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'The King' Rules Texas Shootout Finale By Richard Day BAYTOWN, TX (April 8) -- Over the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' first 23 years, Steve Kinser has won races in ever conceivable manner. ...

'The King' Rules Texas Shootout Finale By Richard Day

BAYTOWN, TX (April 8) -- Over the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' first 23 years, Steve Kinser has won races in ever conceivable manner. "The King of the Outlaws" beat Danny Lasoski through lapped traffic in the Inaugural Texas Shootout championship feature Saturday to claim the $12,000 first prize. The victory, Kinser's first in a main event this season, moved him to within 44 points of "The Dude" in the standings. "Lapped traffic can take a race away from you, and it can give it right back to you," Kinser explained. "I just went to the top there, because I knew Danny was going to the bottom, and he got hung up by a lapped car, and I got the lead back." Kinser led the first 25 laps from the pole, only to have "The Dude" pass him midway through the 26th lap. Kinser regained the lead with a high move through turns three and four in dense lapped traffic. "This Quaker State car has been fast all year," Kinser said, "and what can you say about these Hoosier tires - three out of the top four again tonight. "This is such a great facility. You could have a track for a long time and still not get a surface as good as we had here tonight. If fans want to see an exciting race, they should come back here in the fall (October 20-21). "I have to thank Quaker State, Franklin Power Products, Hoosier, Sander Engineering and everyone else who makes this possible." Kinser, the runner-up in Friday's Preliminary Feature, earned the right to start the championship feature on the pole by winning the Second CHANNELLOCK Dash. He and Andy Hillenburg raced wheel-to-wheel into the first corner before "The King of the Outlaws" surged ahead in turn two. Preliminary Feature winner Stevie Smith steered his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit around Hillenburg in the third corner. Kinser was 1.2 seconds ahead of Smith when he entered lapped traffic seven laps into the 35-lap race. Hillenburg was attempting to regain second place two laps later when his #2 Luxaire J&J slid out of the low groove in turn two, allowing Lasoski to squeeze past him. "The Dude" took over second place early in the 10th lap, passing Smith deep in turn one. Kinser was .5 seconds ahead of Lasoski when Hillenburg took the high line through the third corner to regain third place late in lap 12. He rode the rim around the semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval to pass "The Dude" for second place between turns one and two three laps later. Hillenburg pressured Kinser for the lead high in the fourth corner midway through the race, but was unable to surge ahead. After trying a similar move the next time around, Hillenburg brushed the wall in turn two. Four cars raced past him as he turned a 360 to keep the #2 going. Smith and Hillenburg exchanged fifth place during the 21st and 22nd laps, while NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winners Mark Kinser and Sammy Swindell traded the third position. Lasoski kept pace with "The King of the Outlaws" and won a back- straightaway drag race to take the lead midway through the 26th lap. Kinser returned the favor 1 1/4 laps later in traffic. Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of Year points leader Danny Wood spun in turn two after the #21W Pepsi Maxim suffered a flat right rear tire early the 28th lap. Kinser raced away from the field as the green flag replaced the yellow, and was 1.5 seconds ahead of Lasoski when he caught the backmarkers again with 1 1/2 laps remaining. Swindell's #1 CHANNELLOCK Stealth bumped the wall in the second corner and flipped down the back straightaway as Kinser beat Lasoski under the checkered flag by 1.1 seconds. Mark Kinser finished in third place, ahead of Hillenburg, Smith, Johnny Herrera, 19th-starting Dale Blaney, Greg Hodnett, Tim Shaffer and Brad Furr. Mark Kinser received his second Vivarin Fast-Time Award in as many nights at Houston Raceway Park, lowering his single-lap record by .694 seconds with a 13.083-second, 103.187-m.p.h. lap. The #22 Elden Racing Maxim suffered two blown engines, keeping Jac Haudenschild from starting the First CHANNELLOCK Dash. Craig Dollansky's #7 Karavan Racing Maxim blew an engine during the Vivarin time trials, causing to qualify 24th in the 28-car session. The #93 Amoco Maxim suffered a broken rear end in the Third NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race, but Blaney came back to win the "B" Feature and finish seventh in the championship feature. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will run single-program, $47,490 events at West Plains Motor Speedway, Tri-City Speedway and Route 66 Raceway Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. WoO 2000 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Inaugural Texas Shootout Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, TX Saturday, April 8, Feature Program #8 Vivarin qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 13.083 (new single-lap record); 2. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 13.231; 3. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 13.335; 4. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 13.343; 5. Brad Furr, Furr 2F, 13.343; 6. Greg Hodnett, Millennium Racing V12, 13.397; 7. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 13.402; 8. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 13.457; 9. Danny Wood, Woodburn 21W, 13.467; 10. Gary Wright, Wright 9, 13.474; 11. Dale Blaney, DB Racing 93, 13.479; 12. Randy Hannagan, Holbrook 8H, 13.491; 13. Brooke Tatnell, Parsons 6, 13.525; 14. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 13.644; 15. Daryn Pittman, Pittman 3, 13.664; 16. Paul McMahan, Johnson U2, 13.677; 17. Travis Rilat, Archer 1A, 13.695; 18. Joey Saldana, Saldana 17, 13.698; 19. Christi Passmore, GAP Roofing 1AC, 13.793; 20. Scott Young, Young 8, 13.825; 21. Jason Johnson, Row 41, 13.868; 22. Ronald Laney, Laney 52, 13.962; 23. John Bankston, Bankston 8J, 14.229; 24. Craig Dollansky, Karavan Racing 7, 14.362; 25. Brandon Corn, Corn 74, 15.024; 26. Larry Hartwell, Hartwell 10, 15.374; 27. Tony Biggert, Biggert 23B, 17.272; 28. Travys Mize, Phantom Racing 29M, no time. First NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Brad Furr, 3. Brooke Tatnell, 4. Danny Wood, 5. Travis Rilat, 6. Brandon Corn, 7. Jason Johnson. (first three qualified for the CHANNELLOCK Dashes) Second NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Lance Blevins, 4. Gary Wright, 5. Joey Saldana, 6. Ronald Laney, 7. Larry Hartwell. (first three qualified for the CHANNELLOCK Dashes) Third NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Daryn Pittman, 4. John Bankston, 5. Christi Passmore, 6. Tony Biggert, 7. Dale Blaney. (first three qualified for the CHANNELLOCK Dashes) Fourth NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Tim Shaffer, 3. Paul McMahan, 4. Craig Dollansky, 5. Randy Hannagan, 6. Scott Young, 7. Travys Mize. (first three qualified for the CHANNELLOCK Dashes) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Prleiminary Feature automatically qualified Stevie Smith, Steve Kinser, Andy Hillenburg and Johnny Herrera for the first four starting positions in the Second CHANNELLOCK Dash. First CHANNELLOCK Dash (eight laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Tim Shaffer, 3. Brad Furr, 4. Lance Blevins, 5. Paul McMahan, 6. Daryn Pittman, 7. Brooke Tatnell, 8. Jac Haudenschild. (finish determined second eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) Second CHANNELLOCK Dash (eight laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Mark Kinser, 6. Johnny Herrera, 7. Sammy Swindell, 8. Danny Schatz. (finish determined first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Dale Blaney, 2. Joey Saldana, 3. Randy Hannagan, 4. Travis Rilat, 5. Scott Young ($200); 6. Jason Johnson ($175); 7. Christi Passmore ($150); 8. Larry Hartwell ($100); 9. Brandon Corn ($90); 10. Tony Biggert ($80); 11. Ronald Laney ($60); 12. Travys Mize ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (35 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($12,000); 2. Danny Lasoski ($6,000); 3. Mark Kinser ($3,500); 4. Andy Hillenburg ($3,200); 5. Stevie Smith ($3,000); 6. Johnny Herrera ($2,500); 7. Dale Blaney ($2,320); 8. Greg Hodnett ($2,200); 9. Tim Shaffer ($2,100); 10. Brad Furr ($2,050); 11. Donny Schatz ($2,000); 12. Paul McMahan ($1,600); 13. Lance Blevins ($1,500); 14. Sammy Swindell ($1,200); 15. Craig Dollansky ($1,100); 16. Danny Wood ($1,000); 17. Gary Wright ($900); 18. Randy Hannagan ($720); 19. Jac Haudenschild ($700); 20. Travis Rilat ($720); 21. Daryn Pittman ($700); 22. Joey Saldana ($720); 23. John Bankston ($700); 24. Brooke Tatnell ($700). Lap leaders: Steve Kinser 1-25, 27-35; Danny Lasoski 26 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Christi Passmore , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Travis Rilat , Scott Young , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jason Johnson
Teams Millennium Racing