Sides Stops Kinser’s Streak
BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Jason Sides denied Steve Kinser a clean sweep of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series opening weekend with a victory Sunday night at Volusia Speedway Park.
Kinser had won the previous two nights, but settled for second in the finale.
Sides, of Bartlett, Tenn., earned $10,000 for the victory during the 40th annual DIRTcar Nationals.
“It has been a great week here,” Sides said. “We started off with a little bit of bad luck. We got it turned around and got this car working really good. The track was great tonight and you could race top or bottom.”
Kinser and Craig Dollansky shared the front row for the 30-lap event. Kinser got the lead down the frontstretch, but Dollansky’s first turn slide job gained him the advantage off turn two. Sides started fourth and fell into third, ahead of Cody Darrah.
Following a lap-eight restart, Kinser used the inside line to drive by Dollansky down the frontstretch and into turn one. He slid a little too high and Dollansky got back by. Sides also drove by and into the runner-up spot.
With 10 laps to go, Dollansky, who led 27 laps of the Saturday night feature before an engine failure, led Kinser and Pennsylvania’s Fred Rahmer, who had advanced from 10th using the inside of the speedway.
The leaders were in lapped traffic and Sides made his move as he passed Dollansky to take the lead entering turn three on lap 24.
Kinser and Rahmer followed Sides around Dollansky, who faded late in the race.
Sides held a comfortable lead of the final six laps to score the win over Kinser, Rahmer, Darrah and 2010 World of Outlaws champion Jason Meyers.