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'KING OF THE OUTLAWS' WINS VALVOLINE CLASSIC OPENER By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (June 24) - Valvoline scored a double victory Friday at Knoxville Raceway. Steve Kinser drove the ...

'KING OF THE OUTLAWS' WINS VALVOLINE CLASSIC OPENER By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (June 24) - Valvoline scored a double victory Friday at Knoxville Raceway. Steve Kinser drove the #11 Valvoline Maxim to victory in the Preliminary Feature, while the Third Annual Valvoline Classic's opening- night festivities were completed despite threatening weather. Kinser, who won both 25-lap feature races in the inaugural Valvoline Classic in 1992, opened the preliminary program by earning his fourth Ecowater Fast-Time Award of the year. He rounded the semi-banked, half-mile oval at an average speed of 111.746 m.p.h. Then he awarded himself the pole position in the Vivarin Dash by picking the #0 inversion pill. Jeff Swindell earned the right to start the 20-lap feature on the pole by beating Kinser across the finish line in the five-lap dash. Johnny Herrera, Jeff Shepard, Joe Gaerte and Danny Lasoski received the final four positions in the Vivarin Dash when Jac Haudenschild, Stevie Smith, Mark Kinser and Skip Jackson failed to qualify for the feature in their Snap-on Tools Heat Races. "The King of the Outlaws" and Swindell raced wheel-to-wheel down the front straightaway immediately after the green flag fell in the Preliminary Feature. Kinser took the lead with a high move around the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim in the second corner. Kinser entered lapped traffic with an eight-car-length advantage six laps into the race. It appeared that Jeff would be able to narrow the gap when the leader approached Craig Dollansky and Tim Monson the next time around. But it was Swindell who was held up by the backmarkers after Kinser passed them cleanly. Fifteen car-lengths separated them eight laps into the race. Herrera and Lasoski, regulars in Knoxville's weekly racing program this season, battled for fifth while Sammy challenged Jeff for the runner- up spot midway through the race. Kinser's half-straightaway lead vanished when Jaymie Moyle allowed the #5T Knoxville Chiropractic American Challenger to spin in turn three with six laps remaining. When the race resumed, Jeff's Two Winners Racing teammate, Greg Hodnett, restarted between him and the leader. Sammy threaded the #1 Bull & Hannah's Jenkins between Jeff and the inside berm in the third corner immediately after the green flag replaced the yellow. When asked about Sammy's move after the race, Jeff said, "There was a little miscommunication between Greg and me. I wanted him to go to the bottom. He went to the bottom, but he slid up and I had to back-peddle a little bit. Then I didn't know if he was going to stay on the bottom or go to the top. When I finally decided he was going to the top, I started under him and, all of a sudden, here came Sammy." Unfortunately for Sammy, his daring move into second place was erased when Mark Kinser stopped his #5M Maxim before the 15th lap was completed. The ensuing restart saw Jeff cover the inside line while Lasoski drove the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim past Kenny Jacobs and Herrera for fourth place. "The top got pretty nice," Kinser said following his 10-car-length victory. "I didn't run it much in three and four, but it was probably nice there, too. The #11 Valvoline Maxim was a little too tight early in the race, but it really wasn't that bad. Karl (Kinser, his car owner and crew chief) really had it right for the track conditions." Jeff finished the Preliminary Feature in second place, ahead of Sammy, "The Dude," Herrera, Jacobs, Smith, 15th-starting Dave Blaney, Gaerte and Haudenschild. "On preliminary nights with the World of Outlaws, what really matters is finishing in the top four," Lasoski said. "When you're locked in for the Snap-on Tools Dash, the top four race like it's the Knoxville Nationals." The World of Outlaws will sanction the Knoxville Nationals for the 17th consecutive year, August 17-20. WoO 1994 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/COPENHAGEN-SKOAL SHOOTOUT Valvoline Classic, Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, IA Friday, June 24, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 16.108; 2. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 16.273; 3. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 16.317; 4. Sammy Swindell, Gilliam 1, 16.416; 5. Kenny Jacobs, Motter 71M, 16.432; 6. Danny Young, Young 3Y, 16.452; 7. Stevie Smith, Veilhauer 12x, 16.454; 8. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 16.480; 9. Skip Jackson, RCSN Racing 12, 16.513; 10. Johnny Herrera, Pack 4A, 16.527; 11. Jeff Shepard, Hamilton 77, 16.563; 12. Joe Gaerte, Two Winners 9TW, 16.571; 13. Danny Lasoski, Sonner 47, 16.571; 14. Bobby Davis, Jr., Davis 4, 16.577; 15. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.589; 16. Jerry Richert, Jr., Serace 55, 16.618; 17. Brent Antill, Antill 59, 16.632; 18. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 16.694; 19. Aaron Berryhill, Berryhill 97, 16.745; 20. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21L, 16.760; 21. Tim Monson, Monson 6M, 16.784; 22. Jaymie Moyle, Todd 5T, 16.841; 23. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 16.843; 24. Steve Beitler, Beitler 21, 16.845; 25. Marlon Jones, Oswald D1, 16.861; 26. Terry McCarl, McCarl 27, 16.888; 27. Craig Dollansky, Cain 1K, 16.891; 28. Sid Blandford, Blandford 31, 16.899; 29. Randy Smith, Smith 0, 16.935; 30. Tim Baker, Baker 2TZ, 16.943; 31. Ryan Jamison, Jamison 51J, 16.972; 32. Ray Lipsey, Lipsey 45, 16.974; 33. Leonard Lee, Lee 16L, 17.016; 34. Jim Carr, Carr 65, 17.094; 35. Bob White, White 39, 17.108; 36. Bob Weuve, McCroskey 19, 17.108; 37. Dennis Moore, Jr., Moore 71, 17.158; 38. Kenny McCarl, McCarl 66, 17.210; 39. Todd Wessels, Howe 28W, 17.228; 40. Tony Moro, Trostle 2M, 17.242; 41. Todd Ribick, Ribick 5R, 17.290; 42. Rod Henderson, Henderson 83, 17.291; 43. Billy Bell, Team-it Racing 17, 17.293; 44. Jeff Tuttle, Ball 3B, 17.321; 45. Chad Mellenberndt, Mellenberndt 97M, 17.336; 46. Brooke Tatnell, Cahill 7, 17.337; 47. Kevin Frey, Vanderecken 10F, 17.401; 48. Chris Walraven, Beahlers 56, 17.440; 49. Peter Murphy, Jordan Brothers 1J, 17.445; 50. Rich Brahmer, R&R Racing 26, 17.463; 51. Steve Wares, VonRoekel 4x, 17.770; 52. Manny Rockhold, Rockhold 71x, 17.785; 53. Doran Doty, Doty 14D, 17.950; 54. Ron Souter, Souter 33, 18.051; 55. Troy Parsons, Parsons 57C, 18.203; 56. Dave Westercamp, Westercamp 7B, 18.997; 57. Russ Haaz, Haaz 9Z, no time. First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Shepard, 2. Terry McCarl, 3. Tim Monson, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Jerry Richert, Jr., 6. Brooke Tatnell, 7. Ryan Jamison, 8. Todd Ribick, 9. Dave Westercamp, 10. Bob Weuve, 11. Danny Young ($10); 12. Steve Wares. (2:15.1) (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Craig Dollansky, 2. Jaymie Moyle, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Brent Antill, 6. Ray Lipsey, 7. Stevie Smith, 8. Manny Rockhold, 9. Kevin Frey, 10. Dennis Moore, Jr. ($10); 11. Rod Henderson ($10); 12. Rich Haaz. (2:15.4) (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Sid Blandford, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Mark Kinser, 6. Jac Haudenschild, 7. Chris Walraven, 8. Leonard Lee, 9. Billy Bell, 10. Doran Doty. DNS - Kenny McCarl. (2:16.3) (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Bobby Davis, Jr., 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Steve Beitler, 4. Aaron Berryhill, 5. Skip Jackson, 6. Randy Smith, 7. Todd Wessels, 8. Peter Murphy, 9. Jim Carr, 10. Jeff Tuttle, 11. Ron Souter. (first four qualified four the Preliminary Feature) Fifth Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Kenny Jacobs, 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Marlon Jones, 5. Tim Baker, 6. Bob White, 7. Lance Blevins, 8. Chad Mellenberndt, 9. Tony Moro, 10. Troy Parsons, 11. Rich Brahmer. (2:15.5) (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Kenny Jacobs, 5. Johnny Herrera, 6. Jeff Shepard, 7. Joe Gaerte, 8. Danny Lasoski. (1:24.3) (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Todd Ribick, 2. Brooke Tatnell, 3. Jeff Tuttle, 4. Tony Moro, 5. Billy Bell ($110); 6. Kevin Frey ($90); 7. Manny Rockhold ($70); 8. Troy Parsons ($60); 9. Steve Wares ($50); 10. Chris Walraven ($40); 11. Ron Souter ($35); 12. Chad Mellenberndt ($35); 13. Peter Murphy ($35); 14. Rich Brahmer ($35); 15. Dave Westercamp ($35); 16. Rich Haaz ($35); 17. Doran Doty ($35). (first four qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Skip Jackson, 5. Jerry Richert, Jr. ($160); 6. Ryan Jamison ($135); 7. Randy Smith ($110); 8. Bob White ($85); 9. Leonard Lee ($70); 10. Brooke Tatnell ($80); 11. Tim Baker ($50); 12. Ray Lipsey ($50); 13. Todd Wessels ($50); 14. Jeff Tuttle ($70); 15. Tony Moro ($70); 16. Todd Ribick ($70); 17. Lance Blevins ($50); 18. Brent Antill ($50); 19. Jim Carr ($50); 20. Bob Weuve ($50). DNS - Kenny McCarl, Dennis Moore, Jr., Rod Henderson, Danny Young. (3:31.4) (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($4,010); 2. Jeff Swindell ($2,310); 3. Sammy Swindell ($1,610); 4. Danny Lasoski ($1,410); 5. Johnny Herrera ($1,260); 6. Kenny Jacobs ($1,110); 7. Stevie Smith ($1,030); 8. Dave Blaney ($860); 9. Joe Gaerte ($810); 10. Jac Haudenschild ($780); 11. Terry McCarl ($460); 12. Jeff Shepard ($410); 13. Andy Hillenburg ($360); 14. Skip Jackson ($330); 15. Bobby Davis, Jr. ($260); 16. Greg Hodnett ($210); 17. Tim Monson ($210); 18. Marlon Jones ($210); 19. Sid Blandford ($210); 20. Mark Kinser ($230); 21. Jaymie Moyle ($210); 22. Craig Dollansky ($210); 23. Aaron Berryhill ($210); 24. Steve Beitler ($210). Lap leader: Steve Kinser 1-20 Ecowater Fast-Time Award winner: Steve Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Baker , Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Kenny Jacobs , Aaron Berryhill , Brooke Tatnell , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Peter Murphy , Jeff Swindell