LaSalle report 97-06-20

Mark Kinser Wins Battle of Champions at LaSalle By Richard Day LASALLE, IL (June 20) - Officials at LaSalle Speedway might want to consider nicknaming their facility "The Track of Champions," at least when the...

Mark Kinser Wins Battle of Champions at LaSalle By Richard Day LASALLE, IL (June 20) - Officials at LaSalle Speedway might want to consider nicknaming their facility "The Track of Champions," at least when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series comes to town. Only previous World of Outlaws champions have won "A" Features at LaSalle's high-banked, 1/4-mile oval. Defending champion Mark Kinser continued that pattern Friday when he passed 1995 titlist Dave Blaney with 3 1/4 laps remaining en route to his 10th victory of the season. Kinser, who led the series with 42 quick-times a year ago, earned his fifth straight Channellock Fast-Time Award by slicing .073 seconds off the single-lap record he set at LaSalle last July 12th. Mark picked the #6 inversion pill for the Vivarin Dash, however, giving Sammy Swindell the pole and him the third row outside starting position. Swindell beat fellow Tennesseean Greg Hodnett across the finish line in the seven-lap race for the right to start the "A" Feature on the pole. Mark raced into third place and lined up behind Swindell in the main event. Sammy, the winner of last July's World of Outlaws "A" Feature at LaSalle, burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the 40- lap "A" Feature. Blaney, Steve Kinser and Jac Haudenschild passed Mark during the opening lap, relegating him to sixth place. Two cautions - the second of which involved Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series regulars Jeff Swindell, Dion Hindi and Lance Blevins - slowed the pace during the first five laps. Swindell was comfortably ahead of the 24-car field when he caught the backmarkers during lap eight, however. Blaney quickly narrowed the gap in lapped traffic, catching Swindell the next time around. "The Buckeye Bullet" challenged Sammy in every turn for six laps before passing him for the lead on the front straightaway early in lap 17. Swindell regained first place midway through the race, steering his #1 Channellock Gambler deep into the fourth corner to pass Blaney. He lost the lead six laps later, however. Joe Gaerte spun between turns three and four and collided with Kim Mock in front of Swindell, who stopped to avoid the crash. "The Buckeye Bullet" restarted at the front of the field and opened a 10-car-length advantage within two laps. Mark started narrowing the gap as Blaney entered lapped traffic during the 31st lap. He had the #5M Wirtgen Maxim within three car-lengths of the leader with five laps remaining. Blaney was approaching Swindell in turn four the next time around when Sammy's rear end locked. Kinser took the lead as Blaney swerved to avoid Swindell and narrowly beat him across the finish line before the caution flag waved for Sammy. Mark raced away from the field as the green flag replaced the yellow and was three car-lengths ahead of "The Buckeye Bullet" when he took the checkered flag. Hodnett held off 10th-starting Stevie Smith for third place. Steve Kinser, winner of the World of Outlaws' inaugural event at LaSalle in 1994, finished fifth, ahead of Haudenschild, Andy Hillenburg, Jeff Swindell, Kelly Kinser and Joey Saldana. Smith and Hillenburg, the fifth- and third-fastest qualifiers in the 37-car field, failed to qualify for the Vivarin Dash when they had problems in their heat races. Hillenburg raced into the lead from outside the third row in the Third Heat Race before taking his #2 STP J&J for a spin. He raced back through the field and came up just inches short of Jim Farmer in their battle for fifth place - the final qualifying spot in the Third Heat Race. Smith's and Hillenburg's misfortune was Hindi's gain. Although he was the 10th-fastest qualifier, the World of Outlaws rookie raced in the first Vivarin Dash of his career. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series LaSalle Speedway, LaSalle, IL Friday, June 20, Feature Program #33 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 10.872 (new one- lap record); 2. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 10.942; 3. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 10.947; 4. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 11.012; 5. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 11.097; 6. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 11.100; 7. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 11.109; 8. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 11.192; 9. Kelly Kinser, Kinser 4K, 11.219; 10. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 11.244; 11. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 11.282; 12. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 11.295; 13. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 11.317; 14. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 11.366; 15. Joey Saldana, Gray 51, 11.373; 16. Craig Dollansky, Lindsey 2D, 11.421; 17. Todd Hepfner, Hepfner 20, 11.453; 18. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 11.470; 19. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 11.525; 20. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 11.574; 21. Kim Mock, Depeu 50, 11.581; 22. Danny Goeden, Pogo 1x, 11.717; 23. Jim Farmer, Farmer 6F, 11.732; 24. Wayne Sternbergh, Sternbergh 14S, 11.753; 25. Jeff Ferkin, Ferkin 21F, 11.879; 26. Manny Rockhold, Stroud 1S, 11.934; 27. Bob Adamson, Adamson 2A, 11.940; 28. Ken Ratchford, Ratchford 5K, 11.950; 29. Chip Bell, Fell 66, 11.955; 30. Mike Frost, Frost 988, 12.012; 31. Troy Hepfner, Hastings 82, 12.039; 32. Scott Young, Young 1Y, 12.112; 33. Bill Waite, Jr., Waite 3JR, 12.150; 34. Tom Piltaver, Piltaver 2P, 12.200; 35. Tommy Rockwell, Rockwell 95, 12.374; 36. Glenn Martin, Martin 5MX, 12.488; 37. Craig Lager, Lager 3C, 12.573. First Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Kim Mock, 2. Todd Hepfner, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Kelly Kinser, 5. Donny Schatz, 6. Stevie Smith, 7. Jeff Ferkin, 8. Bill Waite, Jr., 9. Chip Bell, 10. Craig Lager. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Dion Hindi, 6. Manny Rockhold, 7. Donny Goeden, 8. Mike Frost, 9. Tom Piltaver. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Paul McMahan, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Jim Farmer, 6. Andy Hillenburg, 7. Troy Hepfner, 8. Bob Adamson, 9. Tommy Rockwell. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Lance Blevins, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Wayne Sternbergh, 6. Ken Ratchford, 7. Craig Dollansky, 8. Scott Young, 9. Glenn Martin. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (seven laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Jac Haudenschild, 7. Kelly Kinser, 8. Dion Hindi. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Craig Dollansky, 4. Manny Rockhold, 5. Jeff Ferkin ($200); 6. Mike Frost ($180); 7. Troy Hepfner ($150); 8. Chip Bell ($110); 9. Bob Adamson ($90); 10. Bill Waite, Jr. ($80); 11. Tom Piltaver ($60); 12. Ken Ratchford ($50); 13. Tommy Rockwell ($50); 14. Craig Lager ($50); 15. Scott Young ($50); 16. Donny Goeden ($50). DNS - Glenn Martin. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (40 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($7,000); 2. Dave Blaney ($4,000); 3. Greg Hodnett ($3,000); 4. Stevie Smith ($2,520); 5. Steve Kinser ($2,300); 6. Jac Haudenschild ($2,200); 7. Andy Hillenburg ($2,120); 8. Jeff Swindell ($2,000); 9. Kelly Kinser ($1,700); 10. Joey Saldana ($1,600); 11. Danny Lasoski ($1,200); 12. Johnny Herrera ($1,150); 13. Paul McMahan ($1,100); 14. Lance Blevins ($1,050); 15. Donny Schatz ($1,000); 16. Todd Hepfner ($700); 17. Jim Farmer ($600); 18. Manny Rockhold ($520); 19. Dion Hindi ($500); 20. Sammy Swindell ($500); 21. Joe Gaerte ($500); 22. Kim Mock ($500); 23. Wayne Sternbergh ($500); 24. Craig Dollansky ($520). Lap leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-18, 21-26; Dave Blaney 19-20, 27-36; Mark Kinser 37-40 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Dave Blaney , Scott Young , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell