Las Vegas: Saturday finale report

Shaffer sweeps J.D. Byrider Outlaw Nationals. LAS VEGAS, NV (March 1) -- Tim Shaffer took advantage of Jason Meyers' engine problems for the second straight night and led the final 12 laps to complete his sweep of the J.D. Byrider Outlaw...

Shaffer sweeps J.D. Byrider Outlaw Nationals.

LAS VEGAS, NV (March 1) -- Tim Shaffer took advantage of Jason Meyers' engine problems for the second straight night and led the final 12 laps to complete his sweep of the J.D. Byrider Outlaw Nationals at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday.

The $20,000 victory was the sixth of Shaffer's O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series career. It was also the first double-feature sweep for the 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year.

"My team's been doing a great job," Shaffer said of Dennis Roth's Beef Packers crew led by Mark Ellis. "Jason had a better car early, but you have to finish the races. I think he hurt a motor again tonight, but when you have a team like I have -- they've just been perfect. I've messed up a little bit, but I think I'm doing better each night out. We were a little bit tight early, but the track was going away a little bit and I think we were better at the end. I just tried to be comfortable and make good laps out there."

Shaffer earned the privilege of starting the 30-lap main event on the pole by winning the Dash Race. He drove the #83 Beef Packers Eagle into the lead as the green flag fell, only to have Meyers pass him deep in the third corner.

Meyers, the World of Outlaws Gumout Series Rookie of the Year in 2000, was 15 car-lengths ahead of Shaffer when he entered lapped traffic five laps into the race. Shaffer closed to within six car-lengths in dense traffic within two laps, however.

Shaffer raced wheel-to-wheel with Meyers through turns one and two early in lap nine, but was unable to surge ahead.

Danny Lasoski, who drove the #83 during the late 1990s, passed Johnny Herrera for third place deep in the fourth corner five laps later. Steve Kinser, who won both main events at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway a year ago, took the leaders out of lapped traffic midway through the race when he stopped his #11 Quaker State Maxim in turn two with a flat right rear tire.

Jac Haudenschild, who entered the J.D. Byrider Outlaw Nationals finale leading the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series point standings, started inside the seventh row. "The Wild Child" passed four cars during the first half of the race, then took the low line through turn four to pass Joey Saldana for eighth place late in lap 16.

Craig Dollansky and Haudenschild passed fast-qualifier Shane Stewart for sixth and seventh place two laps later. Tim Kaeding, who won the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series' 25th Anniversary Season opener at Kings Speedway, stopped on the front straightaway with mechanical problems early in the 18th lap. Engine trouble forced Meyers to stop in the second corner during the caution period, giving Shaffer the lead.

Saldana raced back toward the front after the green flag replaced the yellow, driving his family's #17 Eagle Raceway Eagle past Stewart and Haudenschild during the 20th and 23rd laps to claim sixth place.

Shaffer was 12 car-lengths ahead of Lasoski when he caught the back-markers with 5 ½ laps remaining. Shaffer took the checkered flag as "The Dude" drove defending NASCAR Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle through turn four. Lasoski, the 2001 O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series champion, regained the points lead with the runner-up run.

Jason Sides finished in third place, ahead of Herrera, Dollansky, Saldana, "The Wild Child," Donny Schatz, Stewart and 20th-starting Daryn Pittman.

Mark Kinser, who won three of the first five "A" Features the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series ran at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, raced past nine cars to finish 12th.

Stewart, the runner-up the 2002 Gumout Series point standings, slashed .127 seconds off the single-lap record Randy Hannagan set at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last November. Stewart circled the semi-banked, ½-mile oval in 13.788 seconds, an average speed of 130.548 M.P.H.

Roth's other driver, three-time O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series champion Sammy Swindell, wasn't celebrating. Series officials found his #83 Ore-Cal Eagle to be under the 1,375-pound weight limit following the qualifying session. Swindell could have increased the weight of the car and taken a lap at the end of the qualifying session -- where he would have been scored no better than 17th -- but he decided not to race.

The O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series will run a double-feature event at Hollywood Hills Speedway in San Felipe Pueblo, NM, Saturday and Sunday.

-WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Randy Hannagan , Mark Ellis , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Tim Kaeding