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Knoxville Nationals championship report

'KING' CLAIMS 10TH KNOXVILLE NATIONALS CHAMPIONSHIP By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (August 20) - Noah Webster defines the word "champion" as "any person receiving or winning first prize or place in...

'KING' CLAIMS 10TH KNOXVILLE NATIONALS CHAMPIONSHIP By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (August 20) - Noah Webster defines the word "champion" as "any person receiving or winning first prize or place in competition." Steve Kinser took the meaning of the word to a much higher level Saturday in the Knoxville Nationals' championship feature. "The King of the Outlaws" displayed incredible determination, turning the disappointment of losing the pole position into his 10th Nationals championship. Kinser believed he had earned the pole position by finishing second in the Vivarin Pole Position Scramble the night before. But he was disqualified from the race and demoted to the second row outside starting position when the muffler fell off the #11 Valvoline Maxim. "We'll still find a way to win," he said. It didn't take Kinser long to show just how determined he was to win his third straight Nationals title, passing Andy Hillenburg as flagman Doug Clark threw the green flag and taking second place from Sammy Swindell in the first corner. Jeff Swindell took the lead from the pole, and caught the backmarkers six laps into the 30-lap run for the $80,000 first prize. Kinser steered the #11 to the rim of the semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval to reel in Swindell within a lap after the leaders entered lapped traffic. He executed the winning pass as Swindell tried to lap Randy Hannagan on the back straightaway midway through the eighth lap, and slowed only when Jerry Richert, Jr.'s third-corner spin brought out the caution flag late in lap 11. Swindell kept the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim within five car-lengths of "The King of the Outlaws" for several laps, but was a half-straightaway behind by the race's midpoint. Gaining momentum with each passing lap, Kinser was a full straightaway ahead of Jeff two laps later. Danny Lasoski, the partisan, standing-room-only crowd's favorite, raced past Hillenburg for third place late in lap 15. At the same time, 1993 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year Greg Hodnett started challenging 1992 Rookie of the Year Aaron Berryhill for fifth place. Hodnett, who roared through the "C" and "B" Features to qualify for the main event, claimed fifth place during lap 20 and challenged Hillenburg for fourth during the final 10 laps. Kinser maintained his comfortable advantage, and took the checkered flag as Swindell raced into the third corner. "The one you just won is the sweetest; I can tell you that," Kinser said when asked if the latest was the most memorable of his 10 Nationals championships. "I went down to the bottom and didn't feel good early in the race. I felt pretty good in three and four. Finally, I said, 'Well, I'm just going to get up on the top of this thing.' I got in the high groove and started making some pretty good time in one and two. "Then we stayed high in three and four, and we reeled him (Jeff) in. About the time we caught him, we got into some traffic there and got on by." It was a miracle that Hillenburg could even start the main event. He knocked the "T" out of the Hooters billboard when he flipped high into the first-corner wall during the hot-lap session. After his crew worked frantically to repair the front end and replace both wings and the rear end, Andy received a standing ovation as he was pushed off for the "A" Feature. He finished in fourth place, his career-best at the Nationals. Sammy Swindell wasn't as fortunate. Ignition problems which plagued the #1 Bull & Hannah's Jenkins during hot laps came back to haunt the 1983 Nationals champion, forcing him into the pits late in the 13th lap. Hodnett's fifth-place finish