Eagle Nationals main event report

'KING OF THE OUTLAWS' SWEEPS EAGLE NATIONALS By Richard Day EAGLE, NE (July 3) - The nightmare Mark Kinser had Saturday night came back to haunt him 24 hours later. He started the "A" Feature on...

'KING OF THE OUTLAWS' SWEEPS EAGLE NATIONALS By Richard Day EAGLE, NE (July 3) - The nightmare Mark Kinser had Saturday night came back to haunt him 24 hours later. He started the "A" Feature on the pole and entered lapped traffic with a comfortable lead, only to have his cousin, Steve Kinser, take it away from him. That's the 11th Annual Eagle Nationals from the 1986 champion's point of view. He beat Steve across the finish line in the Snap-on Tools Dash, but couldn't keep "The King of the Outlaws" from passing him during the 15th lap of the "A" Feature. "Early in the race, I was just trying to pick a spot to make a bid for the lead," Steve told the capacity crowd from victory lane. "I caught Mark in traffic, and managed to slide under him to take the lead." He also managed to keep the #11 Valvoline Maxim ahead of Mark during the final 26 laps, including a 38th-lap restart. "I knew we ran a long time under green (22 laps), and we had been working a lot of traffic, so I figured Mark wasn't far behind. When the caution came out on lap 38, I felt like there was a lapped car between us. I didn't see the board, so I wasn't sure. I just ran as hard as I could the last two laps, and it worked out." The Eagle Nationals has "worked out" for Kinser five times since 1984. His third victory in the World of Outlaws' last four events marked the first time he has won the prestigious event since 1990. Mark drove the #5M Maxim house car into the lead immediately after the green flag fell in the 40-lap main event. Five laps after Sid Blandford's fourth-lap crash into the turn-one guard rail brought out the red flag, Mark entered lapped traffic with a four-car-length advantage. Steve reeled him in during the next six laps, and took the lead deep in the first corner. Within seconds after Kinser completed the 15th lap, Andy Hillenburg's #2 STP J&J jumped the cushion in turn four. He bicycled as he tried to regain control, hit the fence and turned over, knocking himself out of fourth place. Extensive damage to the #2 kept Hillenburg from returning to the race, so he was credited with a 22nd-place finish. The crash proved unfortunate for Jeff Shepard as well. Moving into sixth place before the green flag fell, Sammy Swindell and Jac Haudenschild passed him between the third and fourth corners when the race resumed. The leader was six car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers when he caught the backmarkers again midway through the race. Two laps later, Mark closed to within two car-lengths of the lead as Steve slowed behind Kevin Frey and Stevie Smith. Mark was forced to divert his attention from the leader, however, as Jeff Swindell challenged him for second place during the next two laps. As the battle for the runner-up spot raged, Steve opened a 10-car-length advantage. Kinser was a full straightaway ahead of Mark with four laps remaining. But when Steve slowed behind a pack of backmarkers - Frey, Todd Splain and Tim Baker - Mark cut his lead in half. Mark received one last opportunity to regain the lead when "B" Feature winner Joe McCarthy hit the outside retaining wall and stopped in turn three, bringing out the caution flag and setting up a two-lap dash for the $8,200 first prize. Steve got the jump on Mark when the race resumed, and took the checkered flag with his second cousin six car-lengths behind. "Karl (Kinser, Mark's father and Steve's car owner/crew chief) did a great job preparing the car," Steve said. "It handled well all night." Jeff Swindell survived a race-long battle with Dave Blaney to finish the main event in third place. "The Wild Child" beat Sammy Swindell across the finish line for fifth. Shepard finished seventh, ahead of Greg Hodnett, Kenny Jacobs and Ray Lipsey. WoO 1994 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/COPENHAGEN-SKOAL SHOOTOUT Eagle Nationals, Eagle Raceway, Eagle, NE Sunday, July 3, Feature Program #34 Qualifications: 1. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 12.527; 2. Jeff Shepard, Hamilton 77, 23.662; 3. Sammy Swindell, Gilliam 1, 12.782; 4. Joe Gaerte, Two Winners 9TW, 13.026; 5. Kenny Jacobs, Motter 71M, 13.129; 6. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 13.194; 7. Johnny Herrera, Pack 4A, 13.204; 8. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 13.213; 9. Ray Lipsey, Lipsey 45, 13.405; 10. Stevie Smith, Veilhauer 12x, 13.540; 11. Kevin Frey, Vanderecken 10F, 13.596; 12. Sid Blandford, Blandford 31, 13.620; 13. Mark Finnell, Finnell 27F, 13.623; 14. Joe McCarthy, McCarthy 02, 13.734; 15. Steve Dyer, Dyer 9A, 13.994; 16. Tim Baker, Baker 2TZ, 14.191; 17. Todd Splain, Splain 1x, 14.750; 18. Rick Halverstadt, Halverstadt 69, 14.944; 19. Rodney Droud, Droud 2x, 15.236; 20. Bob Mays, Mays 47, 15.238; 21. Pat Bourke, B&B Excavating 27, 15.257; 22. Mike Diekmann, Diekmann 98, 15.369; 23. Dwight Carter, Carter 4U, 16.014. First Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Tim Baker, 6. Mark Finnell, 7. Rodney Droud, 8. Mike Diekmann. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Jeff Shepard, 3. Kenny Jacobs, 4. Kevin Frey, 5. Todd Splain, 6. Joe McCarthy, 7. Bob Mays, 8. Dwight Carter. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Sid Blandford, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Ray Lipsey, 5. Steve Dyer, 6. Pat Bourke, 7. Rick Halverstadt. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Saturday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Steve Kinser, Mark Kinser, Andy Hillenburg and Dave Blaney for the first four starting positions in the Snap-on Tools Dash. Snap-on Tools Dash (seven laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Dave Blaney, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Jeff Shepard, 6. Jeff Swindell. (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Joe McCarthy, 2. Pat Bourke, 3. Rick Halverstadt, 4. Rodney Droud, 5. Mark Finnell, 6. Bob Mays ($260); 7. Mike Diekmann ($235); 8. Dwight Carter ($185). (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (40 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($8,200); 2. Mark Kinser ($5,000); 3. Jeff Swindell ($3,310); 4. Dave Blaney ($3,000); 5. Jac Haudenschild ($2,260); 6. Sammy Swindell ($2,085); 7. Jeff Shepard ($1,810); 8. Greg Hodnett ($1,710); 9. Kenny Jacobs ($1,510); 10. Ray Lipsey ($1,410); 11. Stevie Smith ($1,210); 12. Johnny Herrera ($1,110); 13. Joe Gaerte ($1,060); 14. Pat Bourke ($1,030); 15. Steve Dyer ($710); 16. Tim Baker ($610); 17. Kevin Frey ($510); 18. Todd Splain ($410); 19. Mark Finnell ($430); 20. Joe McCarthy ($430); 21. Rick Halverstadt ($430); 22. Andy Hillenburg ($400); 23. Sid Blandford ($410); 24. Rodney Droud ($430). Lap leaders: Mark Kinser 1-14, Steve Kinser 15-40 WoO*eof

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Baker , Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Kenny Jacobs , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell