Steve Kinser Dominates Season Opener at Volusia Speedway Park

Legend holds off Swindell, Saldana at 40th DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH

BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 11, 2011 – Steve Kinser’s name is synonymous with the World of Outlaws. He proved again why he’s called the King of the Outlaws on Friday night in the series’ season opener as part of the 40th DIRTcar Nationals By University of Northwestern Ohio at Volusia Speedway Park.

After watching Sammy Swindell dominate the first two Sprint Car races at Volusia’s annual 12-night event, Kinser flexed some muscle and a brand new car to win on for the second year in a row on the high-speed half-mile oval near Daytona Beach.

“The car was just on a rail tonight,” said a smiling Kinser, of Bloomington, Ind. “Winning the dash really helped us get off to a good start for the main event.”

Kinser was in control early, and showed just how good his car was during double file restarts where he could quickly jump out front from either the inside or outside lane. With Kinser in control, a fierce battle throughout all 30 laps was constantly changing for second place.

Kasey Kahne Racing teammates Joey Saldana and Paul McMahan traded the position for most of the event until Swindell’s Big Game Treestands Maxim joined the fray and then just as easily advanced to the runnerup spot. In the first three nights of Sprint Car racing at the DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH, Swindell has two wins and a runner-up finish.

“We had another great car tonight,” Swindell said. “Had we not had that late race caution, I think we could have caught Kinser.”

A late race caution after Craig Dollanksy flipped in turn three bunched the field. When the field restarted, Kinser set sail once again. Saldana managed to wheel his #9 Carquest Maxim to 3rd place finish.

“Experience beat us tonight,” said Saldana. “We got the car dialed in pretty good though.”

Swindell wound up second after a late-race surge to catch Kinser. Saldana was third with last year’s Knoxville Nationals champion Tim Shaffer fourth and Volusia track record holder Paul McMahan rounding out the Top 5.

Tickets to see the 40th DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH at Volusia Speedway Park can be purchased online at http://www.worldofoutlaws.com/tickets or by calling 386-985-4402 . The World of Outlaws Sprint Cars have two more nights at Volusia before giving way to the DIRTcar Late Models, World of Outlaws Late Models and Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds. In addition, the Gator Championship for DIRTcar UMP Modifieds is Monday night.

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; DIRTcar Nationals By UNOH; Volusia Speedway Park, Feb. 11, 2011

A-main (30 laps) – Starting Position [#]; – 1) 11-Steve Kinser[1]; [$10,000]; 2) 1-Sammy Swindell[5]; [$5,500]; 3) 9-Joey Saldana[3]; [$3,200]; 4) 83X-Tim Shaffer[7]; [$2,800]; 5) 83-Paul McMahan[2]; [$2,500]; 6) 1Z-Stevie Smith[12]; [$2,300]; 7) 14-Jason Meyers[13]; [$2,200]; 8) 2-Dale Blaney[9]; [$2,100]; 9) 49-Brad Sweet[14]; [$2,050]; 10) 27-Daryn Pittman[19]; [$2,000]; 11) 39-Greg Hodnett[23]; [$1,500]; 12) 91-Cody Darrah[11]; [$1,200]; 13) 63-Chad Kemenah[4]; [$1,100]; 14) 6-Kraig Kinser[22]; [$1,050]; 15) 15-Donny Schatz[18]; [$1,000]; 16) 7S-Jason Sides[21]; [$900]; 17) 51-Fred Rahmer[17]; [$800]; 18) 2B-Ben Gregg[27]; [$000]; 19) 89G-David Gravel[24]; [$800]; 20) 7-Craig Dollansky[6]; [$800]; 21) 33-Danny Lasoski[8]; [$800]; 22) 24-Terry McCarl[16]; [$800]; 23) 6R-Bill Rose[10]; [$800]; 24) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[26]; [$000]; 25) W20-Greg Wilson[20]; [$800]; 26) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[25]; [$000]; 27) 30C-Lance Dewease[15]; [$800]. Lap Leaders: Steve Kinser 1-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: Greg Hodnett.

Qualifying – 1) 9-Joey Saldana 13.224 2) 63-Chad Kemenah 13.267 3) 83-Paul McMahan 13.280 4) 91-Cody Darrah 13.285 5) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 13.292 6) 1Z-Stevie Smith 13.299 7) 11-Steve Kinser 13.300 8) 14-Jason Meyers 13.302 9) 7-Craig Dollansky 13.328 10) 1-Sammy Swindell 13.370 11) 49-Brad Sweet 13.371 12) 83X-Tim Shaffer 13.389 13) 30C-Lance Dewease 13.392 14) 6R-Bill Rose 13.419 15) 33-Danny Lasoski 13.436 16) 2-Dale Blaney 13.457 17) 24-Terry McCarl 13.458 18) 51-Fred Rahmer 13.465 19) 22-Brian Ellenberger 13.473 20) 15-Donny Schatz 13.485 21) 27-Daryn Pittman 13.502 22) W20-Greg Wilson 13.528 23) 7S-Jason Sides 13.537 24) 6-Kraig Kinser 13.562 25) 1J-Bronson Maeschen 13.568 26) 39-Greg Hodnett 13.574 27) 4-Danny Smith 13.622 28) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 13.655 29) 89G-David Gravel 13.659 30) 25-Aaron Ott 13.667 31) 14Z-Jessica Zemken 13.673 32) 2B-Ben Gregg 13.697 33) 17-Tyler Walker 13.810 34) 55-Chad Layton 13.878 35) P51-Jeff Carlson 16.139.

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature) – 1) 7-Craig Dollansky[2]; 2) 9-Joey Saldana[4]; 3) 27-Daryn Pittman[6]; 4) 89G-David Gravel[8]; 5) 30C-Lance Dewease[1]; 6) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[3]; 7) 17-Tyler Walker[9]; 8) 24-Terry McCarl[5]; 9) 1J-Bronson Maeschen[7].

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature) – 1) 1-Sammy Swindell[2]; 2) 6R-Bill Rose[1]; 3) 1Z-Stevie Smith[3]; 4) 63-Chad Kemenah[4]; 5) 39-Greg Hodnett[7]; 6) 25-Aaron Ott[8]; 7) W20-Greg Wilson[6]; 8) 55-Chad Layton[9]; 9) 51-Fred Rahmer[5].

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature) – 1) 33-Danny Lasoski[1]; 2) 11-Steve Kinser[3]; 3) 83-Paul McMahan[4]; 4) 49-Brad Sweet[2]; 5) 7S-Jason Sides[6]; 6) 4-Danny Smith[7]; 7) 22-Brian Ellenberger[5]; 8) 14Z-Jessica Zemken[8]; 9) P51-Jeff Carlson[9].

Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature) – 1) 83X-Tim Shaffer[2]; 2) 2-Dale Blaney[1]; 3) 14-Jason Meyers[3]; 4) 15-Donny Schatz[5]; 5) 6-Kraig Kinser[6]; 6) 91-Cody Darrah[4]; 7) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[7]; 8) 2B-Ben Gregg[8].

Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) – 1) 11-Steve Kinser[1]; 2) 83-Paul McMahan[2]; 3) 9-Joey Saldana[4]; 4) 63-Chad Kemenah[3]; 5) 1-Sammy Swindell[6]; 6) 7-Craig Dollansky[5]; 7) 83X-Tim Shaffer[7]; 8) 33-Danny Lasoski[9]; 9) 2-Dale Blaney[10]; 10) 6R-Bill Rose[8].

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature) – 1) 91-Cody Darrah[1]; 2) W20-Greg Wilson[6];  []; 3) 51-Fred Rahmer[4]; 4) 24-Terry McCarl[3];  5) 17-Tyler Walker[13];  [$200]; 6) 4-Danny Smith[8];  [$180]; 7) 22-Brian Ellenberger[5];  [$175]; 8) 2B-Ben Gregg[12];  [$160]; 9) 1J-Bronson Maeschen[7];  [$150]; 10) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[9];  [$150]; 11) 14Z-Jessica Zemken[11];  [$150]; 12) 55-Chad Layton[14];  [$150]; 13) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[2];  [$150]; 14) P51-Jeff Carlson[15];  [$150]; 15) 25-Aaron Ott[10];  [$150].

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