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Mark Kinser Wins Channellock Spring Classic By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (May 23) - It's not often that 15-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws champion car owner Karl Kinser misses the setup on the ...

Mark Kinser Wins Channellock Spring Classic By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (May 23) - It's not often that 15-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws champion car owner Karl Kinser misses the setup on the #5M Wirtgen Maxim ... and when he does, it's not by much. A case in point was the Inaugural Channellock Spring Classic at Williams Grove Speedway. Mark Kinser qualified sixth-quick, won the Vivarin Dash and drove the #5M into second place in the Preliminary Feature, but Karl wasn't satisfied. He went "back to the drawing board" and came up a winner in Friday's "A" Feature. "I felt like we struggled last (Thursday) night, so I decided to go for broke tonight," Karl said. "We put a litle of that old-time, Smokey Snellbaker, right-side weight on the car, and it worked. "These guys out here take pride in out-running us. The National Open last year just broke my heart." The $10,000 victory - the eighth for the #5M this season - increased Karl's lead in the World of Outlaws car owner standings to 89 points over Preliminary Feature winner Sammy Swindell. Mark has been in the cockpit for seven of those victories, while cousin Kelly Kinser was the winner at West Plains Motor Speedway. Kinser followed Swindell across the finish line in Friday's Vivarin Dash and started the main event outside the front row. "There are two grooves out there and the track is a little slick," Mark said as Karl prepared the #5M for the feature. "It's going to be a mechanic's race tonight, and fortunately, I have a very good one." Mark took the low line through the first corner to pass Sammy for the lead within seconds after the green flag fell in the "A" Feature, only to have Lance Blevins flip over the turn- four retaining wall and bring out the red flag. Swindell surged ahead as the green flag replaced the red, and was equal to Mark's first-corner challenge. Kinser continued to pressure Sammy for the lead until a third-corner collision involving Ed Lynch, Jr., Channellock Fast-Time Award winner Kevin Gobrecht, Fred Rahmer and Andy Hillenburg brought out the caution flag. Only Lynch and Gobrecht were able to restart the race. A fourth-lap caution period for Todd Shaffer's third-corner spin saw Paul McMahan head into the pit area to replace the flat right front tire on the #75 Mopar Stealth. Although Steve Kinser - winner of 21 World of Outlaws "A" Features at Williams Grove - caught him immediately after the race resumed, Mark passed Swindell for the lead with a low move in turn four late in the seventh lap. Sammy was searching for a way to regain the lead as Dave Blaney, Joe Gaerte and Cris Eash raced three-abreast through turns one and two early in the eighth lap. Eash allowed the #17E E&G Classics sprinter to spin in turn three the next time around. "The King of the Outlaws" steered his #11 Quaker State Maxim into the high groove in the first corner to pass Swindell for the runner-up spot two laps after the race resumed. Mark opened a 12- car-length advantage by lap 13 and entered lapped traffic midway through the race. Defending National Open champion Lance Dewease, Jeff Shepard and Randy Hannagan took their sprinters for a spin in the third corner late in lap 16, taking the leaders out of lapped traffic. Steve Kinser was challenging his cousin for the lead two laps later when Greg Hodnett and the #11H Selma Shell Maxim spun to a stop in turn one. Mark raced away from the field as the race resumed, and opened a 10-car-length advantage within a lap. Mark increased his lead to a half-straightaway as Swindell challenged Steve for the runner-up spot during the 22nd lap. The leaders caught the backmarkers again three laps later. Swindell steered his #1 Channellock Gambler deep into the first corner to pass Steve for the runner-up spot early in lap 26. Although a third-corner collision with Shaffer late in the final lap almost put Mark out of the race, he took the checkered flag with half-a-straightaway to spare. "My crew did a good job of telling me where to go on the race track tonight," Mark said in victory lane. "We have some good hand signals. We decided not to go with radios tonight to save some weight, and they did a good job of directing me." Jac Haudenschild drove the #22 Pennzoil Maxim into fourth place, ahead of Pennsylvanians Stevie Smith and Donnie Kreitz, Jr. Although he had to use a provisional to start the 30-lap race, Johnny Herrera passed 18 cars on his way to a seventh-place finish. Gaerte, Blaney and Billy Pauch completed the top 10. Friday's feature program of the Inaugural Channellock Spring Classic was televised live on TNN Motor Madness. The next World of Outlaws action scheduled for live coverage on TNN: The Nashville Network will be from Eldora Speedway July 18-19. