Tri-State report 96-05-12

Mark Kinser Wins Mother's Day Race at Tri-State By Richard Day HAUBSTADT, IN (May 12) - Mark Kinser and Andy Hillenburg put on a show for the standing-room-only crowd that welcomed the Skoal...

Mark Kinser Wins Mother's Day Race at Tri-State By Richard Day HAUBSTADT, IN (May 12) - Mark Kinser and Andy Hillenburg put on a show for the standing-room-only crowd that welcomed the Skoal Outlaw Series to Tri-State Speedway Mother's Day, exchanging the lead often and taking the checkered flag less than a car-length apart. The $6,000 victory, Mark's fourth of the season, gave him a 30- point lead in the World of Outlaws point standings over cousin and 14- time series champion Steve Kinser. "I'm glad to finally win one here in front of the Indiana fans," Mark said after stopping on the back straightaway during his victory lap to acknowledge the Hoosier faithful. "I've never won one here before." Hillenburg, who won both the Fourth Quaker State Heat Race and the Vivarin Dash, started the "A" Feature on the pole. He burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event, and immediately steered his #2 STP J&J into the high groove on the high-banked, 1/4-mile oval. Steve was trying to pass Andy for the lead when their tires touched, causing the #11 Quaker State Maxim to spin. The green flag wasn't out long before a first-corner collision involving Jason Smith and Danny Thoman sent Smith's #6 Materials Recycling J&J flipping. The third start was the charm for Mark, who steered the #5M Wirtgen Maxim deep into the third corner to pass Hillenburg for the lead. Mark was racing away from the 24-car field when Jeff Swindell took the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim for a spin in turn two early in the second lap. Within four laps after the race resumed, Mark was six car-lengths ahead of Hillenburg. He caught the backmarkers three laps later. Kinser's search for an opening in lapped traffic allowed Hillenburg and Stevie Smith to narrow the gap by lap 10. Two laps later, however, when the close friends exchanged the runner-up spot, Mark increased his lead a half-straightaway. Mark's lead reached almost a full straightaway as the battle for second place raged through the race's midpoint. Andy found an opening in lapped traffic that allowed him break free of Smith during the 23rd lap, but was still a half-straightaway behind the leader. Hillenburg, a World of Outlaws "A" Feature winner at Tri-State on May 15, 1994, steadily narrowed the gap during the next two laps, and caught a break when Gary Hayhurst, Jr., blocked Mark's path late in lap 25. Kinser was trying to turn sharply through the first corner the next time around when the car spun completely around. Although he was able to regain control the #5M before his engine died, the incident allowed Hillenburg to pass Mark for the lead. Kinser reeled in Andy within three laps, but as quickly as he took the lead with a slide move in turn three, Hillenburg returned the favor deep in the fourth corner late in the 32nd lap. Mark passed Hillenburg in turn one the next time around. This time, however, he slowed his pace to keep the #5M from sliding out of the low groove, allowing him to cut off any angles Andy could use to regain first place. Two laps later, Hillenburg tried to slide by Mark in turn one, but was unable to clear him. He let off the accelerator just in time to avoid a collision, but was able to catch the leader one lap later when Jac Haudenschild clipped the outside retaining wall right in front of Mark. Kinser was heading into turn three during the white-flag lap when J.C. Sulawske and Tim Montgomery collided and spun on the front stretch, bringing out the caution flag and setting up a two-lap dash to the checkered flag. Although Mark raced away from Hillenburg on the restart, he bicycled in the first corner, allowing Andy to catch him. Anticipating a late slide move from Hillenburg, Kinser kept the #5M in the middle of turns three and four. Andy lost some momentum as he tried to pass Mark in the high groove, but was less half a car-length behind when they took the checkered flag. Smith was followed across the finish line by Johnny Herrera, who finished fourth for the second straight night. Dave Blaney, who started inside the 11th row, passed Steve Kinser late to finish fifth. Brian Paulus, the last driver to qualify for the main event, held off fellow Rookie of the Year candidate Joey Saldana for seventh place, while Lee Dunn and 24th-starting Jeff Swindell finished ninth and 10th, respectively. Sammy Swindell's problems persisted, and only got worse as the weekend progressed. After using one of his two provisionals Saturday at Tri-City Speedway, the two-time Skoal Outlaw Series champion finished ninth in the First Quaker State Heat Race and suffered a broken front end in the "B" Feature when he crashed with Justin Via and Ike Worthington. He was missing from the "A" Feature when he chose not to use his remaining provisional. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Tri-State Speedway, Haubstadt, IL Saturday, May 12, Feature Program #14 Qualifications: 1. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 13.317; 2. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 13.745; 3. Jerrod Hull, Hull 11J, 13.771; 4. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 13.787; 5. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.876; 6. Danny Thoman, Hurst 76, 13.904; 7. Kevin Briscoe, Briscoe 5K, 13.925; 8. Tom Montgomery, Montgomery 32, 14.068; 9. Joey Saldana, Roth 83, 13.948; 10. J.C. Sulawske, Hobgood 12, 14.115; 11. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 14.147; 12. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 14.164; 13. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 14.169; 14. Joey Nash, Nash 86, 14.251; 15. Lee Dunn, Dunn 81, 14.261; 16. Ike Worthington, Worthington 88, 14.289; 17. Jason Smith, Gates 6, 14.296; 18. Larry Bland, Bland 2B, 14.309; 19. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 14.357; 20. Alex Shanks, Shanks 39, 14.366; 21. Danny Smith, Smith/Bodkins 00, 14.415; 22. Justin Via, Vye 24V, 14.415; 23. Pete Abel, Holt 04, 14.416; 24. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 14.422; 25. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 14.422; 26. Randy Hannagan, Stanton 75, 14.427; 27. Gary Wright, Action Motorsports 9, 14.546; 28. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14, 14.584; 29. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 14.635; 30. Gary Hayhurst, Jr., Hayhurst 56x, 14.859; 31. Larry Trunnell, Trunnell 18, 14.689; 32. Matt Gilles, Gilles 22B, 14.722; 33. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 14.745; 34. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 14.762; 35. Van Gurley, Jr., Gurley 3B, 14.784; 36. Kevin Stepter, Stepter 38, 14.870; 37. Kelly Kinser, Kinser 4K, 14.915; 38. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 15.031; 39. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 14.131; 40. Mark Cummins, Bradham 98, 15.185; 41. Nick Naber, G&N Racing 6N, 15.386. First Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Danny Smith, 2. Jason Smith, 3. Dave Blaney, 4. Tim Montgomery, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Brian Paulus, 7. Joe Gaerte, 8. Lance Blevins, 9. Sammy Swindell, 10. Kelly Kinser, 11. Nick Naber. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Larry Bland, 2. J.C. Sulawske, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Gary Hayhurst, Jr., 6. Randy Hannagan, 7. Greg Hodnett, 8. Danny Thoman, 9. Justin Via, 10. Joey Nash. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Lee Dunn, 4. Kevin Briscoe, 5. Jeff Swindell, 6. Jerrod Hull, 7. Pete Abel, 8. Gary Wright, 9. Van Gurley, Jr., 10. Larry Trunnell. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Tim Engler, 3. Randy Kinser, 4. Jim Carr, 5. Joey Saldana, 6. Ike Worthington, 7. Alex Shanks, 8. Mark Cummins, 9. Matt Gilles, 10. Kevin Stepter. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (seven laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Kevin Briscoe, 6. Joey Saldana, 7. Tim Montgomery, 8. J.C. Sulawske. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Danny Thoman, 3. Lance Blevins, 4. Brian Paulus, 5. Jerrod Hull ($210); 6. Gary Wright ($185); 7. Larry Trunnell ($160); 8. Kelly Kinser ($110); 9. Van Gurley, Jr. ($100); 10. Joey Nash ($90); 11. Alex Shanks ($70); 12. Randy Hannagan ($60); 13. Pete Abel ($60); 14. Kevin Stepter ($60); 15. Ike Worthington ($60); 16. Justin Via ($60); 17. Nick Naber ($60); 18. Matt Gilles ($60); 19. Greg Hodnett ($60); 20. Sammy Swindell ($60); 21. Mark Cummins ($60). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (40 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($6,010); 2. Andy Hillenburg ($3,510); 3. Stevie Smith ($2,510); 4. Johnny Herrera ($2,210); 5. Dave Blaney ($2,110); 6. Steve Kinser ($2,010); 7. Brian Paulus ($1,630); 8. Joey Saldana ($1,510); 9. Lee Dunn ($1,410); 10. Jeff Swindell ($1,310); 11. Joe Gaerte ($1,180); 12. Jac Haudenschild ($1,110); 13. Randy Kinser ($1,060); 14. Gary Hayhurst, Jr. ($1,010); 15. Kevin Briscoe ($710); 16. Danny Smith ($510); 17. Lance Blevins ($430); 18. Tim Montgomery ($410); 19. Jim Carr ($410); 20. Tim Engler ($410); 21. Larry Bland ($410); 22. J.C. Sulawske ($410); 23. Danny Thoman ($430); 24. Jason Smith ($410). Lap leaders: Mark Kinser 1-25, 33-40; Andy Hillenburg 26-32 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Joe Gaerte WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Jason Smith , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Brian Paulus , Joey Saldana , Randy Hannagan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell