I-80 Speedway 1999-07-04

'The King' Wins Independence Day Race at I-80 By Richard Day GREENWOOD, NE (July 4) - History books tell us the United States declared its independence from the King of England on July 4, 1776. "King of...

'The King' Wins Independence Day Race at I-80 By Richard Day GREENWOOD, NE (July 4) - History books tell us the United States declared its independence from the King of England on July 4, 1776. "King of the Outlaws" Steve Kinser went out on his own after a brief stint with NASCAR's Winston Cup Series four years ago, returning to the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series as a driver/owner. He became the first to win both championships in the same year in 1998. Kinser won his first Independence Day race since he left car owner Karl Kinser at NAPA I-80 Speedway Sunday, passing Sammy Swindell late in the third lap and leading the final 27 to claim his seventh "A" Feature victory of the season. He has won four other July 4th races in his career. "I just want to thank Quaker State, MAC Tools, Franklin Power Products, Goodyear, the World of Outlaws and everyone who makes this all possible," Steve said. "We're still not quite there, but we're not far off, either. I think we have a top-five car every night, and as long as we have a good car, we'll keep racing it." Kinser opened the series' 35th event of the year by earning his second Vivarin Fast-Time Award. He paced the 29-car qualifying session with a 15.099-second lap around the semi-banked, 4/10-mile oval. Sammy Swindell received the luxury of starting the 30-lap main event on the pole by passing Johnny Herrera and Stevie Smith on his way to winning his third Channellock Dash of the season. Danny Lasoski, who passed three cars to finish second in the five- lap dash, raced wheel-to-wheel with Swindell through the first corner as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. Sammy surged ahead in turn two, then Kinser drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim into the low groove in the fourth corner to pass "The Dude" for second place. Kinser caught Swindell midway through lap two, and tried to pass him with an inside move in turn three, but was unable to surge ahead. "The King of the Outlaws" used a similar move to take the lead the next time around. Kinser was building a comfortable advantage two laps later when Tyler Walker stopped the #35 Air Sep Maxim on the back straightaway, bringing out the caution flag and tightening the field. "B" Feature winner Kasey Kahne and Travis Cram were racing for 12th place early in lap eight when they crashed in the first corner. Herrera and Donny Schatz exchanged fifth place during the 10th and 12th laps while Swindell challenged Kinser for the lead. "The King of the Outlaws" was .9 seconds ahead when he entered lapped traffic midway through the race. Sammy narrowed the gap to a half-second within five laps. Walker raced back through the field and was in 12th place when Jeff Mitrisin stopped on the front stretch with a flat right rear tire early in the 24th lap. Swindell was racing for the lead with 2 1/4 laps remaining when he slid out of the low groove in turn four, allowing Kinser to open a 1.4-second advantage. Steve took the checkered flag with 1.8 seconds to spare. "We got lucky and got to the bottom before Sammy went down there," Kinser said following his first "A" Feature victory at I-80. "We looked at the track during the B-main, and it looked like it was going to take rubber on the bottom. I also talked to Skip Jackson and he said it felt like it was starting to get some grip down there, so that's where we set up to run." Lasoski held off Pennzoil World of Outlaws points lead Mark Kinser for third place. Herrera finished fifth, ahead of 15th-starting Jac Haudenschild, Andy Hillenburg, Schatz, Smith and Daryn Pittman. The race was originally scheduled for May 7th, but was postponed due to rain. A mechanical malfunction in the #104+ Octane Boost J&J forced Jeff Swindell to coast into the pit area during the series' famous Four Abreast parade lap. Matt Moro replaced him in the "A" Feature lineup. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will run a $45,100 event at Huset's Speedway Tuesday, then head to West Fargo, ND, for the Second Annual Duel in the Dakotas at Red River Valley Speedway Thursday through Saturday. TNN Motorsports will televise Saturday's action live between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. (EDT). WoO

1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series NAPA I-80 Speedway, Greenwood, NE Sunday, July 4, Feature Program #35 Vivarin qualifications: 1. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 15.099; 2. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 15.152; 3. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 15.200; 4. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 15.233; 5. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 15.405; 6. Johnny Herrera, DOCC Motorsports 1BK, 15.409; 7. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 15.418; 8. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 15.449; 9. Kasey Kahne, Holbrook 8H, 15.499; 10. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 15.560; 11. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 15.563; 12. Daryn Pittman, Sonner 47, 15.590; 13. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 15.596; 14. Craig Dollansky, Dollansky 7, 15.616; 15. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 15.630; 16. Bill Robertson, Eckley 16, 15.794; 17. Terry McCarl, Forbrook 5, 15.804; 18. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 15.877; 19. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 15.966; 20. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 15.998; 21. Kevin Gobrecht, Hylton/Blaney 93, 16.056; 22. Skip Jackson, Serace 55, 16.058; 23. Jeff Mitrisin, Mitrisin 5J, 16.232; 24. Matt Moro, Moro 2M, 16.366; 25. Travis Cram, RCMP 12, 16.605; 26. Gregg Bolte, Bolte 00, 17.074; 27. Butch Bahr, Bahr 25x, 18.060; 28. Kim Kennedy, Kennedy 1K, 18.897; 29. Mallory Armfield, Armfield 5MA, 19.142. First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Daryn Pittman, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Brooke Tatnell, 5. Tim Shaffer, 6. Steve Kinser, 7. Skip Jackson, 8. Bill Robertson, 9. Travis Cram, 10. Kim Kennedy. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Lance Blevins, 4. Donny Schatz, 5. Terry McCarl, 6. Craig Dollansky, 7. Brian Paulus, 8. Jeff Mitrisin, 9. Gregg Bolte. 10. Mallory Armfield. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Tyler Walker, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Jeff Swindell ($200); 5. Kevin Gobrecht, 6. Jac Haudenschild, 7. Kasey Kahne, 8. Matt Moro, 9. Butch Bahr. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Donny Schatz, 5. Mark Kinser, 6. Johnny Herrera, 7. Andy Hillenburg, 8. Stevie Smith. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Kasey Kahne, 2. Brian Paulus, 3. Skip Jackson, 4. Jeff Mitrisin, 5. Travis Cram, 6. Gregg Bolte, 7. Matt Moro, 8. Mallory Armfield ($180); 9. Kim Kennedy ($150); 10. Bill Robertson ($110); 11. Butch Bahr ($90). (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($8,000); 2. Sammy Swindell ($4,000); 3. Danny Lasoski ($3,000); 4. Mark Kinser ($2,500); 5. Johnny Herrera ($2,300); 6. Jac Haudenschild ($2,200); 7. Andy Hillenburg ($2,100); 8. Donny Schatz ($2,000); 9. Stevie Smith ($1,800); 10. Daryn Pittman ($1,700); 11. Craig Dollansky ($1,400); 12. Tyler Walker ($1,200); 13. Kevin Gobrecht ($1,100); 14. Tim Shaffer ($1,050); 15. Skip Jackson ($1,020); 16. Terry McCarl ($900); 17. Brian Paulus ($720); 18. Brooke Tatnell ($550); 19. Travis Cram ($570); 20. Kasey Kahne ($570); 21. Matt Moro ($570); 22. Jeff Mitrisin ($570); 23. Lance Blevins ($550); 24. Gregg Bolte ($570). DNS - Jeff Swindell; replaced by Matt Moro. Lap leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-2, Steve Kinser 3-30 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Steve Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Tyler Walker , Jeff Mitrisin , Brian Paulus , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell