Pike County report 97-03-14

Steve Kinser Wins Pike County Feature By Richard Day MAGNOLIA, MS (March 14) - It was only a matter of time before Steve Kinser returned to victory lane. "The King of the Outlaws" visited the familiar spot for...

Steve Kinser Wins Pike County Feature By Richard Day

MAGNOLIA, MS (March 14) - It was only a matter of time before Steve Kinser returned to victory lane. "The King of the Outlaws" visited the familiar spot for the 413th time in his Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series career Friday after winning the "A" Feature at Pike County Speedway. "Everybody (in his crew) has really been working hard, and the #11 Quaker State Maxim felt like it had as much juice as it's had all year," Kinser said. "It had a lot of torque." The #11 needed plenty of torque as Kinser battled his cousin, Mark, for one of the toughest victories of his career. Less than a car-length separated the Kinser cousins when they took the checkered flag. Kinser, the fourth-fastest qualifier in the 32-car field, earned the right to start the 30-lap main event outside the second row by following Channellock Fast-Time Award winner Jac Haudenschild, Dave Blaney and Danny Lasoski across the finish line in the Vivarin Dash. Blaney drove the #10 Vivarin J&J around "The Wild Child" as the green flag fell, and Kinser surged ahead of Lasoski. "The Dude" returned the favor with an inside move in the second corner to take over third place. Kinser started his run toward the front late in the third lap, taking the high line through the second corner to pass Lasoski, then winning a front-straightaway drag race with Haudenschild for the runner-up spot. Steve challenged Blaney for the lead deep in the first corner the next time around, then executed the winning pass in turn two seconds later. Stevie Smith brought out the only caution flag slowing the fast-paced feature early in the fifth lap when a mechanical malfunction forced him to stop his #19 sprinter in turn two. Mark, who started inside the third row, went to work as the green flag replaced the yellow. He steered the #5M Wirtgen Maxim deep into the first corner to pass Lasoski for third place during the restart, then took the runner-up from Blaney with an inside move in turn two the next time around. Mark, the defending World of Outlaws champion, caught Steve early in the seventh lap. He tried to pass Steve high in turn two, but was unable to surge ahead. The Kinser cousins burst into lapped traffic two laps later. Steve was equal to Mark's fourth-corner challenges during the 10th and 11th laps, but was unable to build a comfortable lead until he pulled off a daring move on the back straightaway midway through the race. Approaching dense lapped traffic, "The King of the Outlaws" steered his legendary #11 into the high groove to pass Donnie Crawford, then took the low line into turn three to pass his brother, Randy Kinser. His quick bursts through the backmarkers gave Kinser a six-car-length advantage. Haudenschild drove the #22 Pennzoil Maxim past Blaney on the front straightaway to take over third place late in the 17th lap. The Kinser cousins raced wheel-to-wheel through turn four the next time around, but Steve somehow managed to maintain the lead. "The Dude" drove the #1W Conn West Maxim past Blaney for third place with nine laps remaining. No more than two car-lengths separated the Kinser cousins during the final five laps. They raced side-by-side through turn two early in the 26th lap, and Steve executed another daring move to maintain the lead in heavy lapped traffic two laps later. With several lapped cars ahead of them, Mark tried to take the lead with a high move. But Steve quickly steered his #11 into the low groove to maintain the lead. A similar scenario brought the crowd to its feet late in the final lap as Mark made one last attempt to steal the $7,000 from his cousin. Taking the high line around a pack of backmarkers, Mark raced wheel-to-wheel with Steve through turn four. "The King of the Outlaws" stayed in the low groove, then headed straight for the flagstand to secure the breathtaking victory. "I saw the white flag and I knew if I followed the lapped car, Mark would drive around me in the middle," Steve explained. "So I stayed in the middle and slid up to take the track away from Mark. Then I saw the checkered flag and quit holding my breath." Each of the first four Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series main events has been won by a different driver. Haudenschild held off Blaney for third place. Rounding out the top 10 in the "A" Feature were Lasoski, 14th-starting Andy Hillenburg, Sammy Swindell, Paul McMahan, Gary Wright and Donny Schatz. "The Wild Child," the fastest of 10 drivers breaking the one- lap record Mark Kinser set last March, circled the high-banked, 3/8-mile oval in 14.191 seconds. Garry Brazier, making his debut in the #75 Mopar Stealth, qualified fifth-quick, finished third in the "B" Feature and 12th in the main event. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Pike County Speedway, Magnolia, MS Friday, March 14, Feature Program #4 Qualifications: 1. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 14.191 (new one-lap record); 2. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 14.345; 3. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 14.379; 4. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 14.456; 5. Garry Brazier, Stanton 75, 14.472; 6. Paul McMahan, Roth 83, 14.489; 7. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 14.498; 8. Gary Wright, Action Motorsports 9, 14.468; 9. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 14.600; 10. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 14.639; 11. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14, 14.689; 12. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 14.739; 13. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 14.786; 14. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.826; 15. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 14.869; 16. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 14.880; 17. Terry McCarl, Holbrook 8H, 14.937; 18. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 14.953; 19. Terry Gray, Gray 10G, 15.083; 20. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 15.111; 21. Donnie Crawford, Hillenburg 1H, 15.170; 22. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 15.209; 23. Marlon Jones, Oswalt 1J, 15.245; 24. Dan Oswalt, Oswalt D1, 15.619; 25. John Bankston, Bankston 8, 15.705; 26. Justin Via, Via 24V, 15.771; 27. Jason Johnson, Johnson 57, 15.799; 28. Butch David, David 2D, 16.459; 29. Neil Gatian, Gatian 7, 16.708; 30. Richard Thornhill, Thornhill 23T, 18.299; 31. Bruce Blaker, Blaker 18, 19.463; 32. Dean Jacobs, Davis 1F, no time. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Jac Haudenschild, 6. Terry Gray, 7. Jeff Swindell, 8. John Bankston, 9. Dion Hindi, 10. Butch David, 11. Bruce Blaker. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Terry McCarl, 2. Randy Kinser, 3. Gary Wright, 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Lance Blevins, 6. Andy Hillenburg, 7. Marlon Jones, 8. Justin Via, 9. Garry Brazier, 10. Neil Gatian. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Paul McMahan, 5. Donny Schatz, 6. Stevie Smith, 7. Donnie Crawford, 8. Dan Oswalt, 9. Jason Johnson, 10. Richard Thornhill, 11. Dean Jacobs. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Mark Kinser, 6. Paul McMahan. 7. Gary Wright, 8. Donny Schatz. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Donnie Crawford, 3. Garry Brazier, 4. Dion Hindi, 5. Marlon Jones, 6. Justin Via, 7. Dan Oswalt ($200); 8. Jason Johnson ($180); 9. John Bankston ($150); 10. Butch David ($110); 11. Neil Gatian ($90); 12. Bruce Blaker ($80); 13. Richard Thornhill ($60); 14. Dean Jacobs ($50). (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($7,000); 2. Mark Kinser ($4,000); 3. Jac Haudenschild ($3,000); 4. Dave Blaney ($2,500); 5. Danny Lasoski ($2,300); 6. Andy Hillenburg ($2,200); 7. Sammy Swindell ($2,100); 8. Paul McMahan ($2,000); 9. Gary Wright ($1,700); 10. Donny Schatz ($1,600); 11. Johnny Herrera ($1,200); 12. Garry Brazier ($1,170); 13. Joe Gaerte ($1,100); 14. Terry McCarl ($1,050); 15. Greg Hodnett ($1,000); 16. Terry Gray ($700); 17. Lance Blevins ($600); 18. Jeff Swindell ($520); 19. Donnie Crawford ($520); 20. Randy Kinser ($500); 21. Marlon Jones ($520); 22. Justin Via ($520); 23. Dion Hindi ($520); 24. Stevie Smith ($500). Lap leaders: Dave Blaney 1-3, Steve Kinser 4-30 WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Dean Jacobs , Paul McMahan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jason Johnson , Jeff Swindell