Several Positions Go Down to Season Finale By Richard Day LAS VEGAS, NV (October 30) -- Mark Kinser is anxiously awaiting the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 2000 season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The defending series champion...
Several Positions Go Down to Season Finale
By Richard Day
LAS VEGAS, NV (October 30) -- Mark Kinser is anxiously awaiting the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 2000 season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The defending series champion fell 12 points behind Sammy Swindell in their battle for second place in the standings during the 27th Annual O'Reilly Winter Nationals at Devil's Bowl Speedway last weekend. Swindell won the 12th "A" Feature of his career at the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series birthplace. Kinser, who won the series' first main event in Las Vegas en route to the 1996 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series championship, considers Speedway Motorsports' semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval his turf. He won both "A" Features at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 1998. Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the season finale Tuesday and Wednesday. TNN will tape Wednesday's racing program and televise the action Saturday, starting at 9 p.m. eastern time. Steve Kinser clinched his 16th championship in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 23-year history by winning the Lone Star Classic at Houston Raceway Park October 21st. Swindell was seven points ahead of Kinser when the Winter Nationals opened Friday. The rivals started side-by-side on the third row in the Preliminary Feature and Mark closed to within four points of Sammy with a fourth-place finish. Swindell, the second-fastest qualifier in Saturday's 42-car field, won the Second NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race. He earned the luxury of starting the main event outside the front row by racing into second place from outside the third row in the CHANNELLOCK Dash. The three- time series champion passed pole-sitter James Chesson as the green flag fell and led all 30 laps to win his 10th "A" Feature of the year.
Kinser, who started two positions ahead of Swindell in the dash, crashed with Joey Saldana as the green flag fell in the six-lap race but eventually finished in fifth place. Kinser, who won the Winter Nationals in 1996 and 1997, started the "A" Feature inside the third row. The #5M Mopar Maxim started gaining momentum with 10 laps remaining. He beat Saldana down the back straightaway during the 22nd lap and used a similar move to pass Johnny Herrera for second place two laps later. With several lapped cars separating them on the final two restarts, Mark was unable to challenge Swindell. He was 2.226 seconds behind when Sammy took the checkered flag. Swindell and Kinser enter the season finale with 45 top-10 finishes. Mark leads the series with 12 "A" Feature victories, but Sammy's nine Preliminary Feature victories is the most by any driver. Kinser has recorded 36 top-five finishes, to 35 for Sammy. Swindell leads the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series with 24 CHANNELLOCK Dash victories. With 24 Vivarin Fast-Time Awards, Mark will lead the series in that category for the sixth straight year. Swindell raced into third place in the Silver State Shootout at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in early March, while Kinser finished 13th after crashing with Donny Schatz and Dennis Moore, Jr. Andy Hillenburg was only 35 points behind seventh place Dale Blaney after finishing fifth in Saturday's main event. Hillenburg drove his #2 Luxaire J&J past 13 cars en route to his 15th top-five finish of the season. Blaney started inside the seventh row and finished in 13th place. Both Blaney and Hillenburg have won two main events. Dale has one more top-five finish, but Andy has recorded five more top-10s. Dean Jacobs regained 16th place in the point standings when Brian Paulus failed to qualify for Saturday's "A" Feature. Paulus, who split his racing schedule between USAC's Coors Light Silver Bullet Series and the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series this year, has driven P and P Motorsports' Verdelli Farms Maxim into the top 10 eight times, including a fourth-place run at his home track -- Williams Grove Speedway -- May 19th. Jacobs, who took the reins of Junior Holbrook's #8H Energy Release Eagle in early May, has recorded seven top-10 finishes. Jacobs finished 19th despite flipping and spinning in Saturday's main event. WoO
<pre> Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, NV Semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval Office phone: (800) 644-4444 Track phone: (702) 632-8031 http://www.lvms.com/welcome/welcome.cfm Take I-15 to northeast of Las Vegas to exit 54, then head east Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series season finale Tuesday and Wednesday TNN will tape Wednesday's action and televise it Saturday, starting at 9 p.m. eastern time
One-lap record: Sammy Swindell, 14.211, November 1, 1999 Previous "A" Feature winners: 2000 - Jac Haudenschild on March 4; 1999 - Danny Lasoski on March 6, 1998 - Donny Schatz on November 3; 1998 - Mark Kinser on February 28, 1997 - Mark Kinser on November 5; 1997 - Jeff Swindell on February 7, 1996 - Jeff Swindell on November 5; 1996 - MarkKinser on November 6