had some trouble there and found out what it was. We have been running good here lately."
Schatz, the two-time defending series champion lined up seventh aboard the Armor All J&J for the A-Feature on Friday night and he gained a spot on the opening lap getting around Jac Haudenschild, before working his way past Shane Stewart just two laps later. He then got around Chad Kemenah before passing Saldana late in the race to finish second.
"We had a decent car," said Schatz. "That last yellow gave us a shot at Steve (Kinser). I had every bit as good of a car, and I just pushed myself a little bit too far. I needed to slow down to go faster and I pushed myself to go faster. That's the way it goes. You win some and you lose some. This is a very tough place to race and we overcame some of the problems we have had here in the past. At least we were up there racing for a win anyway."
Jason Meyers started 10th and finished third at I-96 Speedway, to earn the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award for passing the most cars of any driver in the A-Feature. It took him just 13 laps to work his way into the Top-Five, piloting the GLR Investments KPC. He began the night by turning the second quickest lap in time trials.
"We had a great race in the feature," said Meyers. "I kind of made a mistake, because I didn't think that work they did (on the track) after the dash would make a difference. I was way too tight in the dash and we came in and changed the car around and had a great race car. There guys did a great job with an engine change and everything that goes along with it. To come from 10th to third at this place is tough, so we are happy with that. If we would have had a little bit longer of a race and one more yellow, I think we would have had something for the leaders."
Late in the race, Schatz tried the bottom of the track as he made a bid for the lead on Kinser. The runner-up finish was his 28 Top-Five finish of the season, and he remains the only driver that has finished in the Top-10 in every event this season as he chases his third consecutive title.
"That's where my car was better, but we just wore it out down there," said Schatz of the low side of the track. "I kept making mistakes and running in too hard. I couldn't keep my left side tires down on the bottom. It kept sliding out and when it did that, I had just let it drive across. I just wanted to keep some speed. I wish we would have had a few more laps, but it ended when it did and we did the best we could."
Meyers moved into the Top-Five just before the halfway point of the race, before taking fourth from Chad Kemenah with seven laps to go. With just two laps remaining, he was able to take the third spot from Joey Saldana, who would finish fourth aboard the Budweiser/Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI.
"We were about running the same line (as Donny Schatz) and he had a pretty good car," noted Meyers. "I was able to get around Joey (Saldana) late. He was rolling pretty well around here and is always really good at this track. We are pleased with the night."
Chad Kemenah finished fifth driving the Kantor Oil Company Maxim, with Jac Haudenschild in sixth, piloting the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Maxim. Daryn Pittman was seventh in the Titan Garages Maxim. Shane Stewart was eighth in the Roth Motorsports KPC, with Kraig Kinser just behind him in ninth in the Bass Pro Shops Maxim. Kerry Madsen rounded out the Top-10 in the TK Concrete Maxim.
The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action on Saturday, July 26 at K-C Raceway in Ohio.
I-96 SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK
* FAST QUALIFIER: Steve Kinser paced the 23 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked half-mile oval at 15.093 seconds at 119.261 mph. For his qualifying effort, Kinser earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Jason Meyers (4), Craig Dollansky (3), Donny Schatz (2), and Kraig Kinser (1).
* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Jac Haudenschild, Shane Stewart and Chad Kemenah won heat races... Steve Kinser won the Crane Cams Dash.
* UP NEXT: A stop at K-C Raceway in Ohio on Saturday, July 26 for a full racing program on the high-banked 3/8-mile, where Terry McCarl won a thrilling race with Donny Schatz last season.
Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; I-96 Speedway; Lake Odessa, MI; July 25, 2008
1) 11-Steve Kinser 15.093
2) 14-Jason Meyers 15.106
3) 2-Craig Dollansky 15.248
4) 15-Donny Schatz 15.256
5) 20-Kraig Kinser 15.370
6) 21-Daryn Pittman 15.385
7) 5C-Chad Hillier 15.397
8) 9-Joey Saldana 15.408
9) 8K-Chad Kemenah 15.445
10) R19-Jac Haudenschild 15.460
11) 83-Shane Stewart 15.468
12) 75-Dean Jacobs 15.575
13) 7S-Jason Sides 15.591
14) 24-Terry McCarl 15.637
15) 55-Kerry Madsen 15.689
16) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. 15.720
17) 2M-Dustin Daggett 15.834
18) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 15.894
19) 1-Sean Robinson 16.033
20) 6-Paul McMahan 16.077
21) 46-Robert Huisken 17.009
22) 1A-Mark Aldrich 17.292
23) 5B-Chad Blonde 21.584
Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) R19-Jac Haudenschild
2) 11-Steve Kinser
3) 15-Donny Schatz
4) 5C-Chad Hillier
5) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.
6) 7S-Jason Sides
7) 1-Sean Robinson
8) 1A-Mark Aldrich
Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 83-Shane Stewart
2) 9-Joey Saldana
3) 14-Jason Meyers
4) 20-Kraig Kinser
5) 2M-Dustin Daggett
6) 24-Terry McCarl
7) 6-Paul McMahan
8) 5B-Chad Blonde
Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 8K-Chad Kemenah
2) 2-Craig Dollansky
3) 75-Dean Jacobs
4) 21-Daryn Pittman
5) 55-Kerry Madsen
6) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
7) 46-Robert Huisken
Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting
positions of A-feature)
1) 11-Steve Kinser
2) 8K-Chad Kemenah
3) 9-Joey Saldana
4) 2-Craig Dollansky
5) 83-Shane Stewart
6) R19-Jac Haudenschild
7) 15-Donny Schatz
8) 21-Daryn Pittman
9) 20-Kraig Kinser
10) 14-Jason Meyers
A-main (30 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 11-Steve Kinser [$10,000]
2) 15-Donny Schatz [$5,500]
3) 14-Jason Meyers [$3,200]
4) 9-Joey Saldana [$2,800]
5) 8K-Chad Kemenah [$2,500]
6) R19-Jac Haudenschild [$2,300]
7) 21-Daryn Pittman [$2,200]
8) 83-Shane Stewart [$2,100]
9) 20-Kraig Kinser [$2,050]
10) 55-Kerry Madsen [$2,000]
11) 24-Terry McCarl [$1,500]
12) 2-Craig Dollansky [$1,200]
13) 5C-Chad Hillier [$1,100]
14) 7S-Jason Sides [$1,050]
15) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. [$1,000]
16) 6-Paul McMahan [$900]
17) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [$800]
18) 1A-Mark Aldrich [$800]
19) 2M-Dustin Daggett [$800]
20) 75-Dean Jacobs [$800]
21) 5B-Chad Blonde [$800]
22) 1-Sean Robinson [$800]
23) 46-Robert Huisken [$800]
Lap Leaders: Steve Kinser 1-12, 14-30; Craig Dollansky 13
Chicken Hawk Hot Lap Award: Steve Kinser
Penske Power Position Award: Jason Meyers
KSE Hard Charger Award: Jason Meyers
SuperClean Start of the Night Award: Craig Dollansky