Schatz And Kinser Star In WoO Openers

Barberville, Fla. – World of Outlaws champions Donnie Schatz and Steve Kinser opened the 2010 season with each of them scoring a victory in two days of racing at the 39th Annual Florida DIRTcar Nationals by University of Northwestern Ohio at Volusia Speedway Park.
The pair drove winged-sprint cars for Tony Stewart Racing, and it marked their first time together as teammates.

Defending series champion Schatz captured the season opener on the 1/3-mile track and 20-time champion Kinser made his way to the top wrung of the ladder the second night.

A third-night of racing was rained out and was not re-scheduled.

In the opener, Schatz started third and battled with Tim Shaffer in the early going before pulling away for the victory, his fourth WoO feature win and ninth overall at Volusia.

“That’s the way to start, that’s awesome,” Schatz said. “Normally I don’t run good on the top when it is fast, but I could go all over. We learned a lot since getting here, and I think we are five or six nights ahead of everyone, hopefully.”

Joey Saldana finished second with Kinser third, Jason Meyers fourth and Shaffer completed the top-five in the running order.

Jason Sides took the pole honors with a lap at 13.691 mph.

On Super Bowl Sunday, Kinser started in the front alongside Tim Kaeding. The Californian led the first 11 stanzas before Kinser took over for four laps. Two laps later Kinser powered into the lead again and didn’t relent in winning his third career WoO feature at Volusia. Overall, the multi-time champion has gone to victory lane 553 times.

“We had a pretty good race car all week,” Kinser said. “Even though I had a good starting spot, I was a little off at the beginning but then the car got faster and faster on the bottom. The main thing was starting the race right, and then you have to hit the bottom right.”

Kinser said he and the other WoO drivers are adapting to the new Goodyear tires introduced this season. “We have to adjust to them, and everybody has to work with what you got.”

About winning his first feature of the season, he stated, “It is always to get a win this early, and I hope we win many more.”

Saldana raced to second place in Kasey Kahne’s Budweiser car. “We started eighth and ran second,” he said. “It was a great effort and we are off to a good start. It is about winning races.”

Fan favorite Danny Lasoski came from the back to grab third place. “We started 14th and passed a lot of cars,” he said. “The bottom line is that it was exciting for everyone.”

Schatz and Kaeding were fourth and fifth-place finishers.

Sides again took the pole (13.303 seconds) and finished ninth in the 30-lap feature.

After two races, Schatz leads in points with 153 followed by Saldana in second with 150 and Kinser third with 146.

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