[media-credit name=”World of Outlaws” align=”alignright” width=”234″][/media-credit]Bloomington, Ind.—Sept. 23, 2012— Mother Nature tried her best to derail the World of Outlaws this past weekend, as she was victorious at Eldora Speedway on Friday and did all she could to disrupt Saturday night’s event at Lernerville Speedway, but track and series officials persevered and despite a three-hour rain-delay the program was completed in its entirety, and for Kraig Kinser a ninth-place showing, marked his second Top-10 finish of the week.
“After the rainout on Friday, I’m glad we were able to get the show at Lernerville in,” said Kinser. “We put in a lot of miles this week, and were really looking forward to three races, but at least we got two in. We had a couple decent finishes. We’re working hard to get back in the Top-Five and be a contender each night like we were earlier in the season.”
Kinser took to the track in the Hendrickcars.com Maxim on Wednesday, Sept. 19 for the NAPA Auto Parts Outlaw Showdown at Eagle Raceway in Nebraska. The event had been postponed by rain in April. When the checkered flag flew on that 40-lap contest, Kinser crossed the line in sixth.
In the 40-lap main event at Eagle Raceway, Kinser lined up fourth and ran fifth on the opening circuit. He would hold down the fifth spot for the first 11 laps, before getting around Craig Dollansky for fourth. The pair would battle for that position for a couple of laps, with Dollansky retaking it. Kinser would settle into sixth on the 17th circuit and remain there for the duration of the 40-lapper that saw a pair of cautions slow the action. For Kinser, the sixth-place run marked his 40th Top-10 finish of the season with the World of Outlaws.
Kinser opened the night at Eagle Raceway by earning his sixth fast time award of the season, which is fourth-most in the series. The native of Bloomington, Ind., lined up fourth in the first 10-lap heat race and finished in that same position to earn a spot in the dash. He started on the outside of the second row in the eight-lap dash and finished fourth.
“We were fast right out of the box, and that’s what we shoot for each night,” said Kinser. “The car went away a little bit in the feature and we slipped back some. We’ll have one more short track race at Pevely in a few weeks, so we’ll tweak on our short track set-up a bit before that one and should be good from the time we unload there as well.”
At Lernerville on Saturday, Sept. 22, Kinser started on the outside of the seventh row for the 35-lap Commonwealth Clash main event, and moved up a row, after the cars starting in the sixth row were involved in an opening lap accident that brought out the red flag. On the ensuing complete restart, Kinser would fall back a couple of spots. He would run among the Top-15 for the first half of the race and picked up several spots in the late going, moving from 14th to ninth in the final 14 laps to earn his 41st Top-10 finish of the season.
“Everyone did a great job to get the race in,” he stated. “Thanks to all of the fans that stuck it out and braved the cold temperatures as well. I hope they enjoyed the show. The track was definitely fast after the rain and that made it pretty challenging for everyone.”
Before the rains came, Kinser had turned the fifth-fastest lap in time trials. With 11 cars still left to qualify, that session had to begin from scratch by way of World of Outlaws rules. Kinser’s second attempt at time trials would put him 14th, just two spots shy of making the heat race inversion. He would finish sixth in the second eight-lap heat race to earn a spot in the 35-lap main event.
The event scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21 at Eldora Speedway as part of the annual 4-Crown Nationals was rained out and will not be re-scheduled.
Kinser is currently sixth in the World of Outlaws championship standings, and returns to action next weekend in the Morgan Hughes National Open at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., on Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29.
Eagle Raceway & Lernerville Speedway Results
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Kraig Kinser By the Numbers: Eagle Raceway & Lernerville Speedway
0.333- Miles around Eagle Raceway
0.4- Distance around Lernerville Speedway in miles
5- Career Top-10 finishes at Lernerville
6- Fast time honors this season; Career Top-10 finishes at Eagle Raceway
9.2- Average finishing position in main events with the World of Outlaws this season
9.5- Average starting spot in World of Outlaws features in 2012
11.337- Lap in time trials at Eagle Raceway to set fast time
12.1- Average finish at Eagle in 18 career starts
12.971- Qualifying lap at Lernerville Speedway
15- Main event starts at Lernerville
18- Career main event starts at Eagle Raceway, including preliminary features
41-Top-10 finishes this season
322- Miles from Eldora Speedway in Ohio, where the World of Outlaws were scheduled to race on Sept. 21 to Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa.
379- Distance in miles from Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., where the World of Outlaws competed on Sept. 15, to Eagle Raceway in Nebraska
732- Miles from Eagle Raceway in Nebraska, where the World of Outlaws raced on Sept. 19, to Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, where the series was scheduled to compete on Sept. 21
8502- Points earned through Sept. 22
Sept. 28: Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Sept. 29: Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa.
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