was his fourth top-10 run in four World of Outlaws "A" Features at Knoxville Raceway this year. Rounding out the top 10 were Berryhill, Jac Haudenschild, Terry McCarl, Kenny Jacobs and Dave Blaney. In a replay of the 1992 Nationals, Haudenschild's engine exploded into flames as he crossed the finish line in seventh place. He quickly extinguished the fire by flipping the switch on his fuel shut-off valve. WoO 1994 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/COPENHAGEN-SKOAL SHOOTOUT 34th Annual Knoxville Nationals Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, IA Saturday, August 20, Feature Program #53 E Feature (10 laps): 1. Rich Bubak, 2. Bob Weuve, 3. Tony Edmonson, 4. Danny Smith, 5. Todd Taeger, 6. Rick Montgomery ($450); 7. Bob Thompson ($425); 8. Manny Rockhold ($400); 9. Mike Twedt ($375); 10. Larry Long ($350); 11. Dave Ekern ($325); 12. Terry Pletch ($300); 13. Mark Finnell ($295); 14. Chris Walraven ($290); 15. Kevin Frey ($285); 16. Chuck Swenson ($280); 17. Van Gurley, Jr. ($275); 18. Earnest Jennings ($270). DNS - Ricky Logan, Lee Nelson, Mike Chadd, Dennis Moore, Jr., Ryan Jamison. (first five qualified for the "D" Feature) Lap leaders: Chuck Swenson 1-4, Rich Bubak 5-10 D Feature (12 laps): 1. Troy Parsons, 2. Rod George, 3. Billy Bell, 4. Danny Smith ($1,300); 5. Butch Hanssen ($700); 6. Rich Bubak ($1,000); 7. Tony Edmonson ($900); 8. Todd Ribick ($475); 9. Doran Doty ($450); 10. Blake Robertson ($425); 11. Shawna Wilskey ($400); 12. Joey Saldana ($375); 13. Bob Weuve ($750); 14. Todd Taeger ($800); 15. Chris Ikard ($330); 16. Jim Melis ($295); 17. Kenny Hansen ($290); 18. Mike Hubert, Jr. ($285); 19. J.R. Topper ($280); 20. Rod Henderson ($275); 21. Dave Westercamp ($270); 22. Larry Neighbors ($270). (first four qualified for the "C" Feature) Joey Saldana 1-8, Troy Parsons 9-10, 12; Rod George 11 C Feature (15 laps): 1. Mike Peters, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. John Kearney ($1,300); 4. Tim Monson ($1,200); 5. Bobby Davis, Jr. ($1,100); 6. Terry Gray ($1,000); 7. Ed Lynch, Jr. ($900); 8. Brent Antill ($800); 9. Bob White ($750); 10. Billy Bell ($1,600); 11. Ray Lipsey ($650); 12. Troy Parsons ($1,225); 13. Shane Carson ($600); 14. Shane Stewart ($575); 15. Eric Rossi ($550); 16. Jeff Tuttle ($525); 17. Leonard Lee ($500); 18. Craig Dollansky ($475); 19. Gary Dewall ($450); 20. Mike Reinke ($425); 21. Rod George ($1,000). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) Lap leaders: Bobby Davis, Jr., 1-12, Mike Peters 13-15 B Feature (22 laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Frankie Kerr, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Fred Rahmer ($3,000); 6. Steve Kent ($2,500); 7. Tommie Estes Jr. ($2,000); 8. Max Dumesny ($1,750); 9. Brooke Tatnell ($1,500); 10. Mike Peters ($2,200); 11. Sid Blandford ($1,300); 12. Brian Schnee ($1,200); 13. Keith Kauffman ($1,100); 14. Greg DeCaires ($1,000); 15. Lance Blevins ($900); 16. Skip Jackson ($800); 17. Dale Blaney ($750); 18. Charlie Fisher ($700); 19. Gary Wright ($650); 20. Jim Carr ($600); 21. Randy Smith ($550); 22. Paul McMahan ($550). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Lap leader: Johnny Herrera 1-22 A Feature (30 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($80,000); 2. Jeff Swindell ($40,000); 3. Danny Lasoski ($25,000); 4. Andy Hillenburg ($20,000); 5. Greg Hodnett ($16,800); 6. Aaron Berryhill ($10,000); 7. Jac Haudenschild ($9,000); 8. Terry McCarl ($8,000); 9. Kenny Jacobs ($7,000); 10. Dave Blaney ($6,000); 11. Danny Young ($5,500); 12. Stevie Smith ($5,000); 13. Kevin Huntley ($4,500); 14. Mark Kinser ($5,250); 15. Johnny Herrera ($5,000); 16. Jaymie Moyle ($3,750); 17. Rickey Hood ($3,500); 18. Billy Pauch ($3,250); 19. Randy Hannagan ($3,000); 20. Jerry Richert, Jr. ($2,900); 21. Frankie Kerr ($3,800); 22. Joe Gaerte ($2,700); 23. Sammy Swindell ($2,600); 24. Steve Smith ($2,500). Lap leaders: Jeff Swindell 1-7, Steve Kinser 8-30 WoO *eof

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