Eagle report 96-06-29

Kinser Edges Blaney in Eagle Nationals Finale By Richard Day EAGLE, NE (June 29) - Mark Kinser and Dave Blaney battled around every inch of Eagle Raceway's high-banked, 1/3-mile oval for 40 laps Saturday and...

Kinser Edges Blaney in Eagle Nationals Finale By Richard Day EAGLE, NE (June 29) - Mark Kinser and Dave Blaney battled around every inch of Eagle Raceway's high-banked, 1/3-mile oval for 40 laps Saturday and took the checkered flag less than a car- length apart. Everyone in the sellout crowd was standing during the final five laps when no more than two car-lengths separated the leaders, who exchanged the lead three times. In the end, it was Kinser claiming the $9,000 first prize and his second Eagle Nationals championship in 11 years. The victory increased Mark's advantage to 134 points in his battle with Blaney for the lead in the Skoal Outlaw Series point standings. "I really had to fight hard to win this one," Kinser said following his 11th "A" Feature victory in what is turning into the best year of his career. Mark, who also won Friday's Preliminary Feature, raced to victory from the pole in the Vivarin Dash for the right to start the main event inside the front row. Steve Kinser, the fastest qualifier in the 25-car field, claimed the second row inside starting position by passing Stevie Smith and Sammy Swindell in the seven-lap race. Mark burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event, only to have "B" Feature winner Mike Chadd, Mark Finnell and Dennis Parker crash in the fourth corner just seconds after the leaders completed the opening lap. Mark was driving his #5M Wirtgen Maxim away from the field after the race resumed when Steve passed "The Buckeye Bullet" for the runner-up spot deep in turn two. The leaders were catching the backmarkers two laps later when Blaney steered the #10 Vivarin J&J high into the third corner to pass Swindell for third place. The defending World of Outlaws champion continued his run toward the front by racing around Steve in turn four the next time around. All the jockeying for position behind him allowed Mark to open a half-straightaway lead by lap six. Blaney narrowed the gap as Mark trudged through heavy lapped traffic during the next three laps. He was within three car- lengths of the leader by lap 10, only to have Mark increase his advantage again by the 13th lap. "The Buckeye Bullet" made another run at the lead when Mark slowed behind a pack of backmarkers during the 15th lap, only to have him break out of lapped traffic and return to his half- straightaway comfort zone within three laps. While Blaney challenged Mark for the lead, Steve and Sammy put on a show of their own in their battle for third place. Blaney caught Mark again midway through the race, and battled him for six laps before taking over first place with a slide move in turn one. "The Buckeye Bullet" shot between Mark and the inside berm and slid up in front of the #5M to complete the pass. Blaney rode the rim to a half-straightaway lead within three laps, only to have Mark narrow the gap in lapped traffic. Kinser dropped into the low groove with six laps remaining, and caught the leader the next time around. Mark won a front- straightaway drag race by inches to regain first place on lap 37, only to have Blaney do the same the next time around. Mark surged ahead again to lead the 39th lap. Having lapped up to seventh place, the leaders dodged backmarkers often as they battled each other. Mark stayed in the low groove during the final lap, and took the checkered flag with only inches to spare as Blaney searched for a route around a lapped car. "I was running my own race, so I didn't really know where anybody was," Kinser said in victory lane. "I wasn't surprised to see Dave on the top. Lapped traffic played a big part in me getting here." Sammy edged Steve for third place, while Smith, Jeff Swindell, 13th-starting Andy Hillenburg, Marlon Jones, Joe Gaerte and Jim Carr completed the top 10. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series 13th Annual Eagle Nationals Eagle Raceway, Eagle, NE Saturday, June 29, Feature Program #31 Qualifications: 1. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 12.282; 2. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 12.653; 3. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 12.655; 4. Joey Saldana, Stanton 75, 12.779; 5. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 12.797; 6. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11A, 12.808; 7. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 12.812; 8. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 12.839; 9. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 12.958; 10. Marlon Jones, Oswalt 1J, 12.995; 11. Don Droud, Jr., Kormack 1BK, 13.039; 12. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 13.063; 13. Pat Bourke, B&B Excavating 27, 13.112; 14. Mike Chadd, Chadd 4, 13.250; 15. Gerald Cressman, Cressman 56, 13.255; 16. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 13.293; 17. Tim Baker, VanderMeen 29T, 13.399; 18. Dick Spadero, Spadero 29, 13.519; 19. Rodney Droud, Droud 2x, 13.561; 20. Mark Finnell, Finnell 27F, 13.650; 21. Dennis Parker, Parker 3BK, 13.841; 22. Dan Marsh, Marsh 80, 14.100; 23. Rick Halverstadt, Halverstadt 69, 14.228; 24. Dan Kage, Jr., Kage 26, 14.643; 25. Dwight Carter, Carter 4U, 15.073. First Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Marlon Jones, 5. Pat Bourke, 6. Brian Paulus, 7. Rodney Droud, 8. Dan Marsh, 9. Dwight Carter. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Don Droud, Jr., 5. Tim Baker, 6. Mike Chadd, 7. Mark Finnell, 8. Rick Halverstadt. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Lance Blevins, 3. Jim Carr, 4. Dion Hindi, 5. Gerald Cressman, 6. Dennis Parker, 7. Dick Spadero, 8. Dan Kage, Jr. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Mark Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Dave Blaney and Stevie Smith for the first four starting positions in the Vivarin Dash. Vivarin Dash (seven laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Stevie Smith. (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Mike Chadd, 2. Rodney Droud, 3. Brian Paulus, 4. Dennis Parker, 5. Mark Finnell, 6. Dick Spadero ($210); 7. Dan Kage, Jr. ($185); 8. Rick Halverstadt ($160); 9. Dan Marsh ($110); 10. Dwight Carter ($100). (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (40 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($9,000); 2. Dave Blaney ($5,000); 3. Sammy Swindell ($3,300); 4. Steve Kinser ($3,010); 5. Stevie Smith ($2,250); 6. Jeff Swindell ($2,085); 7. Andy Hillenburg ($1,810); 8. Marlon Jones ($1,710); 9. Joe Gaerte ($1,510); 10. Jim Carr ($1,410); 11. Jac Haudenschild ($1,210); 12. Johnny Herrera ($1,110); 13. Lance Blevins ($1,060); 14. Joey Saldana ($1,010); 15. Brian Paulus ($730); 16. Don Droud, Jr. ($610); 17. Pat Bourke ($510); 18. Dion Hindi ($510); 19. Tim Baker ($510); 20. Gerald Cressman ($510); 21. Mark Finnell ($530); 22. Rodney Droud ($530); 23. Mike Chadd ($530); 24. Dennis Parker ($530). Lap leaders: Mark Kinser 1-27, 37, 39-40; Dave Blaney 28-36, 38 WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Baker , Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Brian Paulus , Joey Saldana , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell