Kinser wins at Junction - Pittman Sets New Track Record
Schatz 3rd in main, and WoOSTP Points Race Tightens
The night started with a 30 minute delay for final track prep and it was fast! 17 drivers shattered the old Junction Speedway track record of 13.872 seconds by Sammy Swindell (1) on Aug. 14, 2012 with Daryl Pittman (9) clocking in at a 13.586 seconds. This was the 3rd time the World of Outlaws STP Sprint cars have appeared at McCool Junction.
Steve Kinser and Kerry Madsen seemed to be the dominant pair through the heats and dash with Craig Dollansky picking up a heat win. In the dash it was Madsen (29) and S. Kinser (11) and Schatz (15) finishing in order to fill the top 3 starting spots in the A- Main.
The Bad Boy Buggies Maxim #11 of Kinser lead the main comfortably until lap 20 when Aussie Madsen (29) reeled him in and on lap 25 but Kinser (11) hooked up and regained the lead on the back straight. Madsen (29) made a last lap charge on lap 29 but couldn't get by Kinser at the line.
“It was a pretty tough last four laps, I saw Kerry underneath me a few time and smartly drove it up into the cushion and let him get a run on me,” said Kinser, of Bloomington, Ind. “When he slid up he tried to get back down, but I had enough momentum to get back around him. I haven’t had a chance to start on the front very often. These cars are so evil and so fast, if you get a good draw, you have to take advantage of it.”
The runner up Madsen (29) has created an improved beginning to the second half of the race schedule.
“I sat behind him after I got by Justin, I’m faster than him and I’m fitter than him and I just thought it was going to happen and it didn’t,” said Madsen, of St. Marys, N.S.W., Australia and driver of the Keneric Racing car. “I had a real strong night and it should be a strong kick off for the second half of the season. I don’t feel like I made any mistake tonight and we had a strong race car, it just didn't happen for us tonight.”
The battle continues in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Points Championship standings as Schatz continues to narrow the gap finishing three spots ahead of Pittman in tonight’s event. Schatz is now 67 points behind Pittman as the two drivers battle it out for every point. Complete Results
The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series returns to River Cities Speedway on Friday night in Grand Forks, N.D., before heading to Nodak Speedway on Sunday night in Minot, N.D.
NLRA Late Models are in a support role Friday. Hot Laps and Qualifying begin at 6:30pm Heats start at 7:30pm central Advance Tickets are still available online through Thursday at: http://slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by calling
(Mon - Fri 8AM- 5PM Central) 815-344-2023 or through River Cities Speedway by calling 218-773-3002 (locally)
Also tickets can be purchased on Race Day at the Speedway - All tickets can be upgraded with pit passes on race day for an additional $10.00 See the speedway ticket window for more information.
Story: Brian Spieker
Photo: Rick Rea