Battleground report 96-03-16

'The King' Gets Back on Track at Battleground By Richard Day HOUSTON, TX (March 16) - Much like the ZZ Top tune, "My Head's in Mississippi," Steve Kinser was still thinking about Friday's Pike County ...

'The King' Gets Back on Track at Battleground By Richard Day HOUSTON, TX (March 16) - Much like the ZZ Top tune, "My Head's in Mississippi," Steve Kinser was still thinking about Friday's Pike County event after winning the Skoal Outlaw Series "A" Feature at Battleground Speedway Saturday. "We had some tough luck last night," Kinser told the capacity crowd from victory lane, "but we got the car going better tonight." "The King of the Outlaws" didn't encounter any of the problems that caused him to lose the lead in the World of Outlaws point standings Saturday as he won the third main event of his career at Houston's high-banked, 3/8-mile oval. Although his cousin, Mark Kinser, broke the one-lap record he set at Battleground 1 1/2 years ago, Steve won the Vivarin Dash for the right to start the 30-lap "A" Feature on the pole. "The King of the Outlaws" fell behind outside polesitter Gary Wright when the green flag fell in the main event, but pressured him for the lead until executing the winning pass in the second corner two laps later. Wright was battling to regain the lead the next time around when Lance Blevins took his #21 Citgo J&J for a spin in turn three, bringing out the caution flag. Kinser set the pace when the race resumed, and opened an eight-car-length advantage within two laps. He was a half-straightaway ahead of his closest pursuers three laps later when Joe Gaerte took the low line into the third corner to pass Wright for the runner-up spot. Wright was unable to keep pace with the leaders when the side panel on the top wing of his #9 Action Rent-to-Own Schnee started collapsing during the 11th lap. Sammy Swindell relegated Wright to fifth place midway through the race. After entering lapped traffic during the 11th lap, Kinser raced away from the 24-car field until the side panel on the #28 Charles Field Dentistry Cook driven by "B" Feature winner Brian Paulus fell off, bringing out the caution flag with six laps remaining. With five backmarkers restarting between him and Kinser, Gaerte was unable to challenge for the lead on the ensuing restart. Swindell was battling Gaerte for the runner-up spot the next time around when his #1 ChannelLock Gambler jumped the cushion in turn three, allowing Mark Kinser to race past. Jeff Swindell started charging toward the front with four laps remaining, steering the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim deep into the second corner to pass his brother and Mark Kinser. He took over the runner-up spot with a turn-four pass of Gaerte the next time around. Jeff was racing through the fourth corner when Kinser took the checkered flag. Rounding out the top 10 in the main event were Gaerte, Mark Kinser, Sammy Swindell, First Quaker State Heat Race winner Dave Blaney, 19th-starting Stevie Smith, Bobby Davis, Jr., Joey Saldana and Wright. Mark Kinser received his third EcoWater Systems Quick-Time Award of the year after pacing the qualifying session. His 12.882-second lap clipped .087 seconds off the record his cousin set on July 29, 1994. It marked the second time in as many nights that Mark broke a one-lap record. Danny Lasoski's and Jac Haudenschild's luck also changed Saturday night, but not in the same way Kinser's did. Lasoski, the leader in the Skoal Outlaw Series point standings entering the Battleground event, was only the 23rd-fastest qualifier in the 34-car field. He dropped into sixth place in the points race with Saturday's 19th-place finish. Haudenschild, who won the Pike County event, qualified a disappointing 28th-quick and was the last driver to claim a spot in the "A" Feature. He did, however, drive the #22 Pennzoil Maxim past 13 cars to finish in 11th place. The World of Outlaws will take a week off before sanctioning the Spring Nationals at Devil's Bowl Speedway Friday and Saturday. State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City is scheduled to host the fire- breathing, mud-slinging sprint cars Sunday afternoon. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Battleground Speedway, Houston, TX Saturday, March 16, Feature Program #3 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 12.882 (new one-lap record); 2. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 13.001; 3. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.137; 4. Gary Wright, White 9, 13.176; 5. Joey Saldana, Roth 83, 13.257; 6. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 13.259; 7. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 13.287; 8. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 13.293; 9. Bobby Davis, Jr., Davis 4, 13.334; 10. Randy Hannagan, Hannagan 75, 13.339; 11. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 13.364; 12. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 13.419; 13. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 13.442; 14. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14, 13.444; 15. Tommie Estes, Jr., Threatt 29, 13.493; 16. Jim Carr, McManus 7M, 13.575; 17. Danny Smith, Bodkins/Smith 00, 13.578; 18. Brian Paulus, Paulus/Pender 28, 13.597; 19. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 13.617; 20. Greg Hodnett, Hodnett 3H, 13.667; 21. Jeff Shepard, Wahlie 1W, 13.700; 22. Kevin Huntley, Johnson U2, 13.714; 23. Danny Lasoski, Forbrook 5, 13.747; 24. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 13.773; 25. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11H, 13.799; 26. Ron Souter, Souter 33, 13.800; 27. Bob Ewell, Ewell 85, 13.854; 28. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 13.869; 29. Eric Sandage, Pack 4A, 13.922; 30. Ronald Laney, Laney 52, 14.195; 31. Blake Bowles, Bowles 5B, 14.275; 32. John Bankston, Bankston 8, 14.686; 33. Larry Hartwell, Hartwell 10x, 15.284; 34. Dodie Miller, Miller 8K, 15.294. First Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Bobby Davis, Jr., 3. Danny Smith, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Joey Saldana, 6. Eric Sandage, 7. Dion Hindi, 8. Jeff Shepard, 9. Larry Hartwell. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Randy Kinser, 2. Randy Hannagan, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Kevin Huntley, 6. Brian Paulus, 7. Ron Souter, 8. Ronald Laney, 9. Dodie Miller. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Tommie Estes, Jr., 3. Lance Blevins, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Andy Hillenburg, 7. Bob Ewell, 8. Blake Bowles. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Gary Wright, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Jim Carr, 6. Jac Haudenschild, 7. Donny Schatz, 8. John Bankston. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Gary Wright, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Joey Saldana, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. Mark Kinser, 7. Jeff Swindell, 8. Bobby Davis, Jr. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Brian Paulus, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Jeff Shepard, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Dion Hindi ($210); 6. Bob Ewell ($185); 7. Eric Sandage ($160); 8. Ronald Laney ($110); 9. Blake Bowles ($100); 10. Donny Schatz ($90); 11. Larry Hartwell ($70); 12. Ron Souter ($60); 13. Dodie Miller ($60); 14. John Bankston ($60). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($6,010); 2. Jeff Swindell ($3,510); 3. Joe Gaerte ($2,510); 4. Mark Kinser ($2,210); 5. Sammy Swindell ($2,110); 6. Dave Blaney ($2,010); 7. Stevie Smith ($1,610); 8. Bobby Davis, Jr. ($1,510); 9. Joey Saldana ($1,410); 10. Gary Wright ($1,310); 11. Jac Haudenschild ($1,180); 12. Greg Hodnett ($1,110); 13. Johnny Herrera ($1,060); 14. Tommie Estes, Jr. ($1,010); 15. Danny Smith ($710); 16. Randy Hannagan ($510); 17. Lance Blevins ($410); 18. Jeff Shepard ($430); 19. Danny Lasoski ($410); 20. Jim Carr ($410); 21. Andy Hillenburg ($430); 22. Brian Paulus ($430); 23. Randy Kinser ($410); 24. Kevin Huntley ($410). Lap leaders: Gary Wright 1-2, Steve Kinser 3-30 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO *eot

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Brian Paulus , Joey Saldana , Randy Hannagan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Eric Sandage , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell