'The King' comes back strong at Tri-City Speedway. GRANITE CITY, IL (May 11) - It's tough to keep a good man down, especially when he has such a strong desire to win and he's racing at a track where he has enjoyed tremendous success. Steve ...
'The King' comes back strong at Tri-City Speedway.
GRANITE CITY, IL (May 11) - It's tough to keep a good man down, especially when he has such a strong desire to win and he's racing at a track where he has enjoyed tremendous success.
Steve Kinser was down and out of Friday's race at State Fair Speedway before completing even a quarter of a lap. His crash with Danny Wood ended his streak of seven straight top-five finishes and cost him the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points lead.
"The King of the Outlaws" came back Saturday at Tri-City Speedway and showed the determination that has earned him 16 series championships, passing Brad Furr late in the 18th lap on his way to winning the "A" Feature.
"I feel a little sore today," Kinser admitted. "I'm just glad we kept it on all four wheels and didn't hit anything. It's good to come back here and get a win after crashing like that last night. I hope next time I at least get to make a lap at Sedalia. I've crashed on the first lap the last two times I've been there."
Kinser, the first driver to win five Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series main events this season, has won 19 "A" Features at Tri-City Speedway. The $10,000 victory pushed "The King of the Outlaws" to within 20 points of first-place Danny Lasoski in the standings.
"I've run awful good here over the years," Kinser said. "I like coming to this track."
Kinser, the fifth-fastest qualifier in the 28-car field, finished fourth in the Second Heat Race and earned the right to start the main event inside the second row by following Furr across the finish line in the First O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash.
Furr drove his #2 Sanmina/SCI Eagle into the lead as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature and quickly built a comfortable advantage. He was 12 car-lengths ahead of Second O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash winner Paul McMahan when he entered lapped traffic six laps into the 30-lap race.
A mechanical malfunction in the #5M Mopar Maxim forced Mark Kinser to coast into the pit area three laps later. Kinser, who won a Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series main event at Tri-City on June 16, 1999, lost second place in the point standings with the early departure.
Kinser steered his #11 Quaker State Maxim to the deepest point in the fourth corner to pass McMahan for second place late in the 15th lap. "The King of the Outlaws" used an almost identical in the same spot to pass Furr for the lead two laps later.
Kinser started separating himself from the rest of the field as McMahan challenged Furr for the runner-up spot the next time around.
Randy Hannagan, who won the "B" Feature and started inside the ninth row, raced into fourth place during the first 20 laps. Joey Saldana rode the rim around Hannagan between the first and second corners the next time around.
Lasoski started driving NASCAR Winston Cup star Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle toward the front late in the 24th lap. "The Dude" passed Craig Dollansky deep in turn four, then raced past Tyler Walker for sixth place in the low groove between turns one and two early in lap 26. He passed Hannagan as the engine in the #1X K&C Drywall Engine started losing power one lap later.
Furr slowed on the back straightaway as his engine lost a cylinder during the final lap. Saldana and Lasoski raced past McMahan, whose engine also malfunctioned. Kinser took the checkered flag with a straightaway to spare.
McMahan and Furr coasted across the finish line in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Walker finished sixth, ahead of Dollansky, Tim Shaffer, Jac Haudenschild and Daryn Pittman.
Donny Schatz drove his family's #15 Parker Stores J&J into 11th place from inside the 10th row.
Lasoski set quick time for the sixth time this season, circling the semi-banked, ½-mile oval in 16.326 seconds, an average speed of 110.254 M.P.H.
The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will open its spring tour of the northeast Tuesday at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, PA. The series will also run a double-feature event at Williams Grove Speedway Thursday and Friday, then race at Hagerstown Speedway Saturday.