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'KING' TUNES UP FOR IROC RACE WITH BATTLEGROUND VICTORY By Richard Day HOUSTON, TX (July 29) - Steve Kinser ordered a World of Outlaws/ International Race of Champions sandwich for the final weekend in...

'KING' TUNES UP FOR IROC RACE WITH BATTLEGROUND VICTORY By Richard Day HOUSTON, TX (July 29) - Steve Kinser ordered a World of Outlaws/ International Race of Champions sandwich for the final weekend in July, and the first bite was rather tasty. Kinser took his first nibble at the king-sized sandwich Friday night at Battleground Speedway, where is set the new one-lap record and didn't stop chewing until he took the checkered flag in the "A" Feature. The heart of the triple-decker awaited at Michigan International Speedway, where he was scheduled to run the final IROC race of the year Saturday afternoon. "The King of the Outlaws" saved the final morsels for Saturday night's Snap-on Tools Summer Nationals at Devil's Bowl Speedway, where he is a seven-time winner. Kinser didn't waste any time whetting his appetite at Battleground, lowering the one-lap record Lance Blevins broke earlier this year by .311 seconds with 12.969-second trip around the high-banked, 3/8-mile oval. He shot from fourth to first place in the second corner after a first-lap collision with Dave Blaney sent Andy Hillenburg flipping into the turn-one retaining wall, and won the Vivarin Dash easily. "The King of the Outlaws" burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the 30-lap main event, and opened a 10-car-length advantage within three laps. He was a half-straightaway ahead of outside polesitter Gary Wright when he entered lapped traffic four laps later. Jeff Swindell and Johnny Herrera waged war for fourth place before Blaney joined the battle during the ninth lap. "The Buckeye Bullet" drove the #10 Vivarin J&J past Herrera for fifth place, and raced past Swindell and Tommie Estes, Jr., for third three laps later. Kinser continued to pad his cushion as he switched from the high groove to the track's inside line midway through the race. He was a full straightaway ahead of Wright when he encountered his only problem. "The King of the Outlaws" was on his way around Steve Beitler with 10 laps remaining when they collided, turning the #11 Valvoline Maxim sideways in the fourth corner. While Kinser wrestled the car to keep it from spinning, Wright narrowed the gap to 10 car-lengths. Kinser managed to pass Beitler four laps later, and increased his advantage as Wright battled Sammy Swindell for the runner-up spot. Swindell started on the sixth row, and passed seven sprinters during the first half of the race. While Wright took the high line around Greg Hodnett and Blake Bowles, Swindell threaded the #1 Bull & Hannah's Jenkins between Wright and the inside berm in turn three to pass all three with three laps remaining. Sammy was racing through turn three when Kinser took the checkered flag for his 23rd victory of the year. "The race track was nice tonight," Kinser told the capacity crowd from victory lane. "It was fast early and it started to loosen up toward the end of the feature. Karl (Kinser, his car owner and crew chief) set the car up so well that it was fast all night. "I've got to leave now and catch a plane for Michigan. I hope I have the same luck up there I had here tonight. Pavement (racing) is still pretty new to me. I just hope I can have a good run Saturday, and get back to Dallas where I'm a little more familiar with the track." When asked about his collision with Beitler, Kinser said, "I don't know how I got out of that and kept the engine running." Estes passed Blaney deep in the third corner with two laps remaining, and followed Wright across the finish line. Herrera finished the "A" Feature in sixth place, ahead of Jeff Swindell, Hillenburg, Kenny Jacobs and Jac Haudenschild. WoO 1994 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/COPENHAGEN-SKOAL SHOOTOUT Battleground Speedway, Houston, TX; Friday, July 29, Feature Program #44 Qualifications: 1. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 12.969 (new one-lap record); 2. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 13.014; 3. Tommie Estes, Jr., Gray 51, 13.142; 4. Gary Wright, White 9, 13.167; 5. Johnny Herrera, Pack 4A, 13.244; 6. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 13.250; 7. Kenny Jacobs, Motter 71M, 13.274; 8. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 13.286; 9. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 13.449; 10. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 13.452; 11. Steve Beitler, Beitler 21, 13.455; 12. Sammy Swindell, Gilliam 1, 13.464; 13. Stevie Smith, Veilhauer 12x, 13.475; 14. Aaron Berryhill, Berryhill 97, 13.510; 19. Scott Hogue, Hogue 9C, 13.536; 16. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 13.537; 17. Joe Gaerte, Two Winners 9TW, 13.599; 18. Pete Butler, Willis 7H, 13.610; 19. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21L, 13.623; 20. Ronald Laney, Laney 52, 13.756; 21. Jim Carr, Carr 65, 13.855; 22. Sid Blandford, Blandford 31, 13.979; 23. Larry Hartwell, Hartwell 10x, 14.099; 24. Blake Bowles, Bowles 5B, 14.379; 25. Ronnie Burke, Jr., Miller 8K, 14.533; 26. John Bankston, Bankston 8, 14.684. First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Kenny Jacobs, 6. Gary Wright, 7. Lance Blevins, 8. Sid Blandford, 9. Ronnie Burke, Jr. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Aaron Berryhill, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Johnny Herrera, 6. Steve Beitler, 7. Ronald Laney, 8. John Bankston, 9. Larry Hartwell. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Pete Butler, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Scott Hogue, 5. Tommie Estes, Jr., 6. Dave Blaney, 7. Blake Bowles, 8. Jim Carr. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Gary Wright, 3. Tommie Estes, Jr., 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Johnny Herrera, 6. Dave Blaney, 7. Kenny Jacobs, 8. Andy Hillenburg. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Lance Blevins, 2. Sid Blandford, 3. Ronald Laney, 4. Blake Bowles, 5. John Bankston, 6. Larry Hartwell 7. Ronnie Burke, Jr. ($260); 8. Jim Carr ($235). (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($5,210); 2. Sammy Swindell ($3,510); 3. Gary Wright ($2,510); 4. Tommie Estes, Jr. ($2,210); 5. Dave Blaney ($2,110); 6. Johnny Herrera ($2,010); 7. Jeff Swindell ($1,610); 8. Andy Hillenburg ($1,510); 9. Kenny Jacobs ($1,410); 10. Jac Haudenschild ($1,310); 11. Mark Kinser ($1,110); 12. Stevie Smith ($1,010); 13. Pete Butler ($810); 14. Joe Gaerte ($610); 15. Steve Beitler ($490); 16. Ronald Laney ($430); 17. Greg Hodnett ($360); 18. John Bankston ($380); 19. Lance Blevins ($380); 20. Scott Hogue ($360); 21. Sid Blandford ($380); 22. Blake Bowles ($380); 23. Larry Hartwell ($380); 24. Aaron Berryhill ($360). Lap leader: Steve Kinser 1-30 Ecowater Fast-Time Award winner: Steve Kinser WoO*eof

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Kenny Jacobs , Aaron Berryhill , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell