By Tony Veneziano, World of Outlaws PR Director

Steve Kinser’s birthday is not until Saturday, but he gave himself an early present, on Friday night at Sharon Speedway, winning his second straight World of Outlaws A-Feature event and sixth overall on the season before a capacity crowd at the 3/8-mile track.

 

 

The 20-time series champion dove under Joey Saldana coming off the second turn on lap 18 and powered his way to the lead down the back straightway. He would lead the rest of the way, as he recorded his fourth A-Feature win with the series at the track, and pocketed the $10,000 top prize.

 

“I’ve always ran well here, and I enjoy racing here,” said Kinser, driver of the Q Oil Maxim. “We had a good night.”

Kinser lined up third for the 35-lap event, with Ed Lynch Jr taking the initial lead, and pacing the first three circuits. Kinser fell back to the fourth spot in the early going. He got around Lynch on the 12th lap to claim the third position and set his sights on Jason Solwold, charging past him on the 17th lap, before making the pass for the lead and ultimately the win on the next go-around. The native of Bloomington, Indiana had to withstand two late restarts that gave Saldana a couple of chances to battle for the top spot.

“We had a good car,” said the winner. “I had a good line, and they would have had to have done it on the first lap (on the restart) to get a good run on me. After a lap, I felt pretty comfortable out there.”

Similar to his win on Monday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, Kinser patiently waited for his car to come to him over the course of the 35-lap event. In traffic he continually gained on the leaders and like he did on Monday night, he used this to his advantage. In open race track he pulled away in the late going.

 

“I was a little bit too tight early and that was killing some speed,” he explained. “Once I was able to swing it out a little wider, I got a little bit better.”

 

Saldana started on the pole on Friday night after winning the Crane Cams Dash and ran second for the first three laps behind Lynch before going to the low side of the track in turn four to take the lead. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana would hold the point until the lead pack entered heavy traffic, giving Kinser the opening he needed to pounce on the lead.

 

“It was another good run for us,” said Saldana, driver of the Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI. “I was really good in the dash, and I think we freed our car up way too much for the feature. We paid the price at the end.”

For Saldana, the runner-up finish was his 17th Top-Five finish of the season as he continues to chase to Donny Schatz for the top spot in the championship standings. He and Schatz staged an entertaining battle over the last five laps of the race, with Saldana retaining the position. The 1996 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year then held off a late charge by Danny Lasoski at the finish line by less than a tenth of a second.

 

“I wish we could do this all over again, because I think we would have had a better car,” lamented Saldana. “It’s always easier saying that after the fact. Steve (Kinser) had a good car and we were hanging in there. We got a shot at him on the restart, but had nothing for him. We hung on and we’ll go on to the next race and try not to make the same mistake again.”

Saldana tried a couple of different lines throughout the race as he searched for the spot on the track where his car would work best. While he was leading, he stayed at the top of the track. With less than 10 laps remaining, Saldana jumped the cushion on the 23 lap allowing Jason Solwold to get around him, but he powered back around Solwold, who would lose a right rear tire just a couple laps later, after running in the Top-Five the for most of the event.

“My car was real free behind the lapped car and I had trouble behind them,” Saldana said. “I needed the clear track and the yellows helped me keep the car under me. We’ll take a second and learn from it.”

A very successful East Coast swing had Kinser prepared to head back to the Midwest. He won three times and finished in the Top-Five in five of the previous seven events entering action on Friday night. He now has 14 Top-Five finishes and vaulted into the second spot in laps led on the season after leading 18 laps on Friday night.

 

“We’ve been running awfully good the last six weeks,” he said. “That helps with confidence. Everyone is working well together. I hope this keeps on going.”

 

Danny Lasoski made a late charge to grab the third spot in the Roth Motorsports Eagle, to earn his ninth Top-Five finish of the season. He fell back to seventh early in the race, before making a charge to the front. First he got around Jac Haudenschild and then passed Ed Lynch Jr. to move back into the Top-Five. The native of Dover, Missouri moved into the third spot with just three laps to go and quickly closed on Saldana, just missing the runner-up spot by mere inches at the line.

 

Daryn Pittman turned in a very solid run in the A-Feature earning the KSE Race Products Hard Charger Award after starting 15th and finishing fourth in the Titan Garages Maxim. He steadily worked his way to the front, entering the Top-10 on the 10th lap, before gaining two spots on the last lap of the race to work his way into the Top-Five.

 

Donny Schatz the current World of Outlaws championship point leader had a bittersweet night. He started 13th and steadily worked his way to the front of the field, battling at times for the runner-up spot. While running fourth on the last lap he lost an engine coming off the fourth turn and coasted across the line in the fifth spot in the PakerStore J&J.

Jac Haudenschild who won at Sharon in 2006 finished sixth in the Wright One Construction Maxim, with Ed Lynch Jr. in the Howard Concrete J&J seventh. Jason Meyers was eighth in the Primerica Financial Maxim, with Rob Chaney in ninth in the Berlin Bakery JEI, and Justin Henderson rounded out the Top-10 in the Dan Dan the Sonic Man Rocket.

Jason Martin began the night by setting fast time for the first time in his World of Outlaws career in time trials.

The World of Outlaws wrap-up the weekend on Saturday night at Eldora Speedway.

SHARON SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK

• FAST QUALIFIER: Jason Martin paced the 37 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked 3/8-mile oval in 13.172 seconds at 102.940 mph. For his qualifying effort, Martin eared five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Bob Felmlee (4), Jason Solwold (3), Justin Henderson (2) and Zach Chappell (1).

 

• QUALIFYING WINNERS: Rob Chaney, Joey Saldana, Ed Lynch Jr. and Danny Lasoski won heat races… Terry McCarl won the B-Main…Joey Saldana won the Crane Cams dash. 
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There have been 27 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), 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, May 28 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park and June 1 at Sharon 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), 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).

 

• 3/8-MILE WINNERS: Sharon Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked oval. The World of Outlaws have raced six times on a track that size this season. The winners include: Steve Kinser (USA Race Park and Sharon Speedway), Joey Saldana (Pike County Speedway and Dixie Speedway), and Danny Lasoski (Paducah International Raceway), and Jason Meyers (U.S. 36 Raceway).

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 Saturday, June 9.

World of Outlaws Statistical Report; Sharon Speedway; Hartford, OH.; June, 1, 2007

Qualifying

1) 36-Jason Martin 13.172

2) 6F-Bob Felmlee 13.175

3) R19-Jason Solwold 13.197

4) D1-Justin Henderson 13.203

5) 8K-Zach Chappell 13.220

6) 9-Joey Saldana 13.257

7) 14-Jason Meyers 13.294

8) 15-Donny Schatz 13.300

9) 24H-Rob Chaney 13.309

10) 11-Steve Kinser 13.313

11) 1X-Randy Hannagan 13.322

12) 35-Jac Haudenschild 13.323

13) 21-Daryn Pittman 13.324

14) 7S-Jason Sides 13.324

15) 2L-Ed Lynch Jr. 13.333

16) 83-Danny Lasoski 13.429

17) 20-Paul McMahan 13.431

18) 6-Tim Shaffer 13.446

19) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 13.480

20) 4-Danny Smith 13.485

21) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 13.487

22) 24-Terry McCarl 13.491

23) 2-Brooke Tatnell 13.514

24) W20-Greg Wilson 13.525

25) 4K-Kelly Kinser 13.531

26) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 13.549

27) 3X-Chad Kemenah 13.549

28) 20E-Brian Ellenberger 13.585

29) 28-Brian Paulus 13.586

30) 11H-Kerry Madsen 13.607

31) 7-Craig Dollansky 13.618

32) 11B-Brock Mayes 13.665

33) 12-Caleb Griffith 13.689

34) 11D-Dion Hindi 13.704

35) 5C-Chad Hillier 13.762

36) 98-Dan Shetler 13.781

37) 11M-Brandon Martin 13.878

 

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

1) 24H-Rob Chaney

2) 36-Jason Martin

3) 21-Daryn Pittman

4) 8K-Zach Chappell

5) 20-Paul McMahan

6) 11M-Brandon Martin

7) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.

8) 12-Caleb Griffith

9) 28-Brian Paulus

 

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

1) 9-Joey Saldana

2) 11-Steve Kinser

3) 6F-Bob Felmlee

4) 6-Tim Shaffer

5) 7S-Jason Sides

6) 11H-Kerry Madsen

7) 24-Terry McCarl

8) 11D-Dion Hindi

9) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.

 

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

1) 2L-Ed Lynch Jr.

2) R19-Jason Solwold

3) 14-Jason Meyers

4) 1X-Randy Hannagan

5) 10C-Jeremy Campbell

6) 7-Craig Dollansky

7) 3X-Chad Kemenah

8) 2-Brooke Tatnell

9) 5C-Chad Hillier

 

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

1) 83-Danny Lasoski

2) 35-Jac Haudenschild

3) 15-Donny Schatz

4) D1-Justin Henderson

5) W20-Greg Wilson

6) 4-Danny Smith

7) 11B-Brock Mayes

8) 20E-Brian Ellenberger

9) 98-Dan Shetler

 

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

1) 9-Joey Saldana

2) 2L-Ed Lynch Jr.

3) 11-Steve Kinser

4) 83-Danny Lasoski

5) 35-Jac Haudenschild

6) R19-Jason Solwold

7) 6F-Bob Felmlee

8) 36-Jason Martin

9) D1-Justin Henderson

10) 24H-Rob Chaney

 

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

1) 24-Terry McCarl

2) 4-Danny Smith

3) 2-Brooke Tatnell

4) 7-Craig Dollansky

5) 4K-Kelly Kinser [$200]

6) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. [$180]

7) 3X-Chad Kemenah [$175]

8) 11H-Kerry Madsen [$160]

9) 98-Dan Shetler [$150]

10) 20E-Brian Ellenberger [$150]

11) 11D-Dion Hindi [$150]

12) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [$150]

13) 12-Caleb Griffith [$150]

14) 11M-Brandon Martin [$150]

15) 11B-Brock Mayes [$150]

16) 5C-Chad Hillier [$150]

17) 28-Brian Paulus [$150]

 

A-main (35 laps) – Starting Position [#]

1) 11-Steve Kinser[3] [$10,000]

2) 9-Joey Saldana[1] [$5,500]

3) 83-Danny Lasoski[4] [$3,200]

4) 21-Daryn Pittman[15] [$2,800]

5) 15-Donny Schatz[13] [$2,500]

6) 35-Jac Haudenschild[5] [$2,300]

7) 2L-Ed Lynch Jr[2] [$2,200]

8) 14-Jason Meyers[12] [$2,100]

9) 24H-Rob Chaney[10] [$2,050]

10) D1-Justin Henderson[9] [$2,000]

11) 36-Jason Martin[8] [$1,500]

12) 10C-Jeremy Campbell[19] [$1,200]

13) 7S-Jason Sides[16] [$1,100]

14) 8K-Zach Chappell[11] [$1,050]

15) 7-Craig Dollansky[24] [$1,000]

16) 20-Paul McMahan[17] [$900]

17) 6F-Bob Felmlee[7] [$800]

18) 6-Tim Shaffer[18] [$800]

19) W20-Greg Wilson[23] [$800]

20) 4-Danny Smith[20] [$800]

21) R19-Jason Solwold[6] [$800]

22) 98-Dan Shetler[26] [$0]

23) 2-Brooke Tatnell[22] [$800]

24) 5C-Chad Hillier[25] [$0]

25) 24-Terry McCarl[21] [$800]

26) 1X-Randy Hannagan[14] [$800]

 

Lap Leaders: Ed Lynch, Jr. 1-3, Joey Saldana 4-17, Steve Kinser 18-35

KSE Hard Charger Award: Daryn Pittman

 

Note: Chad Hillier used a World of Outlaws provisional to start the A-Feature. Dan Shelter used a Sharon Speedway track provisional to start the A-Feature.

 

 

2007 STAT ATTACK

There have been 27 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 – 6

#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 (16 different drivers have led a lap)

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN. – 167 laps

#11 Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN – 138 laps

#15 Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 126 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

#2L Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo, PA – 3 laps

Time trial leaders (17 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

#36 Jason Martin, Liberal, KS – 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

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 2

8 – #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

#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

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN – 2

8- #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

#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 (5 drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown

1 – #14 Jason Meyers, Clovis, CA – 2

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

#5C Chad Hillier, Burlington, WA – 1

#21 Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK – 1

#9 Joey Saldana, Brownburg, IN – 1

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

1 – #24 Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA – 3

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

#11D Dion Hindi, Albuquerque, NM – 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