Williams Grove report 96-08-01

'King of the Outlaws' Wins Williams Grove Opener By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (August 1) - A year ago, Steve Kinser was hailed "Mr. August" after winning $200,000 in successive weekends. He started laying claim to...

'King of the Outlaws' Wins Williams Grove Opener By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (August 1) - A year ago, Steve Kinser was hailed "Mr. August" after winning $200,000 in successive weekends. He started laying claim to the nickname again Thursday when the Skoal Outlaw Series opened a double-feature event at Williams Grove Speedway. Kinser, winner of 21 World of Outlaws main events at the legendary 1/2-mile oval, passed Keith Kauffman for the lead early in the fourth lap, then cruised to his third Preliminary Feature victory of the year. "We finally got this stumbling engine to run," Steve said as he exited his #11 Quaker State Maxim in victory lane. Engines were at a premium on a night when a lengthy rain delay ran the preliminary program into the wee hours of Friday morning. Kauffman's #12 Apple Chevrolet Gambler suffered two blown power plants, Johnny Herrera's crew changed the engine in the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim after the Quaker State Heat Races, a blown engine knocked Dale Blaney out of fourth place early in the evening's main event and Joey Kuhn's motor problems kept him from starting the feature race. Skoal Outlaw Series points leader Mark Kinser continued to dominate the EcoWater Quick-Time Award, earning his 27th of the season. His 18.134-second qualifying lap was the quickest in the 36-car field - .124 seconds faster than Sammy Swindell, who posted the second-fastest time trial. Mark put himself outside the third row in the Vivarin Dash lineup, however, when he picked the #6 inversion pill. Kauffman won the five-lap race from the pole. Dave Blaney and Billy Pauch, the ninth- and 10th-fastest qualifiers, were inserted into the Vivarin Dash when Bobby Allen and Herrera failed to qualify for the feature through the Quaker State Heat Races. Andy Hillenburg, who started outside the front row, drove his #2 STP J&J around Kauffman as the green flag fell in the feature, only to have Kauffman and Steve Kinser pass him deep in turn two seconds later. Kauffman, who opened a five-car-length lead within a lap, saw his advantage disintegrate midway through the third lap when Dale Blaney stopped on the back straightaway with a blown power plant. After a couple of second-corner spins by Third Quaker State Heat Race winner Len Thompson and Van Gurley, Jr., Kauffman raced away from the field again. Dave Blaney steered the #10 Vivarin J&J high into turn four to pass Hillenburg for third place within seconds after the race resumed. "The King of the Outlaws" took the low line through the second corner to pass Kauffman for the lead two laps later. Hillenburg was closing in on "The Buckeye Bullet" when he bicycled in turn one and flipped over the guard rail in the second corner the next time around. Blaney was forced to surrender third place during the red period when he discovered the #10 had a broken drive-line coupler. Kinser was 10 car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers when Pauch drove the #1Z Zemco Speed Equipment Maxim past Kauffman to take over the runner-up spot during the seventh lap. Pauch narrowed the gap to three car-lengths while Mark challenged Kauffman for third place two laps later. At the same time, Swindell and Jac Haudenschild took turns exchanging fifth place. Mark drove the #5M Wirtgen Maxim into third place while Sammy and "The Wild Child" joined the battle for fourth during the 12th lap. Kinser entered lapped traffic with six laps remaining, and maintained a five-to-10-car-length advantage until he took the checkered flag. Kauffman was racing through turn four with the checkered flag in sight when his power plant exploded. Swindell and Haudenschild passed him as he coasted toward the finish line. Completing the top 10 were Lance Blevins, 20th-starting Todd Shaffer, Stevie Smith and Joe Gaerte. After qualifying 29th-quick and finishing seventh in the First Quaker State Heat Race, Jeff Swindell salvaged an otherwise miserable evening by claiming the final starting position in the main event with a fourth-place run in the "B" Feature. He had the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim flying in the Preliminary Feature, passing nine sprinters to finish 14th. