Outlaws' Grays Harbor Raceway finale race report 2000-08-20

Kinser Extends Winning Streak at Grays Harbor By Richard Day ELMA, WA (August 20) -- A year ago, Mark Kinser was basking in the glow of his second Amoco Knoxville Nationals championship when he won ...

Kinser Extends Winning Streak at Grays Harbor By Richard Day ELMA, WA (August 20) -- A year ago, Mark Kinser was basking in the glow of his second Amoco Knoxville Nationals championship when he won the first two events on the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' annual Wild, Wild Northwest Tour. Kinser proved lightning can strike twice Sunday, winning the "A" Feature at Grays Harbor Raceway Park to duplicate the three-feature winning streak he put together in 1999. The defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion passed pole-sitter Sammy Swindell within seconds after the green flag fell and led all 40 laps en route to his 11th "A" Feature victory of the year. The $12,000 victory was the 130th of his career. "The biggest thing was getting a jump there at the start and trying to get some lapped cars behind us," Mark explained. "We pretty much knew the track would start to take rubber; it was just a matter of when. Fred Brownfield and the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series officials did a great job of giving us a good race track. We lost out to Mother Nature on Friday and we had to get an early start today." Swindell earned the privilege of starting the "A" Feature on the pole by winning his 18th CHANNELLOCK Dash of the season. He burst into the lead early in the opening lap of the main event, only to have Kinser take the high line around him in the second corner. Donny Schatz and Second NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Andy Hillenburg were battling for sixth place when they collided on the back straightaway the next time around. The collision sent Hillenburg spinning into Greg Hodnett and Chad Hillier. Hodnett and Hillier restarted at the rear of the field, but the broken front axle on the #2 Luxaire J&J kept Hillenburg in the pits. Kinser raced away from the field when the green flag replaced the yellow and entered lapped traffic with a 10-car-length advantage three laps later. Dean Jacobs spun into Hodnett in the fourth corner late in lap nine, bringing out the yellow flag and taking the leaders out of traffic. Kinser quickly opened a comfortable advantage after the race resumed and was a straightaway ahead of Swindell when he caught the backmarkers during the 13th lap. The series' three-time champion narrowed the gap to eight car-lengths in dense traffic three laps later and almost took the lead when Kinser's #5M Mopar Maxim collided with Jacobs early in lap 17. The leaders raced nose-to-tail throughout the race's middle stages. Although Kinser extended his advantage to seven car-lengths during the 23rd lap, Swindell, Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Steve Kinser, Stevie Smith and Jac Haudenschild caught him two laps later. Smith steered his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit into the low groove between the first and second corners to pass "The King of the Outlaws" for third place early in lap 26. Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year points leader Danny Wood started making his way toward the front two laps later, passing Johnny Herrera and Schatz within half a lap to take over sixth place. Kinser, Swindell and Smith raced nose-to-tail again for six laps before Smith used an inside move in the second corner to take over the runner-up spot early in the final lap. Kinser was 10 car-lengths ahead of Smith when he took the checkered flag. "The cautions never really made a whole lot of difference," Mark said. "I knew Sammy would be back there and Steve would be coming. The Mopar car ran great and we had plenty of horsepower. We'll just have to see what happens in Yakima (at Central State Fair Speedway) on Tuesday. That's a new track, a place where it might help to have (his father, car owner and crew chief) Karl Kinser around. A green track's going to be a mechanic's track. Nobody has a little black book for that place yet." Swindell held off Steve Kinser for third place. Haudenschild finished fifth, ahead of Wood, Herrera, Schatz, Tim Shaffer and Brian Paulus. A fuel line problem in the #15 Parker Stores Maxim caused Schatz to stop with two laps remaining in the CHANNELLOCK Dash. Schatz' new crew chief, Kenny Woodruff, and crew repaired the car quickly, then Donny passed Wood and Hillenburg to finish sixth. Steve Kinser received his first Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the season for pacing the qualifying session with a 93.413-m.p.h. lap around the high-banked, 3/8-mile oval. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will invade two new facilities this week -- Central State Fair Speedway Tuesday and Portland Speedway Friday and Saturday. WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Brian Paulus , Dean Jacobs , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera