Princeton race report 2005-07-30

Kinser Wins World of Outlaws Sprint Series Polydome Princeton National Princeton, MN -- July 30, 2005 -- Steve Kinser continued his dominance of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series by taking home the Polydome Princeton National title along with...

Kinser Wins World of Outlaws Sprint Series Polydome Princeton National

Princeton, MN -- July 30, 2005 -- Steve Kinser continued his dominance of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series by taking home the Polydome Princeton National title along with the $12,000 paycheck. The victory was No. 16 for the King of the Outlaws this season.

As the green flag waved for the start of the feature, Brooke Tatnell got the jump on Jac Haudenschild and pulled out to a quick lead with Craig Dollansky and Kinser in tow. The leaders hit lapped traffic on the sixth circuit and fought through the lapped cars on the high side of Princeton's high-banked quarter-mile oval.

Kinser worked past Dollansky on the Lap 23 to take over second place and set his sights on Tatnell, the preliminary feature winner on Friday night. Kinser's Quaker State Maxim took the lead from Tatnell with a slide job on Lap 27 and never looked back.

"We were running second there and the traffic was pretty thick. You never know if running second is an advantage or not," Kinser said. "There have been a lot of times I've been leading races and gotten passed so it works both ways. It is just a part of racing. A lot of times when you have tracks like we had tonight, everybody gets heat in their tires and gets to running in the same groove and I won't even try to pass them because it will just mess me up. You get into an open run and the cars can get to be real even so when you have a chance you take it. I had a chance to get Brooke and I took it. You just need to keep yourself in a position to take advantage when the time comes."

After finishing 11th in the preliminary event -- in a race after he dominated Wednesday in Hartford, Mich. -- Kinser was quick to point out the level of competition this season with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series.

"It is so tough out here this year," he said. "You can go out and win a race one night and struggle to finish in the top 10 the next. Before the Kings Royal we ran Attica and I finished 20th and came back to win the race the next night. If you qualify bad you will get stuck in the back and it is pretty tough to pass a lot of these guys."

Bad luck struck Stacker 2® Dash winner Jac Haudenschild and Craig Dollansky when both suffered flat tires late in the A-main. The yellow flag was displayed on Lap 34 as Haudenschild stopped Dennis Roth's Beefpackers machine on the front stretch with a flat right rear. Under the caution laps it became obvious that Dollansky's Karavan Trailers Maxim was also losing air pressure in the right rear while running in the third position. On the restart Jason Solwold brought out a red flag for a light flip in Turn 4. Solwold was done for the night but Dollansky headed to the work area where D.J. Lindsey and crew changed the flat tire and they resumed the race at the tail of the field.

Brooke Tatnell continued his strong showing this weekend by leading the first 26 laps before losing the lead to Kinser.

"Lapped traffic did not go in our favor tonight," he said. "We got behind a lapped car that decided to race us for position. When you are lapping a car and he slides you back to get his lap back it is pretty frustrating. I may feel differently about it tomorrow but right now I'm upset. You just cannot hesitate for one second with Steve Kinser behind you and you don't need those types of things happening.

"Sometimes you just don't make the right moves and tonight we didn't. All in all, second is a good place for us to be and it is good to be running up front. This team has been running awesome here lately. In my wildest dreams I never thought heading into the Knoxville Nationals that I would have a shot at winning it. It has never been an issue of doubting myself, but I've never had the equipment that I have now or the team behind me like I have now. It is a great confidence booster and I really think we have a legitimate shot at it."

Sammy Swindell piloted Guy Forbrook's Jackpot Junction, Power 110 Racing Fuels machine into a third place finish despite a setback in the Stacker 2 Dash.

"The track was pretty decent tonight," Swindell said. "The top was the place to be but if you hit it just right on the bottom you could at least be even with them. We just got off with the car there in the Dash and got to running in the wrong place and backed up to sixth. In the feature all the guys got to running the same line and you just had to wait for somebody to make a mistake to pass anybody. These little tracks can be tough like that and it is real hard to make a perfect lap. We tried some stuff on the car tonight and some of it worked and some of it didn't. We ran out of time in between our warm up session and the A-main to make all the changes we wanted but that is the way it goes sometimes."

