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Mark Kinser Wins Eagle Nationals Opener By Richard Day EAGLE, NE (June 26) - Mark Kinser loves Nebraska. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader has won nine of the last 13 races the series has run in the...

Mark Kinser Wins Eagle Nationals Opener By Richard Day EAGLE, NE (June 26) - Mark Kinser loves Nebraska. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader has won nine of the last 13 races the series has run in the Cornhusker State, including Friday's Preliminary Feature on opening night of the 15th Annual Eagle Nationals at Eagle Raceway. "We always enjoy running here," Kinser said. "It seems like wherever we race in Nebraska, things just go our way. "I have to thank Stu Murray (Wirtgen) and Ray Williams and, of course, Phil Durst from right here in Lincoln, for helping us." Kinser, the two-time defending Eagle Nationals champion, was the sixth-fastest qualifier in the 25-car field. He won his seventh Channellock Dash of the season for the right to start the Preliminary Feature on the pole. Sammy Swindell, a two-time World of Outlaws "A" Feature winner at Eagle, started next to Kinser on the front row. He took the early lead by steering his #1 Channellock Stealth around Mark in turn four as the green flag fell in the evening's main event. Tyler Walker passed Don Droud, Jr., during the first lap and steered his family's #35 Air Sep Eagle into the low groove in the first corner to pass Jac Haudenschild for fourth place early in the second lap. Swindell was five car-lengths ahead of Kinser when he entered lapped traffic four laps into the race. He lost his comfort zone the next time around, however, when a turn-four collision sent Third Racing Champions Heat Race winner Andy Hillenburg spinning. Haudenschild challenged Walker for fourth place as the green flag replaced the yellow, then raced wheel-to-wheel with the Rookie of the Year candidate around the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval throughout the seventh lap. Haudenschild, the 1989 Eagle Nationals champion, was still battling Walker when Dale Blaney took the #93 Amoco J&J for a spin in turn four late in lap nine. Kinser tried to take the lead with a low move through the third and fourth corners as the race resumed, but Swindell was equal to the challenge. Haudenschild steered the #22 Pennzoil Maxim into the high groove in turn four to pass Walker late in the 14th lap. Mark kept the #5M Wirtgen Maxim within striking distance of Swindell during the race's middle stages, and took the lead with a low move into the second corner early in lap 17. Sammy took the high line into turn two and surged ahead the next time around, only to have Kinser regain first place with an inside move between turns three and four. Kinser was racing away from the field with seven laps remaining when Hillenburg took his #2 J&J for a spin in the second corner. Haudenschild, who has finished among the top four in all seven races since returning from a shoulder injury June 13th, passed Steve Kinser for third place on the ensuing restart. Mark caught the backmarkers again during the final lap and took the checkered flag with 10 car-lengths to spare. "Sammy got out there early and we just took our time," Kinser said following his fourth Preliminary Feature victory of the year. "He had some problems in lapped traffic and the door opened for us. "It's definitely nice to be locked in (in the Channellock Dash) for tomorrow night. You don't have to worry about crashing in a heat race or anything like that. We have a crew member (Jamie Adrian) with an ankle injury, so being locked in makes things a little easier on the whole team. "We just have to take things one race at a time. A 55-point isn't much. There are five or six cars out here with a legitimate shot at the title, and 10 or 12 who can win on any given night." Haudenschild and Steve Kinser claimed the other two automatic starting positions in Saturday's Channellock Dash by finishing third and fourth. Danny Lasoski finished in fifth place, ahead of First Racing Champions Heat Race winner Stevie Smith, Walker, Donny Schatz, Droud and 14th-starting Johnny Herrera. Walker's seventh-place run, coupled with Blaney's 16th-place finish, put them in a tie for the lead in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' Manufacturers Rookie of the Year standings. Steve Kinser received his second Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the season after pacing the qualifying session with an 11.650- second lap. WoO 1998 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series 15th Annual Eagle Nationals Eagle Raceway, Eagle, NE Friday, June 26, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 11.650; 2. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 11.658; 3. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 11.666; 4. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 11.706; 5. Don Droud, Jr., DOCC Motorsports 1BK, 11.738; 6. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 11.738; 7. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 11.776; 8. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 11.825; 9. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 11.825; 10. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 11.847; 11. Dale Blaney, Hylton-Blaney 93, 11.857; 12. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 11.863; 13. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 11.921; 14. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 11.986; 15. Daryn Pittman, Blevins 21P, 11.999; 16. Craig Dollansky, Stanton 75, 12.049; 17. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 12.063; 18. Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 12.224; 19. Leonard Lee, Lee 16L, 12.289; 20. Dion Hindi, Hindi 18, 12.308; 21. Bill Robertson, Eckley 16, 12.478; 22. Rich Bubak, Bubak 9, 12.547; 23. Shane Carson, Helms 12$, 12.555; 24. Jason Wendt, M&C Motorsports 16W, 12.779; 25. Eddie Lynch, Lynch 29L, 13.257. First Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Craig Dollansky, 4. Donny Schatz, 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Steve Kinser, 7. Leonard Lee, 8. Rich Bubak, 9. Eddie Lynch. (all nine qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Dale Blaney, 4. Tyler Walker, 5. Jac Haudenschild, 6. Don Droud, Jr., 7. Shane Carson, 8. Dion Hindi. (all eight qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Daryn Pittman, 6. Jason Wendt, 7. Bill Robertson, 8. Terry McCarl. (all eight qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Channellock Dash (seven laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Don Droud, Jr., 6. Tyler Walker, 7. Donny Schatz, 8. Danny Lasoski. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (25 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($4,500); 2. Sammy Swindell ($2,500); 3. Jac Haudenschild ($1,700); 4. Steve Kinser ($1,500); 5. Danny Lasoski ($1,350); 6. Stevie Smith ($1,250); 7. Tyler Walker ($1,200); 8. Donny Schatz ($1,100); 9. Don Droud, Jr. ($1,075); 10. Johnny Herrera ($1,050); 11. Joe Gaerte ($1,000); 12. Jeff Swindell ($800); 13. Greg Hodnett ($700); 14. Craig Dollansky ($630): 15. Daryn Pittman ($400); 16. Dale Blaney ($400); 17. Dion Hindi ($300); 18. Terry McCarl ($300); 19. Andy Hillenburg ($300); 20. Leonard Lee ($300); 21. Jason Wendt ($300); 22. Bill Robertson ($300); 23. Rich Bubak ($300); 24. Shane Carson ($300); 25. Eddie Lynch ($300). Lap leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-16, Mark Kinser 17-25 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Steve Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Tyler Walker , Daryn Pittman , Ray Williams , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams