Tri-City report 97-06-21

Kinser Wins 20th Career Feature at Tri-City By Richard Day GRANITE CITY, IL (June 21) - Tri-City Speedway just seems to bring out the best in Steve Kinser. Although he has suffered through precious few slumps in his...

Kinser Wins 20th Career Feature at Tri-City By Richard Day GRANITE CITY, IL (June 21) - Tri-City Speedway just seems to bring out the best in Steve Kinser. Although he has suffered through precious few slumps in his awesome career, a visit to Bob Wente's semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval has been the cure for any ailments the "The King of the Outlaws" has suffered. Kinser beat the rain and cousin Mark Kinser for his 20th Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature victory at Tri-City Saturday. "The King of the Outlaws" has visited victory lane more at only three other racing facilities. He has won 29 World of Outlaws main events at Knoxville Raceway, 22 at Eldora Speedway and 21 at Williams Grove Speedway. "We always enjoy running here," Kinser said. "The track was really in good shape tonight." Eight of the 36 drivers in the field took full advantage of the exceptional racing surface and recorded qualifying runs faster than the previous single-lap record. The fastest of the fast was Sammy Swindell, whose 16.508-second lap was .527 seconds quicker than the standard set by Mark Kinser on May 13, 1995. The record-setting effort earned Sammy his fifth Channellock Fast- Time Award of the year. Although his track record was completely obliterated, Mark did receive the luxury of starting the Vivarin Dash on the pole when Swindell picked the #6 inversion pill. He won the five-lap race for the right to start the "A" Feature on the pole. Mark burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event, only to have Swindell's turn-two spin force a complete restart. Sammy restarted the 30-lap race at the back of the pack. The defending World of Outlaws champion drove the #5M Wirtgen Maxim into the lead as the green flag replaced the yellow and opened a 10-car-length advantage within two laps. The field was tightened the next time around, however, when Craig Dollansky hit the fourth-corner retaining wall, bringing out the caution flag. Although cousin Steve challenged him as the race resumed, Mark returned to his 10-car-length comfort zone by the fifth lap. He was three car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers when he entered lapped traffic two laps later. Second Heat Race winner Dave Blaney started challenging "The King of the Outlaws" for the runner-up spot during the eighth lap, allowing Mark to increase his lead to 10 car-lengths again. Negotiating dense lapped traffic with ease allowed Steve to catch Mark by the midpoint in the race. He challenged his cousin for the lead for three laps before catching him in turn four late in the 18th lap and driving his #11 Quaker State Maxim past him on the front stretch immediately after crossing the finish line. "The King of the Outlaws" built a six car-length advantage within two laps as Blaney battled Mark for the runner-up spot. A mechanical problem developed in the #10 Vivarin J&J during lap 23, however, and kept "The Buckeye Bullet" from keeping pace with the leaders. Kinser beat Mark through heavy lapped traffic during the final seven laps and took the checkered flag with a half- straightaway to spare. "I was pretty good through three and four on the bottom, but I was pretty tight everywhere else," Kinser said in victory lane. "I saw he (Mark) was up tight on the lapped cars, but I was able to get under him. "I had some trouble getting through lapped traffic late, but we got here and that's all that matters." When asked if winning twice in the last week put him back on track, Kinser said, "We're not quite there yet, but we're hanging in there. We need to be a little better than we are right now." Third Heat Race winner Jac Haudenschild finished in third place, ahead of Johnny Herrera, Donny Schatz, Swindell, Stevie Smith, Greg Hodnett, Andy Hillenburg and Paul McMahan. Schatz tied his career-best finish in a Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature by driving his family's #15 Blue Beacon Gambler past 14 cars to finish fifth. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Tri-City Speedway, Granite City, IL Saturday, June 21, Feature Program #34 Qualifications: 1. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 16.508 (new one-lap record); 2. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 16.584; 3. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 16.599; 4. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 16.677; 5. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.680; 6. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 16.702; 7. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 16.708; 8. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 17.032; 9. Joey Saldana, Gray 51, 17.039; 10. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 17.080; 11. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 17.085; 12. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 17.130; 13. Craig Dollansky, Lindsey 2D, 17.156; 14. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 17.234; 15. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 17.246; 16. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 17.366; 17. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 17.488; 18. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 17.557; 19. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 17.642; 20. Dennis Moore, Jr., Thompson 48, 17.741; 21. Tommy Scott, Scott 4S, 17.915; 22. Justin Via, Via 24V, 17.917; 23. J.C. Sulawske, Hobgood 12, 17.917; 24. Kevin Stepter, Stepter 38, 18.001; 25. Wayne Sternbergh, Sternbergh 14S, 18.005; 26. Raymond Shank, Shank 7x, 18.206; 27. Dean Adams, Adams 3, 17.316; 28. Dave Feese, Northrop Racing 83, 18.323; 29. Paul May, May 71M, 18.350; 30. Larry Trunnell, Trunnell 18, 18,374; 31. Bob Weuve, McCroskey 19W, 18.465; 32. Alex Shanks, Shanks 39, 18.573; 33. Mitchell Moore, Kuhn 2K, 18.940; 34. Bob Burkle, Burkle 21B, 18.995; 35. Billy Veilhauer, Veilhauer 12x, no time; 36. Wayne Barnes, Barnes 86 no time. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Tim Engler, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Craig Dollansky, 6. Wayne Sternbergh, 7. Paul May, 8. Mitchell Moore, 9. Justin Via. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Paul McMahan, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. J.C. Sulawske, 5. Lance Blevins, 6. Danny Lasoski, 7. Raymond Shank, 8. Bob Burkle, 9. Larry Trunnell. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Bob Weuve, 7. Dean Adams, 8. Tommy Scott, 9. Wayne Barnes. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Dennis Moore, Jr., 5. Dave Feese, 6. Alex Shanks, 7. Kevin Stepter, 8. Dion Hindi, 9. Billy Veilhauer. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Dave Blaney, 6. Andy Hillenburg, 7. Johnny Herrera, 8. Stevie Smith. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Dion Hindi, 2. Wayne Sternbergh, 3. Bob Weuve, 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Raymond Shank ($200); 6. Alex Shanks ($180); 7. Dean Adams ($150); 8. Bob Burkle ($110); 9. Paul May ($90); 10. Mitchell Moore ($80); 11. Tommy Scott ($60); 12. Justin Via ($50); 13. Larry Trunnell ($50); 14. Wayne Barnes ($50); 15. Billy Veilhauer ($50). DNS - Kevin Stepter. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($7,000); 2. Mark Kinser ($4,000); 3. Jac Haudenschild ($3,000); 4. Johnny Herrera ($2,500); 5. Donny Schatz ($2,300); 6. Sammy Swindell ($2,200); 7. Stevie Smith ($2,100); 8. Greg Hodnett ($2,000); 9. Andy Hillenburg ($1,700); 10. Paul McMahan ($1,600); 11. Lance Blevins ($1,200); 12. Danny Lasoski ($1,170); 13. Dave Blaney ($1,100); 14. Joe Gaerte ($1,050); 15. Jeff Swindell ($1,000); 16. Dennis Moore, Jr. ($700); 17. Bob Weuve ($620); 18. J.C. Sulawske ($500); 19. Dion Hindi ($520); 20. Dave Feese ($500); 21. Joey Saldana ($500); 22. Wayne Sternbergh ($520); 23. Tim Engler ($500); 24. Craig Dollansky ($500). Lap leaders: Mark Kinser 1-18, Steve 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 , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell , Paul May
Teams Williams