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Kinser Stops Blaney in Calistoga Finale By Richard Day CALISTOGA, CA (September 3) - While compiling 399 World of Outlaws "A" Feature victories, caution flags have helped Steve Kinser take the lead...

Kinser Stops Blaney in Calistoga Finale By Richard Day CALISTOGA, CA (September 3) - While compiling 399 World of Outlaws "A" Feature victories, caution flags have helped Steve Kinser take the lead and retain first place. "The King of the Outlaws" took advantage of a 27th-lap caution Sunday to win the Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway. Dave Blaney, who won both Preliminary Features, passed Kinser deep in the second corner with 2 1/2 laps remaining only to have Steve Kent stop on the back straightaway with an engine malfunction seconds later. Out came the caution flag, returning Kinser to first place, allowing him to cruise to victory. "When you have two cars as evenly matched as Dave's and mine were, you have to get cautions at the right time to win," Kinser admitted in victory lane. "When I could run my own line, I was OK. But when I had to move off my line, Dave's car was better. His car was more versatile and better in lapped traffic than mine was." But it was Kinser, leader of 29 of the 30 laps in the championship feature, who claimed the $15,000 first prize. Blaney earned the right to start the main event on the pole by beating Kinser across the finish line in the Snap-on Tools Dash. He burst into the lead in turn four as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature, but Kinser caught him in turn one. "The King of the Outlaws" steered his #11 Quaker State Maxim deep into the second corner to pass Blaney to lead the first lap. The red flag was flying within seconds after the leaders crossed the finish line, as George Graham flipped in turn two. Kinser raced away from Blaney as the race resumed, only to have an early third-lap caution tighten the field again. While Blake Robertson spun into the wall in turn one, Danny Lasoski's muffler fell off and hit the hood on the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim driven by Keith Kauffman. The incident was most unfortunate for Lasoski, who was disqualified after racing into eighth place from the seventh row. Jac Haudenschild started challenging "The Buckeye Bullet" for the runner-up spot as the green flag replaced the yellow, allowing Kinser to open a 15-car-length advantage within six laps. Blaney narrowed the gap as "The King of the Outlaws" caught the backmarkers early in the 11th lap, however, and caught him two laps later as they approached Lindsey Casto. Blaney was attempting to take the lead midway through the race when Casto slid in front of him, allowing Kinser to increase his advantage to eight car-lengths. "The Buckeye Bullet" was catching Kinser the next time around when Greg DeCaires crashed in turn four, bringing out the red flag. Kinser was quick on the restart, and opened a 10-car-length advantage within two laps. Blaney caught Kinser behind a pack of backmarkers with eight laps remaining, and steered the #10 Vivarin J&J into the low groove to pass him at the finish line as they completed lap 23. "The King of the Outlaws" regained first place high in turn one the next time around as Blaney maneuvered through dense lapped traffic. Haudenschild made it a three-car battle for the lead when he caught Kinser and Blaney early in the 27th lap. Seconds later, "The Buckeye Bullet" blew by Kinser deep in the second corner and quickly put five car-lengths between them. But Kent's engine failed before Blaney crossed the finish line, nullifying the pass. Kinser restarted ahead of the 24-car field, and raced away from Blaney as the green flag replaced the yellow. "The Buckeye Bullet" got one more chance to steal the victory midway through the white-flag lap when DeCaires stopped on the back straightaway. But he was unable to keep pace with Kinser on the ensuing restart, and was five car-lengths behind when "The King of the Outlaws" took the checkered flag. Haudenschild finished the Skoal Outlaws Series' 58th event of the season in third place, ahead of Jeff Swindell, Andy Hillenburg, Greg Hodnett, Third Heat Race winner Stevie Smith, Lee Brewer, Jr., Kevin Pylant and First Heat Race winner Randy Hannagan. Brewer, a former World of Outlaws regular, received the Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award for racing into eighth place from the ninth row. WoO 1995 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Harvest Classic, Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA Sunday, September 3, Feature Program #58 First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Randy Hannagan, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Greg DeCaires, 4. Lee Brewer, Jr., 5. Paul McMahan, 6. Mark Monico, 7. George Graham, 8. Keith Nafzger, 9. Rod Johnson ($10). (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Keith Kauffman, 3. Lindsey Casto, 4. Kevin Pylant, 5. Steve Kent, 6. John Rodriguez, 7. Jay Follman, 8. Bernie House. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Randy Tiner, 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Brent Kaeding, 6. Ronnie Day, 7. Blake Robertson, 8. Fred Plourde. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-2 in points automatically qualified Dave Blaney and Steve Kinser for the first two starting positions in the Snap-on Tools Dash. Snap-on Tools Dash (five laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Randy Hannagan, 6. Joe Gaerte. (finish determined the first six starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Ronnie Day, 2. John Rodriguez, 3. Blake Robertson, 4. George Graham, 5. Mark Monico, 6. Keith Nafzger ($210); 7. Fred Plourde ($185); 8. Jay Follman ($160); 9. Bernie House ($135). DNS - Rod Johnson. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Preliminary Feature (30 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($15,000); 2. Dave Blaney ($10,000); 3. Jac Haudenschild ($5,010); 4. Jeff Swindell ($4,010); 5. Andy Hillenburg ($3,010); 6. Greg Hodnett ($2,510); 7. Stevie Smith ($2,010); 8. Lee Brewer, Jr. ($1,910); 9. Kevin Pylant ($1,810); 10. Randy Hannagan ($1,760); 11. Paul McMahan ($1,610); 12. Randy Tiner ($1,510); 13. Keith Kauffman ($1,310); 14. Joe Gaerte ($1,210); 15. Brent Kaeding ($1,110); 16. Ronnie Day ($1,035); 17. John Rodriguez ($835); 18. Lindsey Casto ($610); 19. Mark Monico ($535); 20. Greg DeCaires ($510); 21. Steve Kent ($510); 22. Blake Robertson ($535); 23. Danny Lasoski ($510); 24. George Graham ($535). Lap leaders: Steve Kinser 1-22, 24-30, Dave Blaney 23 Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award winner: Lee Brewer, Jr. WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Jeff Swindell