Rolling Wheels Raceway, May 26 2008

Continuing my Open Wheel racing weekend, I went to Rolling Wheels Raceway on Monday night for a World of Outlaws Sprint Car race. I haven’t been to a World of Outlaws Sprint Car race in a long time. While I think the drivers are excellent and the cars are the fastest things on dirt, I have typically found the races unexciting. The reason being is the handicap system generally has the fastest cars starting up front, thus there is not much passing. This night proved to follow this mantra and Steve Kinser won leading every lap after starting on the outside of the front row. He pretty much dominated although in the middle of the race Shane Stewart (who started on the pole) and at the end of the race Jason Meyers closed to within 10 or 15 car lengths. However, this was probably more because Kinser was not taking unnecessary chances in traffic during the 25 lap non-stop race. Because of the lack of cautions we did get to see some of Kinser’s driving skill getting through lap traffic. I’m not a big fan of Steve Kinser, but there is no denying there has been no better winged sprint car driver over the last 25 or so years.

Also on the card was the DIRT Sportsman Modified tour. While the Sportman are obviously slower then the full-blown big block modifieds, they still got around the 5/8th mile track really well. I was impressed with the 52 sportsman that showed up and how clean they raced (very few yellows even though there was close racing). The feature was really good, with the #66 of Dan Wiesner taking the victory. Wesiner started in the 10;th spot. I was surprised how many Canadians were racing – in fact in one of the three consolations races, the top four starters where all from the same city in Ontario (St.Catharine’s). In fact, I think a total of 8 drivers were from St. Catharine’s. The race was real good and while I probably won’t drive a long distance to see the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified tour, I would definitely go see them again, especially if they normally put on a race as good as this one!

Kudos should also go to the track management. The track was in great shape, the races starting on time, and they din;’t drag out the show. I stayed until the end of the races and was on the road by 10:15. A early finish is necessary when people have to work the next day. All-in-all, I was quite happy with the races at Rolling Wheels, although I would have loved to see what Steve Kinser could have done had he started 10’th were Wesiner did.

My 2008 race chasing stats following Rolling Wheels are:

Races: 10
Tracks: 9 (2 new)
States: 5 (0 new)