World of Outlaws' second preliminary program at Las Vegas Motor Mark Kinser Fends off Sickness, Rivals in Las Vegas Prelim LAS VEGAS, NV (March 1) -- Mark Kinser is as tough a driver as there is in auto racing. For several weeks in the late...
World of Outlaws' second preliminary program at Las Vegas Motor
Mark Kinser Fends off Sickness, Rivals in Las Vegas Prelim
LAS VEGAS, NV (March 1) -- Mark Kinser is as tough a driver as there is in auto racing. For several weeks in the late 1980s, he used part of an old bumper as a crutch as he hobbled to and from his sprint car.
The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' two-time champion didn't let cold symptoms slow him down Friday during the second preliminary program at the Sixth Annual Silver State Shootout at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kinser put together a near-perfect performance on his way to winning the Preliminary Feature.
"Anybody who doesn't like Las Vegas doesn't know how to have fun," said Kinser, who has won three main events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "Actually, I have a pretty bad cold this week, but once you get in the car you completely block that stuff out."
Kinser, the fastest qualifier in the 37-car field, was .107 seconds faster than second-quick Sammy Swindell. Finishing third in the First Heat Race was Kinser's only blemish of the evening as he won the First O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash and led all 25 laps in the Preliminary Feature.
"I'm a notoriously slow starter -- I think we went a month last year before I won my first race," Kinser said. "It's nice to get a win this early, and get my confidence and help the crew keep theirs up. Those guys work so hard out here and when you're not winning races, you're letting them down. Last night, we were just victims of circumstance. The inside was the place to start tonight, and we had it all night long. I knew we had a top-five car tonight, but lapped traffic can make you or break you. When things are going your way, you hate to see the caution flag, especially with guys like Sammy and Steve (Kinser) behind you. Luckily, we were able to pull it off tonight."
Kinser, whose crew replaced a rocker arm on the #5M Mopar Maxim after the First Heat Race, burst into the lead from the pole as the green flag fell in the Preliminary Feature. Mark's second cousin, 16-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Steve Kinser, challenged Swindell throughout the opening lap, but was unable to pass his longtime rival for second place.
Donny Schatz, who won the 1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series season finale at LVMS, lost sixth place when he spun in turn two early in the second lap.
Defending Silver State Shootout champion Danny Lasoski passed Danny Wood for fifth place deep in the first corner as the green flag replaced the yellow. Third Heat Race winner Jason Meyers took the high line around Wood in turn four for sixth place the next time around.
"Mopar Mark" was 1.3 seconds ahead of Swindell when the leaders entered lapped traffic seven laps into the race. Meyers, the 2000 World of Outlaws Gumout Series Rookie of the Year, steered his family's #14 Maxim into the high groove between the first and second corners to pass Lasoski for fifth place late in the seventh lap.
Stevie Smith and Lasoski passed Joey Saldana for fourth and fifth place, respectively, during the 11th and 12th laps. Smith drove the #11H Vivarin Maxim around Meyers high between turns three and four to take over fourth place late in lap 13.
Schatz took the leaders out of lapped traffic two laps later when he spun in the second corner. Smith chased Steve Kinser around the semi-banked, ½-mile oval for almost a whole lap after the race resumed and passed him for third place in the high groove between turns three and four. Two laps later, Smith used an identical move to pass Swindell for second place.
Mark Kinser was 6.3 seconds ahead of his closest pursuers when he caught the back-markers with 4 ½ laps remaining. Swindell and Steve Kinser took the inside line through the second corner to pass Smith for second and third place during laps 22 and 23. "The King of the Outlaws" battled Swindell during the final two laps, but was unable to drive his #11 Quaker State Maxim into the runner-up spot. Mark Kinser took the checkered flag with 1.9 seconds to spare.
Smith raced into fourth place from outside the fifth row. Meyers finished fifth, ahead of Lasoski, Tim Shaffer, Saldana, 17th-starting Johnny Herrera and Daryn Pittman. Despite spinning twice, Schatz drove the #15 Parker Stores J&J into 11th place.
Shaffer won the "B" Feature and drove the #83 Beef Packers Eagle past 11 cars to finish seventh in the evening's main event.