Paulus Rolls at Husets for Second World of Outlaws Sprint Series Win of Season
By Chris Dolack, World of Outlaws Senior Writer
(Brandon, SD June 28, 2005) Brian Paulus was under pressure to win. Sure, Kraig Kinser and the rest of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series were bearing down on him Tuesday night at Husets Speedway in Brandon, S.D., but dealing with those guys was nothing compared to the pressure of winning in front of his in-laws.
Thats right. Paulus got married soon after the series raced in February at Volusia Speedway Park. His wife, Melissa, grew up in South Dakota and her parents were among the fans in the capacity crowd watching as Paulus held off Kraig Kinser, Terry McCarl, Daryn Pittman and Steve Kinser to earn his second A-feature win of the season.
Id hate for them to think she married a loser, said Paulus, a Mean 15 racer and native of Mechanicsburg, Pa. He opened the month of June with a victory from the pole at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park and closed it out with another win Tuesday night from the top spot on the grid.
We had a good car on the bottom, Paulus said. I know Daryn was awesome fast up top and I thought if we could just stick with him until lapped traffic thatll give us our shot.
Pittman jumped out to the early lead in the 35-lap main event, but a seven-car incident in Turn 2 brought out a quick caution and a complete restart. When Pittman again raced to the front, Jason Solwold brought out the caution when he stopped in Turn 1.
For a third time, Paulus and Pittman brought the field to the green flag. Paulus was determined to make the bottom groove work while Pittman carried his momentum on the high side of the 3/8-mile high-banked oval and drove into the lead.
Kraig Kinser and McCarl raced side-by-side for third before McCarl grabbed the position and set his sights on Paulus and Pittman. With Paulus working the bottom and Pittman on the cushion, Brooke Tatnell entered the mix and worked his way past Kraig Kinser, grabbing fourth at the flagstand just before another caution waved on Lap 6.
Pittman had a great jump on the restart, as did McCarl, who went around Paulus to grab second. But before the pass could become official, another yellow waved, moving Paulus back in front of McCarl. At that point, Paulus knew his line around the oval wasnt working fast enough to stay in the lead pack.
Daryn and I had two good starts together, we ran side-by-side racing and both starts ended up getting a caution, Paulus said. On the third start, the motor stumbled and he got a good jump on me. I really didnt have a whole lot for him and then Terry McCarl got by me and the yellow came out. I knew then I was going to have to move around on the track to find another spot to run because where I was wasnt going to be good enough to take second. We moved around in Turns 3 and 4 and got faster. We kept sticking in the middle to the bottom in Turns 1 and 2 and chasing down Daryn in lapped traffic and I just dont think he had a car that would go anywhere but the top. We could run anywhere, high, low, it didnt matter.
So Paulus moved around on the track, trying to keep up with Pittman while behind him Kraig Kinser worked his way back around Tatnell and went to work on McCarl. Kinser repeatedly looked to the outside of McCarl, finally making the pass the Lap 12 as the top five hit traffic.
With the top three racing nose-to-tail, Paulus peaked to the inside of Pittman several times before he powered his way to the front as they exited Turn 2 on Lap 16.
Kinser followed close behind and stole second three laps later, also on the exit of Turn 2, while McCarl slid into third by motoring around Pittman on the high side of Turns 3 and 4.
Paulus continued to smoothly work through traffic as the track began to take rubber in each turn. Kinser kept pace with Paulus as the laps wound down, but he had no chance to make a move and settled for second.
It was definitely hard, said Kraig Kinser, who won the preliminary feature Friday at Knoxville Raceway and was credited with his fourth A-feature victory of 2005 when the main event was rained out on Saturday. It was hard to get around somebody and actually clear them before the straightaway because you really had to have them cleared before you got there. I thought we were going to be in trouble there at the start of the race, so we just kind of slid back and couldnt keep up with the guys in front of us. As the race kept going we kept getting better and better. At the end there, we just ran out of time.
Once in front, Paulus had no idea who it was chasing him down, he just knew he couldnt let up.
I had no idea, said Paulus, who has five top-five runs this season and collected $10,000 for winning Tuesday night. I figured Daryn and Terry were right there. I didnt even know Kraig was in the mix. I knew that as long as I didnt make mistakes, they werent just going to drive by us.
I watched the second Dash and the guys who ran the bottom went backwards. I watched the B and the guys who ran the bottom went backwards. I thought, Well, thats been my line all night. If its not there anymore Ill have to move around the track in the feature. I couldnt imagine why anybody couldnt run down there. I just committed to it early.
And he made it work. McCarl knew he would have a tough time with Paulus after he got around him and then had the caution wave on Lap 6, moving Paulus back to second.
These guys are so smart out here you dont want to give them two chances because nobody is going to let you get by again, said McCarl, who has won six Husets track championships. Brian did a great job. He had a good car. We had a great car all night. We went out and qualified with quick time. Its like home for me so getting a top three is great.
I was real disappointed when Knoxville got rained out the second night. I felt we were faster than that fourth place the night before. Were building momentum, were learning so much every night. I think were coming into our stride at the right time of year.
