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Mark Kinser Roars in Nationals Opener By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (August 14) - Mark Kinser took a giant step toward what he hoped would be his first Amoco Knoxville Nationals championship when the Skoal...

Mark Kinser Roars in Nationals Opener By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (August 14) - Mark Kinser took a giant step toward what he hoped would be his first Amoco Knoxville Nationals championship when the Skoal Outlaw Series opened the 36th annual event Wednesday at Knoxville Raceway. In a Nationals where anything less than a championship would be a disappointment, Kinser put together a near-flawless performance on opening night. He broke the one-lap record Mike Reinke set earlier this season, charged into second place from the back row in the First Quaker State Heat Race and led the final nine laps of the Preliminary Feature. "That was one of the toughest races I've run in a while," Mark told the capacity crowd from victory lane. "I was able to run in the middle, on the high side and on the bottom. My crew did a good job of preparing the #5M Wirtgen Maxim tonight. "The track was awesome. It always is when we come here to Knoxville. The surface is always good. It's just one of those places you look forward to running." Kinser, winner of seven World of Outlaws "A" Features at Knoxville in the last three years, circled the legendary semi- banked, 1/2-mile oval in 15.269 seconds, .007 faster than the standard Reinke set earlier this season. He was rewarded with his 31st EcoWater Quick-Time Award of the year. Although Mark started the 20-lap Preliminary Feature outside the fourth row - rather deep in the field for him - he was in fourth place by lap five. Polesitter Todd Shaffer burst into the lead as the green flag fell, and was approaching lapped traffic when Daniel Coggeshell spun to a stop in the second corner late in the sixth lap. Kenny Jacobs challenged Shaffer for first place as the green flag replaced the yellow, but was unable to pull off the pass in turn four. Sammy Swindell, who won the Third Quaker State Heat Race from the 10th starting position, followed Mark past Jeff Shepard two laps later. Kinser took the low line through turn three to pass Jacobs for the runner-up spot late in the ninth lap. Swindell duplicated the move to take over third place the next time around. Mark made another dash deep in the third corner to pass Shaffer for the lead midway late in lap 12. Swindell, matching Kinser move-for-move, passed Shaffer for second place in turn two just seconds later. Kinser entered lapped traffic one lap later and, although he raced through the backmarkers with ease, Swindell kept pace with him. Sammy, keeping his #1 ChannelLock Gambler in the high groove, caught Mark in the third corner with three laps remaining but was unable to pass him. Swindell challenged for the lead until Mark executed a daring move between four lapped cars midway through lap 19. Sammy passed them seconds later, but was six car-lengths behind when Kinser took the checkered flag. "I saw Sammy there several times and I had to pick my way through lapped traffic," Mark said. Swindell praised his crew, adding that if he had driven the car better he thought he could have won the race. "We'll take second; we had a good run," Sammy said. "The driver just needs to do a better job. We had a pretty easy night; didn't have to do much to the car. The car was really working good. We'll bring it back Friday and see if we can do better." Shaffer held off Sammy's hard-charging brother, Jeff Swindell, for third place. Shepard finished fifth, ahead of Jacobs, Andy Hillenburg, Quaker State Heat Race winners Frankie Kerr and Dave Calaman and Brent Antill. Jimmy Sills, who runs his own driving school in Placerville, CA, recorded the 44th-fastest qualifying lap in the 72-car field, but crashed into the retaining wall between turns one and two seconds later. "Buckwheat" was taken to Knoxville Memorial Hospital for observation, then released. His crew was unable to get his car ready for him to start the "C" Feature, however. