I-96 report 97-06-15

Kinser Wins Father's Day Race at I-96 By Richard Day LAKE ODESSA, MI (June 15) - Steve Kinser doesn't win as often as he once did, but this season his victories have been well- timed. He dedicated Sunday's Pennzoil ...

Kinser Wins Father's Day Race at I-96 By Richard Day LAKE ODESSA, MI (June 15) - Steve Kinser doesn't win as often as he once did, but this season his victories have been well- timed. He dedicated Sunday's Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature victory at I-96 Speedway to his father, Bob. "It's been a long time since we were here (victory lane)," Kinser admitted. "We won one on Mother's Day (May 11th), and now I got one for my dad on Father's Day. My dad got us Kinsers into racing, and I think all of us need to thank him for that. He was the first one to get it going, and we'll just keep on." The $7,000 victory, Steve's third of the season, kept him within striking distance of Sammy Swindell in their battle for the lead in the World of Outlaws driver standings. Kinser, the second-fastest qualifier in the 30-car field, lined up on the front row at the beginning of the Vivarin Dash. He and his cousin, Channellock Fast-Time Award winner Mark Kinser, had problems getting the five-lap race started and were moved to the second row. Steve's brother, Randy, and Jac Haudenschild started on the front row and finished first and second, respectively. Steve and Mark finished sixth and third. Haudenschild drove the #22 Pennzoil Maxim into the lead as the green flag fell in the 30-lap main event. Steve raced all the way into second place during the opening lap, passing Dave Blaney, Sammy Swindell, Mark and Randy. "The King of the Outlaws" started narrowing the gap as Haudenschild entered lapped traffic during lap six. He caught "The Wild Child" the next time around, but was unable to surge ahead. After Swindell and Mark relegated Randy Kinser to fifth, Blaney dropped from sixth to 11th place when allowed his #10 Vivarin J&J to slide over the cushion in the third corner. Swindell was catching Kinser during the 10th lap when Kevin Keeney spun on the front straightaway, bringing out the caution flag. Haudenschild was equal to Kinser's challenges as the race resumed. Andy Hillenburg suffered a flat right rear tire late in the 11th lap, and Greg Hodnett followed him into the pits to change a tire as well. Blaney was on the move after the green flag replaced the yellow, racing into sixth place with a first-corner pass of Danny Lasoski. Mechanical problems in the #7TW Gold Eagle J&J forced Jeff Swindell to stop on the back straightaway and drop out of the race late in the 12th lap. Swindell was challenging Kinser for second place two laps later when a mechanical malfunction forced Joey Saldana to stop in turn one. The red flag was thrown so the cars could be refueled, allowing Johnny Herrera's crew to replace a broken tie rod on the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim. Stevie Smith and Joe Gaerte also made repairs during the 14th lap red period. Swindell steered his #1 Channellock Gambler deep in turn four to pass Kinser for the runner-up spot as the race resumed, and followed Haudenschild into lapped traffic four laps later. "The Wild Child," Swindell and the Kinser cousins raced nose- to-tail until nine laps remained in the "A" Feature. Haudenschild was trying to lap Tim Demming midway through the 22nd lap when they collided, sending the #22 off the back straightaway and allowing Swindell and the Kinsers cousins to race past. "The King of the Outlaws" drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim into the high groove in turn four to pass Swindell for the lead late in the 24th lap. Only 1 1/4 laps remained when a strange chain of events prolonged the race. Mark was trying to pass Swindell in dense lapped traffic in the fourth corner when their collision sent Mark spinning. Byron Reed spun in the second corner while Brett Mann, Stevie Smith and Joe Gaerte flipped on the back stretch within a lap after the green flag replaced the yellow. Kinser raced away from the field as the race resumed, and took the checkered flag for his 416th career "A" Feature victory as Swindell raced through turn three. "We had a fast car from the start tonight," Steve said. "A couple of times, I got up high in the loose stuff and had to back up until the tires heated up again. On one restart, I let Sammy get by, but I had a good groove working on top. Once I got the lead, I was just worried we weren't going to get it finished." Blaney finished the main event in third place, ahead of "The Wild Child," Hillenburg, 11th-starting Donny Schatz, Johnny Herrera, Danny Lasoski, Paul McMahan and Randy Kinser. Dion Hindi won the "B" Feature, then passed eight cars in the main event on his way to a season-best 12th-place finish. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series I-96 Speedway, Lake Odessa, MI Sunday, June 15, Feature Program #31 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 15.443 (new one-lap record); 2. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 15.481; 3. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 15.510; 4. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14K, 15.510; 5. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 15.703; 6. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 15.714; 7. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 15.755; 8. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 15.793; 9. Joey Saldana, Gray 51, 15.853; 10. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 15.900; 11. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 15.948; 12. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 16.080; 13. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 16.146; 14. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 16.223; 15. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 16.243; 16. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 16.304; 17. Byron Reed, B&S Racing 5, 16.364; 18. Brett Mann, Mann 22x, 16.553; 19. Eric Slade, Slade 11CW, 16.558; 20. Jerry Slade, Slade 1CW, 16.757; 21. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 16.875; 22. Bobby Adamson, Adamson 2A, 16.982; 23. Tim Demming, Demming 02, 17.488; 24. Kevin Feeney, Feeney 6K, 17.520; 25. Mark Stemen, Stemen 17S, 17.532; 26. Mike Daggett, Daggett 49D, 17.639; 27. Doug Stepke, Stepke 66, 18.067; 28. Mark Broughman, Broughman 52, 18.832; 29. Davey Brown, Brown 13, 18.849; 30. Tony Bores, Bores 58, no time. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Paul McMahan, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Randy Kinser, 6. Mark Kinser, 7. Eric Slade, 8. Mark Stemen, 9. Bobby Adamson, 10. Mark Broughman. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Byron Reed, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Donny Schatz, 7. Tim Demming, 8. Mike Daggett, 9. Jerry Slade, 10. Davey Brown. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Jac Haudenschild, 6. Brett Mann, 7. Dion Hindi, 8. Kevin Feeney, 9. Doug Stepke, 10. Tony Bores. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Randy Kinser, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Dave Blaney, 6. Steve Kinser, 7. Johnny Herrera, 8. Danny Lasoski. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Dion Hindi, 2. Jerry Slade, 3. Tim Demming, 4. Mike Daggett, 5. Kevin Feeney, 6. Doug Stepke, 7. Davey Brown ($200); 8. Eric Slade ($180); 9. Mark Stemen ($150); 10. Tony Bores ($110). DNS - Bobby Adamson, Mark Broughman. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($7,000); 2. Sammy Swindell ($4,000); 3. Dave Blaney ($3,000); 4. Jac Haudenschild ($2,500); 5. Andy Hillenburg ($2,300); 6. Donny Schatz ($2,200); 7. Johnny Herrera ($2,100); 8. Danny Lasoski ($2,000); 9. Paul McMahan ($1,700); 10. Randy Kinser ($1,600); 11. Brett Mann ($1,200); 12. Dion Hindi ($1,170); 13. Tim Demming ($1,120); 14. Stevie Smith ($1,050); 15. Joe Gaerte ($1,000); 16. Byron Reed ($700); 17. Kevin Feeney ($620); 18. Joey Saldana ($500); 19. Greg Hodnett ($500); 20. Jerry Slade ($520); 21. Jeff Swindell ($500); 22. Mike Daggett ($520); 23. Doug Stepke ($520); 24. Mark Kinser ($500). Lap leaders: Jac Haudenschild 1-21, Sammy Swindell 22-23, Steve Kinser 24-30 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO

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