'King' Breaks Cousin's Streak at Lakeside By Richard Day KANSAS CITY, KS (April 24) -- Steve Kinser knows how tough it is to put together a winning streak with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series then have it broken. He won 12 straight "A"...
'King' Breaks Cousin's Streak at Lakeside
By Richard Day
KANSAS CITY, KS (April 24) -- Steve Kinser knows how tough it is to put together a winning streak with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series then have it broken. He won 12 straight "A" Features in 1987 before Sammy Swindell beat him at Placerville Speedway.
"The King of the Outlaws," who has put together nine streaks of as many as five straight main event victories in his career, broke cousin Mark Kinser's five-race streak Tuesday at Lakeside Speedway. It was the series' first visit to the semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval since 1992 when it was paved.
Kinser started on the pole and drifted as far back as third place before passing Stevie Smith late in the 26th lap en route to his second "A" Feature victory of the season.
"Two wins isn't bad, but Mark just put together five in a row," Kinser said following the 447th of his career. "That's pretty tough to do these days. I think there was one time back in 1987 or so where we won 12 in a row, but those days are long over. The competition's just too tough today. You have to come out and run as hard as you can every night, or you're not going to win races."
Kinser, the sixth-fastest qualifier in the 26-car field, won every race he entered Tuesday -- the Third O'Reilly Heat Race, the CHANNELLOCK Dash and the 30-lap main event.
Danny Lasoski, who passed three cars in the CHANNELLOCK Dash to claim the outside pole position in the main event, beat Kinser through the second corner as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. Brian Paulus flipped in turn four before they completed the first lap, however.
Kinser beat "The Dude" out of turn two when the green flag replaced the red, only to have Jerrod Hull and Kerry Madsen crash in the second corner. Hull restarted at the rear of the field after replacing his right rear tire, but serious front-end damage kept Madsen in the pits.
"The King of the Outlaws" surged ahead in turn four on the third start, but Lasoski took the lead high in turn two several seconds later. Smith drove his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Maxim around Kinser high in the second corner early in the fifth lap.
Smith, who won the Second O'Reilly Heat Race, passed Lasoski for first place in the high groove between turns one and two as the leaders entered lapped traffic three laps later. Kinser relegated "The Dude" to third place early in the 13th lap with a high move into the second corner.
Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Mark Kinser exchanged third place with Lasoski during the 21st lap, then claimed the position with a high move through turn four two laps later.
Steve Kinser caught Smith early in lap 26, then drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim deep in the fourth corner to take the lead.
Brooke Tatnell's turn-three flip late in the 28th lap brought out the red flag and set up a two-lap dash to the checkered flag.
Kinser quickly opened a comfortable advantage and beat Smith across the finish line by half a straightaway.
"I was trying to work the bottom at the beginning, and Danny and Stevie were working the top pretty good," Steve explained. "I finally got to where I could hit the moisture getting into three, then come back out and catch the rubber in four. That's when we were able to get going a little better."
Mark Kinser increased his lead to 14 points over Lasoski by holding of "The Dude" for third place. Brad Furr finished fifth, ahead of Andy Hillenburg, fast-qualifier Craig Dollansky, First O'Reilly Heat Race winner Joey Saldana, "B" Feature winner Randy Hannagan and Donny Schatz.
Hillenburg, who started inside the ninth row, raced past seven cars in the first nine laps. He passed Jac Haudenschild with an inside move in turn four, then claimed sixth place by passing Dollansky low in the fourth corner as they raced for the checkered flag.
Dollansky was the only driver to break the 14-second barrier, pacing the qualifying session with a 129.348-m.p.h. lap. It was the fourth time Dollansky set quick-time in the first 12 events.
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