Steve Kinser Blitzes Sharon HARTFORD, OH (July 28, 2004) Steve Kinser racked up his eleventh World of Outlaws A-feature win of the season Wednesday night at Sharon Speedway, passing Joey Saldana on a lap twelve restart and leading the remaining...
Steve Kinser Blitzes Sharon
HARTFORD, OH (July 28, 2004) Steve Kinser racked up his eleventh World of Outlaws A-feature win of the season Wednesday night at Sharon Speedway, passing Joey Saldana on a lap twelve restart and leading the remaining eighteen laps. Kinser's third Sharon Outlaw victory oval boosted his winning percentage at the three-eighths mile oval to .500.
Kinser and Danny Lasoski turned identical 12.906 second laps to lead the forty-seven qualifiers, with the eighteen time series champion getting credit for the fast qualifier award by virtue of setting the standard earlier in the session.
Dash winners Paul McMahan and Joey Saldana led the A-main field to the green flag, with Saldana getting the advantage in the first corner. Kinser began moving forward from his inside third row starting position on lap two, using the bottom of the speedway to get by Lasoski for fourth in turn four. The current series point leader raced wheel to wheel with his son Kraig (the Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie-of-the-Year Award leader) on lap seven, before taking third with a slide job in turns one and two.
"Actually, I think Kraig (Kinser) was going to maybe have a pretty good run, but I kind of slid him there and got him a little messed up," Steve said. "I kind of hated to do that to my boy, but. . .he's doing a great job, and I'm really proud of how he's come along. If he would have gotten out front I think he would have been pretty hard to catch."
Kinser passed McMahan for second a lap later, and was catching leader Saldana when Craig Dollansky (seventh at the time) brought out the caution flag, stopping in turn four with steering problems. Dollansky pitted, but was unable to make repairs in time to re-join the field.
As the race went back green, Kinser used the low line in turns one and two to grab the lead from Saldana, with Kraig Kinser getting around McMahan for third in turn four.
Ninth starting Donny Schatz moved forward during the race's middle stages, taking fourth from McMahan on lap fourteen, then overtaking Kraig Kinser for third the next time around, and passing Saldana for second on lap sixteen.
Heavy lapped traffic over the next twelve laps failed to slow Kinser, who enjoyed a minimum fifteen carlength lead over Schatz. McMahan's night ended two laps from the finish when his Selma Shell entry stopped in turn four with an expired engine. Three lapped cars separated Kinser and Schatz when the race resumed, and Kinser took the checkered flag with a half straightaway to spare.
"The car was working pretty good pretty much all over the place. Scott (Gerkin) and the guys have done a great job. We've been fast enough to run top 3 or 4 everywhere we've been, we've just had so much darn bad luck the last month or month and a half with things breaking or falling off, but hopefully we've got things going back in the right direction. We seem to run pretty good here. I don't think there's really any secret, we just have a good set-up here."
"It's the seventy-fifth anniversary of Popeye, and this is something the folks at Action Die-Cast came up with," said Kinser of the spinach-eating sailor that has adorned his Quaker State Maxim during the past week. "It's a little more work, but it's something that we enjoy doing once a year or so."
Kinser's 508th A-feature win boosted his advantage over Lasoski to eighty points in the series standings.
1995 World of Outlaws champion Dave Blaney's return to sprint car racing started off with a fourth place qualifying effort and a second place finish in the B-main before "the Buckeye Bullet" dropped out of the A-feature with mechanical problems.