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'KING' DOMINATES TRI-CITY FOR THIRD STRAIGHT VICTORY By Richard Day GRANITE CITY, IL (July 16) - Steve Kinser surpassed his 1993 victory total Saturday night when a record crowd packed Tri-City...

'KING' DOMINATES TRI-CITY FOR THIRD STRAIGHT VICTORY By Richard Day GRANITE CITY, IL (July 16) - Steve Kinser surpassed his 1993 victory total Saturday night when a record crowd packed Tri-City Speedway to witness the track's third World of Outlaws event of the year. Kinser's flag-to-flag victory in the "A" Feature gave him 20 this year, marking the ninth time in his career he has won that many in a single season. "The King of the Outlaws" has won three consecutive Copenhagen- Skoal Shootout events, and six of the last seven. Saturday's victory was his second straight at Tri-City. "We put a new car together right before the last time we came here (June 22nd), and we've been real fast ever since," Kinser said in victory lane. "We usually run well here, but we've been running well even on the short tracks. This track was in excellent shape tonight." Despite the overcast weather conditions and a light, 10-minute shower during hot laps, Tri-City Speedway promoter Bob Wente couldn't have been happier with his standing-room-only crowd. "I can't seat any more people than this," he said. Kinser's performance couldn't have been much better, either. Wente rewarded him with a $250 bonus for trimming .134 seconds off the one-lap record his cousin, Mark, set at Tri-City on May 13, 1993. Steve also received his seventh Ecowater Fast-Time Award of the season after circling the semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval in 17.306 seconds, an average speed of 104.010 m.p.h. Kinser earned the right to start the "A" Feature on the outside pole by following Joe Gaerte across the finish line in the Vivarin Dash. He steered the #11 Valvoline Maxim around Gaerte when the green flag fell in the main event, and never looked back. He entered lapped traffic five laps into the race, and lapped up to ninth place before taking the checkered flag a half-straightaway ahead of runner-up Kenny Jacobs. Jacobs, a World of Outlaws "A" Feature winner at Tri-City on May 13, 1993, threaded the #71M Ecowater Stealth between Gaerte and the berm deep in the third corner to take over second place late in the opening lap. He narrowed the gap to five car-lengths in heavy lapped traffic with five laps remaining, but was unable to challenge "The King of the Outlaws" for the lead. Dave Blaney, who won a Copenhagen-Skoal Shootout main event at Tri- City on April 5, 1985, raced past Gaerte and Johnny Herrera late in the second lap and challenged Jacobs for the runner-up spot for eight laps before the #10 Vivarin J&J suffered a broken rear suspension. The race resumed with Blaney's crew still repairing the #10. But he was allowed to return when Tim Baker bumped the restart cone when the green flag replaced the yellow. "The Buckeye Bullet" raced through the field during the final 20 laps to finish fifth. Herrera, the victim of an ignition problem, stopped the #4A Pack Discount J&J on the back straightaway midway through the race. Unable to continue, the 1986 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year was credited with a 20th-place finish. Greg Hodnett drove the #8TW Kele & Associates Maxim into fifth place from his seventh row starting position during the first half of the race. But after passing Two Winners Racing teammate Jeff Swindell high in the second corner, he spun to a stop in turn four late in lap 16. He raced back through the field to finish seventh, however. Andy Hillenburg was challenging Jacobs for second place when a mechanical malfunction forced Jac Haudenschild to stop the #22 Pennzoil Maxim on the back stretch with 11 laps remaining. Andy brought out the caution flag again seconds later when his #2 STP J&J suffered a blown engine during the ensuing restart. Sammy Swindell, a seven-time World of Outlaws "A" Feature winner at Tri-City Speedway, steered the #1 Bull & Hannah's Jenkins around Gaerte entering the fourth corner with four laps remaining to claim third place. Gaerte finished fourth in the main event, ahead of Blaney, Jeff Swindell, Hodnett, Stevie Smith, Steve Beitler and 15th-starting Donnie Beechler. Beitler's ninth-place run was his second top-10 finish in as many nights since returning to the World of Outlaws tour following a six-race hiatus. WoO 1994 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/COPENHAGEN-SKOAL SHOOTOUT Tri-City Speedway, Granite City, IL, Saturday, July 16, Feature Program #40 Qualifications: 1. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 17.172 (new one-lap record); 2. Sammy Swindell, Gilliam 1, 17.262; 3. Joe Gaerte, Two Winners 9TW, 17.350; 4. Steve Beitler, Beitler 21, 17.391; 5. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 17.432; 6. Johnny Herrera, Pack 4A, 17.437; 7. Kenny Jacobs, Motter 71M, 17.487; 8. Stevie Smith, Veilhauer 12x, 17.517; 9. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 17.555; 10. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 17.606; 11. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 17.621; 12. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 17.631; 13. Jeff Shepard, Hamilton 77, 17.673; 14. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 17.699; 15. Donnie Beechler, Black 1B, 17.705; 16. Sid Blandford, Blandford 31, 17.871; 17. Tim Baker, Baker 2TZ, 17.939; 18. Jim Carr, Carr 65, 18.101; 19. Tommy Scott, Scott 4S, 17.142; 20. J.C. Sulawske, Gates 1C, 18.172; 21. Pat Bourke, B&B Excavating 27, 18.430; 22. Clark Bollinger, Bollinger 4Z, 18.926; 23. Rich Bubak, Bubak 9, 18.969; 24. Terry Babb, Babb 42, 19.008; 25. Butch Nutaut, Nutaut 17, 19.287; 26. Mike Stefka, Stefka 35S, 19.936; 27. Mark Siciliano, Siciliano 86, no time; 28. Chuck Schlosser, Schlosser 7, no time; 29. Manny Rockhold, Rockhold 71, no time. First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Shepard, 2. Sid Blandford, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Kenny Jacobs, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Tommy Scott, 7. Steve Beitler, 8. Clark Bollinger, 9. Butch Nutaut, 10. Mark Siciliano. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Tim Baker, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. Jeff Swindell, 7. Rich Bubak, 8. J.C. Sulawske, 9. Mike Stefka, 10. Chuck Schlosser. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Donnie Beechler, 6. Jim Carr, 7. Pat Bourke, 8. Terry Babb, 9. Manny Rockhold. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Kenny Jacobs, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. Johnny Herrera, 7. Stevie Smith, 8. Dave Blaney. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Pat Bourke, 2. Steve Beitler, 3. J.C. Sulawske, 4. Manny Rockhold, 5. Terry Babb, 6. Rich Bubak, 7. Clark Bollinger ($260); 8. Butch Nutaut ($235); 9. Mike Stefka ($185); 10. Chuck Schlosser ($135); 11. Mark Siciliano ($110). (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($5,210); 2. Kenny Jacobs ($3,510); 3. Sammy Swindell ($2,510); 4. Joe Gaerte ($2,210); 5. Dave Blaney ($2,110); 6. Jeff Swindell ($2,010); 7. Greg Hodnett ($1,610); 8. Stevie Smith ($1,510); 9. Steve Beitler ($1,430); 10. Donnie Beechler ($1,310); 11. Tommy Scott ($1,110); 12. J.C. Sulawske ($1,030); 13. Pat Bourke ($830); 14. Sid Blandford ($610); 15. Rich Bubak ($510); 16. Terry Babb ($430); 17. Tim Baker ($360); 18. Andy Hillenburg ($360); 19. Jac Haudenschild ($360); 20. Johnny Herrera ($360); 21. Jeff Shepard ($360); 22. Mark Kinser ($360); 23. Manny Rockhold ($380); 24. Jim Carr ($360). Lap leader: Steve Kinser 1-30 Ecowater Fast-Time Award winner: Steve Kinser WoO*eot

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Baker , Donnie Beechler , Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Kenny Jacobs , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell