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KINSER RECORDS FLAG-TO-FLAG VICTORY AT TRI-CITY By Richard Day GRANITE CITY, IL (June 16) - Victory lane at Tri-City Speedway has often felt like a second home to Steve Kinser. He's been a ...

KINSER RECORDS FLAG-TO-FLAG VICTORY AT TRI-CITY By Richard Day GRANITE CITY, IL (June 16) - Victory lane at Tri-City Speedway has often felt like a second home to Steve Kinser. He's been a frequent visitor, having won 17 of the 31 "A" Features the World of Outlaws has run at Granite City's semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval. Kinser was back in victory lane Friday night after treating Tri-City's capacity crowd to a flag-to-flag victory. He also earned his third Ecowater Fast-Time Award of the year with a 17.541-second qualifying lap, and earned the right to start the 30-lap "A" Feature on the pole by winning the Vivarin Dash. Kinser burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event. Mark Kinser, the outside polesitter, and Sammy Swindell raced wheel-to- wheel with him through turn one, but Steve managed to maintain first place. The next three laps featured an all-out war for the runner-up spot between Mark and Sammy. Swindell threaded his #1 Hooters Gambler between Mark and the inside guard rail in turn four, but Mark came back to regain the spot deep in the second corner the next time around. Sammy followed Steve into lapped traffic two laps later after passing Mark in the inside groove in turn one. Swindell was still in second place in the 10th lap when Craig Buddee went for a spin in turn one. Buddee collided with Sammy and Lance Blevins, causing Blevins' #21L Citgo J&J to catch fire. Swindell helped Lance out of the burning car and the fire was quickly extinguished. The mechanical problems that caused Andy Hillenburg to finish last in the Snap-on Tools Heat Race and miss the Vivarin Dash returned as the cars lined up for the 10th-lap restart. While a broken rocker arm delayed Andy's return, it gave Swindell a chance to return to the race. Jeff Swindell, Sammy's younger brother, drove the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim past five cars during the first five laps. He passed Jac Haudenschild deep in turn four to take over fourth place as the green flag replaced the red. Keeping the #11 Quaker State Maxim in the high groove, Kinser was a half-straightaway ahead of his closest pursuers within three laps after the race resumed. Danny Lasoski and Jeff dropped into the low groove when they noticed it taking rubber during the race's middle stages. Lasoski caught Mark within seconds after the #5M Wirtgen Maxim hit the retaining wall in turn three late in the 15th lap, and passed him for the runner-up spot deep in the second corner. Kinser was still racing in the high groove when he entered lapped traffic again during the 19th lap. Lasoski caught him in turn four two laps later, and they raced wheel-to-wheel down the front straightaway. While gaining the slightest of margins, Steve took a hard left into the first corner, causing "The Dude" to slam on his brakes and slide out of the low groove to avoid a crash. Mark and Jeff relegated Lasoski to fourth place as he battled to keep the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim from spinning. Hillenburg brought out the final caution flag with seven laps remaining when his #2 STP J&J lost power in turn three. Dave Blaney surrendered sixth place when he discovered the #10 Vivarin J&J had a flat right rear tire during the caution period. "The Buckeye Bullet" also bowed out as the leader in the Skoal Outlaw Series point standings, eventually finishing 14th. Kinser opened a half-stretch lead within two laps after the race resumed. He maintained a comfortable margin until he took the checkered flag. "I almost ran the high groove too long," Kinser admitted in victory lane. "When I saw the other guys down there (in the low groove), I was kind of surprised. But I knew I had to drop down to keep them from getting by." Mark finished second, while Jeff earned his fourth straight Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award for racing into third place. Rounding out the top 10 in the "A" Feature were Lasoski, Haudenschild, Kevin Huntley, Greg Hodnett, Stevie Smith, Bobby Davis, Jr., and 16th-starting Joe Gaerte. "The Wild Child," the leader the points race for 24 events, moved 12 points ahead of Blaney to regain first place in the Skoal Outlaw Series point standings. TNN: The Nashville Network is televising the Knoxville Nationals "Live in '95." Be sure to tune in for the August 19th telecast between 10 p.m. and midnight (EDT). WoO 1995 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/SKOAL OUTLAW SERIES Tri-City Speedway, Granite City, IL Friday, June 14, Feature Program #29 Qualifications: 1. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 17.541; 2. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 17.682; 3. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 17.764; 4. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 17.796; 5. Danny Lasoski, Sonner 47, 17.973; 6. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 18.098; 7. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 18.198; 8. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 18.253; 9. Randy Hannagan, Hannagan 1x, 18.358; 10. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 18.425; 11. Bobby Davis, Jr., Davis 4, 18.436; 12. Kevin Huntley, Lindsey 2D, 18.468; 13. Jim Carr, Black 1Z, 18.589; 14. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 18.652; 15. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21L, 18.665; 16. Joe Gaerte, Hamilton 77, 18.744; 17. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 18.940; 18. Tim Kuhn, Kuhn 11K, 19.383; 19. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14, 19.440; 20. J.C. Sulawske, Gates 1C, 19.465; 21. Bruce Donaldson, Donaldson 4D, 20.664; 22. Craig Buddee, Buddee 17B, no time. First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Dave Blaney, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Randy Kinser, 7. Jim Carr, 8. Craig Buddee. (first eight qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Bobby Davis, Jr., 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Tim Engler, 6. J.C. Sulawske, 7. Andy Hillenburg. (first seven qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Kevin Huntley, 2. Lance Blevins, 3. Randy Hannagan, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Greg Hodnett, 6. Bruce Donaldson, 7. Tim Kuhn. (first seven qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Greg Hodnett, 6. Danny Lasoski, 7. Dave Blaney, 8. Randy Hannagan. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($6,010); 2. Mark Kinser ($3,510); 3. Jeff Swindell ($2,510); 4. Danny Lasoski ($2,210); 5. Jac Haudenschild ($2,110); 6. Kevin Huntley ($2,010); 7. Greg Hodnett ($1,610); 8. Stevie Smith ($1,510); 9. Bobby Davis, Jr. ($1,410); 10. Joe Gaerte ($1,310); 11. Randy Hannagan ($1,160); 12. Jim Carr ($1,110); 13. Sammy Swindell ($1,060); 14. Dave Blaney ($1,010); 15. Tim Engler ($710); 16. Randy Kinser ($510); 17. Andy Hillenburg ($410); 18. J.C. Sulawske ($410); 19. Bruce Donaldson ($410); 20. Lance Blevins ($410); 21. Craig Buddee ($410); 22. Tim Kuhn ($410). Lap leader: Steve Kinser 1-30 Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award winner: Jeff Swindell Ecowater Fast-Time Award winner: Steve Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Randy Hannagan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Jeff Swindell