Lernerville results 2007-05-15

KINSER CRUISES TO WIN AT LERNERVILLE If only one word could be used to describe Steve Kinser's car on Tuesday night at Lernerville Speedway, that word would be dominate. Whether he was in open race track or the couple of times he hit lapped ...


If only one word could be used to describe Steve Kinser's car on Tuesday night at Lernerville Speedway, that word would be dominate. Whether he was in open race track or the couple of times he hit lapped traffic during the A-Feature, he continually added to his advantage en route to the win in the First Commonwealth Bank Clash and a $10,000 payday.

The victory was his 16th career A-Feature win at Lernerville Speedway and his 536th with the World of Outlaws. He began the night by handily winning the fourth heat and followed that up with a convincing win in the Crane Cams Dash.

He thus started the 35-lap A-Feature from the pole position for the first time this season. Tim Shaffer jumped to the second spot on the opening lap and began to chase Kinser. Just as the pair was about to enter lapped traffic, the caution flag flew on the fifth lap. Kinser used a strong restart to pull away, as he led every lap on his way to his third A-Feature win of the season.

"It feels good to win here," said Kinser, driver of the Q Oil Maxim. "We had a good race car all night. We went out and qualified pretty good. We had a good draw in the dash that helped as well. As good as everyone is running right now, you have to really start at the front."

With nine laps remaining in the A-Feature there was an open red flag, allowing the teams to come on the track and work on their cars. Kinser's team only put fuel in the car and made a slight adjustment air pressure to the tires. A couple of late restarts gave Joey Saldana a few chances to battle for the top spot, but Kinser powered his way to a sizeable advantage each time the green flag flew.

"The key was getting good restarts and using the momentum to get a good run into turn one and turn three," said the 20-time series champion. "Once I got a lap under me again under green I felt pretty comfortable with the car. You never know who can get a run at you on the restarts."

For Saldana, the runner-up finish was his 13th Top-Five finish of the season. He started the A-Feature in the third spot and on the sixth lap shot around Shaffer for the runner-up spot. He set his sights on Kinser and closed a couple of times on the straightaways, though Kinser continually pulled away through the corners.

"It was a good night for us," said Saldana, driver of the Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI. "We went out fairly late in time trials and the track definitely slowed down. Timing in the Top-10 was definitely a good effort for us. We tried a few things in the dash and weren't as good as we wanted to be, but we learned some stuff for the feature."

Jason Meyers made one of the most impressive passes of the race, as he shot to the outside of Tim Shaffer and Craig Dollansky on the 22nd lap, as the trio went three-wide down the back straightaway and into turn three, where he made the pass on his way to a third-finish.

"The crew is kind of questioning why we didn't win it, but we had another good race car tonight," said Meyers driver of the Primerica Financial Maxim. "We are still struggling a little bit on these intermediate sized race tracks. We still don't have things exactly right. It was a good thought. We ran sixth most of the race and I was able to make one good move and get to third. It's another run for the team. If we can run consistently in the Top-Three I will be happy."

After a slow start to the season, Kinser and his team appear to be hitting their stride as the weather warms up and the schedule picks up. This was evident in the A-Feature on Tuesday night, as he continually turned the fast lap of the race, with his best lap being over two miles per hour faster than anyone else on the track.

"It's the time of year when you race the most, and this is probably the best the car has felt all year," explained Kinser. "The track was easy to drive and I had a lot of confidence in what I was doing. I was able to get off the gas and get the car settled down. All year I have been running wide open and never letting the engine breathe and playing catch-up. It's nice to have this thing performing and being able to let it (the engine) breath a little when running out front."

Saldana worked the cushion for most of the race and his team made a few changes to his shocks during the red flag as he looked to chase down Kinser. After a strong run last Saturday night at Lake Ozark Speedway, the native of Brownsburg, Indiana carries plenty of momentum to Williams Grove Speedway later this week.

"We never really got to lapped traffic to see anything," lamented Saldana. "I really don't know if that would have played into our hands or his or someone else's. The way the race unfolded, we just have to learn from it and come back at the next race."

After another solid run, Meyers now has 10 Top-10 finishes in a row, dating back to the end of March. After winning his second race of the season last weekend and vaulting into the Top-Five in points, he is excited for the current Eastern swing the World of Outlaws are embarked on.

"Confidence is a big part of this and our guys are doing a great job," beamed Meyers. "Our confidence is up and we will carry that this week. Like I have said, we are going out to where Charlie Garrett is from and he wants to win one for him at Williams Grove."

Tim Shaffer returned to his home track and won the third heat to earn a spot in the Crane Cams Dash. He ran in the second spot early in the A-Feature as he closed in on Kinser a couple times before relinquishing the spot to Saldana. Later in the event, the native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania fell back to the sixth spot, but charged around Craig Dollansky on the 26th lap, on the restart after the red flag. He finished fourth to rack up his eighth Top-Five finish of the season.

"We're happy with it, but we're not at the same time," said Shaffer, driver of the Casey's General Stores Maxim. "I thought we had a shot at winning it, but the tire sealed up a little bit."

Shaffer, who won the Lernerville track championship in 1993 received a warm ovation every time he took to the track. He had a steady steam of fans stop by his trailer after the checkered flag flew, many reminiscing about his win in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup in 2005 at the track.

"In the past I always tried a little too hard here and I have learned to not try as hard and settle down," explained Shaffer. "It shows, because we have been doing better here."

Danny Lasoski rounded out the Top-Five in the First Commonwealth Bank Clash. The native of Dover, Missouri started 11th in the 35-lap event and methodically worked his way to the front in the Roth Motorsports Eagle. He slipped back to 10th on the sixth lap before making his charge to the front. With just three laps to go, he moved into the fifth position to earn his fifth Top-Five finish of the season.

After winning his first A-Feature of the season last Saturday, Craig Dollansky turned in another solid performance, finishing sixth in the Karavan Trailers Maxim. Steve Smith made his first World of Outlaws start of the season and was seventh in the Race Against the Abuse of Children Everywhere J&J. Jason Solwold finished eighth in the City Wide Insulation Maxim to earn his 11th Top-10 finish of the season. Donny Schatz recovered from rear end and ignition troubles early in the night to charge from the 25th starting spot to ninth in the final rundown. Tim Kaeding rounded out the Top-10 in the Volcano Joe's Coffee Schnee, filling in for Brooke Tatnell.

The World of Outlaws head east to the storied Williams Grove Speedway on Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18 for two full nights of racing.


* FAST QUALIFIER: Jason Meyers paced the 45 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked 0.4-mile oval in 12.959 seconds at 125.010 mph. For his qualifying effort, Meyers eared five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Bob Felmlee (4), Danny Lasoski (3), Daryn Pittman (2) and Dion Hindi (1).

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Justin Henderson, Jason Solwold, Tim Shaffer, and Steve Kinser won heat races. Chad Kemenah won the C-Main. Danny Smith won the B-Main. Steve Kinser won the Crane Cams dash.

* UP NEXT: A pair of events at the famed Williams Grove Speedway on Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18.


1) 14-Jason Meyers 12.959
2) 6F-Bob Felmlee 12.990
3) 83-Danny Lasoski 13.013
4) 21-Daryn Pittman 13.020
5) 11D-Dion Hindi 13.034
6) 20-Paul McMahan 13.056
7) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 13.096
8) 11-Steve Kinser 13.106
9) 9-Joey Saldana 13.114
10) R19-Jason Solwold 13.123
11) 6-Tim Shaffer 13.146
12) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 13.155
13) D1-Justin Henderson 13.170
14) 7-Craig Dollansky 13.171
15) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 13.172
16) 19-Stevie Smith 13.183
17) 20E-Brian Ellenberger 13.193
18) 25-Lance Dewease 13.204
19) 4-Danny Smith 13.215
20) 2-Tim Kaeding 13.226
21) 1X-Randy Hannagan 13.228
22) 8K-Zach Chappell 13.230
23) 5C-Chad Hillier 13.266
24) 36-Jason Martin 13.269
25) 8H-Shane Stewart 13.277
26) 9S-Kevin Schaeffer 13.328
27) W20-Greg Wilson 13.328
28) 35-Jac Haudenschild 13.333
29) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 13.367
30) 15-Donny Schatz 13.367
31) 7S-Jason Sides 13.383
32) 24-Terry McCarl 13.384
33) 2L-Ed Lynch Jr. 13.442
34) 11H-Kerry Madsen 13.446
35) 10-Carl Bowser 13.464
36) 3X-Chad Kemenah 13.484
37) 28-Brian Paulus 13.492
38) 33-Brent Matus 13.846
39) 16-Gary Rankin 14.247
40) 76-David Jones 14.422
41) 59-Terry Bowser 14.453
42) 4K-Bill Killey 14.671
43) 29-Robbie Bartchie 15.143
44) 6R-Shella Rankin 16.160
45) 7X-Richard Reinhart 16.855
46) 3J-Joey Butera -.---

1) D1-Justin Henderson
2) 9-Joey Saldana
3) 14-Jason Meyers
4) 1X-Randy Hannagan
5) 20E-Brian Ellenberger
6) 11D-Dion Hindi
7) 2L-Ed Lynch Jr.
8) 8H-Shane Stewart
9) 28-Brian Paulus
10) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
11) 59-Terry Bowser
12) 7X-Richard Reinhart

1) R19-Jason Solwold
2) 7-Craig Dollansky
3) 20-Paul McMahan
4) 25-Lance Dewease
5) 6F-Bob Felmlee
6) 15-Donny Schatz
7) 8K-Zach Chappell
8) 11H-Kerry Madsen
9) 9S-Kevin Schaeffer
10) 4K-Bill Killey
11) 3J-Joey Butera
12) 33-Brent Matus

1) 6-Tim Shaffer
2) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
3) 83-Danny Lasoski
4) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
5) 7S-Jason Sides
6) 5C-Chad Hillier
7) 4-Danny Smith
8) 10-Carl Bowser
9) 16-Gary Rankin
10) W20-Greg Wilson
11) 29-Robbie Bartchie

1) 11-Steve Kinser
2) 19-Stevie Smith
3) 21-Daryn Pittman
4) 35-Jac Haudenschild
5) 2-Tim Kaeding
6) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
7) 3X-Chad Kemenah
8) 24-Terry McCarl
9) 36-Jason Martin
10) 76-David Jones
11) 6R-Sheila Rankin

1) 11-Steve Kinser
2) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
3) 6-Tim Shaffer
4) 9-Joey Saldana
5) D1-Justin Henderson
6) R19-Jason Solwold
7) 14-Jason Meyers
8) 7-Craig Dollansky
9) 19-Stevie Smith
10) 6F-Bob Felmlee

1) 3X-Chad Kemenah
2) 10-Carl Bowser
3) 28-Brian Paulus [$125]
4) 16-Gary Rankin [$125]
5) 76-David Jones [$125]
6) 29-Robbie Bartchie [$100]
7) 6R-Shella Rankin [$100]
8) 3J-Joey Butera [$100]
9) 4K-Bill Killey [$100]
10) 7X-Richard Reinhart [$100]
11) 33-Brent Matus [$100]
12) 59-Terry Bowser [$100]

1) 4-Danny Smith
2) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
3) 11D-Dion Hindi
4) 8K-Zach Chappell
5) 5C-Chad Hillier [$200]
6) 2L-Ed Lynch Jr. [$180]
7) W20-Greg Wilson [$175]
8) 24-Terry McCarl [$160]
9) 15-Donny Schatz [$150]
10) 3X-Chad Kemenah [$150]
11) 11H-Kerry Madsen [$150]
12) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. [$150]
13) 10-Carl Bowser [$150]
14) 9S-Kevin Schaeffer [$150]
15) 8H-Shane Stewart [$150]
16) 36-Jason Martin [$150]

1) 11-Steve Kinser[1] [$10,000]
2) 9-Joey Saldana[4] [$5,500]
3) 14-Jason Meyers[7] [$3,200]
4) 6-Tim Shaffer[3] [$2,800]
5) 83-Danny Lasoski[11] [$2,500]
6) 7-Craig Dollansky[8] [$2,300]
7) 19-Stevie Smith[9] [$2,200]
8) R19-Jason Solwold[6] [$2,100]
9) 15-Donny Schatz[25] [$1,250]
10) 2-Tim Kaeding[20] [$2,000]
11) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[2] [$1,500]
12) D1-Justin Henderson[5] [$1,200]
13) 4-Danny Smith[19] [$1,100]
14) 21-Daryn Pittman[12] [$1,050]
15) 1X-Randy Hannagan[21] [$1,000]
16) 20-Paul McMahan[14] [$900]
17) 7S-Jason Sides[24] [$800]
18) 25-Lance Dewease[18] [$800]
19) 35-Jac Haudenschild[23] [$800]
20) 8K-Zach Chappell[22] [$800]
21) 24-Terry McCarl[27] [$0]
22) 20E-Brian Ellenberger[17] [$800]
23) 6F-Bob Felmlee[10] [$800]
24) 16-Gary Rankin[28] [$0]
25) 10C-Jeremy Campbell[15] [$800]
26) 2L-Ed Lynch Jr[26] [$0]
27) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[16] [$800]
28) 11D-Dion Hindi[13] [$800]

Lap Leader: Steve Kinser, 1-35

Note: Donny Schatz and Terry McCarl used World of Outlaws provisionals to start the A-Feature. Ed Lynch Jr. and Gary Rankin used track provisionals to start the A-Feature.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Steve Smith , Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Brian Paulus , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart , David Jones , Lucas Wolfe , Greg Wil , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Tim Kaeding , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.
Teams Williams