Another driver on the move was Donny Schatz in the Parker Stores machine as he came from his 10th starting spot to finish fourth.

"Lately we have had a lot of bad things happening with broken motors, flat tires and things like that," Schatz said. "Tonight we didn't have anything bad happen to us. We were decent in the beginning and then got to running single file. We were happy to finish in the top five and hopefully this will get us going in the right direction for next week and we can carry some momentum into Knoxville."

After departing Princeton, Minn., the series kicks off August with events Aug. 3 at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Ind., and Aug. 5 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, before catching its collective breath heading into the $140,000-to-win Knoxville Nationals Aug. 10-13.

PRINCETON NATIONAL NOTEBOOK

* Steve Kinser earned his series-leading 16th A-feature victory by winning Saturday night at Princeton Speedway. Kinser, the Kings Royal winner, also has a preliminary feature victory this season in the Eagle Nationals at Eagle Raceway. -- Fred Rahmer's victory July 23 at Williams Grove made him the 15th different World of Outlaws A-feature winner this season, and the 19th different winner including preliminary events. -- Kraig Kinser won his fourth A-feature of the season in June at Knoxville Raceway. He also has a preliminary feature win at Las Vegas. -- Jason Meyers earned his fourth win of the season July 2 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. -- Donny Schatz also has four A-feature victories, at Parramatta, Las Vegas and Houston and Joliet, Ill. -- Tim Shaffer's victory July 19 in the Silver Cup was his third of the season, going with wins Lake Ozark Speedway and Thunderbowl Raceway. -- Brian Paulus won June 28 at Huset's Speedway for his second victory of the season, and picked up a preliminary feature win in the following race at Red River Valley Speedway. -- Sammy Swindell won his second A-feature of the season June 4 at Eldora Speedway. Swindell also has a preliminary feature win April 8 at Eldora. -- Craig Dollansky has won two features, most recently at Powercom Park, and he also has two preliminary feature wins. -- Brooke Tatnell has two A-feature victories, winning at Cedar Lake and Fulton speedways, as well as a preliminary feature win at Princeton Speedway. -- Single-event winners include Stevie Smith July 13 at Attica Raceway Park, Tim Kaeding June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park, Daryn Pittman April 23 at 81 Speedway in Wichita, Chad Kemenah July 9 at I-55 Raceway, and Jeff Shepard Feb. 11 at Volusia Speedway Park. -- In preliminary features, Danny Lasoski has won twice while Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan and Jason Johnson have each won once.

* The World of Outlaws action this weekend at Princeton Speedway was on a quarter-mile oval, marking the fifth time the series has raced on a track that size, including preliminary features. Steve Kinser won April 16 at quarter-mile Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.; Tim Kaeding won June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park in Sheboygan, Wis.; Kraig Kinser won June 14 at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Ind.; Brooke Tatnell won July 29 at Princeton Speedway in Princeton, Minn.; and Steve Kinser won July 30 at Princeton.

* Steve Kinser paced the 22 cars that went through time trials with a lap around the quarter-mile oval in 10.831 seconds. Craig Dollansky owns the single-lap record of 10.138 seconds established on May 21, 2004.

After departing Princeton, Minn., the series kicks off August with events Aug. 3 at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Ind., and Aug. 5 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, before catching its collective breath heading into the $140,000-to-win Knoxville Nationals Aug. 10-13.

* The Outdoor Channel will air Aug. 3 the Kings Royal from Eldora Speedway. The Outdoor Channel will then broadcast the Silver Cup at 8 p.m. (ET) on Aug. 10. The Outdoor Channel will air the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals from Williams Grove at 8 p.m. (ET) on Aug. 17.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Brian Paulus , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Joey Saldana , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Tim Kaeding , Jason Johnson
Teams Williams