State Fair report 97-04-13

Mark Kinser Takes State Fair Raceway Event By Richard Day SEDALIA, MO (April 13) - Twelve years ago, the last time the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series invaded State Fair Raceway, Mark Kinser's sprint car racing career was just beginning ...

Mark Kinser Takes State Fair Raceway Event By Richard Day

SEDALIA, MO (April 13) - Twelve years ago, the last time the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series invaded State Fair Raceway, Mark Kinser's sprint car racing career was just beginning while his father, Karl Kinser, was working on his sixth championship. Father and son got together last year and won a World of Outlaws title. Sunday, after battling snow and rain for two days, Mark and Karl won the "A" Feature before a near-capacity crowd at State Fair Raceway. "I'm proud to say Karl Kinser is my father and I'm glad to be his driver," Mark said in victory lane. The $7,000 victory, the third of the year for the Wirtgen America team, increased its lead in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings. It was achieved despite Karl and his crew changing the engine in the #5M Maxim after time trials. "Any time you change an engine, it upsets the car," Mark said. "The time they spent working on the track gave us time to straighten things out." Following Heat Race winners Johnny Herrera and Dave Blaney, Greg Hodnett, Channellock Fast-Time Award winner Sammy Swindell, Steve Kinser and Andy Hillenburg across the finish line in the Vivarin Dash put Mark inside the fourth row in the "A" Feature lineup. "The Buckeye Bullet" burst into the lead as Herrera allowed the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim to slide out of the low groove and almost hit the outside retaining wall when the green flag fell. Swindell and Steve Kinser passed Herrera and Hodnett, then started battling for the runner-up spot as Blaney entered lapped traffic four laps into the main event. Sammy, winner of the World of Outlaws' last two "A" Features, caught Blaney late in the sixth lap and almost passed him the next time around. "The Buckeye Bullet" opened a 10 car-length lead within three laps, however, as Kinser challenged Swindell for second place. Garry Brazier brought out the first caution flag in the main event when he allowed the #75 Mopar Stealth to spin in the second corner early in lap 10. Mark and Jac Haudenschild roared into fourth and fifth place, respectively, within two laps after the green flag replaced the yellow. Swindell's #1 Channellock Gambler started smoking as the leaders caught the backmarkers again midway through the race. He was catching Blaney when Joe Gaerte stopped on the front straightaway with a flat tire early in the 16th lap. Mark passed Steve Kinser with a low move through turn four as the race resumed, only to have his cousin regain third place in the second corner the next time around. Mark took the high line around Steve in turn four during lap 17, then inherited the runner-up spot when Swindell's engine lost power early in the 18th lap. Within seconds after "The Buckeye Bullet" passed the cone on the ensuing restart, he was surrounded by the Kinser cousins. While Steve drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim next to him in the low groove, Mark took the high line and surged into the lead on the front straightaway. The #7TW Gold Eagle J&J suffered a flat right rear tire, forcing Jeff Swindell to stop in turn one with seven laps remaining. After the red flag was thrown for the cars to be refueled, 14th-starting Donny Schatz lined up sixth while 22nd starting Craig Dollansky was in eighth place. When asked during the red period how he felt about his run to the front, Schatz replied, "We have seven laps to go and six cars to pass. We just might be able to do it." Three laps later, as Schatz battled Haudenschild for third place, Dollansky ran out of fuel and stopped in the first corner. The caution flag was flying again with two laps remaining when the rear end in the #21 Citgo J&J malfunctioned, causing Lance Blevins to stop in turn three. Then, as the drivers positioned themselves for the final restart, Schatz' right rear tire lost air pressure. After his crew replaced his tire, the Rookie of the Year candidate raced back through to field to finish 12th. Mark quickly opened a comfortable advantage after the green flag replaced the yellow and was eight car-lengths ahead of cousin Steve when he took the checkered flag. "The track was really good and racy," Mark said in victory lane. "The yellow flags helped us a bunch." When asked why he started racing in the high groove, Mark said, "Any time you don't start up front in a day race, it's tough. We had nothing to lose." Jeff Swindell raced back through the field and was right behind third-finishing Haudenschild at the finish line. Completing the top 10 in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' ninth main event of the year were Hillenburg, Blaney, Danny Lasoski, Herrera, Brazier and Stevie Smith. The World of Outlaws will remain in Missouri for a pair of $40,000 events scheduled for the weekend. The fire-breathing, mud-slinging sprint cars have races scheduled for West Plains Motor Speedway Friday and Missouri International Race Park Saturday. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series State Fair Raceway, Sedalia, MO Sunday, April 13, Feature Program #9 Qualifications: 1. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 17.281; 2. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 17.293; 3. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 17.401; 4. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 17.416; 5. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 17.536; 6. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 17.562; 7. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 17.650; 8. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 17.651; 9. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 17.806; 10. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 17.809; 11. Paul McMahan, Roth 83, 17.811; 12. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 17.831; 13. Jeff Mitrisin, Sereg 52, 18.177; 14. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 18.207; 15. Garry Brazier, Stanton 75, 18.251; 16. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 18.325; 17. Billy Veilhauer, Veilhauer 12x, 18.421; 18. Terry McCarl, Holbrook 8H, 18.438; 19. Ron Lefholz, Lefholz 20, 18.592; 20. Mark Smyser, Smyser 69, 18.665; 21. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 18.668; 22. Craig Dollansky, Lindsey 2D, 18.843; 23. Kevin Whitworth, Whitworth 5K, 18.864; 24. Dan Oswalt, Oswalt D1, 18.889; 25. Mallory Armfield, Armfield 5MA, 18.912; 26. Bob Weuve, McCroskey 19W, 18.983; 27. Marlon Jones, Oswalt 1J, 19.016; 28. Randy Martin, MC Motorsports 14, 19.249; 29. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 19.330; 30. Kim Kennedy, Kennedy 1K, 19.609; 31. Jim Farmer, Hillman 14x, 19.729. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Lance Blevins, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Billy Veilhauer, 6. Dion Hindi, 7. Jeff Mitrisin, 8. Mallory Armfield. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Craig Dollansky, 4. Donny Schatz, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Terry McCarl, 7. Kim Kennedy, 8. Bob Weuve. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Garry Brazier, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Ron Lefholz, 5. Jim Farmer, 6. Paul McMahan, 7. Kevin Whitworth, 8. Marlon Jones. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Randy Martin, 6. Dan Oswalt, 7. Mark Smyser. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Andy Hillenburg, 7. Mark Kinser, 8. Stevie Smith. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Terry McCarl, 2. Paul McMahan, 3. Jeff Mitrisin, 4. Mark Smyser, 5. Dan Oswalt ($200); 6. Bob Weuve ($180); 7. Dion Hindi ($150); 8. Kim Kennedy ($110); 9. Kevin Whitworth ($90); 10. Mallory Armfield ($80); 11. Marlon Jones ($60). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($7,000); 2. Steve Kinser ($4,000); 3. Jac Haudenschild ($3,000); 4. Jeff Swindell ($2,500); 5. Andy Hillenburg ($2,300); 6. Dave Blaney ($2,200); 7. Danny Lasoski ($2,100); 8. Johnny Herrera ($2,000); 9. Garry Brazier ($1,700); 10. Stevie Smith ($1,600); 11. Greg Hodnett ($1,200); 12. Donny Schatz ($1,150); 13. Joe Gaerte ($1,100); 14. Paul McMahan ($1,070); 15. Terry McCarl ($1,020); 16. Craig Dollansky ($700); 17. Ron Lefholz ($600); 18. Jeff Mitrisin ($520); 19. Billy Veilhauer ($500); 20. Lance Blevins ($500); 21. Mark Smyser ($520); 22. Jim Farmer ($500); 23. Sammy Swindell ($500); 24. Randy Martin ($500). Lap leaders: Dave Blaney 1-18, Mark Kinser 19-30 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Sammy Swindell WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Jeff Mitrisin , Paul McMahan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell