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Mark Kinser Wins Third Annual STP Classic By Richard Day SIOUX FALLS, SD (July 3) - Mark Kinser passed polesitter Joey Saldana early in the second lap and led the remaining 29 to win the Third Annual STP...

Mark Kinser Wins Third Annual STP Classic By Richard Day SIOUX FALLS, SD (July 3) - Mark Kinser passed polesitter Joey Saldana early in the second lap and led the remaining 29 to win the Third Annual STP Classic Wednesday before a record crowd at Huset's Speedway. Kinser, who also won the Inaugural STP Classic two years ago, increased his advantage in the Skoal Outlaw Series points race to 142 points over Dave Blaney. The $6,000 victory was Mark's 12th this season - his second in four days. Blaney, the defending STP Classic and World of Outlaws champion, finished second for the ninth time this season. He was also the runner-up in Saturday's Eagle Nationals finale. Mark opened the festivities by breaking Husets' one-lap record. His 10.865-second qualifying run around the high-banked, 3/8-mile oval chopped .244 seconds off the standard Andy Hillenburg set on August 21, 1992. After receiving his 19th EcoWater Quick-Time Award of the year, Kinser put himself at the rear of the Vivarin Dash field by picking the #6 inversion pill. Mark was unaffected by the luck of the draw, however, racing into third place in the seven-lap race for the right to start the "A" Feature inside the second row. Sammy Swindell was leading the Vivarin Dash with the checkered flag in sight when his #1 ChannnelLock Gambler hooked the cushion in turn four and flipped. Saldana, a candidate for 1996 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year honors, restarted at the front of the eight-car field and raced to victory. Saldana burst into the lead when the green flag fell in the main event. Kinser was on the move as well, passing Blaney high in the fourth corner late in the opening lap and racing around Saldana for first place in turn two several seconds later. "The Buckeye Bullet" steered the #10 Vivarin J&J deep into the second corner to take over second place the next time around. Although he chased Mark for the final 28 laps, he was never able to catch him. Jeff Swindell, who fell behind Steve Kinser during the first lap, passed "The King of the Outlaws" early in lap four and drove the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim past Saldana for third place the next time around. Kinser caught the backmarkers during the sixth lap, and increased his advantage as Jeff challenged Blaney for the runner- up spot. Hillenburg made it a three-car battle for second place when he caught Jeff and "The Buckeye Bullet" in lapped traffic early in lap nine. Andy blew into second place within two laps, steering his #2 STP J&J high into the second corner to pass Swindell early in the 10th lap and Blaney the next time around. Mark was a half-straightaway ahead of Hillenburg when a collision caused Steve Kinser to turn over on the back stretch. Although his crew allowed him to restart the race by quickly replacing the top wing on the #11 Quaker State Maxim, the crash knocked "The King of the Outlaws" out of fifth place. Mark raced away from the field as the green flag replaced the red, and was six car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers when he entered lapped traffic again during lap 17. Hillenburg and Blaney narrowed the gap when the leader slowed behind a pack of backmarkers two laps later. Kinser broke out of lapped traffic and was a full straightaway ahead when Blaney passed Hillenburg for the runner- up spot with eight laps remaining. A front-straightaway collision with cousin Lance Blevins knocked Hillenburg out of third place four laps later, however. After his crew quickly changed a radius rod, Andy restarted the race at the rear of the field and raced back into 10th place during the final four laps. Mark got the jump on Blaney as the race resumed, and took the checkered flag with "The Buckeye Bullet" racing through turn three. Jeff Swindell finished in third place, ahead of 14th- starting Johnny Herrera, Sammy Swindell, Saldana, Jac Haudenschild, Quaker State Heat Race winners Joe Gaerte and Stevie Smith and Hillenburg. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Third Annual STP Classic Huset's Speedway, Sioux Falls, SD Wednesday, July 3, Feature Program #32 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 10.865 (new one- lap record); 2. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 18.968; 3. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 11.028; 4. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 11.053; 5. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 11.141; 6. Joey Saldana, Stanton 75, 11.166; 7. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 11.218; 8. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 11.255; 9. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 11.262; 10. Terry McCarl, Gray 51, 11.285; 11. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 11.290; 12. Steve Beitler, Beitler 21B, 11.370; 13. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 11.383; 14. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 11.392; 15. Danny Lasoski, Forbrook 5, 11.397; 16. Chad Mellenberndt, Mellenberndt 97, 11.486; 17. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 11.415; 18. Larry Pinegar, J&J Racing 55, 11.491; 19. Travis Cram, Cram 92, 11.493; 20. Marlon Jones, Oswalt 1J, 11.500; 21. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 11.559; 22. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 11.560; 23. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11A, 11.610; 24. Terry Reilly, Julius 69B, 11.620; 25. Chad Radel, Radel 27, 11.647; 26. Randy Nygaard, Nygaard 63, 11.718; 27. Vance Peterson, Peterson 80, 11.750; 28. Matt Wasmund, Wasmund 4W, 11.810; 29. Dave Ekern, Ekern 11E, 11.829; 30. Todd Wessels, Howe 28W, 11.891; 31. Steve Ballenger, Ballenger 1KW, 11.952; 32. Gerald Cressman, Cressman 56, 11.965; 33. Chuck Swenson, Swenson X, 12.210; 34. John Lambertz, Lambertz 12L, 12.817; 35. Pat Bourke, B&B Excavating 27B, no time. First Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Lance Blevins, 5. Donny Schatz, 6. Jac Haudenschild, 7. Chad Radel, 8. Dave Ekern. 9. Chuck Swenson. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Larry Pinegar, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Dave Blaney, 4. Joey Saldana, 5. Randy Nygaard, 6. Todd Wessels, 7. Terry McCarl, 8. John Lambertz, 9. Brian Paulus. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Dion Hindi, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Jim Carr, 5. Travis Cram, 6. Pat Bourke, 7. Steve Ballenger, 8. Danny Lasoski, 9. Vance Peterson. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Terry Reilly, 2. Steve Beitler, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Marlon Jones, 6. Chad Mellenberndt, 7. Gerald Cressman, 8. Matt Wasmund. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (seven laps): 1. Joey Saldana, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Andy Hillenburg, 7. Jim Carr, 8. Sammy Swindell (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Terry McCarl, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Chad Radel, 5. Todd Wessels ($210); 6. Brian Paulus ($185); 7. Dave Ekern ($160); 8. Vance Peterson ($110); 9. Chad Mellenberndt ($100); 10. Chuck Swenson ($90); 11. Matt Wasmund ($70), 12. Gerald Cressman ($60); 13. Steve Ballenger ($60); 14. Pat Bourke ($60); 15. John Lambertz ($60). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($6,010); 2. Dave Blaney ($3,510); 3. Jeff Swindell ($2,510); 4. Johnny Herrera ($2,210); 5. Sammy Swindell ($2,110); 6. Joey Saldana ($2,010); 7. Jac Haudenschild ($1,630); 8. Joe Gaerte ($1,510); 9. Stevie Smith ($1,410); 10. Andy Hillenburg ($1,310); 11. Terry McCarl ($1,180); 12. Danny Lasoski ($1,130); 13. Steve Beitler ($1,060); 14. Marlon Jones ($1,010); 15. Steve Kinser ($710); 16. Donny Schatz ($510); 17. Travis Cram ($410); Chad Radel ($430); 19. Larry Pinegar ($410); 20. Dion Hindi ($410); 21. Terry Reilly ($410); 22. Lance Blevins ($410); 23. Randy Nygaard ($410); 24. Jim Carr ($410). Lap leaders: Joey Saldana 1, Mark Kinser 2-30 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Brian Paulus , Joey Saldana , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell