St. Augustine report 96-02-16

Mark Kinser Dominates Hump Night at St. Augustine By Richard Day ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (February 16) - Mark Kinser picked up where his cousin, Steve, left off Friday night when the Skoal Outlaw Series ran its...

Mark Kinser Dominates Hump Night at St. Augustine By Richard Day ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (February 16) - Mark Kinser picked up where his cousin, Steve, left off Friday night when the Skoal Outlaw Series ran its second preliminary program at St. Augustine Speedway. Then he went one step farther. Just as his cousin had on opening night, Mark opened the festivities by pacing the qualifying session and earning the EcoWater Quick-Time Award. He also duplicated Steve's flag-to-flag victory in the Preliminary Feature. Mark won the battle of Kinser one-ups-man- ship by winning the Vivarin Dash. "We struggled a little bit in our heat race," Mark admitted after earning the right to start the feature on the pole. "I ran into the car ahead of me, so from there on I just wanted to finish in the top six, get into the feature and then answer to Dad." Mark's dad is Karl Kinser, Steve's former car owner and a 14-time World of Outlaws champion. A natural rivalry has been brewing between the two teams since Steve returned to the World of Outlaws from NASCAR's Winston Cup series last May. It's not really surprising the Kinser cousins dominated the season-opening preliminary programs. Steve won the "A" Feature when the Skoal Outlaw Series opened at St. Augustine in 1994 and Mark came back last year with a similar victory. Steve had problems in his heat race, too, stopping in turn four as the green flag fell. But he raced into fifth place from the rear of the field, then followed Mark across the finish line in the Vivarin Dash. The Kinser cousins started Friday's main event side-by-side on the front row. Mark won the front-straightaway drag race immediately after the green flag fell, and kept the #5M Wirtgen Maxim ahead of the 24- car field throughout the 20-lap race. Andy Hillenburg and Sammy Swindell passed each other three times as their battle for fourth place raged during the first two laps. Mark was approaching lapped traffic when debris in the second corner brought out the caution flag four laps into the Preliminary Feature. Jeff Swindell drove the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim past Stevie Smith as the race resumed. Injury was added to insult seconds later when a collision caused Smith to stop the #71M EcoWater Systems Maxim in turn two. Jeff suffered a similar fate on the ensuing restart as he was sandwiched between Hillenburg and his brother Sammy. After being bumped into the infield in turn four, Jeff stopped on the front straightaway. Defending Skoal Outlaw Series champion Dave Blaney drove the #10 Vivarin J&J past Sammy as the green flag replaced the yellow, and took fourth place as Hillenburg raced through the infield in the second corner two laps later. Hillenburg returned the favor the next time around, however, steering the #2 STP J&J around "The Buckeye Bullet." Mark caught the backmarkers eight laps into the race, but managed to maintain a slim lead on his cousin. Steve was catching Mark in heavy lapped traffic when debris on the racing surface brought out the caution flag early in the 14th lap. The Kinser cousins were racing wheel-to-wheel through turn one when Scott Hogue flipped down the back stretch and Jim Carr stopped in the third corner with four laps remaining. Jeff Swindell had raced into 17th place from the back of the pack when the red flag fell. At that point, the Two Winners Racing crew decided to gamble and change his tires. Although Jeff would be sent to the rear of the field, he would have fresh rubber on the #7TW. The gamble paid off, as Jeff blew into 13th place in the final four laps. Mark was equal to Steve's challenge down the stretch and was two car-lengths ahead when he took the checkered flag. "I never saw Steve, but I sure head him breathing on me," Mark said in victory lane. "I made a couple of bobbles, and anytime you do that in front of Steve Kinser he's going to make up ground on you." Danny Lasoski held off Hillenburg for his second third-place finish in as many nights. Blaney finished fifth, ahead of Sammy Swindell, Smith, Joe Gaerte and Rookie of the Year candidates Lance Blevins and Donny Schatz. Jac Haudenschild's night was as miserable as the weather. As a cold front blew into northern Florida, the temperature dropped into the low 30s and the wind gusted to 45 m.p.h. "The Wild Child" was attempting to pass Mike Woodring for the lead late in the Third Heat Race when he allowed the #22 Pennzoil Maxim to hit the #19 in the rear and turn over. Then, as he was lining up for the "B" Feature, a broken universal joint forced Haudenschild into the pit area for the rest of the program. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series St. Augustine Speedway, St. Augustine, FL Friday, February 16, Preliminary Program #2 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 15.695; 2. Danny Lasoski, Forbrook 5, 15.929; 3. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 15.945; 4. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 16.044; 5. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.072; 6. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 16.189; 7. Jim Carr, McManus 7M, 16.246; 8. Trevor Utt, Utt U5, 16.257; 9. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 16.464; 10. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 16.545; 11. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 16.757; 12. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 16.817; 13. Paul McMahan, Lamar 3C, 16.877; 14. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 16.915; 15. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 16.977; 16. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 16.982; 17. Joey Saldana, Roth 83, 17.022; 18. Mike Woodring, Woodring 19, 17.023; 19. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 17.052; 20. Jeff Shepard, Wahlie 1W, 17.060; 21. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 17.170; 22. Jack Hewitt, Hampshire 63, 17.192; 23. Randy Hannagan, Stanton 75, 17.210; 24. Scott Hogue, Hogue 9C, 17.232; 25. Ronald Laney, Laney 52, 17.290; 26. Mike Hudson, Hudson 1H, 17.541; 27. Brian Paulus, Paulus 28, 17.572; 28. Tom Toedter, Toedter 99, 17.652; 29. Bobby Allen, Allen 1a, 17.699; 30. Jerry Slade, Slade 1CW, 17.733; 31. Bob Bennett, Mickle 3, 17.868. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Paul McMahan, 5. Tim Engler, 6. Mark Kinser, 7. Jack Hewitt, 8. Jim Carr, 9. Tom Toedter, 10. Bob Bennett. DNS -Ronald Laney. (first six qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joey Saldana, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Dave Blaney, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Donny Schatz, 6. Randy Hannagan, 7. Jeff Shepard, 8. Bobby Allen, 9. Trevor Utt, 10. Mike Hudson. (first six qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mike Woodring, 2. Lance Blevins, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Todd Shaffer, 7. Scott Hogue, 8. Brian Paulus, 9. Jac Haudenschild, 10. Jerry Slade ($10). (first six qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. Stevie Smith, 7. Jeff Swindell, 8. Joe Gaerte. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Jeff Shepard, 2. Jack Hewitt, 3. Scott Hogue, 4. Jim Carr, 5. Brian Paulus, 6. Ronald Laney, 7. Bobby Allen ($160); 8. Tom Toedter ($135); 9. Bob Bennett ($110); 10. Trevor Utt ($85); 11. Jac Haudenschild ($60). DNS - Jerry Slade. (first six qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($4,010); 2. Steve Kinser ($2,310); 3. Danny Lasoski ($1,610); 4. Andy Hillenburg ($1,410); 5. Dave Blaney ($1,260); 6. Sammy Swindell ($1,160); 7. Stevie Smith ($1,110); 8. Joe Gaerte ($1,060); 9. Lance Blevins ($1,035); 10. Donny Schatz ($1,010); 11. Paul McMahan ($910); 12. Johnny Herrera ($710); 13. Jeff Swindell ($610); 14. Joey Saldana ($510); 15. Mike Woodring ($310); 16. Randy Hannagan ($310); 17. Todd Shaffer ($260); 18. Tim Engler ($260); 19. Jeff Shepard ($280); 20. Jim Carr ($280); 21. Scott Hogue ($260); 22. Brian Paulus ($280); 23. Jack Hewitt ($280); 24. Ronald Laney ($280). Lap leader: Mark Kinser 1-20 Ecowater Quick-Time Award winner: Mark 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