Mark Kinser Gets Back on Track in Tulsa By Richard Day TULSA, OK (March 27) - After a disappointing weekend at Devil's Bowl Speedway, Mark Kinser knew he was going to have to pick up the pace to maintain the lead in...

Mark Kinser Gets Back on Track in Tulsa By Richard Day TULSA, OK (March 27) - After a disappointing weekend at Devil's Bowl Speedway, Mark Kinser knew he was going to have to pick up the pace to maintain the lead in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings. Not only did Steve Kinser snap Mark's three-feature winning streak at the World of Outlaws' birthplace, the 14-time champion narrowed the gap to 29 points in their battle for first place. Mark and the #5M Wirtgen Maxim came back strong at Tulsa Speedway Friday, however, leading all 30 laps en route to his third "A" Feature victory of the season. "We struggled a little last weekend," Mark admitted. "The car should have been up front, but the driver just didn't get the job done. Hopefully, this is a sign that everything is back on track. "I have to thank my crew. Dennis (Kohler) and Jamie (Adrian) work really hard and, of course, my dad (Karl Kinser) is the best there is." The $7,000 victory, the first of Kinser's career at Tulsa's 3/8-mile oval, extended his advantage to 53 points over "The King of the Outlaws." Mark didn't get off to a particularly fast start. After earning two Vivarin Fast-Time Awards in two of the first five events, Kinser, the eighth-fastest qualifier, was .163 seconds off Dale Blaney's 14.150-second pace-setting lap. Tyler Walker's and Jac Haudenschild's problems in the Racing Champions Heat Races benefitted Mark greatly, giving him the luxury of starting the Channellock Dash on the pole. Kinser won the five-lap race for the right to start the "A" Feature on the pole. Kinser burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event, only to have Craig Dollansky, Third Racing Champions Heat Race winner Andy Hillenburg and Larry Neighbors crash on the front straightaway. Severe damage on the #75 Mopar Schnee forced Dollansky to watch the race from the pit area. Front-end damage to Hillenburg's #2 J&J kept him in the pits until a 14th-lap red period. Neighbors' crew had the #29N Neighbors Coffee Jenkins back on the track in time to restart the race. Mark took the lead again when the green flag replaced the red. Haudenschild drove the #22 Pennzoil Maxim into sixth place from outside the fifth row during the first lap. Stevie Smith and Gary Wright raced wheel-to-wheel in their battle for third place the next time around, with Wright surging ahead in turn four. Kinser opened a 10-car-length advantage during the third lap and caught the backmarkers four laps later. Although lapped traffic was dense, Mark managed to maintain his 10-car-length cushion until Lance Blevins stopped the #21 Up Front J&J on the front straightaway with a flat right rear tire early in lap 12. Greg Hodnett and Mike Peters collided between the first and second corners while Blaney flipped the #93 Amoco Ultimate J&J on the back stretch midway through the 14th lap. Johnny Herrera's crew changed tires on the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim and Hillenburg rejoined the race during the red period. Smith steered his #19 Ingersoll-Rand sprinter high in the second corner to pass Wright for third place within a lap after the race resumed. The caution flag was flying a lap later as Steve Kinser surrendered 10th place with a back-stretch spin. Wright regained third place with a second-corner pass of Smith two laps after the green flag replaced the yellow. The caution flag flew again during lap 18 when Danny Wood spun between turns one and two. Kinser controlled the ensuing restart, and opened a half- straightaway lead early in the 21st lap. He entered lapped traffic again the next time around. Donnie Crawford was gaining on Kinser with two laps remaining when he tangled with Wright. Neither Crawford nor Wright were able to restart the race. Danny Lasoski, who passed Smith early in lap 20, was unable to challenge Mark during the final two laps and was racing through turn three when the checkered flag fell. "Those restarts always make you nervous," Kinser said. "They just give everyone else another shot at you." Smith finished in third place, ahead of Joe Gaerte, Walker, Herrera, Jeff Swindell, Hodnett, Haudenschild and Steve Kinser. WoO 1998 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Tulsa Speedway, Tulsa, OK Friday, March 27, Feature Program #6 Qualifications: 1. Dale Blaney, Hylton-Blaney 93, 14.150; 2. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 14.190; 3. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 14.231; 4. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 14.255; 5. Gary Wright, Wright 9, 14.287; 6. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 14.290; 7. Donnie Crawford, Hillenburg 1H, 14.308; 8. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 14.313; 9. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 14.355; 10. Danny Wood, Woodburn 21W, 14.405; 11. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 14.430; 12. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 14.430; 13. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 14.478; 14. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 14.485; 15. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.487; 16. Mike Peters, Grandstaff 66, 14.570; 17. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 14.520; 18. Shane Stewart, Stewart 9S, 14.632; 19. Craig Dollansky, Stanton 75, 14.653; 20. Larry Neighbors, Neighbors 29N, 14.697; 21. Tommie Estes, Jr., Archer 1A, 14.715; 22. Calvin Landis, Landis 70, 14.725; 23. Brooke Tatnell, RE Technologies 7K, 14.730; 24. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 14.850; 25. Danny Jennings, Woodburn 61J, 14.863; 26. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 14.871; 27. Leonard Lee, Lee 16L, 14.952; 28. Daryn Pittman, Pittman 11P, 14.957; 29. Bill Robertson, Eckley 16, 15.008; 30. Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 15.045; 31. Dan Oswalt, Oswalt D1, 15.073; 32. Rick Barksdale, Schmidt 75B, 15.088; 33. Kenneth Walker, Walker 2W, 15.140; 34. Matt Moro, Moro 2M, 15.188; 35. Jimmy Lambert, Lambert 93L, 15.224; 36. Dion Hindi, Hindi 18, 15.320; 37. Garry Lee Maier, Bishop 9x, 15.320; 38. Shawn Sander, Sander 48, 15.363; 39. David Chappell, Chappell 50, 15.422; 40. Lou Kennedy, Jr., Kennedy 21K, 15.447; 41. Randy Anderson, RCMP 12A, 15.465; 42. Michael Lambert, Lambert 92, 15.710; 43. Mallory Armfield, Armfield 5MA, 16.364; 44. Kevin Brewer, Brewer 28, 16.600; 45. Stan Henry, Henry 95, 16.900. First Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Gary Wright, 4. Dale Blaney, 5. Jeff Swindell, 6. Tommie Estes, Jr., 7. Bill Robertson, 8. Kenneth Walker, 9. Danny Jennings, 10. Garry Lee Maier, 11. Stan Henry, 12. Randy Anderson. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Shane Stewart, 3. Calvin Landis, 4. Danny Wood, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Greg Hodnett, 7. Terry McCarl, 8. Matt Moro, 9. Jac Haudenschild, 10. Shawn Sander, 11. Michael Lambert. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Craig Dollansky, 3. Donnie Crawford, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Lance Blevins, 6. Leonard Lee, 7. Jimmy Lambert, 8. David Chappell, 9. Dan Oswalt, 10. Brooke Tatnell, 11. Mallory Armfield. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Larry Neighbors, 5. Daryn Pittman, 6. Mike Peters, 7. Rick Barksdale, 8. Dion Hindi, 9. Lou Kennedy, Jr., 10. Tyler Walker, 11. Kevin Brewer. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Donnie Crawford, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Gary Wright, 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Joe Gaerte, 7. Dale Blaney, 8. Danny Wood. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Garry Lee Maier, 2. Stan Henry, 3. David Chappell ($125); 4. Randy Anderson ($100); 5. Michael Lambert ($80); 6. Shawn Sander ($70); 7. Lou Kennedy, Jr. ($60); 8. Mallory Armfield ($50); 9. Kevin Brewer ($40). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Tyler Walker, 4. Mike Peters, 5. Tommie Estes, Jr. ($200); 6. Terry McCarl ($180); 7. Brooke Tatnell ($150); 8. Danny Jennings ($110); 9. Kenneth Walker ($90); 10. Garry Lee Maier ($100); 11. Jimmy Lambert ($60); 12. Leonard Lee ($50); 13. Matt Moro ($50); 14. Dion Hindi ($70); 15. Stan Henry ($70); 16. Dan Oswalt ($50); 17. Rick Barksdale ($50); 18. Bill Robertson ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($7,000); 2. Danny Lasoski ($4,000); 3. Stevie Smith ($3,000); 4. Joe Gaerte ($2,500); 5. Tyler Walker ($2,320); 6. Johnny Herrera ($2,200); 7. Jeff Swindell ($2,100); 8. Greg Hodnett ($2,020); 9. Jac Haudenschild ($1,720); 10. Steve Kinser ($1,600); 11. Sammy Swindell ($1,200); 12. Mike Peters ($1,170); 13. Dale Blaney ($1,100); 14. Shane Stewart ($1,050); 15. Donny Schatz ($1,000); 16. Donnie Crawford ($700); 17. Gary Wright ($600); 18. Larry Neighbors ($500); 19. Daryn Pittman ($500); 20. Calvin Landis ($500); 21. Danny Wood ($500); 22. Andy Hillenburg ($500); 23. Lance Blevins ($500); 24. Craig Dollansky ($500). Lap leader: Mark Kinser 1-30 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Dale Blaney WoO

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Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Tyler Walker , Larry Neighbors , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Shane Stewart , Jac Haudenschild , Danny Jennings , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell