Mark Kinser regains points lead with Lakeside victory. KANSAS CITY, KS (April 24) -- Mark Kinser regained the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points lead Wednesday with a flag-to-flag victory at Lakeside Speedway. The two-time series...
Mark Kinser regains points lead with Lakeside victory.
KANSAS CITY, KS (April 24) -- Mark Kinser regained the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points lead Wednesday with a flag-to-flag victory at Lakeside Speedway.
The two-time series champion's third "A" Feature victory of the year was the 150th of his career. Kinser leads cousin Steve Kinser by six points heading into this weekend's double-feature event at Knoxville Raceway.
"We didn't run very well in Talladega last weekend, so we had to make up for it here tonight," Kinser said. "My hat's off to all the fans who came out here tonight. I know it was really cold and windy up there in the stands, and that kind of weather makes it pretty tough to get a good race track. But we got this one in, and that's what we came here to do."
Kinser, who finished only 30 points behind Danny Lasoski in their fierce, yet friendly battle for the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series championship a year ago, led the points race for three events in late March. His return to first place in the point standings marks the fourth lead change through the first 14 events this season. "The Dude" has led the point standings twice for six events and 16-time champion Steve Kinser led the race once for four events.
Kinser drove the #5M Mopar Maxim to victory in each race he entered Wednesday -- the Second Heat Race, the First O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash and the 30-lap main event.
"Mopar Mark" burst into the lead from the pole as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. He was approaching lapped traffic late in the fourth lap when Dan Oswalt spun in front of him in the fourth corner.
"Dan Oswalt is one of my good friends out here," Kinser said. "He was trying a groove that just wasn't going to work tonight and, unfortunately, he turned the car around just as we were coming up to lap him."
Randy Hannagan took advantage of the early restart, driving the #1X K&C Drywall Eagle past Jac Haudenschild deep in turn four to take over fifth place. Lasoski, who set quick-time and started inside the fourth row, passed "The Wild Child" for sixth place in the low groove between turns one and two the next time around.
Kinser was six car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers when he entered lapped traffic 10 laps into the race.
Brad Furr's #2 Sanmina/SCI Eagle lost its nose wing on the back straightaway with 2½ laps remaining, bringing out the caution flag and tightening the field. Hannagan was on the move again when the green flag replaced the yellow, passing Johnny Herrera for third place deep in the second corner. Brooke Tatnell raced past Tim Shaffer in the low groove between turns three and four for ninth place. Tatnell, who started inside the seventh row, passed Craig Dollansky for eighth place with a similar move late in lap 29.
Mark was a half-straightaway ahead of cousin Steve when he took the checkered flag.
"Steve is the best in the business when it comes to restarts, but sometimes someone from third or fourth can come up and surprise you as well," Mark said. "The competition out here is just so tough, I think this year it may be as tough as it's ever been."
Hannagan finished in third place, ahead of Herrera, Danny Lasoski, Haudenschild, Daryn Pittman, Tatnell, Dollansky and Shaffer.
Donny Schatz raced past eight cars, driving the #15 Parker Stores J&J into 15th place from inside the 12th row.
"The Dude" paced the qualifying session for the fourth time this year, circling the semi-banked, ½-mile oval in 14.316 seconds, an average speed of 125.733 M.P.H.