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Darrah Slides To Oil City Cup Crown

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Cody Darrah held off 20-time champion Steve Kinser and Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Brad Sweet for the second World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of his career Saturday night at Castrol Speedway in Edmonton, Alberta.

In the process, Darrah also won the overall Oil City Cup title.

“If I would have been the boss, I would have fired me a long time ago,” Darrah, of Red Lion, Pa., said as he high-fived his crew in front of his #91 Great Clips Maxim. “We’ve been through a lot this year and this victory makes it all worth it. There are a ton of people to thank but first and foremost I have to thank Kasey (Kahne) for sticking by me and keeping a ride for me after I got injured last year and through all the things we’ve been through this year. I watched Steve (Kinser) on a few of those restarts and kind of learned a few things. We had an awesome car tonight. This feels amazing and I am so happy to be back in Victory Lane.”

Darrah had to work for the win as he started 12th when the 35-lap main event took the green flag. From the start it was obvious that Darrah had one of the top cars in the field as he sliced his way to the front. Kinser started from the pole position and led the first 20 circuits until his Tony Stewart Racing teammate, Donny Schatz, muscled around him to take the lead in lapped traffic.

Schatz continued to pace the field until a late race red flag ended up being his downfall. As the cars tried to slow down, Schatz tangled with a lapped car, which sent the four-time champion to the work area. With Schatz off the track temporarily, Darrah assumed the lead and never looked back. Throughout the two green-white-checkered attempts, Darrah held on and even ran away from the back on the second one. Teammate Sweet worked his way around Kinser for second.

“This feels like a win to me even though we finished second,” said Sweet as he watched Darrah celebrate. “It’s a great team effort from everyone at KKR. Cody is a great driver and to see him over there means an awful lot to us. He’s one of my best friends. Our Red Bull Maxim was great tonight and hopefully we’ll be in Victory Lane soon.”

Kinser eventually settled for third in the Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Chevrolet and admitted he didn’t have the greatest of restarts.

“I just didn’t get to going there and didn’t get to where I needed to be on that last restart,” Kinser said. “We had a great Bass Pro Shops car early on but I just made a few mistakes late in the going.”

Owner-driver Chad Kemenah made the most of his outside pole position start to come home in the fourth spot with Paul McMahan finishing in the fifth spot. Series points leader Jason Meyers looked strong early on but mechanical woes regulated him to an 11th-place finish as Schatz finished 10th despite his late-race troubles.

The World of Outlaws now heads for the West Coast an

Notebook

WINNERS – There have been 47 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature events in 2011. The winners include: Craig Dollansky – 7 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 12, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 3, River Cities Speedway on June 17 and 18, Dodge City Raceway Park on July 1, Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 24, I-55 Raceway on August 6); Steve Kinser – 7 (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, River Cities Speedway on August 19, Huset’s Speedway on August 20); Donny Schatz – 6 (Attica Raceway Park on May 20, Princeton Speedway on June 25, Limaland Motorsports Park on July 13, Bloomington Speedway on August 5, Knoxville Raceway on August 13, Black Hills Speedway on August 23); Jason Meyers – 4 (Cedar Lake Speedway on July 8, Williams Grove Speedway on July 23, Autodrome Drummond on July 30, Castrol Raceway on August 26); Sammy Swindell – 4 (Royal Purple Raceway on Feb. 26, Merced Speedway on April 1, Tri-State Speedway on April 30, Knoxville Raceway on June 11); Joey Saldana – 4 (Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 3, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 19, Eldora Speedway on May 6, Beaver Dam Raceway on July 9); Jason Sides – 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Calistoga Speedway on April 2, I-96 Speedway on May 30, Dodge City Raceway Park on July 2); Paul McMahan – 3 (the Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 28, Belleville Highbanks on June 3, Brockville-Ontario Speedway on July 29); Tim Shaffer – 2 (Eldora Speedway on July 15, Lernerville Speedway on July 19); Dale Blaney – 1 (Lernerville Speedway on July 19); Cody Darrah – 1 (Castrol Raceway on august 27); Greg Hodnett – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 22);Daryn Pittman – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 13); Tony Stewart – 1 (Oshweken Speedway on July 27); Tyler Walker – 1 (Eldora Speedway on July 16.)

TIME TRIALS- Jason Meyers was the fastest qualifier around the 3/8th’s mile oval with a time of 12.561 seconds and earned five championship points. Also earning points were Donny Schatz, Steve Kinser, Chad Kemenah and Lucas Wolfe. It marked Meyers eight Quick Time of the season.

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statiscal Report; Castrol Raceway; Edmonton, Alberta; Aug. 27, 2011

A-Main – (35 Laps) – 1. 91-Cody Darrah [12] [$12,000]; 2. 9-Brad Sweet [8] [$5,700]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [1] [$3,500]; 4. 63-Chad Kemenah [2] [$3,000]; 5. 83-Paul McMahan [7] [$2,600]; 6. 6-Kraig Kinser [9] [$2,400]; 7. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [6] [$2,300]; 8. 39C-Jason Solwold [15] [$2,200]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [5] [$2,150]; 10. 15-Donny Schatz [3] [$2,100]; 11. 14-Jason Meyers [4] [$2,000]; 12. 44-Kelly Miller [20] [$2,000]; 13. 16-David Miller [19] [$2,000]; 14. 3-Dennis MacEachern [21] [$2,000]; 15. 11EH-Marc Duperron [22] [$2,000]; 16. 59-Eric Fisher Jr [18] [$2,000]; 17. 75-Jesse Dakus [17] [$2,000]; 18. 55-Gord Kynoch [23] [$2,000]; 19. 12-Casey Adams [11] [$2,000]; 20. 31-Colton Akerstrom [24] [$2,000]; 21. 38-Trevor Turnbull [14] [$2,000]; 22. 7-Craig Dollansky [13] [$2,000]; 23. 6R-Bill Rose [10] [$2,000]; 24. 4X-Toni Lutar [16] [$2,000]. Lap Leaders: Steve Kinser 1-19, Donny Schatz 20-32, Cody Darrah 33-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 91-Cody Darrah [+11]

Qualifying – 1. 14-Jason Meyers, 12.561; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.631; 3. 11-Steve Kinser, 12.706; 4. 63-Chad Kemenah, 12.742; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 12.783; 6. 12-Casey Adams, 12.810; 7. 91-Cody Darrah, 12.850; 8. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.852; 9. 83-Paul McMahan, 12.884; 10. 6R-Bill Rose, 12.894; 11. 9-Brad Sweet, 12.933; 12. 6-Kraig Kinser, 12.952; 13. 7-Craig Dollansky, 13.108; 14. 38-Trevor Turnbull, 13.117; 15. 39C-Jason Solwold, 13.133; 16. 4X-Toni Lutar, 13.418; 17. 75-Jesse Dakus, 13.503; 18. 59-Eric Fisher Jr, 13.578; 19. 16-David Miller, 13.645; 20. 44-Kelly Miller, 13.743; 21. 3-Dennis MacEachern, 13.813; 22. 31-Colton Akerstrom, 13.838; 23. 33-Justin Bienert, 13.930; 24. 11EH-Marc Duperron, 13.937; 25. 1M-Drew MacDonell, 13.966; 26. 55-Gord Kynoch, 14.048; 27. 5-Allan Green, 14.083; 28. 9X-Sean MacDonell, 14.243

Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 6R-Bill Rose [1]; 2. 14-Jason Meyers [4]; 3. 91-Cody Darrah [2]; 4. 63-Chad Kemenah [3]; 5. 7-Craig Dollansky [5]; 6. 4X-Toni Lutar [6]; 7. 31-Colton Akerstrom [8]; 8. 16-David Miller [7]; 9. 9X-Sean MacDonell [10]; 10. 1M-Drew MacDonell [9]

Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 2. 9-Brad Sweet [1]; 3. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [3]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 5. 38-Trevor Turnbull [5]; 6. 75-Jesse Dakus [6]; 7. 44-Kelly Miller [7]; 8. 55-Gord Kynoch [9]; 9. 33-Justin Bienert [8]

Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 83-Paul McMahan [2]; 2. 6-Kraig Kinser [1]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [4]; 4. 12-Casey Adams [3]; 5. 39C-Jason Solwold [5]; 6. 11EH-Marc Duperron [8]; 7. 59-Eric Fisher Jr [6]; 8. 3-Dennis MacEachern [7]; 9. 5-Allan Green [9]

Dash – (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 11-Steve Kinser [2]; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah [1]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 4. 14-Jason Meyers [4]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 6. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [5]; 7. 83-Paul McMahan [7]; 8. 9-Brad Sweet [9]; 9. 6-Kraig Kinser [10]; 10. 6R-Bill Rose [8]

B-Main – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 59-Eric Fisher Jr [1] [-]; 2. 3-Dennis MacEachern [4] [-]; 3. 16-David Miller [2] [-]; 4. 44-Kelly Miller [3] [-]; 5. 55-Gord Kynoch [8] [-]; 6. 31-Colton Akerstrom [5] [-]; 7. 1M-Drew MacDonell [7] [$1,000]; 8. 33-Justin Bienert [6] [$1,000]; 9. 9X-Sean MacDonell [10] [$1,000]; 10. 5-Allan Green [9] [$1,000]

– Courtesy of Kyle Luetters and the World of Outlaws

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, August 28 2011
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