Kinser and Moran Capture WoO Finales
Steve Kinser and Donnie Moran claimed the battles while Donny Schatz and Steve Francis won the wars Saturday during the final night of the inaugural World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Kinser claimed $10,000 for his 10th World of Outlaws Sprint Series victory of the year while Moran also banked $10,000 for winning the 50-lap finale for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. In the championship chases, Schatz earned his second consecutive sprint car title while Francis earned his first championship trophy in the late models.
Nearly 14,000 fans from 48 states and three foreign countries filled the grandstands for the final night of the three-day event as the two nomadic World of Outlaws series came together for the first time to conclude their seasons.
Kinser started from the pole in his familiar No. 11 and led the entire 30-lap distance. But it definitely was no Saturday night cruise as the 20-time series champion battled side-by-side with long-time rival Danny Lasoski during the final 10 laps around the four-tenths-mile oval.
"We brought a new car down here and tried some things," Kinser said in victory lane. "I'll tell you what; it was a heck of a race. I saw the 83 (Lasoski) and the 21 (Daryn Pittman) way too much. All I could do was run the best pace that I could and not bobble, and if he got by me there wasn't a darn thing I could do about it.
"This was a good way to close out 2007," Kinser continued. "It was a great show here all weekend and I got to enjoy the late models too."
Lasoski settled for second while Daryn Pittman was third under the checkered flag. Schatz and Jason Meyers rounded out the top five in the 25-car field.
In the eight-lap heat races for the sprint cars, Joey Saldana, Dean Jacobs, Pittman and Lasoski claimed the victories.
Danny Smith passed Jac Haudenschild in the final turn to win the six-lap C main while Terry McCarl was the class of the field in the 12-lap B main. Kinser dominated the six-lap Crane Cams Dash to earn the pole for the main event.
In the 50-lap late model feature, Moran held off a last-lap charge by Francis to claim the first World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory of his illustrious career.
The Dresden, Ohio, driver started from the pole and first took the lead on lap 18 when he drove around Earl Pearson Jr. Moran then lost the point to Shane Clanton for eight laps before reassuming command on lap 37.
"I figured he (Francis) was there," Moran said about Francis' last-lap charge. "You could kind of hear him out there, but I was just trying to keep my composure and run my line. It's pretty important to race here in front of a huge crowd. Thank you to God for letting me win the million (2001 at Eldora Speedway) and now I won the first late model race on live TV."
Francis had to settle for the runner-up pay, but the Ashland, Ky., racer celebrated his first series championship.
"We threw everything we had at Donnie there at the end," said Francis. "A lot of people don't realize Donnie and I have raced together for 20 years and it was neat to end our championship season battling with him."
Tim Fuller had to earn his way into the feature through the B main and the Edwards, N.Y., driver sliced through the field from the 22nd starting spot to finish third. Steve Shaver moved up from the 19th starting spot to take fourth while Darrell Lanigan completed the top five.
The 10-lap late model heat races were won by Clanton, Earl Pearson Jr., Brian Shirley, Moran and Michael England while Steve Shaver and Rick Eckert topped the 12-lap B mains.
The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway will open its 2008 season April 18-19 with the Circle K Colossal 100, highlighted by a $50,000-to-win feature for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. Tickets can be purchased online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.
World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
First Heat (8 laps): 1. Joey Saldana; 2. Lance Dewease; 3. Lucas Wolfe; 4. Kraig Kinser; 5. Stevie Smith; 6. Jason Solwold; 7. Fred Rahmer; 8. Jeremy Campbell; 9. Terry McCarl; 10. Tony Bruce Jr. 11. Geoff Dodge; 12. Brandon Martin.
Second Heat (8 laps): 1. Dean Jacobs; 2. Jason Meyers; 3. Donny Schatz; 4. Kerry Madsen; 5. Tim Shaffer; 6. Jessica Zemken; 7. Wayne Johnson; 8. Randy Hannagan; 9. Chad Kemenah; 10. Jac Haudenschild; 11. Paul McMahan; 12. Brandon McLain.
Third Heat (8 laps): 1. Daryn Pittman; 2. Steve Kinser; 3. Dale Blaney; 4. Greg Hodnett; 5. Craig Dollansky; 6. Chad Hillier; 7. Sam Hafertepe Jr.; 8. Danny Smith; 9. Brian Ellenberger; 10. Greg Wilson; 11. Lynton Jeffrey.
Fourth Heat (8 laps): 1. Danny Lasoski; 2. Shane Stewart; 3. Justin Henderson; 4. Kaley Gharst; 5. Jason Sides; 6. Chad Layton; 7. Mark Smith; 8. Doug Esh; 9. Brian Carlson; 10. Joey Borich; 11. Tyler Thompson.
Crane Cams Dash (6 laps): 1. Steve Kinser; 2. Daryn Pittman; 3. Danny Lasoski; 4. Jason Meyers; 5. Shane Stewart; 6. Joey Saldana; 7. Lance Dewease; 8. Donny Schatz; 9. Dean Jacobs; 10. Lucas Wolfe.
C Main (6 laps): 1. Danny Smith; 2. Jac Haudenschild; 3. Brian Carlson; 4. Tony Bruce Jr.; 5. Brandon Martin; 6. Chad Kemenah; 7. Tyler Thompson; 8. Lynton Jeffrey; 9. Brandon McLain.
B Main (12 laps): 1. Terry McCarl; 2. Jason Solwold; 3. Mark Smith; 4. Fred Rahmer; 5. Jac Haudenschild; 6. Chad Layton; 7. Wayne Johnson; 8. Jessica Zemken; 9. Randy Hannagan; 10. Doug Esh; 11. Sam Hafertepe Jr.; 12. Jeremy Campbell; 13. Danny Smith; 14. Joey Borich; 15. Brian Ellenberger; 16. Geoff Dodge; 17. Chad Hillier; 18. Greg Wilson.
Feature (30 laps): 1. Steve Kinser; 2. Danny Lasoski; 3. Daryn Pittman; 4. Donny Schatz; 5. Jason Meyers; 6. Joey Saldana; 7. Terry McCarl; 8. Jason Sides; 9. Shane Stewart; 10. Dale Blaney; 11. Lance Dewease; 12. Greg Hodnett; 13. Kerry Madsen; 14. Craig Dollansky; 15. Lucas Wolfe; 16. Jason Solwold; 17. Fred Rahmer; 18. Justin Henderson; 19. Kaley Gharst; 20. Tim Shaffer; 21. Steve Smith; 22. Mark Smith; 23. Kraig Kinser; 24. Dean Jacobs; 25. Paul McMahan.
World of Outlaws Late Models
First Heat (10 laps): 1. Shane Clanton; 2. Josh Richards; 3. Ricky Elliott; 4. Steve Shaver; 5. Randy Weaver; 6. Jeremy Miller; 7. Clint Smith; 8. Doug Dodd; 9. Austin Hubbard; 10. Chris Combs; 11. Tim Dohm; 12. Larry Blankenship; 13. Josh McGuire.
Second Heat (10 laps): 1. Earl Pearson Jr.; 2. Darrell Lanigan; 3. Scott James; 4. Matt Miller; 5. Chub Frank; 6. Eddie Carrier Jr.; 7. Randy Korte; 8. Ben Adkins; 9. Jeep VanWormer; 10. Matt Lux; 11. Jordan Bland; 12. Bob Gordon.
Third Heat (10 laps): 1. Brian Shirley; 2. Dan Schlieper; 3. Ricky Weeks; 4. Freddy Smith; 5. Brian Ledbetter; 6. Jared Hawkins; 7. Chuck Harper; 8. David Scott; 9. Alex Feree; 10. Tommy Kerr; 11. Austin Dillon; 12. Dan Stone.
Fourth Heat (10 laps): 1. Donnie Moran; 2. Steve Francis; 3. Chad Ruhlman; 4. Rick Eckert; 5. Jeff Smith; 6. Tim Fuller; 7. Jeff Cooke; 8. Wayne Chinn; 9. Jay Smith; 10. Tony Knowles; 11. Damon Kotke; 12. Jason Dunn.
Fifth Heat (10 laps): 1.Shannon Babb; 2. Steve Lucas; 3. Eric Jacobsen; 4. Rodney Combs; 5. Ronnie DeHaven; 6. Mike Balzano; 7. Tim Allen; 8. Jerry Bowersock; 9. Jayme Zidar; 10. Junior Pearce; 11. John Lewellyn; 12. Tre Martin; 13. Shannon Babb.
Sixth Heat (10 laps): 1. Michael England; 2. Jackie Boggs; 3. Scott Bloomquist; 4. Jeff Rine; 5. Jonathon Davenport; 6.Brian Barber; 7. Kerry Jones; 8. Anthony Huber; 9. Ken Schrader; 10. Steve Blackburn; 11. Walker Arthur; 12. Troy Erickson.
First B Feature (12 laps): 1. Steve Shaver; 2. Jeremy Miller; 3. Chub Frank; 4. Freddy Smith; 5. Eddie Carrier Jr.; 6. Clint Smith; 7. Jeremy Miller; 8. Jared Hawkins; 9. Randy Korte; 10. Randy Weaver; 11. Doug Dodd; 12. David Scott; 13. Ben Adkins; 14. Jeep Van Wormer; 15. Chuck Harper; 16. Austin Hubbard; 17. Brian Ledbetter; 18. Alex Feree.
Second B Feature (12 laps): 1. Rick Eckert; 2.Tim Fuller; 3. Jeff Smith; 4. Jeff Rine; 5. Wayne Chinn; 6. Rodney Combs; 7. Ronnie DeHaven; 8. Mike Balzano; 9. Brian Barber; 10. Jonathon Davenport; 11. Jayme Zidar; 12. Jeff Cooke; 13. Tim Allen; 14. Anthony Huber; 15. Kerry Jones; 16. Jay Smith; 17. Jerry Bowersock; 18. Ken Schrader.
Feature (50 laps): 1. Donnie Moran; 2. Steve Francis; 3. Tim Fuller; 4. Steve Shaver; 5. Darrell Lanigan; 6. Earl Pearson Jr.; 7. Scott Bloomquist; 8. Shannon Babb; 9. Shane Clanton; 10. Steve Lucas; 11. Josh Richards; 12. Rick Eckert; 13. Dan Schlieper; 14. Ricky Elliott; 15. Scott James; 16. Matt Miller; 17. Michael England; 18. David Scott; 19. Eric Jacobsen; 20. Ricky Weeks; 21. Brian Shirley; 22. Ben Adkins; 23. Clint Smith; 24. Chub Frank; 25. Jackie Boggs; 26. Chad Ruhlman.