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Mark Kinser Dominates Grandview Event By Richard Day BECHTELSVILLE, PA (August 5) - Mark Kinser continued his pursuit of the 1996 Skoal Outlaw Series championship Monday with a near-perfect performance before a...

Mark Kinser Dominates Grandview Event By Richard Day BECHTELSVILLE, PA (August 5) - Mark Kinser continued his pursuit of the 1996 Skoal Outlaw Series championship Monday with a near-perfect performance before a capacity crowd at Grandview Speedway. Kinser received his 29th EcoWater Quick-Time Award of the year for pacing the qualifying session, won the Vivarin Dash and led all 30 laps in the "A" Feature. Mark's 18th victory of the season extended his lead in the Skoal Outlaw Series point standings to 327 points over defending series champion Dave Blaney. Although a 14th-lap spin kept him out of the top 10 for only the 10th time this year, Andy Hillenburg made history by qualifying for his 300th straight "A" Feature. The last time Hillenburg and his #2 STP J&J failed to qualify for a World of Outlaws main event was May 29, 1992, at Williams Grove Speedway. Mark, the fastest qualifier in the 27-car field, came within .255 seconds of breaking the one-lap record cousin Steve Kinser set at Grandview on May 29th, circling the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval in 12.289-second qualifying run. The luck of the inversion pill draw allowed him to start the Vivarin Dash on the pole. He led all five laps in that race for the right to start the main event inside the front row. Mark burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature, only to have the start called back when Greg Hodnett, Joey Saldana and Todd Shaffer crashed in turn three. Only Saldana's #75 Mopar Maxim was able to restart the race, as Shaffer flipped and Hodnett's sprinter received extensive damage. Jeff Swindell dropped out as the race resumed when the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim suffered a broken nozzle line. Kinser drove the #5M Wirtgen Maxim into the lead again when the green flag replaced the red, and opened a six-car-length advantage within three laps. He entered lapped traffic two laps later, and was a full straightaway ahead of his closest pursuers by lap seven. Steve Kinser drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim past Jac Haudenschild for third place and Johnny Herrera passed Joe Gaerte for fifth as Mark continued to extend his comfort zone. Mark's large lead disintegrated late in the 14th lap when Hillenburg spun to a stop on the front straightaway. Two laps later, Bob Howard brought out the red flag when he flipped in the third corner. The race was temporarily halted again during lap 18 when Stevie Smith took the #71M EcoWater Systems Maxim for a spin in turn two. Mark steered the #5M to the rim while Sammy Swindell dropped into the low groove on the ensuing restart. At the same time, Haudenschild challenged "The King of the Outlaws" for third place. Finding Grandview's high groove to his liking, Mark put 10 car-lengths between himself and Sammy's #1 ChannelLock Gambler within three laps. He caught the backmarkers again with seven laps remaining. Although the plot was similar, Mark and Swindell switched the roles they played the night before at Hagerstown Speedway. As Kinser raced away, he was often held up by lapped traffic, allowing Sammy to narrow the gap. Swindell, a two-time World of Outlaws "A" Feature winner at Grandview, closed in during the 26th lap when Mark slowed behind a pack of backmarkers. A quick move around Len Thompson gave him some breathing room, but Sammy narrowed the gap again when Mark approached more lapped traffic. Sammy's charge was too little, too late, however, as Mark took the checkered flag with three car-lengths to spare. Rounding out the top 10 in the Skoal Outlaw Series' 46th event of the year were Steve Kinser, "The Wild Child," Herrera, Blaney, Gaerte, Smith, First Quaker State Heat Race winner Fred Rahmer and Paul McMahan. "The Buckeye Bullet," the victim of a blown engine in the dash, drove the #10 Vivarin J&J into the top 10 for the 40th time this season. Rahmer, who drove Al Hamilton's #77 Manheim Auto Auctions J&J past seven sprinters, received a $500 bonus for being the highest-finishing Pennsylvania racer. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, PA Monday, August 5, Feature Program #46 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 12.289; 2. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 12.450; 3. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 12.485; 5. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 12.580; 5. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 12.605; 6. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 12.630; 7. Paul McMahan, Roth 83, 12.636; 8. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 12.637; 9. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 12.755; 10. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 12.757; 11. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 12.859; 12. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 12.872; 13. Len Thompson, Thompson 10T, 12.895; 14. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 12.905; 15. Joey Saldana, Stanton 75, 12.967; 16. Fred Rahmer, Hamilton 77, 13.001; 17. Bill Brian, Jr., Brian 16, 13.069; 18. Randy Wolfe, Allebach 75W, 13.075; 19. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 13.093; 20. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 13.139; 21. Bob Howard, Howard 49, 13.455; 22. Cliff Brian, Brian 16C, 13.615; 23. Scott Cahill, Ford 85, 13.847; 24. Tracy Readinger, Readinger 2T, 14.063; 25. Garry Gollub, Gollub 54, 14.280; 26. Mike Kostic, Kostic 40, 14.314; 27. Tom Bear, Hagerty 79, 14.559. First Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Fred Rahmer, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Len Thompson, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Paul McMahan, 6. Jim Carr, 7. Todd Shaffer, 8. Scott Cahill ($10); 9. Mike Kostic. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Bill Brian, Jr., 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Lance Blevins, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Dave Blaney, 6. Sammy Swindell, 7. Greg Hodnett, 8. Tracy Readinger, 9. Tom Bear. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Randy Wolfe, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Joey Saldana, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Jeff Swindell, 7. Bob Howard, 8. Garry Gollub. DNS - Cliff Brian. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Johnny Herrera, 7. Paul McMahan, 8. Dave Blaney. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Todd Shaffer, 3. Bob Howard, 4. Tracy Readinger, 5. Garry Gollub, 6. Mike Kostic, 7. Tom Bear ($210). DNS - Cliff Brian, Scott Cahill. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($6,010); 2. Sammy Swindell ($3,510); 3. Steve Kinser ($2,510); 4. Jac Haudenschild ($2,210); 5. Johnny Herrera ($2,110); 6. Dave Blaney ($2,010); 7. Joe Gaerte ($1,610); 8. Stevie Smith ($1,510); 9. Fred Rahmer ($1,410); 10. Paul McMahan ($1,310); 11. Lance Blevins ($1,160); 12. Bill Brian, Jr. ($1,110); 13. Andy Hillenburg ($1,060); 14. Len Thompson ($1,010); 15. Tracy Readinger ($730); 16. Bob Howard ($530); 17. Randy Wolfe ($410); 18. Joey Saldana ($410); 19. Mike Kostic ($430); 20. Garry Gollub ($430); 21. Jeff Swindell ($410); 22. Todd Shaffer ($430); 23. Greg Hodnett ($430); 24. Jim Carr ($410). Lap leader: Mark Kinser 1-30 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams