Kinser Executes Last-Lap Pass to Win Dixie Prelim By Richard Day WOODSTOCK, GA (March 12) - Joey Saldana, who sometimes packs a Mopar engine in the ...
Kinser Executes Last-Lap Pass to Win Dixie Prelim By Richard Day
WOODSTOCK, GA (March 12) - Joey Saldana, who sometimes packs a Mopar engine in the #17 Mox Motorsports Stealth, was a little more than half a lap from winning the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Preliminary Feature at Dixie Speedway Friday when Mark Kinser drove his Mopar-powered #5M Maxim past him for the victory.
"Joey ran a great race, but we were able to get by at the end," Mark said following his second Preliminary Feature victory of the season. "Joey winning his heat from outside the third row really got our attention, and we went down and did a little spying on his car. My crew worked hard all night long. Dennis (Kohler, one Kinser's crewmen) told me to watch Saldana - he said he had this place figured out - and he was right."
Although Saldana, the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Rookie of the Year in 1996, was disappointed finishing second, he was upbeat about Saturday's feature racing program.
"We ran good, but I just messed up in traffic," Joey said. "That's where experience comes in. We qualified really bad, but we made some big changes that seemed to work. You hate to lose it on the last lap, but we're looking good for tomorrow night."
Saldana, who had a Fisher engine under his hood Friday, was the 24th-fastest qualifier in the 35-car field. He won the Fourth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race and earned the right to start the Preliminary feature on the pole by winning the Channellock Dash from the pole.
Saldana burst into the lead twice, only to have Jeff Swindell stop the #104+ Octane Boost J&J in the third corner and James Chesson crash in turn four. Joey took the lead a third time as the green flag replaced the red.
A caution for Paul McMahan's fourth-corner spin stopped Saldana's progress late in the second lap. Mechanical problems forced Terry McCarl out of the evening's main event during the caution period.
Stevie Smith, who raced into seventh place from inside the seventh row during the first two laps, steered his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit into the high groove in turns three and four to pass Tyler Walker for sixth late in the third lap. He used a similar move in the same spot to pass Joe Gaerte for fifth the next time around.
Saldana was a half-straightaway ahead of Steve Kinser when he entered lapped traffic during the seventh lap. Mark Kinser used an inside move between the third and fourth corners to pass his cousin for second place late in lap eight.
Mark caught Saldana a lap later, and they raced nose-to-tail in dense traffic for most of the final 16 laps. Mark threatened to take the lead with a low move in turns three and four midway through the race, but Saldana managed to stay ahead.
Although Mark raced wheel-to-wheel through the corners and down the straightaways with Saldana, Joey beat him across the finish line until the final lap. He was two car-lengths ahead of Kinser during the 20th lap, when he started drifting out of the low groove in the turns.
Mark caught Saldana in turn one early in the final lap, and steered the #5M to the lowest point in the second corner to pass him a split-second later. Less than a car-length separated the leaders as they took the checkered flag.
"The track was in great shape," Mark said. "I raced here back in the late 80's, and I wish we raced here more often. It's a racy little track. Tomorrow (Saturday), tire wear might come into play, but it wasn't hard on tires at all tonight."
Steve Kinser's roller coaster ride ended with a third-place finish that pushed him into the lead in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings. He flipped in hot laps, qualified 16th-quick and came back to win the First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race.
Johnny Herrera finished fourth, ahead of Gaerte, "B" Feature winner Tyler Walker, Andy Hillenburg, 15th-starting Tim Shaffer, Smith and Danny Lasoski.
Mark Kinser, who has paced more Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series qualifying sessions than anybody in each of the last four seasons, received his first Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the year. He set the single-lap record at the 3/8-mile oval with a 13.128-second lap, an average speed of 102.834 m.p.h.