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series 36th Annual Amoco Knoxville Nationals Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, IA Wednesday, August 14, Preliminary Program #1 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 15.269 (new one- lap record); 2. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 15.628; 3. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 16.652; 4. Danny Smith, Bodkins 00, 15.724; 5. Skip Jackson, Serace 55, 15.767 6. Scott Whitworth, Tall Corn Racing 96, 15.805; 7. Paul McMahan, Roth 83, 15.818; 8. Dean Jacobs, Jacobs 1F, 15.853; 9. Randy Hannagan, Peterson 2C, 15.873; 10. Jeff Shepard, Wahlie 1W, 15.906; 11. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14K, 15.907; 12. Kenny Jacobs, Ashworth 92, 15.984; 13. Mike Reinke, Cowman 02, 16.065; 14. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23S, 16.069; 15. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 16.073; 16. Jeff Tuttle, Ball 3B, 16.075; 17. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.090; 18. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 16.100; 19. Tony Moro, Moro 2M, 16.109; 20. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 16.129; 21. Ryan Jamison, Jamison 51J, 16.147; 22. Max Dumesny, Thompson 48, 16.200; 23. Lee Dunn, Dunn 81D, 16.214; 24. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 16.227; 25. Brent Antill, Jordan Racing 1B, 16.243; 26. Joey Saldana, Stanton 75, 16.285; 27. Kevin Huntley, Johnson U2, 16.301; 28. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 16.302; 29. Rick Martin, Martin 44, 16.343; 30. Chad Radel, Strube 69S, 16.376; 31. John Kearney, Kearney 86, 16.390; 32. Dave Calaman, Weikert 29W, 16.416; 33. Earnest Jennings, Jennings 61A, 16.427; 34. Tommie Estes, Jr., Threatt 29, 16.447; 35. Rick Montgomery, Montgomery 9M, 16.466; 36. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 16.466; 37. Todd Taeger, Taeger 7A, 16.501; 38. Cris Eash, Eash 17E, 16.502; 39. Shane Stewart, Stewart 19S, 16.507; 40. Van Gurley, Jr., Gurley 3BV, 16.519; 41. Gary Wright, Action Motorsports 9x, 16.530; 42. Tim Shaffer, J&M Motorsports 55T, 16.549; 43. Daniel Coggeshell, Coggeshell 3C, 16.614; 44. Jimmy Sills, Berry 7, 16.627; 45. Ronnie Day, Davis 1S, 16.669; 46. Ray Lee Goodwin, Jr., Wertz 6E, 16.696; 47. Gerald Cressman, Cressman 56C, 16.698; 48. John Hall, Hall 7H, 16.707; 49. Bobby McMahan, Bailey 17, 16.749; 50. Wally Henson, Henson 6H, 16.777; 51. Nick LoSasso, LoSasso 51x, 16.813; 52. Judi Bates, Mourar 121, 16.826; 53. Robert Jackson, Lewis 2AU, 16.834; 54. Lyle Howey III, Howey 55H, 16.867; 55. Calvin Landis, Landis 70, 16.904; 56. Tommy Scott, Scott 4S, 16.909; 57. Wayne Redmond, Agri Sports 2H, 17.002; 58. Rod Holliday, Holliday 62, 17.026; 59. Tim Baker, Wandemheen 29V, 17.075; 60. Todd Wessels, Wessels 28W, 17.079; 61. Rich Brahmer, R&R Racing 26, 17.099; 62. Mark Smyser, Smyser 69, 17.099; 63. Mallory Armfield, Armfield 5MA, 17.130; 64. Jim Bell, Steward 3, 17.369; 65. Steven King, King 65V, 17.446; 66. Spike Lempelius, Lempelius 52L, 17.505; 67. Ron Rosenboom, Rosenboom 30, 17.516; 68. Michael Heronemus, Heronemus 64H, 17.752; 69. Keith Nafzger, B&N Motorsports 9B, 18.165; 70. Bob Hildreth, Hildreth 55KC, 18.007; 71. Kent Wolters, Wolters 25, 18.667; 72. Tim Kuhn, Kuhn 11A, no time. Last-Chance Heat Race #1 (eight laps): 1. Judi Bates, 2. Tommy Scott, 3. Lyle Howey III, 4. Rod Holliday, 5. Mark Smyser ($100); 6. Jim Bell ($75); 7. Todd Wessels ($50); 8. Ron Rosenboom ($45); 9. Steven King ($40); 10. Kent Wolters ($35); 11. Bob Hildreth ($30). (first four qualified for the "C" Feature) Last-Chance Heat Race #2 (eight laps): 1. Tim Baker, 2. Robert Jackson, 3. Calvin Landis, 4. Wayne Redmond, 5. Mallory Armfield ($100); 6. Michael Heronemus ($75); 7. Spike Lempelius ($50); 8. Rich Brahmer ($45); 9. Keith Nafzger ($40); 10. Earnest Jennings ($35). (first four qualified for the "C" Feature) First Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Van Gurley, Jr., 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Tim Shaffer, 5. John Kearney, 6. Ryan Jamison, 7. Scott Whitworth, 8. Randy Kinser, 9. Jeff Tuttle, 10. Gerald Cressman. 2:51.1 (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Dave Calaman, 2. Kenny Jacobs, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Paul McMahan, 6. Kevin Huntley, 7. Todd Taeger, 8. John Hall, 9. Max Dumesny ($50). DNS - Jimmy Sills. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Cris Eash, 3. Daniel Coggeshell, 4. Tyler Walker, 5. Donny Schatz, 6. Mike Reinke, 7. Dean Jacobs, 8. Lee Dunn, 9. Tommie Estes, Jr. ($50); 10. Bobby McMahan ($50). 2:47.1 (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Frankie Kerr, 2. Ronnie Day, 3. Shane Stewart, 4. Todd Shaffer, 5. Randy Hannagan, 6. Danny Smith, 7. Tony Moro, 8. Rick Montgomery, 9. Rick Martin, 10. Wally Henson. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fifth Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Brian Paulus, 2. Gary Wright, 3. Brent Antill, 4. Jeff Shepard, 5. Skip Jackson, 6. Ray Lee Goodwin, Jr., 7. Johnny Herrera, 8. Tim Engler, 9. Nick LoSasso, 10. Chad Radel. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Jeff Tuttle, 2. Chad Radel, 3. Rick Martin ($250); 4. Calvin Landis ($225); 5. Nick LoSasso ($200); 6. Gerald Cressman ($190); 7. Wayne Redmond ($180); 8. Wally Henson ($170); 9. Lyle Howey III ($160); 10. Rod Holliday ($150); 11. Tommy Scott ($140); 12. Judi Bates ($150); 13. Tim Baker ($120); 14. Robert Jackson ($110). DNS - Max Dumesny, Jimmy Sills, Tommie Estes, Jr., Bobby McMahan. (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Danny Smith, 2. Dean Jacobs, 3. Skip Jackson ($470); 4. Paul McMahan ($420); 5. Johnny Herrera ($350); 6. Randy Hannagan (320); 7. Kevin Huntley ($285); 8. Tim Engler ($250); 9. Tony Moro ($225); 10. Ryan Jamison ($210); 11. John Kearney ($210); 12. Mike Reinke ($190); 13. Scott Whitworth ($175); 14. Jeff Tuttle ($320); 15. Chad Radel ($315); 16. Lee Dunn ($160); 17. Ray Lee Goodwin, Jr. ($165); 18. Todd Taeger ($150); 19. John Hall ($145); 20. Rick Montgomery ($140); 21. Randy Kinser ($135); 22. Donny Schatz ($150). (first two qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($4,100); 2. Sammy Swindell ($2,625); 3. Todd Shaffer ($2,080); 4. Jeff Swindell ($1,840); 5. Jeff Shepard ($1,580); 6. Kenny Jacobs ($1,500); 7. Andy Hillenburg ($1,380); 8. Frankie Kerr ($1,325); 9. Dave Calaman ($1,225); 10. Brent Antill ($1,090); 11. Joey Saldana ($990); 12. Dean Jacobs ($1,050); 13. Cris Eash ($800); 14. Danny Smith ($860); 15. Tyler Walker ($580); 16. Van Gurley Jr. ($525); 17. Daniel Coggeshell ($465); 18. Ronnie Day ($450); 19. Gary Wright ($425); 20. Tim Shaffer ($380);, 21. Brian Paulus ($425); 22. Shane Stewart ($390). Lap leaders: Todd Shaffer 1-11, Mark Kinser 12-20 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Baker , Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Donny Schatz , John Hall , Sammy Swindell , Kenny Jacobs , Tyler Walker , Brian Paulus , Dean Jacobs , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart , Jimmy Sills , Johnny Herrera , Bobby McMahan , Jeff Swindell