Knoxville report 97-07-23

Mark Kinser Wins Nationals Tune-Up With Last-Lap Pass By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (July 23) - What goes around comes around, especially where the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series and Knoxville Raceway are concerned. ...

Mark Kinser Wins Nationals Tune-Up With Last-Lap Pass By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (July 23) - What goes around comes around, especially where the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series and Knoxville Raceway are concerned. Mark Kinser, the victim of Jac Haudenschild's final-turn pass in Knoxville's Iowa Ethanol Classic on July 5th, executed a last- lap pass of his own and beat cousin Steve Kinser under the checkered flag by 1 1/2 car-lengths Wednesday to win the World of Outlaws' "A" Feature. "This was just one of those deals where we were swapping positions in every corner and it just so happened that I came out in front," Kinser explained. "It could have just as easily been the other way around." Unfortunately for the other Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series drivers, it hasn't been "the other way around" very often this season. Kinser, the defending series champion, leads the World of Outlaws with 16 "A" Feature victories. He has won nine of the series' last 11 main events at Knoxville Raceway, including the 1996 Amoco Knoxville Nationals. Kinser received his 21st Channellock Fast-Time Award for pacing the qualifying session with a 16.357-second, 110.045- m.p.h. lap. He gave Andy Hillenburg the luxury of starting the Vivarin Dash on the pole by picking the #6 inversion pill, but it was Sammy Swindell who won the five laps race for the right to start the "A" Feature on the pole. Hillenburg beat Swindell out of the fourth corner when the green flag fell in the main event, however, and led the first lap despite several passing attempts by the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader. Sammy executed a slide-move on Hillenburg in turn one to take the lead for a split-second early in the second lap, only to have Andy drive his #2 STP J&J by him in the second corner. Steve Kinser, crowned the Kings Royal champion only four days earlier, raced into the lead from third place with two inside moves the next time around. Steering his #11 Quaker State Maxim into the low groove in turn four, "The King of the Outlaws" collided with Swindell as he took over second place, then passed Hillenburg in the first corner. Kinser was racing away from the field when Larry Pinegar's second-corner spin brought out the caution flag early in lap eight. Doug Clark waved his green flag for a little more than a lap before 1995 Knoxville Raceway champion Johnny Herrera flipped on the front straightaway. Mark started making his way toward the front late in the 12th lap, steering the #5M Wirtgen Maxim into the low groove between turns three and four to pass Hillenburg for third. He lined up behind Steve and Sammy after Leonard Lee spun in front of the leaders exiting the second corner during the 16th lap. Haudenschild surrendered sixth place as the race resumed, allowing the #22 Pennzoil Maxim to jump the cushion and turn on its side in turn four. Despite the help of crewmen from other teams to replace his broken axle, "The Wild Child" was unable to restart the race by the time the green flag replaced the yellow. Mark took the low line through turn two to pass Swindell for second place early in the 18th lap, and was gaining on his cousin when Lee took another second-corner spin just ahead of the leaders three laps later. Mark's passing attempts during the three laps after the race resumed took him all over Knoxville's semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval. Within seconds after the leaders took the white flag, Mark veered into the high groove in turn one and made a 90-degree turn into the low line in the second corner to catch Steve. The Kinser cousins raced wheel-to-wheel down the back straightaway before Mark surged ahead in turn three and won a front-straightaway drag race to the checkered flag. "We were trying out a new motor," Mark revealed in victory lane. "I'm not real happy with it, so I don't think it's something we'll use at the Nationals (August 13-16). We tried a little more right rear weight after that last red. That's something we'll put in our notebook." Swindell retained the lead in the drivers' standings by finishing third for the third time in as many races. Greg Hodnett raced into fourth place from inside the fifth row. Hillenburg finished fifth, ahead of Dave Blaney, Danny Lasoski, Stevie Smith, Garry Brazier and 15th-starting Joe Gaerte. Lasoski, the seven-time Knoxville Raceway champion, was driving Chris Black's #1Z car for the first time this year. He left the #1W Conn West Freight team after the Kings Royal. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, IA Wednesday, July 23, Feature Program #46 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 16.357; 2. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 16.595; 3. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 16.682; 4. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 16.846; 5. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 16.859; 6. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.925; 7. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 16.959; 8. Danny Lasoski, Black 1Z, 16.970; 9. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 16.972; 10. Garry Brazier, Brazier 1AU, 16.976; 11. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 16.998; 12. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 17.065; 13. Joey Saldana, Gray 51, 17.229; 14. Scott Whitworth, Whitworth 96, 17.230; 15. Marlon Jones, SOS Racing 1J, 17.236; 16. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 17.283; 17. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 17.334; 18. Jaymie Moyle, Vanderecken 10V, 17.339; 19. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 17.346; 20. Doug Wolfgang, Motter 71M, 17.357; 21. Chris Walraven, Beahlers 56, 17.408; 22. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 17.413; 23. Larry Pinegar, Cahill 7, 17.478; 24. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 17.546; 25. Steve Beitler, Beitler 21x, 17.555; 26. Peter Murphy, Stroud 1S, 17.557; 27. Skip Jackson, Serace 55, 17.560; 28. Don Droud, Jr., DOCC Racing 1BK, 17.565; 29. Matt Moro, Moro 2M, 17.593; 30. Manny Rockhold, Rockhold 71, 17.603; 31. Ryan Jamison, Jamison 51J, 17.658; 32. Dennis Moore, Jr., Thompson 48, 17.701; 33. Jeff Mitrisin, Sereg 5J, 17.714; 34. Leonard Lee, Lee 16L, 17.715; 35. Brent Antill, Jordan 1B, 17.947; 36. Trevor Green, Green 4TW, 18.056; 37. Tim St. Arnold, Sonner 47T, Wasson, 18.079; 38. Tim Baker, Vandenheem 29, 18.165; 39. Troy Parsons, Parsons 57C, 18.175; 40. Randy Anderson, Anderson 71A, 18.184; 41. Travis Cram, Nickel/Roebuck 12, 18.188; 42. John Lambertz, Lambertz 12L, 18.334; 43. Chadd Smith, Smith 17, 18.355; 44. Rich Bubak, Bubak 9, 18.403; 45. Bob Weuve, McCroskey 19W, 18.556; 46. Dan Oswalt, Oswalt D1, 18.572; 47. Pat Bourke, B&B Excavating 27, 18.951; 48. Jerry Vandenhul, Vandenhul 7W, 20.024. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Paul McMahan, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Joey Saldana, 6. Chris Walraven, 7. Jeff Mitrisin, 8. Matt Moro, 9. Bob Weuve, 10. Steve Beitler, 11. Tim St. Arnold, 12. Travis Cram. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Scott Whitworth, 4. Garry Brazier, 5. Jac Haudenschild, 6. Jaymie Moyle, 7. Leonard Lee, 8. Peter Murphy, 9. Manny Rockhold, 10. John Lambertz, 11. Tim Baker, 12. Skip Jackson. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Larry Pinegar, 4. Brent Antill, 5. Doug Wolfgang, 6. Marlon Jones, 7. Troy Parsons, 8. Lance Blevins, 9. Pat Bourke, 10. Chadd Smith, 11. Ryan Jamison, 12. Skip Jackson. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Donny Schatz, 6. Dennis Moore, Jr., 7. Dion Hindi, 8. Don Droud, Jr., 9. Randy Anderson, 10. Trevor Green, 11. Rich Bubak, 12. Jerry Vandenhul. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Johnny Herrera, 6. Jac Haudenschild, 7. Dave Blaney, 8. Danny Lasoski. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Randy Anderson, 2. Travis Cram, 3. Troy Parsons ($125); 4. Rich Bubak ($100); 5. John Lambertz ($80); 6. Dan Oswalt ($70); 7. Bob Weuve ($60); 8. Pat Bourke ($50); 9. Chadd Smith ($40); 10. Jerry Vandenhul ($35). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Lance Blevins, 2. Jaymie Moyle, 3. Skip Jackson, 4. Leonard Lee, 5. Don Droud, Jr. ($200); 6. Jeff Mitrisin ($180); 7. Dion Hindi ($150); 8. Dennis Moore, Jr. ($110); 9. Chris Walraven ($90); 10. Peter Murphy ($80); 11. Steve Beitler ($60); 12. Marlon Jones ($50); 13. Travis Cram ($70); 14. Manny Rockhold ($50); 15. Tim St. Arnold ($50); 16. Randy Anderson ($70); 17. Tim Baker ($50); 18. Matt Moro ($50); 19. Ryan Jamison ($50); 20. Trevor Green ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (25 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($7,000); 2. Steve Kinser ($4,000); 3. Sammy Swindell ($3,000); 4. Greg Hodnett ($2,500); 5. Andy Hillenburg ($2,300); 6. Dave Blaney ($2,200); 7. Danny Lasoski ($2,100); 8. Stevie Smith ($2,000); 9. Garry Brazier ($1,700); 10. Joe Gaerte ($1,600); 11. Donny Schatz ($1,200); 12. Jeff Swindell ($1,150); 13. Skip Jackson ($1,120); 14. Doug Wolfgang ($1,050); 15. Joey Saldana ($1,000); 16. Scott Whitworth ($700); 17. Paul McMahan ($600); 18. Brent Antill ($500); 19. Jaymie Moyle ($520); 20. Larry Pinegar ($500); 21. Leonard Lee ($520); 22. Jac Haudenschild ($500); 23. Lance Blevins ($520); 24. Johnny Herrera ($500). Lap leaders: Andy Hillenburg 1-2, Steve Kinser 3-24, Mark Kinser 25 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO

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