Middletown: Race report

First WoO Win for Mark Kinser Mark Kinser won his first World of Outlaws A-feature since joining Dennis Roth's Beefpackers team Monday night, leading all twenty-five laps of the series' first visit to Orange County Fair Speedway since 1999.

First WoO Win for Mark Kinser

Mark Kinser won his first World of Outlaws A-feature since joining Dennis Roth's Beefpackers team Monday night, leading all twenty-five laps of the series' first visit to Orange County Fair Speedway since 1999. Kinser's second victory of the 2004 season was worth $10,000.

"I've had a lot of good runs here early on in my career, and later as well, said the two-time Outlaw champion in victory lane. "I have to thank my crew, and my car owner Dennis Roth. We haven't been driving for him very long, and he's put a great program together and it's a pleasure to drive for him."

Kinser, who earned the pole for the main event by winning the first dash, took the lead at the start and built an eight carlength advantage before the leaders hit slower traffic on lap eight. Jason Meyers advanced from his inside fifth row starting position early, getting by Jason Sides and Lucas Wolfe on the high side in turns one and two, then passing Paul McMahan for sixth on the bottom in three and four on lap three.

Daryn Pittman cut Kinser's lead to five carlengths in heavy traffic on lap eight, and by lap ten the top three cars (Kinser, Pittman, and Steve Kinser) were running nose to tail. Meyers, using the narrow cushion in turns one and two, pulled even with Donny Schatz three laps later, but was unable to complete the pass.

By lap twenty-one Mark Kinser had once again opened up a commanding lead over Pittman, and guided his Kistler-powered Maxim to a half straightaway victory.

"The track was kind of tricky tonight, especially in turns one and two. We set the car up to run the top, and it kind of went away on us and we had to pick our way around the bottom. We thought about changing gears before the A-main, but I think we made the right decision. A lot has changed in the four or five years since we ran here, especially with the tires. We used to be locked down on Goodyears, but now we've switched to Hoosiers, and we're running for a team that can qualify up front and win some races."

"This team's been working really hard, and Slim (Jim Osbourne) and Chirs (Strait) worked their butts off. We deserved to win this race."

Pittman's second place run equaled his season best finish (at I-55 Raceway on April 17), and netted his seventh top five of the season.

Donny Schatz rebounded from an opening-lap flip at Lebanon Valley on Sunday to record his twentieth top five finish thus far in 2004.

Seventeen year old Lucas Wolfe, who last week became the youngest feature winner in Williams Grove Speedway history, recorded his second top ten finish in the series' last four events.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Mark Kinser , Donny Schatz , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Lucas Wolf
Teams Williams