Kinser Earns World of Outlaws Sprint Series Victory At Williams Grove Mechanicsburg, PA -- May 27, 2005 -- Steve Kinser has turned the Pennsylvania Swing into a waltz. He earned his third consecutive World of Outlaws A-feature victory Friday...
Kinser Earns World of Outlaws Sprint Series Victory At Williams Grove
Mechanicsburg, PA -- May 27, 2005 -- Steve Kinser has turned the Pennsylvania Swing into a waltz.
He earned his third consecutive World of Outlaws A-feature victory Friday night after holding off Pennsylvania legend Fred Rahmer over the final 19 laps of the 30-lap race at Williams Grove Speedway.
Rahmer, who already has five wins at Williams Grove this season, was able to get around pole-sitter Craig Dollansky on Lap 11 and he started reeling in Kinser, who was fighting his way through the rear of the field.
A caution on Lap 12 gave Kinser, who started on the outside pole, clear track and two lapped cars between himself and Rahmer on the restart. Kinser raced out to a one-turn lead, but Rahmer made quick work of the lapped cars, setting the stage for a classic World of Outlaws vs. Pennsylvania Posse duel between the two of the most revered sprint car racers anywhere.
Kinser, a native of Bloomington, Ind., had his No. 11 Quaker State machine locked to the bottom in Turns 1 and 2, not giving Rahmer any chance to gain ground. If Rahmer was going to make a move, it was going to have to come in Turn 4, where Kinser rolled up toward the cushion and carried his momentum down the long frontstretch on the half-mile Williams Grove oval.
But every time Rahmer gained an inch, Kinser roared down the straightaway, eventually catching the rear of the field on Lap 26 when another caution waved. This time, there wouldn't be any lapped cars between the two leaders on the restart, but the clear track for Kinser was a bigger factor. He dove back to the bottom in Turns 1 and 2 with Rahmer on his tail. Kinser left Rahmer no room, with only moves that would be too risky if he was going to take a chance at the lead.
Danny Lasoski saw it all as he waited to pounce if either Kinser or Rahmer slipped, but neither made a bobble big enough to take advantage as he brought his Tony Stewart Motorsports car to the checkers in third. Following Lasoski to the finish were Lance Dewease, Preliminary Feature winner Dollansky, fast qualifier Kraig Kinser, Daryn Pittman and Jason Meyers.
Pittman and Meyers might have turned in two of the most impressive runs of the two-day event. After incredibly challenging qualifying sessions that left seven of the top 20 in Outlaws points sitting out the feature, Pittman started the main event 19th and reached the top 10 while Meyers used a provisional to start 25th and slice through the field for his eighth-place finish.
"This is a tough place to win at," said Kinser, who collected $12,000 for his victory Friday night and a combined 34,000 for his three wins in the past week. "These guys are as good as it gets, locally. It's a little bit different racetrack with long straightaways and tight corners. All the years of experience really helps here, more than anything. I've run here quite a bit and it paid off."
Rahmer knew that with Kinser starting in the front row a victory would be a difficult task, but after turning the second quickest time in qualifying and grabbing a spot in the third row through the Stacker 2® Dash, he was up to the challenge.
"[Kinser] started on the outside pole, and he'd be tough if he started 20th," Rahmer said. "That was the best we could do tonight. We'll have to figure something out for the next time they come through [in July]. The track is different than what we usually run on, but it's tough to beat him even if you're on your game. We were pretty good in the feature, just not quite good enough in Turns 1 and 2. In Turns 3 and 4 I had a shot. If I could have stayed with him one time in Turns 1 and 2 it probably would have gotten ugly in 3 and 4.
"I tried one time to sail the top and I saw that would only lose me second. I figured if I could just one time get through Turns 1 and 2 and stay on him to try to do a flyer on him in Turn 4, but it just never happened."
Kinser's ability to keep his car on the bottom of the track in the first two turns is what landed him in Victory Lane.
"Once I got down there, I was really good in Turns 1 and 2," said Kinser, whose victory was his ninth of the season and the No. 522 in his career. "I was smoking around there real well. The only thing that was scaring me, I was sliding up and catching the cushion and I was afraid it would lay rubber down in Turn 4 like it did in Turn 2. I didn't want to change lines but I was afraid I was going to have to. I just kept taking a little bit of a peak and never really saw the nose [of Rahmer's car]. If I ever got to the lapped cars I probably would have had to try [a different line]. I was carrying some good speed, and even if he got beside me and I didn't get into the wall or jump the cushion I think I could have beat him into Turn 1 and maybe the next lap gone to the bottom if I had to."
The two-day race seemed to reignite a couple of teams. Lasoski, who locked himself into the Stacker 2® Dash with a third-place run in the Preliminary Feature solidified a top-five position in the overall series standings. Dollansky, who led the points race earlier this season, has been quick on each of the past three race nights and remains second overall in the series.
"It was a good run for us," Dollansky said. "Obviously, we wanted to try to get a win tonight. I felt better in the Dash than I did in the feature. We were just a little too tight and it took us out of the game a little bit. All in all it was a good run.
"It's been a struggle for us the past month. We've found some things that have made ourselves better with our racecar. We had a good run at Grandview, too. Had that race not been shortened up a bit we could have had a better run there. I'm happy with the progress we're making here. We went back to the shop and did some work on the racecar. We definitely have things going better."
Dollansky charged out front at the drop of the green flag to win the Stacker 2® Dash for the second night in a row while Steve Kinser slid into second to earn the outside starting position on the front row.
In the B-main, Brian Paulus and Brian Leppo waged a side-by-side duel with Paulus leading most of the way. Heavy traffic in Paulus' groove allowed Leppo to slip in front off of the final turn as those two along with Keith Kaufman and Mark Smith earned transfers to the main event. Jason Meyers and Stevie Smith qualified for the B-main after finishing first and second in the C-main.
In the first heat race, Brooke Tatnell surged in front on the first lap as the field entered Turn 1 and drove away. Don Kreitz Jr. and fast qualifier Kraig Kinser raced to the finish in third and fourth while Daryn Pittman held off Chad Layton to earn the final transfer position.
In the second heat, Paul McMahan started on the pole and led flag to flag as the field stretched out, with Fred Rahmer, Doug Esh and Tim Shaffer making it through to the main event.
In the third heat, Sammy Swindell powered to the victory on a green-white-checkered finish with Alan Cole, Greg Hodnett and Travis Rilat making the A-main.
In the fourth heat, Lucas Wolfe, a Pennsylvania racer who just completed high school and is the only non-Outlaws racer to have qualified for both races at Volusia, Grandview and Williams Grove, grabbed the lead on the outside of Mike Erdley going into the first turn and drove off with the victory. Erdley held onto second while Jason Johnson and Mean 15 racer Jason Sides also raced their way into the feature.
Kraig Kinser paced the 43 cars to go through time trials with a lap around the 1/2-mile oval in 17.293 seconds at 104.088 mph. Brian Paulus and Jason Sides also were among the top five in time trials. Paulus established the single-lap record of 16.140 seconds on April 26, 2002.
"We switched motors," said Kraig Kinser, who improved from his 26th-quick preliminary feature qualifying run Thursday night that left him using a provisional to make the feature. "We just got all the bugs worked out that we had troubles with last night. It was a new night and that's how we looked at it. It's a night that really counts real big and we're out here running real good right now."
The World of Outlaws Sprint Series invades Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday before going north Monday to Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y., Wednesday to Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y., May 30 at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio, and June 1 at Eldora Speedway.
All the action from Williams Grove can be seen at 8 p.m. ET on June 8 on The Outdoor Channel. This Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on The Outdoor Channel, catch the action from the Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway.