RACE REPORT: Kinser Tops Tucson

By Tony Veneziano, World of Outlaws PR Director

Steve Kinser has raced at hundreds of tracks from coast-to-coast in his career. One track that he had never taken a green flag at was USA Race Park in Tucson. In fact, until Friday afternoon, he had never even seen the semi-banked 3/8-mile oval in the Arizona desert. None of that mattered though on Friday night, as picked up the win in the 30-lap World of Outlaws A-Feature on Friday night, taking home the $10,000 top prize. 

(Click here for the MyLaps.com statistical breakdown of Friday night’s event at USA Race Park in Tucson.)

Kinser, a 20-time World of Outlaws Champion took the initial lead of the race from polesitter Jason Sides, but that start was negated when the red flag flew before a compete lap was in the books.

On the second start, Sides charged to the lead and began to pull away before encountering heavy lapped traffic on the sixth circuit. One lap later, Kinser dove down low to take the lead. From there, he pulled away, while encountering additional lapped traffic late, as well as a hard charging Joey Saldana the final two laps of the race.

For Kinser, driving the Q Racing Maxim, it was the 534th World of Outlaws A-Feature triumph of his illustrious career. The 30 laps were completed in just under seven minutes, as the entire distance after the opening red flag went green-to-checkers.

“Everything worked out well tonight,” said Kinser, a native of Bloomington, Indiana. “We started on the front row of the heat and won it. We drew good in the dash. I had a pretty good car. I don’t know if I could have come from the third or fourth row, but you never know.”

Kinser began the night by solidly qualifying in the 13th spot. He was one of 32 drivers to break the existing track record in time trials. This put him on the pole for the first heat. After winning that in convincing fashion, he started third in the dash, where he finished in the runner-up spot. After a ninth-place run at Thunderbowl Raceway in California last weekend, he now has two straight Top-10 finishes.

“It’s been a tough start to the year,” stated Kinser. “It seemed like everything we did went against us. We sure hope this gets things going. This is certainly better than the way things were going.”

Saldana, who started ninth in the Kasey Kahne-owned Mopar-powered Open Joist JEI, turned the fastest lap of the race on the final circuit, as he came up just four-tenths of a second short of his second win of the season. With less than 10 laps to go, he charged around Daryn Pittman, Jason Sides, and Donny Schatz, before setting his sights on Kinser.

“The track was narrow early and I was just hanging in there,” said Saldana, a native of Brownsburg, Indiana. “Once the track started to free up, we just had to go where they weren’t. The car was working exceptionally well on the top and bottom. The top was really good for us. I got around (Donny) Schatz up there, and drove down Steve (Kinser) in about a lap and a half. We came up a little short.”

Schatz, the reigning World of Outlaws Champion and current point leader, held on to finish third, despite losing a cylinder in the late going. The native of Fargo, North Dakota charged into the third spot on the opening lap of the race and made his way into second on the 23 lap as he slipped by Jason Sides, before Saldana caught him.

“We had a good start,” said Schatz, driver of the Parker Store J&J. “We expected it to get real slick, and maybe were a little cautious. We really got going toward the middle of the race and started to run them down. I was starting to catch Steve (Kinser) and actually got next to him, and as I was trying to go by him, I lost a cylinder. It was a lot of fun, but didn’t end up the way we wanted. I guess luck was on our side when we can break a motor and run third.”

Sides won the dash to earn his first pole position of the year. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee led the first six laps of the race, and wound up fourth, for his first Top-Five of the season. On the initial start he got sideways and actually had to take evasive action into the infield. Due to the red flag coming out before a complete lap was completed he was able to restart on the point.

“Anytime we get a Top-Five with these guys, with the caliber of cars there are right now, you can’t beat that,” said Sides, driver of the Wetherington Tractor Services Maxim.

Tim Shaffer aboard the Casey’s General Stores Maxim picked up his third Top-Five finish of the season, as he came home fifth. He was consistent all night long, as he was second in the first heat and fourth in the dash.

“It was good for the team and it was good for me,” said Shaffer, a native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. “Anytime you can run in the Top-Five in this deal is a good race.”

The rest of the Top-10 was Daryn Pittman in sixth in the Titan Garages Maxim. Kerry Madsen came home seventh in the Selma Shell Maxim. Danny Lasoski rebounded from an engine change after the dash to finish eighth in the Roth Motorsports Eagle. Terry McCarl was ninth in the Big Game Tree Stands Eagle. Brooke Tatnell picked up his fifth Top-10 of the year in the first six races, as he was 10th in the Volcano Joe’s Coffee Schnee.

Craig Dollansky began the night setting a new track record in qualifying aboard the Karavan Trailers Maxim.

The World of Outlaws head north on Saturday for the Cactus Classic at the storied Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix. 

• FAST QUALIFIER:  Craig Dollansky paced the 37 cars that took time with a record setting AMB i.t. timed lap around the 3/8-mile semi-banked oval at 12.624 seconds at 106.939 mph. For his qualifying effort, Dollansky earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Joey Saldana (4), Donny Schatz (3), Terry McCarl (2), and Dustin Lindquist (1).

• QUALIFYING WINNERS: Steve Kinser, Jason Sides, Danny Lasoski, and Daryn Pittman won heat races… Paul McMahan won the B-Main… Jason Sides won the dash. 

• FEATURE WINNERS: There have been six World of Outlaws A-Feature events held in 2007. The win list includes: Tim Kaeding (February 24 at Thunderbowl Raceway), Steve Kinser (March 2 at USA Race Park), Kerry Madsen (February 10 at Volusia Speedway Park), Daryn Pittman (February 11 at Volusia Speedway Park), Joey Saldana (February 23 at Thunderbowl Raceway) and Donny Schatz (February 9 at Volusia Speedway Park).

• 3/8-MILE WINNERS: USA Race Park is a semi-banked 3/8-mile. The World of Winners have raced once this year on a track size. The winner list includes: Steve Kinser (USA Race Park).

• ON THE WEB: The Official World of Outlaws Web site is at http://www.worldofoutlaws.com. Among the features are updated driver biographies with individual statistics and pictures, race-by-race statistics, detailed track information and race coverage, series news and team press releases. Also, links to the Media Guide and 2007 Official Rulebook can be found at the bottom of the home page.

• LISTEN ONLINE: If fans can’t get to a track to see the series, they can experience the excitement of the World of Outlaws live on DIRTVision.com through the DIRT Radio Network. To listen to the audio broadcasts, log on to www.DIRTVision.com and click on the DIRT Radio Network logo. Listeners will need Windows Media Player 9 or higher to listen to the DIRT Radio Network. For technical support or questions, e-mail [email protected]

• UP NEXT: A trip west to the storied Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix for the Cactus Classic. This marks the first of two separate visits to the half-mile this season.

• UPCOMING EVENTS: A return to Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas is in store on March 16, with a trip to Pike County Speedway in Magnolia, Mississippi to follow on March 17. The series will make their inaugural visit to Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee on March 24, and will close out the month at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia on March 31.

World of Outlaws Sprint Series Statistical Report; USA Race Park; March 2, 2007
1) 7-Craig Dollansky 12.624 (New Track Record)
2) 9-Joey Saldana 12.703
3) 15-Donny Schatz 12.723
4) 24-Terry McCarl 12.748
5) 5-Dustin  Lindquist 12.752
6) 11K-Tim Kaeding 12.763
7) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 12.797
8) 11H-Kerry Madsen 12.798
9) 6T-Tim Shaffer 12.810
10) 2-Brooke Tatnell 12.821
11) 14-Jason Meyers 12.822
12) 21-Daryn Pittman 12.841
13) 11-Steve Kinser 12.849
14) 7S-Jason Sides 12.869
15) 83-Danny Lasoski 12.870
16) 75H-Danny Horner 12.871
17) 45X-Johnny Herrera 12.873
18) R19-Jason Solwold 12.875
19) 20-Paul McMahan 12.884
20) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 12.889
21) 1x-Randy Hannagan 12.891
22) 8K-Zach Chappell 12.912
23) D1-Justin Henderson 12.939
24) 11D-Dion Hindi 12.949
25) 35-Jac Haudenschild 12.952
26) 19-Becca  Anderson 12.953
27) 22B-Ben Gregg 12.989
28) 5C-Chad Hillier 12.993
29) 36-Jason Martin 13.007
30) 70-Chad Kemenah 13.032
31) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 13.056
32) 12M-James Mosher 13.103
33) 18-Brian Carlson 13.205
34) 66-Jerry Coons Jr. 13.208
35) 1M-William Hernandez 13.313
36) 9K-Brent Kronfuss 13.318
37) 15X-Bud Goodwin 13.902

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 11-Steve Kinser
2) 6T-Tim Shaffer
3) 5-Dustin Lindquist
4) 7-Craig Dollansky
5) 1x-Randy Hannagan
6) 35-Jac Haudenschild
7) 36-Jason Martin
8) 45X-Johnny Herrera
9) 18-Brian Carlson
10) 15X-Bud Goodwin

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 7S-Jason Sides
2) 11K-Tim Kaeding
3) 2-Brooke Tatnell
4) 9-Joey Saldana
5) R19-Jason Solwold
6) 70-Chad Kemenah
7) 66-Jerry Coons Jr.
8) 19-Becca  Anderson
9) 8K-Zach Chappell

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 83-Danny Lasoski
2) 15-Donny Schatz
3) 14-Jason Meyers
4) 15H-Sam Hafertepe J.r
5) D1-Justin Henderson
6) 22B-Ben Gregg
7) 20-Paul McMahan
8) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
9) 1M-William Hernandez

Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 21-Daryn Pittman
2) 75H-Danny Horner
3) 11H-Kerry Madsen
4) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
5) 24-Terry McCarl
6) 11D-Dion Hindi
7) 12M-James Mosher
8) 5C-Chad Hillier
9) 9K-Brent Kronfuss

Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 7S-Jason Sides
2) 11-Steve Kinser
3) 21-Daryn Pittman
4) 6T-Tim Shaffer
5) 7-Craig Dollansky
6) 75H-Danny Horner
7) 11K-Tim Kaeding
8) 15-Donny Schatz
9) 9-Joey Saldana
10) 83-Danny Lasoski

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 20-Paul McMahan  
2) 45X-Johnny Herrera
3) 35-Jac Haudenschild 
4) 11D-Dion Hindi  
5) 70-Chad Kemenah [$200]
6) 19-Becca  Anderson [$180]
7) 36-Jason Martin [$175]
8) 10C-Jeremy Campbell [$160]
9) 12M-James Mosher [$150]
10) 18-Brian Carlson [$150]
11) 9K-Brent Kronfuss [$150]
12) 5C-Chad Hillier [$150]
13) 15X-Bud Goodwin [$150]
14) 1M-William Hernandez [$150]
15) 8K-Zach Chappell [$150]
16) 22B-Ben Gregg [$150]
17) 66-Jerry Coons Jr [$150]

A-main (30 laps) – Starting Position [#]
1) 11-Steve  Kinser[2] [$10,000]
2) 9-Joey Saldana[9] [$5,500]
3) 15-Donny Schatz[8] [$3,200]
4) 7S-Jason Sides[1] [$2,800]
5) 6T-Tim Shaffer[4] [$2,500]
6) 21-Daryn Pittman[3] [$2,300]
7) 11H-Kerry Madsen[14] [$2,200]
8) 83-Danny Lasoski[10] [$2,100]
9) 24-Terry McCarl[11] [$2,050]
10) 2-Brooke Tatnell[15] [$2,000]
11) 20-Paul McMahan[19] [$1,500]
12) 14-Jason Meyers[16] [$1,200]
13) R19-Jason Solwold[18] [$1,100]
14) D1-Justin Henderson[22] [$1,050]
15) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[13] [$1,000]
16) 1x-Randy Hannagan[21] [$900]
17) 11D-Dion Hindi[23] [$800]
18) 35-Jac Haudenschild[24] [$800]
19) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.[20] [$800]
20) 11K-Tim Kaeding[7] [$800]
21) 45X-Johnny Herrera[17] [$800]
22) 10C-Jeremy Campbell[26] [$0]
23) 5-Dustin  Lindquist[12] [$800]
24) 70-Chad Kemenah[25] [$0]
25) 7-Craig Dollansky[5] [$800]
26) 75H-Danny Horner[6] [$800]
Lap Leaders: Jason Sides 1-6; Steve Kinser 7-30
Note: Chad Kemenah and Jeremy Campbell used provisionals to start the A-Feature.

There have been 6 World of Outlaws A-Feature events this season.

A-Feature winners (6 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – #11K Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA – 1
#11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 1
#11H Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s NSW – 1
#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 1    
#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 1
#15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1

Lap leaders, including A-features and preliminary features
Car, driver, hometown – Total laps led (9 different drivers have led a lap)
#11K Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA – 40 laps
#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 30 laps
#11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 24 laps
#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN. – 24 laps
#35 Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH – 23 laps
#11H Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW – 21 laps
#15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 14 laps
#7S Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN – 6 laps
#83 Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO – 4 laps

Time trial leaders (6 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Quick times
1 – #18T- Tony Bruce Jr., Liberal, KS – 1
#89- Cody Darrah, Red Lion, PA – 1
#7- Craig Dollansky- Elk River, MN – 1
#20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 1
#9- Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 1
#6T Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA – 1

Dash Winners (6 different winners)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Dash Wins
1 – #15T Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX – 1
#35 Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH – 1
#14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 1
#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 1           
#15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1
#7S Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN – 1

Pole Positions (6 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Poles
1 – #15T Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX – 1
#35 Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH – 1
#14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 1
#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 1
#15- Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND – 1
#7S Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN – 1

B-main Winners (6 different winners)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – “B” Wins
1 –#1X- Randy Hannagan, San Jose – 1
#11K Tim Kaeding, San Jose – 1
#11H- Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s NSW – 1
#20- Paul McMahan- Nashville, TN – 1
#9- Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 1
#2 Brooke Tatnell, San Souci, NSW – 1

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