Mark Kinser Wins at West Plains, Takes Points Lead By Richard Day WEST PLAINS, MO (April 17) - Mark Kinser knew it was just a matter of time before he and his Mopar teammates led the Pennzoil World ...
Mark Kinser Wins at West Plains, Takes Points Lead By Richard Day
WEST PLAINS, MO (April 17) - Mark Kinser knew it was just a matter of time before he and his Mopar teammates led the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings. "My guys are loaded for bear this year," Mark said Saturday after taking the points lead and winning the "A" Feature at West Plains Motor Speedway. "The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series is so tough. There are a dozen cars that can win every night, and more than a handful that can win the championship. I know it's early in the season, but I can't remember it ever being this tough out here." Kinser got off to a rough start, crashing in the season opener at Kings Speedway and at Southern New Mexico Speedway. He has driven the #5M Mopar Maxim into the top five in the other eight "A" Features, however. Saturday's $8,000 victory at West Plains - his fourth of the year - pushed him past defending champion Steve Kinser and Danny Lasoski in the standings. Mark collected his third Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the year after pacing the 27-car qualifying session with an 11.387-second, 118.556- m.p.h., lap around the semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval. He earned the right to start the main event on the front row next to Lasoski by racing into second place from outside the second row in the Channellock Dash. "The Dude" and Kinser raced wheel-to-wheel down the front stretch as the green flag fell in the 30-lap "A" Feature, and Lasoski surged ahead in the first corner to take the early lead. Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race winner Johnny Herrera was right behind the leaders on the back straightaway when the engine in the #1BK Networks Eagle exploded during the third lap. Kinser took the lead with a low move through turns one and two within seconds after the green flag replaced the yellow, only to have Travis Whitney flip in the third corner, nullifying the pass. Joey Saldana used an inside move in the first corner to pass First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race winner Craig Dollansky for third place as the race resumed. The leaders were nose-to-tail when they entered lapped traffic early in the eighth lap. Mark took the low line into turn three seconds later, but was unable to take over first place. Kinser executed a similar move four laps later in the first corner. The leaders raced side-by-side down the back straightaway, but "The Dude" drove the #83 Beef Packers Eagle ahead in turn four. Mark continued to battle Lasoski, and took the lead with a third- corner dive the next time around. "The caution flag has worked for me and against me," Mark said. "It's just a part of racing. Danny battled us really hard, but we were able to get by." Once he was in first place, there was no stopping Kinser. He opened a full-straightaway advantage within four laps. Andy Hillenburg, who started inside the eighth row, passed 10 cars during the first 20 laps. He drove his #2 Luxaire J&J into the low groove between turns three and four to pass Dollansky for fourth place late in the 22nd lap. Four laps later, he used a similar move in the same spot to pass Saldana for third. Donny Schatz drove his family's #15 Parker Stores Maxim to the deepest point between the first and second corners to pass Sammy Swindell for sixth place with three laps remaining. Kinser, who enjoyed a comfortable advantage during the final 14 laps, took the checkered flag with Lasoski racing through turn three. "My crew put a little softer tire on before the feature, and it allowed us to work down below the cushion a little bit," Mark said. "I wasn't very concerned about it (the tire) because I kept the car pretty much under me when I was running the cushion." Hillenburg's third-place finish was his first in the top five this season. Completing the top 10 in the "A" Feature were Saldana, Dollansky, Schatz, Swindell, Steve Kinser, 20th-starting Dale Blaney and Joe Gaerte. Jimmy Carr won the "B" Feature, then drove the #21 PC Joey J&J past five cars to finish in 16th place. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will take a week off before embarking on a full weekend of racing. Tulsa Speedway will host the fire-breathing, mudslinging sprint car racing teams Friday. The series will complete the 1999 Spring Nationals and the 1998 Winter Nationals Saturday at Devil's Bowl Speedway before heading to State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City Sunday. WoO
1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series West Plains Motor Speedway, West Plains, MO Saturday, April 17, Feature Program #10 Vivarin qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 11.387; 2. Joey Saldana, Mox 17, 11.688; 3. Travis Whitney, Whitney 7S, 11.747; 4. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 11.750; 5. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 11.838; 6. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 11.849; 7. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 11.855; 8. Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 11.890; 9. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 11.898; 10. Johnny Herrera, DOCC Motorsports 1BK, 11.918; 11. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 11.927; 12. Craig Dollansky, Dollansky 7, 11.957; 13. Daryn Pittman, Sonner 47, 12.078; 14. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 12.082; 15. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 12.085; 16. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 12.206; 17. Larry Pinegar II, Pinegar 11L, 12.318; 18. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 12.380; 19. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 12.395; 20. Dale Blaney, Hylton/Blaney 93, 12.412; 21. Jimmy Carr, Blevins 21, 12.495; 22. Randy Combs, Combs 1C, 12.520; 23. Bill Robertson, Eckley 16, 12.542; 24. Tim Montgomery, Poole 79, 12.593; 25. Jeff Mitrisin, Mitrisin 5J, 12.830; 26. Eddie Lynch, Lynch 29, 14.549; 27. Ricky Logan, Logan 7L, 15.023. First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Craig Dollansky, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Tyler Walker, 4. Daryn Pittman, 5. Mark Kinser, 6. Brooke Tatnell, 7. Joe Gaerte, 8. Jeff Mitrisin, 9. Randy Combs. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Joey Saldana, 3. Tim Shaffer, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Dale Blaney, 6. Terry McCarl, 7. Bill Robertson, 8. Larry Pinegar II, 9. Eddie Lynch. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Travis Whitney, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Jeff Swindell, 7. Jimmy Carr, 8. Tim Montgomery, 9. Ricky Logan. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Craig Dollansky, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Joey Saldana, 6. Sammy Swindell, 7. Travis Whitney, 8. Donny Schatz. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Jimmy Carr, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Larry Pinegar II, 4. Bill Robertson, 5. Tim Montgomery, 6. Jeff Mitrisin, 7. Ricky Logan ($200); 8. Randy Combs ($180); 9. Eddie Lynch ($150). (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($8,000); 2. Danny Lasoski ($4,000); 3. Andy Hillenburg ($3,000); 4. Joey Saldana ($2,500); 5. Craig Dollansky ($2,300); 6. Donny Schatz ($2,200); 7. Sammy Swindell ($2,100); 8. Steve Kinser ($2,000); 9. Dale Blaney ($1,800); 10. Joe Gaerte ($1,720); 11. Stevie Smith ($1,400); 12. Daryn Pittman ($1,200); 13. Jeff Swindell ($1,100); 14. Terry McCarl ($1,050); 15. Tim Shaffer ($1,000); 16. Jimmy Carr ($920); 17. Tim Montgomery ($720); 18. Brooke Tatnell ($550); 19. Bill Robertson ($570); 20. Larry Pinegar II ($570); 21. Jeff Mitrisin ($570); 22. Tyler Walker ($550); 23. Travis Whitney ($550); 24. Johnny Herrera ($550).
Lap leaders: Danny Lasoski 1-12, Mark Kinser 13-30 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO