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DEWEASE WINS WILLIAMS GROVE NATIONAL OPENER By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (September 30) - Since the announcement of Steve Kinser's move from the World of Outlaws to the NASCAR Winston Cup ...

DEWEASE WINS WILLIAMS GROVE NATIONAL OPENER By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (September 30) - Since the announcement of Steve Kinser's move from the World of Outlaws to the NASCAR Winston Cup ranks, sprint car racers who have chased him around America's dirt ovals have been paying tribute to him. Lance Dewease had this to say about "The King of the Outlaws" following his victory in Friday's Preliminary Feature when the Copenhagen- Skoal Shootout opened the Williams Grove National Open: "You may like him, and you may not, but I wish him the best in Winston Cup. He's still the best." Dewease was "the best" Friday night, recording the second-fastest qualifying lap, winning the Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race, finishing second in the Vivarin Dash and leading the final 16 laps to win the Preliminary Feature. The victory, Dewease's 30th of the year, gave him the 1994 Williams Grove track championship. "Our team set some goals at the beginning of the year," Dewease said. "We wanted to win 20 features, win the track championship and win the National Open. We won 20 features quickly, so we upped it to 30. The only thing left now is to take care of business on Saturday." Dewease had to take care of himself early in the first lap of the 20- lap feature race. As Vivarin Dash winner Greg Hodnett took the lead from the pole, Dewease collided with Jac Haudenschild on the front straightaway. "The Wild Child" bounced off Dewease and hit Kenny Jacobs. The collision sent Jacobs and the #71M Ecowater Stealth barrel-rolling into the inside catch fence. Cris Eash, Joe Gaerte and Garry Brazier were also involved in the crash. With the red flag flying, Haudenschild stopped on the back straightaway when a loose fuel line ignited a fire in the #22 Pennzoil Maxim. Before the race resumed, Kinser's crew plugged a hole in his right rear tire and #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim crew chief, Scott Benic, installed an inner-tube in Jeff Swindell's left front tire. Kinser nor Swindell had to restart at the back of the pack because their damaged tires were repaired rather than replaced. When the green flag replaced the red, Hodnett drove the #8TW Kele & Associates Maxim into the lead again. After Fred Rahmer and "The Wild Child" dropped out, a back-straightaway collision sent Stevie Smith flipping into turn three. The #19 Leiby Mobile Homes J&J Stevie was driving flipped over the guard rail and into the billboards outside turn three, bringing out the red flag again. Dewease threaded the #461 Dyer Masonry Schnee between Hodnett and the inside guard rail to take the lead on the ensuing restart. Kinser, who has won 18 World of Outlaws main events at "The Grove," started the feature inside the fifth row. He drove the #11 Valvoline Maxim past five cars during the first five laps, and passed Todd Shaffer for third place late in lap six. Dewease was racing comfortably ahead of the field with six laps remaining when Kinser's right rear tire started losing air pressure. Ecowater Fast-Time Award winner Mark Kinser passed his cousin for third place early in the 16th lap, and took the runner-up spot from Hodnett with a low move into the second corner with two laps remaining. Mark was 15 car- lengths behind when Dewease took the checkered flag. "When you race with the World of Outlaws, you have to go as fast as you can from the drop of the green flag to the checkered," Dewease said. "The bottom of the track might have been faster, but I ran a smooth line on top and didn't make any mistakes." Hodnett held off "The King of the Outlaws" to finish in third place. Rounding out the top 10 in the feature were Sammy Swindell, Dave Blaney, 19th-starting Andy Hillenburg, Billy Pauch, Johnny Herrera and defending National Open champion Donnie Kreitz, Jr. Mark received his 11th Ecowater Fast-Time Award of the year after chopping .245 seconds off the one-lap record he set at the semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval on June 4, 1993. Former Williams Grove track champion Bobby Davis, Jr., won the First Snap-on Tools Heat Race in record time, completing the eight laps in 2:27.1. Hodnett broke the five-lap record, winning the Vivarin Dash in 1:30.8. WoO 1994 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/COPENHAGEN-SKOAL SHOOTOUT Williams Grove National Open, Mechanicsburg, PA Friday. September 30, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 17.479 (new one-lap record); 2. Lance Dewease, Dyer 461, 17.568; 3. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 17.703; 4. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 17.764; 5. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 17.780; 6. Kenny Jacobs, Motter 71M, 17.841; 7. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 17.867; 8. Billy Pauch, Zemaitis 1Z, 17.953; 9. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 17.954; 10. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 17.986; 11. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 18.005; 12. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., Kreitz 69K, 18.042; 13. Garry Brazier, Brazier 1AU, 18.046; 14. Fred Rahmer, Apple Motorsports 12, 18.070; 15. Sammy Swindell, Gilliam 1, 18.072; 16. Johnny Herrera, Hamilton 77, 18.124; 17. Cris Eash, Neiderer 17E, 18.118; 18. Joe Gaerte, Two Winners 9TW, 18.124; 19. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 18.139; 20. Joey Kuhn, Kronenburg 2K, 18.160; 21. Bobby Davis, Jr., Davis 4, 18.193; 22. Kenny Adams, Adams 59, 18.241; 23. Randy Hannagan, Weikert 29, 18.322; 24. Danny Lasoski, Sonner 47, 18.332; 25. Ed Lynch, Jr., Lynch 2L, 18.371; 26. Bobby Allen, Walker 1a, 18.415; 27. Rod George, Shoup 21G, 18.419; 28. Tom Quarterson, Shoup 16, 18.419; 29. Trevor Utt, Utt 5, 18.465; 30. Sid Blandford, Blandford 31, 18.528; 31. Alan Cole, Cole 17, 18.683; 32. Mike Wagner, Wagner 55, 18.734; 33. Darren Eash, Neiderer 10N, 18.787; 34. Brian Paulus, Paulus/Pender 28, 18.788; 35. Greg Leiby, Leiby 119, 18.813; 36. Len Thompson, Thompson 10T, 18.823; 37. Rick Hench, Hench 66, 18.845; 38. Mike Woodring, Woodring 19W, 19.209; 39. Tim Hershey, HEK Racing 27W, 19.293; 40. Chuck Roan, Roan 2R, 19.591; 41. Tom Howe, Howe 98, 20.352; 42. Keith Kauffman, Kronenburg 2KK, no time; 43. Bill Sims, Sims 55S, no time. First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Bobby Davis, Jr., 2. Garry Brazier, 3. Cris Eash, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Todd Shaffer, 6. Jeff Swindell, 7. Trevor Utt, 8. Darren Eash, 9. Rick Hench, 10. Ed Lynch, Jr. 2:27.1 - new eight-lap record (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Lance Dewease, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Dave Blaney, 4. Kenny Adams, 5. Kenny Jacobs, 6. Bobby Allen, 7. Brian Paulus, 8. Sid Blandford, 9. Mike Woodring, 10. Fred Rahmer, 11. Tom Howe. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Randy Hannagan, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Steve Kinser, 7. Alan Cole, 8. Greg Leiby, 9. Tim Hershey, 10. Rod George, 11. Keith Kauffman. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Billy Pauch, 6. Mike Wagner, 7. Bill Sims, 8. Len Thompson, 9. Tom Quarterson, 10. Chuck Roan, 11. Joey Kuhn. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Lance Dewease, 3. Kenny Jacobs, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Todd Shaffer, 6. Dave Blaney, 7. Mark Kinser, 8. Billy Pauch. 1:30.8 - new five-lap record (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Fred Rahmer, 3. Joey Kuhn, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Trevor Utt ($160); 6. Mike Wagner ($135); 7. Alan Cole ($110); 8. Sid Blandford ($85); 9. Rick Hench ($70); 10. Darren Eash ($60); 11. Greg Leiby ($50); 12. Ed Lynch, Jr. ($50); 13. Mike Woodring ($50); 14. Len Thompson ($50); 15. Brian Paulus ($50); 16. Tim Hershey ($50); 17. Chuck Roan ($50); 18. Tom Howe ($50); 19. Bobby Allen ($50); 20. Bill Sims ($50); 21. Rod George ($50); 22. Tom Quarterson ($50); 23. Keith Kauffman ($50). (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Lance Dewease ($4,010); 2. Mark Kinser ($2,310); 3. Greg Hodnett ($1,610); 4. Steve Kinser ($1,430); 5. Sammy Swindell ($1,260); 6. Dave Blaney ($1,110); 7. Andy Hillenburg ($1,010); 8. Billy Pauch ($860); 9. Johnny Herrera ($810); 10. Donnie Kreitz, Jr. ($760); 11. Jeff Swindell ($480); 12. Cris Eash ($410); 13. Bobby Davis, Jr. ($360); 14. Garry Brazier ($310); 15. Randy Hannagan ($260); 16. Danny Lasoski ($210); 17. Todd Shaffer ($210); 18. Joe Gaerte ($210); 19. Joey Kuhn ($230); 20. Stevie Smith ($210); 21. Jac Haudenschild ($210); 22. Fred Rahmer ($230); 23. Kenny Adams ($210); 24. Kenny Jacobs ($230). Lap leaders: Greg Hodnett 1-4, Lance Dewease 5-20 Ecowater Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO *eot

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