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Kraig Kinser Takes Casey’s General Stores Back to Victory Lane

Bloomington, Ind. native picks up first win of ’11, Steve Kinser finishes second

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Sept. 5, 2011 — A father and son battle for the lead was the highlight of the 40 lap World of
Outlaws Sprint Car Series main event at Cottage Grove (Ore.) Speedway. When the dust settled, it was the son, Kraig Kinser, who used patience and poise to take the checkers over his dad, 20-time champion Steve. (Frank Smith photo.)

“This feels so incredibly good to be back in Victory Lane here at Cottage Grove,” said Kraig, who picked up his first career victory at the Speedway in 2004. “This car was right here in Victory Lane last year so there was quite a bit of expectations going into the night. We ran real good all night and I saw my dad use the top were the track had started to take rubber to get by me. From there, I knew I had to save my right rear so I tried to run as smart as I could and not use it up. We got to lap traffic and dad had to check up so I had my opening.”

Seconds after Kraig’s pass for the lead, a yellow flag allowed the leaders to restart in double file form. The younger of the Kinser chose the outside line and rode a quick restart to victory. The elder Kinser did all he could to hold onto the second spot and mentioned later on that the bottom of the race track was not where his car was the best.

“I knew we were in a bit of trouble when we had to restart on the bottom,” said Kinser, who has now finished in the top-3 for three consecutive races. “The track started taking rubber early on and there at the end, I was really lucky someone let me in the top line and helped us get going again. This is the second time I’ve finished second to Kraig here. I hate finishing second but if I had to lose to anyone, I’m glad it’s my son. Lonnie Parsons and that entire team have been running a whole lot better as of late.”

Craig Dollansky used a very strong outside line to surge to the third position but ultimately didn’t have anything for the racing family ahead of him.

“It was a great night for our Big Game Treestands car,” said Dollansky, an Elk River, Minn. native. “After our mishap in Skagit (Speedway) we had to pretty much build a new car and it ran great tonight.”

Jason Sides started on the outside of row number one and contended for the lead early on but faded to fourth as the laps clicked by. Rounding out the top-5 was four time champion Donny Schatz, another former winner at Cottage Grove Speedway.

The Outlaws continue their second west coast swing with a stop at the legendary Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. for the 58th annual Gold Cup Race of Champions on Friday, September 9, and Saturday, September 10.

COTTAGE GROVE SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK

WINNERS – There have been 50 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature events in 2011. The winners include: Craig Dollansky – 8 (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, Skagit Speedway on September 2); 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); Sam Hafertepe Jr. – 1 (Skagit Speedway on September 3); Greg Hodnett – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 22); Kraig Kinser – 1 (Cottage Grove Speedway on September 5); 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– Sammy Swindell was the fastest qualifier around the quarter mile oval with a time of 10.754 seconds and earned five championship points. Also earning points were Paul McMamah, Donny Schatz, Steve Kinser and Jason Meyers. It marked Swindell’s seventh Quick Time of the season.

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World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Cottage Grove Speedway; Cottage Grove, Oregon; Sept. 5, 2011

A-Main – (40 Laps)

1. 6-Kraig Kinser[1][$10,000]; 2. 11-Steve Kinser[4][$5,500]; 3. 7-Craig Dollansky[3][$3,200]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides[2][$2,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz[8][$2,500]; 6. 83-Paul McMahan[9][$2,300]; 7. 1-Sammy Swindell[6][$2,200]; 8. 63-Chad Kemenah[10][$2,100]; 9. 14-Jason Meyers[11][$2,050]; 10. 11C-Roger Crockett[20][$2,000]; 11. 83JR-Tim Kaeding[18][$1,500]; 12. 9-Brad Sweet[5][$1,200]; 13. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[13][$1,100]; 14. 5D-Jason Solwold[14][$1,050]; 15. 25-Bobby McMahan[19][$1,000]; 16. 91-Cody Darrah[12][$900]; 17. 55-Trey Starks[17][$800]; 18. 44W-Austen Wheatley[21][$800]; 19. 92-Kerry Madsen[7][$800]; 20. 19-Tyler Wolf[23][$800]; 21. 6R-Bill Rose[16][$800]; 22. 75-Heath Shelton[24][$800]; 23. O-Jonathan Allard[15][$800]; 24. O8-Steve Vague[22][$800]

Lap Leaders: Kraig Kinser 1-8, 35-40; Steve Kinser 9-34

KSE Hard Charger Award: 11C-Roger Crockett[+10]

Qualifying –

1. 1-Sammy Swindell, 10.754; 2. 83-Paul McMahan, 10.870; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.871; 4. 11-Steve Kinser, 10.882; 5. 14-Jason Meyers, 10.906; 6. 7-Craig Dollansky, 10.931; 7. 9-Brad Sweet, 10.948; 8. 7S-Jason Sides, 10.950; 9. 91-Cody Darrah, 10.972; 10. 6-Kraig Kinser, 10.993; 11. 63-Chad Kemenah, 11.002; 12. 92-Kerry Madsen, 11.020; 13. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 11.028; 14. 5D-Jason Solwold, 11.060; 15. O-Jonathan Allard, 11.107; 16. 6R-Bill Rose, 11.116; 17. 55-Trey Starks, 11.129; 18. 83JR-Tim Kaeding, 11.129; 19. 25-Bobby McMahan, 11.239; 20. 11C-Roger Crockett, 11.268; 21. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 11.343; 22. 19-Tyler Wolf, 11.594; 23. O8-Steve Vague, 12.191; 24. 75-Heath Shelton, 12.807; 25. 7D-Randy DuBois, -.—

Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 6-Kraig Kinser[1] ; 2. 9-Brad Sweet[2] ; 3. 11-Steve Kinser[3] ; 4. 1-Sammy Swindell[4] ; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[5] ; 6. 25-Bobby McMahan[7] ; 7. 6R-Bill Rose[6] ; 8. 19-Tyler Wolf[8]

Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 63-Chad Kemenah[1] ; 2. 7S-Jason Sides[2] ; 3. 14-Jason Meyers[3] ; 4. 83-Paul McMahan[4] ; 5. 5D-Jason Solwold[5] ; 6. 55-Trey Starks[6] ; 7. 11C-Roger Crockett[7] ; 8. O8-Steve Vague[8]

Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 7-Craig Dollansky[3] ; 2. 92-Kerry Madsen[1] ; 3. 91-Cody Darrah[2] ; 4. 83JR-Tim Kaeding[6] ; 5. 15-Donny Schatz[4] ; 6. O-Jonathan Allard[5] ; 7. 75-Heath Shelton[8] ; 8. 44W-Austen Wheatley[7]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)

1. 6-Kraig Kinser[1] ; 2. 7S-Jason Sides[2] ; 3. 7-Craig Dollansky[4] ; 4. 11-Steve Kinser[5] ; 5. 9-Brad Sweet[3] ; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell[8] ; 7. 92-Kerry Madsen[10] ; 8. 15-Donny Schatz[6] ; 9. 83-Paul McMahan[7] ; 10. 63-Chad Kemenah[9]

B-Main – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 11C-Roger Crockett[2] [-]; 2. 44W-Austen Wheatley[3] [-]; 3. 6R-Bill Rose[1] [-]; 4. O8-Steve Vague[5] [-]; 5. 19-Tyler Wolf[4] [-]; 6. 75-Heath Shelton[6] [-]; 7. 7D-Randy DuBois[7] [$200]

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