Calistoga report 98-09-05

Steve Kinser Wins Second Harvest Classic Prelim By Richard Day CALISTOGA, CA (September 5) - With 14 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series titles on his resume, Steve Kinser definitely knows what it takes to win ...

Steve Kinser Wins Second Harvest Classic Prelim By Richard Day CALISTOGA, CA (September 5) - With 14 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series titles on his resume, Steve Kinser definitely knows what it takes to win championships. Every point counts, especially when there are only 14 events remaining on the schedule. "The King of the Outlaws" added four points to his advantage over Sammy Swindell in their battle for the series' points lead Saturday by leading every lap on his way to winning the Second Preliminary Feature in the Sixth Annual Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway. "You have to go out and run hard every night," said Kinser, who extended his margin to 28 points. "We've struggled a little bit here lately, but we had a good run tonight." Kinser, the eighth-fastest qualifier in the 34-car field, received the luxury of starting the Channellock Dash on the pole when Dale Blaney and Tim Shaffer failed to qualify for the Preliminary Feature through their Racing Champions Heat Races. Steve earned the right to start the feature on the pole by beating his cousin, Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Mark Kinser, across the finish line in the five-lap dash. Kinser drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim ahead of the field as the green flag fell in the 20-lap feature. Mark Kinser and Stevie Smith relegated defending Harvest Classic champion Sammy Swindell to fifth place during the opening lap. Mark Kinser passed outside polesitter Danny Lasoski for second place late in lap five, and closed to within two car-lengths of Steve as they entered lapped traffic the next time around. The Kinser cousins, Lasoski, Smith and Swindell raced bumper-to- bumper in dense traffic throughout the seventh lap. Mark steered the #5M Wirtgen Maxim into the low groove between the third and fourth corners late in lap eight, but was unable to pass Steve for the lead. Andy Hillenburg brought out the caution flag when he spun in turn two seconds later. "We caught up to a couple of cars there before the first caution," Steve said. "I wasn't sure which way they were going to go and I'm not sure they knew where they were going to go. We finally got by one of them, but I sure didn't mind getting the open track after the caution." Mark continued to battle Steve for the lead as the race resumed. Jeff Swindell allowed the #104+ Octane Boost J&J to bump the retaining wall in the first corner early in lap nine. Although he was able to maintain control, Jeff drifted back to 12th place as five cars passed him. Kinser was six car-lengths ahead of Mark when he caught the backmarkers again during the 15th lap. Mark caught him in dense traffic two laps later, however. Mark made several runs at his cousin during the final four laps, but was half a car-length behind at the checkered flag as Steve claimed his fifth Preliminary Feature victory of the season. "We found a spot up there in (turns) three and four where we could get going pretty good, and it made a difference when we got to traffic again," Kinser said. "Hopefully, we're looking good for starting up front Sunday night (in the championship feature)." Finishing second on opening night and fourth Saturday gave Smith the pole position in Sunday's "A" Feature. Lasoski will start outside the front row, having finished fifth and third in the preliminary races. Kinser will start the main event inside the second row. Sammy Swindell finished Saturday's Preliminary Feature in fifth place, ahead of opening-night feature winner Jac Haudenschild, Blaney, 15th-starting Donny Schatz, Shaffer and Calvin Landis. Mark Kinser overcame oil problems to earn his 16th Vivarin Fast- Time Award of the season. He circled the semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval in 16.309 seconds, an average speed of 110.369 m.p.h. Mark set Calistoga Speedway's single-lap record with a 16.057-second run on August 29, 1997. Karl Kinser and his crew replaced the engine in the #5M immediately after the qualifying session. Craig Dollansky returned to the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series after missing both races at San Jose and opening night at the Harvest Classic. The #64 sprinter he has been driving for Rod Fauver suffered a blown engine during the Third Racing Champions Heat Race at Southern Oregon Speedway on August 26th. Dollansky won the Third Racing Champions Heat Race and finished 19th in the evening's main event Saturday at Calistoga. WoO 1998 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Sixth Annual Harvest Classic Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA Saturday, September 5, Preliminary Program #2 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 16.309; 2. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 16.335; 3. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 16.481; 4. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 16.504; 5. Dale Blaney, Hylton/Blaney 93, 16.539; 6. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 16.544; 7. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 16.550; 8. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 16.557; 9. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 16.570; 10. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.618; 11. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 16.675; 12. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 16.689; 13. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 16.689; 14. Peter Murphy, Williams 0, 16.714; 15. Calvin Landis, Landis 70, 16.724; 16. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 16.797; 17. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 16.835; 18. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 16.841; 19. Craig Dollansky, Fauver 64, 16.919; 20. Sean Fenn, Fenn 36, 16.957; 21. Randy Tiner, Tiner 83T, 17.009; 22. Brian Coelho, Coelho 5C, 17.028; 23. Duane Bonini, Jr., Bonini 72, 17.108; 24. Steve Coelho, Coelho 6C, 17.126; 25. Steve Kent, McMillian/Mitchel 10, 17.134; 26. Brent Kaeding, M&M Racing 2M, 17.226; 27. David Fowler, Owens/Fowler 24F, 17.452; 28. Tommy Tarlton, Tarlton 21T, 17.561; 29. Sparky Howard, Papola 6, 17.633; 30. Randy Hannagan, THR 1x, 17.700; 31. Greg Decaires, Orth 24, 17.911; 32. Jim VanLare, Pors/VanLare 5V, 18.749; 33. Art McCarthy, McCarthy 19M, 19.622; 34. Ronnie Day, Schwartz 7S, no time. First Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Paul McMahan, 2. Randy Tiner, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Mark Kinser, 6. Dale Blaney, 7. Steve Kent, 8. Sparky Howard, 9. Art McCarthy. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Lance Blevins, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Brian Coelho, 6. Brent Kaeding, 7. Randy Hannagan, 8. Peter Murphy, 9. Ronnie Day. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Craig Dollansky, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Duane Bonini, Jr., 5. Calvin Landis, 6. Tim Shaffer, 7. David Fowler, 8. Greg Decaires. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Steve Coelho, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Tyler Walker, 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Sean Fenn, 7. Tommy Tarlton, 8. Jim VanLare. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Andy Hillenburg, 7. Joe Gaerte, 8. Jeff Swindell. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Dale Blaney, 2. Sean Fenn, 3. Brent Kaeding, 4. Tim Shaffer, 5. Steve Kent ($150); 6. Randy Hannagan ($125); 7. Tommy Tarlton ($100); 8. David Fowler ($75); 9. Greg Decaires ($60); 10. Sparky Howard ($50); 11. Jim VanLare ($40); 12. Art McCarthy ($40). DNS - Ronnie Day, Peter Murphy. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($4,500); 2. Mark Kinser ($2,500); 3. Danny Lasoski ($1,700); 4. Stevie Smith ($1,500); 5. Sammy Swindell ($1,350); 6. Jac Haudenschild ($1,250); 7. Dale Blaney ($1,220); 8. Donny Schatz ($1,100); 9. Tim Shaffer ($1,095); 10. Calvin Landis ($1,050); 11. Johnny Herrera ($1,000); 12. Jeff Swindell ($800); 13. Tyler Walker ($700); 14. Randy Tiner ($630); 15. Joe Gaerte ($400); 16. Lance Blevins ($400); 17. Brent Kaeding ($320); 18. Andy Hillenburg ($300); 19. Paul McMahan ($300); 20. Craig Dollansky ($300); 21. Steve Coelho ($300); 22. Brian Coelho ($300); 23. Sean Fenn ($320); 24. Duane Bonini, Jr. ($300). Lap leader: Steve Kinser 1-20 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser 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 , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Peter Murphy , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams