St. Augustine Sunday report

KINSER MAKES NAME FOR HIMSELF WITH VICTORY IN OPENER By Richard Day ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (February 19) - During his first 11 years on the World of Outlaws' tour, Mark Kinser had to deal with cousin Steve...

KINSER MAKES NAME FOR HIMSELF WITH VICTORY IN OPENER By Richard Day ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (February 19) - During his first 11 years on the World of Outlaws' tour, Mark Kinser had to deal with cousin Steve Kinser getting all the headlines and glory. Mark started making a name for himself last weekend in the Skoal Outlaw Series opener at St. Augustine Speedway, winning the Second Preliminary Feature and the main event in flag-to-flag fashion. Steve, racing down the coast in the Daytona 500, passed 19 cars and was running 23rd when he was involved in a 28th-lap crash. "I'm proud of Steve; he just had some bad luck today," Mark said Sunday night from victory lane at St. Augustine. "It's great for us to get off to a good start. Dad (crew chief Karl Kinser) and the crew did a great job of setting up the Wirtgen Maxim tonight. It's the best car I've ever driven since I started racing sprint cars." Kinser started next to polesitter Danny Lasoski when the "A" Feature started Saturday night. But after four caution periods plagued the first lap and fog rolled into St. Augustine Speedway, World of Outlaws officials postponed the race. Not only was the fog dense, the moisture the fog emitted caused the rubber being shaved from the tires to stick to their face shields, further hampering their vision. The semi-banked, 1/2-mile was at its fastest during Saturday's Snap-on Tools Dash. Lasoski averaged 14.1 seconds per lap - almost a full second under his one-lap record - as he completed the five-lap race in a little more than one minute. Intermittent showers softened St. Augustine's racing surface Sunday afternoon, prompting the teams to replace the hard tires they had employed during the first three nights of racing. The right rear tire on Mark's #5M Wirtgen Maxim was a Goodyear 20. Mark burst into the lead again when the race resumed Sunday evening, opening a half-straightaway advantage within three laps. He entered lapped traffic the next time around, which allowed Lasoski to narrow the gap. But as "The Dude" attempted to lap Chuck Swenson and Randy Hannagan, Jeff Swindell drove the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim past all deep in the fourth corner. With the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim handling loosely, Jac Haudenschild relegated Lasoski to fourth place during the eighth lap. "The Wild Child" continued his run to the front of the field, passing Swindell high entering turn four late in lap 11 and racing wheel-to-wheel with Kinser during the race's middle stages. A quick move around Rod George was all Mark needed to extend his lead to 10 car-lengths, however. Haudenschild pressured Kinser again with 11 laps remaining, but lapping Johnny Herrera and Hannagan enabled him return to his 10-car-length comfort zone. Larry Skinner crashed into the front-straightaway wall late in the 23rd lap, tightening the field and setting up an eight-lap dash for the $15,000 first prize. But with Herrera, Aaron Berryhill and Todd Shaffer buffering him from "The Wild Child," Kinser opened a full-straightaway lead within two laps. Stevie Smith and Sammy Swindell started charging toward the front of the field during the final five laps. They raced into second and third place, respectively, as Haudenschild allowed the #22 Pennzoil Maxim to slide out of the low groove in the fourth corner late in the 27th lap. Sammy's good fortune turned sour the next time around, however. A broken rear end in his #1 Hooters Restaurants Gambler caused him to slow on the front straightaway and bow out of the race. He completed 27 laps and was credited with a 19th-place finish. As quickly as the green flag replaced the yellow, Kinser was gone. He was 10 car-lengths ahead of Smith when he took the checkered flag. Jeff Swindell claimed third place with a fourth-corner pass of "The Wild Child" late in lap 29. Lasoski finished the main event in fifth place, ahead of Greg Hodnett, Joe Gaerte, Dave Blaney, Andy Hillenburg and Shaffer. WoO 1995 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/SKOAL OUTLAW SERIES St. Augustine Speedway, St. Augustine, FL Sunday, February 19, Feature Program #1 First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Dave Blaney, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Chuck Swenson, 5. Lance Blevins, 6. Jon Eldreth, 7. Steve Beitler, 8. Bob Bennett, 9. John Koller. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Todd Shaffer, 4. Marlon Jones, 5. Larry Skinner, 6. Randy Hannagan, 7. Doug Kalitta, 8. John Bankston, 9. Bruce Thompson. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Aaron Berryhill, 4. Rod George, 5. Steve Siegel, 6. Tim Engler, 7. Dan Oswald, 8. Len Thompson, 9. Red Stauffer. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Snap-on Tools Dash (five laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Jeff Swindell. (finish determined the first four starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (10 laps): 1. Steve Beitler, 2. Tim Engler, 3. Randy Hannagan, 4. Len Thompson, 5. Doug Kalitta, 6. John Bankston ($210); 7. Jon Eldreth ($185); 8. Bob Bennett ($160); 9. Dan Oswald ($135); 10. John Koller ($110); 11. Bruce Thompson ($100); 12. Red Stauffer ($90). (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($15,000); 2. Stevie Smith ($10,010); 3. Jeff Swindell ($5,000); 4. Jac Haudenschild ($4,000); 5. Danny Lasoski ($3,000); 6. Greg Hodnett ($2,510); 7. Joe Gaerte ($2,010); 8. Dave Blaney ($1,910); 9. Andy Hillenburg ($1,810); 10. Todd Shaffer ($1,760); 11. Johnny Herrera ($1,610); 12. Aaron Berryhill ($1,510); 13. Rod George ($1,310); 14. Tim Engler ($1,235); 15. Len Thompson ($1,135); 16. Randy Hannagan ($1,035); 17. Lance Blevins ($810); 18. Doug Kalitta ($635); 19. Sammy Swindell ($510); 20. Marlon Jones ($510); 21. Larry Skinner ($510); 22. Chuck Swenson ($510); 23. Steve Siegel ($510); 24. Steve Beitler ($535). Lap leader: Mark Kinser 1-30 Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award winner: Stevie Smith WoO*eof

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Aaron Berryhill , Randy Hannagan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell