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KINSER SURVIVES, WINS ROCKY MOUNTAIN FEATURE By Richard Day DENVER, CO (July 4) - Wet weather conditions kept Rocky Mountain Speedway officials from treating the fans to a fireworks display ...

KINSER SURVIVES, WINS ROCKY MOUNTAIN FEATURE By Richard Day DENVER, CO (July 4) - Wet weather conditions kept Rocky Mountain Speedway officials from treating the fans to a fireworks display following the Copenhagen-Skoal Shootout races Monday night. The World of Outlaws' fire-breathing, mud-slinging sprint cars produced plenty of fireworks of their own, however. When the smoke cleared, Steve Kinser stood in victory lane. In sixth place following a 18th-lap rain delay, he raced through the field and passed Andy Hillenburg during a 28th-lap restart to win his 16th World of Outlaws "A" Feature this year and the fifth of his career at Denver's high- banked, 1/2-mile oval. "I didn't think I was going anywhere," Kinser told the near-capacity crowd from the front straightaway. "The rain changed the race track. Karl (Kinser, his car owner and crew chief) kept tinkering with the car on the reds, and it felt good at the end. You give Karl Kinser enough chances, and he's going to find a way to win the race." The fireworks started early. Jim Starr and Sid Blandford, front-row starters in the First Snap-on Tools Heat Race, collided within seconds after the green flag fell. Blandford's #31 B&B Construction Avenger flipped, and was damaged beyond repair for the second consecutive night. The #10 Vivarin J&J also flipped, making Ecowater Fast-Time Award winner Dave Blaney a pitside spectator for the remainder of the racing program. Sammy Swindell won the Vivarin Dash for the right to start the main event on the pole. He led 21 of the first 22 laps before joining "The Buckeye Bullet" behind the retaining wall with two laps remaining. Within seconds after Kinser passed him for the runner-up spot late in the 28th lap, he collided with Jac Haudenschild in the first corner. The collision sent the #1 Bull & Hannah's Jenkins flipping out of the race. Sammy was credited with a 17th-place finish. Rain sprinkled the racing surface as Swindell burst into the lead in the "A" Feature. Hillenburg, the outside polesitter, drove the #2 STP J&J past him in turn two, only to have Sammy out-drag him down the back straightaway midway through the opening lap. Swindell had a two-car-length advantage when he caught the backmarkers five laps into the race. Five laps later, Hillenburg executed another turn- two pass for the lead in heavy lapped traffic. With the rain increasing during the race's middle stages, World of Outlaws officials were forced to throw the red flag early in the 18th lap. The race resumed approximately an hour later. Flips by Greg Hodnett and Jeff Heffner brought out the red flag during the 19th and 22nd laps, respectively. Hillenburg passed Sammy for the lead between the third and fourth corners immediately after the green flag replaced the red following Heffner's crash. At the same time, Kinser passed "The Wild Child" for third place. The leaders caught the backmarkers again with four laps remaining, and Kinser passed Swindell for the runner-up spot with a high move between turns three and four in lapped traffic two laps later. With the white flag flying, Sammy and Haudenschild tried to pass Kinser at the same time in the first corner, collided, putting Swindell in the pits and setting up a two-lap dash for the $5,200 first prize. When the race resumed, "The King of the Outlaws" drove the #11 Valvoline Maxim past Hillenburg in the third corner and quickly opened a comfortable lead. Andy was racing through turn three when Kinser took the checkered flag. "The Wild Child" finished the "A" Feature in third place, ahead of Stevie Smith, Jeff Swindell, Kenny Jacobs, Joe Gaerte, Jeff Shepard, Rick Montgomery and Greg Schaefer. Jacobs, the 12th-fastest qualifier in the 30-car field, steered the #71M Ecowater Stealth around five sprinters from his sixth row starting position to finish sixth in the main event. WoO 1994 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/COPENHAGEN-SKOAL SHOOTOUT Rocky Mountain Speedway, Denver, CO, Monday, July 4, Feature Program #35 Qualifications: 1. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 16.247; 2. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 16.335; 3. Stevie Smith, Veilhauer 12x, 16.379; 4. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.459; 5. Sammy Swindell, Gilliam 1, 16.507; 6. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 16.523; 7. Rick Montgomery, Montgomery 9M, 16.652; 8. Joe Gaerte, Two Winners 9TW, 16.686; 9. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 16.693; 10. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 16.736; 11. Kenny Jacobs, Motter 71M, 16.802; 12. Greg Schaefer, Schaefer 4K, 16.879; 13. Sid Blandford, Blandford 31, 17.064; 14. Tim Baker, Baker 2TZ, 17.096; 15. Joe McCarthy, McCarthy 02, 17.205; 16. Jim Starr, CAT Construction 15, 17.328; 17. Nick LoSasso, LoSasso 51x, 17.521; 18. Jeff Shepard, Hamilton 77, 17.634; 19. Randy Roberts, Conklin 5D, 17.793; 20. Pat Bourke, B&B Excavating 27, 17.846; 21. Greg Beade, Quinn 3B, 18.041; 22. Steve Bennett, Bennett 2A, 18.169; 23. Randy Whitman, Tortillero 097, 18.288; 24. Jeff Heffner, JP Motorsports 98, 18.363; 25. Steve Dyer, Dyer 9A, 18.421; 26. Gene Palmer, Palmer 68, 18.825; 27. Jace Pennetta, J&J Racing 7J, 18.871; 28. Joe Miller, Miller 78, 19.027; 29. Marvin Slusser, Slusser 56, 19.244; 30. Brad Pemble, Pemble 18, 19.660. First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Jim Starr, 4. Randy Roberts, 5. Rick Montgomery, 6. Steve Dyer, 7. Steve Bennett, 8. Joe Miller, 9. Sid Blandford ($10); 10. Dave Blaney ($10). (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Kenny Jacobs, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Nick LoSasso, 6. Pat Bourke, 7. Randy Whitman, 8. Gene Palmer, 9. Marvin Slusser, 10. Tim Baker. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Shepard, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Greg Schaefer, 5. Greg Hodnett, 6. Jeff Heffner, 7. Greg Beade, 8. Jace Pennetta, 9. Brad Pemble, 10. Joe McCarthy. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Stevie Smith, 7. Greg Hodnett, 8. Rick Montgomery. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Steve Bennett, 2. Randy Whitman, 3. Tim Baker, 4. Jace Pennetta, 5. Greg Beade, 6. Gene Palmer, 7. Joe Miller ($260); 8. Brad Pemble ($235); 9. Joe McCarthy ($185); 10. Marvin Slusser ($135). DNS - Dave Blaney, Sid Blandford. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($5,210); 2. Andy Hillenburg ($3,510); 3. Jac Haudenschild ($2,510); 4. Stevie Smith ($2,210); 5. Jeff Swindell ($2,110); 6. Kenny Jacobs ($2,010); 7. Joe Gaerte ($1,610); 8. Jeff Shepard ($1,510); 9. Rick Montgomery ($1,410); 10. Greg Schaefer ($1,310); 11. Jim Starr ($1,110); 12. Pat Bourke ($1,010); 13. Nick LoSasso ($810); 14. Tim Baker ($630); 15. Steve Bennett ($510); 16. Steve Dyer ($410); 17. Sammy Swindell ($360); 18. Randy Whitman ($380); 19. Randy Roberts ($360); 20. Jace Pennetta ($380); 21. Jeff Heffner ($360); 22. Greg Hodnett ($360); 23. Gene Palmer ($380); 24. Greg Beade ($380). Lap leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-9, 11-22; Andy Hillenburg 10, 23-29; Steve Kinser 30 Ecowater Fast-Time Award winner: Dave Blaney WoO*eot

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