By Tony Veneziano, World of Outlaws PR Director

Steve Kinser has had countless hard fought victories over his career, and he added another one to that list on Monday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, as he won the World of Outlaws event on Memorial Day.

 

 

 

The 20-time series champion was engaged in a mid-race battle with Craig Dollansky, Daryn Pittman, Donny Schatz, and Joey Saldana. The five drivers were so close that a blanket could have been thrown over them all. They jockeyed for position lap after lap and ultimately the win, over a span of six laps while they weaved their way through lapped traffic. Kinser came out on top to of this battle to earn his fifth A-Feature win of the season and ninth career triumph at Rolling Wheels.

 

Joey Saldana made a late charge to finish second, with current series point leader Donny Schatz third, Craig Dollansky fourth, and Daryn Pittman fifth.

 

“That was a fun race,” said Kinser, driver of the Q Oil Maxim. “We had four or five of us going at it in lapped traffic. When you have a race like that and you come out on top, it is always a lot of fun.”

 

Craig Dollansky led from the drop of the green flag until the 16th lap when Kinser used the low side of the track on the back straightaway to take the lead, with Pittman, Schatz, and Saldana all in toe. While Kinser was leading, the second position traded hands a number of times but at the line it was Dollansky holding that spot for the 16th and 17th laps, before Saldana took the position.

 

Kinser quickly began to pull away after taking the lead, before a caution with four laps to go, bunched the field up. Saldana made a couple of runs at Kinser on the restart, drawing even coming off the second turn each lap, but Kinser charged down the back straightaway to retain the lead and pulled away by over a second as he crossed under the checkered flags.

 

“I got better as I got more heat in the tires,” explained the winner. “I didn’t really need that last yellow. I had the car working good and there weren’t really any lapped cars in front of me. A lot of times the yellows will seal a tire over and you can’t take off well. I was doing a lot of (tire) spinning down the backstretch and I was worried that Joey (Saldana) or somebody may get a run on me in (turns) three and four. Once I got a full lap and a half in, I felt pretty comfortable.”

 

After some bad luck befell him on Friday in the Eckerd Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Saldana was thrilled with his runner-up finish. While he wanted to be in victory lane, he was glad to earn his 16

 

“We had a good run,” said Saldana, driver of the Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI. “Ricky (Warner) and Justin (Adams) have been working very hard. We wrecked a car at Charlotte the other day and they had to get a car built and then drive all the way up here. It was a good effort by the team. To stand on the front straightaway with the quality of cars that are here and the two guys we were racing was quite an accomplishment.”

 

Donny Schatz who battled with Kinser early in the race for the third spot, moved into the second position on the 11th lap, before falling back to fourth and then fifth before battling his way back into the Top-three. He staged an entertaining battle with Dollansky and Pittman late. His third-place finish was his series-best 18th Top-Five finish of the season as he chases his second straight World of Outlaws title.

 

“We had a race to stay in third at the end,” said Schatz, driver of the ParkerStore J&J. “We weren’t as good as we wanted to be. We tried some stuff, and that wasn’t the worst thing in the world. There were two cars better than us. We had to race hard at the end as the (No.) 7 and (No.) 21 were trying to keep us back there. “

 

In just his second race with Mike Woodring on board as crew chief, Dollansky led the first half of the feature and finished in the fourth position. He used a very strong start to power his way down the front straigthaway from the outside front row starting spot. For the native of Elk River, Minnesota, it was his ninth Top-Five finish of 2007.

 

“We made a few changes with this race car and this race team,” said Dollansky, driver of the Karavan Trailers Maxim. “We have Mike (Woodring) here and he did a really good job tonight. We had a good car. We went out late to qualify and turned in a good lap. We also had a good car in the heat race and dash.”

 

With the World of Outlaws first Eastern Swing of the season in the books, Kinser is pleased with how his team is performing. He wrapped up the seven race stretch with five Top-Five finishes, including wins at Lernerville Speedway and New Egypt Speedway, as he moved into the fifth spot in points in the process.

 

“I’m happy with how we have been running,” he said. “We have been good trough most of the swing, other than when we had a little hiccup with a motor problem at Grandview. We’ve been running in the Top-Five everywhere we have gone and that is what we need to do.”

 

Saldana lined up fifth for the A-Feature and fell back a spot on the opening lap before taking it back from Jason Solwold. He moved into third on the 17th lap when he got around Pittman. He followed that up the next lap by getting around Dollansky.

 

“At the beginning of the race, I didn’t really have a good feel for my car,” explained Saldana. “When I finally figured it out we starting rolling around there and picking off cars. I wish Steve (Kinser) hadn’t got to the front when he did, because there were four or five of us right there, and that was the only shot to win the race. We battled hard and passed some really good cars.”

 

Schatz tried everything he could on the final restart, as he lined up third behind Kinser and Saldana, as he looked to add to his series-best seven A-Feature wins on the season. During the Eastern swing, the native of Fargo, North Dakota won three races, and finished in the Top-Five in five of the seven events.

 

“Steve is the best on the restarts and he is not going to make any mistakes,” said Schatz. “I tried to glaze about the top, but I sealed a tire up.”

 

After enduring some back luck during the Eastern swing, Dollansky was pleased to finish up the grueling stretch of races on a very positive note. He has won at two of the next three tracks on the World of Outlaws schedule, as the series heads back to the Midwest.

 

“All in all, with some of the luck we have had lately, I am encouraged at what I saw,” said Dollansky. “I’m looking forward to working with Mike and getting going. It is very encouraging. We’ll just keep working at it.”

 

Pittman started on the pole in the A-Feature and ran in the Top-Five all night in the Titan Garages Maxim, as he finished fifth. It was the eighth Top-Five finish of the season for the native of Owasso, Oklahoma.

 

Jason Solwold finished sixth in the City Wide Insulation Maxim. Jason Meyers was seventh in the Primerica Financial Maxim, earning the KSE Race Products Hard Charger Award after starting 13th. Danny Lasoski was eighth in the Roth Motorsports Eagle. Paul McMahan was ninth in the Bass Pro Shops Eagle. Jason Sides rounded out the Top-10 in the Wetherington Tractor Service Maxim.

The World of Outlaws return to action on Friday, June 1 at Sharon Speedway in Ohio, followed by the second event of the season at Eldora Speedway on Saturday, June 2.

ROLLING WHEELS RACEWAY PARK NOTEBOOK

Jason Solwold returned to action at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park after missing the Eckerd Outlaws Showdown at The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway, after he had sever allergic reaction to an insect bite.

• FAST QUALIFIER: Chad Kemenah paced the 32 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked 5/8-mile oval in 17.337 seconds at 129.780 mph. For his qualifying effort, Kemenah eared five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Steve Kinser (4), Jason Sides (3), Bobby Breen (2) and Joey Saldana (1).

 

• QUALIFYING WINNERS: Craig Dollansky, Paul McMahan, Donny Schatz and Terry McCarl won heat races… Justin Henderson won the B-Main… Daryn Pittman won the Crane Cams dash. 
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There have been 26 World of Outlaws A-Feature events held in 2007. The win list includes: Donny Schatz (February 9 at Volusia Speedway Park, March 3 at Manzanita Speedway, March 16 at Houston Raceway Park, April 28 at Knoxville Raceway, May 17 at Williams Grove Speedway, May 18 at Williams Grove Speedway and May 25 at The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway), Joey Saldana (February 23 at Thunderbowl Raceway, March 17 at Pike County Speedway, March 24 at Volunteer Speedway, March 31 at Dixie Speedway, and April 20 at Attica Raceway Park), Steve Kinser (March 2 at USA Race Park, April 21 at Tri-State Speedway, May 15 at Lernerville Speedway, May 20 at New Egypt Speedway, and May 28 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park), Danny Lasoski (April 6 at Paducah International Raceway and May 23 at Grandview Speedway), Jason Meyers (April 13 at Eldora Speedway and May 11 at U.S. 36 Raceway), Daryn Pittman (February 11 at Volusia Speedway Park and May 5 at Riverside International Speedway), Craig Dollansky (May 12 at Lake Ozark Speedway), Tim Kaeding (February 24 at Thunderbowl Raceway) and Kerry Madsen (February 10 at Volusia Speedway Park).

 

• 5/8-MILE WINNERS: Rolling Wheels Raceway Park is a semi-banked 5/8-mile oval. The World of Outlaws have raced once this season on a track that size. The winner was Steve Kinser at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park.

ON TELEVISION: The World of Outlaws event at Williams Grove Speedway from Friday, night was taped for broadcast on SPEED at 1 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, June 3. This will be the second of 12 World of Outlaws races broadcast on SPEED this season.

The World of Outlaws will be televised 20 times this season on ESPN2 and SPEED while the World of Outlaws Late Model Series is set for six appearances on SPEED. The one-hour broadcasts will air on Sundays from May 13 to Nov. 4, when the series champions will be crowned during the World Finals from The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

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.

 

• UPCOMING EVENTS: A midweek event at Kokomo Speedway in Indiana dots the schedule on Tuesday, June 5. A trip to Eagle Raceway in Nebraska for the Eagle Nationals is in store on Friday, June 9.

World of Outlaws Statistical Report; Rolling Wheels Raceway Park; Elbridge, NY.; May 28, 2007

 

Qualifying

1) 3X-Chad Kemenah 17.337

2) 11-Steve Kinser 17.948

3) 7S-Jason Sides 18.041

4) 9B-Bobby Breen 18.051

5) 9-Joey Saldana 18.076

6) 35-Jac Haudenschild 18.097

7) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 18.134

8) 14-Jason Meyers 18.135

9) 7-Craig Dollansky 18.178

10) 20-Paul McMahan 18.182

11) R19-Jason Solwold 18.208

12) 21-Daryn Pittman 18.252

13) 11H-Kerry Madsen 18.361

14) 32-Justin Barger 18.362

15) 15-Donny Schatz 18.382

16) 24-Terry McCarl 18.394

17) D1-Justin Henderson 18.448

18) 6-Tim Shaffer 18.477

19) 2-Brooke Tatnell 18.486

20) 8K-Zach Chappell 18.511

21) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 18.552

22) 83-Danny Lasoski 18.587

23) 8-Blake Breen 18.607

24) 1X-Randy Hannagan 18.624

25) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 18.685

26) 36-Jason Martin 18.702

27) 11D-Dion Hindi 18.752

28) 1Z-Jessica Zemken 19.027

29) 5C-Chad Hillier 19.112

30) F1-Nick Fratto 19.202

31) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 19.291

32) 17-Lance Yonge 19.525

33) 52-Scott Kreutter -.—

 

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 7-Craig Dollansky

2) 9-Joey Saldana

3) 3X-Chad Kemenah

4) 11H-Kerry Madsen

5) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.

6) 5C-Chad Hillier

7) D1-Justin Henderson

8) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.

9) 52-Scott Kreutter

 

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 20-Paul McMahan

2) 11-Steve Kinser

3) 83-Danny Lasoski

4) 35-Jac Haudenschild

5) 6-Tim Shaffer

6) 36-Jason Martin

7) 32-Justin Barger

8) F1-Nick Fratto

 

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 15-Donny Schatz

2) R19-Jason Solwold

3) 7S-Jason Sides

4) 5W-Lucas Wolfe

5) 2-Brooke Tatnell

6) 11D-Dion Hindi

7) 10C-Jeremy Campbell

8) 8-Blake Breen

 

Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 24-Terry McCarl

2) 21-Daryn Pittman

3) 14-Jason Meyers

4) 8K-Zach Chappell

5) 1Z-Jessica Zemken

6) 1X-Randy Hannagan

7) 9B-Bobby Breen

8) 17-Lance Yonge

 

Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)

1) 21-Daryn Pittman

2) 7-Craig Dollansky

3) 15-Donny Schatz

4) 11-Steve Kinser

5) 9-Joey Saldana

6) R19-Jason Solwold

7) 24-Terry McCarl8)

7S-Jason Sides9)

20-Paul McMahan

10) 3X-Chad Kemenah

 

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) D1-Justin Henderson

2) 5C-Chad Hillier

3) 1-Randy Hannagan

4) 36-Jason Martin

5) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr [$200]

6) 10C-Jeremy Campbell [$180]

7) 11D-Dion Hindi [$175]

8) 17-Lance Yonge [$160]

9) 8-Blake Breen [$150]

10) 52-Scott Kreutter [$150]

11) F1-Nick Fratto [$150]

12) 9B-Bobby Breen [$150]

13) 32-Justin Barger [$150]

 

A-main (25 laps) – Starting Position [#]

1) 11-Steve Kinser[4] [$10,000]

2) 9-Joey Saldana[5] [$5,500]

3) 15-Donny Schatz[3] [$3,200]

4) 7-Craig Dollansky[2] [$2,800]

5) 21-Daryn Pittman[1] [$2,500]

6) R19-Jason Solwold[6] [$2,300]

7) 14-Jason Meyers[13] [$2,200]

8) 83-Danny Lasoski[20] [$2,100]

9) 20-Paul McMahan[9] [$2,050]

10) 7S-Jason Sides[8] [$2,000]

11) 2-Brooke Tatnell[17] [$1,500]

12) 35-Jac Haudenschild[11] [$1,200]

13) 24-Terry McCarl[7] [$1,100]

14) 11H-Kerry Madsen[14] [$1,050]

15) 6-Tim Shaffer[16] [$1,000]

16) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[12] [$900]

17) 3X-Chad Kemenah[10] [$800]

18) 36-Jason Martin[22] [$800]

19) 5C-Chad Hillier[24] [$800]

20) 1X-Randy Hannagan[21] [$800]

21) 1Z-Jessica Zemken[23] [$800]

22) D1-Justin Henderson[15] [$800]

23) 8K-Zach Chappell[18] [$800]

24) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[19] [$800]

 

Lap Leaders: Craig Dollansky 1-15, Steve Kinser 16-25

KSE Hard Charger Award: Jason Meyers

 

2007 World of Outlaws Championship Standings Through May 28

Position

Driver

Points

Difference

Earnings

Wins

Top-5

Top-10

1.

Donny Schatz

3711

 

$122,100

7

18

23

2.

Joey Saldana

3660

-51

$113,525

5

16

21

3.

Daryn Pittman

3505

-206

$69,650

2

8

19

4.

Danny Lasoski

3475

-236

$66,825

2

8

18

5.

Steve Kinser

3435

-276

$92,100

5

13

16

6

Jason Meyers

3419

-292

$64,200

2

10

16

7.

Craig Dollansky

3329

-382

$54,380

1

9

17

8.

Paul McMahan

3305

-406

$43,550

0

6

12

9.

Jason Solwold

3225

-486

$41,500

0

2

14

10.

Jac Haudenschild

3206

-505

$43,400

0

4

10

11.

Jason Sides

3201

-510

$39,605

0

4

11

12.

Tim Shaffer

3151

-560

$45,110

0

8

11

13.

Terry McCarl

3138

-573

$38,035

0

4

13

14.

Kerry Madsen

2973

-738

$30,955

1

1

4

15.

Randy Hannagan

2944

-767

$22,510

0

0

1

16.

Justin Henderson

2842

-869

$23,475

0

1

5

17.

Tim Kaeding

2808

-903

$46,425

1

6

10

18.

Chad Kemenah

2790

-921

$23,4000

0

1

5

19.

Jeremy Campbell

2624

-1087

$18,050

0

1

2

20.

Chad Hiller

2590

-1121

$16,185

0

0

0

 

 

2007 STAT ATTACK

There have been 26 World of Outlaws A-Feature events this season.

 

A-Feature winners (9 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins

1- #15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND – 7

2- #11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 5

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 5

4- #83 Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO – 2

#14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 2

#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 2

7- #7 Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN – 1

#11K Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA – 1

#11H Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s NSW – 1

 

Lap leaders, including A-features and preliminary features Car, driver, hometown – Total laps led (14 different drivers have led a lap)

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN. – 153 laps

#15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 126 laps

#11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 120 laps

#7 Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN – 89 laps

#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 65 laps

#14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 63 laps

#35 Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH – 46 laps

#11K Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA – 40 laps

#83 Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO – 40 laps

#20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 26 laps

#7S Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN – 24 laps

#22 Greg Hodnett, Thomasville, PA – 22 laps

#11H Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW – 22 laps

#D1 Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD – 14 laps

#R19 Jason Solwold, Mt. Vernon, WA- 9 laps

 

Time trial leaders (16 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Quick times

1 – #14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 4

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 4

3- #20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 3

#15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND – 2

#R19 Jason Solwold, Mt. Vernon, WA – 2

6- #18T Tony Bruce Jr., Liberal, KS – 1

#10C Jeremy Campbell, Monroe, MI – 1

#8K Zach Chappell, Talala, OK – 1

#89 Cody Darrah, Red Lion, PA – 1

#7 Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN – 1

#5C Chad Hillier, Burlington, WA – 1

#3X Chad Kemenah, Findlay, OH – 1

#11H Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW – 1

#8MChris Meleason, Carlisle, PA – 1

#6T Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA – 1

#5W Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, PA – 1

 

Track records established during 2007 World of Outlaws events (5)
* Craig Dollansky, March 2, United Sports Arizona Race Park (3/8-mile), Tucson, AZ, 12.624 seconds at 106.939 mph.

 

* Kerry Madsen, March 3, Manzanita Speedway (1/2-mile), Phoenix, AZ, 15.255 seconds at 118.149 mph.

 

* Joey Saldana, March 16, Houston Raceway Park (1/4-mile) Baytown, TX, 11.996 seconds at 75.025 mph.

 

* Joey Saldana, March 24, Volunteer Speedway (4/10-mile) Bulls Gap, TN, 11.696 second at 123.119 mph.

 

* Jason Solwold, May 5, Riverside International Speedway (1/4-mile) West Memphis, AR, 11.060 seconds at 81.374 mph.

 

Crane Cams Dash Winners (16 different winners) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Dash Wins

1- #15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND – 4

2- #14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 3

#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 3

4- #7 Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN – 2

#11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 2

#83 Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO – 2

7 – #15H Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX – 1

#35 Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH – 1

#D1 Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD – 1

#22 Greg Hodnett, Thomasville, PA – 1

#20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 1

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 1

#6 Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA – 1

#7S Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN – 1

#4 Danny Smith, Danville, IN – 1

#R19 Jason Solwold, Mt. Vernon, WA – 1

 

Pole Positions (16 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Poles

1- #15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND – 4

2- #14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 3

#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 3

4- #7 Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN – 2

#11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 2

#83 Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO – 2

#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 2

7- #15H Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX – 1

#35 Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH – 1

#D1 Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD – 1

#22 Greg Hodnett, Thomasville, PA – 1

#20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 1

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 1

#6 Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA – 1

#7S Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN – 1

#4 Danny Smith, Danville, IN – 1

#R19 Jason Solwold, Mt. Vernon, WA – 1

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger (4 drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown

1 – #14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 2

2 – #35 Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH – 1

#5C Chad Hillier, Burlington, WA – 1

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownburg, IN – 1

B-main Winners (20 different winners) Rank – Driver, Hometown – “B” Wins

1 – #D1 Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, SD – 2

#11D Dion Hindi, Albuquerque, NM – 2

#24 Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA – 2

#15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND – 2

#4 Danny Smith, Danville, IN – 2

6 -#18T Tony Bruce Jr., Liberal, KS – 1

#24H- Rob Chaney, Wooster, OH – 1

#15H Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX -1

#1X Randy Hannagan, San Jose – 1

#22 Greg Hodnett, Thomasville, PA – 1

#11K Tim Kaeding, San Jose – 1

#11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 1

#11H Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s NSW – 1

#20 Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN – 1

#51 Fred Rahmer, Salfordville, PA – 1

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 1

#6 Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA – 1

#7S Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN – 1

#R19 Jason Solwold, Mt. Vernon, WA – 1

#2 Brooke Tatnell, San Souci, NSW – 1

 

Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award

Kerry Madsen / 2973

Chad Hillier / 2590 / -383

Tony Bruce Jr. / 2589 / -384

Sam Hafertepe Jr. / 2558 / – 415

Zach Chappell / 2539 / -434