'Month of Money' to shift into high gear in Pennsylvania SARVER, PA (July 21) -- The annual "Month of Money" shifts into high gear this week as the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series heads to Pennsylvania for high-dollar events at Lernerville ...
'Month of Money' to shift into high gear in Pennsylvania
SARVER, PA (July 21) -- The annual "Month of Money" shifts into high gear this week as the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series heads to Pennsylvania for high-dollar events at Lernerville Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway.
The fire-breathing, mudslinging sprint cars will race for the $36,000 first prize in Tuesday's 12th Annual Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway, then head to Williams Grove Speedway for the $148,575 Summer Nationals scheduled for Thursday through Saturday.
Steve Kinser, who has won 12 "A" Features at Lernerville Speedway including the 1994 Silver Cup, earned $60,000 for sweeping the main events at Eldora Speedway last weekend. "The King of the Outlaws" became the second driver to win both the Knight Before the Kings Royal and the Kings Royal races since the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series started sanctioning Eldora Speedway's prestigious mid-summer races in 1996. Jac Haudenschild, who debuted the #4 Race to Hawaii Maxim last weekend, swept the Royal events in 1998. Kinser also won the Kings Royal in 1984, 1988, 1991 and 1997.
"The King of the Outlaws," who has won 23 main events at Williams Grove, also turned up the heat in his battle with Danny Lasoski for the series' 25th Anniversary Season championship. Kinser enters Tuesday's 42nd event of the year only 20 points behind "The Dude." Lasoski was enjoying the best run of his career at Eldora Friday when NASCAR Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle jumped the cushion and hit the wall in the fourth corner late in the 12th lap. The 17th-place finish was Lasoski's first out of the top 10 in the previous 22 main events. "The Dude" paced the qualifying session and won the First Dash Race from outside the second row. Lasoski's right rear tire lost air pressure 14 laps into the Kings Royal. His crew replaced the flat tire, but mechanical problems forced him into the pits soon thereafter.
Kinser, who leads the series with 16 main event and five preliminary feature victories, is the only driver ranking among the top 10 in the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series point standings who hasn't received a Motorsport Video Hard Charger Award. Donny Schatz has passed 191 cars to lead the series. Daryn Pittman has passed 135, followed by Mark Kinser and Tim Shaffer with 110 and Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate Jason Sides with 103. Sides and 1995 Rookie of the Year Randy Hannagan both passed 11 cars to finish 12th and 13th in the Kings Royal.
Lasoski was leading the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series standings during the Inaugural Summer Nationals last July when he won his first feature race at "The Grove," then suffered multiple injuries in a crash the next night. "The King of the Outlaws" went on to claim his 17th series championship.