Lebanon Valley Speedway Win Expands Steve Kinser's Point Lead Steve Kinser notched his first World of Outlaws A-feature win in over a month Sunday night, leading all twenty-five laps at Lebanon Valley Speedway. Kinser's tenth win of the season...
Lebanon Valley Speedway Win Expands Steve Kinser's Point Lead
Steve Kinser notched his first World of Outlaws A-feature win in over a month Sunday night, leading all twenty-five laps at Lebanon Valley Speedway. Kinser's tenth win of the season extended his point lead to fifty-eight over Danny Lasoski, and eased the disappointment of losing an engine while leading on Saturday night at Williams Grove.
"We've just had some terrible luck the last month and a half or so," The eighteen time Outlaw champion said. "We were leading it last night and going to run away with it when we threw a rod and blew a motor with six laps to go. We've run good everywhere we've been this year, we've just had some flat tires, and things like that here recently. We've pretty much been a top 3 car everywhere we've been."
Kinser earned his eighth pole position of the season by advancing from third to win the first dash, and led the field into turn one at the drop of the green flag. Before the first lap was completed, a multiple-car tangle in turn four resulted in Donny Schatz getting upside down, and Tim Shaffer stopping with front suspension damage. Schatz was uninjured, but done for the night, while Shaffer made repairs and restarted at the back of the field.
Kinser once again got the advantage on the restart, and led Danny Wood and Kevin Gobrecht Rookie-of-the Year contender Erin Crocker at the completion of the first lap. A lap five red flag for Bob Bennett's punctured fuel cell erased Kinser's fifteen car length lead. Bennet was able to quickly exit his machine, but was unable to make repairs for the restart.
When green flag action resumed, Kinser, whose last World of Outlaws A-feature victory came on June 22 at Dodge City Kansas, pulled away to a half-straightaway lead over Wood. Heavy lapped traffic on lap fifteen allowed Wood to close to within ten car lengths, and by lap eighteen Kinser and Wood were nose to tail, with Crocker just five car lengths behind them.
Kinser made a bold move around the outside of Tim Shaffer in turn three on lap twenty one, putting Shaffer a lap down and again extending his lead to ten car lengths. The "King of the Outlaws" held on to win by fifteen car lengths over Wood, with Joey Saldana getting by Crocker in the last corner to take third.
"The top went away, and it got a little bit of rubber down on the bottom, but we weren't really set up to run down there," said Kinser after the event. "We worked pretty well on the top , and that's where we were able to get our positions in the heat and the dash."
Second place finisher Danny Wood talked about his best finish since returning to Outlaw competition:
"We got to traffic, and I could see (Steve Kinser) there, and I got close to him a couple of times, but that's why they call him the King. I wanted it real bad, but I'm thrilled to be out here after running second. We just got back out on the (World of Outlaws) tour. My crew chief Mike Thurmond, this is only about our third race together, and we're starting to get things worked out and maybe we can get this PRT Travel Wright One Construction car back up front."
"First Lady" Erin Crocker's fourth place finish was the best of her rookie season.
"I have to thank Mike Woodring for giving me the opportunity to do this," she said in a post-race interview. "This is our rookie year, and we've struggled, but it's great to be here and run top five in our back yard. I'm a racer, and I'm pretty disappointed to lose that position on the last lap, but it's our best finish this year, and so it's something positive that we can build on"
Donny Schatz's first lap accident and subsequent twenty-fourth place finish, combined with Jason Meyers' eighteenth top five finish of the season resulted in Meyers moving past Schatz to third in the season point standings.