Hail to the King: Kinser Holds Off Pittman at DIRTcar Nationals


Hail to the King: Kinser Holds Off Pittman at DIRTcar Nationals

Legendary racer kicks off ‘Salute to the King’ tour with thriller at Volusia                                                                                                      

BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Feb. 16, 2014 — Steve Kinser might be winding down his career this season with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, but on Sunday night at the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment Kinser was wound up in a huge victory celebration after he won a thriller in front of a packed house at Volusia Speedway Park.


Kinser showed his competitive fire still burns when he and defending series champion Daryn Pittman waged an incredible duel over the final eight laps before Kinser slid to the lead and grabbed the checkered flag for the 577th feature victory in his hall-of-fame career.

Coming off a restart with 22 laps down, Kinser chose the high side in his Tony Stewart Racing Bad Boy Buggies ride while Pittman settled into the bottom line in his Kasey Kahne Racing Great Clips car. Pittman charged out quickly and reclaimed the lead as Kinser dove to the bottom in turn one and tried to slide in front. The two traded slide jobs, Kinser wouldn’t be denied and by lap 24 he was back in front.

“I didn’t know where to go on the restart and I decided to take the top line and just carry some speed and just have it,” said Kinser, 59, of Bloomington, Ind. “He beat me out of there and it was a good race. You hate to lose one on the restart. I didn’t think anyone could pass me when I had a clear track. It doesn’t matter, we got the win that’s all that counts.”

Pittman held on to finish second with Donny Schatz, Saturday’s DIRTcar Nationals winner, in third and Friday’s winner, Brad Sweet, in fourth. Tim Kaeding earned the KSE hard charger award after charging from his 12th to finish fifth.

Pittman started on the pole, but Bronson Maeschen flipped in turn four before a lap could be completed to force a complete restart. Pittman jumped to the lead on the restart with Kinser in tow. Caution flew on lap four for Cody Darrah as he rolled to a stop in turn one.

Pittman chose the bottom on the restart, and as the pair drag raced down the front stretch Kinser took led the lap by a car length. Kinser stretched the lead over the next several laps before entering lap traffic on lap 8. Kinser picked his way through traffic with a healthy lead until caution flew on lap 22 for a spinning Christopher Bell.

The caution initiated the eight lap battle between Kinser and Pittman that would eventually decide the event.

“It felt good, we got her rolling out there and she was a pleasure to drive,” said Kinser, also known as the King of the Outlaws. “I could hit the choppy stuff and get through it, and that’s where I’ve been struggling. A bump in turn four bounced us around quite a bit, but it was keeping the car in the right spot. It would get bouncing then jumping out of there. It was a solid weekend and we had a bad run the first night. This is just one night, things change around this stuff real quick.”

Pittman finished the season-opening three race segment with two top-five’s and a quick time, and on Sunday night he raced Kinser hard and clean to bring the capacity crowd to its feet.

“That was a hell of a race, I had fun, hats off to the king,” said Pittman, a native of Owasso, Okla. “You know he’s hungry, he always is. He’s not going to give me an inch and he doesn’t expect you to give him one either. I’ll run this through my head probably a hundred times before I go to sleep. This car is too good not to win a race.”

After winning on Saturday night in the STP/Armor All Tony Stewart Racing car, Schatz was strong again on Sunday, finishing third.

“It was the best we could do,” said Schatz, of Fargo, N.D. “There was a pretty good race in front of us and we were about the same speed, but we couldn’t hit traffic right to get in there. It feels good to be running good and we’ll keep plugging along and trying to win races.”

Schatz knows Kinser is still looking for wins.

“Anybody who ever counts him out is a fool,” he said. “He’s still got that burning desire, and watching him go after it was pretty fun.”

Paul McMahan won the overall event championship and is taking home the Big Gator after a consistent week that included feature finishes of second-, fourth- and seventh-place behind the wheel of the CJB Motorsports GF1. Points were awarded for qualifying, heat races and feature finishes.

“You know this is pretty cool, all weekend long all I wanted is to get me a gator and I’m taking daddy home,” said McMahan, a California native who now resides near Nashville. “It’s a big confidence booster leaving here running well all week. This is a big wild card coming down here because you can be really good or really bad real easy. We’ll take home another top-10 and head to the next race in Vegas.”

McMahan and Pittman currently sit atop the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car championship with 434 points. Pittman’s KKR teammate Sweet is only two points back in third.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series has a short break as the drivers take off across the country and head to Las Vegas for the FVP Outlaw Showdown on March 5-6 to kick off the Sprint Break Tour.


NOTES – Paul McMahan was the fastest qualifier around the semi-banked, half-mile of Volusia Speedway Park with a time of 12.890 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Joey Saldana (4 points), Daryn Pittman (3), Kerry Madsen (2) and Tim Kaeding(1). Donny Schatz, Steve Kinser, Bronson Maeschen and Brad Sweet won heat races. … The dash draw was a 6 for the 2nd time this year… Daryn Pittman won the dash for the second time this year.

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.; Feb. 16, 2014

A-Main – (30 Laps) 1. 11-Steve Kinser[4][$10,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman[1][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz[3][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet[6][$2,800]; 5. 83-Tim Kaeding[12][$2,500]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen[11][$2,300]; 7. 51-Paul McMahan[2][$2,200]; 8. 71M-Joey Saldana[8][$2,100]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser[15][$2,050]; 10. 10H-Danny Holtgraver[14][$2,000]; 11. 1-Sammy Swindell[17][$1,500]; 12. 83X-Christopher Bell[18][$1,200]; 13. 24A-Rico Abreu[5][$1,100]; 14. 98H-Dave Blaney[9][$1,050]; 15. 24-Terry McCarl[13][$1,000]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides[22][$900]; 17. 9W-Jac Haudenschild[21][$800]; 18. 33-Danny Lasoski[23][$800]; 19. 77X-Wayne Johnson[24][$800]; 20. 63-Chad Kemenah[20][$800]; 21. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe[16][$800]; 22. 27-Greg Hodnett[19][$800]; 23. 4-Cody Darrah[10][$800]; 24. 96-Bronson Maeschen[7][$800] Lap Leaders:Daryn Pittman 1-4, 23; Steve Kinser 5-22, 24-30 KSE Hard Charger Award: 83-Tim Kaeding[+7]

Qualifying – 1. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.943; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.058; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.070; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.110; 5. 83-Tim Kaeding, 13.119; 6. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.122; 7. 10H-Danny Holtgraver, 13.124; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.127; 9. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.134; 10. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe, 13.165; 11. 24A-Rico Abreu, 13.182; 12. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.202; 13. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.205; 14. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.222; 15. 96-Bronson Maeschen, 13.224; 16. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.227; 17. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.234; 18. 83X-Christopher Bell, 13.250; 19. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.251; 20. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.259; 21. 9W-Jac Haudenschild, 13.262; 22. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.285; 23. 33-Danny Lasoski, 13.324; 24. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.327; 25. 45-Tim Shaffer, 13.347; 26. 77X-Wayne Johnson, 13.378; 27. 80-Trey Gustin, 13.379; 28. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.410; 29. 59-David Gravel, 13.430; 30. 19M-Brent Marks, 13.445; 31. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.475; 32. 6-Bill Rose, 13.491; 33. HO7-Justin Henderson, 13.512; 34. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 13.806

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 15-Donny Schatz[2] ; 2. 98H-Dave Blaney[1] ; 3. 51-Paul McMahan[4] ; 4. 83-Tim Kaeding[3] ; 5. 9W-Jac Haudenschild[6] ; 6. 59-David Gravel[8] ; 7. 45-Tim Shaffer[7] ; 8. 1-Sammy Swindell[5] ; 9. HO7-Justin Henderson[9]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 11-Steve Kinser[1] ; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana[4] ; 3. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe[2] ; 4. 7S-Jason Sides[6] ; 5. 24-Terry McCarl[3] ; 6. 19M-Brent Marks[8] ; 7. 83X-Christopher Bell[5] ; 8. 77X-Wayne Johnson[7] ; 9. 17B-Steve Buckwalter[9]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 96-Bronson Maeschen[1] ; 2. 24A-Rico Abreu[2] ; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman[4] ; 4. 10H-Danny Holtgraver[3] ; 5. 33-Danny Lasoski[6] ; 6. 27-Greg Hodnett[5] ; 7. 80-Trey Gustin[7] ; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen[8]

Heat 4 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 49-Brad Sweet[1] ; 2. 4-Cody Darrah[2] ; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser[3] ; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen[4] ; 5. 63-Chad Kemenah[5] ; 6. 6-Bill Rose[8] ; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart[7] ; 8. W20-Greg Wilson[6]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature 1. 9-Daryn Pittman[4] ; 2. 51-Paul McMahan[6] ; 3. 15-Donny Schatz[3] ; 4. 11-Steve Kinser[8] ; 5. 24A-Rico Abreu[2] ; 6. 49-Brad Sweet[10] ; 7. 96-Bronson Maeschen[9] ; 8. 71M-Joey Saldana[5] ; 9. 98H-Dave Blaney[7] ; 10. 4-Cody Darrah[1]

B-Main – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 1-Sammy Swindell[1] [-]; 2. 83X-Christopher Bell[2] [-]; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett[3] [-]; 4. 77X-Wayne Johnson[5] [-]; 5. 45-Tim Shaffer[4] [$200]; 6. 59-David Gravel[8] [$180]; 7. 19M-Brent Marks[9] [$175]; 8. 80-Trey Gustin[6] [$160]; 9. HO7-Justin Henderson[11] [$150]; 10. 6-Bill Rose[10] [$150]; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart[7] [$150]; 12. W20-Greg Wilson[12] [$150]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen[13] [$150]; 14. 17B-Steve Buckwalter[14] [$150]


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