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Mark Kinser Defends STP Classic Title By Richard Day BRANDON, SD (July 3) - Although missing several races will keep Mark Kinser from successfully defending his Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series championship, that...

Mark Kinser Defends STP Classic Title By Richard Day BRANDON, SD (July 3) - Although missing several races will keep Mark Kinser from successfully defending his Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series championship, that hasn't kept him from defending individual event titles. When Kinser won his second straight STP Classic championship Friday with a flag-to-flag victory at Huset's Speedway, it was his second title defense in a week. He successfully defended his Eagle Nationals championship on June 28th. "It's good to win here at Huset's," Mark said. "I have a lot of friends here and there's been a lot of fans who have come by the car all week. The people up here welcome us with open arms." Mark was welcomed into victory lane with open arms by his father, car owner and crew chief, Karl Kinser. His 13th "A" Feature victory of the year, coupled with Sammy Swindell's 22nd- place finish, increased Karl's lead in the World of Outlaws Car Owner Point Standings to 167 points. Kinser, the fourth-fastest qualifier in the 35-car field, received the luxury of starting the Vivarin Dash on the pole when Channellock Fast-Time Award winner Jac Haudenschild picked the #4 inversion pill. Haudenschild, the only drive to break the 11- second barrier, circled the high-banked, 3/8-mile oval in 10.998 seconds. Winning the Vivarin Dash gave Kinser the pole position in the 30-lap main event. Mark burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. Swindell passed Steve Kinser for the runner-up spot deep in the fourth corner late in the opening lap, only to stop his #1 Channellock Gambler in the third corner with a broken front axle the next time around. Although his crew was able to replace the axle, three laps were run before Todd Wessels' third-corner spin brought out another caution and allowed Swindell to return. Kinser raced away from the field as the green flag replaced the yellow and quickly opened a comfortable advantage as cousin Steve, Haudenschild and Stevie Smith battled for second place. Mark entered lapped traffic eight laps into the race as Steve, "The Wild Child" and Smith continued to battle for the runner-up spot. Smith passed Haudenschild for third, then both passed "The King of the Outlaws" on the front straightaway early in lap 14. In his haste to catch Smith and Haudenschild, Kinser allowed his #11 Quaker State Maxim to collide with Justin Henderson. The collision sent Kinser into the retaining wall in turn one and flipping into the second corner. Six lapped cars restarting between Mark and the #5M Wirtgen Maxim allowed Mark to build a comfortable advantage quickly. The field was tightened with 3 1/2 laps remaining, however, when mechanical problems in the #11H Selma Shell Maxim caused Greg Hodnett to stop on the back straightaway. Although he was four laps down, Swindell kept pace with Mark, who took the checkered flag with Smith racing through turn three. "I applaud everybody here at Huset's for all their hard work on the track," Mark said following the fourth victory of his career at Huset's. "Earlier in the night, it was rough and I didn't think the track would get very wide. But they got the grader out and made the track wider to where we could work lapped traffic. "We ran pretty well in lapped traffic. My dad and the guys had the car set up to run wherever we wanted." Kinser apologized to the fans and told them he wouldn't be able to stay long after the race ended. He and his crew headed for the Des Moines, IA, airport to pick up a new engine soon after the victory lane ceremony. Haudenschild finished the "A" Feature in third place, ahead of Second Heat Race winner Dave Blaney, Andy Hillenburg, Danny Lasoski, 14th-starting Jeff Swindell, Johnny Herrera, Donny Schatz and Hodnett. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Fourth Annual STP Classic Huset's Speedway, Brandon, SD Thursday, July 3, Feature Program #39 Qualifications: 1. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 10.998; 2. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 11.025; 3. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 11.046; 4. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 11.047; 5. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 11.137; 6. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 11.144; 7. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 11.172; 8. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 11.177; 9. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 11.208; 10. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 11.257; 11. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 11.281; 12. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 11.283; 13. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 11.302; 14. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 11.370; 15. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 11.496; 16. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 11.405; 17. Terry Reilly, Julius 69R, 11.590; 18. Marlon Jones, SOS Racing 1J, 11.605; 19. Doug Wolfgang, Motter 71M, 11.646; 20. Lyle Howey III, Howey 55, 11.661; 21. Todd Wessels, Mellenberndt 97, 11.717; 22. Chad Radel, Radel 25, 11.767; 23. Justin Henderson, Henderson 83, 11.788; 24. Jake Peters, P&D Racing 57, 11.808; 25. Dave Ekern, Ekern 11E, 11.808; 26. Steve Ballenger, Ballenger 1BK, 11.832; 27. Gregg Bakker, 11x Motorsports 11x, 11.866; 28. Kenny Hansen, Hansen 4, 12.049; 29. Matt Wasmund, Wasmund 4W, 12.050; 30. Matt Richard, Richard 31, 12.087; 31. Shane Liebig, Liebig 10L, 12.339; 32. Chuck McGillivray, McGillivray 101, 12.675; 33. John Lambertz, Lambertz 12L, 12.720; 34. Dale Lindberg, Lindberg 1x, 12.885; 35. Gary DeWall, DeWall 16, no time. First Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Terry Reilly, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Todd Wessels, 7. Dave Ekern, 8. Matt Wasmund, 9. John Lambertz. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Chad Radel, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Greg Hodnett, 6. Marlon Jones, 7. Matt Richard, 8. Steve Ballenger, 9. Dale Lindberg. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Justin Henderson, 6. Gregg Bakker, 7. Gary DeWall, 8. Doug Wolfgang, 9. Shane Liebig. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Paul McMahan, 2. Lyle Howey III, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Jake Peters, 5. Lance Blevins, 6. Dion Hindi, 7. Kenny Hansen, 8. Chuck McGillivray. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (seven laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Greg Hodnett, 6. Joe Gaerte, 7. Stevie Smith, 8. Lance Blevins. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Doug Wolfgang, 2. Marlon Jones, 3. Todd Wessels, 4. Dion Hindi, 5. Kenny Hansen ($200); 6. Matt Richard ($180); 7. Gregg Bakker ($150); 8. Gary DeWall ($110); 9. Steve Ballenger ($90); 10. Chuck McGillivray ($80); 11. John Lambertz ($60); 12. Matt Wasmund ($50); 13. Shane Liebig ($50); 14. Dave Ekern ($50); 15. Dave Lindberg ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($10,000); 2. Stevie Smith ($5,000); 3. Jac Haudenschild ($3,000); 4. Dave Blaney ($2,500); 5. Andy Hillenburg ($2,300); 6. Danny Lasoski ($2,200); 7. Jeff Swindell ($2,100); 8. Johnny Herrera ($2,000); 9. Donny Schatz ($1,700); 10. Greg Hodnett ($1,600); 11. Joe Gaerte ($1,200); 12. Lance Blevins ($1,150); 13. Paul McMahan ($1,100); 14. Marlon Jones ($1,070); 15. Doug Wolfgang ($1,020); 16. Dion Hindi ($720); 17. Jake Peters ($600); 18. Terry Reilly ($500); 19. Chad Radel ($500); 20. Lyle Howey III ($500); 21. Justin Henderson ($500); 22. Sammy Swindell ($500); 23. Todd Wessels ($520); 24. Steve Kinser ($500). Lap leader: Mark Kinser 1-30 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Jac Haudenschild WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Paul McMahan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell