Sharon II: Race report

Kinser doubles his pleasure at Sharon Speedway. HARTFORD, OH (July 30) -- Steve Kinser became only the third driver in O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series history to win "A" Features on the same day at the same track Wednesday when he swept the ...

Kinser doubles his pleasure at Sharon Speedway.

HARTFORD, OH (July 30) -- Steve Kinser became only the third driver in O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series history to win "A" Features on the same day at the same track Wednesday when he swept the 30-lap races at Sharon Speedway.

"The King of the Outlaws" duplicated the feat the Swindell brothers -- Sammy and Jeff -- accomplished in 1984 and 1994 by beating Greg Hodnett under the checkered flag with a stumbling engine. Kinser closed to within 17 points of the series points lead when a flat tire caused new track record holder Danny Lasoski to finish in 17th place.

"I can't believe this thing finished the race," Kinser said. "I got the lead from Joey (Saldana), then the motor laid down and I thought 'well, a couple more laps and I'm going to be done.' But it just never did quit and, with the motor running like that, I got to working in the middle where I couldn't hardly spin a tire, and I thought "well, I might just have a chance to win this thing.'

"Danny and I have gone back and forth all year long in the points, and tonight he had one of our flat tires, and that gained us some ground."

Kinser, the ninth-fastest qualifier in the 37-car field, earned the right to start O'Reilly Outlaws Series' 45th main event of the season inside the second row by following Jason Meyers across the finish line in the First Dash Race.

Joey Saldana, who won the Second Dash Race, drove his family's #17 Eagle Raceway Maxim into the lead as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. Ed Lynch, Jr., won a front straightaway drag race with Kinser, then passed Meyers for second place with an inside move in turn four late in the opening lap. "The King of the Outlaws" used a similar move to pass Meyers for third place two laps later.

Saldana was approaching lapped traffic late in the fourth lap when First Heat Race winner Tyler Walker hit the retaining wall and flipped on the back stretch. The 2002 World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion was uninjured, but C&W Motorsports' #35 Maxim was too severely damaged to continue racing.

Kinser steered his #11 Quaker State Maxim to the lowest point between the first and second corners to pass Lynch for second place as the green flag replaced the red. Hodnett, who started inside the fifth row, passed Meyers for fifth with a similar move heading into turn four late in the sixth lap.

Lynch surrendered third place three laps later when he stopped in the second corner with mechanical problems. Lasoski's crew replaced the right rear tire on NASCAR Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle during the caution period.

Kinser passed Saldana for the lead with an inside move between turns three and four within a lap after the race resumed. The 1996 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year regained first place with an identical move late in the 13th lap, however. Saldana was four car-lengths ahead of "The King of the Outlaws" when he entered lapped traffic two laps later.

Kinser chased Saldana for most of the second half of the race before executing the winning pass, an inside move through the fourth corner, with 2¼ laps remaining.

Hodnett, who passed Dale Blaney deep in turn four late in the 18th lap, beat Saldana to the inside line in the second corner early in lap 29 to claim the runner-up spot. Hodnett was six car-lengths behind when "The King of the Outlaws" took the checkered flag. Kinser's 18th "A" Feature victory of the season was the 489th of his incomparable career.

Saldana finished in third place, ahead of Blaney, 12th-starting Daryn Pittman, 17th-starting Jason Sides, 15th-starting Donny Schatz, Chad Kemenah, Mark Kinser and 24th-starting Jac Haudenschild. Six drivers passed six or more cars in the second main event of the evening.

Lasoski set quick time for the 21st time this season when he chopped .281 seconds off the qualifying standard Brian Paulus set at Sharon Speedway on May 31, 2002. "The Dude" circled the high-banked 3/8-mile oval in 12.844 seconds, an average speed of 105.107 M.P.H.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Tyler Walker , Brian Paulus , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Jac Haudenschild
Teams HART