Kinser Wins Fifth Straight at Talladega By Richard Day TALLADEGA, AL (April 21) -- Mark Kinser is the hottest driver in auto racing. Kinser's $12,000 victory at the Talladega Short Track Saturday was his fifth straight in Pennzoil World of...
Kinser Wins Fifth Straight at Talladega
By Richard Day
TALLADEGA, AL (April 21) -- Mark Kinser is the hottest driver in auto racing.
Kinser's $12,000 victory at the Talladega Short Track Saturday was his fifth straight in Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series main events and increased his first-place advantage in the standings to 12 points over Danny Lasoski. His winning streak tied the sixth-longest in Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series history.
Kinser, who started inside the fourth row, passed pole-sitter Steve Kinser and Tim Shaffer late in the 35th lap on his way to the one-car-length victory, the 136th of his Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series career.
Mark, the sixth-fastest qualifier in Saturday's qualifying session, finished fourth in the Third O'Reilly Heat Race and seventh in the CHANNELLOCK Dash.
Steve Kinser, Mark's second cousin and winner of Friday's Preliminary Feature, raced three-abreast through turns one and two with Randy Hannagan and Shaffer as the green flag flew early in the 40-lap "A" Feature. "The King of the Outlaws" drove h is #11 Quaker State Maxim into the lead on the back straightaway.
Mark Kinser passed Dale Blaney and Danny Wood during the first two laps and steered the #5M Mopar Maxim into the low groove between the third and fourth corners to pass Donny Schatz for fourth place late in lap four.
The leaders were approaching lapped traffic when Billy Wilburn spun in turn four the next time around.
Lasoski, who started outside the fifth row, drove NASCAR Winston Cup star Tony Stewart's #20L J.D. Byrider Eagle around Wood high in the first corner to take over seventh place two laps later.
Jason Meyers spun over the bank in turn four early in the eighth lap, bringing out the caution flag a second time. The DOCC Motorsports crew changed his flat left rear tire, only to realize the rear end on the #20 Eagle Raceway Eagle was broken, keeping Meyers in the pit area for the remainder of the race.
Mark Kinser continued his run toward the front when the race resumed, passing Hannagan for third place deep in turn four.
Shaffer had the #11H Vivarin Maxim just inches from Steve Kinser's rear bumper when the leaders entered lapped traffic four laps later.
Mark and Shaffer exchanged the runner-up spot three times during the race's middle stages before Hannagan surrendered sixth place when he crashed with Craig Dollansky in turn four early in the 22nd lap.
Schatz surrendered seventh place when his crew changed the flat right rear tire on the #15 Parker Stores J&J during the caution period.
Brad Furr, who started outside the ninth row, raced past 11 cars during the first 23 laps. He drove his family's #2F Sanmina Eagle past Wood deep in the fourth corner late in the 25th lap, then started challenging Andy Hillenburg for fifth place.
Steve Kinser was seven car-lengths ahead of Mark when they entered lapped traffic with 6-laps remaining. Mark and Shaffer were close behind Steve when they exchanged second place three times in the next five laps.
Shaffer and the Kinser cousins raced wheel-to-wheel through turns one and two early in the 35th lap. Shaffer surged ahead on the back straightaway, only to have Mark pass him for the lead in the inside groove in the fourth corner.
Shaffer tried to take over first place with an inside move into turn two three laps later, but was unable to complete the pass. The 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award winner was one car-length behind when Mark took the checkered flag.
Lasoski finished in fourth place, ahead of Furr, Hillenburg, Stevie Smith, Wood, 20th-starting Joey Saldana and Second O'Reilly Heat Race winner Jac Haudenschild.
The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will sanction a double- feature event at Knoxville Raceway Friday and Saturday, then race at Huset's Speedway Sunday.