1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA Friday, March 12, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 13.128 (new single-lap record); 2. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 13.172; 3. Travis Whitney, Whitney 7S, 13.229; 4. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 13.254; 5. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 13.299; 6. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 13.369; 7. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 13.369; 8. Greg Hodnett, Apple 12, 13.386; 9. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 13.424; 10. Jeff Shepard, Stewart 4J, 13.438; 11. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 13.462; 12. Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 13.482; 13. Daryn Pittman, Sonner 47, 13.525; 14. Johnny Herrera, DOCC Motorsports 1BK, 13.546; 15. James Chesson, Chesson 22C, 13.592; 16. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.604; 17. Jimmy Carr, Blevins 21, 13.635; 18. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23S, 13.664; 19. Donny Schatz, Minot ND, Schatz 15, 13.759; 20. Paul McMahan, Johnson U2, 13.761; 21. Kelly Kinser, Kinser 4K, 13.802; 22. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 13.813; 23. Jerrod Hull, Webb 51, 13.814; 24. Joey Saldana, Mox Motorsports 17, 13.823; 25. Dale Blaney, Hylton/Blaney 93, 13.830; 26. Johnny Bridges, McCall 07, 13.863; 27. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 13.927; 28. Mike Hudson, Hudson 1H, 14.002; 29. Kenny Adams, Harz 88, 14.114; 30. Billy Wilburn, Wilburn 0W, 14.160; 31. P.J. Chesson, Chesson 76, 14.164; 32. Craig Dollansky, Dollansky 7, 14.168; 33. Byron Reed, B&S Racing 5R, 14.483; 34. Tony Broughton, Bullins 22T, 15.016; 35. Leonard Lee, Lee 16L, 15.222. First NAPA Auto Part Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Greg Hodnett, 5. Dale Blaney, 6. Kelly Kinser, 7. Kenny Adams, 8. Jimmy Carr, 9. Byron Reed. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second NAPA Auto Part Heat Race (10 laps): 1. James Chesson, 2. Frankie Kerr, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Jeff Shepard, 6. Brooke Tatnell, 7. Billy Wilburn, 8. Tony Broughton, 9. Johnny Bridges. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third NAPA Auto Part Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Travis Whitney, 4. Jerrod Hull, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. P.J. Chesson, 7. Leonard Lee, 8. Tim Shaffer, 9. Donny Schatz. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth NAPA Auto Part Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Joey Saldana, 2. Daryn Pittman, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Terry McCarl, 5. Paul McMahan, 6. Tyler Walker, 7. Craig Dollansky, 8. Mike Hudson. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Joey Saldana, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. James Chesson, 6. Danny Lasoski, 7. Joe Gaerte, 8. Travis Whitney. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Tyler Walker, 2. Tim Shaffer, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Kelly Kinser, 5. Jimmy Carr ($150); 6. Brooke Tatnell ($125); 7. P.J. Chesson ($100); 8. Johnny Bridges ($75); 9. Byron Reed ($60); 10. Kenny Adams ($50); 11. Tony Broughton ($40); 12. Leonard Lee ($40); 13. Billy Wilburn ($40); 14. Craig Dollansky ($40); 15. Mike Hudson ($40). (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (25 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($5,000); 2. Joey Saldana ($2,500); 3. Steve Kinser ($1,700); 4. Johnny Herrera ($1,500); 5. Joe Gaerte ($1,350); 6. Tyler Walker ($1,270); 7. Andy Hillenburg ($1,100); 8. Tim Shaffer ($1,120); 9. Stevie Smith ($1,075); 10. Danny Lasoski ($1,050); 11. Dale Blaney ($1,000); 12. Kelly Kinser ($920); 13. Greg Hodnett ($800); 14. Frankie Kerr ($700); 15. Jeff Swindell ($600); 16. Donny Schatz ($520); 17. Travis Whitney ($400); 18. Daryn Pittman ($400); 19. Sammy Swindell ($400); 20. Jerrod Hull ($400); 21. Paul McMahan ($400); 22. Jeff Shepard ($400); 23. Terry McCarl ($400); 24. James Chesson ($400). Lap leaders: Joey Saldana 1-24, Mark Kinser 25 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO