Kinser Wins Second Straight at Rolling Wheels By Richard Day ELBRIDGE, NY (June 2) - Neither inclement weather nor cousin Steve Kinser could keep Mark Kinser from his appointed rounds Wednesday...
Kinser Wins Second Straight at Rolling Wheels By Richard Day
ELBRIDGE, NY (June 2) - Neither inclement weather nor cousin Steve Kinser could keep Mark Kinser from his appointed rounds Wednesday when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series invaded Rolling Wheels Raceway. A 70-percent chance of rain threatened the festivities throughout the day. Then a shower caused a 30-minute delay between the NAPA Auto Parts Heat Races and the Channellock Dash, but series officials and Rolling Wheels track personnel worked hard to complete the $45,000 event. Mark, the leader in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings, passed Steve early in the 10th lap and held off hard- charging Donny Schatz for his ninth "A" Feature victory of the season. "I can't believe we got this race in," Mark said. "I didn't think we had a chance. I'd just like to congratulate the whole track crew and all the push truck drivers and heavy equipment operators for giving us a chance to race." Mark opened the series' 27th event of the year by chopping almost a full second off the qualifying standard he set two years ago. He circled the semi-banked, 5/8-mile oval in 16.258 seconds, an average speed of 138.393 m.p.h, and received his 13th Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the season. Mark finished third in the First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race, and earned the right to start the 25-lap main event outside the front row by following Steve across the finish line in the Channellock Dash. Mark drove the #5M Mopar Maxim around Steve as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature, only to have George Suprick flip in turn three and force a full restart. Steve took advantage of the break and burst into the lead when the green flag replaced the red. A caution for a second-corner collision involving Joe Gaerte, Lance Blevins and Andy Hillenburg tightened the field three laps later. A broken front axle on the #2 Luxaire J&J kept Hillenburg from restarting. Mark tried to take the lead with an inside move through turns three and four as the race resumed, but was unable to surge ahead. He took the high line into the second corner the next time around, but was unable to pass "The King of the Outlaws." Mark passed Steve deep in turn three late in the eighth lap, but R.C. Faigle's third-corner spin nullified the move. Steve's #11 Quaker State Maxim led the field on the ensuing restart because the caution flag fell before the leaders crossed the finish line. Mark kept pace with Steve as the green flag replaced the yellow, and steered the #5M into the high groove in turn one to take the lead early in the 10th lap. Mark was 15 car-lengths ahead of Steve when he entered lapped traffic three laps later. Schatz, who started outside the fifth row, drove the #15 Parker Stores Maxim past five cars during the first half of the race. Staying in the high groove, the 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Rookie of the Year raced around Sammy Swindell early in the 16th lap, then passed First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race winner Kevin Gobrecht four laps later. Donny raced into the runner-up spot with an outside move around Steve Kinser in turn one with 1 3/4 laps remaining. Schatz was racing into the third corner as Mark took the checkered flag. Kinser also won an "A" Feature at Rolling Wheels Raceway on October 10, 1992. "The Mopar car has been really strong here lately," Mark said. "Steve kind of blocked me for a while there, but once we got by him we pretty much had things our way." Schatz' 15th straight top-10 finish - the longest such streak on the tour this season - pushed him past Stevie Smith into fourth place in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings. Steve Kinser finished third, while Tyler Walker passed Gobrecht for fourth place with a high move through turn four as they headed for the checkered flag. Completing the top 10 were Swindell, 13th-starting Jeff Shepard, Johnny Herrera, Jac Haudenschild and Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race winner Danny Lasoski. WoO
1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Rolling Wheels Raceway, Elbridge, NY Wednesday, June 2, Feature Program #27
Vivarin qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 16.258 (new single-lap record); 2. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 16.666; 3. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 16.931; 4. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 16.968; 5. Johnny Herrera, DOCC Motorsports 1BK, 16.980; 6. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 17.005; 7. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 17.013; 8. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 17.121; 9. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 17.129; 10. Dale Blaney, Hughes 94, 17.164; 11. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 17.285; 12. Jeff Shepard, Zematis 1Z, 17.287; 13. Kevin Gobrecht, Hylton/Blaney 93, 17.290; 14. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 17.388; 15. Daryn Pittman, Sonner 47, 17.437; 16. Travis Whitney, Whitney 7S, 17.532; 17. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 17.599; 18. George Suprick, Suprick 87, 17.625; 19. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 17.877; 20. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 18.153; 21. Lance Yonge, Yonge 17, 18.254; 22. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 18.350; 23. Bob Bennett, Mickle 3, 18.360; 24. Dan DeCracker, DeCracker 47D, 19.351; 25. R.C. Faigle, Faigle 1A, 19.478; 26. Doug Emery, Faigle 1E, 19.726; 27. Mike Bozzuto, Bozzuto 8, 21.731; 28. Darrell Bragman, Bragman 3B, 21.880. First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Kevin Gobrecht, 2. Jeff Shepard, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Donny Schatz, 5. Jeff Swindell, 6. Jac Haudenschild, 7. Travis Whitney, 8. Joe Gaerte, 9. R.C. Faigle, 10. Darrell Bragman. (all 10 qualified for the "A" Feature) Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Tim Shaffer, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Brooke Tatnell, 7. Lance Blevins, 8. Bob Bennett, 9. Doug Emery. (all nine qualified for the "A" Feature) Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Dale Blaney, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Tyler Walker, 5. Daryn Pittman, 6. George Suprick, 7. Lance Yonge, 8. Dan DeCracker, 9. Mike Bozzuto. (all nine qualified for the "A" Feature) Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Kevin Gobrecht, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Tyler Walker, 7. Johnny Herrera, 8. Stevie Smith. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) A Feature (25 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($10,000); 2. Donny Schatz ($5,000); 3. Steve Kinser ($3,000); 4. Tyler Walker ($2,500); 5. Kevin Gobrecht ($2,300); 6. Sammy Swindell ($2,200); 7. Jeff Shepard ($2,100); 8. Johnny Herrera ($2,000): 9. Jac Haudenschild ($1,800); 10. Danny Lasoski ($1,700); 11. Dale Blaney ($1,400); 12. Stevie Smith ($1,200); 13. Tim Shaffer ($1,100); 14. Jeff Swindell ($1,050); 15. Brooke Tatnell ($1,000); 16. Daryn Pittman ($900); 17. Lance Blevins ($700); 18. Travis Whitney ($550); 19. Lance Yonge ($550); 20. Bob Bennett ($550); 21. Joe Gaerte ($550); 22. Dan DeCracker ($550); 23. R.C. Faigle ($550); 24. Doug Emery ($550); 25. Andy Hillenburg ($550); 26. Darrell Bragman ($550); 27. George Suprick ($550). DNS - Mike Bozzuto Lap leaders: Steve Kinser 1-9, Mark Kinser 10-25 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO