Beaver Dam report 97-05-04

Mark Kinser Wins Beaver Dam Race From Fifth Row By Richard Day BEAVER DAM, WI (May 4) - Last year, 42 quick-times and 33 Vivarin Dash victories helped Mark Kinser win 27 main events, nine Preliminary Features and the...

Mark Kinser Wins Beaver Dam Race From Fifth Row By Richard Day BEAVER DAM, WI (May 4) - Last year, 42 quick-times and 33 Vivarin Dash victories helped Mark Kinser win 27 main events, nine Preliminary Features and the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series championship. Although the tougher competition on the 1997 World of Outlaws' tour has kept Kinser from starting up front as often, he's still tied for the series lead in "A" Feature victories. Two weeks after winning a main event at State Fair Raceway from inside the fourth row, Mark passed 10 cars at Beaver Dam Raceway Sunday on his way to his fifth victory of the season. "When you're starting that far back, it doesn't make a difference whether you're going to stay there or go backward," Mark's father, car owner and crew chief, Karl Kinser, said. "We snuck up on them a little bit. We ran a little wider left rear tire and she took us all the way to the front." Dave Blaney, winner of the Channellock Fast-Time Award and the Vivarin Dash, started the 30-lap main event on the pole and burst into the lead as the green flag fell. Steve Kinser, who started behind Blaney, took over the runner-up spot with a fourth-corner pass of outside polesitter Joey Saldana late in the opening lap. After a second-corner collision involving Gib Wiser and Andy Hillenburg brought out the caution flag, Steve took the low line through turn four to pass "The Buckeye Bullet" for the lead. Mark steered the #5M Wirtgen Maxim into the high groove and passed six cars during the first two laps. As Mark passed Jim Melis to take over third place, 18th- starting Sammy Swindell blew into sixth. Mark caught the leaders as they entered lapped traffic during the fifth lap. Mark chased the leaders for five laps before cousin Steve took his #11 Quaker State Maxim for a spin between turns three and four. Although Steve kept his engine from stalling and the caution flag from being thrown, 10 cars passed him. Mark caught Blaney late in the 10th lap, and took the lead with a high move through the first and second corners seconds later. Mechanical problems caused Saldana to stop on the back stretch midway through lap 12, and out came the caution flag. As the green flag replaced the yellow, "The Buckeye Bullet" threaded his #10 Vivarin J&J between Mark and the berm in turns three and four to regain the lead. Two laps later, a collision involving former World of Outlaws Rookies of the Year Joe Gaerte and Johnny Herrera sent Gaerte into the front-straightaway retaining wall and brought out the red flag. Swindell threatened to drive his #1 Channellock Gambler past both Mark and Blaney for the lead as the race resumed, but was unable to surge ahead. He followed them back into lapped traffic four laps later. Stevie Smith finished fifth in the "B" Feature, but started at the rear of the main event courtesy of Fourth Heat Race winner Paul McMahan's mechanical problems. He drove his #19 sprinter past 19 cars during the first half of the race. The battle for the lead heightened again with 10 laps remaining. Mark caught Blaney in the first corner and they raced wheel-to-wheel through turn two and down the back straightaway. Mark surged ahead in turn three, and "The Buckeye Bullet" managed to stay ahead of Swindell. Hillenburg brought out the caution flag again early in lap 23 when he allowed his #2 STP J&J to hit the retaining wall in the first corner. The leaders caught the backmarkers with five laps remaining, and Greg Hodnett steered the #11H Selma Shell Maxim deep into turn three to pass Swindell for third place the next time around. Third Heat Race winner Craig Dollansky passed 14 cars and was running sixth when he spun in turn one with 1 1/2 laps remaining. Two lapped cars restarting between him and Blaney gave Mark plenty of cushion, and he cruised to a 12 car-length victory. "Starting that far back, we didn't have anything to lose," Mark told the standing-room-only crowd from victory lane. "I got to running good up top. But when Dave went back around me, I went back to the bottom. "About the only thing I can say is, I have a great crew. The car felt really good in traffic, and it's been proven by me and others that this is a fast car." Swindell's fourth-place finish pushed him to within one point of the lead in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' driver standings. Smith finished fifth, ahead of points leader Steve Kinser, 19th-starting Jac Haudenschild, Kelly Kinser, Donny Goeden and Garry Brazier. The World of Outlaws' fire-breathing, mud-slinging sprint car racing teams have a three-day weekend looming ahead, with single- program events scheduled for the Terre Haute Action Track Friday, Tri-City Speedway Saturday and Tri-State Speedway Sunday. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Beaver Dam Raceway, Beaver Dam, WI Sunday, May 4, Feature Program #14 Qualifications: 1. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 12.818; 2. Joey Saldana, Gray 51, 13.084; 3. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 13.203; 4. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 13.221; 5. Gib Wiser, Wiser 55, 13.269; 6. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.304; 7. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 13.318; 8. Kelly Kinser, Kinser 4K, 13.353; 9. Kim Mock, Mock 1M, 13.353; 10. Jim Melis, M&M Motorsports 51M, 13.435; 11. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 13.435; 12. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 13.454; 13. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 13.454; 14. Todd Dawn, Dawn 19T, 13.470; 15. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 13.519; 16. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 13.603; 17. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 13.684; 18. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 13.704; 19. Donny Goeden, Goeden 27G, 13.737; 20. Paul McMahan, Roth 83, 13.740; 21. Scott Young, Young 1Y, 13.773; 22. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 13.858; 23. Craig Dollansky, Lindsey 2D, 13.888; 24. Glenn Martin, Martin 5MX, 13.902; 25. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 13.919; 26. Dale Peterson, Peterson 5P, 14.008; 27. Garry Brazier, Stanton 75, 14.055; 28. Mike Stefka, Stefka 35S, 14.088; 29. Raymond Hensley, Hensley 70, 14.174; 30. Donnie Beechler, Derean 50, 14.221; 31. Scott Grissom, Grissom 54, 14.257; 32. Bob Walden, Walden 78, 14.374; 33. Joe Roe, Roe 61, 14.375; 34. John Tierney, Schmidt 7N, 14.436; 35. Ken Ratchford, Ratchford 5K, 14.437; 36. Mike Frost, Frost 88, 14.509; 37. Todd Hepfner, Hepfner 28H, 14.575; 38. Dave Hanna, Miller 8H, 14.575; 39. Terry Chesak, Chesak 29, 14.609; 40. Steve Meyer, Meyer 85M, 14.822; 41. Troy Hepfner, Hastings 82, 14.992; 42. Craig McKinney, McKinney 63, 15.079; 43. Lloyd Dykstra, Dykstra 90, 15.110; 44. Alan Schmidt, Schmidt 25S, 15.160; 45. Frank Firari, Firari 27, 15.214; 46. Paul Anderson, Anderson 24, 15.343; 47. Mike Dubs, Dubs 79, 15.374; 48. Dan Dittrich, Dittrich 4D, 15.396; 49. Bob Robel, Robel 3R, 15.543; 50. Fred Ebler, Ebler 64, 15.613; 51. Allen Winker, Winker 10W, 15.681; 52. Don Selje, Selje 28, 15.846; 53. Jon Trudeau, Trudeau 23, 16.143; 54. John Heani, King 21J, 16.985; 55. Andy Glewen, Glewen 8, 17.488; 56. Ron Guenther, Guenther 34, 18.245; 57. Scotty Neitzel, Lamansky 66, no time; 58. Chris Wiser, Wiser 16, no time. First Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Scott Young, 4. Kim Mock, 5. Jeff Swindell, 6. Todd Hepfner, 7. Joe Roe, 8. Troy Hepfner, 9. Gib Wiser, 10. Raymond Hensley, 11. Frank Firari, 12. Johnny Herrera. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Jim Melis, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Joey Saldana, 6. John Tierney, 7. Todd Dawn, 8. Donnie Beechler, 9. Craig McKinney, 10. Dale Peterson, 11. Dave Hanna, 12. Paul Anderson. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Craig Dollansky, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Donny Schatz, 5. Donny Goeden, 6. Stevie Smith, 7. Terry Chesak, 8. Garry Brazier, 9. Ken Ratchford, 10. Mike Dubs, 11. Scott Grissom, 12. Lloyd Dykstra. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Paul McMahan ($200); 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Kelly Kinser, 4. Greg Hodnett, 5. Glenn Martin, 6. Dion Hindi, 7. Mike Frost, 8. Alan Schmidt, 9. Steve Meyer, 10. Dan Dittrich, 11. Mike Stefka, 12. Bob Walden. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (seven laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Joey Saldana, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Greg Hodnett, 5. Kelly Kinser, 6. Danny Lasoski, 7. Jim Melis, 8. Kim Mock. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) Last-Chance Race (eight laps): 1. Allen Winker, 2. Bob Robel, 3. John Heani, 4. Jon Trudeau, 5. Fred Ebler, 6. Andy Glewen, 7. Don Selje, 9. Scott Neitzel, 10. Chris Wiser. (first four qualified for the "C" Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Terry Chesak, 2. Steve Meyer, 3. Troy Hepfner ($125); 4. Craig McKinney ($100); 5. Alan Schmidt ($80); 6. Mike Dubs ($70); 7. Allen Winker ($60); 8. John Heani ($50); 9. Bob Robel ($40); 10. Jon Trudeau ($35); 11. Frank Firari ($30); 12. Lloyd Dykstra ($30); 13. Paul Anderson ($30); 14. Dan Dittrich ($30). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Dion Hindi, 2. Gib Wiser, 3. Garry Brazier, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Mike Frost ($180); 7. John Tierney ($150); 8. Donnie Beechler ($110); 10. Steve Meyer ($110); 11. Terry Chesak ($100); 12. Todd Hepfner ($60); 13. Bob Walden ($50); 14. Raymond Hensley ($50); 15. Ken Ratchford ($50); 16. Todd Dawn ($50); 17. Dale Peterson ($50); 18. Mike Stefka ($50); 19. Scott Grissom ($50); 20. Joe Roe ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($7,000); 2. Dave Blaney ($4,000); 3. Greg Hodnett ($3,000); 4. Sammy Swindell ($2,500); 5. Stevie Smith ($2,320); 6. Steve Kinser ($2,200); 7. Jac Haudenschild ($2,100); 8. Kelly Kinser ($2,000); 9. Donny Goeden ($1,700); 10. Garry Brazier ($1,620); 11. Danny Lasoski ($1,200); 12. Donny Schatz ($1,150); 13. Kim Mock ($1,100); 14. Jeff Swindell ($1,050); 15. Jim Melis ($1,000); 16. Andy Hillenburg ($700); 17. Craig Dollansky ($600); 18. Scott Young ($500); 19. Gib Wiser ($520); 20. Dion Hindi ($520); 21. Glenn Martin ($500); 22. Joe Gaerte ($500); 23. Joey Saldana ($500); 24. Johnny Herrera ($520). DNS - Paul McMahan; replaced by Stevie Smith Lap leaders: Dave Blaney 1, 9-10, 12-20; Steve Kinser 2-8, Mark Kinser 11, 21-30 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Dave Blaney WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Donnie Beechler , Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Dave Blaney , Alan Schmidt , Scott Young , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell