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‘King of the Outlaws’ Wins #500 at Houston Raceway Park By Richard Day BAYTOWN, TX (March 27) – The wait is over. Steve Kinser, the undisputed king of sprint car racing, has won his 500th World of Outlaws Sprint Series “A” Feature. The defending and 18-time series champion drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim past pole-sitter Brooke Tatnell late in the 10th lap of the Fifth Annual Texas Shootout at Houston Raceway Park Saturday, and held off a furious last-lap charge by Donny Schatz to claim the milestone victory by half a car-length.

“I’m just glad to get this one over with so we don’t have to hear about it any more,” Kinser said in victory lane. “Donny Schatz is one of those guys who gets better the longer the race goes on. I got to running the bottom of three and four pretty good through the middle of the race, but when I saw him beside me there, I really didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know if the top was any good, so I tried to stay low and block him, but I ended up missing the bottom. We were all pretty bottled up in traffic though."

“I have to thank Scott Gerkin. He’s the best crew chief out there right now, and he and all the guys on my team do so much to give me a great racecar night-in and night-out. Scott builds all my motors, and for a bunch of country boys from Indiana, I guess we don’t do too badly. I want to thank my wife Dana and my kids Stevie, Kraig and Kurt. I wish Kurt could have been here tonight, but he’s busy wrestling and boxing and living his own life."

“I’m just grateful to have a family that loves sprint car racing as much as I do. I always wanted to drive a racecar, but I figured I’d have to get a job and be lucky enough to race at home on the weekends. The World of Outlaws started just about the time that I did, and it seemed like back then I was one of the youngest guys in the pits. Now here I am one of the oldest, but winning races still means everything to me. I want to thank Quaker State for all they’ve done for me since I started my own race team (in 1995). They’ve been a big help in me being able to keep racing and winning. Maxim Chassis, Hoosier Tires, Jones Engineering, Sanders – they all give me the best equipment you can have. Most of all, I want to thank the fans. You’ve been great the whole time, and it’s been a pleasure being able to race for all of you.”

The victory, Kinser’s fifth in seven main events at Houston Raceway Park, pushed him 50 points ahead of Schatz in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series point standings. “The King of the Outlaws,” the fourth-fastest qualifier in the 30-car field, earned the privilege of starting the 30-lap “A” Feature on the front row by winning the Second Dash Race. Tatnell, the only Australian driver to ever win a World of Outlaws Sprint Series main event, drove the #66 Trop Artic Maxim into the lead as the green flag fell in the “A” Feature. Shane Stewart, a first-time winner at Thunder Valley Speedway Friday, hit the outside retaining wall early in the opening lap and lost 12 positions. Stewart stopped the severely damaged #4M Ol’ Glory Maxim on the back straightaway the next time around and retired to the pit area. Tatnell raced away from Kinser as the race resumed, and opened a 10 car-length advantage by the seventh lap.

“The King of the Outlaws” gained on Tatnell in lapped traffic, and passed him for the lead with an inside move in the fourth corner three laps later. Jason Meyers, who won the February 28th Snap-on Tools Shootout at Perris Auto Speedway after Kinser lost the lead with a flat tire, started inside the sixth row. The 2000 World of Outlaws Gumout Series Rookie of the Year drove the #14 Elite Landscaping Maxim past five cars during the first 14 laps, and took fifth place from Kraig Kinser midway through the race. Schatz steered his #15 Parker Store J&J around Brian Paulus and Tatnell during laps 16 and 18, while “The King of the Outlaws” opened a straightaway advantage. Meyers raced past Paulus in the low groove between turns three and four to take over fourth place late in the 22nd lap.

Schatz closed to within 10 car-lengths of Kinser within three laps, and narrowed the gap to five car-lengths by lap 26. The 1997 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year caught Kinser in dense lapped traffic with 1˝ laps remaining. Schatz raced wheel-to-wheel with “The King of the Outlaws” through the first three corners during the final lap, but Kinser beat him under the checkered flag for the $10,000 victory. Tatnell finished in third place, ahead of Meyers, Paulus, Craig Dollansky, Danny Lasoski, Paul McMahan, Daryn Pittman and Steve Kinser’s son, Kraig. Tim Shaffer drove the #83 Beef Packers Eagle past eight cars to finish 15th. Joey Saldana paced the qualifying session with a 104.949-M.P.H. lap around Baytown’s semi-banked, 4/10-mile oval.

Kinser and Lasoski will represent the World of Outlaws in Friday’s International Race of Champions event at Texas Motor Speedway, then compete in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series’ NGK Spark Plugs Shootout Saturday at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. WoO 2004 World of Outlaws Sprint Series Fifth Annual Texas Shootout Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, TX Saturday, March 27, Feature Program #5

Qualifying: 1. Joey Saldana, Cox 50D, 13.721; 2. Danny Lasoski, Stewart 20, 13.724; 3. Jason Meyers, Elite Racing 14, 13.763; 4. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.796; 5. Brooke Tatnell, Grandstaff 66, 13.805; 6. Kraig Kinser, Kinser 11K, 13.836; 7. Brian Paulus, Pender 28, 13.871; 8. Erin Crocker, Woodring 16, 13.878; 9. Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 13.883; 10. Craig Dollansky, Karavan 7, 13.884; 11. Paul McMahan, Helm 11H, 13.886; 12. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 13.900; 13. Brandon Wimmer, Two Winners Racing 7TW, 13.930; 14. Dean Jacobs, Woodward 2, 13.945; 15. Daryn Pittman, Woodburn 21, 13.949; 16. Jason Sides, Sides Motorsports 7S, 13.959; 17. Shane Stewart, Chilcutt 4M, 13.973; 18. Jonathan Allard, Wright 35, 14.012; 19. Toni Lutar, Lutar 4X, 14.029; 20. Jason Solwold, K&M Motorsports 18, 14.109; 21. Tyler Walker, Forbrook 5, 14.110; 22. Aaron Berryhill, Fast Forward Motorsports 97, 14.127; 23. Tim Shaffer, Roth 83, 14.172; 24. Brian Brown, Parsons 6, 14.210; 25. Brian Carlson, Carlson 18C, 14.479; 26. Ray Allen Kulhanek, Miller 21T, 15.550; 27. Scottie McDonald, McDonald 88, 15.641; 28. Larry Howery, Pokluda 5P, 15.886; 29. Ricky Lee Whatley, Whatley 223, 16.886; 30. Terry Parrish, Parrish 118, 17.699.

First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Brandon Wimmer, 2. Jonathan Allard, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Brian Paulus, 5. Kraig Kinser, 6. Joey Saldana, 7. Toni Lutar, 8. Aaron Berryhill, 9. Larry Howery, 10. Brian Carlson. (first six qualified for the “A” Feature)

Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Shane Stewart, 2. Dean Jacobs, 3. Brooke Tatnell, 4. Paul McMahan, 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Erin Crocker, 7. Tim Shaffer, 8. Jason Solwold, 9. Ray Allen Kulhanek. (first six qualified for the “A” Feature)

Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jason Sides, 2. Daryn Pittman, 3. Craig Dollansky, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Jason Meyers, 6. Tyler Walker, 7. Terry McCarl, 8. Brian Brown, 9. Scottie McDonald, 10. Terry Parrish. (first six qualified for the “A” Feature)

First Dash Race (five laps): 1. Brooke Tatnell, 2. Brian Paulus, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Joey Saldana, 5. Craig Dollansky, 6. Jason Meyers, 7. Dean Jacobs, 8. Jason Sides. (finish determined the inside starting positions in the first eight rows in the “A” Feature lineup)

Second Dash Race (five laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Erin Crocker, 3. Kraig Kinser, 4. Paul McMahan, 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Shane Stewart, 7. Daryn Pittman, 8. Brandon Wimmer. (finish determined the outside starting positions in the first eight rows in the “A” Feature lineup)

B Feature (12 laps): 1. Aaron Berryhill, 2. Terry McCarl, 3. Jason Solwold, 4. Tim Shaffer, 5. Toni Lutar, 6. Brian Brown, 7. Brian Carlson ($200); 8. Ray Allen Kulhanek ($180); 9. Larry Howery ($150); 10. Terry Parrish ($120); 11. Ricky Lee Whatley ($100); 12. Scottie McDonald ($90). (first six qualified for the “A” Feature)

A Feature (30 laps): 1. Steve Kinser [2] ($10,000); 2. Donny Schatz [5] ($5,500); 3. Brooke Tatnell [1] ($3,200); 4. Jason Meyers [11] ($2,800); 5. Brian Paulus [3] ($2,500); 6. Craig Dollansky [9] ($2,300); 7. Danny Lasoski [10] ($2,200); 8. Paul McMahan [8] ($2,100); 9. Daryn Pittman [14] ($2,050); 10. Kraig Kinser [6] ($2,000); 11. Jason Sides [15] ($1,500); 12. Joey Saldana [7] ($1,200); 13. Dean Jacobs [13] ($1,100); 14. Erin Crocker [4] ($1,050); 15. Tim Shaffer [23] ($1,020); 16. Tyler Walker [21] ($900); 17. Terry McCarl [17] ($820); 18. Aaron Berryhill [22] ($820); 19. Brian Brown [24] ($820); 20. Jason Solwold [20] ($820); 21. Jonathan Allard [18] ($800); 22. Brandon Wimmer [16] ($800); 23. Toni Lutar [19] ($820); 24. Shane Stewart [12] ($800).

Lap leaders: Brooke Tatnell 1-9, Steve Kinser 10-30

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