I-80 report 97-09-26

Mark Kinser Takes I-80 Speedway Opener By Richard Day GREENWOOD, NE (September 26) - Don't be surprised if Mark Kinser moves his family to Nebraska during the off-season. It seems he can do no wrong in "The Cornhusker...

Mark Kinser Takes I-80 Speedway Opener By Richard Day GREENWOOD, NE (September 26) - Don't be surprised if Mark Kinser moves his family to Nebraska during the off-season. It seems he can do no wrong in "The Cornhusker State." "I don't know what it is about this state," Kinser said after winning his fifth straight Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series feature race at I-80 Speedway Friday. "Crossing the state line always brings a smile to my face." Kinser, who has also won Eagle Nationals championships at nearby Eagle Raceway the last two years, earned the right to start Saturday's Vivarin Dash on the pole by winning his sixth Preliminary Feature of the year. "Starting up front in the Vivarin Dash is a big relief," Mark said. "Any time you can start up front with these guys, it's a big advantage." Although he sliced .217 seconds off I-80's qualifying record with a 14.278-second lap around the semi-banked, 4/10-mile oval, Mark's sixth-place finish in the Vivarin Dash had him starting the Preliminary Feature outside the third row. Mark battled Stevie Smith as cousin Steve Kinser burst into the lead from the pole in the 20-lap feature. Sammy Swindell, the leader in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series driver standings, passed Greg Hodnett as the green flag fell and steered his #1 Channellock Gambler deep into turn three to pass Jac Haudenschild for second place late in the opening lap. Haudenschild was trying to regain the runner-up spot seconds later when he allowed the #22 Pennzoil Maxim to slide out of the low groove. "The Wild Child" clipped the outside retaining wall before regaining control of the car, allowing Kinser and Hodnett to relegate him to fifth place. Mark was gaining on Sammy in their battle for second late in lap four when Skip Jackson stopped in the third corner with a broken right front spindle. Jackson's crew repaired the #55 quickly, and he restarted the race at the back of the pack. Kinser challenged Swindell during the ensuing restart, and steered the #5M Wirtgen Maxim deep into turn one to take over second place early in the fifth lap. Four laps later, Mark took the lead with a low move through the third and fourth corners. Mark was approaching lapped traffic when Pat Bourke stopped in turn two with a flat left rear tire late in lap 10. At the same time, Smith coasted into the pit area with a mechanical problem. Kinser raced away from the field and Swindell challenged "The King of the Outlaws" for second place as the green flag replaced the yellow. Sammy took the inside line into turn two, then beat Steve down the back straightaway midway through lap 12. Mark was a half-straightaway ahead of Sammy when he entered lapped traffic with 7 1/2 laps remaining. Swindell narrowed the gap in dense lapped traffic during the next two laps, however. Jeff Mitrisin and Jackson collided in front of the leaders as they entered turn one early in the 15th lap. Kinser and Sammy raced past as Mitrisin and Jackson slid into the outside guard rail and Mitrisin's #5J sprinter turned over on its side. Andy Hillenburg challenged Hodnett for fifth place as the green flag replaced the red. Lance Blevins, racing with the World of Outlaws for the first since the Amoco Knoxville Nationals in mid-August, passed Hillenburg seconds later. Blevins steered the #21 Citgo J&J into the high groove in turn one to pass Hodnett the next time around, then executed a last-lap pass of "The Wild Child" in turn three. Finishing fourth gave Blevins the second row outside starting position in Saturday's Vivarin Dash. Kinser was seven car-lengths ahead of Swindell when he took the checkered flag. When asked about racing in the low groove, Kinser replied, "It really wasn't planned that way, but we started so far back we had to run where the other cars weren't. "We started to get the tires heated up when we got into traffic, but the red let us cool them down. From there, we were able to stay out front." Steve Kinser's third-place run, coupled with Dave Blaney's 10th-place finish, put them in a tie for second place in the World of Outlaws' driver standings entering Saturday's feature program. Blevins finished fourth, ahead of Haudenschild, "B" Feature winner Craig Dollansky, Hodnett, Joe Gaerte, Hillenburg and Blaney. Donny Schatz raced into 11th place from inside the eighth row to gain two points on Paul McMahan in their battle for Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Rookie of the Year honors. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series I-80 Speedway, Greenwood, NE Friday, September 26, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 14.278 (new one- lap record); 2. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 14.307; 3. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 14.349; 4. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 14.434; 5. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 14.450; 6. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 14.498; 7. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.660; 8. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 14.777; 9. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 14.786; 10. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 14.790; 11. Craig Dollansky, Wahlie 1W, 14.808; 12. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 14.825; 13. Don Droud, Jr., DOCC Racing 1BK, 14.868; 14. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 14.927; 15. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 14.933; 16. Travis Whitney, Whitney 7S, 14.936; 17. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 14.965; 18. Pat Bourke, B&B Excavating 27, 15.053; 19. Skip Jackson, Serace 55, 15.092; 20. Scott Whitworth, Whitworth 96, 15.095; 21. Dan Oswalt, Oswalt D1, 15.098; 22. Rich Bubak, Bubak 1S, 15.172; 23. Larry Pinegar, Cahill 7L, 15.202; 24. Matt Moro, Moro 2M, 15.224; 25. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 15.246; 26. Bill Robertson, Robertson 16, 15.290; 27. Randy Hibbs, Hibbs 2A, 15.426; 28. Marlon Jones, SOS Racing 1J, 15.501; 29. Dennis Moore, Jr., Nickel/Roebuck 12, 15.521; 30. Jaymie Moyle, Vanderecken 10V, 15.521; 31. Jeff Mitrisin, Sereg 5J, 15.600; 32. Mitchell Moore, Moore 2K, 15.657; 33. Jeff Lowery, Lowery 45, 16.241; 34. Regan Kitchen, Kitchen 12T, 16.279; 35. Jerry Vandenhul, Vandenhul 7V, 16.834; 36. Terry LoSasso, LoSasso 6, no time. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Don Droud, Jr., 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Mark Kinser, 6. Dion Hindi, 7. Dan Oswalt, 8. Dennis Moore, Jr., 9. Jeff Lowery. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Rich Bubak, 4. Greg Hodnett, 5. Pat Bourke, 6. Paul McMahan, 7. Jaymie Moyle, 8. Regan Kitchen, 9. Bill Robertson. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Larry Pinegar, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Skip Jackson, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Donny Schatz, 6. Jeff Mitrisin, 7. Randy Hibbs, 8. Craig Dollansky, 9. Jerry Vandenhul. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Matt Moro, 3. Lance Blevins, 4. Travis Whitney, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Scott Whitworth, 7. Marlon Jones, 8. Mitchell Moore, 9. Terry LoSasso. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Mark Kinser, 7. Andy Hillenburg, 8. Lance Blevins. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Craig Dollansky, 2. Paul McMahan, 3. Dion Hindi, 4. Jeff Mitrisin, 5. Jaymie Moyle ($150); 6. Dan Oswalt ($125); 7. Jeff Lowery ($100); 8. Mitchell Moore ($75); 9. Regan Kitchen ($60); 10. Scott Whitworth ($50); 11. Bill Robertson ($40); 12. Marlon Jones ($40); 13. Randy Hibbs ($40); 14. Terry LoSasso ($40); 15. Dennis Moore, Jr. ($40); 16. Jerry Vandenhul ($40). (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($4,500); 2. Sammy Swindell ($2,500); 3. Steve Kinser ($1,700); 4. Lance Blevins ($1,500); 5. Jac Haudenschild ($1,350); 6. Craig Dollansky ($1,270); 7. Greg Hodnett ($1,200); 8. Joe Gaerte ($1,100); 9. Andy Hillenburg ($1,075); 10. Dave Blaney ($1,050); 11. Donny Schatz ($1,000); 12. Don Droud, Jr. ($800); 13. Paul McMahan ($720); 14. Jeff Swindell ($630); 15. Johnny Herrera ($400); 16. Travis Whitney ($400); 17. Dion Hindi ($320); 18. Larry Pinegar ($300); 19. Rich Bubak ($300); 20. Matt Moro ($300); 21. Stevie Smith ($300); 22. Skip Jackson ($300); 23. Jeff Mitrisin ($320); 24. Pat Bourke ($300). Lap leaders: Steve Kinser 1-8, Mark Kinser 9-20 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO

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