World of Outlaws Sprint Series Points Races Tighten As Season Enters Stretch Run Norman, OK -- Sept. 13, 2005 -- Steve Kinser leads the World of Outlaws Sprint Series into Rocky Mountain National Speedway on Tuesday night with a 472-point lead...
World of Outlaws Sprint Series Points Races Tighten As Season Enters Stretch Run
Norman, OK -- Sept. 13, 2005 -- Steve Kinser leads the World of Outlaws Sprint Series into Rocky Mountain National Speedway on Tuesday night with a 472-point lead in the championship standings. He picked up his series-leading 18th A-feature victory on Saturday night when he captured his 12th Gold Cup Race of Champions title, an event that offered teams a flat 75 points in the overall standings because of its unique qualifying format.
Including Tuesday night, there are 15 race nights left in the 2005 season. Of those, 10 are full point-paying A-features while five are preliminary features that offer less than half the number of points available on the final day of a multi-day event. That means the minimum number of points available for the rest of the season if a driver races in each event is 800, which would give Kinser a minimum of 8,843 points as he attempts to clinch his 20th series championship. At this point, if he never made it out of the B-main the rest of the season, he couldn't finish worse than eighth in the standings. Of course, Kinser has not used a provisional nor has he failed to make the A-main on any World of Outlaws race night in 2005.
The maximum points remaining if a driver wins every race and leads the most laps each time is 1,740. The maximum number of points for a single-day event or the final day of a multi-day event is 154 (150 for winning plus four points for leading the most laps). The maximum number of points a driver can earn on a preliminary night is 40 points.
Ultimately, it means drivers who want to make a move in the standings, or pick up a main-event win, won't be coasting to the checkered flag in any event the rest of the season, which concludes Oct. 22 in Las Vegas.
Throughout the drivers' standings there are plenty of opportunities to gain ground. Jason Meyers is seeking the best points finish in his Outlaws career as he tries to hold off Craig Dollansky in the battle for second. Meyers leads Dollansky by 110 points.
Behind Dollansky, Kraig Kinser is only 146 points out of third, with Donny Schatz another 106 points behind him. But Danny Lasoski is only 12 points behind Schatz and is pushing hard to get back into the top five.
In the owners' standings, the Rush Racing No. 8 Eagle driven by Brooke Tatnell is fifth, only 63 points behind the Steve Kinser Racing No. 11k Maxim driven by Kraig Kinser and only 43 points ahead of the Schatz Motorsports No. 15 J&J driven by Donny Schatz.
Outside the top five, the battle to crack the top 10 is quite fierce. Paul McMahan is seventh in the standings, leading Tim Shaffer by only 12 points. Tatnell is sitting in ninth, only 24 points behind Shaffer with Terry McCarl in 10th, only 14 points behind Tatnell, and Daryn Pittman in 11th, another 32 points in back of McCarl.
Joey Saldana is only 26 points behind Shane Stewart for 12th and Brian Paulus is holding off Jason Sides by 30 while Sides is trying finish the season in the top 15, but must hold off Jason Solwold to do so. Sides is up by 233 points.
Solwold also is a factor in the race to the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award. Shane Stewart is 12th in the drivers' standings, leading Solwold by 448 points and Brandon Wimmer by 956 points for top rookie honors.