St. Augustine report 96-02-15

Steve Kinser Dominates St. Augustine Opener By Richard Day ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (February 15) - Having drawn the pole position in Friday's International Race of Champions event at Daytona International ...

Steve Kinser Dominates St. Augustine Opener By Richard Day ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (February 15) - Having drawn the pole position in Friday's International Race of Champions event at Daytona International Speedway, fans and racers alike were wondering how Steve Kinser could possibly concentrate on the Skoal Outlaw Series' opener at St. Augustine Speedway Thursday night. "It's not that tough," the 14-time World of Outlaws champion said as he received the EcoWater Quick-Time Award. "I've been doing this long enough that it's easy to separate sprint car racing from everything else." After 18 years of dominating the sport, Kinser has a knack of separating himself from the competition, too. His 15.234-second qualifying lap was the fastest in the 36-car field. Undaunted that he put himself outside the second row of the Vivarin Dash when he picked the #4 inversion pill, "The King of the Outlaws" steered his #11 Quaker State Maxim around Sammy Swindell as the green flag fell, and passed Danny Lasoski in turn one during the opening lap. He was never able to catch Sammy's brother, Jeff, but Kinser did manage to gain a front-row starting position in the Preliminary Feature by finishing second in the five-lap race. Although he was happy to win the first Vivarin Dash of the year, Jeff knew it wouldn't mean much unless he beat Kinser into the first corner in the evening's main event. He didn't - Steve won the front-straightaway drag race by inches - and had to chase "The King of the Outlaws" for 20 laps. Kinser opened a half-straightaway lead within three laps, and entered lapped traffic two laps later. Three backmarkers restarted between Kinser and Swindell after Jim Carr and Brian Paulus collided in turn four late in the ninth lap and brought out the caution flag. Lasoski drove the #5 C&S Enterprises Schnee past Jeff in heavy lapped traffic as Kinser raced away on the restart, only to have Trevor Utt nullify the move with a fourth-corner spin. Six laps later, Randy Hannagan, Lance Blevins and Scott Hogue tangled in turn two, setting up a six-lap dash for the checkered flag. Although Jeff managed to pass Third Heat Race winner Joey Saldana quickly as the race resumed, Kinser had a chance to start planning his strategy for the IROC race. He was gone. Although Kinser slowed to save his tires during the final few laps, he was three car-lengths ahead of Swindell when he took the checkered flag. "I think we've got new people in the right places and things are going to start coming around our way," Jeff said following the feature. "I think this year is going to be our best yet. Maybe we can take that green thing (Kinser's Quaker State Maxim) and put it behind us." Finishing third gave "The Dude" an air of confidence, too. "It's nice to be back with the (Guy Forbrook) team again," Lasoski said. "It's kind of like a bad marriage; we keep getting back together. Things are looking good for the year. I hope we can win some races." Defending Skoal Outlaw Series champion Dave Blaney shook off the ignition problems that plagued him during time trials and his heat race, driving the #10 Vivarin J&J past five cars to finish fourth. Sammy Swindell drove his new, bright blue ChannelLock Gambler into fifth place, ahead of Stevie Smith, 14th-starting Jac Haudenschild, First Heat Race winner Mark Kinser, Paul McMahan and Second Heat Race winner Johnny Herrera. Tim Engler, the fourth-fastest qualifier, was running fifth in the Fourth Heat Race and was in position to start the Vivarin Dash on the pole when disaster struck. The rear of his #73 J&J bumped the wall in turn one and burst into flames. Although he was unharmed in the incident, Engler was unable to restart the race and qualify for the Vivarin Dash. He and his crew tried to get his backup sprinter ready for the "B" Feature, but just missed the green flag. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series St. Augustine Speedway, St. Augustine, FL Thursday, February 15, Preliminary Program #1 Qualifications: 1. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 15.234; 2. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 15.288; 3. Danny Lasoski, Forbrook 5, 15.298; 4. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 15.400; 5. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 15.413; 6. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 15.434; 7. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 15.484; 8. Jim Carr, McManus 7M, 15.523; 9. Paul McMahan, Lamar 3C, 15.542; 10. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 15.643; 11. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 15.650; 12. Mike Woodring, Woodring 19, 15.714; 13. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 15.721; 14. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 15.840; 15. Jeff Shepard, Wahlie 1W, 15.841; 16. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 15.891; 17. Trevor Utt, Utt U5, 15.908; 18. Brian Paulus, Paulus 28, 16.030; 19. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.228; 20. Randy Hannagan, Stanton 75, 16.250; 21. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 16.291; 22. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 16.385; 23. Joey Saldana, Roth 83, 16.455; 24. Larry Pinegar, Pinegar 11L, 16.524; 25. Scott Hogue, Hogue 9C, 16.617; 26. Jack Hewitt, Hampshire 63, 16.753; 27. Ronald Laney, Laney 52, 16.755; 28. Bob Bennett, Mickle 3, 16.796; 29. Jerry Slade, Slade 1CW, 16.855; 30. Bobby Allen, Allen 1a, 16.863; 31. John Bankston, Bankston 8, 17.049; 32. Dick Spadero, Spadero 29, 17.496; 33. Mike Hudson, Hudson 1H, 17.627; 34. Glenn Passmore, Passmore 11A, 18.038; 35. Tom Toedter, Toedter 99, 18.335; 36. Terry Gray, Gray 10G, no time. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Todd Shaffer, 5. Paul McMahan, 6. Scott Hogue, 7. Jerry Slade, 8. Mike Hudson, 9. Joe Gaerte. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Trevor Utt, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Brian Paulus, 6. Bobby Allen, 7. Jack Hewitt, 8. Tom Toedter, 9. Dave Blaney. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joey Saldana, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Jac Haudenschild, 6. John Bankston, 7. Lance Blevins, 8. Ronald Laney, 9. Glenn Passmore ($10). (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Larry Pinegar, 2. Jeff Shepard, 3. Randy Hannagan, 4. Mike Woodring, 5. Jim Carr, 6. Dick Spadero, 7. Bob Bennett, 8. Tim Engler ($10). DNS - Terry Gray. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Johnny Herrera, 6. Stevie Smith, 7. Jim Carr, 8. Paul McMahan. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Lance Blevins, 4. Scott Hogue, 5. Bobby Allen ($160) 6. Mike Hudson ($135); 7. Jerry Slade ($110); 8. Dick Spadero ($85); 9. Bob Bennett ($60); 10. Tom Toedter ($50); 11. Ronald Laney ($50); 12. John Bankston ($50); 13. Jack Hewitt ($50). DNS - Glenn Passmore, Tim Engler, Terry Gray. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($4,010); 2. Jeff Swindell ($2,310); 3. Danny Lasoski ($1,610); 4. Dave Blaney ($1,430); 5. Sammy Swindell ($1,260); 6. Stevie Smith ($1,160); 7. Jac Haudenschild ($1,110); 8. Mark Kinser ($1,060); 9. Paul McMahan ($1,035); 10. Johnny Herrera ($1,010); 11. Andy Hillenburg ($910); 12. Joe Gaerte ($730); 13. Todd Shaffer ($610); 14. Lance Blevins ($530); 15. Scott Hogue ($330); 16. Randy Hannagan ($310); 17. Joey Saldana ($260); 18. Larry Pinegar ($260); 19. Donny Schatz ($260); 20. Jeff Shepard ($260); 21. Mike Woodring ($260); 22. Jim Carr ($260); 23. Brian Paulus ($260); 24. Trevor Utt ($260). Lap leader: Steve Kinser 1-20 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Steve Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Jack Hewitt , Sammy Swindell , Brian Paulus , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell