[media-credit name=”World of Outlaws” align=”alignright” width=”300″][/media-credit]After a three year absence from Eagle Speedway, the Outlaws return was an exciting one. The Outlaw show brought with it some big names, Danny Lasoski, Brian Brown, and the current reigning Sprint Cup Champion, Tony Stewart. The 21 car field was a stacked deck. Every car was fast and every driver determined. When the night was over the World of Outlaws did not disappoint.
The evening started with a choppy one third mile track especially on the bottom in 1 and 2. But as the night went on with a little manicure it smoothed out and became a faster race surface. Qualifying would see Kraig Kinser set quick time. He was followed by Craig Dollansky, Jason Johnson, Sammy Swindell and Cody Darrah for the top 5. The 2nd spot in qualifying would give Dollansky 2 points in the points race against Donny Schatz who qualified 8th.
The heat races would progress quickly with only one yellow flag in the final heat. The first heat race was won by 4 time champion Sammy Swindell. Bill Rose, his return to the circuit after sustaining a deep leg bruise in a scarey crash in Deer Creek on Saturday, would come home second and transfer to the dash. Also transferring to the dash was the quick time holder Kraig Kinser.
The second heat would be won by Ian Madsen with Donny Schatz coming home second to transfer to the dash. Also transferring to the dash would be Cody Darrah and Craig Dollansky. The visiting Sprint Cup Champion would, Tony Stewart would come home 6th.
The third heat was taken by Danny Lasoski who held off a hard charging Jason Johnson who pulled a nasty slide job on 20 time champion Steve Kinser to take the second spot. Kinser would finish 4th. Lasoski and Johnson transferred to the dash.
The Dash was a fast paced no holds barred 8 lap event that saw Sammy Swindell seal the pole for the 40 lap A Main by holding off team mate Craig Dollansky. World of Outlaws points leader would come home 6th to start in the 3rd row of the A Main.
With only 21 cars signed in there would be no Last Chance Showdown. Every driver would transfer to the A. It made for a heavily stacked field.
The A Main was a very quick race. Jason Johnson was unable to make the call after the Dash when the car would not re-fire. Joey Saldana also had an issue with the car suddenly cutting off at lap 12. Saldana would go to the work area and return to competition at the rear of the field. He would rally back to finish 14th a lap down. Swindell lead all 40 laps despite several challenges from former Rookie of the Year Cody Darrah but Darrah was not able to make the pass on the wily veteran who at one point had a 3 second lead. Darrah would finish second and Donny Schatz would come in 3rd for his 9th podium finish in as many races.
The points lead tightened up yet again with Dollansky closing to within 94 points of Donny Schatz. Schatz remains the hottest driver on the circuit and with only 8 races left in the season he will be hard to catch. But he is not out of Dollansky’s reach just yet. A win by Dollansky or a slip by Schatz makes this a neck in neck race going into Charlotte for the National title. Both drivers are showing their metal. They are putting it out there. They are taking chances and they are racing hard. No points racing. No stroking to the finish. They are wheel to wheel and coming into 4, wide open with their foot to the floor. What else can you ask for? They are racers. And they are racing. They are racing as hard as they and their teams can race. Which ever one wins will have earned not only the championship but the respect that goes with it.
In 8 races we will have our champion. It seems like just yesterday we were running the first race in Volusia. It’s been a long season but it’s flown by. Maybe not for the crews some of which haven’t been home since June. Maybe not for the drivers some of which have been upside down and beat and banged and out there in motor coaches since June. But for the fans it has been all too short. But it has been filled with memories. Memories that will help to ease the sting of withdraw until February when once again the Mighty Wings of the Outlaws will take to the track in Volusia. But until then we have 8 races. And it’s a sure bet that every single driver in the field will be racing to very limits of his equipment and his skills. Take it to the bank, it will be one helluva a ride.
1. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.337; 2. 7-Craig Dollansky, 11.371; 3. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.398; 4. 1-Sammy Swindell, 11.406; 5. 4-Cody Darrah, 11.471; 6. 91-Dusty Zomer, 11.493; 7. 29-Kerry Madsen, 11.607; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.632; 9. 33-Danny Lasoski, 11.636; 10. 6-Bill Rose, 11.642; 11. 7K-Ian Madsen, 11.655; 12. 11-Steve Kinser, 11.675; 13. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 11.709; 14. 14-Tony Stewart, 11.722; 15. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 11.736; 16. 24-Terry McCarl, 11.746; 17. 82-Justin Henderson, 11.752; 18. 9-Joey Saldana, 11.766; 19. 21-Brian Brown, 11.768; 20. 63-Chad Kemenah, 11.878; 21. 53-Jack Dover, 12.095
Heat 1 – (10 Laps )
1. 1-Sammy Swindell ; 2. 6-Bill Rose ; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen ; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 5. 13-Mark Dobmeier ; 6. 24-Terry McCarl ; 7. 21-Brian Brown
Heat 2 – (10 Laps )
1. 7K-Ian Madsen ; 2. 15-Donny Schatz ; 3. 4-Cody Darrah ; 4. 7-Craig Dollansky ; 5. 82-Justin Henderson ; 6. 14-Tony Stewart ; 7. 63-Chad Kemenah
Heat 3 – (10 Laps )
1. 33-Danny Lasoski ; 2. 41-Jason Johnson ; 3. 91-Dusty Zomer ; 4. 11-Steve Kinser ; 5. 9-Joey Saldana ; 6. 53-Jack Dover ; 7. 5W-Lucas Wolfe
Dash – (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature
1. 1-Sammy Swindell ; 2. 7-Craig Dollansky ; 3. 41-Jason Johnson ; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 5. 4-Cody Darrah ; 6. 15-Donny Schatz ; 7. 91-Dusty Zomer ; 8. 33-Danny Lasoski ; 9. 7K-Ian Madsen ; 10. 6-Bill Rose
A-Main – (40 Laps)
1. 1-Sammy Swindell[$10,000]; 2. 4-Cody Darrah[$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz[$3,200]; 4. 7-Craig Dollansky[$2,800]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen[$2,500]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser[$2,300]; 7. 33-Danny Lasoski[$2,200]; 8. 13-Mark Dobmeier[$2,100]; 9. 7K-Ian Madsen[$2,050]; 10. 11-Steve Kinser[$2,000]; 11. 14-Tony Stewart[$1,500]; 12. 82-Justin Henderson[$1,200]; 13. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[$1,100]; 14. 9-Joey Saldana[$1,050]; 15. 91-Dusty Zomer[$1,000]; 16. 6-Bill Rose[$900]; 17. 53-Jack Dover[$800]; 18. 63-Chad Kemenah[$800]; 19. 24-Terry McCarl[$800]; 20. 21-Brian Brown[$800]; 21. 41-Jason Johnson[$800]
Lap Leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-40
KSE Hard Charger AWARD: 29-Kerry Madsen[+6]
World of Outlaws Points
|Pos.||Driver||Total||Diff||Wins||Top 5’s||Top 10’s||QT|
|17||Sam Hafertepe Jr.||2454||-6342||0||3||7||0|