San Jose opener report

'KING' GETS BACK ON TRACK IN SAN JOSE OPENER By Richard Day SAN JOSE, CA (September 9) - Steve Kinser appears to be back on track. The 13-time World of Outlaws champion, a victim of a ...

'KING' GETS BACK ON TRACK IN SAN JOSE OPENER By Richard Day SAN JOSE, CA (September 9) - Steve Kinser appears to be back on track. The 13-time World of Outlaws champion, a victim of a mechanical malfunction and a crash at Calistoga, got back to the business of dominating the series when the Copenhagen-Skoal Shootout opened a double- feature event at San Jose Speedway Friday. "We finally got our motors to run," Kinser said following his flag-to- flag victory in the Preliminary Feature. "The King of the Outlaws," the third-fastest qualifier in the 50-car field, finished second in the Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race and won the Vivarin Dash for the right to start the 20-lap feature on the pole. He burst into the lead immediately after the green flag fell, and kept the #11 Valvoline Maxim out front throughout the evening's main event. While Kinser maintained his lead, his challengers took turns passing each other. After outside polesitter Jac Haudenschild made an early run at the leader, Dave Blaney and Sammy Swindell started battling him for the runner-up spot. Swindell, who won Copenhagen-Skoal Shootout "A" Features at San Jose in 1984 and 1985, took third place from "The Buckeye Bullet" deep in turn two early in the fourth lap, and followed Kinser into lapped traffic three laps later. Sammy passed "The Wild Child" for the runner-up spot midway through the race, steering the #1 Bull & Hannah's Jenkins high into the first corner to catch him, then out-dragging him down the back straightaway. An 11th-lap crash that sent Ronnie Day and Greg DeCaires flipping over the first-corner bank erased Kinser's 10-car-length advantage. But within three laps after the green flag replaced the red, "The King of the Outlaws" had rebuilt his 10-length cushion. Five laps remained when the red flag was flying again. The #12x Beaver Drill & Tool Gambler driven by Stevie Smith slowed on the front stretch. While Fourth Snap-on Tools Heat Race winner Jason Lund managed to dodge Smith, Chuck Miller didn't. His collision with the #12x sent him flipping. "B" Feature winner Paul McMahan and Mark Monico also collided and flipped out of the race. Kinser raced away from Swindell when the race resumed, and was five car-lengths ahead when he took the checkered flag. Blaney steered the #10 Vivarin J&J deep into the second corner to pass Haudenschild for third place with 1 1/2 laps remaining. Rounding out the top 10 in the Preliminary Feature were Andy Hillenburg, Smith, 13th-starting Joe Gaerte, Kenny Jacobs and Snap-on Tools Heat Race winners Steve Kent and Lee Brewer, Jr. Kent, only the 27th-fastest qualifier, started the feature on the 11th row and raced past 12 cars to finish in ninth place. With the San Jose pit area full of quality sprinters, only four from each of the five Snap-on Tools Heat Races qualified for the Preliminary Feature. As a result, Jeff Swindell, Johnny Herrera and Jim Carr - all former World of Outlaws Rookies of the Year - failed to qualify for the feature. Jeff, a crash victim in the Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race, was scheduled to start the "B" on the pole, but a steering problem on the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim kept him out of the race. Herrera ran sixth in the "B" Feature, and Carr finished eighth. Sammy's second-place finish, coupled with Jeff's problems, enabled the elder Swindell to pass his brother for fourth place in the Copenhagen-Skoal Shootout point standings. Randy Hannagan, Rookie of the 1994 Knoxville Nationals, broke San Jose's one-lap record with a 13.708-second qualifying lap, but also failed to qualify for the evening's main event. Hannagan did receive his second Ecowater Fast-Time Award of the year, however. WoO 1994 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/COPENHAGEN-SKOAL SHOOTOUT San Jose Speedway, San Jose, CA; Friday, September 9, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Randy Hannagan, Hannagan 1x, 13.708 (new one-lap record); 2. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 13.783; 3. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.787; 4. Sammy Swindell, Gilliam 1, 13.794; 5. Paul McMahan, Lamar 3, 13.915; 6. Ronnie Day, Bumgarner 88, 13.936; 7. Chuck Miller, Koziar 24KT, 13.972; 8. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 13.978; 9. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 13.991; 10. Stevie Smith, Veilhauer 12x, 14.038; 11. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 14.094; 12. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.118; 13. Lindsey Casto, Casto 40, 14.133; 14. Kenny Jacobs, Motter 71M, 14.163; 15. Joe Gaerte, Two Winners 9TW, 14.201; 16. Brent Kaeding, Kaeding 69, 14.210; 17. Pat Rose, Rose 22R, 14.251; 18. Johnny Herrera, Hamilton 77, 14.255; 19. Jim Carr, Carr 65, 14.272; 20. Greg DeCaires, Roth 83, 14.276; 21. Steve Coelho, Coelho 6C, 14.288; 22. Keith Kauffman, Starr/Gillespie 18, 14.296; 23. Lee Brewer, Danell/Dehart 5, 14.302; 24. Jason Lund, Lund 8L, 14.356; 25. Monte Faccinto, Faccinto 14F, 14.363; 26. Mark Monico, Monico 21, 14.392; 27. Steve Kent, Helm 11K, 14.410; 28. Tim Green, Owen 14, 14.435; 29. Bob Walker, Walker 98, 14.478; 30. Eric Rossi, Gowen 38, 14.485; 31. Gene Manhire, Manhire 50, 14.485; 32. Rick Martin, Martin 44, 14.521; 33. Jason Statler, Statler 00, 14.528; 34. Greg Brown, Collis/Jeremiah 44B, 14.586; 35. Darren Howard, Howard 0, 14.648; 36. Bryan Bullard, Bullard 2M, 14.649; 37. Kevin Pylant, Pylant 14P, 14.664; 38. Steve Osborne, Osborne 29S, 14.690; 39. Greg Brauer, Brauer 12G, 14.728; 40. Joey Delisle, Delisle 88J, 14.915; 41. Erik Folger, Folger 17F, 15.082; 42. Garry Lee Maier, Finkenbinder 3F, 15.113; 43. Kirk Sargent, Sargent 7, 15.137; 44. Dave Rule, Rule 9, 15.280; 45. Jamie Hood, Hood 33, 15.287; 46. Sean Finn, Finn 36, 15.384; 47. Richard Walsh, Walsh 14x, 16.233; 48. Nick Ringo, Ringo 96, 16.938; 49. Daryl Huckaby, Huckaby 11R, no time; 50. Tony Richards, Richards 4, no time. First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Mark Monico, 3. Ronnie Day, 4. Steve Coelho, 5. Brent Kaeding, 6. Gene Manhire, 7. Sean Finn, 8. Randy Hannagan, 9. Erik Folger, 10. Bryan Bullard, (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Steve Kent, 2. Keith Kauffman, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Rick Martin, 6. Kevin Pylant, 7. Chuck Miller, 8. Pat Rose, 9. Garry Lee Maier, 10. Richard Walsh. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Lee Brewer, Jr., 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Tim Green, 4. Lindsey Casto, 5. Johnny Herrera, 6. Jason Statler, 7. Steve Osborne, 8. Kirk Sargent, 9. Nick Ringo, 10. Jeff Swindell. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jason Lund, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Bob Walker, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Kenny Jacobs, 6. Jim Carr, 7. Greg Brown, 8. Greg Brauer. DNS - Dave Rule, Daryl Huckaby, (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fifth Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Eric Rossi, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Greg DeCaires, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Paul McMahan, 6. Monte Faccinto, 7. Darren Howard, 8. Joey Delisle. 9. Jamie Hood, DNS - Tony Richards. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Ronnie Day, 7. Andy Hillenburg, 8. Greg Hodnett. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) C Feature (eight laps): 1. Greg Brauer, 2. Garry Lee Maier, 3. Kirk Sargent ($110); 4. Joey Delisle ($90); 5. Erik Folger ($70); 6. Nick Ringo ($60); 7. Richard Walsh ($50); 8. Sean Finn ($40); 9. Jamie Hood ($35). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Paul McMahan, 2. Chuck Miller, 3. Kenny Jacobs, 4. Brent Kaeding, 5. Randy Hannagan ($160); 6. Johnny Herrera ($135); 7. Pat Rose ($110); 8. Jim Carr ($85) 9. Rick Martin ($70); 10. Monte Faccinto ($60); 11. Kevin Pylant ($50); 12. Bryan Bullard ($50); 13. Jason Statler ($50); 14. Garry Lee Maier ($70); 15. Greg Brown ($50); 16. Steve Osborne ($50); 17. Greg Brauer ($70); 18. Darren Howard ($50); 19. Gene Manhire ($50); 20. Jeff Swindell ($50). (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($4,010); 2. Sammy Swindell ($2,310); 3. Dave Blaney ($1,610); 4. Jac Haudenschild ($1,410); 5. Andy Hillenburg ($1,260); 6. Stevie Smith ($1,110); 7. Joe Gaerte ($1,010); 8. Kenny Jacobs ($880); 9. Steve Kent ($810); 10. Lee Brewer, Jr. ($760); 11. Greg Hodnett ($460); 12. Tim Green ($410); 13. Lindsey Casto ($360); 14. Keith Kauffman ($310); 15. Steve Coelho ($260); 16. Eric Rossi ($210); 17. Jason Lund ($210); 18. Bob Walker ($210); 19. Chuck Miller ($230); 20. Paul McMahan ($230); 21. Mark Monico ($210); 22. Brent Kaeding ($230); 23. Greg DeCaires ($210); 24. Ronnie Day ($210). Lap leader: Steve Kinser 1-20 Ecowater Fast-Time Award winner: Randy Hannagan WoO *eot

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Kenny Jacobs , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jason Statler , Jeff Swindell , Tony Richards , Tim Green