Outlaws finale at Houston Raceway Park 2001-04-07

Mark Kinser Takes Texas Shootout Finale By Richard Day BAYTOWN, TX (April 7) -- Seventeen years of experience has taught Mark Kinser what it takes to be successful with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series. Craig Dollansky learned one of...

Mark Kinser Takes Texas Shootout Finale
By Richard Day

BAYTOWN, TX (April 7) -- Seventeen years of experience has taught Mark Kinser what it takes to be successful with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series. Craig Dollansky learned one of those lessons Saturday during the Second Annual Texas Shootout at Houston Raceway Park. The defending World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion surrendered the lead when his right rear tire lost air pressure during a 24th-lap caution period, allowing Kinser to win his second "A" Feature of the season. The $12,000 victory pushed Mark past Dollansky into second place in the point standings. "I made the comment last night on TV (TNN: The National Network); it takes patience, determination and dedication to run with the World of Outlaws," Mark said. "I think Craig's always had the dedication and the determination, but he's learned patience now, too. His tire got a hole in it under that caution. His right rear was probably in just as good a shape as mine was, and it could have just as easily been him here in victory lane." Kinser, who finished third in Friday's Preliminary Feature, earned the right to start the 30-lap main event inside the third row by running fifth in the CHANNELLOCK Dash. Jeff Shepard, Brad Furr and pole-sitter Jason Meyers passed Preliminary Feature winner Steve Kinser as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature, and Shepard took the lead with a high move through the second corner. Furr steered his family's #2F Sanmina Eagle into the low groove between turns three and four to pass Meyers for second place the next time around. Meyers was trying to regain the position early in the third lap when he spun the #20 Eagle Raceway Eagle completely around in turn two. Although he kept moving forward, nine cars passed him. Dollansky, who started outside the second row, took the high line around Furr between the first and second corners early in lap five to take over second place. Shepard was 1.2 seconds ahead of Dollansky when he entered lapped traffic three laps later. Johnny Herrera lost ninth place and opened the track ahead of the leaders the next time around when he hit a retaining tire in turn two and stopped in the third corner. Mark Kinser steered the #5M Mopar Maxim to the lowest point in turn four to pass Furr for third place late in the ninth lap. Dollansky used a similar move to pass Shepard for the lead in lapped traffic six laps later. Kinser continued his run to the front late in lap 16, passing Shepard for second place deep in the fourth corner. Dollansky was .3 seconds ahead of Mark when P.J. Chesson stopped on the front straightaway with a mechanical problem. Dollansky lost the lead when he joined Brian Paulus and James Chesson in the pit area to replaced their flat right rear tires. The two-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion restarted ahead of the 24-car field and beat Shepard under the checkered flag with 1.67 seconds to spare. "This Mopar car was really good tonight," Mark said. "I think Steve (Kinser) might have caught one of those tires coming off the turn there at the start, and he got freight-trained on the straightaway. "Momentum is everything in racing. It makes for some long drives between races and some long nights at the track when things aren't going well. It's way too early to be thinking about the championship yet. We'll see where we are at the Amoco Knoxville Nationals before we start worrying about points." Furr held off Third O'Reilly Heat Race winner Randy Hannagan for third place. Andy Hillenburg passed Stevie Smith for fifth place during the 25th-lap restart. Mike Goodman finished seventh, ahead of 20th-starting Danny Lasoski, Steve Kinser and Meyers. Danny Wood slid out of the low groove in the second corner with 1 2/3 laps remaining in the Second O'Reilly Heat Race, allowing Lasoski to pass him for the final transfer position. The mistake cost Wood the third row outside starting position in the CHANNELLOCK Dash. The 2000 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award winner finished second in the "B" Feature and 20th in the main event. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will run a $51,600 event at Pike County Speedway Monday before heading to Eldora Speedway for a double-feature event Friday and Saturday. WoO

2001 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series
Second Annual Texas Shootout
Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, TX
Saturday, April 7, Feature Program #8

Qualifications: 1. Jason Meyers, DOCC Motorsports 20, 14.695; 2. Danny Wood, Woodburn 21W, 14.719; 3. James Chesson, Chesson 22, 14.851; 4. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.867; 5. Craig Dollansky, Karavan Racing 7, 14.939; 6. Randy Hannagan, TH Racing 1X, 14.948; 7. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 15.041; 8. Johnny Herrera, Holbrook 8H, 15.099; 9. Mike Goodman, C&W Motorsports 3G, 15.116; 10. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 15.122; 11. Jac Haudenschild, Roth 83, 15.148; 12. Brian Paulus, P and P Motorsports 28, 15.155; 13. Jason Sides, Hunting Catalog 7S, 15.167; 14. Dale Blaney, DB Racing 10, 15.179; 15. Michael Dupuy, Dupuy 00, 15.244; 16. Joey Saldana, Saldana 17, 15.249; 17. Danny Lasoski, Stewart 20L, 15.266; 18. P.J. Chesson, Chesson 76, 15.307; 19. Brooke Tatnell, Parsons 6, 15.330; 20. Daryn Pittman, Pittman 3, 15.387; 21. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 15.488; 22. Ronald Laney, Laney 52, 15.606; 23. Paul McMahan, Johnson U2, 15.859; 24. Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 15.918; 25. Jeff Hodgson, Hodgson V8, 15.994; 26. Gerald Cressman, Cressman 56, 15.995; 27. John Bankston, Bankston 8, 16.074; 28. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 16.121; 29. Bob Ewell, Ewell 85, 16.141; 30. Christi Passmore, GAP Roofing 1A, 16.202; 31. Matt Clevenger, Clevenger 31, 16.426.

First O'Reilly Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Joey Saldana, 5. Jason Meyers, 6. Brooke Tatnell, 7. Jason Sides, 8. Sammy Swindell, 9. Ronald Laney, 10. Jeff Hodgson, 11. Matt Clevenger. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature)

Second O'Reilly Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Dale Blaney, 4. Craig Dollansky, 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Danny Wood, 7. Daryn Pittman, 8. Paul McMahan, 9. Bob Ewell, 10. Gerald Cressman. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature)

Third O'Reilly Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Randy Hannagan, 2. Mike Goodman, 3. James Chesson, 4. Brian Paulus, 5. P.J. Chesson, 6. Terry McCarl, 7. Tim Shaffer, 8. Christi Passmore, 9. Michael Dupuy, 10. John Bankston. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature)

Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature qualified Steve Kinser, Brad Furr, Mark Kinser, and Jeff Shepard for the first four starting positions in the CHANNELLOCK Dash.

CHANNELLOCK Dash (eight laps): 1. Jason Meyers, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Brad Furr, 4. Craig Dollansky, 5. Mark Kinser, 6. Jeff Shepard, 7. Randy Hannagan, 8. James Chesson, 9. Andy Hillenburg, 10. Stevie Smith. (finish determined the first 10 starting positions in the "A" Feature)

B Feature (12 laps): 1. Jason Sides, 2. Danny Wood, 3. Brooke Tatnell, 4. Tim Shaffer, 5. Ronald Laney, 6. Daryn Pittman ($200); 7. Sammy Swindell ($175); 8. Paul McMahan, 9. Gerald Cressman ($100); 10. Michael Dupuy ($90); 11. John Bankston ($80); 12. Bob Ewell ($60); 13. Jeff Hodgson ($50); 14. Matt Clevenger ($50); 15. Terry McCarl ($50); 16. Christi Passmore ($50). (first five qualified for the "A" Feature)

A Feature (30 laps): 1. Mark Kinser [5] ($12,000); 2. Jeff Shepard [6] ($6,000); 3. Brad Furr [3] ($4,000); 4. Randy Hannagan [7] ($3,500); 5. Andy Hillenburg [9] ($3,300); 6. Stevie Smith [10] ($3,100); 7. Mike Goodman [13] ($3,000); 8. Danny Lasoski [20] ($2,500); 9. Steve Kinser [2] ($2,100); 10. Jason Meyers [1] ($2,050); 11. Joey Saldana [19] ($2,000); 12. Dale Blaney [18] ($1,600); 13. Donny Schatz [14] ($1,500); 14. Jason Sides [16] ($1,220); 15. Brooke Tatnell [22] ($1,120); 16. Paul McMahan [25] ($1,020); 17. Ronald Laney [24] ($920); 18. Tim Shaffer [23] ($820); 19. Brian Paulus [16] ($800); 20. Danny Wood [11] ($820); 21. James Chesson [8] ($800); 22. Craig Dollansky [4] ($800); 23. Jac Haudenschild [15] ($800); 24. P.J. Chesson [21] ($800); 25. Johnny Herrera [12] ($800).

Lap leaders: Jeff Shepard 1-14, Craig Dollansky 15-24, Mark Kinser 25-30


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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , James Chesson , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Christi Passmore , Brian Paulus , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , P.J. Chesson , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera