Hollywood Hills: Finale report

SAN FELIPE PUEBLO, NM (March 10) - Steve Kinser may be getting older, but he's also getting better. The experience Kinser has gained over his 24-plus years with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series came shining though in the series' inaugural ...

SAN FELIPE PUEBLO, NM (March 10) - Steve Kinser may be getting older, but he's also getting better.

The experience Kinser has gained over his 24-plus years with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series came shining though in the series' inaugural visit to Hollywood Hills Speedway Sunday as he swept the double-feature event. v "Everything went well all day long," Kinser said. "Everything's been going good all year for us. I just want to thank my crew and everyone involved with this team who makes it all possible. We're looking forward to coming back here. They have a great facility here and it will do nothing but get better."

Kinser, who has won 16 series titles, increased his advantage in the point standings to 41 points over defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Danny Lasoski with his second straight "A" Feature victory.

"The King of the Outlaws" received the privilege of starting the 30-lap "A" Feature on the pole by winning the O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash. He burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event, only to have one of his former crew members, Jason Johnson, spin in the second corner. Rick Ziehl hit an infield barrier trying to avoid Johnson, bringing out the caution flag.

Kinser drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim ahead of the field as the race resumed. Mark Kinser raced past Stevie Smith and Lasoski during the opening lap to take over second place. Jac Haudenschild also made his way into the top four, passing Smith in the low groove between the third and fourth corners.

Kinser was 1.2 seconds ahead of his cousin when he entered lapped traffic six laps into the race. Tim West's fourth-corner spin tightened the field and opened the track ahead of the leaders early in lap eight.

Craig Dollansky was fast on the restart, and steered Karavan Racing's #7 Polydome Maxim into the low groove between turns one and two to pass "The Wild Child" for fourth place as the race resumed. Randy Hannagan passed Smith for sixth place with a similar move between the third and fourth corners.

"The King of the Outlaws" was 1.6 seconds ahead of his closest pursuers when he caught the back-markers during lap 12. Lasoski narrowed the gap to .8 seconds within two laps, however, then raced wheel-to-wheel with Steve through turns three and four late in the 15th lap.

Hannagan continued his run toward the front two laps later, taking the low line between the third and fourth corners to pass Haudenschild for fifth place.

Kinser increased his advantage to a full second as Mark Kinser challenged "The Dude" late in lap 18. Mark took the runner-up spot with a high move between turns one and two several seconds later.

Donny Schatz set up a 10-lap dash to the checkered flag when the #15 Parker Stores J&J spun in the fourth corner.

"The King of the Outlaws" raced away from the field as the race resumed, and opened a 1.2-second advantage within four laps. Mark Kinser took the high line to pass a lapped car early in the 27th lap, but the #5M Mopar Maxim slid out of the groove allowing Lasoski and Dollansky to pass him.

"The Dude" gained on Kinser during the final three laps, but was .4 seconds behind when they took the checkered flag.

Dollansky finished in third place, ahead of Mark Kinser, Hannagan, Haudenschild, Brad Furr, 12th-starting Joey Saldana, Smith and Danny Wood.

Furr lowered Hollywood Hills' single-lap record, circling the semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval at an average speed of 105.801 m.p.h. An engine malfunction in his #2 Sanmina-ISC Eagle cost Furr third place in the First Heat Race and a position in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash. Furr started ninth in the main event and raced into seventh place.

Dion Hindi, racing with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series for the first time since 1998, was in fourth place when engine and drive line problems put him out of the Third Heat Race. Hindi's crew was unable to repair the #11D sprinter in time for him to start the "B" Feature.

The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will sanction the 29th Annual Spring Nationals at Devil's Bowl Speedway Friday and Saturday. The series ran its inaugural event at the semi-banked, ½-mile oval March 16-18, 1978.

-WoO-

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Rick Ziehl , Joey Saldana , Jac Haudenschild , Jason Johnson