Mark Kinser Regains Points Lead at Lowe's By Richard Day CONCORD, NC (May 26) -- Mark Kinser lost and regained the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points lead within a couple of hours Saturday. The series' two-time champion entered the Chip...
Mark Kinser Regains Points Lead at Lowe's
By Richard Day
CONCORD, NC (May 26) -- Mark Kinser lost and regained the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points lead within a couple of hours Saturday.
The series' two-time champion entered the Chip Thunder Outlaws Showdown Presented by Lance Snacks at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway three points ahead of Danny Lasoski. Kinser lost the lead when he crashed and finished 22nd in the Preliminary Feature, then regained first place by continuing his domination at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Kinser's crew, led by his father, 17-time series championship car owner Karl Kinser, rebuilt the #5M Mopar Maxim overnight and Mark did the rest. As the third-fastest qualifier, he won the Third O'Reilly Heat Race and passed three cars in the CHANNELLOCK Dash to claim the second row outside starting position the "A" Feature lineup. Mark passed his cousin, Steve Kinser, late in the fifth lap and led the final 35 1/4 laps for his seventh victory of the season.
"It feels really good to be here (in victory lane)," Mark said. "I want to thank Lance Snacks for sponsoring this race. I've never tried these chips before, but you can bet I'm going to try some tonight.
"I didn't get much sleep after last night, and I don't think the crew got any. We changed just about everything you can change on a car except for the motor for this one. It actually was running a little hot -- about 240 (degrees) during the feature -- so I was just hoping it would stay together."
When asked why he's enjoyed so much success at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Mark said, "I'd say it's because of my mechanic."
Lasoski lost his front-row starting position when his crew replaced his flat right rear tire during a first-lap red period. He raced through the 25-car field to finish in 11th place, but left The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway eight points behind Kinser.
Defending and 16-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Steve Kinser won the CHANNELLOCK Dash and started the 40-lap main event on the pole. He drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim into the lead as the green flag fell, but P.J. Chesson and Bob Bennett crashed in the fourth corner, bringing back the original start.
Kinser took the lead again as the green flag replaced the red. Tim Shaffer and Andy Hillenburg passed Sammy Swindell for third and fourth place before First O'Reilly Heat Race winner Billy Wilburn flipped in turn two early in the fourth lap.
Mark Kinser chased his cousin for 1 2/3 laps after the restart before taking the lead with an inside move between the third and fourth corners. He was a half-second ahead of his closest pursuers when he entered lapped traffic five laps later.
Donny Schatz, who started outside the fifth row, passed five cars during the first 10 laps. He steered the #15 Parker Stores J&J around Andy Hillenburg high in the first corner early in the 12th lap, then used an inside move between turns three and four to pass fast- qualifier Shaffer for third place midway through the race.
Dale Blaney surrendered 12th place when an engine problem in the #10 U.S. Print/MBNA/Mopar Maxim forced him to stop in the third corner late in the 27th lap. Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate Brad Furr lost seven positions when he turned a 360 in turn four three laps later, then stopped on the back straightaway with a flat left rear tire three laps later.
Mark Kinser raced away from the field as the race resumed and was 2.7 seconds ahead of his cousin when he caught the barkmarkers six laps later. Mark was three seconds ahead of Steve when he claimed his third victory in as many races at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
"Mark was a little faster than we were," Steve said. "I thought I threw the hub cap off, but somehow the right rear started jumping up and down. I think I've run second to him (Mark) in every main event here."
Schatz held off Shaffer to finish in third place. Hillenburg finished fifth, ahead of 11th-starting Stevie Smith, Jeff Shepard, Swindell, Craig Dollansky and Jason Meyers.
The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will head to New York to run $51,600 events at Lebanon Valley Speedway Monday and Rolling Wheels Raceway Thursday before sanctioning the inaugural Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway Friday. TNN will televise its first race from Lernerville live, starting at 9 p.m. (EDT). The series will run another single-program event at Eldora Speedway Saturday.