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Kraig Kinser Earns First 2013 Win at Historic Orange County Fair Speedway
Third generation racer dominates World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars in New York
MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – May 20, 2013 – Kraig Kinser stole the show at Orange County Fair Speedway en route to his first World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series feature win of the 2013 season.
Kinser and his Messila Valley started alongside Chad Kemenah on the front row with both drivers seeking a breakthrough victory. Kinser jumped ahead on the outside and powered to the lead while Kemenah was forced to hold off third-place finishing Tony Stewart along with Paul McMahan and Donny Schatz.
The victory gives Kinser, the son of legendary King of the Outlaws Steve Kinser, four top-five runs and 10 top-10 finishes this season. It also was the first time he’s won at Orange County Fair Speedway.
“Hopefully we got out of the slump we’ve been having,” said Kinser, of Bloomington, Ind. “I started getting loose around the top and just started searching. I saw some lapped cars on the bottom when I got into traffic down there. I made a couple of turns through there and I knew that’s probably where I had to be, try to make them pass me around the top. It would be harder than leaving the bottom wide open.”
Kinser weaved through traffic in the Casey’s General Story/Messilla Valley Transportation Maxim as the event ran its full 25 laps caution free. While Kinser maintained his solid lead up front, there was a heated battle for the second through sixth positions. Kemenah started on the pole in his Hampshire Engines Maxim and finished second, but he first had to fight off Donny Schatz and his STP/Armor All J&J then later Schatz’s boss, Tony Stewart and his Chevrolet Performance/Mobil 1 J&J. Kemenah was able to maintain his track position in the lead pack of cars as points leader Daryn Pittman charged to a sixth-place run, finishing just 2.075 seconds behind Kemenah. Pittman’s sixth-place finish netted him his 21st top-10 finish of the year in the Kasey Kahne Racing Great Clips GF1.
“The season we’ve had so far with the wrecking and whatever else we’ve been doing, we’re happy,” said runner-up Kemenah, from Elvada, Ohio. “You know we’ve just got to keep running in the top five and we’ll starting winning. I killed the right rear tire so bad I was having a hard time hanging on there in the last few laps.”
Leading qualifier, Stewart, made a very hard run at Kemenah exiting turn four in the waning laps, but Stewart came up short and finished in the third spot. McMahan finished fourth after starting fifth. Mid-race he battled with Schatz and Stewart and attempted to work his way up to a podium finish. Towards the end, McMahan got around Schatz to earn a hard fought fourth-place finish. Schatz crossed the line in fifth, less than a second-and-a-half behind Kemanah.
“Nobody in the top four could run the top except for Donny, then it got to where it finally cleaned off enough on the bottom to where it got a little more grip,” said Stewart, a three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion. “That’s kind of the advantage of being behind two guys one on top and bottom, you can gauge which line is getting quicker.”
Kraig would not be the only Kinser to find success, his father and car owner, Steve Kinser would earn the KSE Hard Charger award.
Tony Stewart made the most of the dash, after a six was drawn, that was where he would start the dash. In the six-lap event, Stewart picked through the field to finish third.
The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is back in action tomorrow night at New Egypt (N.J.) Raceway before heading to The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C., on Friday night to kick off Memorial Day weekend.
ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK
NOTES – Tony Stewart set quick time in qualifying at the 5/8-mile oval in 17.027 seconds. … Daryn Pittman, Ryan Smith and Sammy Swindell won heat races. … The dash draw was a 6 for the 14th time this year. … Chad Kemenah won the dash for the first time this year.
QUALIFYING – Tony Stewart was the fastest qualifier around 5/8-mile with a time of 17.027 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Paul McMahan (4 points), Joey Saldana (3), Donny Schatz (2) and Chad Kemenah (1).
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CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Bill Rose; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; STP ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; UNOH ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; American Racing Custom Wheels ($50 cash): Cody Darrah; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Ryan Smith; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Sammy Swindell; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Superflow ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; Penske Shocks ($100 certificate): Joey Saldana; Armor All (case of product): Ryan Smith; Comp Cams ($50 certificate); Kraig Kinser; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($200 certificates): Paul McMahan, Kerry Madsen, Bill Rose; JE Pistons (set of rings): Craig Dollansky and Bill Rose.
World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Orange County Fair Speedway; Middletown, N.Y.; May 20, 2013
A-Main – (25 Laps): 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser  [$10,000]; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah  [$5,500]; 3. 14-Tony Stewart  [$3,200]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan  [$2,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz  [$2,500]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman  [$2,300]; 7. 4-Cody Darrah  [$2,200]; 8. 71M-Joey Saldana  [$2,100]; 9. 69-Ryan Smith  [$2,050]; 10. 1-Sammy Swindell  [$2,000]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides  [$1,500]; 12. 11-Steve Kinser  [$1,200]; 13. O7-Justin Henderson  [$1,100]; 14. 29-Kerry Madsen  [$1,050]; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart  [$1,000]; 16. 5-Justin Barger  [$900]; 17. 1Z-Jessica Zemken  [$800]; 18. 7-Craig Dollansky  [$800]; 19. 6-David Gravel  [$800]; 20. 13-Jason Leffler  [$800]; 21. 6R-Bill Rose  [$800]; 22. 28F-Davie Franek  [$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen  [$800]. Lap Leaders: Kraig Kinser 1-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 11-Steve Kinser [+4].
Qualifying: 1. 14-Tony Stewart, 17.027; 2. 51-Paul McMahan, 17.071; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana, 17.265; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 17.276; 5. 63-Chad Kemenah, 17.301; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 17.324; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 17.325; 8. 4-Cody Darrah, 17.342; 9. 1-Sammy Swindell, 17.359; 10. 1Z-Jessica Zemken, 17.366; 11. 69-Ryan Smith, 17.568; 12. O7-Justin Henderson, 17.593; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 17.609; 14. 7S-Jason Sides, 17.628; 15. 7-Craig Dollansky, 17.634; 16. 11-Steve Kinser, 17.799; 17. 6-David Gravel, 17.806; 18. 29-Kerry Madsen, 17.839; 19. 13-Jason Leffler, 17.853; 20. 5-Justin Barger, 17.943; 21. 28F-Davie Franek, 18.328; 22. 6R-Bill Rose, 18.409; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen, 18.527.
Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman ; 2. 15-Donny Schatz ; 3. 1Z-Jessica Zemken ; 4. 14-Tony Stewart ; 5. 11-Steve Kinser ; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart ; 7. 13-Jason Leffler ; 8. 6R-Bill Rose .
Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 69-Ryan Smith ; 2. 4-Cody Darrah ; 3. 51-Paul McMahan ; 4. 63-Chad Kemenah ; 5. 7S-Jason Sides ; 6. 5-Justin Barger ; 7. 6-David Gravel ; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen .
Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 1-Sammy Swindell ; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana ; 3. O7-Justin Henderson ; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 5. 7-Craig Dollansky ; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen ; 7. 28F-Davie Franek .
Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature): 1. 63-Chad Kemenah ; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 3. 14-Tony Stewart ; 4. 15-Donny Schatz ; 5. 71M-Joey Saldana ; 6. 51-Paul McMahan ; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman ; 8. 4-Cody Darrah ; 9. 1-Sammy Swindell ; 10. 69-Ryan Smith .