San Jose report 97-09-06

Mark Kinser Snaps Winless Streak at San Jose By Richard Day SAN JOSE, CA (September 6) - For a team that captured the series championship a year ago and has won 20 "A" Features this season, going more than a month ...

Mark Kinser Snaps Winless Streak at San Jose By Richard Day SAN JOSE, CA (September 6) - For a team that captured the series championship a year ago and has won 20 "A" Features this season, going more than a month without a victory in a main event is quite a slump. Mark Kinser and the Wirtgen America team ended their winless streak Saturday when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series closed out a $75,000 event at San Jose Speedway. "It's nice to get back in the winner's circle," Mark said. "We've had kind of a rough time the last couple of weeks, but my dad (15-time World of Outlaws champion Karl Kinser) and the crew never gave up. In fact, I think I may have let them down a couple of times. We had one won in Oregon, but I crashed on the last lap." Mark took advantage of cousin Steve Kinser's problems in the second corner during the 18th lap, passed him on the back straightaway and held off Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Sammy Swindell for the $10,000 victory. Steve, winner of six World of Outlaws main events at San Jose, beat Mark across the finish line in the Vivarin Dash for the right to start the 30-lap "A" Feature on the pole. He burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event, and opened a four-car-length advantage within four laps. Mark caught his cousin in lapped traffic during the sixth lap. The Kinser cousins were battling for the lead when a mechanical malfunction caused Randy Hannagan to stop on the front stretch the next time around. As the race resumed, Ronnie Day spun turn four, bringing out the caution flag again. Swindell, who started inside the fourth row, passed Greg Hodnett late in the sixth lap and Jac Haudenschild five laps later. He was threatening to pass more cars when Jason Lund stopped in turn one with a flat left rear tire early in lap 11. Sammy, a two-time winner at San Jose, raced into fourth place when Dave Blaney allowed his #10 Vivarin J&J to jump the cushion in the third corner as the race resumed. The Kinsers battled for the lead a half-straightaway ahead of "The Wild Child" and Swindell midway through the race. Sammy drove his #1 Channellock Gambler past Haudenschild on the back stretch to take over third place two laps later. Steve allowed his #11 Quaker State Maxim to slide over the cushion in turn two early in the 18th lap, allowing Mark to beat him down the back straightaway seconds later. "A lot of times when you're running second, you try to run where the leader's not," Mark said of the winning pass. "When Steve bobbled up there in turn two, I was fortunate enough to be on the bottom and get by." Mark opened a 10-car-length advantage by lap 22 as Swindell challenged Steve for second place. Sammy used a low move through the second corner to take over the runner-up spot the next time around. Six laps remained when Tom Tarleton's turn-two spin collected Haudenschild and the #22 Pennzoil Maxim. "The Wild Child" restarted at the back of the pack and eventually finished 21st. Mark raced away from the field as the green flag replaced the yellow and recorded his second straight "A" Feature victory at San Jose, taking the checkered flag with a straightaway to spare. "It's nice to win here at San Jose," Mark said. "Ray Williams has been one of my biggest supporters for several years, and this is his home track." Swindell's second-place finish gave him a 95-point lead over Blaney as the World of Outlaws continues its California tour with $40,000 events at Kings Speedway and Santa Maria Speedway Friday and Saturday. Steve Kinser finished third, ahead of "The Buckeye Bullet," Randy Tiner, Stevie Smith, Hodnett, 12th-starting Andy Hillenburg, Danny Lasoski and Brent Kaeding. Johnny Herrera's collision with Jason Meyers sent the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim flipping early in the First Heat Race. He used a provisional in the "A" Feature and drove a backup car past 12 sprinters to finish 13th. The World of Outlaws' Rookie of the Year standings were tighter than ever after the San Jose event. Rookie points leader Donny Schatz passed seven cars in the "B" Feature, but his fifth- place finish failed to qualify him for the main event. Paul McMahan finished 14th in the "A" Feature, leaving him only four points behind with 13 events remaining on the schedule. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series San Jose Speedway, San Jose, CA Saturday, September 6, Feature Program #58 Qualifications: 1. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 13.905; 2. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 13.919; 3. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 13.921; 4. Peter Murphy, Williams 0, 14.001; 5. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 14.013; 6. Randy Tiner, Tiner 83T, 14.024; 7. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 14.026; 8. Ronnie Day, Henderson 7N, 14.026; 9. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.035; 10. Jason Lund, Lund 8L, 14.067; 11. Brent Kaeding, M&M Racing 2M, 14.094; 12. Randy Hannagan, TRH Racing 1x, 14.131; 13. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 14.150; 14. Jason Meyers, Meyers 14, 14.162; 15. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 14.167; 16. Mark Monico, Monico 21, 14.170; 17. Craig Dollansky, Wahlie 1W, 14.176; 18. Tom Tarlton, Tarlton 21T, 14.182; 19. Graydon Cross, Cross 8C, 14.192; 20. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 14.226; 21. Duane Bonini, Bonini 72, 14.343; 22. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 14.353; 23. Bobby McMahan, Bumgarner 88, 14.414; 24. David Fowler, Fowler 24, 14.423; 25. Jason Statler, Statler 00, 14.424; 26. Kevin Pylant, Pylant 14P, 14.439; 27. Bud Kaeding, Kaeding 29, 14.551; 28. Stephen Allard, Allard 35, 14.633; 29. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 14.663; 30. Jason York, York 25, 14.844; 31. Keith Nafzger, Nafzger 9B, 14.854; 32. Ryan Riley, Riley 98x, 14.910; 33. Randi Turner, Danell 5, 14.922; 34. Todd Bammer, Bammer 18, 15.059; 35. Erik Folger, Folger 17E, 15.083; 36. Jonathan Allard, Bailey 17, 15.106; 37. Troy Rosendahl, Rosendahl 41, 15.174; 38. Greg DeCaires, Howard 1H, 15.211; 39. Calvin Landis, Landis 27B, 15.211; 40. Jim Skinner, Skinner 73, 16.520; 41. Jamie Hood, Hood 33, 15.624; 42. Norm Merril, Merril 53, 16.449; 43. Brad Furr, Furr 2F, no time. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Dion Hindi, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Craig Dollansky, 6. Donny Schatz, 7. Duane Bonini, 8. Jason Statler, 9. Randi Turner, 10. Troy Rosendahl, 11. Jamie Hood. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jason Lund, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Randy Tiner, 4. Jason Meyers, 5. Tom Tarlton, 6. Kevin Pylant, 7. Todd Bammer, 8. Greg DeCaires, 9. Jason York, 10. Norm Merril, 11. Johnny Herrera. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Brent Kaeding, 4. Paul McMahan, 5. Bobby McMahan, 6. Graydon Cross, 7. Bud Kaeding, 8. Calvin Landis, 9. Erik Folger, 10. Keith Nafzger, 11. Brad Furr. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Randy Hannagan, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Ronnie Day, 4. Mark Monico, 5. Peter Murphy, 6. David Fowler, 7. Ryan Riley, 8. Jonathan Allard, 9. Jim Skinner, 10. Stephen Allard. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Dave Blaney, Steve Kinser, Jac Haudenschild and Mark Kinser for the first four starting positions in the Vivarin Dash. Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Dave Blaney, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Jac Haudenschild, 6. Greg Hodnett. (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Randi Turner, 2. Todd Bammer, 3. Jonathan Allard, 4. Erik Folger ($200); 5. Greg DeCaires ($150); 6. Calvin Landis ($125); 7. Johnny Herrera, 8. Jim Skinner ($100); 9. Troy Rosendahl ($70); 10. Jamie Hood ($60); 11. Norm Merril ($50). DNS - Brad Furr. (first three qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Craig Dollansky, 2. Graydon Cross, 3. Tom Tarlton, 4. Peter Murphy, 5. Donny Schatz ($200); 6. Bobby McMahan ($175); 7. Jason Statler ($150); 8. Bud Kaeding ($100); 9. Kevin Pylant ($90); 10. Duane Bonini ($80); 11. Todd Bammer ($80); 12. David Fowler ($50); 13. Randi Turner ($70); 14. Stephen Allard ($50); 15. Jason York ($50); 16. Keith Nafzger ($50); 17. Ryan Riley ($50); 18. Jonathan Allard ($70). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($10,000); 2. Sammy Swindell ($6,000); 3. Steve Kinser ($3,500); 4. Dave Blaney ($3,200); 5. Randy Tiner ($3,000); 6. Stevie Smith ($2,500); 7. Greg Hodnett ($2,300); 8. Andy Hillenburg ($2,200); 9. Danny Lasoski ($2,100); 10. Brent Kaeding ($2,000); 11. Craig Dollansky ($1,520); 12. Jeff Swindell ($1,400); 13. Johnny Herrera ($1,320); 14. Paul McMahan ($1,200); 15. Joe Gaerte ($1,000); 16. Peter Murphy ($1,020); 17. Jason Lund ($800); 18. Dion Hindi ($600); 19. Jason Meyers ($600); 20. Ronnie Day ($600); 21. Jac Haudenschild ($600); 22. Graydon Cross ($620); 23. Tom Tarlton ($620); 24. Mark Monico ($600); 25. Randy Hannagan ($600). Provisional starter - Johnny Herrera. Lap leaders: Steve Kinser 1-17, Mark Kinser 18-30 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Stevie Smith WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Bud Kaeding , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Jason Meyers , Jonathan Allard , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Ray Williams , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jason Statler , Bobby McMahan , Peter Murphy , Jason York , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams