Williams Grove 1999-10-02

Mark Kinser Defends National Open Title By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (October 2) - Just when the Pennsylvania Posse thought it had the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series in custody, Mark Kinser...

Mark Kinser Defends National Open Title By Richard Day

MECHANICSBURG, PA (October 2) - Just when the Pennsylvania Posse thought it had the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series in custody, Mark Kinser pulled off a last-lap pass to steal the 37th Annual Williams Grove National Open. Kinser successfully defended his $25,000 championship by steering the #5M Mopar Maxim deep in the fourth corner to pass Fred Rahmer as they headed for the checkered flag. "These guys here in Pennsylvania are so tough," Mark said. "Freddy did a great job tonight; he got away from us for a little bit. This Mopar car has so much power that when we got into traffic there and had to get on the brakes, we were spinning the tires getting back on the throttle. This is one of the most memorable races I've ever run. "I really didn't have a plan or anything on that last lap. I got a good run off turn two, and when we got to three and four I just went where Freddy wasn't. "These things are pretty hard to come by out here, and I can guarantee you this one's going back to the house," Mark said as he accepted the checkered flag in victory lane. Kinser's 19th "A" Feature victory of the season, coupled with Danny Lasoski's sixth-place finish, gave Mark a 39-point lead in the standings as the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series heads to the Terre Haute Action Track for the Eighth Annual U.S. Dirt Nationals Friday and Saturday. Kinser earned the right to start the main event on the pole by passing Preliminary Feature winner Cris Eash, Rahmer and Lance DeWease in the Channellock Dash. A tribute to Kevin Gobrecht preceded the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 63rd "A" Feature of the season. The five cars he drove in his sprint car racing career - the Gobrecht #92, Jack Elden's #22, the Apple Motorsports #12, the Zemco #1Z and the #93 Amoco Maxim - circled the legendary semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval while Kevin's father, Robert Gobrecht, thanked the fans for their support. Kinser burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the 40-lap "A" Feature. The caution flag replaced the green early in the second lap, however, as drive line problems in the #1 Channellock Stealth forced Sammy Swindell to stop on the back straightaway. Rahmer, who passed DeWease and Eash during the first lap, took the lead with a low move between turns one and two as the race resumed. Rahmer was five car-lengths ahead of Mark when he entered lapped traffic late in the ninth lap. Kinser caught Rahmer the next time around, and raced wheel-to- wheel with "Fast Freddy" down the back stretch. Rahmer surged ahead in turn three to maintain the lead. Dale Blaney stopped in turn two with a packed right rear wheel early in the 13th lap. Kinser kept pace with Rahmer as the green flag replaced the yellow, and passed him for the lead with an inside move in the second corner three laps later. Mark opened a five-car-length advantage within five laps. Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race winner Donny Schatz surrendered fourth place early in lap 22 when he stopped the #15 Parker Stores Maxim in the first corner. Stevie Smith changed rear tires while many of the crews filled their sprinters' fuel tanks. Kinser raced away from Rahmer as the race resumed, and opened an 18-car-length advantage by the 30th lap. Rahmer narrowed the gap to eight car-lengths in dense traffic within three laps, however. Rahmer battled Kinser for two laps before regaining first place with a move into the low groove between turns three and four with 4 1/4 laps remaining. A 38th-lap caution for Schatz set up a two-lap dash to the checkered flag. Kinser challenged Rahmer as the race resumed, and took the low line into turn four on the last lap for the winning pass. "I guess I'm satisfied with second," Rahmer said. "No, I take that back - second place stinks. Mark ran a great race; he just drove past me in the last turn." DeWease finished in third place, ahead of Eash, 18th-starting Andy Hillenburg, Lasoski, Johnny Herrera, Dave Ely, Lance Blevins and Kasey Kahne. Kahne, driving the #1Z Zemco sprinter, received the first Vivarin Fast-Time Award of his career for pacing the qualifying session with a 17.167-second, 104.852 m.p.h., lap. He also won the "B" Feature. WoO

1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series 37th Annual Williams Grove National Open Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Saturday, October 2, Feature Program #63 Vivarin qualifications: 1. Kasey Kahne, Zemaitis 1Z, 17.167; 2. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 17.213; 3. Randy Hannagan, Hamilton 78H, 17.328; 4. Don Kreitz, Jr., Kreitz 69, 17.356; 5. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 17.357; 6. Johnny Herrera, DOCC Motorsports 1BK, 17.393; 7. Dave Ely, Ely/Gilbert 77E, 17.398; 8. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 17.416; 9. Greg Hodnett, Apple Motorsports 12, 17.464; 10. James Chesson, Chesson 22C, 17.467; 11. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 17.481; 12. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 17.497; 13. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 17.512; 14. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 17.563; 15. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 17.569; 16. Jeff Shepard, Stewart 4J, 17.585; 17. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 17.606; 18. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 17.645; 19. Cliff Brian, Dyer 461, 17.658; 20. Daryn Pittman, Sonner 47, 17.748; 21. Keith Kauffman, Middlesworth 7, 17.755; 22. Shawn Keen, Keen 53, 17.796; 23. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 17.804; 24. Jesse Wentz, Wentz 2W, 17.805; 25. Johnny Mackison, Swope 65, 17.823; 26. P.J. Chesson, Chesson 76, 17.863; 27. Dale Blaney, Holbrook 8H, 17.903; 28. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 17.904; 29. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 17.932; 30. Dave Haight, Neiderer 10N, 17.985; 31. Danny Jones, Creasy 8J, 18.040; 32. Mike Wagner, Wagner 55, 18.125; 33. Len Thompson, Thompson 10, 18.135; 34. Brook Weibley, Weibley 32, 18.163; 35. Todd Gracey, Cooper 25, 18.307; 36. Kevin Frey, Frey 2K, 18.376; 37. Ed Fischl II, Fischl II 40, 18.681; 38. John McDonald, McDonald 78, 18.985; 39. Troy Fraker, Fraker 12W, 19.567; 40. Christine Karns, Karns 65.5, 19.835; 41. Jerry Speck, Speck 5K, 19.923; 42. John Garrett, Garrett 0, 20.093; 43. Billy Sims, Sims 55S, no time. First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Shepard, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Keith Kauffman, 5. Kasey Kahne, 6. Tim Shaffer, 7. Johnny Mackison, 8. Len Thompson, 9. Todd Shaffer, 10. Ed Fischl II, 11. Jerry Speck. 2:21.1 (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Brian Paulus, 3. James Chesson, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Dave Ely, 6. Shawn Keen, 7. P.J. Chesson, 8. Dave Haight, 9. Brook Weibley, 10. John McDonald, 11. John Garrett. 2:22.9 (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Lance Blevins, 3. Randy Hannagan, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Dale Blaney, 6. Todd Gracey, 7. Brooke Tatnell, 8. Cliff Brian, 9. Danny Jones, 10. Billy Sims, 11. Troy Fraker. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Don Kreitz, Jr., 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Daryn Pittman, 6. Jeff Swindell, 7. Mike Wagner, 8. Kevin Frey, 9. Christine Karns, 10. Jesse Wentz. 2:24.5 (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Cris Eash, Fred Rahmer, Lance DeWease and Mark Kinser for the first four starting positions in the Channellock Dash. Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Cris Eash, 3. Lance DeWease, 4. Fred Rahmer, 5. Donny Schatz, 6. Randy Hannagan. 1:30.9 (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Mike Wagner, 2. Todd Gracey, 3. Len Thompson ($125); 4. Brook Weibley ($100); 5. Billy Sims ($80); 6. Troy Fraker ($70); 7. Ed Fischl II ($60); 8. Christine Karns ($50); 9. John Garrett ($40); 10. John McDonald ($30); 11. Jerry Speck ($30); 12. Danny Jones ($30); 13. Kevin Frey ($30). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Kasey Kahne, 2. Dave Ely, 3. Tim Shaffer, 4. Cliff Brian, 5. Daryn Pittman ($250); 6. Johnny Mackison, 7. Brooke Tatnell ($225); 8. Shawn Keen ($175); 9. Dale Blaney, 10. Jesse Wentz ($125); 11. P.J. Chesson ($100); 12. Todd Shaffer, 13. Todd Gracey ($100); 14. Jeff Swindell ($50); 15. Mike Wagner ($70); 16. Dave Haight ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (40 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($25,000); 2. Fred Rahmer ($10,000); 3. Lance DeWease ($6,000); 4. Cris Eash ($4,500); 5. Andy Hillenburg ($3,750); 6. Danny Lasoski ($3,000); 7. Johnny Herrera ($2,500); 8. Dave Ely ($2,220); 9. Lance Blevins ($2,100); 10. Kasey Kahne ($2,070); 11. Greg Hodnett ($2,000); 12. Don Kreitz, Jr. ($1,600); 13. Jac Haudenschild ($1,500); 14. Steve Kinser ($1,200); 15. Tim Shaffer ($1,120); 16. Dale Blaney ($1,020); 17. Stevie Smith ($1,000); 18. Keith Kauffman ($900); 19. James Chesson ($900); 20. Todd Shaffer ($920); 21. Donny Schatz ($800); 22. Jeff Shepard ($800); 23. Johnny Mackison ($820); 24. Randy Hannagan ($800); 25. Brian Paulus ($800); 26. Cliff Brian ($820); 27. Sammy Swindell ($800). Provisional starters - Johnny Mackison, Dale Blaney, Todd Shaffer. Lap leaders: Mark Kinser 1, 16-34, 40; Fred Rahmer 2-15, 35-39 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Kasey Kahne WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , James Chesson , Sammy Swindell , Brian Paulus , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Randy Hannagan , P.J. Chesson , Danny Jones , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams