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KINSER OPENS FAREWELL EVENT WITH DEVIL'S BOWL VICTORY By Richard Day MESQUITE, TX (October 22) - Steve Kinser started his final World of Outlaws event much the same way he has the 1,000 or so others...

KINSER OPENS FAREWELL EVENT WITH DEVIL'S BOWL VICTORY By Richard Day MESQUITE, TX (October 22) - Steve Kinser started his final World of Outlaws event much the same way he has the 1,000 or so others he has run in the last 17 years - he won. Having already clinched his 14th Copenhagen-Skoal Shootout championship and a move into NASCAR's Winston Cup series on the horizon, "The King of the Outlaws" joked that he might just skip the World of Outlaws' final event of the year. Instead, he stepped into victory lane to the cheers of the standing-room-only crowd at Devil's Bowl Speedway early Sunday morning. The preliminary program was postponed 24 hours when thunderstorms hit Devil's Bowl Speedway. The feature racing program was re-scheduled for Sunday afternoon. "They don't get much rougher than that - the track or the driving," Kinser said in victory lane. "That was quite a workout. "I could work pretty good on the bottom or the top in three and four, and I was afraid to flirt around any. We got into the lapped cars, and had to run hard the whole race." Kinser, the fourth-fastest qualifier in the 52-car field, received the luxury of starting the Vivarin Dash on the pole when Ecowater Fast-Time Award winner Lance Blevins picked the #4 inversion pill for the five-lap race. He won the Vivarin Dash in convincing fashion for the right to start the Preliminary Feature on the pole. "The King of the Outlaws" raced wheel-to-wheel with outside polesitter Jeff Swindell down the front straightaway before gaining the advantage deep in the first corner. He opened a comfortable lead during the first five laps as Sammy Swindell caught his brother and battled Jeff for the runner- up spot. Kinser was approaching lapped traffic late in the fifth lap when Jac Haudenschild surrendered sixth place with a third-corner spin. The caution flag was thrown, opening the track ahead of the leaders. When the green flag replaced the yellow, "The King of the Outlaws" burst into the lead with such force that the #11 Valvoline Maxim lifted its front tires off the ground. At the same time, Sammy took the low line past Jeff in turn two. Sammy caught Kinser within seconds, and the race for the lead immediately took on the look of the many classic battles Steve and Sammy have waged throughout World of Outlaws history. A temporary truce was called two laps later when Andy Hillenburg hooked a rut in turn three and the #2 STP J&J flipped into the fourth corner. When the race resumed, Kinser ran away from the field. He caught the backmarkers midway through the 20-lap race. Tim Engler took "The King of the Outlaws" out of lapped traffic again two laps later when he stopped in turn two. Dave Blaney, who has been chasing Kinser in the point standings for the last two years, passed five sprinters within a lap after restarting the race in eighth place to take over third. As he challenged Sammy for the runner-up spot, Kinser opened a half-straightaway advantage with six laps remaining. "The Buckeye Bullet" was the evening's first casualty, flipping the #10 Vivarin J&J into the fourth corner early in the Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race. Crew chief Kenny Woodruff had the #10 race-ready by the "B" Feature, however, and Blaney came back with a last-lap pass to win the race. Swindell had the #1 Bull & Hannah's Jenkins within four car-lengths of Kinser with three laps remaining. But a quick move around Scott Hogue and Chad Mellenberndt gave "The King of the Outlaws" a winning margin of eight car-lengths. Blaney pressured Sammy into surrendering the runner-up to him in the second corner early in the final lap, and beat him under the checkered flag in a photo finish. Rounding out the top 10 in the Preliminary Feature were Greg Hodnett, Jeff Swindell, First Snap-on Tools Heat Race winner Tommie Estes, Jr., Haudenschild, Blevins, Kenny Jacobs and Jimmy Brewer. WoO 1994 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/COPENHAGEN-SKOAL SHOOTOUT 21st Annual Winter Nationals, Devil's Bowl Speedway, Mesquite, TX Saturday, October 22, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21L, 14.293; 2. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.418; 3. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 14.433; 4. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 14.539; 5. Sammy Swindell, Gilliam 1, 14.578; 6. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 14.599; 7. Paul McMahan, Lamar 3, 14.601; 8. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 14.652; 9. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 14.679; 10. Jimmy Brewer, Brewer 32, 14.685; 11. Tommie Estes, Jr., Gray 51, 14.702; 12. Kenny Jacobs, Motter 71M, 14.730; 13. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 14.733; 14. Johnny Herrera, Hamilton 77, 14.754; 15. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 14.763; 16. Chad Mellenberndt, Mellenberndt 97M, 14.771; 17. Aaron Berryhill, Berryhill 97, 14.776; 18. Bob Ewell, Ewell 85, 14.793; 19. Stevie Smith, Forbrook 5, 14.802; 20. Joe Gaerte, Two Winners 9TW, 14.815; 21. Shane Stewart, Stewart 9S, 14.829; 22. Shane Carson, Helms 12$ 14.837; 23. Scott Hogue, Hogue 9C, 14.853; 24. Gary Wright, White 9, 14.865; 25. Steve Beitler, Beitler 21, 14.922; 26. Bobby Davis, Jr., Davis 4, 14.934; 27. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23S, 14.937; 28. Rickey Hood, Herrera 45x, 14.998; 29. Tommy Johnson, Johnson 22B, 15.020; 30. Mike Peters, Grandstaff 66, 15.033; 31. Danny Lasoski, Sonner 47, 15.070; 32. Sid Blandford, Blandford 31, 15.120; 33. Marlon Jones, Oswalt D1, 15.130; 34. Tim Lewis, Lewis 6, 15.182; 35. Ronald Laney, Laney 52, 15.184; 36. Pat Bourke, B&B Excavating 27, 15.186; 37. Alan Payne, Texas Kenworth 2KW, 15.284; 38. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11H, 15.370; 40. Ron Souter, Souter 33, 15.439; 41. Aaron Lemmons, Lemmons 12, 15.486; 42. Pete Butler, Hanna 29, 15.613; 43. Mike Miller, Miller 4x, 15.660; 44. Dan Oswalt, Oswalt D1x, 15.874; 45. Todd Ribick, Ribick 5R, 15.542; 46. John Bankston, Bankston 8, 15.216; 47. Larry Hartwell, Miller 10x, 16.321; 48. Brandon Hull, Hull 7N, 16.602; 49. Dodie Miller, Miller 8D, 17.322; 50. Jeff Masson, Masson 66M, 18.497; 51. Jeff Shepard, Poston 15, no time; 52. Dennis Crockett, Crockett 8x, no time. First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Tommie Estes, Jr., 2. Bobby Davis, Jr., 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Lance Blevins, 5. Chad Mellenberndt, 6. Danny Lasoski, 7. Aaron Lemmons, 8. Pat Bourke, 9. John Bankston; 10. Dennis Crockett. DNS - Shane Stewart, Jeff Shepard. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Frankie Kerr, 2. Shane Carson, 3. Kenny Jacobs, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Pete Butler, 6. Paul McMahan, 7. Alan Payne, 8. Larry Hartwell. DNS - Aaron Berryhill, Sid Blandford. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Scott Hogue, 3. Rickey Hood, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Bob Ewell, 6. Dion Hindi, 7. Mike Miller, 8. Marlon Jones, 9. Brandon Hull ($10); 10. Dave Blaney. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Gary Wright, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Dan Hamilton, 7. Tim Lewis, 8. Dan Oswalt, 9. Dodie Miller, 10. Tommy Johnson. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fifth Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Steve Beitler, 2. Mike Peters, 3. Tim Engler, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Jimmy Brewer, 7. Ron Souter ($10); 8. Ronald Laney, 9. Todd Ribick. DNS - Jeff Masson. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Jac Haudenschild, 6. Lance Blevins, 7. Greg Hodnett, 8. Tommie Estes, Jr. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) C Feature (eight laps): 1. Aaron Lemmons, 2. Pete Butler, 3. Dan Oswalt ($110); 4. Mike Miller ($90); 5. Todd Ribick ($70); 6. John Bankston ($60); 7. Dodie Miller ($50); 8. Jeff Masson ($40); 9. Larry Hartwell ($35); 10. Dennis Crockett ($35). DNS - Brandon Hull, Ron Souter, Jeff Shepard. (first two qualify for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Chad Mellenberndt, 3. Jimmy Brewer, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Bob Ewell ($160); 6. Tim Lewis ($135); 7. Aaron Lemmons ($110); 8. Pat Bourke ($85); 9. Ronald Laney ($70); 10. Aaron Berryhill ($60); 11. Marlon Jones ($50); 12. Sid Blandford ($50); 13. Pete Butler ($50); 14. Danny Lasoski ($50); 15. Stevie Smith ($50); 16. Dion Hindi ($50); 17. Paul McMahan ($50); 18. Dan Hamilton ($50); 19. Tommy Johnson ($50); 20. Alan Payne ($50). (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($4,010); 2. Dave Blaney ($2,330); 3. Sammy Swindell ($1,610); 4. Greg Hodnett ($1,410); 5. Jeff Swindell ($1,260); 6. Tommie Estes, Jr. ($1,110); 7. Jac Haudenschild ($1,010); 8. Lance Blevins ($860); 9. Kenny Jacobs ($810); 10. Jimmy Brewer ($780); 11. Johnny Herrera ($460); 12. Scott Hogue ($410); 13. Chad Mellenberndt ($380); 14. Steve Beitler ($310); 15. Joe Gaerte ($280); 16. Tim Engler ($210); 17. Rickey Hood ($210); 18. Bobby Davis, Jr. ($210); 19. Frankie Kerr ($210); 20. Mark Kinser ($210); 21. Andy Hillenburg ($210); 22. Shane Carson ($210); 23. Gary Wright ($210); 24. Mike Peters ($210). Lap leader: Steve Kinser 1-20 Ecowater Fast-Time Award winner: Lance Blevins WoO*eof

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Tommy Johnson , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Mike Miller , Kenny Jacobs , Aaron Berryhill , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Tim Lewis , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell