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Mark Kinser Comes Back Strong at Canandaigua By Richard Day CANANDAIGUA, NY (June 5) - What a difference a day can make. Twenty-four hours after blowing two engines and failing to finish a Skoal Outlaw Series...

Mark Kinser Comes Back Strong at Canandaigua By Richard Day CANANDAIGUA, NY (June 5) - What a difference a day can make. Twenty-four hours after blowing two engines and failing to finish a Skoal Outlaw Series "A" Feature for the first time this year, Mark Kinser was basking in victory lane at Canandaigua Speedway Wednesday. The scene at Canandaigua was similar to the seven other visits to victory lane the World of Outlaws points leader has made in what is turning into a career-best season for the 1984 Rookie of the Year. Mark opened the fourth leg of the Skoal Outlaw Series' annual five-track tour of New York by claiming his 14th EcoWater Quick-Time Award of the season. His 15.023-second qualifying lap was only .124 seconds off the one-lap record Stevie Smith set three years ago. Then he picked the #4 inversion pill, which put Steve Kinser on the pole of the Vivarin Dash. "The King of the Outlaws" won the five- lap race for the right to start the "A" Feature on the pole. Mark, who also won the First Quaker State Heat Race, finished the Vivarin Dash in third place and started the main event behind his cousin. "We were a little off in the dash," Mark said. "In our heat race, we bottomed out and shoved the radiator back into the motor. We had to fix that, so we didn't have any time to make any changes on the car. When we did get a chance to work on the car, it was good." Steve and outside polesitter Billy Pauch raced wheel-to-wheel down the front straightaway just seconds after the green flag fell in the main event. Kinser surged ahead with a low move into the first corner, but Pauch took the high line through turn two and won a back-stretch drag race to lead first lap. Pauch, who won Tuesday's "A" Feature at Rolling Wheels Raceway, was three car-lengths ahead of Steve when Mark passed Sammy Swindell for third place deep in turn four late in the third lap. The leader was catching the backmarkers while Mark challenged Steve for the runner-up spot early in lap five. After making a run at Steve high in turn two, Mark came back with another in the third corner and took over second place seconds later. Mark caught Pauch immediately after passing Steve, and challenged him for two laps before taking the lead with a low move through dense lapped traffic in the second corner. Steve relegated Pauch to third place two laps later, steering the #11 Quaker State Maxim through the backmarkers and by Billy "The Kid" deep in turn four. Mark was a half-straightaway ahead of his closest pursuers during the 10th lap when he caught another pack of backmarkers. He was breaking through the heavy traffic three laps later when an ignition problem in the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim caused Jeff Swindell to stop in the second corner. The red flag was flying before a full lap of green-flag racing was completed, as Johnny Herrera turned the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim on its side in turn two. His crew changed the car's Jacob's ladder quickly, allowing Herrera to restart the race at the back of the pack. He raced back into 15th place during the final 12 laps. Although no lapped cars separated the leaders in the restart lineup, Mark drove the #5M Wirtgen Maxim away from Steve as the race resumed. He was a half-straightaway ahead of the field three laps later when Dave Blaney started battling Joe Gaerte for fifth place. Smith, who started the main event back on the ninth row, followed "The Buckeye Bullet" by Gaerte to take over sixth place with eight laps remaining. The final seven laps brought back memories of the classic battles between Steve and Sammy. Swindell caught Kinser early in the 19th lap, but fell behind when he allowed the #1 ChannelLock Gambler to hit the outside retaining wall on the front straightaway. They were chasing Mark into lapped traffic two laps later when Sammy caught Steve again. Swindell took over the runner-up spot with a low move into the third corner with three laps remaining, only to have Steve return the favor with a fourth-corner pass as they were heading for the checkered flag. "We're glad to be back here in victory lane," said Mark, who also won a Skoal Outlaw Series "A" Feature at Canandaigua in 1993. "The caution and the red kept us from getting into much lapped traffic." Smith drove the #71M EcoWater Systems Maxim past Pauch and Blaney during the final two laps to claim fourth place. Sixteenth-starting Andy Hillenburg finished seventh, ahead of Gaerte and Third Quaker State Heat Race winner Greg Hodnett. Although Jeff Swindell came back to finish 10th, he dropped into fifth place in the point standings as Steve Kinser moved to third. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Canandaigua Speedway, Canandaigua, NY Wednesday, June 5, Feature Program #23 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 15.023; 2. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 15.085; 3. Billy Pauch, Zemaitis 1Z, 15.132; 4. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 15.155; 5. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 15.193; 6. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., Kreitz 69K, 15.356; 7. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 15.395; 8. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 15.420; 9. Kevin Gobrecht, Gobrecht 92, 15.470; 10. Joey Saldana, Roth 83, 15.474; 11. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 15.498; 12. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 15.507; 13. Tim Kuhn, Kuhn 11A, 15.526; 14. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 15.701; 15. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 15.711; 16. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 15.846; 17. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 15.859; 18. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 15.890; 19. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 15.899; 20. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 16.073; 21. Dean Jacobs, Davis 1F, 16.081; 22. Lance Yonge, Yonge 17, 16.185; 23. Rob Hart, Hart 86, 16.280; 24. Gary Chambers, Chambers 16, 16.318; 25. Mike Woodring, Woodring 19, 16.341; 26. George Suprick, Suprick 87, 16.695; 27. Dick Spadero, Spadero 29, 16.946; 28. Dan DeCracker, DeCracker 47x, 16.953; 29. Lee Sanders, Sanders 26, 16.989; 30. Steve Herman, Herman 53, 17.082; 31. Mike Stelter, Stelter 63, 17.093; 32. Bubby Kerrick, Kerrick 61, 17.239. First Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Joey Saldana, 5. Tim Kuhn, 6. Lance Blevins, 7. Mike Woodring, 8. Lance Yonge, 9. Mike Stelter, Dan DeCracker, 10. Johnny Herrera. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Todd Shaffer, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Jeff Swindell, 6. Steve Kinser, 7. Brian Paulus, 8. Rob Hart, 9. George Suprick, 10. Lee Sanders, 11. Bubby Kerrick. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Kevin Gobrecht, 3. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., 4. Billy Pauch, 5. Jim Carr, 6. Dean Jacobs, 7. Gary Chambers, 8. Steve Herman, 9. Dick Spadero, 10. Jac Haudenschild. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Billy Pauch, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Dave Blaney, 6. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., 7. Kevin Gobrecht, 8. Joe Gaerte. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Brian Paulus, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Lance Yonge, 5. Gary Chambers, 6. Mike Woodring, 7. George Suprick ($210); 8. Rob Hart ($185); 9. Mike Stelter ($160); 10. Dan DeCracker ($110); 11. Dick Spadero ($100); 12. Bubby Kerrick ($90); 13. Lee Sanders ($70); 14. Steve Herman ($60). (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (25 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($6,010); 2. Steve Kinser ($3,510); 3. Sammy Swindell ($2,510); 4. Stevie Smith ($2,210); 5. Billy Pauch ($2,110); 6. Dave Blaney ($2,010); 7. Andy Hillenburg ($1,610); 8. Joe Gaerte ($1,510); 9. Greg Hodnett ($1,410); 10. Jeff Swindell ($1,310); 11. Kevin Gobrecht ($1,160); 12. Donnie Kreitz, Jr. ($1,110); 13. Joey Saldana ($1,060); 14. Jac Haudenschild ($1,030); 15. Johnny Herrera ($730); 16. Todd Shaffer ($510); 17. Dean Jacobs ($410); 18. Lance Blevins ($410); 19. Jim Carr ($410); 20. Lance Yonge ($430); 21. Brian Paulus ($430); 22. Gary Chambers ($430); 23. Mike Woodring ($430); 24. Tim Kuhn ($410). Lap leaders: Billy Pauch 1-6, Mark Kinser 7-25 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Brian Paulus , Dean Jacobs , Joey Saldana , Billy Pauch , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell