State Fair III: Bud Carson Memorial race report

'King of the Outlaws' wins Bud Carson Memorial. OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (June 18) -- From quarter-mile bullrings to one-mile ovals, Steve Kinser has won sprint car races on every size dirt track in his 24 ½ years with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws ...

'King of the Outlaws' wins Bud Carson Memorial.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (June 18) -- From quarter-mile bullrings to one-mile ovals, Steve Kinser has won sprint car races on every size dirt track in his 24 ½ years with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series.

"The King of the Outlaws" claimed the 460th "A" Feature victory of his career Tuesday, winning the Bud Carson Memorial for the second straight year on State Fair Speedway's semi-banked, ½-mile oval. When Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Danny Lasoski won the March 17th main event at State Fair Speedway, he was racing on the 3/8-mile oval.

Kinser, who started outside the second row, survived a scare early in the 11th lap when his #11 Quaker State Maxim almost spun in turn two. He lost a straightaway to Lasoski, but passed him and Joey Saldana en route to his ninth victory of the season. The $10,000 victory was the 11th of his career at State Fair Speedway.

"We ran really good tonight," Kinser said in victory lane. "It seems like no matter what track we run here, we're OK. We like coming here. The half-mile's maybe a little more treacherous here, but we like it anyway. I just don't ever want to get a car that sideways again."

Saldana, the Second O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash winner, burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 29th main event of the season. Kinser and Stevie Smith passed Brad Furr during the first two laps to take over third and fourth place.

Former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champions Daryn Pittman (2001) and Craig Dollansky (2000) exchanged sixth place during laps six and nine.

Saldana was a straightaway ahead of Lasoski when he entered lapped traffic eight laps into the 30-lap race. "The Dude" narrowed the gap to six car-lengths within seven laps, however.

Kinser caught Lasoski during lap 17 and challenged him for 1 1/3 laps before passing him deep in turn two. "The King of the Outlaws" raced past Saldana in the high groove in the second corner two laps later, only to have the 1996 Rookie of the Year drive his family's #17 Eagle Raceway/HEM Saw Eagle back into first place deep in turn three. Kinser raced wheel-to-wheel with Saldana through much of the 22nd and 23rd laps, but was unable to surge ahead.

Second Heat Race winner Donny Schatz and Lasoski took turn passing each other for third place during laps 24 and 26. Schatz, who started outside the fourth row, passed "The Dude" deep in turn two, but Lasoski came back with an inside move in the fourth corner to reclaim the position two laps later.

Kinser took the lead with 2 2/3 laps remaining when Saldana almost spun in turn two. "The Dude" caught Saldana, but was unable to take over second place. Lasoski and Saldana took turns passing each other during lap 28, then "The Dude" claimed the position by driving NASCAR Winston Cup star Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle past him in the low groove between turns one and two the next time around.

"The King of the Outlaws" was a straightaway ahead of Lasoski when he took the checkered flag. The victory pushed Kinser to within 30 points of "The Dude" in their battle for first place in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series standings.

Saldana held off the hard-charging Schatz for third place. Furr finished fifth, ahead Smith, Pittman, World of Outlaws Gumout Series points leader Tyler Walker, Dollansky and First Heat Race winner Jac Haudenschild. Schatz moved past Tim Shaffer into sixth place in the point standings with his 10th top-five finish of the year. Shaffer drove the #83 Beef Packers Eagle to victory in the "B" Feature, then raced into 13th place from inside the ninth row in the main event.

Lasoski set quick time for the ninth time this season, circling the semi-banked, ½-mile oval in 16.229 seconds, an average speed of 110.913 M.P.H.

Danny Wood, who lives in Norman, OK, had to leave the event following the qualifying session due to a family illness. Wood, the 2000 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award winner, won the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature at State Fair Speedway last October 30th.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Brad Furr , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Tyler Walker , Daryn Pittman , Joey Saldana , Jac Haudenschild