Dodge Motorsports weekend preview 2002-03-08

PENNZOIL WORLD OF OUTLAWS Mark Kinser, driver of the No. 5M Mopar-Powered Maxim, will enter Friday's action at Hollywood Hills Speedway in San Felipe Pueblo, N.M., ranked second in the WoO Standings after the first three races. Steve Kinser...

PENNZOIL WORLD OF OUTLAWS

Mark Kinser, driver of the No. 5M Mopar-Powered Maxim, will enter Friday's action at Hollywood Hills Speedway in San Felipe Pueblo, N.M., ranked second in the WoO Standings after the first three races. Steve Kinser leads the way with 519 points, while Mark Kinser has 494.

Mark Kinser led from flag-to-flag last week at Las Vegas in a 25-lap preliminary race. He finished third in the Feature "A" event. Both Kinsers have three top five finishes in three starts this season.

"We've been notorious for our slow starts," Kinser said last week in Las Vegas. "Hopefully our win in the preliminary will get us rolling a little quicker this season. Momentum means a lot, and I think we've got some going right now."

Mark Kinser finished second in last year's World of Outlaw standings although he won the most races.

NASCAR WINSTON CUP SERIES

Sunday's 500-mile race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be the first major test for NASCAR's new one-engine rule this season. Bill Elliott, a five-time winner in 50 starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, will enter Sunday's fourth race of the season ranked sixth in the Series Standings.

Elliott has finished 11th, 11th and eighth in the first three races this season. He finished 16th and 14th at Atlanta last year.

"We have already been doing things a little different because of the one-engine rule, and I think you see it in a lot of teams," Elliott said. "They don't run as much as they have in the past (in practice because of the one-engine rule). Until we get a better feel of what this rule is all about, the last two races has not been a real test of this new rule.

"You've got a 500-mile race, it's a high rpm race track and that's going to really tell the tale if a motor and its components are going to live.

"I just drive and let those guys worry about their own stuff. If they say, 'OK, you've run too much,' then I quit. Mike Ford (crew chief) and I establish what we want to try to change and get ready to start the race.

"In this business, whatever curve NASCAR throws at us, we're going to have to respond to it and figure out how to do it. There isn't any rule change that doesn't cost some money. You're trying to figure out how to get all the power you can out of a motor, then you've got to get durability out of it, also."

Elliott's older brother, Ernie Elliott, builds motors for the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Dodge teams. Bill Elliott tipped his hat to his older brother's engine-building expertise.

"When my brother Ernie is focused, I think there's none better in the motor department," Bill Elliott said. "He has a deal where he can just focus on his motors. That's been very good for him. He's in a very good position. He's got a good guy, Tony (Santanicola), up there in Charlotte. With where he's at and what he can do, I'm very happy for him."

Here is the weekend lineup for Dodge- and Mopar-backed cars and trucks:

* Friday, March 8 - NASCAR Winston Cup MBNA America 500 Qualifying, 3:05 p.m. EST. TV-FX tape delayed 8 p.m., Live radio, PRN.

* Saturday, March 9 - MBNA America 500 Happy Hour 11:15-noon eastern. TV-FX.

* Saturday, March 9-10, - Pennzoil World of Outlaws at Hollywood Hills Speedway in San Felipe Pueblo, NM. Radio broadcast on SCN Radio begins at 10:00 p.m. EST Saturday and Sunday. Broadcast can be heard via internet at http://www.sprintcarnet.com

*       Sunday, March 10 - NASCAR Winston Cup Series MBNA America
500.  FOX pre-race 12:30 p.m., live at 1 p.m.  PRN radio, live 1 p.m.

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Series NASCAR , World of Outlaws
Drivers Bill Elliott , Mark Kinser , Steve Kinser , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates