Mark Kinser to Return to Outlaws at Knoxville KNOXVILLE, IA (June 24) -- Mark Kinser, who won the Budweiser Spring Classic at Knoxville Raceway in only his second World of Outlaws Sprint Series race of the 2004 season, will return to the series...
Mark Kinser to Return to Outlaws at Knoxville
KNOXVILLE, IA (June 24) -- Mark Kinser, who won the Budweiser Spring Classic at Knoxville Raceway in only his second World of Outlaws Sprint Series race of the 2004 season, will return to the series this weekend in the NAPA Classic.
The three-time Knoxville Nationals champion led all 25 laps to win his 13th main event at Knoxville Raceway May 1st. Kinser, the World of Outlaws Sprint Series champion in 1996 and 1999, ranks third on the series' all-time victory list with 152.
Kinser, who joined Dennis Roth's Beef Packers team two weeks ago, finished fourth in the Preliminary Feature and 14th in the "A" Feature during the Eagle Nationals last weekend at Eagle Raceway. The team skipped Tuesday's event at Dodge City Raceway Park to get ready for Friday and Saturday's races at "The Home of the Nationals."
Donny Schatz, the runner-up in two of the last three Knoxville Nationals championship features, drove his family's #15 Parker Store J&J past 15 cars to finish seventh in the Budweiser Spring Classic. His fifth-place finish in Tuesday's main event at Dodge City Raceway Park was his 11th in the top five this season.
"We got another top-five finish, but we probably should have been a couple spots better," Schatz said. "We've been just kind of plugging along here and not being super fantastic, but we have a couple of big months ahead of us and getting everything going in the right direction is the key. We're heading to Knoxville this weekend and, hopefully, we can start making some noise at the races in Fargo (ND, the Duel in the Dakotas), the Kings Royal (at Eldora Speedway), Lernerville's big race and ultimately at the Knoxville Nationals."
World of Outlaws Sprint Series points leader Steve Kinser was declared the winner of Tuesday's "A" Feature in Dodge City when the #12X Beaver Drill & Tool Maxim driven by Sammy Swindell violated the 1,375-pound weight rule. Kinser, whose #11 Quaker State Maxim crossed the finish line second, has won nine main events and leads Danny Lasoski by 120 points in their battle for the 2004 championship.
Lasoski drove NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle to victory in all three main events the World of Outlaws Sprint Series ran at "The Home of the Nationals" last season, including the 43rd Annual Knoxville Nationals. The five-time Knoxville Raceway champion has won 82 feature races at the legendary half-mile oval.
Jason Meyers, the only driver to win his first World of Outlaws Sprint Series "A" Feature at Knoxville Raceway, drove the #14 Elite Landscaping Maxim into eighth place from inside the ninth row Tuesday at Dodge City Raceway Park.
Craig Dollansky, who recorded top-10 finishes in Knoxville Nationals main events in 1996 and 1997, ranks fifth in the World of Outlaws Series point standings, only 30 points behind Meyers. "The Crowd Pleaser" drove the #7 VMAC Maxim to victory in both feature races at Princeton Speedway in late May.
Paul McMahan, who drove the #11H Selma Shell Maxim ahead of the field throughout the Bluegrass Classic at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway, lost seventh place in Tuesday's main event at Dodge City Raceway Park when he hit the retaining wall and flipped in turn one early in the 32nd lap.
Tim Shaffer, who joined the Casey's General Stores team June 7th, has recorded top-10 finishes in all five races in Lonny Parsons' #6 Maxim. "The Steel City Outlaw" started on the pole and finished third Tuesday in Dodge City.
Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year points leader Kraig Kinser improved two positions to eighth place in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series standings Tuesday at Dodge City Raceway Park when he drove the #11K Delco Remy Maxim into fourth place from inside the fifth row.
Joey Saldana joined Larry Woodward's #2 Volcano Joe's Coffee team in early April and immediately started making an impact. The 1996 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year raced into the top six in six of eight main events before winning his first "A" Feature of the year at Tri-City Speedway May 15th.
Daryn Pittman, the Manufacturers' Hard Charger Award winner in 2002, has driven the #21 Hop & Sack CMC into the top 10 in five of the last seven main events. Pittman was the runner-up in the April 17th "A" Feature at I-55 Raceway, finishing 10 car-lengths behind Dollansky.
Jason Sides, who received the 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award, has driven the #7S Sides Motorsports Maxim into the top five three times, including a third-place run at K-C Raceway. Jason ranks 11th in the standings, 70 points behind Pittman, a fellow "Seven Factor" member.
Brian Paulus drove the #28 Arnold Transportation Maxim into the lead late in the 28th lap on his way to winning the NGK Spark Plugs Shootout at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track April 3rd. He recorded his 10th top-10 finish of the season Tuesday at Dodge City Raceway Park.
Jonathan Allard has been one of the hottest drivers in World of Outlaws Sprint Series' "Mean 15" the last two weeks. The Rookie of the Year candidate has driven the #35 PRT Travel Maxim into the top 12 in the last six main events, including a career-best fifth-place run in the Eagle Nationals finale.
Erin Crocker, the 2003 Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year, tied her career-best finish June 12th at The Raceway at Powercom Park when she drove the #16 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Maxim into 12th place from inside the ninth row.
Hot laps will start at 6:45 p.m., time trials at 7:15 p.m. and the First Heat Race at 8 p.m. each evening at Knoxville Raceway during the NAPA Classic.