Granite City report 96-07-13

'King of the Outlaws' Comes Through at Tri-City By Richard Day GRANITE CITY, IL (July 13) - Although Steve Kinser is somehow enduring the most difficult year of his career, his persistent problems and bad...

'King of the Outlaws' Comes Through at Tri-City By Richard Day GRANITE CITY, IL (July 13) - Although Steve Kinser is somehow enduring the most difficult year of his career, his persistent problems and bad luck haven't affected his ability to win at Tri- City Speedway. "The King of the Outlaws" won the 19th "A" Feature of his career at Bob Wente's high-speed facility when a record crowd welcomed the Skoal Outlaw Series to Granite City's semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval Saturday. He was also the World of Outlaws' fifth different winner in the first five races of a six-races-in-six-nights tour of the Midwest. "It's a good thing it gets slick here, because my engines sure aren't running," said Kinser who, after pacing time trials, had a power plant explode during his second qualifying lap. Steve's 17.727-second lap was .022 seconds faster than cousin Mark Kinser's, earning him his seventh EcoWater Quick-Time Award of the season. He drew the #6 inversion pill for the Vivarin Dash, giving Stevie Smith the luxury of starting the seven-lap race on the pole. Smith earned the right to start the main event on the pole by winning his fourth Vivarin Dash of the year. Stevie, who opened the six-race tour with a victory at Cedar Lake Speedway Tuesday, burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. He kept the #71M EcoWater Systems Maxim ahead of the 24-car field while Mark Kinser passed outside polesitter Jeff Swindell for the runner-up spot and Steve and Sammy Swindell exchanged fourth place. Mark, the leader in the Skoal Outlaw Series point standings, took the lead with a high move in turn four late in the sixth lap. Smith was right behind Mark as the leaders entered lapped traffic the next time around. Dave Blaney, a two-time winner at Tri-City, made a run toward the front during the eighth and ninth laps, passing Steve for fifth and Jeff for fourth place. Mark was a half-straightaway ahead of his closest pursuers when Steve steered his #11 Quaker State Maxim deep in the second corner to pass Jeff and regain fifth place early in lap 11. A 12th-lap caution tightened the field, and allowed Smith to line up right behind Mark as the race resumed. Stevie used a low move into the second corner to regain first place, then opened a 10-car-length advantage within three laps. Sammy pressured Mark for the runner-up spot while Steve passed Blaney for fourth place the next time around. Smith was approaching the backmarkers with a half-straightaway lead when Steve made it a three-car battle for second place during lap 18. Mark caught Smith in lapped traffic two laps later, and pressured him for two laps before driving the #5M Wirtgen Maxim back into the lead on the back straightaway. Steve passed Sammy for third place late in the 22nd lap, and took the high road around Smith in turn two for the runner-up spot the next time around. Although Mark was 10 car-lengths ahead with eight laps remaining, Steve reeled him in by lap 25 as they raced through dense lapped traffic. Steve caught Mark on the back straightaway with five laps remaining, then took the lead with a low move through turn four as Mark tried to pass Joey Saldana two laps later. "The King of the Outlaws" quickly built a comfortable advantage, and took the checkered flag with 15 car-lengths to spare. Smith passed Mark with two laps remaining to claim second place. Sammy, winner of seven World of Outlaws main events in his career at Tri-City, finished fourth. Completing the top 10 in the series' 38th event of the year were "The Buckeye Bullet," Jeff Swindell, Andy Hillenburg, 14th-starting Johnny Herrera, Joe Gaerte and First Quaker State Heat Race winner Jac Haudenschild. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Tri-City Speedway, Granite City, IL Saturday, July 13, Feature Program #38 Qualifications: 1. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 17.727; 2. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 17.749; 3. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 17.841; 4. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 17.855; 5. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 17.926; 6. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 17.978; 7. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 18.055; 8. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 18.061; 9. Joey Saldana, Stanton 75, 18.145; 10. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 18.185; 11. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 18.199; 12. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 18.210; 13. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 18.212; 14. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 18.242; 15. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 18.379; 16. Bobby Hawks, Hawks 5H, 18.522; 17. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 18.564; 18. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 18.693; 19. J.C. Sulawske, Hobgood 12, 18.852; 20. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11A, 18.965; 21. Tommy Scott, Scott 4S, 19.286; 22. George Schell, Schell 17, 20.932. First Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Donny Schatz, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Bobby Hawks, 7. J.C. Sulawske, 8. George Schell. (first eight qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Mark Kinser, 6. Jeff Swindell, 7. Dion Hindi. (first seven qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Lance Blevins, 2. Joey Saldana, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Brian Paulus, 5. Tim Engler, 6. Tommy Scott, 7. Jim Carr. (first seven qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Dave Blaney, 7. Tim Engler, 8. Joe Gaerte. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($6,010); 2. Stevie Smith ($3,510); 3. Mark Kinser ($2,510); 4. Sammy Swindell ($2,210); 5. Dave Blaney ($2,110); 6. Jeff Swindell ($2,010); 7. Andy Hillenburg ($1,610); 8. Johnny Herrera ($1,510); 9. Joe Gaerte ($1,410); 10. Jac Haudenschild ($1,310); 11. Tim Engler ($1,160); 12. Lance Blevins ($1,110); 13. Joey Saldana ($1,060); 14. Jim Carr ($1,010); 15. Donny Schatz ($710); 16. Brian Paulus ($510); 17. Tommy Scott ($410); 18. Greg Hodnett ($410); 19. J.C. Sulawske ($410); 20. Dion Hindi ($410); 21. Bobby Hawks ($410); 22. George Schell ($410). Lap leaders: Stevie Smith 1-5, 14-21; Mark Kinser 6-13; 22-26; Steve Kinser 27-30 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Steve Kinser WoO

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