Mark Kinser Wins His Fifth Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup SARVER, PA (July 24) -- When Karl Kinser left the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series recently to build additional parts for the "Month of Money," his Mopar team lost the points lead.
Mark Kinser Wins His Fifth Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup
SARVER, PA (July 24) -- When Karl Kinser left the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series recently to build additional parts for the "Month of Money," his Mopar team lost the points lead. Since the 17-time series champion's return, Mark Kinser has regained first place in the point standings and won two races worth $84,000 over a three-day period.
Kinser won his fifth Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup race in the last six years Tuesday, pulling off a miraculous fourth-to-first move in dense lapped traffic early in the 11th lap on his way to the $34,000 victory. Kinser received $50,000 for winning his first Kings Royal title Saturday.
"It sure feels good (to win another Silver Cup)," Mark said. "This Mopar car has plenty of horsepower -- we proved that tonight. I'm just glad all these fans stuck around to see it."
Late afternoon thunderstorms delayed the 10th Annual Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup for almost two hours.
Karl Kinser, pleased to see his #5M Mopar Maxim in victory lane, praised the semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval.
"Lernerville Speedway is the most improved race track east of the Mississippi River," Karl proclaimed. "I work hard to improve my race car, and they keep improving this place. I wish all the other tracks would take a lesson."
Defending Silver Cup champion Sammy Swindell collided with a push truck on the front straightaway during the qualifying session. The crash destroyed his #1 CHANNELLOCK Stealth and the two-time series champion was transported to Butler Memorial Hospital in nearby Butler, PA, for treatment. (please see related press release)
Mark, the fifth-fastest qualifier in the 38-car field, followed Jeff Shepard and former Lernerville track champion Dale Blaney across the finish line in the First O'Reilly Heat Race. He earned the right to start the 40- lap main event outside the third row by passing James Chesson and fast- qualifier Stevie Smith in the CHANNELLOCK Dash.
Ed Lynch, Jr., of Apollo, PA, spun in the fourth corner as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature, bringing back the original start.
Jason Meyers burst into the lead when the race resumed. Shepard raced past former Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Rookies of the Year Greg Hodnett and Tim Shaffer late in the opening lap, only to have Shaffer regain second place with an inside move in turn two the next time around.
Meyers, Shaffer and Shepard were nose-to-tail when they entered lapped traffic six laps into the race. Shaffer, another former Lernerville track champion, took the low line through the second corner to pass Meyers for the lead early in the eighth lap. Shepard raced through the low groove between turns three and four to pass Meyers several seconds later.
Shepard and Meyers were close behind Shaffer when the #11H Vivarin Maxim slid over the cushion between the first and second corners three laps later, enabling Kinser to race past all three and take the lead.
"Those guys (Shepard, Shaffer and Meyers) were setting a pretty good pace but, unfortunately for Tim, he got held up there on the top and it stacked them up behind him, and we were able go from 4th to first in that one corner," Mark explained.
"We got a real good break there," Karl admitted. "If it hadn't been for that, it would have been pretty tough."
Second O'Reilly Heat Race winner Jason Johnson spun over the bank in turn two early in the 14th lap, taking the leaders out of lapped traffic. Hodnett was trying to pass Meyers for fourth place in turn four on the ensuing restart when they collided, sending Meyers into the front-stretch retaining wall. Smith flipped his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Maxim in turn four late in the 16th lap, bringing out the red flag.
Shepard battled Shaffer for four laps before driving Guy Forbrook's #5 Wirtgen Maxim into second place deep in the fourth corner late in lap 23.
Kinser was a straightaway ahead of Shepard when mechanical problems in the #11 Quaker State Maxim forced Steve Kinser to stop in turn one with 9 1/4 laps remaining.
Danny Lasoski and 18th-starting Andy Hillenburg passed Hodnett in the low groove between the third and fourth corners late in lap 32 to claim fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Mark Kinser was 20 car-lengths ahead of Shepard when he caught the backmarkers with three laps remaining, and took the checkered flag with 12 car-lengths to spare.
Hodnett held off "B" Feature winner Donny Schatz for sixth place. Craig Dollansky raced past 14 cars to finish eighth, while Blaney and Joey Saldana completed the top 10.