Kraig Kinser Rides Momentum to Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial Victory
The win at Beaver Dam Raceway is his fourth in the last 12 World of Outlaws races
BEAVER DAM, Wis. – July 7, 2012 – Kraig Kinser has picked a great time to peak.
The Bloomington, Ind., native has claimed four of the last 12 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series features, including Saturday night at the Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial at Beaver Dam Raceway as the “Month of Money” is about to kick off.
“Once you get a win in there, hopefully they just keep coming again,” said Kinser, who moved within 71 points of the lead in the championship standings. “And hopefully they come in threes again like they did last month. Hopefully we’ve got two more left in us at least.”
For the second time this season Kinser used a late pass on his father, 20-time World of Outlaws champion and current points leader Steve Kinser, to capture the top spot. Son got around father on the backstretch on lap 24. He then had to fend off Donny Schatz, who closed to within a car length on the final lap.
“The thrill is never going to go away for me, especially being dad,” Kraig Kinser said. “I knew Donny was on a charge, too. He’s definitely one guy you don’t want his car good because he’ll drive around you in a hurry.”
Schatz, who ran sixth for most of the first half of the 40-lap feature, maneuvered his way to third with 15 laps remaining. He then worked on Steve Kinser for several laps before driving by on the outside in turn four with four laps to go. Schatz quickly cut the deficit to the leader, but ran out of laps.
“He was just trying to be cautious and I was going for it; win it or wear it,” Schatz said after his best finish in the last 15 races. “We had a good enough car to get near him, I just couldn’t get around. I gave it my all. It just wasn’t quite good enough.”
For Steve Kinser, who started on the pole and led the first 24 laps, the podium finish ended in some frustration.
“We’re not disappointed, but I felt like it was my race to win tonight and I gave it away,” he said. “I’m proud (Kraig is) doing a good job, but I like to win races also.”
After missing the dash by only one position in his heat race, Kraig Kinser started the feature 11th. He quickly worked his way into the top five within the first three laps, which were stopped three times because of incidents.
Kinser had already climbed to ninth when Bill Warren and Phil Mock got upside down in turn one to bring out a red flag on the second lap.
After a caution was thrown on the restart for David Gravel leaving too early, Kinser capitalized on the fast inside groove to gain two more positions before Kerry Madsen and Sammy Swindell caused the final caution on lap three when the duo crashed in turn two racing for the runner-up position.
Kinser restarted fifth and advanced to third on the restart. On lap 20, he passed Mike Reinke, a local favorite who later pulled to the infield with a dozen laps remaining while running fifth, for second place with a perfect slide job in turn three. Four laps later, Kinser used momentum on the outside lane to power by his father for the lead.
“When you take a charge from that far back, it’s an awesome feeling,” Kraig Kinser said. “We were on. It was just a lot of fun.”
Craig Dollansky was fourth and Cody Darrah finished fifth – his third top five in the last four races. Tim Kaeding picked up the KSE Hard Charger Award after maneuvering from 18th to sixth. Brian Brown was seventh, Lucas Wolfe placed eighth and Swindell rebounded from the early caution to finish ninth. Cap Henry rounded out the top 10.
Swindell set quick time in qualifying. Schatz, Steve Kinser and Brown each won a heat race. Russ Egan claimed the Last Chance Showdown.