Once in front, Paulus stretched his advantage to more than a second as he pulled away and let the rest of the field shake itself out.
Joey Saldana, who was injured in a three-car crash during a heat race June 17 at Eagle Raceway, is expected to return to action July 1 in the preliminary feature of the Duel in the Dakotas at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. Saldana, who had a concussion that resulted in spells of dizziness, has vastly improved and should be fully ready to compete Friday night.
In the Stacker 2® Dash, Brian Paulus raced into the lead in Turn 2 on the first lap and stretched his advantage to 2.2 seconds at the finish as Terry McCarl surged past Shane Stewart. Brooke Tatnell, Tim Shaffer and Jason Meyers made up the rest of the inside first six rows of the feature.
In the second Dash, Daryn Pittman charged to the high side of the track and drove by Kraig Kinser and pulled away to the checkered flag. Kinser held on for second ahead of Sammy Swindell, Paul McMahan, Steve Kinser and Danny Wood, to make up the outside first six rows of the feature.
In the B-main, Craig Dollansky started on the pole and eventually posted an easy victory as the battle for the final transfer spot heated up behind him. Kevin Swindell had challenged for the lead before a caution flew. Afterward, Dollansky took charge as Swindell fended off Billy Alley. Mark Dobmeier then joined the action and snuck past Alley late in the race.
In heat race action, the winners included Collin Northway, Donny Schatz, Tim Kaeding and Jason Sides.
Terry McCarl paced the 33-car field with a lap around the 3/8-mile oval in 11.067 seconds. McCarl established the track record of 10.426 seconds on Aug. 17, 2002.
The Outlaws opens the Independence Day Weekend July 1-2 with the Duel in the Dakotas at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D., then race July 4 at Cedar Lake Speedway in Somerset, Wis., July 6 at The Raceway at Powercom Park in Beaver Dam, Wis., and July 8 at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., where the series will be racing in conjunction with the NASCAR event at Chicagoland Speedway.
The Outdoor Channel will air on June 29 the race June 9 from I-96 Speedway. All of the action from the Eagle Nationals will air at 8 p.m. (ET) on July 6 on The Outdoor Channel.
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Qualifying: 1) Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 11.067; 2) Sammy Swindell, Forbrook 5, 11.103; 3) Brooke Tatnell, Rush Racing 8, 11.118; 4) Craig Dollansky, Karavan 7, 11.128; 5) Paul McMahan, Helm 11H, 11.176; 6) Brian Paulus, Pender 28, 11.181; 7) Daryn Pittman, Titan Racing USA 21, 11.183; 8) Shane Stewart, Rudeen Racing 26, 11.198; 9) Kevin Swindell, Swindell 1, 11.249; 10) Kraig Kinser, Kinser 11K, 11.267; 11) Billy Alley, Alley 22, 11.268; 12) Jason Meyers, Elite Racing Team 14, 11.300; 13) Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 11.303; 14) Tim Shaffer, Parsons 6, 11.306; 15) Jake Peters, Peters 57X, 11.317; 16) Danny Wood, BG Racing 66, 11.319; 17) Collin Northway, Northway 60, 11.345; 18) Jason Solwold, Carnahan R19, 11.351; 19) Wayne Johnson, Fattfro 14AJ, 11.359; 20) Jason Sides, Sides Motorsports 7S, 11.370; 21) Danny Lasoski, Stewart 20, 11.372; 22) Tim Kaeding, Roth 83, 11.378; 23) Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 11.397; 24) Brandon Wimmer, Two Winners Racing 7TW, 11.405; 25) Clint Garner, Garner 40, 11.412; 26) Lynton Jeffrey, Jeffrey 4AU, 11.414; 27) Gregg Bakker, Bakker 11X, 11.418; 28) Travis Rilat, Wright 35, 11.426; 29) Chad Meyer, Lunstra 1W, 11.451; 30) Dusty Zomer, Zomer 1Z, 11.520; 31) Mark Dobmeier, Dobmeier 13, 11.568; 32) Chad Radel, Radel 25, 11.713; 33) Chuck McGillivray, McGillivray 101, 12.089
First Heat Race (8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature): 1) Collin Northway; 2) Brandon Wimmer; 3) Shane Stewart; 4) Terry McCarl; 5) Danny Wood; 6) Kevin Swindell; 7) Clint Garner; 8) Chad Meyer; 9) Chuck McGillivray;
