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Steve Kinser Top Outlaw At Lakeside

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Five days after surgery to fix a wrist injury, World of Outlaws driver Steve Kinser drove to victory on Saturday night at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., winning for the fifth time this season and the 566th time in his legendary career.

Kinser had been trying to track down Brian Brown for much of the 30-lap main event. Brown weaved through traffic to lead the first 21 laps before a caution with nine to go gave Kinser his shot to win at Lakeside for the second consecutive season. Brown chose the bottom line on the double-file restart, giving Kinser the top groove to power past Brown, then hold him off to the checkered flag. Cody Darrah was third with Sammy Swindell and Jason Meyers rounding out the Top Five.

“Tonight was a really demanding night inside the car but a great night for our team,” said Kinser. “The top line really had a lot of grip tonight and I don’t think I could have caught Brian Brown had that yellow not come out. Brian was driving a great race and I kind of took advantage of his lack of experience with the double file restarts and just held on. I’m a little sore and exhausted but really happy to get this team back to victory lane.”

Kinser had surgery Tuesday to fix injuries sustained in a violent crash on Monday at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. With his left arm and wrist wrapped tightly, Kinser gritted his teeth and drove through the pain this weekend in his Tony Stewart Racing #11 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Chevrolet.

On Saturday night, after Kinser raced past Brown on the restart with nine laps to go and took control, Brown then had to fight off Kasey Kahne Racing’s Cody Darrah and his Great Clips Maxim. Brown managed to hold off Darrah for the second spot in a night he described as “awesome.”

“It’s truly an honor just to be standing on the same front stretch as that man over there,” said Brown as he motioned to where Kinser was posing for Victory Lane photographs. “He got me on that restart because I just am not used to them. We ran a great race. The car was very strong and the bottom of (turns) three and four seemed to have some grip in addition to the top.”

Darrah started on the outside pole and gave Brown everything he had. When Brown charged out to a quick lead, Darrah battled Kinser over the first 21 laps while they both chased Brown, then he battled Brown to the checkered flag after Kinser charged to the point.

“Our car was fantastic tonight,” said Darrah, a Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender from Red Lion, Pa. “Like everyone else, the top worked really well for us and my guys put a great car underneath me. It was fun battling Steve and getting to learn from him a bit since he’s won here before.”

Swindell flirted with the top three throughout the final 10 laps before settling for a fourth-place finish with 2010 Champion Meyers in fifth. World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship points leader Joey Saldana earned a ninth-place finish in the Kasey Kahne Racing Red Bull Maxim. His series lead is 13 points over Donny Schatz and 27 points over Steve Kinser, in fact the top six in the standings are separated by only 90 points.

Paul McMahan, who on Friday dominated the Belleville High Banks for his second win in a week, continued his incredible qualifying efforts by being the quickest car for the seventh time this season with a track record 13.646 seconds at 131.907 mph around the racy half-mile track. McMahan went on to finish seventh.

On Friday the Outlaws invade historic Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway for the 2011 Mediacom Shootout. The two-day event will be the only tune-up for The Greatest Show on Dirt before returning in August for the 51st Goodyear Knoxville Nationals.

NOTEBOOK

QUICK TIME – Paul McMahan was the night’s fastest qualifier with a lap around the half-mile oval in 13.646 seconds at 131.907 mph, earning five championship points. Craig Dollansky, Steve Kinser, Cody Darrah and Brad Sweet also earned qualifying points. It marked McMahan’s seventh Quick Time of the season.

WINNERS – There have been 20 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature events in 2011. The winners include: Steve Kinser – 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 11 and 12, Pike County Raceway on Feb. 25, the Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 4, Lakeside Speedway on June 4); Joey Saldana – 3 (Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 3, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 19, Eldora Speedway on May 6); Jason Sides – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Calistoga Speedway on April 2, I-96 Speedway on May 30); Sammy Swindell – 3 (Royal Purple Raceway on Feb. 26, Merced Speedway on April 1, Tri-State Speedway on April 30); Craig Dollansky – 2 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 12, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 3); Paul McMahan – 2 (the Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 28, Belleville Highbanks on June 3); Daryn Pittman – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 13); Donny Schatz – 1 (Attica Raceway Park on May 20.)

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Lakeside Speedway; Kansas City, Kan.; June 4, 2011

A-Main – (30 Laps) — 1. 11-Steve Kinser [3] [$10,000]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [1] [$5,500]; 3. 91-Cody Darrah [2] [$3,200]; 4. 1-Sammy Swindell [8] [$2,800]; 5. 14-Jason Meyers [5] [$2,500]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [4] [$2,300]; 7. 83-Paul McMahan [10] [$2,200]; 8. 7-Craig Dollansky [7] [$2,100]; 9. 9-Joey Saldana [11] [$2,050]; 10. 49-Brad Sweet [6] [$2,000]; 11. 92-Kerry Madsen [12] [$1,500]; 12. 14T-Tony Stewart [13] [$1,200]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [16] [$1,100]; 14. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [15] [$1,050]; 15. 63-Chad Kemenah [9] [$1,000]; 16. 6-Kraig Kinser [14] [$900]; 17. 6R-Bill Rose [18] [$800]; 18. 4-Jon Corbin [17] [$800]; 19. 19-Patrick Stasa [20] [$800]; 20. 91X-Jeff Stasa [21] [$800]; 21. 10C-Jeremy Campbell [19] [$800]; 22. O9-Joshua Stephens [22] [$800]; 23. 12-John Helm [24] [$800]; 24. 5-Jason Schroeder [23] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Brian Brown 1-21, Steve Kinser 22-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1-Sammy Swindell [+4].

Qualifying — 1. 83-Paul McMahan, 13.646; 2. 7-Craig Dollansky, 13.758; 3. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.784; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.787; 5. 91-Cody Darrah, 13.827; 6. 9-Joey Saldana, 13.860; 7. 21-Brian Brown, 13.873; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.902; 9. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.905; 10. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.914; 11. 14-Jason Meyers, 13.926; 12. 92-Kerry Madsen, 13.955; 13. 14T-Tony Stewart, 13.967; 14. 6-Kraig Kinser, 14.016; 15. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 14.042; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.061; 17. 4-Jon Corbin, 14.585; 18. 6R-Bill Rose, -.—; 19. 10C-Jeremy Campbell, 14.959; 20. 19-Patrick Stasa, 15.545; 21. 91X-Jeff Stasa, 15.594; 22. O9-Joshua Stephens, 15.625; 23. 5-Jason Schroeder, 16.058; 24. 12-John Helm, 16.169

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) — 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [1]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 3. 83-Paul McMahan [4]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 6. 14T-Tony Stewart [5]; 7. 10C-Jeremy Campbell [7]; 8. O9-Joshua Stephens [8]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) — 1. 14-Jason Meyers [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 7-Craig Dollansky [4]; 4. 91-Cody Darrah [3]; 5. 6-Kraig Kinser [5]; 6. 4-Jon Corbin [6]; 7. 19-Patrick Stasa [7]; 8. 5-Jason Schroeder [8]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) — 1. 11-Steve Kinser [4]; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah [2]; 3. 9-Joey Saldana [3]; 4. 92-Kerry Madsen [1]; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [5]; 6. 6R-Bill Rose [6]; 7. 12-John Helm [8]; 8. 91X-Jeff Stasa [7]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature — 1. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 2. 91-Cody Darrah [2]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [4]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [7]; 5. 14-Jason Meyers [10]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 7. 7-Craig Dollansky [5]; 8. 1-Sammy Swindell [9]; 9. 63-Chad Kemenah [8]; 10. 83-Paul McMahan [6].

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  • Wolfgang says:

    What a fantastic night at Lakeside. Very exciting racing from both the Outlaws and local guys. Everyone put on a good show. Kinser did a great job on that restart, and it is nice to see him admit that he probably wouldn’t have caught Brown wthout the restart. Both of those guys put on a hell of a race. Have to give Swindell some credit too for moving through so many cars and ending up fourth. He was really moving.

    If they could just fix those seats and the parking/exiting issues at that track, it would have been even better ;)