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Thursday, August 1, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 18.134; 2. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 18.258; 3. Dale Blaney, Hughes 94, 18.268; 4. Bobby Allen, Allen 1a, 18.356; 5. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 18.398; 6. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 18.455; 7. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 18.502; 8. Keith Kauffman, Apple Motorsports 12, 18.526; 9. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 18.541; 10. Billy Pauch, Zemaitis 1Z, 18.559; 11. Cris Eash, E&G Classics 17E, 18.575; 12. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 18.584; 13. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 18.599; 14. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 18.600; 15. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 18.655; 16. Lance DeWease, Dyer 461, 18.677; 17. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 18.688; 18. Van Gurley, Jr., Gurley 3B, 18.727; 19. Len Thompson, Thompson 10T, 18.752; 20. Steve Smith, Smith 19, 18.786; 21. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 18.788; 22. Jeff Shepard, Wahlie 1W, 18.885; 23. Kevin Gobrecht, Gobrecht 92, 18.892; 24. Tim Kuhn, Kuhn 11A, 18.919; 25. Joey Saldana, Stanton 75, 18.960; 26. Paul McMahan, Roth 83, 18.990; 27. Dave Calaman, Weikert 29, 19.017; 28. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 19.031; 29. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 19.133; 30. Fred Rahmer, Hamilton 77, 19.140; 31. Mark Richard, Kronenburg 5K, 19.204; 32. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 19.235; 33. Jess Thomas, Thomas 77T, 19.352; 34. Bob Howard, Howard 49, 19.420; 35. Bob Bennett, Mickle 3, 19.733; 36. Jeff Thompson, Neiderer 10N, 19.751. First Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Lance Blevins, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Greg Hodnett, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Todd Shaffer, 7. Jeff Swindell, 8. Joey Saldana, 9. Jess Thomas. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Billy Pauch, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Jeff Shepard, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. Paul McMahan, 7. Fred Rahmer, 8. Bob Howard, 9. Van Gurley, Jr. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Len Thompson, 2. Kevin Gobrecht, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Dale Blaney, 5. Cris Eash, 6. Mark Richard, 7. Johnny Herrera, 8. Bob Bennett. DNS - Dave Calaman. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Steve Smith, 2. Lance DeWease, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Keith Kauffman, 5. Tim Kuhn ($160); 6. Bobby Allen, 7. Brian Paulus, 8. Jeff Thompson. DNS - Jim Carr. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Keith Kauffman, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Dale Blaney, 5. Dave Blaney, 6. Mark Kinser, 7. Sammy Swindell, 8. Billy Pauch. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Todd Shaffer, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Van Gurley, Jr., 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Paul McMahan, 6. Fred Rahmer ($135); 7. Bobby Allen ($110); 8. Joey Saldana ($85); 9. Brian Paulus ($70); 10. Mark Richard ($60); 11. Jess Thomas ($50); 12. Jeff Thompson ($50); 13. Bob Howard ($50); 14. Bob Bennett ($50); 15. Dave Calaman ($40); 16. Jim Carr ($40). (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($4,010); 2. Billy Pauch ($2,310); 3. Mark Kinser ($1,610); 4. Sammy Swindell ($1,410); 5. Jac Haudenschild ($1,260); 6. Keith Kauffman ($1,160); 7. Lance Blevins ($1,110); 8. Todd Shaffer ($1,080); 9. Stevie Smith ($1,035); 10. Joe Gaerte ($1,010); 11. Johnny Herrera ($930); 12. Cris Eash ($710); 13. Lance DeWease ($610); 14. Jeff Swindell ($530); 15. Steve Smith ($310); 16. Kevin Gobrecht ($310); 17. Len Thompson ($260); 18. Paul McMahan ($280); 19. Greg Hodnett ($260); 20. Van Gurley, Jr. ($280); 21. Jeff Shepard ($260); 22. Dave Blaney ($260); 23. Andy Hillenburg ($260); 24. Dale Blaney ($260). DNS - Tim Kuhn; replaced by Paul McMahan Lap leaders: Keith Kauffman 1-4, Steve Kinser 5-20 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Steve Smith , Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Brian Paulus , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Billy Pauch , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams