State Fair Motor Speedway Friday race Report

Kinser Wins Again, at State Fair Motor Speedway By Richard Day SEDALIA, MO (May 14) - Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell have staged many epic battles during their 21 1/2 years with the Pennzoil World ...

Kinser Wins Again, at State Fair Motor Speedway By Richard Day SEDALIA, MO (May 14) - Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell have staged many epic battles during their 21 1/2 years with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series, but few have unfolded like Friday's "A" Feature at State Fair Motor Speedway. Swindell, a two-time winner at the Missouri State Fair's semi- banked, 1/2-mile oval, led the first 27 1/2 laps only to have his #1 Channellock Stealth run out of fuel. Kinser, who was winless in eight previous races at State Fair Motor Speedway, led the final three laps for the $8,000 victory. "We were handed one tonight," Steve admitted. "I don't know if Sammy ran out of fuel or not, but we'll take it any way we can get it. "I knew the only chance I had of getting Sammy was on the bottom on a restart. He was as fast - if not faster - than us. Sometimes it's tough to protect the bottom on the restarts, but I don't think we'd have gotten him. "Winning two in a row is always good. After 21 years, winning still feels just as good as it did back then." It was the first time in more than three years "The King of the Outlaws" won successive main events. He won "A" Features at Battleground Speedway and Devil's Bowl Speedway in mid-March of 1996. He captured two straight Preliminary Features at Red River Valley Speedway during the Inaugural Duel in the Dakotas last July. Kinser, the second-fastest qualifier in the 28-car field, collided with Manufacturers' Rookie of the Year points leader Daryn Pittman and Tyler Walker early in the Channellock Dash. After his crew repaired the #11 Quaker State Maxim, he came back to earn the inside second row starting position in the "A" Feature by following Donny Schatz and Swindell across the finish line in the five-lap race. Swindell took the high line around Schatz in the fourth corner as the green flag fell in the main event. Schatz raced wheel-to-wheel with Sammy through every corner during the opening lap, but was unable to drive the #15 Parker Stores Maxim ahead. Swindell opened a five-car-length advantage within three laps. He was seven car-lengths ahead of Schatz when he entered lapped traffic two laps later. Schatz closed to within four car-lengths of Sammy in dense traffic during lap 10, but stopped in turn one with a flat right rear tire the next time around. The #104+ Octane Boost J&J also suffered a flat right rear tire, forcing Jeff Swindell to stop on the back stretch. Kinser inherited second place, but was unable to keep pace with Swindell as the race resumed. Sammy opened a half-straightaway advantage within five laps and was 12 car-lengths ahead of Kinser when he caught the backmarkers again during the 17th lap. Craig Dollansky took the leaders out of lapped traffic when a flat left rear tire forced him to stop his #7 Polydome Gambler on the front straightaway with 8 1/2 laps remaining. Mark Kinser lost 12th place when his crew replaced the right rear tire on the #5M Mopar Maxim. "The King of the Outlaws" challenged Swindell for the lead as the green flag replaced the yellow. Schatz was back in ninth place when Robert Jackson stopped on the back stretch with a mechanical problem during lap 25. Kinser made another run at the lead - deep in turn one - as the race resumed, but Swindell was equal to the challenge. Travis Whitney lost fifth place when he stopped his family's #7S Aamco Transmissions Maxim in turn three late in the 27th lap. Sammy's engine started sputtering as he led the field out of the fourth corner on the ensuing restart. After his crew refueled the #1, Swindell lined up at the back of the pack as the green flag replaced the yellow. Mark Kinser stopped on the front straightaway as the race resumed and joined Sammy at the rear after the flagman threw the red flag for a fuel stop. "The King of the Outlaws" raced away from the field and Johnny Herrera passed Tyler Walker for second place as the green flag replaced the red. Kinser was 15 car-lengths ahead of Herrera when he took the checkered flag. Walker finished in third place. "We're getting our chassis figured out," Steve said. "Now, if we can only get our motor program going a little better ... As tough as the competition is, you have to be right there every night." Point standings leader Danny Lasoski, who lives in nearby Dover, MO, endured an up-and-down evening. He received the Vivarin Fast-Time Award after lowering the previous single-lap record by .383 seconds, but mechanical problems in the #83 Beef Packers Eagle caused him to finish ninth in the First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race. "The Dude" raced into fourth place from inside the fifth row in the "A" Feature. Completing the top 10 in the series' 17th event of the season were Andy Hillenburg, Stevie Smith, Pittman, Schatz, 18th-starting Jeff Swindell and Kevin Gobrecht. WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Tyler Walker , Daryn Pittman , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell