'The King' Dominates Bud Carson Memorial OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (June 19) -- Although he is still winning Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series races after 23 1/2 years, Steve Kinser sees a new generation of talented drivers chasing him. Kinser...
'The King' Dominates Bud Carson Memorial
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (June 19) -- Although he is still winning Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series races after 23 1/2 years, Steve Kinser sees a new generation of talented drivers chasing him.
Kinser dominated Tuesday's Bud Carson Memorial at State Fair Speedway, winning the First O'Reilly Heat Race, the CHANNELLOCK Dash and leading all 30 laps in the "A" Feature. The $10,000 victory was his third of the season and the 448th of his superb career. Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidates Jason Meyers and Brad Furr followed him under the checkered flag.
"We get around this place pretty good," Kinser said after winning his second straight main event at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. "It's a good, fast track. I didn't know which 20 car was behind me, but I was glad to see it was Jason. He's a good, young driver, and he's due for some good runs."
Meyers, who was also the runner-up at I-55 Raceway March 24th, passed Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Danny Lasoski and fast-qualifier Joey Saldana in the CHANNELLOCK Dash to earn the second row outside starting position in the main event.
Kinser's eighth CHANNELLOCK Dash victory of the season gave him the pole position in the "A" Feature. He drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim ahead of the field as the green flag fell in the main event, only to have Stevie Smith hit the outside guard rail in the third corner and flip. Mike Peters and Sean McClelland also crashed in turn three.
Furr raced wheel-to-wheel with "The King of the Outlaws" down the front stretch when the race resumed, but fell behind in turn two. Kinser was a full straightaway ahead when he entered lapped traffic five laps later. Furr narrowed the gap to 15 car-lengths within two laps, however.
Meyers, the Rookie of the Year in the World of Outlaws Gumout Series' inaugural season, steered DOCC Motorsports' #20 Eagle Raceway Eagle into the low groove between the third and fourth corners to pass Furr for second place late in lap 10.
Defending Gumout Series champion Craig Dollansky used an inside move in turn four to pass Second O'Reilly Heat Race winner Randy Hannagan for fifth place the next time around.
Mark Kinser, who started inside the sixth row, drove Karl Kinser's 5M Mopar #Maxim into the low groove between the first and second corners to pass Saldana for ninth place early in lap 17.
Tim Shaffer steered the #11H Vivarin Maxim deep in turn two to pass Hannagan for sixth place one lap later.
Defending Bud Carson Memorial champion Andy Hillenburg collided with fellow Oklahoman Danny Wood in the fourth corner early in the 18th lap. While Wood managed to return to the race, Hillenburg's crew was unable to replace the broken front axle on his #2 Luxaire J&J in time for him to restart.
Dollansky continued his run toward the front four laps after the green flag replaced the yellow, steering Karavan Motorsports' #7 Polydome Maxim into the low groove between turns three and four to pass Lasoski for fourth.
Johnny Herrera, who won a Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature for Jeff Gilliam at State Fair Speedway on March 21, 1993, stopped in the fourth corner with a burned piston late in lap 24.
"The King of the Outlaws" raced away from the field when the race resumed, and was a straightaway ahead of Meyers when he caught the backmarkers five laps later. Meyers was racing into the third corner when Kinser claimed the 10th victory of his career at State Fair Speedway.
"The bottom of the track was a little greasy in (turns) three and four," Kinser said. "It was pretty tough there in traffic because you'd get down there and the car would start slipping a little ... but it was OK after a while. The open track (after the late-race cautions) probably helped us; you never know what's going to happen in traffic."
Furr held off Dollansky for third place. Lasoski finished fifth, ahead of Shaffer, Hannagan, Mark Kinser, Saldana and 14th-starting Jeff Shepard.
Saldana paced the 30-car qualifying session with a 111.063-m.p.h. lap around the semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval.
The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will return to State Fair Speedway October 28th.