Tri-City Speedway report 99-05-15

Walker Wins at Tri-City; Kinser Regains Points Lead By Richard Day GRANITE CITY, IL (May 15) - The 1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series season didn't start the way Tyler Walker wanted, but he has atoned...

Walker Wins at Tri-City; Kinser Regains Points Lead By Richard Day GRANITE CITY, IL (May 15) - The 1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series season didn't start the way Tyler Walker wanted, but he has atoned for that recently. Walker finished 13th or worse in four of the first five "A" Features, but has recorded five top-five finishes - including Saturday's flag-to-flag victory at Tri-City Speedway - in the last five events. He currently ranks eighth in the series point standings. "I just have to thank my guys Ricky Warner and Justin Adams," Tyler said after performing his patented victory somersault on the front straightway. "They do a great job, and I wouldn't want anyone else. "We've been pretty consistent the last couple of weeks. We haven't been out of the top five. I want to thank Air Sep, K&N Filters, Shaver engines, and everyone who makes it possible." Although he drove his family's #35 Air Sep Maxim ahead of the field throughout the 30-lap race, the second "A" Feature victory of Walker's Pennzoil World of Outlaws career was far from easy. After winning the Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race, Walker started outside the front row in the Channellock Dash and beat polesitter Stevie Smith under the checkered flag for the right to start the "A" Feature on the pole. Tyler narrowly dodged a flipping Kevin Gobrecht during the fourth lap, then coasted under the checkered flag with an oil leak in the main event. "The 93 (Gobrecht) got upside down right in front of me, and I brushed the wall," Walker admitted. "Luckily, it didn't do any damage. I don't know if something knocked a hole in the oil pan or what, but we couldn't have gone another lap." Walker burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature, only to have Brooke Tatnell flip down the front stretch. He took the lead again immediately after the green flag replaced the red. Walker was approaching lapped traffic three laps later when the Gobrecht turn-three guard rail, which sent the #93 Amoco J&J flipping. Tyler raced ahead of the 24-car field for three more laps before Randy Kinser stopped on the back straightaway with a mechanical problem. Craig Dollansky stopped on the front stretch with a missing fuel cap during the caution period, then restarted at the back of the pack. Walker, the defending Western World champion, controlled the ensuing restart, and was 10 car-lengths ahead of Smith when he entered lapped traffic during the 12th lap. Engine problems forced Danny Lasoski to stop in the first corner the next time around. He was unable to get the #83 Beef Packers Eagle to fire as the race resumed and coasted into the pit area. The 19th- place finish - only the second time this year "The Dude" has been out of the top 10 - pushed him out of first place in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings. Walker was 14 car-lengths ahead of Smith when he caught the backmarkers again four laps after the race resumed. First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race winner Sammy Swindell passed Smith for second place with 11 laps remaining. The engine in his #1 Channellock Stealth started smoking the next time around, however, and Sammy stopped on the back straightaway with a blown engine midway through the 24th lap. Although the #35 was smoking as the green flag replaced the yellow, Walker controlled the restart. Johnny Herrera collided with a spinning Robert Jackson in the fourth corner late in the 24th lap, but managed to keep the #1BK Networks Eagle in fifth place. Walker raced away from Smith as the race resumed, and took the checkered flag with 10 car-lengths to spare. Tyler is the sixth different driver to win a Pennzoil World of Outlaws "A" Feature this year. Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Mark Kinser regained the lead in the series point standings by finishing in third place. Completing the top 10 in the main event were Donny Schatz, Herrera, Steve Kinser, Andy Hillenburg, 18th-starting Tim Shaffer, Jimmy Carr and Dollansky. Mark Kinser received his seventh Vivarin-Fast-Time Award of the season after slicing .271 seconds off the qualifying standard Sammy Swindell set on June 21, 1997. Mark drove the #5M Mopar Maxim around the semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval in 16.237 seconds, an average speed of 110.858 m.p.h. With so few cars able to start the "B" Feature, the last-chance was not run, allowing the first eight finishers in each of the three NAPA Auto Parts Heat Races to line up in the main event. Steve Kinser's son, Kraig, finished fourth in the mini-sprint support race after winning his heat race and leading several laps in the feature. Jason Johnson, one of Kinser's Quaker State crewmen, won the mini-sprint feature with a last-lap pass in Kraig's back-up car. WoO 1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Tri-City Speedway, Granite City, IL Saturday, May 15, Feature Program #18 Vivarin qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 16.237 (new single-lap record); 2. Johnny Herrera, DOCC Motorsports 1BK, 16.294; 3. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 16.337; 4. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 16.458; 5. Travis Whitney, Whitney 7S, 16.467; 6. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 16.505; 7. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 16.526; 8. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 16.573; 9. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 16.603; 10. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 16.610; 11. Jimmy Carr, Blevins 21, 16.660; 12. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 16.820; 13. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.870; 14. Craig Dollansky, Dollansky 7, 16.890; 15. Daryn Pittman, Sonner 47, 16.932; 16. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 16.958; 17. Kevin Gobrecht, Hylton/Blaney 93, 17.033; 18. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 17.255; 19. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14, 17.282; 20. Robert Jackson, Stroud 1S, 17.479; 21. Randy Combs, Combs 1C, 17.621; 22. Dale Howard, Northrop 83H, 17.642; 23. Eddie Lynch, Lynch 29, 18.158; 24. Wayne Sternbergh, Sternbergh 14S, 18.180; 25. Jim Moughan, M&L Motorsports 1M, 20.407; 26. Wayne Barnes, Barnes 86, 21.284; 27. Raymond Shank, Shank 7x, no time. First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Brooke Tatnell, 6. Andy Hillenburg, 7. Randy Kinser, 8. Jim Moughan, 9. Dale Howard. (first eight qualified for the "A" Feature) Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Tyler Walker, 2. Jimmy Carr, 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Travis Whitney, 5. Kevin Gobrecht, 6. Craig Dollansky, 7. Robert Jackson, 8. Eddie Lynch, 9. Wayne Barnes. (first eight qualified for the "A" Feature) Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Daryn Pittman, 6. Tim Shaffer, 7. Randy Combs, 8. Wayne Sternbergh, 9. Raymond Shank. (first eight qualified for the "A" Feature) Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Tyler Walker, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Donny Schatz, 7. Johnny Herrera, 8. Travis Whitney. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) No "B" Feature was run due to the number of cars unable to start A Feature (30 laps): 1. Tyler Walker ($8,000); 2. Stevie Smith ($4,000); 3. Mark Kinser ($3,000); 4. Donny Schatz ($2,500); 5. Johnny Herrera ($2,300); 6. Steve Kinser ($2,200); 7. Andy Hillenburg ($2,100); 8. Tim Shaffer ($2,000); 9. Jimmy Carr ($1,800); 10. Craig Dollansky ($1,700); 11. Jeff Swindell ($1,400); 12. Joe Gaerte ($1,200); 13. Daryn Pittman ($1,100); 14. Travis Whitney ($1,050); 15. Brooke Tatnell ($1,000); 16. Eddie Lynch ($900); 17. Sammy Swindell ($700); 18. Robert Jackson ($550); 19. Danny Lasoski ($550); 20. Jim Moughan ($550); 21. Randy Kinser ($550); 22. Kevin Gobrecht ($550); 23. Wayne Barnes ($550); 24. Randy Combs ($550). DNS - Wayne Sternbergh; replaced by Wayne Barnes. Lap leader: Tyler Walker 1-30 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Justin Adams , Craig Dollansky , Tyler Walker , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Johnny Herrera , Jason Johnson , Jeff Swindell