Manzanita report 96-10-26

'King of the Outlaws' Rules Western World By Richard Day PHOENIX, AZ (October 26) - While he meant nothing against soon-to-be-crowned Skoal Outlaw Series champion Mark Kinser, Ralph Sheheen's line -...

'King of the Outlaws' Rules Western World By Richard Day PHOENIX, AZ (October 26) - While he meant nothing against soon-to-be-crowned Skoal Outlaw Series champion Mark Kinser, Ralph Sheheen's line - "whether he's leading the points or not, Steve Kinser is still the king" - was a fitting summary to TNN's telecast of the 29th Annual Western World Championships Saturday. While Mark, along with Steve's former car owner, Karl Kinser, have enjoyed a career year in 1996, "The King" has suffered through a rather less-than-royal season. He saved his best efforts for the television cameras, winning CBS' telecast of the June 15th race from Eldora Speedway and the Western World Championships. "We've had kind of a rough year," Kinser admitted in victory lane. "We want to finish strong so we can feel good about things over the winter. We're tickled to death to win this one." Kinser and his crew have been thinking more about racing in Australia than a restful off-season, however. The #11 Quaker State Maxim he drove ahead of the 24-car field throughout Saturday's championship feature was one they were planning to take "Down Under." "We put this car together to take over to Australia," Steve admitted. "We had some trouble the last race (in Las Cruces) and I said, 'let's drag it down to Phoenix and see how it does.' I'll tell you, this new Maxim car was fast last night and tonight." Kinser wasn't quite as fast as Dave Blaney and the #10 Vivarin J&J in the Vivarin Dash, however. Following the defending World of Outlaws champion across the finish line in the five-lap race put him outside the front row in the "A" Feature lineup. Steve and "The Buckeye Bullet" raced wheel-to-wheel through the fourth corner and down the front straightaway before Kinser surged ahead in turn one. While he was challenged often, "The King" never let anybody pass him in the 30-lap race. Kinser blew into lapped traffic during the fifth lap, and increased his advantage as Sammy Swindell passed Danny Lasoski for third place the next time around. His lead grew to a half- straightaway as Swindell challenged Blaney for the runner-up spot and Mark Kinser battled "The Dude" for fourth during the race's middle stages. Lance Blevins' hopes of receiving the Rookie of the Year award appeared even more faint after he allowed the #21 Citgo J&J to crash into the turn-four retaining wall late in the 17th lap. "I just went in too hard, jumped the cushion and just took the ride," Blevins explained. "It was my mistake. I'm alright." Two laps later, Blevins' brother-in-law, Stevie Smith crashed in the same spot. "Something broke on the right front," Smith said. "I'm not sure what it was. When you're carrying this kind of speed and you have that much distance between you and the wall, it's a pretty good hit. I got on the brakes and out of the throttle, but the car definitely didn't slow down much." Although the cautions tightened the field, there was no doubt it was Kinser's night. "I felt comfortable going around the top in one and two, and on the bottom, too," Steve said. "I felt like I could work lapped traffic real well. My car was sticking pretty good in the corners and I was coming off good, too. I just wanted to see it go all the way so we could get something between us. But the car was good in the open." While 17th-starting Jeff Swindell passed Paul McMahan for ninth place during the ensuing restart, Blaney dropped into the low groove to challenge Kinser for the lead. Sammy steered his #1 Channellock Gambler into the low groove and caught "The Buckeye Bullet" with 10 laps remaining. Kinser's only close call came with two laps remaining when a lapped car jumped the cushion and almost crashed into him. "I was running around the top and all at once I saw the guy get a little loose there," Kinser said. "My car was working well enough that I could just pitch it down. I actually came out of it really well, just about as well as I was coming off the top." Swindell, who turned 41 Saturday, passed Blaney for the runner-up spot in the third corner late in the final lap. Kinser claimed his seventh Western World championship with five car- lengths to spare. The $9,000 victory, Kinser's 10th of the season, pushed into a tie with Swindell for third place in the Skoal Outlaw Series point standings. Lasoski held off Mark Kinser for fourth place. Completing the top 10 in the Western World Championships main event were Andy Hillenburg, Heat Race winners Joey Saldana and Johnny Herrera, "B" Feature winner Greg Hodnett and Jeff Swindell. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series 29th Annual Western World Championships Manzanita Speedway, Phoenix, AZ Saturday, October 26, Feature Program #65 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 16.135; 2. