'King of the Outlaws' Takes Lone Star Preliminary KILGORE, TX (March 12) -- Steve Kinser is ready to throw the checkered flag on his race to victory ...
'King of the Outlaws' Takes Lone Star Preliminary
KILGORE, TX (March 12) -- Steve Kinser is ready to throw the checkered flag on his race to victory #500. The World of Outlaws Sprint Series' defending and 18-time champion took a big step toward fulfilling that goal Friday, winning the Preliminary Feature as the series opened a double-feature event at Lone Star Speedway.
"The King of the Outlaws" passed Paul McMahan with 1¼ laps remaining to win his second Preliminary Feature of the season. The $5,000 victory gave Kinser the privilege of starting Saturday's Dash Race on the pole.
"I've had a terrible cold all week long," Kinser said. "It seems like every time I fly back and forth from out West I catch something. The racecar has been running good all year long though; from the moment we took it out of the box. We hope we can get it (career main event victory #500) out of the way Saturday. It's just a number. We just want to come into the racetrack feeling like we're capable of winning every night, and that's been the case for the last couple of years.
"It seems like you had to be a #11 to run up front tonight," said Kinser, who won the "A" Feature at Lone Star Speedway last October 24th. "There were three of us up there. Kraig (Kinser) is getting better and better. He just needs some more laps, but he's getting to see some of these tracks for the second or third time. Actually, I thought he was going to get by Paulie (McMahan) there down low, but he moved back up and I was able to find something down low in (turns) three and four. They kind of got bottled up there, and we got on through."
Kinser drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim across the finish line six car-lengths ahead off McMahan in the #11H Selma Shell Maxim. Kinser's won, Kraig, started on the pole and drove the #11K Delco-Remy Maxim into third place.
"The King of the Outlaws," the third-fastest qualifier in the 30-car field, finished fourth in the Third Heat Race and earned the right to start the 20-lap Preliminary Feature inside the third row by following Kraig Kinser and Tim Shaffer under the checkered flag in the First Dash Race.
McMahan, who won the Second Dash Race, beat Kraig Kinser down the front straightaway as the green flag fell to take the lead in the Preliminary Feature, and was four car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers when he entered lapped traffic four laps into the race.
Steve Kinser, who passed Jason Solwold during the opening lap, raced past Shaffer in the low groove between turns one and two eight laps later.
Donny Schatz started inside the fifth row and drove his #15 Parker Stores J&J past Joey Saldana and fast qualifier Danny Lasoski during the 11th and 14th laps to take over sixth place.
"The King of the Outlaws" took the low line through the first and second corners to pass his son early in lap 16, then took the lead with an inside move in turn four 1½ laps later. Kinser's fourth victory in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series last five feature races pushed him 24 points ahead of Shaffer and Tyler Walker, who are tied for second place, in the standings.
Schatz passed Walker with two laps remaining, then took fourth place from Shaffer with a daring, inside move in turn four as they raced toward the checkered flag. Finishing third and fourth in the Preliminary Feature qualified Kraig Kinser and Schatz for the second-row starting positions in Saturday's Dash Race.
Shaffer finished in fifth place, ahead of Walker, Lasoski, Saldana, Brian Paulus and Craig Dollansky. Jason Meyers, the runner-up in the "B" Feature, drove the #14 Elite Landscaping Maxim into 13th place from outside the ninth row.
Lasoski, who set Lone Star Speedway's single-lap record two years ago, paced the qualifying session for the fifth time this season with a 107.180-M.P.H. lap around the high-banked, 4/10-mile oval.
Dean Jacobs was running third midway through the "B" Feature when a radiator hose came loose on the #2 Volcano Joe's Maxim. Jacobs spun into the retaining wall in the third corner and flipped. Jason Martin hit the wall and turned over as he tried to avoid Jacobs. Jacobs pitted for repairs and restarted at the rear of the field. His sixth-place finish in the "B" Feature made him the final driver to qualify for the evening's main event. Jacobs passed four cars to finish 16th in the Preliminary Feature.