Second Heat Race (8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature): 1) Donny Schatz; 2) Jason Solwold; 3) Kraig Kinser; 4) Sammy Swindell; 5) Daryn Pittman; 6) Lynton Jeffrey; 7) Dusty Zomer; 8) Jake Peters;
Third Heat Race (8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature): 1) Tim Kaeding; 2) Tim Shaffer; 3) Wayne Johnson; 4) Brooke Tatnell; 5) Brian Paulus; 6) Billy Alley; 7) Mark Dobmeier; 8) Gregg Bakker;
Fourth Heat Race (8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature): 1) Jason Sides; 2 Danny Lasoski; 3) Steve Kinser; 4) Paul McMahan; 5) Jason Meyers; 6) Craig Dollansky; 7) Travis Rilat; 8) Chad Radel;
Stacker 2® Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined inside first 6 rows of A-feature): 1) Brian Paulus; 2) Terry McCarl; 3) Shane Stewart; 4) Brooke Tatnell; 5) Tim Shaffer; 6) Jason Meyers;
Second Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined outside first 6 rows of A-feature): 1) Daryn Pittman; 2) Kraig Kinser; 3) Sammy Swindell; 4) Paul McMahan; 5) Steve Kinser; 6) Danny Wood;
B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature): 1) Craig Dollansky [$20]; 2) Kevin Swindell [$20]; 3) Mark Dobmeier [$20]; 4) Billy Alley [$20]; 5) Chad Meyer [$200]; 6) Gregg Bakker [$180]; 7) Jake Peters [$175]; 8) Dusty Zomer [$160]; 9) Chuck McGillivray [$150]; 10) Lynton Jeffrey [$150]; 11) Clint Garner [$150]; 12) Travis Rilat [$150]; 13) Chad Radel (DNS) [$150];
A-main (35 laps): 1) Brian Paulus [$10,000]; 2) Kraig Kinser [$5,750]; 3) Terry McCarl [$3,500]; 4) Daryn Pittman [$3,000]; 5) Steve Kinser [$2,750]; 6) Tim Shaffer [$2,500]; 7) Sammy Swindell [$2,300]; 8) Brooke Tatnell [$2,250]; 9) Jason Meyers [$2,150]; 10) Donny Schatz [$2,100]; 11) Wayne Johnson [$1,700]; 12) Shane Stewart [$1,400]; 13) Craig Dollansky [$1,300]; 14) Kevin Swindell [$1,200]; 15) Jason Sides [$1,000]; 16) Billy Alley [$1,000]; 17) Danny Lasoski [$1,000]; 18) Brandon Wimmer [$900]; 19) Tim Kaeding [$900]; 20) Mark Dobmeier [$900]; 21) Paul McMahan [$900]; 22) Collin Northway [$900]; 23) Danny Wood [$900]; 24) Jason Solwold [$900];
Lap leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-15, Brian Paulus 16-35
Nordstrom's Late Model Stock Cars
Heat #1: 1. Rob Hirsch, Sioux Falls (2); 2. Ray Sveeggen, Beresford (4); 3. Jeff Kroger, Canton (5); 4. Don Bickett, Ramona (6); 5. Justin Selken, Humboldt (7); 6. Mat Pulford, Madison (8); 7. Kevin Larson, Sioux Falls (1); 8. Dan Jensen, Humboldt (3).
Heat #2: 1. Lee Schlumbohm, Sioux Falls (4); 2. Rick Vander Weide, Sioux Falls (3); 3. Donald Gerritsen Jr, Rock Rapids, Iowa (6); 4. Chad Overgaard, Luverne, Minn. (7); 5. Justin Glaser, Sioux Falls (5); 6. Jesse Kroger, Harrisburg (1); 7. Colter Deutsch, Kanaranzi, Minn. (2).
Heat #3: 1. Jesse Akkerman, Luverne, Minn. (4); 2. Matt Steuerwald, Madison (2); 3. Darrin Korthals, Rock Rapids, Iowa (6); 4. Jeremiah Jordahl, Madison (1); 5. Gary Brown Jr, Sioux Falls (5); 6. Scott Overgaard, LuVerne, Minn. (7); 7. Chad Schettler, Brandon (3).
B Feature: 1. Scott Overgaard, LuVerne, Minn. (3); 2. Chad Schettler, Brandon (4); 3. Dan Jensen, Humboldt (7); 4. Colter Deutsch, Kanaranzi, Minn. (6); 5. Kevin Larson, Sioux Falls (5); 6. Jesse Kroger, Harrisburg (2); 7. Mat Pulford, Madison (1).
A Feature: 1. Lee Schlumbohm, Sioux Falls (6); 2. Rick Vander Weide, Sioux Falls (4); 3. Gary Brown Jr, Sioux Falls (15); 4. Jesse Akkerman, Luverne, Minn. (7); 5. Chad Overgaard, Luverne, Minn. (9); 6. Darrin Korthals, Rock Rapids, Iowa (12); 7. Rob Hirsch, Sioux Falls (2); 8. Donald Gerritsen Jr, Rock Rapids, Iowa (11); 9. Ray Sveeggen, Beresford (5); 10. Scott Overgaard, LuVerne, Minn. (16); 11. Jeremiah Jordahl, Madison (1); 12. Don Bickett, Ramona (10); 13. Dan Jensen, Humboldt (18); 14. Chad Schettler, Brandon (17); 15. Matt Steuerwald, Madison (3); 16. Justin Selken, Humboldt (13); 17. Jeff Kroger, Canton (8); 18. Justin Glaser, Sioux Falls (14).