Outlaws'' Feature Program at Terre Haute Report 2000-05-13

Mark Kinser Wins Winged Thunder Event By Richard Day TERRE HAUTE, IN (May 13) -- Mark Kinser, who has raced in the shadows of cousin Steve Kinser and his father, Karl Kinser, throughout his career,...

Mark Kinser Wins Winged Thunder Event By Richard Day TERRE HAUTE, IN (May 13) -- Mark Kinser, who has raced in the shadows of cousin Steve Kinser and his father, Karl Kinser, throughout his career, should be considered the Rodney Daingerfield of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series. Kinser gained quite a bit of respect Saturday, outlasting former series champions Sammy Swindell and cousin Steve to win the Winged Thunder event at the Terre Haute Action. TNN televised the entire racing program live from the legendary semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval. "I think my ride is safe for now," Mark said. "I can't say enough for everybody who works at Mopar. I'm really excited right now. These guys behind me deserve all the credit. They've been there every night and they haven't badmouthed me too badly. Sometimes, I think they're even on my side. "Goodyear has hung right in there with us. You add it up and the tire war is neck-and-neck, but when you get beaten by guys running a different tire, it makes you scratch your head. We might even do some tire testing tonight (after the checkered flag fell at 2 a.m.)." Kinser, Terre Haute's single-lap record holder, received his second Vivarin Fast-Time Award in as many nights after pacing the qualifying session. He also won the First NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race, then earned the right to start the main event outside the second row by following Swindell, cousin Steve and Joey Saldana across the finish line in the Second CHANNELLOCK Dash. Swindell's crew quickly replaced his blown engine between the dash and the main event. Swindell, Steve and Saldana raced three-abreast through the first corner as the green flag fell in the 30-lap "A" Feature. Kinser surged ahead in turn two, but Swindell steered his #1 CHANNELLOCK Stealth to the rim in the third corner to take the lead. The caution flag was flying seconds later as Brad Furr and Kasey Kahne tangled in turn two. A broken radiator on Jimmy Vasser's #V12 Wirtgen Maxim forced First CHANNELLOCK Dash winner Tyler Walker out of the race during the caution. Swindell raced away from the field and the Kinser cousins battled for second place as the green flag replaced the yellow. Sammy was one second ahead of his closest pursuers when caught the backmarkers six laps later. His rear suspension broke as he entered turn three, however, and Steve was the leader when the race resumed. Saldana and Fourth NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Stevie Smith passed Brian Paulus took over third and fourth place, respectively, on successive laps after the restart. Danny Lasoski, who started outside the ninth row, drove the #83 Beef Packers Eagle past 13 cars during the first 13 laps. He passed both Saldana and Smith for third place the next time around. Mark got a strong run out of the second corner early in the 17th lap, and took the lead with a back-straightaway pass of his cousin. Paulus suffered a flat right rear tire and Shane Stewart spun in turn four within seconds after the leaders completed lap 17. A caution for James Chesson stopping on the back straightaway with a blown engine turned into a red period for fuel with 10 laps remaining. Steve battled Mark for the lead as the race resumed, but was unable to drive his #11 Quaker State Maxim back into first place. "The Dude" used an inside move in the fourth corner to pass Steve for second place late in lap 24. While the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leaders raced wheel-to-wheel for much of the final six laps, Lasoski managed to hold off "The King of the Outlaws." "Steve's been tough all year," Mark said after his 1.2-second victory. "Radios or no radios, he's so good and has eyes in the back of his head. I thought he'd be able to block me, then here comes Danny. I didn't know if we'd pull it off or not. It was a lot of fun." Smith finished in fourth place, ahead of "B" Feature winner Andy Hillenburg, Saldana, Dale Blaney, Craig Dollansky, Jeff Shepard and 24th-starting Lance Blevins. Randy Hannagan took a provisional and drove Junior Holbrook's #8H Energy Release Eagle past 10 cars to finish 15th. Jac Haudenschild was leading the "B" Feature when a drive shaft malfunction in the #22 Elden Racing Maxim put him in the pits for the remainder of the racing program. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will open its annual spring tour of Pennsylvania at Lernerville Speedway Tuesday, then run double- feature events at Williams Grove Speedway Thursday and Friday and at Hagerstown Speedway Saturday and Sunday. WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , James Chesson , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Tyler Walker , Brian Paulus , Joey Saldana , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart , Jac Haudenschild
Teams Williams