MCCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. — Steve Kinser has returned to victory lane, bringing cheers from the crowd as the 20-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion climbed from his car at the end of the 30-lap feature at Junction Motor Speedway on Tuesday night.
Kerry Madsen, who started on the pole, tightened the battle for the lead toward the end of the feature, even leading lap 28. Madsen lost the lead on the next lap and settled for second. Donny Schatz, who is coming off his seventh FVP Knoxville Nationals title, rounded out the podium.
Justin Henderson had a strong run early in the race, running second early and giving up third to Schatz late to finish fourth while Kings Royal winner Brad Sweet finished out the top five. Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing teammate and World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship leader Daryn Pittman missed the top five by just one spot.
Kinser dominated much of the feature in his Bad Boy Buggies Maxim until around lap 20 when Aussie Madsen ran him down after Kinser struggled on the exit of turn four on a couple of occasions. As Kinser struggled to weave around lap cars, Madsen drew nearer by nearly throwing his car onto the bottom of one and two and willing the car to stick. On lap 25 Madsen passed Kinser for the first time, but Kinser stuck with him and won the drag race on the backstretch.