Mesquite Nationals report

KINSER CAPS WEEKEND WITH SUMMER NATIONALS VICTORY By Richard Day MESQUITE, TX (July 30) - Being late has rarely been a characteristic of Steve Kinser's personality. Just ask the drivers on the World...

KINSER CAPS WEEKEND WITH SUMMER NATIONALS VICTORY By Richard Day MESQUITE, TX (July 30) - Being late has rarely been a characteristic of Steve Kinser's personality. Just ask the drivers on the World of Outlaws tour. "The King of the Outlaws" arrived late at Devil's Bowl Speedway Saturday night - following the hot-lap session in the Snap-on Tools Summer Nationals. He had good reason, however, having raced in the International Race of Champions event at Michigan International Speedway that afternoon. Kinser also took the lead late in the "A" Feature, passing Ecowater Fast-Time Award winner Andy Hillenburg entering the fourth corner with three laps remaining. He held on to win his 24th Copenhagen-Skoal Shootout main event of the year despite breaking an engine rod early in the white- flag lap. "I just wanted to hang around and try to make a late charge at them," said Kinser, who started the championship race on the third row. "I was pretty fast on the top and the bottom. This car's been running good no matter what kind of track we've been on. We won it; that's all that counts." Outside polesitter Dave Blaney, Vivarin Dash winner Mike Peters and Hillenburg raced ahead of the 24-car field while Kinser drove the #11 Valvoline Maxim to the front. After Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race winner Bob Ewell's fourth-corner flip stopped the main event, the green flag waved throughout the fast-paced, 30-lap war. "The Buckeye Bullet" steered the #10 Vivarin J&J to the rim in the second corner to pass Peters for the lead early in the opening lap, and caught the backmarkers four laps later. Peters kept pace with Blaney in traffic, and passed him for the lead high in the third corner late in the ninth lap. Andy drove the #2 STP J&J past Blaney midway through the race, and caught Peters in heavy lapped traffic the next time around. Hillenburg, who won the Spring Nationals at the Devil's Bowl in March, raced past Peters for the lead late in the 17th lap. Unfortunately for Andy, the winningest driver in the history of Devil's Bowl Speedway - Sammy Swindell - represented a major obstacle between him and the $5,200 first prize. Hillenburg battled Swindell for 11 laps while Kinser made his way into second place and set his sights on the leader. A near-collision between Andy and Sammy with four laps remaining enabled "The King of the Outlaws" to catch Hillenburg. Kinser executed the winning pass deep in the fourth corner the next time around. It marked the second time in the last three races that Andy lost the lead to "The King of the Outlaws" with less than 10 laps remaining. Peters, who regained the runner-up spot as Hillenburg slowed during the white-flag lap, was racing through the fourth corner when Kinser took the checkered flag. "I needed some luck," Kinser said when asked about the broken rod in his engine, "but sometimes it takes a little luck to win these things. The crew has some work to do on this car now." Peters, starting a World of Outlaws feature race on the pole for the first time in his career, admitted he had problems in lapped traffic. "I broke out early, and got into traffic. They just got through the traffic better than I did. We're happy to finish second." Blaney finished the main event in fourth place, ahead of Aaron Berryhill, Johnny Herrera, Mark Kinser, Jac Haudenschild, Kenny Jacobs and Jeff Swindell. Berryhill's #97 Custom Stainless Maxim burst into flames within seconds after the checkered flag fell. But one quick flick of the switch on his fuel shut-off valve saved him from injury. Shane Stewart drove his family's #9S Car & Fleet Auto Parts J&J past five sprinters from his eighth-row starting position to finish in 11th place. Devil's Bowl flagman Lanny Ross Edwards never even reached for his caution flag during the three Snap-on Tools Heat Races and the Vivarin Dash, as all 30 drivers raced flawlessly. WoO 1994 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/COPENHAGEN-SKOAL SHOOTOUT Snap-on Tools Summer Nationals, Devil's Bowl Speedway, Mesquite, TX Saturday, July 30, Feature Program #44 Qualifications: 1. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 15.217; 2. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 15.266; 3. Aaron Berryhill, Berryhill 97, 15.297; 4. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 15.347; 5. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 15.395; 6. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 15.401; 7. Mike Peters, Grandstaff 66, 15.414; 8. Johnny Herrera, Pack 4A, 15.435; 9. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 15.441; 10. Kenny Jacobs, Motter 71M, 15.456; 11. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21L, 15.466; 12. Sid Blandford, Blandford 31, 15.563; 13. Joe Gaerte, Two Winners 9TW, 15.569; 14. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 15.601; 15. Gary Wright, White 9, 15.616; 16. Shane Stewart, Stewart 9S, 15.637; 17. Bob Ewell, Ewell 85, 15.669; 18. John Bankston, Bankston 8, 15.671; 19. Tommie Estes, Jr., Gray 51, 15.677; 20. Sammy Swindell, Gilliam 1, 15.700; 21. Stevie Smith, Veilhauer 12x, 15.816; 22. Steve Beitler, Beitler 21, 15.867; 23. Larry Long, Threatt 29L, 15.968; 24. Ron Souter, Souter 33, 16.026; 25. Pete Butler, Willis 7H, 16.040; 26. Tommy Johnson, Gano 22P, 16.046; 27. Stacy Simmons, Hannah 29H, 16.607; 28. Shane Carson, Helms 12$, 16.653; 29. Earnest Jennings, Jennings 61, 17.070; 30. Brandon Hull, Swofford 7N, 17.302. First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mike Peters, 2. Shane Stewart, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Kenny Jacobs, 6. Jac Haudenschild, 7. Tommie Estes, Jr., 8. Pete Butler, 9. Shane Carson, 10. Steve Beitler. 2:07.4 (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Bob Ewell, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Lance Blevins, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. Mark Kinser, 7. Greg Hodnett, 8. Larry Long, 9. Tommy Johnson, 10. Earnest Jennings. 2:05.2 (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Aaron Berryhill, 3. John Bankston, 4. Sid Blandford, 5. Dave Blaney, 6. Stevie Smith, 7. Ron Souter, 8. Brandon Hull, 9. Stacy Simmons. DNS - Gary Wright. 2:01.3 (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Mike Peters, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Aaron Berryhill, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Johnny Herrera, 7. Mark Kinser, 8. Jac Haudenschild. 1:17.0 (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Steve Beitler, 3. Tommie Estes, Jr., 4. Gary Wright, 5. Pete Butler, 6. Larry Long, 7. Ron Souter ($260); 8. Stacy Simmons ($235); 9. Tommy Johnson ($185); 10. Earnest Jennings ($135); 11. Shane Carson ($110); 12. Brandon Hull ($90). (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($5,210); 2. Mike Peters ($3,510); 3. Andy Hillenburg ($2,510); 4. Dave Blaney ($2,210); 5. Aaron Berryhill ($2,110); 6. Johnny Herrera ($2,010); 7. Mark Kinser ($1,610); 8. Jac Haudenschild ($1,510); 9. Kenny Jacobs ($1,410); 10. Jeff Swindell ($1,310); 11. Shane Stewart ($1,110); 12. Joe Gaerte ($1,010); 13. Lance Blevins ($810); 14. Stevie Smith ($610); 15. Sammy Swindell ($490); 16. Sid Blandford ($410); 17. Tommie Estes, Jr. ($380); 18. Pete Butler ($380); 19. John Bankston ($360); 20. Larry Long ($380); 21. Greg Hodnett ($380); 22. Steve Beitler ($380); 23. Gary Wright ($370); 24. Bob Ewell ($360). Lap leaders: Dave Blaney 1-8, Mike Peters 9-16, Andy Hillenburg 17-27, Steve Kinser 28-30 WoO *eof

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Tommy Johnson , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Kenny Jacobs , Aaron Berryhill , Shane Stewart , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell