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By Richard Day MEMPHIS, TN (April 13) - Looking at the statistics, Mark Kinser's victory in Saturday's Skoal Outlaw Series "A" Feature at Memphis Motorsports Park appears rather routine. He started on the front ...

By Richard Day MEMPHIS, TN (April 13) - Looking at the statistics, Mark Kinser's victory in Saturday's Skoal Outlaw Series "A" Feature at Memphis Motorsports Park appears rather routine. He started on the front row and led all 30 laps for the $6,000 victory. Mark admitted after the race, however, that his second consecutive victory at Memphis' semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval was anything but routine. He needed a little help from his friends - father and crew chief Karl Kinser and the caution flags - after the engine in his #5M Wirtgen Maxim developed a miss midway through the main event. "I really didn't think I'd be able to finish the race," Mark told the record crowd from victory lane. "We were running on six cylinders the last half of the race." A 16th-lap red period allowed his crew to change gears, which compensated for the engine's lack of horsepower, and a pair of cautions took him out of lapped traffic. Mark's first victory of the season, coupled with cousin Steve's seventh-place finish, pushed him into first place in the World of Outlaws point standings. Mark holds a six-point lead entering next weekend's races at West Plains Motor Speedway and Missouri International Race Park. Andy Hillenburg earned the right to start the main event on the pole by beating Mark across the finish line in the Vivarin Dash. He drove his #2 STP J&J into the lead as the green flag fell, only to have Mark pass him high in the second corner seconds later. Mark opened a 10 car-length advantage within five laps as Hillenburg battled to keep Gary Wright, Sammy Swindell and First Quaker State Heat Race winner Dave Blaney from passing him for the runner-up spot. Kinser caught the backmarkers two laps later, and was a full straightaway ahead of his closest pursuers by the eighth lap. Although Hillenburg closed to within 15 car-lengths during lap nine, Mark executed some daring moves in lapped traffic to increase his advantage within four laps. Kinser's engine dropped a couple of cylinders as Blaney steered the #10 Vivarin J&J around Swindell midway through the race. Mark got the break he needed the next time around when Tommie Estes, Jr., took the low line into the first corner, hooked the berm and flipped. Terry Gray collided with the flipping Estes, knocking both out of the race, and bringing out the red flag. Estes was taken to a nearby hospital, but was given a clean bill of health. Karl and his crew quickly changed the gears in the #5M while the red flag was flying, which helped restore the car's horsepower. Four lapped cars restarted the race between Kinser and Hillenburg, allowing Mark to race away when the green flag replaced the red. Mark increased his advantage as Wright moved in to challenge Hillenburg for second place during the 18th lap. "The Buckeye Bullet" joined the battle for the runner-up spot the next time around. He passed Wright in the second corner, only to have Gary return the favor as they raced into turn four. Kinser was approaching lapped traffic with a full straightaway advantage when a blown engine in the #71M EcoWater Systems Maxim forced Stevie Smith to stop in turn four with eight laps remaining. Smith, who entered the event only two points out of second place in the point standings, dropped to fifth with Saturday's 20th-place finish. A three-car cushion on the ensuing restart allowed Kinser to quickly open a comfortable advantage. He was a full straightaway ahead of Hillenburg when his car also lost a cylinder during the 25th lap. Wright was trying to elude Blaney and Swindell when he allowed his #9 Action Rent-to-Own Schnee to clip a retaining tire deep in the second corner with four laps remaining. Both "The Buckeye Bullet" and Sammy raced past as Wright battled to keep the #9 under control. Steve Kinser also hit the tire, while the #83 Beef Packers Stealth driven by Joey Saldana suffered a flat tire in the melee. Mark raced away from the field when the race resumed, and was 10 car-lengths ahead of Hillenburg when he took the checkered flag. Rounding out the top 10 in the "A" Feature were Blaney, the Swindell brothers - Sammy and Jeff - Wright, Steve Kinser, Bobby Davis, Jr., Danny Lasoski and Lance Blevins. "The Dude" struggled early, qualifying only 22nd-quick and finishing seventh in the First Quaker State Heat Race. But he came back to win the "B" Feature, then passed 12 cars to finish ninth in the main event. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Memphis Motorsports Park, Memphis, TN Saturday, April 13, Feature Program #7 Qualifications: 1. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 13.063; 2. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.082; 3. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 13.134; 4. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 13.150; 5. Gary Wright, Action Motorsports 9, 13.155; 6. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 13.274; 7. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 13.323; 8. Bobby Davis, Jr., Davis 4, 13.326; 9. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 13.359; 10. Joey Saldana, Roth 83, 13.363; 11. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 13.438; 12. Tommie Estes, Jr., Threatt 29, 13.448; 13. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 13.471; 14. Lee Dunn, Dunn 81, 13.484; 15. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 13.540; 16. Mike Ward, Ward 88, 13.570; 17. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 13.617; 18. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 13.627; 19. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 13.632; 20. Terry Gray, Gray 10G, 13.640; 21. Tony Wilson, Pack 4A, 13.683; 22. Danny Lasoski, Forbrook 5, 13.706; 23. Mike McElya, Ragan 1R, 13.805; 24. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11H, 13.955; 25. Jerry Slade, Slade 1CW, 14.276; 26. Jason Sides, Burnett 7, 14.494; 27. Justin Via, Vye 24V, 15.325; 28. Eric Lee, Lee 77, 14.534; 29. Mallory Armfield, Armfield 5MA, 14.608; 30. Danny Rice, Rice 98, 16.060; 31. Sonny Sayre, Sayre 24, 17.931. First Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Mike Ward, 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. Lance Blevins, 7. Danny Lasoski, 8. Brian Paulus, 9. Jerry Slade, 10. Eric Lee, 11. Sonny Sayre. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Lee Dunn, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Jim Carr, 4. Bobby Davis, Jr., 5. Gary Wright, 6. Joe Gaerte, 7. Terry Gray, 8. Mike McElya, 9. Jason Sides, 10. Mallory Armfield. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Tommie Estes, Jr., 6. Andy Hillenburg, 7. Tony Wilson, 8. Dion Hindi, 9. Justin Via, 10. Danny Rice. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Gary Wright, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Dave Blaney, 7. Bobby Davis, Jr., 8. Lance Blevins. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Tony Wilson, 3. Terry Gray, 4. Mike McElya, 5. Dion Hindi, 6. Jason Sides, 7. Brian Paulus ($210); 8. Justin Via ($185); 9. Danny Rice ($160); 10. Sonny Sayre ($110); 11. Eric Lee ($100); 12. Mallory Armfield ($90); 13. Jerry Slade ($70). (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($6,010); 2. Andy Hillenburg ($3,510); 3. Dave Blaney ($2,510); 4. Sammy Swindell ($2,210); 5. Jeff Swindell ($2,110); 6. Gary Wright ($2,010); 7. Steve Kinser ($1,610); 8. Bobby Davis, Jr. ($1,510); 9. Danny Lasoski ($1,430); 10. Lance Blevins ($1,310); 11. Joe Gaerte ($1,160); 12. Joey Saldana ($1,110); 13. Jac Haudenschild ($1,060); 14. Mike Ward ($1,010); 15. Johnny Herrera ($710); 16. Mike McElya ($530); 17. Tony Wilson ($430); 18. Dion Hindi ($430); 19. Jason Sides ($430); 20. Stevie Smith ($410); 21. Lee Dunn ($410); 22. Tommie Estes, Jr. ($410); 23. Terry Gray ($430); 24. Jim Carr ($410). Lap leader: Mark Kinser 1-30 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Sammy Swindell WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Brian Paulus , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell