Las Vegas report 96-11-06

Mark Kinser Wins Season Finale in Las Vegas By Richard Day LAS VEGAS, NV (November 6) - Mark Kinser took the Skoal Outlaw Series by storm in much the same way the series did when it blew into Las Vegas...

Mark Kinser Wins Season Finale in Las Vegas By Richard Day LAS VEGAS, NV (November 6) - Mark Kinser took the Skoal Outlaw Series by storm in much the same way the series did when it blew into Las Vegas Motor Speedway for its season finale Wednesday. While Kinser entered Las Vegas' Gold Eagle-sponsored Desert Storm event riding the crest of his first championship season, he waited until 3 1/4 laps remained in the "A" Feature to make his move. Mark executed a front-straightaway pass of Sammy Swindell late in the 27th lap and held off the series' two-time champion to put the crowning touch on a career year. "This is such a great way to end our season," Mark told the sellout crowd from victory lane. "This has been the best year in racing I've ever had. We've had Lady Luck by our side, and I hope she stays for a while." The World of Outlaws came into its own as well in 1996, signing a joint venture with TNN: The Nashville Network, running five nationally televised races and breaking new ground at new state-of-the-art facilities in its final two events. Kinser and Swindell were the class of the 44-car field. Mark set Las Vegas' one-lap record with a 14.902-second qualifying run around the semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval and Sammy earned the right to start the main event on the pole by winning the Vivarin Dash. Kinser received his 42nd EcoWater Quick-Time award of the year, while Swindell won his 16th Vivarin Dash. They also combined to lead all 30 laps in the "A" Feature. Sammy drove his #1 Channellock Gambler ahead of Mark as Doug Clark threw the green flag in the main event, and entered lapped traffic with a four-car-length advantage five laps into the race. Swindell was increasing his lead when a fourth-corner collision involving Joey Saldana and Craig Dollansky sent the 1996 Skoal Outlaw Series Rookie of the Year and the #75 Mopar Maxim flipping. Sammy maintained the lead as the green flag replaced the red, and caught the backmarkers again during the 10th lap. While Mark pressured him in heavy traffic, Sammy managed to maintain first place through the first half of the race. Kevin Gobrecht slowed on the front straightaway and the caution flag fell when he was unable to get the #63 Crown Enterprises Buckley off the racing surface midway through the race. Danny Lasoski surrendered sixth place when he collided with Third Heat Race winner Tyler Walker within seconds after the race resumed, bringing out the red flag. The red period allowed crew chief Karl Kinser to go to work on the #5M and tell Mark to change his line on the restarts. Racing in the low groove as Sammy kept his right rear tire against the cushion, Mark made up precious ground in the corners. Kinser took the lead with an inside move in dense lapped traffic heading out of turn four late in the 27th lap. Sammy tried desperately to return the favor during the final 3 1/4 laps, but had problems with the backmarkers. Mark was six car- lengths ahead when he claimed his 26th "A" Feature victory of the year. "That red flag really helped us," Mark admitted in victory lane. "You have to feel good any time you get a red flag because Karl Kinser knows the tricks of the trade. Until that red, Sammy and Channellock car were quicker than we were. "With the momentum we had running in the lead and the guys in the back running their own race, Sammy got some bad breaks. That's twice in a row that's happened to him in lapped traffic." Leading 53 of 60 laps in the last two races and no victories to show for it left Swindell rather disgusted. "There was an awful big red car out there tonight that was everywhere I wanted to be," Sammy explained. "The Channellock car was working good tonight, but when those guys slow you down, it's tough to pick the momentum back up. "Mark and Karl have had a good race car all year. The last couple of races, we've had to run behind them because of similar circumstances. We've just gotten caught, and there wasn't much we could do about it. We got held up and Mark came along with some momentum. He saw which way I went and he just went the other." Former World of Outlaws champions Steve Kinser and Dave Blaney finished third and fourth, respectively. Completing the top 10 in the World of Outlaws' season finale were Johnny Herrera, Andy Hillenburg, Stevie Smith, Jac Haudenschild, "B" Feature winner Greg Hodnett and 16th-starting Paul McMahan. Joe Gaerte kept his #3G Gaerte Engines Stealth in fourth place through the first 24 laps before slowing on the front straightaway. He eventually finished in 18th place. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV Wednesday, November 6, Feature Program #67 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 14.902 (new one- lap record); 2. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 15.168; 3. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 15.187; 4. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 15.201; 5. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 15.217; 6. Danny Lasoski, Black 1Z, 15.274; 7. Kevin Gobrecht, Crown Enterprises 63, 15.389; 8. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 15.393; 9. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 15.410; 10. Craig Dollansky, Lindsey 2D, 15.431; 11. Tommie Estes, Jr., Threatt 29, 15.455; 12. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 15.472; 13. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 15.503; 14. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 15.524; 15. Joey Saldana, Stanton 75, 15.534; 16. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 15.600; 17. Brent Kaeding, M&M Racing 2M, 15.614; 18. Paul McMahan, Roth 83, 15.644; 19. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 15.645; 20. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 15.759; 21. Jason Solwold, Kennedy 15x, 15.797; 22. Rick Ziehl, Herrera 45x, 15.812; 23. Terry McCarl, Holbrook 8H, 15.815; 24. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 15.817; 25. Shane Stewart, Brown 61A, 15.859; 26. Randy Hannagan, TRH Racing 1x, 15.870; 27. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 15.884; 28. Robert Walker, Walker 9W, 15.892; 29. Gary Wright, Action Motorsports 9, 15.925; 30. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 15.956; 31. Dale Cross, Cross 9C, 15.979; 32. Scott Jones, Jones 13, 15.989; 33. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11x, 16.001; 34. Craig Stidhan, Williams 0, 16.009; 35. Travis Cram, Cram 92, 16.049; 36. Marlon Jones, Oswalt 1J, 16.188; 37. Larry Trunnell, Trunnell 18, 16.235; 38. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 16.253; 39. Sean Fenn, Fenn 36, 16.326; 40. Bryan Bullard, Gordon 1C, 16.429; 41. Steve Coelho, Coelho 6C, 16.466; 42. Brian Coelho, Coelho 5C, 16.642; 43. Dan Oswalt, Oswalt D1, 16.806; 44. Victor Hensley, Hensley 51P, 16.895. First Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Brent Kaeding, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Donny Schatz, 5. Dave Blaney, 6. Gary Wright, 7. Steve Coelho, 8. Shane Stewart, 9. Dion Hindi, 10. Jason Solwold, 11. Larry Trunnell. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Paul McMahan, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Craig Dollansky, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Tim Engler, 6. Stevie Smith, 7. Randy Hannagan, 8. Rick Ziehl, 9. Brian Paulus, 10. Brian Coelho, 11. Craig Stidhan. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Tyler Walker, 2. Terry McCarl, 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Tommie Estes, Jr., 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Kevin Gobrecht, 7. Dale Cross, 8. Travis Cram, 9. Sean Fenn, 10. Dan Oswalt, 11. Jeff Swindell. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Lance Blevins, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Jim Carr, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Greg Hodnett, 7. Robert Walker, 8. Scott Jones, 9. Marlon Jones, 10. Victor Hensley, 11. Bryan Bullard. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Andy Hillenburg, 7. Dave Blaney, 8. Johnny Herrera. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Kevin Gobrecht, 5. Shane Stewart ($210); 6. Rick Ziehl ($185); 7. Rick Walker ($160); 8. Jason Solwold ($110); 9. Scott Jones ($100); 10. Travis Cram ($90); 11. Steve Coelho ($70); 12. Brian Paulus ($60); 13. Craig Stidhan ($50); 14. Sean Fenn ($50); 15. Dale Cross ($50); 16. Brian Coelho ($50); 17. Victor Hensley ($50); 18. Randy Hannagan ($50); 19. Dion Hindi ($50); 20. Dan Oswalt ($50); 21. Gary Wright ($50); 22. Marlon Jones ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($6,010); 2. Sammy Swindell ($3,510); 3. Steve Kinser ($2,510); 4. Dave Blaney ($2,210); 5. Johnny Herrera ($2,110); 6. Andy Hillenburg (2,010); 7. Stevie Smith ($1,630); 8. Jac Haudenschild ($1,510); 9. Greg Hodnett ($1,430); 10. Paul McMahan ($1,310); 11. Donny Schatz ($1,160); 12. Brent Kaeding ($1,110); 13. Terry McCarl ($1,060); 14. Craig Dollansky ($1,010); 15. Lance Blevins ($710); 16. Tommie Estes, Jr. ($510); 17. Tim Engler ($410); 18. Joe Gaerte ($410); 19. Jeff Swindell ($430); 20. Danny Lasoski ($410); 21. Joey Saldana ($410); 22. Kevin Gobrecht ($430); 23. Tyler Walker ($410); 24. Jim Carr ($410). Lap leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-26, Mark Kinser 27-30 EcoWater Quick-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 , Craig Dollansky , Tyler Walker , Rick Ziehl , Brian Paulus , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart , Dave Blaney , Robert Walker , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams