Devil's Bowl report 96-03-23

Kinser Wins Spring Nationals as Hillenburg Stalls By Richard Day MESQUITE, TX (March 23) - Andy Hillenburg was on his way to completing a sweep of the Skoal Outlaw Series' Action Rent-to-Own Spring ...

Kinser Wins Spring Nationals as Hillenburg Stalls By Richard Day MESQUITE, TX (March 23) - Andy Hillenburg was on his way to completing a sweep of the Skoal Outlaw Series' Action Rent-to-Own Spring Nationals at Devil's Bowl Speedway Saturday when disaster struck. His #2 STP J&J, clearly the strongest car in the 48-car field in the preliminary and feature programs, lost power. Steve Kinser, who admitted he was having a less-than-spectacular weekend, restarted at the front of the field and held off Dave Blaney for the $9,000 first prize. "The #11 Quaker State Maxim was working pretty good, but I'm not sure we had enough for Andy," Kinser said following his third "A" Feature victory in four World of Outlaws events this year. "He was running on the bottom of (turns) three and four and his crew came and told him to move to the top. But he was working so good through lapped traffic, it was going to be tough for us. But our car worked well, too. I was surprised we came up and ran as well as we did." Kinser, the second-fastest qualifier in time trials, didn't look characteristically strong in the Vivarin Dash. He passed Joe Gaerte and Johnny Herrera early, only to have them return the favor. His sixth-place finish in the Vivarin Dash put him outside the third row for the start of the 30-lap "A" Feature. "We took off and felt pretty good in the dash," Kinser said, "but we got loose real quick. I'm glad we did though, because we came in and made a lot of changes. We kept making changes and kept going the wrong way, so finally we had to hit something right after two days. We got the car a lot better. We're just tickled to win one, especially after struggling the way we have the last two nights." Although "The Buckeye Bullet" battled him through much of the final 13 laps, Kinser did anything but struggle after the 17th-lap caution. He took the checkered flag with Blaney racing into turn four. Hillenburg picked up where he left off Friday, earning the right to start the championship feature on the pole by winning the Vivarin Dash with ease. He burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event, and caught the backmarkers during the fifth lap. Kinser blazed a trail past Gaerte and Herrera during the opening lap, and passed his cousin, Mark, four laps later. He took the runner- up spot from Blaney in heavy lapped traffic during the 12th lap. Jac Haudenschild stopped the #22 Pennzoil Maxim on the back straightaway midway through the 14th lap, bringing out the caution flag and opening the track ahead of the leaders. Kinser was unable to keep pace with Hillenburg as the race resumed, but was in the right place at the right time when the #2 slowed entering turn four and stopped on the front stretch. After Blaney battled him through every corner for five laps, "The King of the Outlaws" was racing away from the field when Stevie Smith took the #71M EcoWater Systems Maxim for a spin in the second corner and Terry McCarl spun in turn four with nine laps remaining. Haudenschild and Hillenburg raced back into the top 10 before Joey Saldana's second-corner spin brought out the final yellow flag with four laps remaining. A flat right rear tire forced "The Wild Child" into the infield during the caution period, however. In another case of tough luck, the #5 C&S Enterprises Schnee lost its muffler as the cars were lining up for the restart, forcing World of Outlaws officials to black flag Danny Lasoski out of sixth place. Kinser steadily increased his advantage as Blaney battled to maintain the runner-up spot during the final four laps. Only the width of the front tires kept Herrera from taking second place from Blaney at the checkered flag. "I want to thank all the people from Quaker State who were here tonight," Kinser said. "It was the first sprint car race some of them had ever seen." Mark Kinser finished the main event in fourth place, ahead of Gaerte, the Swindell brothers - Jeff and Sammy - Lance Blevins, Stevie Smith and Lee Dunn. Hillenburg suffered a flat left rear during the final lap, which caused him to drop back into 16th place. He could only hope for better luck when the Skoal Outlaw Series visited his home state the next afternoon. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series 23rd Annual Action Rent-To-Own Spring Nationals Devil's Bowl Speedway, Mesquite, TX Saturday, March 23, Feature Program #4 Qualifications: 1. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 14.933; 2. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 15.031; 3. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 15.071; 4. Mike Peters, Grandstaff 66, 15.257; 5. Wayne Johnson, Davis 71C, 15.388; 6. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 15.419; 7. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 15.422; 8. Terry McCarl, Gray 51, 15.480; 9. Joey Saldana, Roth 83, 15.539; 10. Aaron Berryhill, Berryhill 97, 15.553; 11. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 15.586; 12. Tom Jonnson, Gano 22T, 15.602; 13. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14, 15.618; 14. Lee Dunn, Dunn 81, 15.638; 15. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 15.780; 16. John Bankston, Bankston 8, 15.810; 17. Bob Weuve, McCroskey 19, 16.007; 18. Dennis Moore, Jr., Moore 71, 16.049; 19. Billy Frazier, Frazier 21x, 16.061; 20. Chris Ikard, Miller 5x, 16.179; 21. Danny Smith, Bodkins/Smith 00, 16.775; 22. Danny Lasoski, Forbrook 5, 16.906; 23. Danny Wood, Jarnigan 1N, 16.955; 24. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 16.983; 25. Gary Wright, Action Motorsports 9, 17.049; 26. Shane Stewart, Stewart 9S, 17.093; 27. Jeff Shepard, Wahlie 1W, 17.103; 28. Dodie Miller, Miller 8K, 17.123; 29. Bobby Davis, Jr., Davis 4, 17.157; 30. Mike Goodman, Goodman 20G, 17.165; 31. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 17.188; 32. Randy Hannagan, Stanton 75, 17.276; 33. Kevin Huntley, Johnson U2, 17.351; 34. Tommie Estes, Jr., Threatt 29, 17.383; 35. Donnie Crawford, Hillenburg 55, 17.385; 36. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 17.388; 37. Alan Walker, Walker 21A, 17.402; 38. Scott Whitworth, Whirworth 96, 17.443; 39. Dave Ekern, Ekern 11E, 17.648; 40. Terry Gray, Gray 10G, 17.672; 41. John Ewell, Ewell 85, 17.686; 42. Miles Grein, Tankersley 69, 17.875; 43. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11H, 19.490; 44. Keith Dempsey, Dempsey 9D, 20.265; 45. Ron Souter, Souter 33, no time. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joey Saldana, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Randy Kinser, 4. Danny Smith, 5. Bobby Davis, Jr. ($10); 6. Wayne Johnson, 7. Gary Wright, 8. Bob Weuve, 9. John Ewell, Alan Walker. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Lee Dunn, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Aaron Berryhill, 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Tommie Estes, Jr., 7. Mike Goodman, 8. Shane Stewart, 9. Scott Whitworth, 10. Dennis Moore, Jr., 11. Miles Grein. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Lance Blevins, 5. Danny Wood, 6. Jeff Shepard ($10); 7. Donnie Crawford, 8. Brian Paulus, 9. Dave Ekern, 10. Dion Hindi. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Terry McCarl, 2. Mike Peters, 3. Terry Gray, 4. Chris Ikard, 5. Donny Schatz, 6. Randy Hannagan, 7. Jim Carr, 8. Tom Johnson, 9. John Bankston, 10. Dodie Miller, 11. Keith Dempsey. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) C Feature (six laps): 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Alan Walker, 3. Donnie Crawford ($135); 4. John Ewell ($110); 5. Scott Whitworth ($90); 6. Dion Hindi ($80); 7. Dave Ekern ($70); 8. Miles Grein ($60); 9. Keith Dempsey ($50). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Andy Hillenburg, Dave Blaney, Johnny Herrera and Mark Kinser for the first four starting positions in the Vivarin Dash Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Steve Kinser. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Wayne Johnson, 3. Brian Paulus, 4. Dennis Moore, Jr., 5. Gary Wright ($210); 6. Mike Goodman ($185); 7. Jim Carr ($160); 8. Tommie Estes, Jr. ($110); 9. Donny Schatz ($100); 10. Danny Wood ($90); 11. Randy Hannagan ($70); 12. Bob Weuve ($50); 13. Billy Frazier ($60); 14. Dodie Miller ($60); 15. Tom Johnson ($60); 16. Alan Walker ($60); 17. John Bankston ($60). DNS - Bobby Davis, Jr., Jeff Shepard. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($9,010); 2. Dave Blaney ($5,000); 3. Johnny Herrera ($3,300); 4. Mark Kinser ($3,000); 5. Joe Gaerte ($2,260); 6. Jeff Swindell ($2,085); 7. Sammy Swindell ($1,810); 8. Lance Blevins ($1,710); 9. Stevie Smith ($1,510); 10. Lee Dunn ($1,410); 11. Mike Peters ($1,210); 12. Danny Smith ($1,110); 13. Wayne Johnson ($1,080); 14. Terry McCarl ($1,010); 15. Aaron Berryhill ($710); 16. Andy Hillenburg ($610); 17. Terry Gray ($510); 18. Jac Haudenschild ($510); 19. Dennis Moore, Jr. ($530); 20. Chris Ikard ($510); 21. Danny Lasoski ($530); 22. Joey Saldana ($510); 23. Brian Paulus ($530); 24. Randy Kinser ($510). Lap leaders: Andy Hillenburg 1-17, Steve Kinser 18-30 WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Aaron Berryhill , Brian Paulus , Joey Saldana , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Wayne Johnson , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell