Hagerstown report 98-08-01

Mark Kinser Dominates Hagerstown Feature By Richard Day HAGERSTOWN, MD (August 1) - Although Mark Kinser leads the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series in earnings and ranks second in one of the closest championship...

Mark Kinser Dominates Hagerstown Feature By Richard Day HAGERSTOWN, MD (August 1) - Although Mark Kinser leads the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series in earnings and ranks second in one of the closest championship battles in series history, 1998 has been a gut-check season for the Wirtgen team. "The win means everything my crew and me," Mark said Saturday after leading all 30 laps in the "A" Feature at Hagerstown Speedway. "It's nice to know we can still get out there and do it. It's great when you can beat the best in the country on one of the nicest tracks in the country. "I'd like to think we're ready for those races coming up (The Historic Big One and the Amoco Knoxville Nationals). Just to win means a lot, but they do pay pretty well, too." The $7,000 victory at Hagerstown, Mark's eighth of the year, pushed him to within 78 points of cousin Steve Kinser in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings. Kinser, the third-fastest qualifier in the 31-car field, earned the right to start the "A" Feature outside the front row by following Jac Haudenschild across the finish line in the Channellock Dash. Kinser steered the #5M Wirtgen Maxim around Haudenschild in turn four to take the lead as the green flag fell in the main event, only to have Joe Gaerte and Johnny Herrera collide in the second corner and flip. Jeff Shepard, Paul McMahan and Steve Kinser were also involved, but kept going. Instead of replacing his right front tire and causing him to lose his top-10 running position, Steve's crew put a tube in the tire and replaced the front wing on the #11 Quaker State Maxim. Mark took the lead again as the green flag replaced the red. Andy Hillenburg stopped in turn four with engine problems and Second Racing Champions Heat Race winner Donny Schatz took the #15 Blue Beacon Gambler for a spin in the first corner late in the second lap. Hillenburg restarted, but coasted into the pits three laps later. Kinser controlled the second-lap restart as Danny Lasoski challenged Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Sammy Swindell for fourth place. Mark was more than a straightaway ahead of Haudenschild when he entered lapped traffic during lap 10. Haudenschild and Tyler Walker exchanged second place four times during race's middle stages. Swindell steered his #1 Channellock Stealth into the low groove between turns three and four late in the 18th lap to take over third place. Lasoski and Stevie Smith passed Walker before the Manufacturers' Rookie of the Year candidate allowed the #35 Air Sep Eagle to bump the outside retaining wall in the second corner with six laps remaining. Although he continued racing, Walker lost three running positions. Swindell and Lasoski used high moves in turn two during the 27th and 28th laps to pass Haudenschild for second and third, respectively. Smith steered his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit to the rim in the first corner to pass Jac for fourth early in the final lap. Kinser maintained a comfortable advantage in dense lapped traffic, and took the checkered flag as Swindell raced into the third corner. "I was really starting to get worried," Kinser admitted following the fourth victory of his career at Hagerstown. "We ran up on the 15 car (Schatz) and actually had a good run on him, but we couldn't get by. He got to running good and I thought the guys behind me might be catching up. I didn't realize we had a good lead." Haudenschild's fifth-place finish pushed him past Jeff Swindell and Dale Blaney into eighth place in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings. Steve Kinser passed five cars to finish sixth, ahead of Walker, Jeff Shepard, Don Kreitz, Jr., and Blaney. Kevin Gobrecht, who only 24 hours early celebrated the first Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature victory of his career, raced into 11th place from inside the 11th row. Swindell received his third straight Vivarin Fast-Time Award by pacing the qualifying session with a 15.650-second, 115.016- m.p.h. lap around the semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' next stop is Orange County Speedway in Middletown, NY, Monday. The series will sanction the annual "Night Before the Big One" event at Eldora Speedway Friday. WoO 1998 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown, MD Saturday, August 1, Feature Program #45 Qualifications: 1. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 15.650; 2. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 15.676; 3. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 15.776; 4. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 15.781; 5. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 15.806; 6. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 15.848; 7. Jeff Shepard, Stewart 4J, 15.906; 8. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 15.915; 9. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 15.926; 10. Ed Lynch, Jr., Lynch 2L, 15.962; 11. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 15.997; 12. Dale Blaney, Hylton-Blaney 93, 16.049; 13. Sean Michael, Harz 88M, 16.052; 14. Don Kreitz, Jr., Kreitz 69, 16.077; 15. Greg Hodnett, Apple Motorsports 12, 16.150; 16. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 16.153; 17. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 16.155; 18. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.237; 19. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 16.273; 20. Garry Brazier, Brazier 21AU, 16.290; 21. Kevin Gobrecht, Zemaitis 1Z, 16.357; 22. Randy Wolfe, Allebach 75W, 16.394; 23. Brian Gobrecht, Gobrecht 92, 16.498; 24. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 16.588; 25. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 16.632; 26. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 16.995; 27. Bobby Allen, Pell 1a, 17.037; 28. Randy Glover, Glover 32, 17.660; 29. Niki Young, Young 17N, 18.108; 30. Mike Dillman, Dillman 2C, 20.349; 31. Butch Bahr, Bahr 25T, no time. First Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sean Michael, 2. Jeff Shepard, 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Brian Paulus, 6. Ed Lynch, Jr., 7. Tim Shaffer, 8. Randy Wolfe, 9. Lance Blevins, 10. Randy Glover. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Don Kreitz, Jr., 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Tyler Walker, 6. Jac Haudenschild, 7. Garry Brazier, 8. Paul McMahan, 9. Brian Gobrecht, 10. Niki Young. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Dale Blaney, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Jeff Swindell, 7. Kevin Gobrecht, 8. Andy Hillenburg, 9. Mike Dillman, 10. Bobby Allen, 11. Butch Bahr. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. Tyler Walker, 7. Jeff Shepard, 8. Joe Gaerte. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Kevin Gobrecht, 2. Garry Brazier, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Tim Shaffer, 5. Paul McMahan, 6. Lance Blevins, 7. Randy Wolfe ($200); 8. Brian Gobrecht ($180); 9. Niki Young ($150); 10. Mike Dillman ($110); 11. Randy Glover ($90); 12. Bobby Allen ($80); 13. Butch Bahr ($60). (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($7,000); 2. Sammy Swindell ($4,000); 3. Danny Lasoski ($3,000); 4. Stevie Smith ($2,500); 5. Jac Haudenschild ($2,300); 6. Steve Kinser ($2,200); 7. Tyler Walker ($2,100); 8. Jeff Shepard ($2,000); 9. Don Kreitz, Jr. ($1,700); 10. Dale Blaney ($1,600); 11. Kevin Gobrecht ($1,220); 12. Tim Shaffer ($1,170); 13. Donny Schatz ($1,100); 14. Sean Michael ($1,050); 15. Jeff Swindell ($1,000); 16. Brian Paulus ($700); 17. Paul McMahan ($620); 18. Greg Hodnett ($500); 19. Ed Lynch, Jr. ($500); 20. Garry Brazier ($520); 21. Lance Blevins ($520); 22. Andy Hillenburg ($520); 23. Johnny Herrera ($500); 24. Joe Gaerte ($500). Lap leader: Mark Kinser 1-30 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Sammy Swindell WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Tyler Walker , Brian Paulus , Paul McMahan , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell