WOO: Lebanon Valley: Race report

WOO: Lebanon Valley: Race report

Post by pr.. » Thu, 30 May 2002 07:05:00

Steve Kinser catches a break, wins at Lebanon Valley.

WEST LEBANON, NY (May 27) -- Danny Lasoski's bid to cut into Steve
Kinser's Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points lead went awry Monday
before a record crowd at Lebanon Valley Speedway when a mechanical
malfunction cost him dearly.

"The Dude" was comfortably ahead of Kinser when the throttle linkage
broke on the #20 J.D. Bryrider Eagle, causing him to stop in the second
corner with 5 2/3 laps remaining in the "A" Feature. "The King of the
Outlaws" restarted ahead of the 24-car field and beat Craig Dollansky
under the checkered flag by a straightaway.

"I wouldn't have passed him (Lasoski)," Kinser admitted. "It was really
Danny's race, but unfortunately for him, he broke and we were able to
win.

"(Crew chief) Scott (Gerkin) and all the guys here and at the shop have
done a great job all year long. They've given us a good car and pretty
much kept us in the top five all year long."

Kinser's seventh main event victory of the season increased his points
lead to 39 points over the defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series
champion. "The King of the Outlaws" has driven his #11 Quaker State Maxim
into the top five in 18 of the first 23 "A" Features.

Kinser and Lasoski earned the privilege of starting the main event on the
front row by winning the O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash races. "The Dude"
raced around Kinser in turn four as the green flag fell and opened a
15-car-length advantage within 5 ? laps. "The King of the Outlaws"
narrowed the gap to seven car-lengths in dense lapped traffic three laps
later, but was unable to catch Lasoski until the throttle linkage broke
early in lap 19. "The Dude" was on his way to winning every race he
entered when the mechanical problem occurred, having already won the
Third Heat Race and the Second O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash.

"It's hard to get by the guy who leads getting into turn one here,"
Kinser said. "I tried to pinch him up the track on the start, but he
didn't let me do that. Everyone here is so close in speed, it makes it
tough to pass unless you catch a lapped car just right."

Fast-qualifier Lance Dewease raced through the low groove between the
third and fourth corners to pass Brad Furr for fifth place late in the
sixth lap. They exchanged the position during the 11th and 12th laps
before Dewease used an identical move to claim the position a second
time.

Donny Schatz and Daryn Pittman raced into sixth and seventh place,
respectively, late in lap 13, passing Furr deep in the fourth corner.

Danny Wood surrendered third place when a hose on the #6 Casey's General
Stores Maxim burst, causing him to stop in turn four late in the 18th
lap.

The $10,000 victory was Kinser's sixth at Lebanon Valley Speedway. "The
King of the Outlaws" has won 458 "A" Features in his Pennzoil World of
Outlaws Series career.

Dollansky raced into second place from outside the third row. Dewease
finished third, ahead of Schatz, Pittman, Tim Shaffer, Stevie Smith, Joey
Saldana, First Heat Race winner Mark Kinser and Fred Rahmer.

Pittman's 10th top-10 finish in 14 events pushed him into 13th place in
the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings.

Dewease paced the qualifying session with a 103.034-M.P.H. lap around
West Lebanon's high-banked, ?-mile oval. Thir*** different drivers have
set quick time in Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series events this year.

- WoO

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