Bloomington report 98-10-08

Kinser Extends Points Lead With Hometown Victory By Richard Day BLOOMINGTON, IN (October 8) - In recent years, Steve Kinser has often worn a race face befitting a Halloween party. He has taken on a more...

Kinser Extends Points Lead With Hometown Victory By Richard Day BLOOMINGTON, IN (October 8) - In recent years, Steve Kinser has often worn a race face befitting a Halloween party. He has taken on a more cheerful look during the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 20th Anniversary Season, however. It's funny how leading the point standings can improve one's outlook. "I've had more fun racing this year than the last couple of years," Kinser said Thursday after winning the "A" Feature at Bloomington Speedway. "The last two years, we took things pretty seriously. At the start of this year, I just said, 'Shoot, let's go out and have some fun.'" "The King of the Outlaws" admitted racing at his hometown track hadn't been very enjoyable the last few seasons. He hadn't won there in 5 1/2 years. "We haven't had a lot of luck here (at Bloomington) lately, and for the last couple of years I've been cussing my home track," Kinser said. "I'm pretty proud of it tonight though." Steve was also pleased to have his sixth "A" Feature victory of the season increase his advantage over cousin Mark Kinser to 106 points. A fourth-place finish in the remaining four Preliminary Features and seven main events would clinch Steve his 15th Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series championship, his first as a owner/driver. Thursday's victory was Kinser's 38th top-four finish in 60 events. Kinser, the eighth-fastest qualifier in Thursday's time trial session, was .175 seconds off Joey Saldana's record-breaking lap of 9.703 seconds (92.755 m.p.h.) around Bloomington's semi-banked, 1/4- mile oval. He received the luxury of starting the Channellock Dash on the pole when Saldana and Tim Shaffer failed to qualify for the "A" Feature through their respective Racing Champions Heat Races. He earned the right to start the 40-lap main event on the pole by winning his seventh Channellock Dash of the year. Danny Lasoski started outside the front row and beat Kinser into the first corner twice, only to have the yellow and red flags replace the green before the first lap of the main event was completed. Craig Dollansky stopped in the third corner on the original start and Jac Haudenschild jumped the cushion and flipped between turns three and four during the second attempt to start the race. Unlike the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' attempts to complete the $40,000 event at Bloomington, the third time was the charm for the start of the "A" Feature. Rain turned the series away the first three times it tried to race in Kinser's home town this year. Kinser burst into the lead on the third start. He was challenged often, but never allowed anybody to pass his #11 Quaker State Maxim. "I actually thought the second start was as good as I could go," Kinser said. "But on the third start, I got on it just a little harder and a little sooner and it gave us the jump we needed." Derrick Scheffel, Bloomington's non-winged division champion, tangled with Bob Burkle and Terry McCarl as Tyler Walker turned the #35 Air Sep Eagle sideways in the fourth corner late in lap three. Although Burkle flipped, he and Walker restarted while Scheffel and McCarl were forced to watch the final 38 laps from the pit area. "The King of the Outlaws" raced ahead of the field as the green flag replaced the red, and was four car-lengths ahead of Lasoski when he entered lapped traffic during the eighth lap. Donny Schatz took over second place five laps later, then raced three-abreast with Kinser and Lasoski through turns three and four the next time around. "The Dude" beat Schatz across the finish line, only to have the 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Rookie of the Year pass him back late in lap 16. Schatz raced wheel-to-wheel with Kinser through the first and second corners in dense lapped traffic midway through the race, but was unable to drive his #15 Blue Beacon Maxim into the lead. Lasoski made a similar run at Schatz late in the 24th lap. Defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Sammy Swindell's sour luck continued for the third consecutive race when his #1 Channellock Stealth suffered a blown engine and stopped on the front straightaway two laps later. After Kinser controlled the ensuing restart, Lasoski took the low line into turn three and took third place as Schatz slid over the bank in turn four to bring out the caution flag late in the 29th lap. "When Sammy blew his motor right in front of me, I wasn't really sure which way he was going to go, so I went off the track to go around him," Steve said. "Then I saw the 15 and 83 go by me and I started thinking, 'Shoot, I hope they have a caution.'" Kinser survived another close call with 4 1/2 laps remaining when Jeff Swindell jumped the cushion in turn two. The #104+ Octane Boost J&J suffered a flat right rear tire and slowed ahead of the leaders. Johnny Herrera, who started inside the 12th row, passed nine cars during the first 36 laps. He spent the final four laps battling Kinser to stay on the lead lap. Herrera finished in 12th place. "The King of the Outlaws" took the checkered flag as Lasoski raced into the third corner. "I knew it was going to be pretty tough tonight," Steve said. "It seemed like most everybody - the fast guys, at least - were running the top. "The cautions played to our advantage. We were pretty good in the open track." Joe Gaerte finished third, ahead of Mark Kinser, Dale Blaney, Andy Hillenburg, Frankie Kerr, Kelly Kinser, Saldana and Walker. WoO 1998 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Bloomington Speedway, Bloomington, IN Thursday, October 8, Feature Program #60 Qualifications: 1. Joey Saldana, MOX Motorsports 17, 9.703 (new single-lap record); 2. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 9.721; 3. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 9.749; 4. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 9.786; 5. Dale Blaney, Hylton/Blaney 93, 9.794; 6. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 9.845; 7. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 9.845; 8. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 9.878; 9. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 9.883; 10. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 9.914; 11. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23S, 9.918; 12. Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 9.931; 13. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 9.963; 14. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 10.007; 15. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 10.014; 16. Kelly Kinser, Kinser 4K, 10.023; 17. Derek Scheffel, Scheffel 21S, 10.065; 18. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 10.073; 19. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14, 10.077; 20. Craig Dollansky, Dollansky 7, 10.093; 21. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 10.106; 22. Danny Smith, Smith 4, 10.133; 23. Bob Burkle, Burkle 21B, 10.192; 24. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 10.235; 25. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 10.246; 26. Paul May, May 71M, 10.331; 27. Fred Boso, Javalina Construction 7B, 10.400; 28. Bobby Allen, Pell 1a, 10.433; 29. Jeremy Minton, Minton 13, 10.485; 30. Andy Hirsch, Hirsch 41, 10.583; 31. Dan Brettnacher, DCI Racing 33B, 10.662; 32. Wayne Newlin, Newlin 70, 10.721; 33. Brenda Buster, Buster 31, 11.009; 34. Eric Davis, Davis 96, 11.086. First Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Derek Scheffel, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Dale Blaney, 5. Tyler Walker, 6. Joey Saldana, 7. Tim Engler, 8. Jeremy Minton, 9. Brenda Buster. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Lance Blevins, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Danny Smith, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Donny Schatz, 6. Andy Hillenburg, 7. Andy Hirsch, 8. Paul May, 9. Eric Davis. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Randy Kinser, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Frankie Kerr, 5. Bob Burkle, 6. Dan Brettnacher, 7. Fred Boso, 8. Tim Shaffer. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Craig Dollansky, 3. Terry McCarl, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Kelly Kinser, 7. Bobby Allen. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Channellock Dash (seven laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Dale Blaney, 4. Donny Schatz, 5. Jeff Swindell, 6. Mark Kinser, 7. Joe Gaerte, 8. Stevie Smith. (finish determined first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Joey Saldana, 3. Kelly Kinser, 4. Tim Engler, 5. Jeremy Minton ($200); 6. Bobby Allen ($180); 7. Dan Brettnacher ($150); 8. Brenda Buster ($110); 9. Fred Boso ($90); 10. Andy Hirsch ($80); 11. Eric Davis ($60); 12. Tim Shaffer ($50); 13. Paul May ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (40 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($7,000); 2. Danny Lasoski ($4,000); 3. Joe Gaerte ($3,000); 4. Mark Kinser ($2,500); 5. Dale Blaney ($2,300); 6. Andy Hillenburg ($2,220); 7. Frankie Kerr ($2,100); 8. Kelly Kinser ($2,020); 9. Joey Saldana ($1,720); 10. Tyler Walker ($1,600); 11. Jeff Swindell ($1,200); 12. Johnny Herrera ($1,150); 13. Donny Schatz ($1,100); 14. Randy Kinser ($1,050); 15. Lance Blevins ($1,000); 16. Danny Smith ($700); 17. Stevie Smith ($600); 18. Sammy Swindell ($500); 19. Tim Engler ($520); 20. Bob Burkle ($500); 21. Terry McCarl ($500); 22. Derek Scheffel ($500); 23. Craig Dollansky ($500); 24. Jac Haudenschild ($500). Lap leader: Steve Kinser 1-40 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Joey Saldana WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Tyler Walker , Joey Saldana , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell , Paul May