Kinser Sweeps Las Vegas Outlaw Nationals LAS VEGAS, NV (March 5) -- Steve Kinser moved to within one "A" Feature victory of 500 in his incomparable career Friday at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when he completed his sweep of...
Kinser Sweeps Las Vegas Outlaw Nationals
LAS VEGAS, NV (March 5) -- Steve Kinser moved to within one "A" Feature victory of 500 in his incomparable career Friday at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when he completed his sweep of the Las Vegas Outlaw Nationals Presented by J.D. Byrider.
Kinser, who also won Thursday's Preliminary Feature, earned the privilege of starting the main event on the pole by winning the Dash Race, then led all 30 laps for his third victory of the season. The $12,000 victory, the third of his career at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, pushed "The King of the Outlaws" into first place in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series point standings.
"This feels really good," Kinser said. "I wish we wouldn't have gotten knocked out of the race at Perris (February 28th). I think we had that one well in hand until we got into a lapped car.
"This racecar has been performing really well. I could get into (turn) one on the bottom, and get back up in front of the lapped cars. (Crew chief) Scott Gerkin has been doing a tremendous job, and my brother, Randy, helps with the motors, and these Maxim cars have been working really well. When you have a team like this, it makes things a lot easier. Every time I go out on the racetrack, I'm afraid I'll get outrun -- that's my biggest fear in life. I just hope we can get this next win and get it over with."
The defending and 18-time series champion will get his first chance at victory #500 when the World of Outlaws runs a double-feature event at Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, TX, Friday and Saturday.
Kinser burst into the lead from the pole as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. Donny Schatz, whose #15 Parker Stores J&J experienced engine problems during the Dash Race, passed Paul McMahan and Brian Paulus with an inside move through turns three and four to take over fifth place late in lap three.
Kinser's #11 Quaker State Maxim was 10 car-lengths ahead of outside pole-sitter Craig Dollansky when he entered lapped traffic two laps later.
Jeff Hodgson and Jeremy Campbell crashed in the fourth corner late in the 10th lap, bringing out the caution flag and tightening the field. Campbell, racing in his first World of Outlaws Sprint Series event in 2004, pitted for repairs, restarted and eventually finished in 15th place. Hodgson restarted the race, only to have his front end collapse and send him crashing into the first-corner retaining wall. The red flag fell so officials could clear Hodgson's fuel from the racing surface. "B" Feature winner Terry McCarl lost eighth place as the race resumed, spinning into the turn-four retaining wall.
Schatz, the 2003 Motorsport Video Hard Charger award winner, continued his run toward the front after the green flag replaced the yellow. He passed defending Las Vegas Outlaw Nationals champion Tim Shaffer with an inside move between turns one and two early in the 11th lap, then took the high line around new track record holder Danny Lasoski in the same spot to claim third place eight laps later.
Dollansky was 15 car-lengths behind Kinser when they caught the back-markers during lap 21, but closed to within 10 car-lengths within a lap. The 2000 World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion caught "The King of the Outlaws" in dense lapped traffic midway through the 24th lap. Kinser opened a 12-car-length advantage the next time around, however, when he passed Andy Forsberg with a slide move.
Schatz took the low line through turns three and four in an attempt to pass Dollansky with 2 2/3 laps remaining, but "The Crowd Pleaser" drove the #7 VMAC Maxim over the cushion to retain second place.
Kinser beat Dollansky under the checkered flag by 10 car-lengths to claim the 499th main event victory of his World of Outlaws Sprint Series career. "The King of the Outlaws" enters the Lone Star Speedway event 19 points ahead of previous standings leader Tyler Walker.
Schatz finished in third place, ahead of Lasoski, Shaffer, McMahan, 15th-starting Shane Stewart, Paulus and Heat Race winners Kraig Kinser and Daryn Pittman.
Walker, whose fifth-place finish in the "B" Feature kept him from qualifying for the main event, started last in the "A" Feature when Mike Faria was unable to take the green flag. The 2002 Gumout Series champion drove Guy Forbrook's #5 Wirtgen/MPD Hand Controls Maxim past 13 cars to finish 11th in the main event.
Jason Meyers, who won the "A" Feature at Perris Auto Speedway a week ago, raced into 13th place from outside the 11th row.
Lasoski sliced .069 seconds off single-lap record Stewart set last March 1st with a 131.205-M.P.H. lap around Las Vegas' semi-banked, ½-mile oval.