KNOXVILLE, Iowa (Aug. 11, 2000) - The 40th annual Amoco Knoxville Nationals Pennzoil World of Outlaws finale will feature two Mopar-powered Maxims in the top-three rows tonight. Mark Kinser, driver of the Team Mopar entry, will start third and the...
KNOXVILLE, Iowa (Aug. 11, 2000) - The 40th annual Amoco Knoxville Nationals Pennzoil World of Outlaws finale will feature two Mopar-powered Maxims in the top-three rows tonight. Mark Kinser, driver of the Team Mopar entry, will start third and the Team Amoco machine of Dale Blaney starts fifth following last night's "A" Scramble activity.
Kinser, the defending Amoco Knoxville Nationals champion, earned a good shot at back-to-back titles when he moved through Friday's "A" Scramble from an eighth-starting position to nab fourth. Kinser's most impressive move came on a lap-five restart, when the defending Pennzoil WoO champion slid underneath Sammy Swindell to take fourth. Despite a considerable pressure build up in the right-rear tire due to a faulty bleeder valve, Kinser was able to find the low-groove to his liking.
"We're looking pretty good," said Kinser, who also won the 1996 Amoco Knoxville Nationals. "It built up quite a bit of pressure in the right rear and stalled us out. We were really fast at the beginning of the race.
"Everybody is working really hard and the car's running well," Kinser added. "We have the horsepower, so we should be there."
Team Amoco ace Dale Blaney also impressed the packed house following a stirring battle with eventual "A" Scramble winner Brian Paulus. Blaney sniffed around Paulus, even moving alongside him during the middle stages of the race, before settling into the second as the checkered flag waved. Blaney, who won the prestigious King's Royal at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio earlier this year, feels he has the best shot of his career tonight.
"This is the best shot I've ever had at winning the Nationals," said Blaney, who currently sits sixth in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws point's chase. "I'm really looking forward to it because we are capable of winning this thing. As long as I run a smart race, I'll be okay."
Kinser will line up third behind polesitter and 1998 Amoco Knoxville Nationals champion Danny Lasoski and veteran WoO campaigner Donny Schatz. Kinser's 498 points fell one shy of both Schatz and Lasoski. Dale Blaney starts fifth on the strength of his 489 points tally.
Tonight's Amoco Knoxville Nationals final night is slated for live TNN broadcast at 9 p.m. Eastern.