Outlaws at State Fair Motor Speedway race report 2000-07-21

Kinser Increases Points Lead at State Fair By Richard Day SEDALIA, MO (July 21) -- No matter now many Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Features Steve Kinser wins, he'll never tire of visiting ...

Kinser Increases Points Lead at State Fair By Richard Day SEDALIA, MO (July 21) -- No matter now many Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Features Steve Kinser wins, he'll never tire of visiting victory lane. "The King of the Outlaws" won the 442nd of his career Friday at State Fair Motor Speedway, leading all 25 laps from the pole while holding off Stevie Smith and local favorite Danny Lasoski. It was the second consecutive race Kinser, Smith and "The Dude" finished 1-2-3. "This car has been so good lately," Steve said. "We were right there with Dale (Blaney) at Eldora, and there racing Danny (Lasoski) on the last lap before we cut a tire (at Terre Haute). It's pretty hard to keep this car out of the top two or three right now. You never lose the thrill of winning a race. Any time you get here (victory lane), it feels good." The $10,000 victory, Kinser's seventh of the season, gave him a 198-point advantage over Sammy Swindell in the standings. Kinser was the sixth-fastest qualifier in the 28-car field. He won the Third NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race, then earned the right to start the "A" Feature on the pole by winning his 15th CHANNELLOCK Dash of the year. The right rear tire on his #11 Quaker State Maxim lost all its air pressure as he stopped in victory lane following the dash. Kinser burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. Swindell, Smith and Lasoski passed Blaney before "The Dude" took over fourth place with an inside move between the first and second corners early in the opening lap. Jac Haudenschild, who started outside the front row, exchanged second place with Swindell twice in the first two laps. Lasoski, the "A" Feature winner at State Fair Motor Speedway last July 23rd, won a back-stretch drag race with Swindell for third place midway through lap two. Smith steered his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit around Sammy high in the third corner several seconds later. Kinser was nine car-lengths ahead of Haudenschild when he entered lapped traffic six laps into the race. Smith duplicated his second-lap move in turns three and four to pass Lasoski for the third place one lap later, then dropped into the low groove to pass "The Wild Child" for the runner-up spot late in the ninth lap. Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year points leader Danny Wood started outside the fifth row. He drove the #21W Pepsi Avenger past four cars during the first eight laps, then raced past Swindell and Lasoski in the low groove between the third and fourth corners late in lap 10. He used the same move to pass Haudenschild and fifth for second place the next time around. Smith stayed in the high groove and regain the runner-up spot in turn one the next time around. Kinser opened a full straightaway advantage as Haudenschild's #22 fetchOmatic.com Maxim faded midway through the race. Smith narrowed the gap to eight car-lengths in dense lapped traffic by the 15th lap. Lasoski steered the #83 Beef Packers Eagle into the low groove in turn one to pass Wood for third place early in lap 16. Smith raced wheel-to-wheel with "The King of the Outlaws" through the third and fourth corners late in the 17th lap, but was unable to surge ahead. Michael Lambert took the leaders out of lapped traffic the next time around when he spun in turn two. Kinser raced away from Smith as the green flag replaced the yellow, and was six car-lengths ahead when he caught the backmarkers during the 22nd lap. Smith and Lasoski caught Kinser during the final lap, and the three were nose-to-tail when they took checkered flag. "Once the track took rubber, there wasn't much you could do but stay in line," Steve explained. "Even the lapped cars were tough to pass. I got lucky enough to get a little run there at the beginning on the top, and I kept looking over my left shoulder to see if anyone was running down there. I had to try it in traffic a couple of times, and it felt pretty good so I just went down there. I slowed up there in traffic, trying to catch them at the right time. But after that caution, I knew they were going to have a tough time getting by me as long as I stayed in the rubber." Wood finished in fourth place, ahead of Blaney, Donny Schatz, Swindell, Joey Saldana, Mark Kinser and 14th-starting Andy Hillenburg. Haudenschild received his sixth Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the season for pacing the qualifying session with a 104.324-m.p.h lap around the Missouri State Fairgrounds' semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval. A loose spark plug wire on the #20 Networks Eagle caused Johnny Herrera to stop during the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' signature "Four Abreast" parade lap. Herrera surrendered the seventh row inside starting position, then passed 11 cars to finish 13th in the feature. Lasoski's Third Annual Michael Ross Foundation Golf Tournament held Thursday raised $40,000 for the treatment of tay sachs disease. WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Joey Saldana , Jac Haudenschild