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Inaugural Channellock Spring Classic Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Friday, May 23, Feature Program #20 Qualifications: 1. Kevin Gobrecht, Apple 12, 18.588; 2. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 18.634; 3. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 18.663; 4. Ed Lynch, Jr., Lynch 2L, 18.688; 5. Randy Hannagan, Roth 83, 18.710; 6. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 18.926; 7. Fred Rahmer, Hamilton 77, 18.986; 8. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 19.048; 9. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 19.054; 10. Cris Eash, E&G Classics 17E, 19.056; 11. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 19.067; 12. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., Kreitz 69K, 19.154; 13. Dave Blaney, Blaney/ Hylton 10, 19.156; 14. Jeff Shepard, Shuttlesworth 41, 19.179; 15. Rod George, Bomberger 5G, 19.193; 16. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 19.234; 17. Billy Pauch, Zemaitis 1Z, 19.242; 18. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 19.398; 19. Garry Brazier, P&P Motorsports 28, 19.436; 20. Alan Cole, Cole 17, 19.503; 21. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 19.586; 22. Lance Dewease, Dyer 461, 19.618; 23. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 19.658; 24. Shawn Keen, Keen 53, 19.748; 25. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 19.763; 26. Cliff Brian, Brian 16C, 19.775; 27. Brian Seidel, Thompson 10T, 19.781; 28. Scott Jones, Jones 13, 19.930; 29. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 19.947; 30. Daryl Stimeling, Stimeling 30, 19.955; 31. Bill Brian, Jr., Brian 16, 19.958; 32. Jeff Thompson, Neiderer 10N, 20.035; 33. Craig Eshenaur, Eshenaur 5, 20.188; 34. Brook Weibley, Weibley 15D, 20.288; 35. Tim Kuhn, Kuhn 2C, 20.403; 36. Jess Thomas, Thomas 17T, 20.426; 37. Chuck Roan, Roan 22R, 20.559; 38. Andy McKisson, McKisson 0, 20.652; 39. Brian Gobrecht, Gorbrecht 7, 20.694; 40. Mike Wagner, Wagner 55, 20.708; 41. Dave Cordier, Jr., Cordier 7C, 21.327; 42. Bob Bennett, Mickle 3, 21.484; 43. Brian Kaltreider, Kaltreider 22K, no time. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Kevin Gobrecht, 4. Randy Hannagan, 5. Billy Pauch, 6. Paul McMahan, 7. Danny Lasoski, 8. Todd Shaffer, 9. Craig Eshenaur, 10. Chuck Roan, 11. Dave Cordier, Jr. 2:39.8 (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Cris Eash, 2. Lance Dewease, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Lance Blevins, 5. Brook Weibley, 6. Cliff Brian, 7. Bob Bennett, 8. Daryl Stimeling, 9. Jeff Shepard, 10. Johnny Herrera, 11. Andy McKisson. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Fred Rahmer, 4. Garry Brazier, 5. Rod George, 6. Tim Kuhn, 7. Brian Gobrecht, 8. Dion Hindi, 9. Brian Seidel, 9. Brian Kaltreider, 11. Bill Brian, Jr. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Ed Lynch, Jr., 5. Alan Cole, 6. Mike Wagner, 7. Jeff Thompson, 8. Scott Jones, 9. Shawn Keen, 10. Jess Thomas. 2:46.0 (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Thursday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Sammy Swindell, Mark Kinser, Steve Kinser and Jac Haudenschild for the first four starting positions in the Vivarin Dash. Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Ed Lynch, Jr., 7. Randy Hannagan, 8. Kevin Gobrecht. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Jeff Shepard, 2. Billy Pauch, 3. Paul McMahan, 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Rod George ($200); 6. Johnny Herrera, 7. Cliff Brian ($175); 8. Shawn Keen ($150); 9. Todd Shaffer, 10. Dion Hindi ($100); 11. Brook Weibley ($90); 12. Jeff Thompson ($80); 13. Scott Jones ($60); 14. Brian Seidel ($50); 15. Craig Eshenaur ($50); 16. Daryl Stimeling ($50); 17. Alan Cole, 18. Tim Kuhn ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($10,000); 2. Sammy Swindell ($6,000); 3. Steve Kinser ($3,500); 4. Jac Haudenschild ($3,200); 5. Stevie Smith ($3,000); 6. Donnie Kreitz, Jr. ($2,500); 7. Johnny Herrera ($2,320); 8. Joe Gaerte ($2,200); 9. Dave Blaney ($2,100); 10. Billy Pauch ($2,020); 11. Jeff Swindell ($1,500); 12. Danny Lasoski ($1,420); 13. Donny Schatz ($1,300); 14. Randy Hannagan ($1,200); 15. Garry Brazier ($1,000); 16. Alan Cole ($1,020); 17. Cris Eash ($800); 18. Paul McMahan ($620); 19. Todd Shaffer ($620); 20. Greg Hodnett ($600); 21. Jeff Shepard ($620); 22. Lance Dewease ($600); 23. Kevin Gobrecht ($600); 24. Ed Lynch, Jr. ($600); 25. Fred Rahmer ($600); 26. Andy Hillenburg ($600); 27. Lance Blevins ($600). Provisional starters: Johnny Herrera, Todd Shaffer, Alan Cole Lap leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-6, Mark Kinser 7-30 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Kevin Gobrecht WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Billy Pauch , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams