Kinser Tightens Points Race at Farmer City By Richard Day FARMER CITY, IL (July 11) -- Mark Kinser has had nightmares about the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' first visit to Farmer City Raceway for more than a year. The series' two-time ...
Kinser Tightens Points Race at Farmer City
By Richard Day
FARMER CITY, IL (July 11) -- Mark Kinser has had nightmares about the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' first visit to Farmer City Raceway for more than a year.
The series' two-time champion was leading the Second CHANNELLOCK Dash at Farmer City on June 13, 2000, when he spun in the turn four on the final lap. Instead of claiming the outside pole position and challenging first-time winner Dale Blaney for the lead in the "A" Feature, Kinser started inside the eighth row and finished in 11th place.
Kinser made amends for the mishap Wednesday when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series returned to Farmer City Raceway, dominating the event originally scheduled for June 4th. After qualifying ninth- quick in the 31-car field, Mark won every race he entered -- the Third O'Reilly Heat Race, the CHANNELLOCK Dash and the "A" Feature.
"I let my crew down here last year, and they didn't let me forget it," Kinser said. "My dad (17-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion car owner Karl Kinser) is at home right now building some spare parts. The long haul starts right now and we're ready."
Kinser's 11th victory of the season pushed him to within three points of Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series leader Danny Lasoski. Mark and "The Dude" have exchanged the points lead eight times this year.
Kinser, who won series championships in 1996 and 1999, drove the #5M Mopar Maxim into the lead as the green flag fell in the 32nd main event of the season. Fast-qualifier Danny Wood spun in turn two and collided with Stevie Smith who flipped, however, bringing out the red flag. Tim Shaffer, who also spun, restarted at the back of the pack with Wood and Smith.
Outside pole-sitter Craig Dollansky raced wheel-to-wheel with Kinser through most of the first lap before taking the lead in the fourth corner.
Jeff Shepard, who started outside the fourth row, passed Lasoski and Randy Hannagan on the restart, then took fifth place with a high move around Paul McMahan in turn four late in lap two.
The leaders had just entered lapped traffic six laps later when Kinser passed the defending World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion for first place in the low groove between the third and fourth corners.
"Craig didn't surprise me there at the start; he passes me every day," Mark said. "Running second let me play around with the groove a little more, and I was able to find the rubber before he did."
Jason Meyers, who drove DOCC Motorsports' #20 Eagle Raceway Eagle past seven cars in the CHANNELLOCK Dash, caught the leaders in dense lapped traffic midway through the race. The 2000 World of Outlaws Gumout Series Rookie of the Year used an inside move in turn four to pass Dollansky for second place late in the 16th lap.
Randy Hannagan rode the rim around Lasoski in the second corner to take over fourth place two laps later.
Meyers lost the runner-up spot with 3 1/3 laps remaining in the race, stopping in turn three with a flat right rear tire.
Kinser raced away from the field as the race resumed and was eight car-lengths ahead of Dollansky when he caught the back-markers with 1 1/2 laps remaining. Kinser took the checkered flag with nine car- lengths to spare.
Hannagan held off "The Dude" for third place. Shepard finished fifth, ahead of McMahan, Brad Furr, 17th-starting Steve Kinser, Andy Hillenburg and Donny Schatz.
McMahan's sixth-place finish pushed him ahead of Smith into ninth place in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series driver standings.
Wood paced the qualifying session for the second time this season, driving Sher-Don Motorsports' #21W Pepsi Avenger around the high- banked, 1/4-mile oval in 10.700 seconds, an average speed of 84.112 m.p.h.
Johnny Herrera won the "B" Feature and raced into 14th place from outside the ninth row.