Steve Kinser Defends Eagle Nationals Championship By Richard Day EAGLE, NE (June 26) - In his 21 1/2 years of racing with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series, Steve Kinser has won races in every ...
Steve Kinser Defends Eagle Nationals Championship By Richard Day EAGLE, NE (June 26) - In his 21 1/2 years of racing with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series, Steve Kinser has won races in every way imaginable. He has led every lap from the pole, won from the middle of the pack and pulled off last-lap passes on his way to 430 career "A" Feature victories. Few have come his way like Saturday's Eagle Nationals championship feature, however. Mark Kinser led the first 30 laps, only to spin and collide with Jeff Swindell. Channellock Dash winner Tyler Walker inherited the lead, but an engine problem kept him from continuing, giving "The King of the Outlaws" first place. Kinser led the final 10 laps to successfully defend his Eagle Nationals title. "We put on a tire that was too hard, and we were just trying to ride it out," Steve admitted, "and darned if they didn't just set it in our lap. I don't think I would have had anything for Tyler. Our tire was sealed over. Last year we came here and passed everybody, and this year we got pretty lucky. I've lost a bunch of races that way too, so I guess it evens out in the end." The $10,000 victory was Kinser's sixth of the season - as many as he had all last year. He has won eight of the 16 Eagle Nationals championships. He closed to within 26 points of Danny Lasoski in their battle for second place in the point standings. Kinser started the "A" Feature outside the second row after following Walker, cousin Mark and Jac Haudenschild across the finish line in the Channellock Dash. Mark, the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader, drove the #5M Mopar Maxim around Walker in turn four to take the lead as the green flag fell in the main event. He was .43 seconds ahead of Walker when he entered lapped traffic three laps into the race. Two-time Eagle Nationals champion Sammy Swindell battled Steve for five laps before taking the low line through the first corner to pass him for third place early in lap 12. Mark opened a four-second lead over Walker during the 18th lap. He lost his comfortable advantage three laps later when Shane Stewart spun on the front straightaway, bringing out the caution flag. "The King of the Outlaws" regained third place with a turn-two pass of Swindell as the race resumed. Mark controlled the restart and opened a 4.1-second lead within four laps. Walker drove his family's #35 Air Sep Maxim to within three seconds of Mark within a lap, and was 1.3 seconds behind by lap 28. Mark spun in the second corner and collided with Jeff Swindell when he tried to keep the #5M from stopping, giving the lead to Walker. The #5M was damaged, but Mark restarted and finished 16th. A magneto malfunction caused Walker's engine to stop as the field lined up for the restart, giving Kinser first place. Swindell's #1 Channellock Stealth had a flat left front tire, but chose to continue racing on it rather than surrender second place. Haudenschild made a run at Swindell in turn one as the race resumed, but was unable to surge ahead. He tried again five laps later, and was less than half a car-length behind as they crossed the finish line. Kinser took the checkered flag with 5.5 seconds to spare. "We still need to get a lot faster if we're going to have any shot at it (the championship)," the defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion said. "Right now, we still have a bunch of work to do ... but I'll take a good payday any way I can get it." Lasoski finished fourth, ahead of Tim Shaffer, Stevie Smith, 13th- starting Andy Hillenburg, First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race winner Kasey Kahne, Donny Schatz and Johnny Herrera. Schatz received his second Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the season for pacing the qualifying session with an 11.891-second, 100.917 m.p.h., lap around Craig Cormack's high-banked, 1/3-mile oval. Bill Robertson won the "B" Feature, then passed six cars to finish 16th in the main event. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will sanction the Fourth Annual Iowa Ethanol Classic at Knoxville Raceway Friday and Saturday.
1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series 16th Annual Eagle Nationals, Eagle Raceway, Eagle, NE Saturday, June 26, Feature Program #33 Vivarin qualifications: 1. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 11.891; 2. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 11.953; 3. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 11.956; 4. Johnny Herrera, DOCC Motorsports 1BK, 11.963; 5. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 12.030; 6. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 12.068; 7. Kasey Kahne, Holbrook 8H, 12.101; 8. Craig Dollansky, Dollansky 7, 12.111; 9. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 12.140; 10. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 12.175; 11. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 12.198; 12. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 12.334; 13. Daryn Pittman, Sonner 47, 12.348; 14. Travis Whitney, Whitney 7S, 12.399; 15. Kevin Gobrecht, Hylton/Blaney 93, 12.413; 16. Jim Carter, Rudeen 14, 12.541; 17. Gerald Cressman, Cressman 56, 12.614; 18. Shane Stewart, Stewart 9S, 12.649; 19. Bill Robertson, Eckley 16, 12.673; 20. Jason Wendt, M&C Motorsports 16W, 13.029; 21. J.R. Topper, Topper 92J, 13.041; 22. Gregg Bakker, Bakker 11x, 13.137; 23. Butch Bahr, Bahr 25, 13.446; 24. Dan Oswalt, Oswalt D1, 13.529; 25. Eddie Lynch, Lynch 29, 13.916; 26. Kevin Hulse, Mid Plain Power 15x, 14.176; 27. Scott Robertson, Robertson 91, 14.979; 28. Mallory Armfield, Armfield 5MA, 15.006; 29. Brad Myers, Myers 3M, 19.186. First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Kasey Kahne, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Lance Blevins, 5. Daryn Pittman, 6. Gregg Bakker, 7. Mallory Armfield, 8. Jim Carter, 9. Bill Robertson, 10. Eddie Lynch. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Craig Dollansky, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Tim Shaffer, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Travis Whitney, 6. Jason Wendt, 7. Kevin Hulse, 8. Butch Bahr, 9. Brad Myers, 10. Gerald Cressman. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Brooke Tatnell, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Kevin Gobrecht, 6. Dan Oswalt, 7. J.R. Topper, 8. Scott Robertson, 9. Shane Stewart. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Mark Kinser, Tyler Walker, Steve Kinser and Jac Haudenschild for the first four starting positions in the Channellock Dash. Channellock Dash (seven laps): 1. Tyler Walker, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Donny Schatz, 6. Sammy Swindell. (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Bill Robertson, 2. Shane Stewart, 3. Jim Carter, 4. J.R. Topper, 5. Gregg Bakker, 6. Dan Oswalt ($200); 7. Eddie Lynch ($175); 8. Kevin Hulse ($150); 9. Jason Wendt ($100); 10. Butch Bahr ($90); 11. Mallory Armfield ($80); 12. Brad Myers ($60); 13. Scott Robertson ($50); 14. Gerald Cressman ($50). (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (40 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($10,000); 2. Sammy Swindell ($6,000); 3. Jac Haudenschild ($3,500); 4. Danny Lasoski ($3,200); 5. Tim Shaffer ($3,000); 6. Stevie Smith ($2,500); 7. Andy Hillenburg ($2,300); 8. Kasey Kahne ($2,200); 9. Donny Schatz ($2,100); 10. Johnny Herrera ($2,050); 11. Brooke Tatnell ($2,000); 12. Craig Dollansky ($1,600); 13. Jeff Swindell ($1,500); 14. Daryn Pittman ($1,200); 15. Lance Blevins ($1,100); 16. Mark Kinser ($1,000); 17. Jim Carter ($920); 18. Gregg Bakker ($720); 19. Bill Robertson ($720); 20. Tyler Walker ($700); 21. Travis Whitney ($700); 22. Shane Stewart ($720); 23. Kevin Gobrecht ($700); 24. J.R. Topper ($720). Lap leaders: Mark Kinser 1-30, Steve Kinser 31-40 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Donny Schatz WoO