Eagle report 97-06-28

Kinser Defends Eagle Nationals Championship By Richard Day EAGLE, NE (June 28) - As Andy Hillenburg and Stevie Smith battled for the lead in Friday's Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' Preliminary Feature at the 14th...

Kinser Defends Eagle Nationals Championship By Richard Day EAGLE, NE (June 28) - As Andy Hillenburg and Stevie Smith battled for the lead in Friday's Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' Preliminary Feature at the 14th Annual Eagle Nationals, Mark Kinser was nowhere near them. He was in 14th place when he dropped out during lap 13. Kinser showed the resilience that helped him capture the 1996 World of Outlaws championship Saturday, however. He earned his 15th Channellock Fast-Time Award and led the final 11 laps in the "A" Feature to claim his second straight Eagle Nationals title. "There's been a few times this year when we've fallen flat, and last night was one of them," Kinser admitted following his 12th victory of the season. "The track didn't do what we thought it was going to and possibly, the driver wasn't running the right line on the track. "But the crew hung in there with me and tonight we put a whole new setup in the Wirtgen Maxim. We had to change a motor (between the heat races and the Vivarin Dash), so they had to work hard and it was really hot. The crew came over and told me to run low. I had been up in the middle and high side, and coming down to the bottom won the race for us. Bobby Craft did a good job of reading the race track, and we're glad to get one for Phil Durst in his home town." Following Hillenburg, Smith and 1992 Eagle Nationals champion Sammy Swindell across the finish line in the Vivarin Dash put Kinser outside the second row for the start of the main event. Dave Blaney relegated Kinser to fifth place as Hillenburg burst into the lead from the pole at the beginning of the "A" Feature. Stevie battled Hillenburg for the lead throughout the first lap, but Swindell caught him when he allowed his #19 Smith to bicycle in turn one the next time around. Kinser passed Blaney with a low move in the second corner as Sammy battled Smith for the runner-up spot early in lap five. He followed the leaders into lapped traffic the next time around. Mark steered the #5M Wirtgen Maxim deep into turn one to pass Swindell for third place early in the seventh lap, only to have Sammy return the favor with a high move in the second corner. Hillenburg opened a five-car-length advantage two laps later as Kinser and Swindell battled around every inch of Eagle's high- banked, 1/3-mile oval. Smith was challenging Andy for the lead three laps later when First Heat Race winner Paul McMahan crashed into the outside retaining wall in turn three. Jac Haudenschild, the 1989 Eagle Nationals champion, passed Blaney for fifth place during the ensuing restart. After his #1 Channellock Gambler bicycled in turn three, allowing Kinser to race past, it was all Swindell could do to keep "The Wild Child" from passing him as well. Haudenschild and "The Buckeye Bullet" relegated Swindell to sixth place during the race's middle stages as Smith challenged Hillenburg for the lead in dense lapped traffic. Stevie took the low line through the second corner and won a back-straightaway drag race with Andy during the 26th lap, only to have Mallory Armfield crash, giving the lead back to Hillenburg. Smith resumed his challenge for first place immediately after the green flag replaced the yellow. He took the lead with a low move through turns one and two early in lap 28, and increased his advantage as Kinser passed Hillenburg for the runner-up spot in the third corner. Kinser reeled in Smith within a lap and passed him for the lead with a low move through turns three and four late in lap 30. Gary Wright took the #9 Action Motorsports Maxim for a spin in turn one the next time around. Andy regained second place with a fourth-corner pass of Smith during the ensuing restart. Kinser opened an eight-car-length advantage within two laps, and caught the backmarkers again with five laps remaining. Smith passed Andy for the runner-up spot late in lap 36. Kinser took the checkered flag with Smith racing in turn four, and Hillenburg and Blaney exchanged third place twice during the final two laps. Haudenschild held off Swindell to claim fifth place. Rounding out the top 10 in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 38th "A" Feature of the year were Steve Kinser, Danny Lasoski, Greg Hodnett and 1993 Eagle Nationals champion Jeff Swindell. Johnny Herrera drove the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim past eight sprinters to finish in 11th place. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series 14th Annual Eagle Nationals Eagle Raceway, Eagle, NE Saturday, June 28, Feature Program #38 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 11.653; 2. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 11.920; 3. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 11.972; 4. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 11.995; 5. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 12.068; 6. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 12.068; 7. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 12.174; 8. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 12.185; 9. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 12.194; 10. Gary Wright, Action Motorsports 9, 12.218; 11. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 12.236; 12. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 12.296; 13. Tim Baker, Baker 29, 12.407; 14. Marlon Jones, SOS Racing 1J, 12.416; 15. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 12.451; 16. Dan Oswalt, Oswalt D1, 12.461; 17. Mallory Armfield, Armfield 5MA, 12.633; 18. Rich Bubak, Bubak 9x, 12.724; 19. John Lambertz, Lambertz 12L, 12.869; 20. Matt Richard, Richard 31, 12.904; 21. Kim Kennedy, Kennedy 1K, 12.959; 22. Mark Hafenstine, Hafenstine 21H, 13.494; 23. Dennis Parker, Parker 3, 13.505; 24. Jerry Vandenhul, Vandenhul 7V, no time. First Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Paul McMahan, 2. Gary Wright, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Dan Oswalt, 6. Tim Baker, 7. John Lambertz, 8. Mark Hafenstine, 9. Jerry Vandenhul. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Lance Blevins, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Marlon Jones, 6. Matt Richard, 7. Mallory Armfield, 8. Dennis Parker. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Dion Hindi, 6. Rich Bubak, 7. Kim Kennedy. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Andy Hillenburg, Sammy Swindell, Stevie Smith and Jac Haudenschild for the first four starting positions in the Vivarin Dash. Vivarin Dash (seven laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Dave Blaney, 6. Jac Haudenschild. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Rich Bubak, 2. John Lambertz, 3. Dennis Parker, 4. Tim Baker, 5. Mallory Armfield, 6. Kim Kennedy ($200); 7. Mark Hafenstine ($175); 8. Jerry Vandenhul ($150); 9. Matt Richard ($100). (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (40 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($10,000); 2. Stevie Smith ($6,000); 3. Dave Blaney ($3,500); 4. Andy Hillenburg ($3,200); 5. Jac Haudenschild ($3,000); 6. Sammy Swindell ($2,500); 7. Steve Kinser ($2,300); 8. Danny Lasoski ($2,200); 9. Greg Hodnett ($2,100); 10. Jeff Swindell ($2,000); 11. Johnny Herrera ($1,500); 12. Donny Schatz ($1,400); 13. Joe Gaerte ($1,300); 14. Dion Hindi ($1,200); 15. Lance Blevins ($1,000); 16. Marlon Jones ($1,000); 17. Rich Bubak ($820); 18. Dan Oswalt ($600); 19. Tim Baker ($620); 20. Gary Wright ($600); 21. John Lambertz ($620); 22. Mallory Armfield ($620); 23. Paul McMahan ($600); 24. Dennis Parker ($620). Lap leaders: Andy Hillenburg 1-27; Stevie Smith 28-29; Mark Kinser 30-40 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Baker , Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Paul McMahan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell