Muskogee: Race report

Steve Kinser Captures World of Outlaws Sprint Series Debut At Outlaw Motor Speedway Muskogee, OK -- April 22, 2005 -- Steve Kinser relied on his vast experience and a little luck Friday night as he picked up his fifth victory of the season in...

Steve Kinser Captures World of Outlaws Sprint Series Debut At Outlaw Motor Speedway

Muskogee, OK -- April 22, 2005 -- Steve Kinser relied on his vast experience and a little luck Friday night as he picked up his fifth victory of the season in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series debut at Outlaw Motor Speedway.

Kinser's experience helped slide him into second, then a caution with three laps to go gave him the break he needed to catch and pass Jason Meyers, catapulting him into Victory Lane for the third consecutive race and the 518th time in his career.

Early in the night, Kinser found a fast groove on the low side of the track that helped him methodically work toward the front in the 30-lap feature. But with only three laps to go, Kinser needed a caution if he was going to catch leader Meyers, who had been slowly pulling away through traffic.

And then he got one. Peter Murphy and Tim Kaeding tangled in Turn 1, with Murphy flipping to bring out a red flag. On the restart the lapped cars of Jesse Hockett and Jason Martin, who were between Meyers and Kinser, got together in Turn 1 and brought out another red flag.

With nobody between Mean 15 racers Meyers and Kinser on the second restart, Meyers shot out to the lead on the top side of the track as Kinser dove to the bottom. They came around the 3/8-mile oval racing side-by-side out of Turn 4. Kinser edged in front at the flagstand with two laps left and again dropped to the bottom in Turns 1 and 2.

Able to keep his quick pace on the bottom while Meyers went back to the high side, Kinser pulled out to a slight lead and held off Meyers to win by 0.74 seconds.

Jason Solwold earned his second top-five of the season with a third-place run. He was followed by Craig Dollansky, who earned his ninth top-five; Sammy Swindell, who led a race-high 14 laps; Joey Saldana, who raced to his fourth top-10; Brian Paulus, who picked up his second top-10; Terry McCarl, who grabbed his fourth top-10; Brooke Tatnell, who posted his fifth top-10; and Kraig Kinser, who slipped into a third-place tie in points with Meyers.

"The red probably hurt a little bit," Kinser said. "Jason's tires got a little bit low. Everybody's get low when they have reds and they got heat in the tires.

"I was pretty good around the bottom of Turns 3 and 4 and he hadn't been down there yet, so that sort of helped us a little bit. I was playing with it most of the race. I sat there and held my own when I found that and I started working by some cars there. At times I would miss it and not hit it very well, but I hit it real good the last three or four laps."

Kinser hit his mark enough to pocket the $10,000 first-place winnings before the series rolls Saturday into 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kan.

"We had a great run, it just seems like nothing will go our way right now," said Meyers, who started on the pole for the second time this season and used solid runs in the past two races to climb from fifth in points into a tie for third. "You're coming to the white flag and you get a red flag. The race had gone green for how long and someone turns over. Then you go back out and you got two lapped cars between you and Steve Kinser, who is the best restarter in the world, and they both turn over. How much good luck does he get and bad luck do we get?"

Meyers knew Kinser was getting close, that he had found a way to sneak through traffic. He just couldn't tell how Kinser was doing it.

"You can't see behind you what's going on," Meyers said. "I kept doing what I had been doing. I had the thought that obviously he had gotten up to second so he found something but I didn't know what that was. They didn't open the red so I couldn't communicate real good with the crew. A second-place run is still a good finish, but it's $5,000 less than a win, so that's disappointing. We'll take it in stride and go on to the next night. Top-five finishes are what wins championships, so we got another one of those tonight."

Meyers' second-place run was his third top-five finish and 11th top-10 finish this season.

Early on, Swindell, Meyers and Terry McCarl raced in a lead pack of cars, going three-wide at one point. Meyers finally moved in front on Lap 15 by going around the outside of Swindell in the first turn. At the same time, Kinser was already working the low groove, eventually getting past Swindell and into second on Lap 22 to set up the showdown during the closing laps.

In the Stacker 2® Dash to set the inside six positions of the A-main feature, Meyers jumped out front early and stretched his lead to earn his second pole of the season as McCarl, Brian Paulus, Kraig Kinser, Jason Sides and Jesse Hockett rounded out the group of fast qualifiers. In the second dash to set the outside top six positions in the feature, Sammy Swindell held off Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award leader Shane Stewart to earn the outside pole for the feature. Dollansky, Steve Kinser, Paul McMahan and Kaeding rounded out this group of quick qualifiers.

In the B-main, Donny Schatz slid past Danny Lasoski with seven laps to go and cruised to the checkered flag.

In the first heat race, Tim Shaffer started on the pole used the high-side of the track to pick up the win while Craig Dollansky held off Schatz to earn the final transfer spot. In the second heat, Kevin Swindell jumped out quick and took the checkered flag. In the third heat, Stevie Smith fought off a strong run from Paulus for the win while Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award contender Brandon Wimmer edged out Lasoski for the final transfer spot to the main event.

Kraig Kinser paced the 31-car field with a lap around the 3/8-mile, high-banked oval in 15.186 seconds at 88.898 mph to establish a track record.

"I got a chance because I was in the third hot laps session to watch quite a few cars go out," Kraig Kinser said. "I definitely wanted to do that coming here to a track I've never been to. It helped me out quite a bit because I got to see where people were losing time.

"I can't take anything away from the car. The car was great getting around here."

The World of Outlaws Sprint Series picks up and heads north Saturday to 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kan., before finishing off the month April 29-30 at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa.

All the action from Outlaw Motor Speedway can be seen at 9:30 p.m. ET April 27 on a Dirtvision Cybercast. For more information, go to http://www.dirtvision.com. At 8 p.m. on April 27, The Outdoor Channel will broadcast coverage of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series race from Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. Coverage of the race Saturday from 81 Speedway will be broadcast May 4 on The Outdoor Channel.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Kevin Swindell , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Brian Paulus , Brooke Tatnell , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Jesse Hockett , Tim Kaeding , Peter Murphy