The King Gets Back on Track at Husets Speedway
By Richard Day
BRANDON, SD (June 18) Steve Kinser dismissed the disappointment of losing the lead in the Duel in the Dakotas main event Wednesday by winning the OReilly World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature at Husets Speedway.
"The King of the Outlaws" was leading Saturdays $20,000-to-win championship feature when Wade Nugaard flipped into his #11 Quaker State Maxim, putting him out of the race. Kinser exchanged the lead with nemesis Sammy Swindell three times Wednesday en route to the sixth victory of his career at Brandons 3/8-mile oval.
"Weve had a good, fast car all year long," Kinser said following his 10th main event victory of the OReilly World of Outlaws Series 25th Anniversary Season. "We got into a wreck while leading it at Fargo, but that happens once in a while in racing. Its a shame because it was a pretty big race.
"That (battle with Swindell) was one of many, many weve had over the years. It seems like me and Sammy and Doug (Wolfgang) pretty much dominated the top three spots when this thing first started, and its good to still be able to be out here doing it. Theres at least four races this year we either fell out of or got disqualified from, but were still winning races and theres still a long way to go."
Kinser, the third-fastest qualifier in the 30-car field, earned the right to start the 35-lap "A" Feature outside the second row by following Swindell across the finish line in the Second Dash Race.
Pole-sitter Paul McMahan drove the #11H Vivarin Maxim into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event. Swindell, who has won five "A" Features at Husets, took the lead with an inside move into the second corner several seconds later.
"The King of the Outlaws" exchanged third place with Jason Meyers four times in the first four laps. He raced wheel-to-wheel with McMahan and Meyers through much of the fifth lap before passing them both. Kinser was six car-lengths behind when Swindell entered lapped traffic late in lap six.
Swindell lost his advantage two laps later when Eric Vanderploeg spun in turn two. The three-time series champion controlled the ensuing restart, but was only a car-length ahead of Kinser when he caught the back-markers during lap 10.
Kinser challenged Swindell for 2 2/3 laps before passing him for the lead in the low groove between the third and fourth corners late in the 13th lap. Swindell regained first place the next time around, driving the #1 Ore-Cal/Beef Packers J&J past Kinser deep in turn two.
"The King of the Outlaws" executed the winning move six laps later, passing Swindell in the low groove between the first and second corners. McMahan took the high line through turn four to pass Sammy for the runner-up spot the next time around.
Swindell surrendered third place late in lap 22, stopping on the front straightaway with a flat right front tire. Mechanical problems in the #7S Aramark Uniform Services Maxim forced First Heat Race winner Jason Sides to stop in the second corner at the same time.
Kinser raced away from the other 23 cars as the green flag replaced the yellow, and opened a 10-car-length advantage within four laps. McMahan closed to within three car-lengths in dense lapped traffic during lap 29, however.
McMahan was threatening to take the lead two laps later, but Kinsers daring move between Sides and Brandon Wimmer in turn four gave him a 10-car-length advantage. "The King of the Outlaws" took the checkered flag with eight car-lengths to spare.
OReilly World of Outlaws Series points leader Danny Lasoski finished in third place, ahead of Meyers, Daryn Pittman, Second Heat Race winner Joey Saldana, Third Heat Race winner Donny Schatz, Mark Kinser and Terry McCarl. Brian Paulus drove P and P Motorsports #28 Verdelli Farms Maxim past 10 cars to finish 10th.
Schatz drove his #15 Parker Stores J&J into seventh place from outside the seventh row. The 1997 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year moved past Sides into fifth place in the point standings with his 19th top-10 finish of the season.
Kraig Kinser flipped after he and Pittman collided on the front straightaway early in the Second Heat Race. Although Steve Kinsers 18-year-old son was uninjured, the #11K Delco-Remy International Maxim was destroyed. Kraig drove a back-up car past seven cars in the "B" Feature, then raced into 16th place from outside the 12th row in the main event.
Lasoski paced the qualifying session for the 13th time this season, circling the high-banked, 3/8-mile oval in 10.755 seconds an average speed of 125.523 M.P.H. WoO
O'Reilly World of Outlaws
Qualifying: 1) Danny Lasoski, Stewart 20, 10.755 2) Kraig Kinser, Kinser 11K, 10.786 3) Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 10.832 4) Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 10.847 5) Daryn Pittman, Sher-Don Motorsports 21, 10.912 6) Paul McMahan, Helm 11H, 10.943 7) Sammy Swindell, Roth 1, 10.949 8) Jason Meyers, Karavan 7, 10.950 9) Gary DeWall, DeWall 16, 10.969 10) Blake Feese, Forbrook 5, 10.975 11) Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 11.007 12) Justin Henderson, Carnahan R19, 11.025 13) Jason Sides, Sides Motorsports 7S, 11.034 14) Joey Saldana, Saldana 17, 11.058 15) Donny Schatz, Schatz 15,11.069 16) Lynton Jeffrey, Jeffrey 4K, 11.097 17) Eric Vanderploeg, Vanderploeg 57A, 11.121 18) Gregg Bakker, Bakker 11X, 11.158 19) Brian Brown, Parsons 6, 11.167 20) Brandon Wimmer, Two Winners Racing 7TW, 11.203 21) Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 11.222 22) Bob Bennett, ACME 3, 11.237 23) Calvin Landis, Landis 70, 11.258 24) Clint Garner, Verhey 17V, 11.353 25) Chad Radel, Radel 25, 11.367 26) Scott Fokken, SMF Autosport 1F, 11.632 27) John Lambertz, Lambertz 12L, 11.658 29) Chuck Swenson, Swenson X, 11.749 30) Randy Rosenboom, Rosenboom 14, No Time
First Heat Race (10 laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)--1) Jason Sides 2) Gregg Bakker 3) Sammy Swindell 4) Danny Lasoski 5) Paul McMahan 6) Justin Henderson 7) Brian Brown 8) Chuck Swenson 9) Bob Bennett 10) Chad Radel
Second Heat Race (10 laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)--1) Joey Saldana 2) Jason Meyers 3) Mark Kinser 4) Daryn Pittman 5) Eric Vanderploeg 6) Brandon Wimmer 7) Chuck McGillivray 8) Calvin Landis 9) Scott Fokken 10) Kraig Kinser
Third Heat Race (10 laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)--1) Donny Schatz 2) Terry McCarl 3) Steve Kinser 4) Blake Feese 5) Brian Paulus 6) Gary DeWall 7) John Lambertz 8) Lynton Jeffrey 9) Clint Garner 10) Randy Rosenboom
First Dash (7 laps, finishing order determined inside first 8 rows of A-feature)--1) Paul McMahan 2) Jason Meyers 3) Danny Lasoski 4) Terry McCarl 5) Joey Saldana 6) Blake Feese 7) Justin Henderson 8) Eric Vanderploeg
Second Dash (7 laps, finishing order determined outside first 8 rows of A-feature)1) Sammy Swindell 2) Steve Kinser 3) Daryn Pittman 4) Jason Sides 5) Mark Kinser 6) Gary DeWall 7) Donny Schatz 8) Gregg Bakker
B-main (12 laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)1) Brian Brown 2) Lynton Jeffrey 3) Calvin Landis 4) Kraig Kinser 5) Bob Bennett 6) John Lambertz 7) Clint Garner 8) Scott Fokken 9) Chuck Swenson 10) Chuck McGillivray 11) Randy Rosenboom
A-main (35 laps)--1) Steve Kinser 2) Paul McMahan 3) Danny Lasoski 4) Jason Meyers 5) Daryn Pittman 6) Joey Saldana 7) Donny Schatz 8) Mark Kinser 9) Terry McCarl 10) Brian Paulus 11) Sammy Swindell 12) Justin Henderson 13) Gregg Bakker 14) Jason Sides 15) Blake Feese 16) Kraig Kinser 17) Gary DeWall 18) Brian Brown 19) Lynton Jeffrey 20) John Lambertz 21) Calvin Landis 22) Brandon Wimmer 23) Eric Vanderploeg 24) Bob Bennett
Lap leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-12, 14-19; Steve Kinser 13, 20-35
Nordstrom's Late Model Stock Cars
Heat #1: 1. Howard Baartman, Sioux Falls; 2. Jeff Kroger, Canton; 3. Chad Overgaard, Luverne, Minn.; 4. Gary Brown Jr, Sioux Falls; 5. Scott Overgaard, Ellsworth, Minn.; 6. Scott Freet, Madison; 7. JJ Zebell, Parker.
Heat #2: 1. Rick Goth, Madison; 2. Matt Steuerwald, Madison; 3. Dan Jensen, Humboldt; 4. David Kruger, Sioux Falls; 5. Don Bickett, Ramona; 6. Perry Tschetter, Bridgewater.
A Feature: 1. Jeff Kroger, Canton; 2. Chad Overgaard, Luverne, Minn.; 3. Dan Jensen, Humboldt; 4. JJ Zebell, Parker; 5. Scott Freet, Madison; 6. Rick Goth, Madison; 7. David Kruger, Sioux Falls; 8. Scott Overgaard, Ellsworth, Minn.; 9. Perry Tschetter, Bridgewater; 10. Don Bickett, Ramona; 11. Matt Steuerwald, Madison; 12. Howard Baartman, Sioux Falls; 13. Gary Brown Jr, Sioux Falls.