Kinser Wins Third Straight at Pike County By Richard Day MAGNOLIA, MS (April 9) -- Mark Kinser is on a hot streak and is showing no signs of cooling off. The two-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion won his third straight "A"...
Kinser Wins Third Straight at Pike County
By Richard Day
MAGNOLIA, MS (April 9) -- Mark Kinser is on a hot streak and is showing no signs of cooling off.
The two-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion won his third straight "A" Feature Monday at Pike County Speedway, passing cousin Steve Kinser during the 11th lap and holding off hard-charging Andy Hillenburg for the $10,000 first prize.
"I want to thank my crew -- Willie (Kahne), Dennis (Kohler), Justin (Adams) and, of course, my father, Karl -- for giving me a great setup," Kinser said in victory lane. "The car was perfect all night long. There at the last minute they put a harder tire on, and I wasn't real sure about it. I was second-guessing them but, of course, they were right.
"Hopefully, we will just keep winning races and the points will fall into line by the end of the season."
The victory pushed Kinser to within 17 points of leader Danny Lasoski in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series standings.
Kinser came very close to putting together a perfect racing program. He paced the qualifying session with record 100.171 m.p.h. lap around Pike County Speedway's high-banked, 3/8-mile oval and sandwiched victories in the First O'Reilly Heat Race and the main event around a runner-up run in the CHANNELLOCK Dash.
Steve Kinser burst into the lead from the pole as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. Mark Kinser tried to take over first place with a slide move between the turns one and two, but was unable to complete the pass.
Lasoski and Craig Dollansky relegated Second O'Reilly Heat Race winner Jeff Shepard to fifth place during the second and third laps. Dollansky, Shepard and ninth-starting Andy Hillenburg raced three- abreast down the back straightaway two laps later. The defending World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion maintained fourth place, while Hillenburg passed Shepard in turn four.
Mark tried to pass Steve for the lead deep in the fourth corner as the leaders entered lapped traffic late in lap seven, but "The King of the Outlaws" kept his #11 Quaker State Maxim ahead of the field.
Mark steered the #5M Mopar Maxim to the deepest point in turn two and beat Steve down the back stretch to take the lead four laps later. Steve challenged Mark with an inside move in the second corner the next time around, but was unable to regain first place.
Dollansky and Hillenburg made their way into the top five during the 13th lap, Craig taking the high line around Lasoski between turns one and two and Hillenburg passing "The Dude" high in the third corner. Hillenburg, who won the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' first two feature races this season, passed Dollansky for third place with an inside move into turn two the next time around.
Jac Haudenschild, an "A" Feature winner at Pike County Speedway on March 15, 1996, passed Lasoski and Dollansky during the 16th and 17th laps to take over fourth place.
"The Dude" steered Tony Stewart's #20L J.D. Byrider Eagle into the low groove between the third and fourth corners to pass Dollansky for fifth place with 9 1/4 laps remaining. Hillenburg took over the runner-up spot with an inside move in turn two past Steve Kinser early in the 23rd lap. "The Wild Child" passed Kinser high in the fourth corner six laps later.
Dale Blaney, who started outside the seventh row, drove brother Dave's #10 U.S. Print/MBNA/Mopar Maxim past Kinser and Haudenschild during the final four laps to claim third place.
Mark Kinser was half a lap ahead of Hillenburg when he took the checkered flag in the 134th "A" Feature victory of his career.
"I have to thank Justin Adams for working out with me over the winter, and helping to knock some of the fat off," Mark said. "Without it, I'm not sure I could have gone 35 laps without a caution here, especially the way the traffic went."
"The Wild Child" held off Steve Kinser for fourth place. Lasoski finished sixth, ahead of Shepard, Dollansky, 23rd-starting Stevie Smith and Randy Hannagan.
Daryn Pittman's right rear wheel lost its tire as he raced into turn three during his only qualifying lap. The #3 Winnebago Itasca J&J jumped the cushion and hit the fourth-corner retaining wall, destroying the chassis. Pittman drove his back-up car throughout the racing program, starting at the rear of the Third O'Reilly Heat Race and the "B" Feature.
A final-lap mechanical problem in the #1x K&C Drywall Eagle cost Randy Hannagan a victory in the First O'Reilly Heat Race. After helping his crew repair the car, "The Hurricane" won the "B" Feature and raced into 10th place in the main event.
Brooke Tatnell moved from 13th to 10th place in the point standings by finishing 12th in the "A" Feature.