Kraig Kinser Rides Momentum to Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial Victory
The win at Beaver Dam Raceway is his fourth in the last 12 World of Outlaws races
BEAVER DAM, Wis. – July 7, 2012 – Kraig Kinser has picked a great time to peak.
The Bloomington, Ind., native has claimed four of the last 12 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series features, including Saturday night at the Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial at Beaver Dam Raceway as the “Month of Money” is about to kick off.
“Once you get a win in there, hopefully they just keep coming again,” said Kinser, who moved within 71 points of the lead in the championship standings. “And hopefully they come in threes again like they did last month. Hopefully we’ve got two more left in us at least.”
For the second time this season Kinser used a late pass on his father, 20-time World of Outlaws champion and current points leader Steve Kinser, to capture the top spot. Son got around father on the backstretch on lap 24. He then had to fend off Donny Schatz, who closed to within a car length on the final lap.
“The thrill is never going to go away for me, especially being dad,” Kraig Kinser said. “I knew Donny was on a charge, too. He’s definitely one guy you don’t want his car good because he’ll drive around you in a hurry.”
Schatz, who ran sixth for most of the first half of the 40-lap feature, maneuvered his way to third with 15 laps remaining. He then worked on Steve Kinser for several laps before driving by on the outside in turn four with four laps to go. Schatz quickly cut the deficit to the leader, but ran out of laps.
“He was just trying to be cautious and I was going for it; win it or wear it,” Schatz said after his best finish in the last 15 races. “We had a good enough car to get near him, I just couldn’t get around. I gave it my all. It just wasn’t quite good enough.”
For Steve Kinser, who started on the pole and led the first 24 laps, the podium finish ended in some frustration.
“We’re not disappointed, but I felt like it was my race to win tonight and I gave it away,” he said. “I’m proud (Kraig is) doing a good job, but I like to win races also.”
After missing the dash by only one position in his heat race, Kraig Kinser started the feature 11th. He quickly worked his way into the top five within the first three laps, which were stopped three times because of incidents.
Kinser had already climbed to ninth when Bill Warren and Phil Mock got upside down in turn one to bring out a red flag on the second lap.
After a caution was thrown on the restart for David Gravel leaving too early, Kinser capitalized on the fast inside groove to gain two more positions before Kerry Madsen and Sammy Swindell caused the final caution on lap three when the duo crashed in turn two racing for the runner-up position.
Kinser restarted fifth and advanced to third on the restart. On lap 20, he passed Mike Reinke, a local favorite who later pulled to the infield with a dozen laps remaining while running fifth, for second place with a perfect slide job in turn three. Four laps later, Kinser used momentum on the outside lane to power by his father for the lead.
“When you take a charge from that far back, it’s an awesome feeling,” Kraig Kinser said. “We were on. It was just a lot of fun.”
Craig Dollansky was fourth and Cody Darrah finished fifth – his third top five in the last four races. Tim Kaeding picked up the KSE Hard Charger Award after maneuvering from 18th to sixth. Brian Brown was seventh, Lucas Wolfe placed eighth and Swindell rebounded from the early caution to finish ninth. Cap Henry rounded out the top 10.
Swindell set quick time in qualifying. Schatz, Steve Kinser and Brown each won a heat race. Russ Egan claimed the Last Chance Showdown.
Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial Notebook
NOTES – Sammy Swindell established quick time in qualifying for a series-best seventh race this season. … Donny Schatz claimed his sixth heat race win, Steve Kinser his ninth and Brian Brown his third of the season. … Kinser won his second dash of the year. … Russ Egan became the 27th different driver to win a Last Chance Showdown. … This was only the third race of the season on a third-mile track. … Kinser has finished in the top seven in each of the four feature victories his son, Kraig Kinser, has earned this season.
CONTINGENCY WINNERS – Penske Shocks ($100 certificate): Bill Rose; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Comp Cams ($50 certificate): Kraig Kinser; Armor All (case of product): Tim Kaeding; STP ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; UNOH ($50 cash): Cody Darrah; Gravely Tractors ($50 cash): Lucas Wolfe; VP Racing Fuel ($50 cash): Sammy Swindell; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Bill Rose; JE Pistons (set of rings): Bill Rose; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): David Gravel; Wix Filters ($50 cash): David Gravel; Superflow ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; JE Pistons (set of rings): Jereme Schroeder; MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Jereme Schroeder; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash): Russel Borland.
WINNERS – Sammy Swindell – 6 (Lakeside Speedway on June 30, Red River Valley Speedway on June 16, Eldora Speedway on May 5, Knoxville Raceway on April 28, Missouri State Fair Speedway on April 20 and Merced Speedway on March 30); Craig Dollansky – 4 (I-96 Speedway on June 2, Hagerstown Speedway on May 20, Tri-State Speedway on April 21 and Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Kraig Kinser – 4 (Beaver Dam Raceway on July 7, Dodge City Raceway Park on June 23, River Cities Speedway on June 15 and Kokomo Speedway on June 5); Tim Kaeding – 3 (Cedar Lake Speedway on July 6, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 16 and The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8); Steve Kinser – 3 (Dodge City Raceway Park on June 22, Orange County Fair Speedway on May 19 and Williams Grove Speedway on May 12); Joey Saldana – 3 (The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 25, Paducah International Raceway on April 13 and Perris Auto Speedway on March 10); Donny Schatz – 3 (Farmer City Raceway on April 25, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 23 and Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Chad Kemenah – 2 (Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 28 and Eldora Speedway on May 4); Kerry Madsen – 2 (Belleville High Banks on June 29 and Knoxville Raceway on June 9); Danny Dietrich – 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 10); Mark Dobmeier – 1 (Huset’s Speedway on July 3); Danny Lasoski – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 18); Paul McMahan – 1 (Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on May 16); Fred Rahmer – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 11); Brad Sweet – 1 (Clay County Fairgrounds on June 8).
TIME TRIALS – Sammy Swindell was the fastest qualifier around the third-mile oval with a time of 12.766 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Craig Dollansky (4 points), Joey Saldana (3), Kerry Madsen (2) and Mike Reinke (1).
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Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial Statistical Report; Beaver Dam Raceway; Beaver Dam, Wis.; July 7, 2012
A-Main – (40 Laps) – 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser  [$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz  [$5,500]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser  [$3,200]; 4. 7-Craig Dollansky  [$2,800]; 5. 4-Cody Darrah  [$2,500]; 6. 83-Tim Kaeding  [$2,300]; 7. 21-Brian Brown  [$2,200]; 8. 5W-Lucas Wolfe  [$2,100]; 9. 1-Sammy Swindell  [$2,050]; 10. 54-Cap Henry  [$2,000]; 11. 6-Bill Rose  [$1,500]; 12. 17B-Bill Balog  [$1,200]; 13. 89G-David Gravel  [$1,100]; 14. 9-Joey Saldana  [$1,050]; 15. 63-Chad Kemenah  [$1,000]; 16. 29-Kerry Madsen  [$900]; 17. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski  [$800]; 18. 23-Russel Borland  [$800]; 19. 43-Jereme Schroeder  [$800]; 20. 7U-Scott Uttech  [$800]; 21. O2-Mike Reinke  [$800]; 22. 50-Russ Egan  [$800]; 23. 95-Bill Warren  [$800]; 24. 1M-Phil Mock  [$800]. Lap Leaders: Steve Kinser 1-23, Kraig Kinser 24-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 83-Tim Kaeding [+12].