Eagle Nationals finale race report 2001-06-23

Kinser Dominates Eagle Nationals Finale EAGLE, NE (June 23) -- Mark Kinser admitted he was afraid of being replaced in the ...

Kinser Dominates Eagle Nationals Finale

EAGLE, NE (June 23) -- Mark Kinser admitted he was afraid of being replaced in the #5M Mopar Maxim after qualifying poorly in Friday's Second Preliminary Program at the 18th Annual Eagle Nationals.

Kinser gained plenty of job security while increasing his advantage in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings Saturday, leading all 40 laps on his way to successfully defending his Eagle Nationals championship before the largest crowd in the history of Eagle Raceway.

The series' two-time champion is 19 points ahead of Danny Lasoski as the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series heads into Wednesday's $51,600 event at State Fair Motor Speedway in Sedalia, MO.

Kinser, who raced to victory from inside the fourth row in Thursday's opening-night feature, earned the right to start the Eagle Nationals main event outside the front row by scoring the second-most points in the preliminary programs.

Kinser raced around pole-sitter Craig Dollansky as the green flag fell in Saturday's "A" Feature, and was 1.1 seconds ahead when he entered lapped traffic during the sixth lap.

Joey Saldana, who passed Andy Hillenburg early, challenged Dollansky for second place during the eighth lap.

Kinser maintained his 1.1-second advantage in dense lapped traffic as Saldana continued to battle Dollansky through the 11th lap. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series 1996 Rookie of the Year steered Dennis Roth's #83 Beef Packers Eagle to the lowest point in the second corner to pass Dollansky for the runner-up spot two laps later.

Second Preliminary Feature winner Danny Wood challenged Dollansky for third place while Kinser increased his advantage to four seconds by the 18th lap.

Dollansky chased Saldana for 12 laps before steering Karavan Racing's #7 Polydome Maxim to the rim between turns three and four to regain second place late in lap 25.

Tim Shaffer took the leaders out of lapped traffic the next time around when the #11H Vivarin Maxim hit the outside retaining wall in the fourth corner. Shaffer's crew replaced his flat right rear tire, and he rejoined the race at the rear of the field.

Five lapped cars separating Dollansky from Kinser allowed Mark to start rebuilding his comfortable advantage immediately after the green flag replaced the yellow.

Wood, the 2001 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award winner, steered Sher-Don Motorsports' #21W Pepsi Avenger into the low groove between turns one and two to pass Saldana for third place early in the 28th lap. Wood continued his run to the front the next time around, taking over second place with a similar move past Dollansky.

Dollansky was trying to regain the runner-up spot with a slide move in turn two early in the final lap when he collided with Wood. Dollansky and Saldana raced past while Wood recovered to finish in fourth place.

Kinser took the checkered with 2.4 seconds to spare. The $20,000 victory was his eighth of the season and the seventh of his career at Eagle's high-banked, 1/3-mile oval.

Stevie Smith held off hard-charging Jeff Shepard for fifth place. Lasoski finished seventh, ahead of First O'Reilly Heat Race winner Randy Hannagan, defending Eagle Nationals champion Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz.

Sammy Swindell, winner of two Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series main events at Eagle Raceway, raced into 11th place from outside the ninth row.

Paul McMahan's 12th-place finish pushed him past Rookie of the Year candidate Brad Furr into ninth place in the point standings.

Wood was running third in the Second O'Reilly Heat Race when a left rear shock malfunction caused him to fade back to eighth place. He won the "B" Feature, however, and started outside the third row in the main event.

The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will sanction the Sixth Annual Iowa Ethanol Classic Friday and Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, IA. TNN: The National Network will televise Saturday's race live, starting at 9 p.m. (EDT).

- WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan