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KINSER TAKES WORLD OF OUTLAWS' FIRST RACE AT THUNDER HILL By Richard Day MAYETTA, KS (June 25) - New surroundings seem to bring out the best in Steve Kinser. The World of Outlaws invaded Thunder Hill ...

KINSER TAKES WORLD OF OUTLAWS' FIRST RACE AT THUNDER HILL By Richard Day MAYETTA, KS (June 25) - New surroundings seem to bring out the best in Steve Kinser. The World of Outlaws invaded Thunder Hill Speedway for the first time Sunday and, as has been the case 45 other times in this situation, Kinser stood in victory lane after the "A" Feature. The $34,485 event was originally scheduled for May 7th, but was postponed when thunderstorms hit the Topeka area. "I really like this race track," Kinser told the capacity crowd from victory lane. "You could run high or low, but I preferred the high groove." Kinser, the second-fastest qualifier, earned the second row inside starting position in the main event by following Jeff Swindell and Andy Hillenburg across the finish line in the Vivarin Dash. Swindell burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the 30-lap "A" Feature, and Steve raced past Hillenburg on the front straightaway seconds later. Mark Kinser, the fastest qualifier in the field, allowed the #5M Wirtgen Maxim to run over the bank in turn one and lost nine positions - all the way back to 15th place. Steve caught Jeff on the back straightaway during the second lap, and threaded his #11 Quaker State Maxim between Swindell and the infield in turn four to take the lead. He opened a seven-car-length advantage within two laps as Hillenburg challenged Jeff for second place. Swindell and Hillenburg closed in on Kinser as the leaders entered lapped traffic five laps into the race. Andy passed Jeff for the runner-up spot deep in the second corner the next time around, and took the lead with a low move into turn four late in the seventh lap. Lance Blevins allowed the #21L Citgo J&J to spin in the second corner midway through lap eight, bringing out the caution flag and tightening the field. As the race resumed, Hillenburg kept his #2 STP J&J in the low groove while Kinser pursued him along the high road. Steve caught Andy late in the eighth lap and took the lead with a high move into turn two. He caught the backmarkers again two laps later. Kinser increased his advantage to half a straightaway as Skoal Outlaw Series point standings leader Jac Haudenschild pressured Hillenburg for second place midway through the race. At the same time, Danny Lasoski started battling Swindell for fourth. Dave Blaney was in seventh place with four laps remaining when he stopped the #10 Vivarin J&J on the back straightaway with a flat left rear tire. He restarted the race at the back of the pack and raced back into seventh place. With three lapped cars separating Kinser and Hillenburg in the restart lineup, it appeared Steve would win the four-lap dash to the checkered flag easily. But Andy quickly raced around the backmarkers and was gaining on Kinser when Blevins ran into the rear bumper on Haudenschild's #22 Pennzoil Maxim and spun in the second corner. Hillenburg was unable to maneuver around the lapped cars as easily on the ensuing restart, and wasn't able to challenge Kinser for the lead. He was racing through turn four when Steve took the checkered flag. "The car felt good running the top, but when Andy got by me on the bottom I really didn't know where to run," Kinser said after the race. "I felt more comfortable running the top because it was tougher getting into the turns on the bottom." A broken brake rotor on the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim hampered Lasoski during the final four laps, allowing Swindell and Stevie Smith to relegate him back to sixth place. "The Wild Child" opened a 30-point lead over Blaney in the Skoal Outlaw Series points race by finishing third. Rounding out the top 10 in the main event were Swindell, Smith, Lasoski, "The Buckeye Bullet," Mark Kinser, Shane Carson and Greg Hodnett. Mark earned his 12th Ecowater Fast-Time Award of the year by setting Thunder Hill's one-lap record with a 13.536-second qualifying run. His 100.476-m.p.h. lap was the fastest ever recorded on the semi- banked, 3/8-mile oval. Carson, who only a week ago promoted the Bud Carson Memorial event at State Fair Speedway, received the Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award for racing into ninth place from the ninth row. TNN: The Nashville Network is televising the Amoco Knoxville Nationals "Live in '95." Be sure to tune in for the August 19th telecast between 10 p.m. and midnight (EDT). WoO 1995 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/SKOAL OUTLAW SERIES Thunder Hill Speedway, Mayetta, KS Sunday, June 25, Feature Program #34 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 13.536 (new one-lap record); 2. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.542; 3. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 13.579; 4. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 13.697; 5. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 13.737; 6. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 13.756; 7. Randy Hannagan, Hannagan 1x, 13.819; 8. Joe Gaerte, Hamilton 77, 13.859; 9. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 13.901; 10. Danny Lasoski, Sonner 47, 13.966; 11. Shane Stewart, Stewart 9S, 13.983; 12. Tim Lewis, Lewis 3, 14.137; 13. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 14.140; 14. John Kearney, Kearney 86, 14.189; 15. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21L, 14.331; 16. George Austin III, Austin 91, 14.393; 17. Shane Carson, Helms 12$, 14.429; 18. J.R. Topper, Topper 92J, 14.623; 19. Ron Lefholz, Lefholz 20, 14.546; 20. Gus Wasson, Wasson 4G, 14.776; 21. Bill Cohee, Jr., Cohee 18C, 16.199; 22. Jerry Rice, Rice 95R, 17.431. First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Randy Hannagan, 5. Ron Lefholz, 6. George Austin III, 7. Jerry Rice, 8. Greg Hodnett. (first eight qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Shane Stewart, 5. Shane Carson, 6. Gus Wasson, 7. John Kearney. (first seven qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Lance Blevins, 5. Tim Lewis, 6. J.R. Topper, 7. Bill Cohee, Jr. (first seven qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Mark Kinser, 7. Joe Gaerte, 8. Randy Hannagan. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($6,010); 2. Andy Hillenburg ($3,510); 3. Jac Haudenschild ($2,510); 4. Jeff Swindell ($2,210); 5. Stevie Smith ($2,110); 6. Danny Lasoski ($2,010); 7. Dave Blaney ($1,610); 8. Mark Kinser ($1,510); 9. Shane Carson ($1,410); 10. Greg Hodnett ($1,310); 11. Joe Gaerte ($1,160); 12. Tim Lewis ($1,110); 13. Randy Hannagan ($1,060); 14. John Kearney ($1,010); 15. Gus Wasson ($710); 16. Ron Lefholz ($510); 17. J.R. Topper ($410); 18. Lance Blevins ($410); 19. Bill Cohee, Jr. ($410); 20. Shane Stewart ($410); 21. Jerry Rice ($410). DNS - George Austin III. Lap leaders: Jeff Swindell 1, Steve Kinser 2-6, 9-30, Andy Hillenburg 7-8 Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award winner: Shane Carson Ecowater Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO*eof

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Gus Wasson , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart , Tim Lewis , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Jeff Swindell