Thunder Hill report 96-06-23

'King' Takes Tire Tussle at Thunder Hill By Richard Day MAYETTA, KS (June 23) - While tire problems plagued Steve Kinser during Knoxville Raceway's Iowa Ethanol Classic, he was one of the few to make the right...

'King' Takes Tire Tussle at Thunder Hill By Richard Day MAYETTA, KS (June 23) - While tire problems plagued Steve Kinser during Knoxville Raceway's Iowa Ethanol Classic, he was one of the few to make the right choice when the Skoal Outlaw Series invaded Thunder Hill Speedway Sunday. While two drivers suffered flat tires, five risked their running positions to change rubber and two more finished the "A" Feature with no air pressure left in their right rears, "The King of the Outlaws" won his second race in as many events at Thunder Hill. "I didn't know if I had enough tire to finish," Kinser told the standing-room-only crowd from victory lane. "I peeked back several times to see if it was OK. I really wasn't sure if we could finish or not." The $6,000 victory, Steve's seventh of the year, pushed him past Andy Hillenburg into third place in the World of Outlaws points race. Although rain fell lightly during the "B" Feature and before the evening's main event, Thunder Hill's racing surface started taking rubber early in the 30-lap "A" Feature. Vivarin Dash winner Mark Kinser burst into the lead from the pole, and immediately steered the #5M Wirtgen Maxim into the high line in the first and second corners while dropping into the low groove in turns three and four. While outside polesitter Sammy Swindell chased Mark, Steve steered his #11 Quaker State Maxim to the inside to pass Jeff Swindell and EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner Dave Blaney and reeled in the leaders. He passed Sammy for the runner-up spot deep in the second corner early in lap four. Sammy followed Steve in the low groove and made it a three-car battle for the lead. Steve caught Mark in turn two early in the fourth lap and raced wheel-to-wheel with him on the back straightaway before taking the lead in the third corner. Mark slid out of the low groove, allowing Swindell to pass him, too. "B" Feature winner Jimmy Lambert brought out the caution flag when he spun into the first corner early in the second lap. Rich Bubak also stopped on the back straightaway with a suspension problem. Kinser raced away from the field when the green flag replaced the yellow, and opened an eight-car-length advantage within two laps. Mark challenged Sammy for the runner-up spot as the leaders caught the backmarkers 10 laps into the race. Mark and Sammy caught Steve as Johnny Herrera stopped the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim on the back straightaway with a broken throttle linkage late in the 12th lap. They were unable to keep pace with Steve on the restart, however, and he put 10 car-lengths between himself and this closest pursuers within two laps. Hillenburg's #2 STP J&J turned sideways in the second corner and collided with Stevie Smith midway through the race. Although both kept going, it temporarily slowed their pursuit of the leader. Sammy narrowed the gap as Kinser caught a pack of backmarkers during the 16th lap, and caught him in heavy lapped traffic two laps later. As quickly as Swindell caught him, however, "The King of the Outlaws" steered clear of the lapped traffic opened a seven-car-length advantage within two laps. Blaney and Mark exchanged third place during the 23rd and 25th laps, before the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim suffered a flat right rear tire, forcing Jeff Swindell to surrender fifth place. Hillenburg, First Quaker State Heat Race winner Lance Blevins and Smith also surrendered their running positions when they took on new rubber during the caution period. Joe Gaerte suffered a similar fate within a lap after the race resumed, stopping with a flat right rear tire. Greg Hodnett and Blaney changed tires during the caution, and raced back into seventh and eighth place, respectively, during the final three laps. Jim Carr and Jac Haudenschild suffered flat tires during the white-flag lap, but kept going to finish 11th and 15th, respectively. Steve was four car-lengths ahead of Sammy when he took the checkered flag. Mark Kinser held off a late charge by sixth-row starter Danny Lasoski for third place. Jeff came back to edge Joey Saldana - the only other driver who didn't change tires - for fifth. Completing the top 10 in the main event were Hodnett, Blaney, Hillenburg and Gaerte. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Thunder Hill Speedway, Mayetta, KS Sunday, June 23, Feature Program #29 Qualifications: 1. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 14.785; 2. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 14.863; 3. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 14.854; 4. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 14.990; 5. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 15.007; 6. Jerry Stone, Crown Enterprises 63, 15.044; 7. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 15.104; 8. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 15.215; 9. Ray Lee Goodwin, Goodwin 6E, 15.266; 10. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 15.282; 11. Danny Lasoski, Forbrook 5, 15.311; 12. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 15.415; 13. Joey Saldana, Stanton 75, 15.544; 14. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 15.573; 15. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 15.620; 16. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 15.772; 17. Aaron Berryhill, Berryhill 97, 15.795; 18. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 15.860; 19. Kevin Whitworth, Whitworth 11W, 15.985; 20. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11A, 16.001; 21. Jimmy Lambert, Lambert 92, 16.159; 22. Darrin Kay, Kay 03, 16.180; 23. John Kearney, Kearney 86, 16.243; 24. Ron Kefholz, Kefholz 20, 16.400; 25. Taylor Weld, Weld 92W, 16.443; 26. Rich Bubak, Bubak 9, 16.469; 27. Kim Kennedy, Kennedy 1K, 16.480; 28. Mitchell Moore, Moore 55, 16.551; 29. Ken Stolfus, Stolfus 7, 17.559; 30. Terry LoSasso, LoSasso 6, 17.620; 31. Bill Cohee, Jr., Cohee 18C, 17.832; 32. Ricky Weld, Weld 07, 18.237; 33. J.R. Topper, Topper 92J, 19.143. First Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Lance Blevins, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Joey Saldana, 7. Kevin Whitworth, 8. Mitchell Moore, 9. Darrin Kay, 10. Bill Cohee, Jr., 11. Taylor Weld. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Aaron Berryhill, 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Jeff Swindell, 7. Dion Hindi, 8. Rich Bubak, 9. John Kearney, 10. Ricky Weld ($10); 11. Ken Stolfus. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Jim Carr, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Ray Lee Goodwin, 6. Jerry Stone, 7. Jimmy Lambert, 8. J.R. Topper, 9. Kim Kennedy, 10. Ron Kefholz, 11. Terry LoSasso. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Dave Blaney, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Greg Hodnett, 7. Joe Gaerte, 8. Jerry Stone. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Jimmy Lambert, 2. Darrin Kay, 3. Rich Bubak, 4. John Kearney, 5. Kevin Whitworth, 6. Dion Hindi, 7. Kim Kennedy ($210); 8. Mitchell Moore ($185); 9. J.R. Topper ($160); 10. Ron Kefholz ($110); 11. Ken Stolfus ($100); 12. Terry LoSasso ($90); 13. Ricky Weld ($70), 14. Bill Cohee, Jr. ($60); 15. Taylor Weld ($60). (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($6,010); 2. Sammy Swindell ($3,510); 3. Mark Kinser ($2,510); 4. Danny Lasoski ($2,210); 5. Jeff Swindell ($2,110); 6. Joey Saldana ($2,010); 7. Greg Hodnett ($1,610); 8. Dave Blaney ($1,510); 9. Andy Hillenburg ($1,410); 10. Joe Gaerte ($1,310); 11. Jim Carr ($1,160); 12. Stevie Smith ($1,110); 13. Jerry Stone ($1,060); 14. Lance Blevins ($1,010); 15. Jac Haudenschild ($710); 16. Kevin Whitworth ($530); 17. Johnny Herrera ($410); 18. Darrin Kay ($430); 19. Ray Lee Goodwin ($410); 20. Aaron Berryhill ($410); 21. Dion Hindi ($430); 22. Rich Bubak ($430); 23. Jimmy Lambert ($430); 24. John Kearney ($430). Lap leaders: Mark Kinser 1-5, Steve Kinser 6-30 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Dave Blaney WoO

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