Late Pass Wins Williams Grove Finale for Mark Kinser By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (August 2) - Mark Kinser's career year just keeps rolling along. The Skoal Outlaw Series point standings leader passed ...

Late Pass Wins Williams Grove Finale for Mark Kinser By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (August 2) - Mark Kinser's career year just keeps rolling along. The Skoal Outlaw Series point standings leader passed cousin Steve Kinser with 2 3/4 laps remaining at Williams Grove Speedway Friday en route to his 17th "A" Feature victory of the season. That's three more victories than he has ever amassed in one year. The $9,000 victory increased his advantage in the points race to a season-high 299 points over defending World of Outlaws champion Dave Blaney. The closest Mark has ever come to winning the title was in 1991 when he finished 528 points behind Steve. "I feel like we're in a good position to win some of the big races," Mark told the capacity crowd from victory lane. "But no matter how fast you are, you have to have some luck to go along with it." Luck came in the form of a 27th-lap caution Friday, when Blaney turned the #10 Vivarin J&J completely around on the front straightaway and stopped against the turn-one retaining wall. Mark kept pace with Steve as the race resumed, and drove the #5M Wirtgen Maxim deep into the first corner to pass him for the lead. He raced away from the field after executing the move and took the checkered flag with 15 car-lengths to spare. It was Mark's fourth victory in the last five events the Skoal Outlaw Series has run at the legendary half-mile oval. Steve, winner of 21 World of Outlaws "A" Features at "The Grove," earned the right to start the 30-lap main event outside the front row by following Billy Pauch across the finish line in the Vivarin Dash. He drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim around Pauch as the green flag fell in the feature and opened a half- straightaway advantage within three laps. Steve Smith, the evening's fastest qualifier, took the runner-up spot from Pauch with a back-straightaway pass midway through the opening lap. He lined up behind "The King of the Outlaws" following a third-lap red period. A collision involving Todd Shaffer and Jeff Shepard sent Shaffer and the #88 Turnbaugh Oil Gambler flipping over the first-corner guard rail. As the race resumed, Andy Hillenburg lost third place when he took his #2 STP J&J for a spin in turn three. Mark started making his way toward the front following the caution period, taking the high line around Pauch into third place early in lap four. Steve was 10 car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers when Sammy Swindell passed Pauch for third seven laps into the race. They collided seconds later, causing Pauch to stop the #1Z Zemco Speed Equipment Maxim on the front straightaway with a flat left front tire. Within a lap after the race resumed, Mark won a back-stretch drag race with Smith to take over the runner-up spot. Steve, who had been taking the low line through turns three and four early in the race, opened a 10-car-length advantage as he switched to the high groove late in the 12th lap. Swindell drove his #1 ChannelLock Gambler past Smith to take over third place as the leaders entered lapped traffic during lap 14. Jac Haudenschild raced into fourth as Mark reeled in Steve the next time around. Although Mark threatened to pass Steve with a low move into turn one midway through the race, "The King of the Outlaws" put six car-lengths between them within two laps. Jeff Swindell passed Smith for fifth place as Blaney raced into seventh with 12 laps remaining. Steve increased his margin to 15 car-lengths with 11 laps remaining, only to have Mark cut it to four by lap 24. Mark, who made an unsuccessful run at Steve early in the 26th lap, got the break he needed when Blaney turned a 360 on the front stretch with four laps remaining. After taking the low line through turns three and four, Steve headed straight for the flagstand to cut off a high move by Mark. When he stayed in the high groove, Mark raced by him in the first corner. "The rain hurt the track last night, but tonight we had three grooves to run," Mark said, congratulating Williams Grove's track preparation crew. "The track was better than anybody expected it to be after the rain. We could run low, high or in the middle." Sammy held off hard-charging Haudenschild for the second straight night to finish in third place. Completing the top 10 in the World of Outlaws' 44th event of the year were Jeff Swindell, 18th-starting Stevie Smith, Steve Smith, Paul McMahan, Johnny Herrera and Joe Gaerte. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Friday, August 2, Feature Program #44 Qualifications: 1. Steve Smith, Smith 19, 18.413; 2. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 18.438; 3. Paul McMahan, Roth 83, 18.465; 4. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 18.522; 5. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 18.584; 6. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 18.603; 7. Lance DeWease, Dyer 461, 18.639; 8. Jeff Shepard, Wahlie 1W, 18.695; 9. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 18.726; 10. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 18.729; 11. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 18.746; 12. Kevin Gobrecht, Gobrecht 92, 18.750; 13. Dale Blaney, Hughes 94, 18.773; 14. Len Thompson, Thompson 10T, 18.799; 15. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 18.807; 16. Mike Wagner, Wagner 55, 18.817; 17. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 18.873; 18. Van Gurley, Jr., Gurley 3B, 18.905; 19. Cris Eash, E&G Classics 17E, 18.914; 20. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 18.914; 21. Fred Rahmer, Hamilton 77, 18.922; 22. Bobby Allen, Allen 1a, 18.951; 23. Keith Kauffman, Apple Motorsports 12, 18.984; 24. Joey Saldana, Stanton 75, 19.020; 25. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 19.138; 26. Jess Thomas, Thomas 77T, 19.128; 27. Rod George, Bomberger 5G, 19.167; 28. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 19.197; 29. Bill Brian, Jr., Brian 16, 19.251; 30. Tim Kuhn, Kuhn 11A, 19.254; 31. Scott Ausherman, Cooper 25, 19.305; 32. Jeff Thompson, Neiderer 10T, 19.424; 33. Dave Haight, Tanger 07, 19.484; 34. Jason Clauss, Clauss 08, 19.647; 35. Bob Bennett, Mickle 3, 19.989; 36. Jeff Rohrbaugh, Swope 45, no time. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dale Blaney, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Steve Smith, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Todd Shaffer, 6. Fred Rahmer, 7. Bill Brian, Jr. ($10); 8. Dave Haight, 9. Brian Paulus. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Len Thompson, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Van Gurley, Jr., 6. Bobby Allen, 7. Jess Thomas, 8. Jason Clauss, 9. Tim Kuhn. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Paul McMahan, 3. Lance DeWease, 4. Lance Blevins, 5. Cris Eash, 6. Keith Kauffman, 7. Rod George, 8. Scott Ausherman, 9. Bob Bennett. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Mike Wagner, 3. Jeff Shepard, 4. Jim Carr, 5. Joey Saldana, 6. Kevin Gobrecht, 7. Greg Hodnett, 8. Jeff Thompson. DNS - Jeff Rohrbaugh. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Thursday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Steve Kinser, Billy Pauch, Mark Kinser and Sammy Swindell for the first four starting positions in the Vivarin Dash. Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Billy Pauch, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Steve Smith, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. Jeff Swindell. (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Cris Eash, 2. Todd Shaffer, 3. Fred Rahmer, 4. Keith Kauffman, 5. Kevin Gobrecht, 6. Rod George ($210); 7. Bobby Allen ($185); 8. Van Gurley, Jr. ($160); 9. Joey Saldana ($110); 10. Greg Hodnett ($100); 11. Brian Paulus ($90); 12. Jess Thomas ($70); 13. Tim Kuhn ($60); 14. Jeff Thompson ($60); 15. Scott Ausherman ($60); 16. Jason Clauss ($60); 17. Bob Bennett ($60); 18. Dave Haight ($60). DNS - Bill Brian, Jr., Jeff Rohrbaugh. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($9,000); 2. Steve Kinser ($5,000); 3. Sammy Swindell ($3,300); 4. Jac Haudenschild ($3,010); 5. Jeff Swindell ($2,260); 6. Stevie Smith ($2,085); 7. Steve Smith ($1,810); 8. Paul McMahan ($1,710); 9. Johnny Herrera ($1,510); 10. Joe Gaerte ($1,410); 11. Dale Blaney ($1,210); 12. Keith Kauffman ($1,130); 13. Billy Pauch ($1,050); 14. Lance Blevins ($1,010); 15. Dave Blaney ($710); 16. Lance DeWease ($610); 17. Andy Hillenburg ($510); 18. Fred Rahmer ($530); 19. Cris Eash ($530); 20. Jim Carr ($510); 21. Mike Wagner ($510); 22. Len Thompson ($510); 23. Kevin Gobrecht ($530); 24. Jeff Shepard ($510); 25. Todd Shaffer ($530). (Kevin Gobrecht was a provisional starter) Lap leaders: Steve Kinser 1-27, Mark Kinser 28-30 WoO

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Series General
Drivers Steve Smith , Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Brian Paulus , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Billy Pauch , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams