Eldora report 96-06-15

Steve Wins Battle of Kinsers at Eldora By Richard Day ROSSBURG, OH (June 15) - Steve Kinser was looking for a role reversal when the Skoal Outlaw Series - and CBS Sports' television cameras -...

Steve Wins Battle of Kinsers at Eldora By Richard Day ROSSBURG, OH (June 15) - Steve Kinser was looking for a role reversal when the Skoal Outlaw Series - and CBS Sports' television cameras - visited Eldora Speedway Saturday. Kinser, a first-lap crash victim when the World of Outlaws last raced at Eldora (April 5th), knew it was the opportune time to record the 21st victory of his career at "The World's Fastest Half-Mile." Cousin Mark Kinser hogged the spotlight until two laps remained in the "A" Feature, breaking the one-lap record, winning the First Quaker State Heat Race and the Vivarin Dash. Mark led the first 28 laps in the main event, too, before "The King of the Outlaws" stole the show with a 29th-lap pass for the victory. Mark's 13.159-second qualifying run was .043 seconds faster than the standard Joey Saldana set on April 5th. Although Saldana was second-quick Saturday, he was .335 seconds behind Mark's 136.789- m.p.h. pace. The record-setting lap earned Mark his 16th EcoWater Quick-Time Award of the year. Steve earned the right to start the main event outside the second row when he followed Mark, Saldana and Jac Haudenschild across the finish line in the Vivarin Dash. Mark drove the #5M Wirtgen Maxim into the lead immediately after the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. He was eight car-lengths ahead of Saldana when Andy Hillenburg spun in turn four and collided with Rickey Hood and Daniel Coggeshell late in the third lap. Mark opened a 10-car-length advantage within two laps after the race resumed, and was a half-straightaway ahead of his closest pursuers when he caught the backmarkers two laps later. Dave Blaney, the 11th-fastest qualifier in the 34-car field, passed six cars during the first 10 laps. He steered the #10 Vivarin J&J deep into the first corner to pass Saldana for fourth place early in lap 11. Steve passed Haudenschild for the runner-up spot during the 13th lap, and was gaining on Mark when Kenny Jacobs stopped against the turn-two retaining wall two laps later. A lapped car lining up between the Kinser cousins on the ensuing restart allowed Mark to put five car-lengths between himself and Steve within two laps. Steve caught Mark during the 18th lap, only to have his move into the lead delayed when his #11 Quaker State Maxim hit the turn-two retaining wall early in the next lap. The impact caused his right rear wheel to collapse, which allowed air to trickle from the tire. World of Outlaws officials determined the right rear wheel to be an inch narrower than its original width after inspecting it in victory lane. Mark was approaching lapped traffic again when Blaney stopped in the first corner with a broken rear end and damaged drive line, the result of a collision with the wall in turn three, seconds earlier. As the race resumed, a bolt in the bird cage holding the right rear radius rod on the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim broke, sending Johnny Herrera to the work area and further delaying the restart. As Steve's right rear tire cooled, it lost more and more air pressure. It might have gone flat had Herrera's crew members not told Skoal Outlaw Series officials they couldn't fix the problem and to restart the race after only one caution lap. Steve's inability to pick up speed quickly allowed Mark to put 15 car-lengths between them within three laps after the green flag replaced the yellow. But as the #11 gained speed, it gained air pressure, allowing Steve to narrow the gap to just two car-lengths by lap 27. Steve caught Mark in the fourth corner the next time around, and executed the winning pass with a low move into turn one with 1 3/4 laps remaining. Having taken the lead with plenty of air pressure in his right rear tire, "The King of the Outlaws" raced away from the field and took the checkered flag with 10 car-lengths to spare. "On that caution, I realized my right rear tire was going flat," Kinser told the standing-room-only crowd from victory lane. "I really wanted to get the race going again so I could build air pressure back in the tire. I couldn't get going that quickly, and Mark pulled away. But once I got pressure back in the tire, I was able to run him down." Haudenschild held off hard-charging Sammy Swindell for third place. Completing the top 10 in the World of Outlaws' 27th event of the year were Stevie Smith, Jacobs, Saldana, Butch Schroeder, Randy Kinser and Byron Reed. CBS televised the race during its CBS Sports Show Sunday afternoon. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH Saturday, June 15, Feature Program #27 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 13.159 (new one-lap record); 2. Joey Saldana, Roth 83, 13.494; 3. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 13.597; 4. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 13.611; 5. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 13.650; 6. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.699; 7. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 13.700; 8. Dwain Leiber, Leiber 62, 13.730; 9. Kenny Jacobs, Ashworth 92, 13.791; 10. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14, 13.792; 11. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 13.824; 12. Butch Schroeder, Gottschalk 17, 13.846; 13. Byron Reed, R&S Racing 5R, 13.905; 14. Tim Kuhn, Kuhn 11A, 13.929; 15. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 13.931; 16. Jason Dukes, Davis 99, 13.954; 17. Lee Dunn, Dunn 81, 13.973; 18. Daniel Coggeshell, Coggeshell 3, 14.041; 19. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 14.086; 20. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 14.104; 21. James Fisher, Fisher 48, 14.100; 22. Rickey Hood, Herrera 45x, 14.111; 23. Jimmy Stinson, Stinson 84, 14.122; 24. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 14.148; 25. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.159; 26. Bobby Allen, Allen 1a, 14.199; 27. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 14.287; 28. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 14.336; 29. Mark Christman, Christman 34, 14.372; 30. Bob Adamson, Adamson 2A, 14.579; 31. Brian Paulus, Paulus 28, 14.599; 32. Tommy Scott, Scott 4S, 14.790; 33. Tom Jewell, Jewell 7J, 14.914; 34. Kent Wolters, Wolters 25, 15.318. First Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Kenny Jacobs, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Byron Reed, 6. Lee Dunn, 7. Mark Christman, 8. Tom Jewell, 9. James Fisher. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joey Saldana, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Randy Kinser, 4. Rickey Hood, 5. Daniel Coggeshell, 6. Tim Kuhn, 7. Bobby Allen, 8. Kent Wolters, 9. Bob Adamson. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Jimmy Stinson, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Jac Haudenschild, 6. Greg Hodnett, 7. Lance Blevins, 8. Brian Paulus. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Butch Schroeder, 4. Tim Engler, 5. Dwain Leiber, 6. Jason Dukes, 7. Jim Carr, 8. Tommy Scott. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Joey Saldana, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. Joe Gaerte, 7. Stevie Smith, 8. Dwain Leiber. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Tim Kuhn, 3. Lance Blevins, 4. Jason Dukes, 5. Bobby Allen ($210); 6. Mark Christman ($185); 7. Tommy Scott ($160); 8. Brian Paulus ($110); 9. Bob Adamson ($100); 10. Kent Wolters ($90); 11. Lee Dunn ($70); 12. James Fisher ($60); 13. Jim Carr ($60); 14. Tom Jewell ($60). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($6,010); 2. Mark Kinser ($3,510); 3. Jac Haudenschild ($2,510); 4. Sammy Swindell ($2,210); 5. Stevie Smith ($2,110); 6. Kenny Jacobs ($2,010); 7. Joey Saldana ($1,610); 8. Butch Schroeder ($1,510); 9. Randy Kinser ($1,410); 10. Byron Reed ($1,310); 11. Jeff Swindell ($1,160); 12. Joe Gaerte ($1,110); 13. Tim Kuhn ($1,080); 14. Tim Engler ($1,010); 15. Dwain Leiber ($710); 16. Jimmy Stinson ($510); 17. Lance Blevins ($430); 18. Johnny Herrera ($410); 19. Dave Blaney ($410); 20. Greg Hodnett ($430); 21. Jason Dukes ($430); 22. Andy Hillenburg ($410); 23. Daniel Coggeshell ($410); 24. Rickey Hood ($410). Lap leaders: Mark Kinser 1-29, Steve Kinser 30 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO

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