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.194; 7. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 16.332; 8. Joey Saldana, Stanton 75, 16.436; 5. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 16.515; 6. Paul McMahan, Roth 83, 16.596; 7. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 16.612; 8. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 16.617; 9. Terry McCarl, Holbrook 8H, 16.649; 10. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 16.659; 11. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 16.663; 12. Marlon Jones, Oswalt 1J, 16.714; 13. Craig Dollansky, Lindsey 2D, 16.721; 14. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 16.754; 15. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 16.786; 16. Larry Neighbors, Neighbors 29, 16.807; 17. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 16.923; 18. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11x, 16.957; 19. Gary Wright, White 9, 17.022; 20. Rickey Hood, Herrera 45x, 17.027; 21. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 17.054; 22. Randy Hannagan, TRH Racing 1x, 17.065; 23. Kevin Gobrecht, Crown Enterprises 63, 17.110; 24. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 17.211; 25. Calvin Landis, Landis 70, 17.220; 26. Chris Ikard, Miller 5, 17.234; 27. Ted Lee, Senior 44, 17.272; 28. Lindsey Casto, Casto 40, 17.401; 29. Wayne Bennet, Passarelli 48, 17.465; 30. Paul Norbury, Moody 11A, 17.586; 31. Travis Cram, Cram 92, 17.605; 32. Troy Rutherford, Jordan/Rogers 51, 17.617; 33. Tony Smiley, Smiley 24, 17.650; 34. Victor Hensley, Hensley 51P, 17.721; 35. Toni Lutar, Lutar 16, 17.723; 36. Keith Watkins, Martin 21AZ, 17.925; 41. Jim Bell, Jr., Stewart 3, 17.995; 38. Scott Jones, Jones 13, 18.326; 39. Keith Bryan, Bryan 426, 18.136; 40. Billy Wilburn, Wilburn 13W, 18.302; 41. Steve Dunn, Lane/Dunn 14, 18.411; 42. Marty Wilcox, Wilcox 13W, 18.442; 43. Buddy Earle, Earle 95, 18.476; 44. Jay Burns, Burns 2AZ, 18.829. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Jim Carr, 3. Terry McCarl, 4. Calvin Landis, 5. Brian Paulus, 6. Jim Bell, Jr., 7. Wayne Bennet, 8. Jac Haudenschild, 9. Steve Dunn, 10. Craig Dollansky, 11. Tony Smiley. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Paul McMahan, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Randy Hannagan, 6. Chris Ikard, 7. Scott Jones, 8. Dion Hindi, 9. Paul Norbury, 10. Marty Wilcox, 11. Victor Hensley. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Kevin Gobrecht, 5. Gary Wright, 6. Travis Cram, 7. Ted Lee, 8. Toni Lutar, 9. Keith Bryan, 10. Buddy Earle, 11. Greg Hodnett. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joey Saldana, 2. Marlon Jones, 3. Lance Blevins, 4. Larry Neighbors, 5. Rickey Hood, 6. Tyler Walker, 7. Lindsey Casto, 8. Troy Rutherford, 9. Keith Watkins, 10. Billy Wilburn, 11. Jay Burns. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Dave Blaney, Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell and Danny Lasoski for the four starting positions in the Vivarin Dash. Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Joey Saldana, 7. Johnny Herrera, 8. Mark Kinser. (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Tony Smiley, 2. Toni Lutar, 3. Jim Bell, Jr. ($135); 4. Keith Watkins ($110); 5. Keith Bryan ($90); 6. Billy Wilburn ($80); 7. Steve Dunn ($70); 8. Buddy Earle ($60); 9. Scott Jones ($50); 10. Victor Hensley ($40); 11. Marty Wilcox ($40); 12. Jay Burns ($40). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Gary Wright, 4. Brian Paulus, 5. Randy Hannagan ($210); 6. Dion Hindi ($185); 7. Tyler Walker ($160); 8. Rickey Hood ($110); 9. Troy Rutherford ($100); 10. Travis Cram ($80); 11. Lindsey Casto ($70); 12. Tony Smiley ($80); 13. Toni Lutar ($80); 14. Wayne Bennet ($60); 15. Paul Norbury ($60); 16. Ted Lee ($60); 17. Chris Ikard ($60); 18. Craig Dollansky ($60). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($9,000); 2. Sammy Swindell ($5,000); 3. Dave Blaney ($3,100); 4. Danny Lasoski ($3,000); 5. Mark Kinser ($2,250); 6. Andy Hillenburg ($2,085); 7. Joey Saldana ($1,810); 8. Johnny Herrera ($1,710); 9. Greg Hodnett ($1,530); 10. Jeff Swindell ($1,410); 11. Jac Haudenschild ($1,230); 12. Paul McMahan ($1,110); 13. Joe Gaerte ($1,060); 14. Donny Schatz ($1,010); 15. Terry McCarl ($710 16. Kevin Gobrecht ($610); 17. Jim Carr ($510); 18. Brian Paulus ($530); 19. Calvin Landis ($510); 20. Larry Neighbors ($510); 21. Stevie Smith ($510); 22. Lance Blevins ($510); 23. Marlon Jones ($510); 24. Gary Wright ($530). Lap leader: Steve Kinser 1-30 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 , Larry Neighbors , Brian Paulus , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Toni Lutar , Steve Dunn , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Troy Rutherford , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell