Kinser Is King At Volusia
BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Steve Kinser opened the World of Outlaws sprint-car season the same way he did last year with a dominating win in the 30-lap event during the 40th annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park Friday night.
Kinser, 56, of Bloomington, Ind., started on the pole and led all 30 laps of the half-mile oval for the $10,000 victory aboard the Tony Stewart Racing sprinter.
“It was a really good race car,” Kinser said. “It was brand new. This was the first night we ran it. It felt really good and the guys did a good job getting it down fresh out of the box. It was on a rail.”
Kinser got the jump on Paul McMahan at the start of the feature, but a yellow flag negated the start. Kinser again drove into the lead with McMahan and his Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Joey Saldana following. He set a blistering pace around the outside of the speedway over the opening laps.
He began lapping slower cars with seven laps in the books as two-time VSP winner Sammy Swindell moved by Saldana and into second.
Danny Lasoski’s top-five run came to an end on lap 13 when he blew a tire causing a yellow flag. Kinser drove away on the restart and Saldana took second back. Swindell was closing from third with three laps remaining when the red flag was displayed for Craig Dollansky’s second-turn crash.
Swindell passed Saldana on the restart, but Kinser shot away from the field and Swindell couldn’t get close enough to challenge over the final circuits.
The 20-time World of Outlaws Champion would score his 562nd win over Swindell, Saldana, Tim Shaffer and McMahan.