SYDNEY, Australia — Kraig Kinser, Dale Blaney and Steve Kinser delivered a mortal blow to sprint car rivals in a thrilling finish to the 35-lap World Derby grand final at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway Saturday night.
It was a giant turnaround from last night’s preliminary feature race where superman Steve finished upside down after hitting an outside ledge of the fourth turn three laps from the end.
Track conditions tonight were testy with a slick track that turned like pavement, but the moment it took rubber the fine dust disappeared and the real race was on and how.
Australian Ian Madsen took the lead and had to fight off a determined Dale Blaney who got stronger by the lap.
Kraig Kinser gave up trying the inside line and went to the high side where he immediately gained ground.
Starting 16th in the 24 car field, was the 20-time World of Outlaws champion.
He was sensational to watch as the 58 year-old worked his magic in the traffic.
Steve ranged up on Max Dumesny and Ian Madsen who touched and Kinser split them in a flash.
Blaney succumbed to the constant pressure of Kraig who was in no mood to settle for second.
Once in front he drew away to win from Ohio’s Dale Blaney and his dad, the King of the sprint car set.
It was a great result for the Kinser clan, Bad Boy Buggies, Ohio’s Dale Blaney and Active Power Steering sponsor and car owner David Doherty.
“This is my first main event win in Australia and I’m really pleased to do it here at Valvoline Raceway,” Kraig confessed (as he proudly stood centre on the podium with Dale Blaney on his right and dad Steve on the left).
“I can’t say how good this feels for our team and with a little luck, we might get close to doing the same here on Wednesday night in the AGP,” he added.