Williams Grove report 97-08-01

Mark Kinser Completes Sweep of Williams Grove Event By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (August 1) - Defending Historic Big One and Amoco Knoxville Nationals champions Mark and Karl Kinser thrive on big-money races. ...

Mark Kinser Completes Sweep of Williams Grove Event By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (August 1) - Defending Historic Big One and Amoco Knoxville Nationals champions Mark and Karl Kinser thrive on big-money races. With the two $100,000-to-win events looming on the horizon, Mark let it be known he was the driver to beat when he swept the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' double-feature event at Williams Grove Speedway. "The Wirtgen car ran really good tonight," Mark said after leading all 30 laps in Friday's "A" Feature. "I have to thank my crew. We have a good combination of me and my crew working hard every night. "We had a fast car all night and the track was in excellent shape. This place is usually pretty racy, no matter what condition the track is in. "There are some big-money races coming up and the wins just keep my crew working that much harder. We want to stay up front." Mark earned the right to start "up front" by winning the Vivarin Dash. He burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event and started building a comfortable advantage as Channellock Fast-Time Award winner Lance Dewease passed Steve Kinser for fourth place on the back straightaway midway through the opening lap. Sammy Swindell challenged Jac Haudenschild for second as "The King of the Outlaws" battled Dewease for fourth and Mark opened a 2.24-second advantage during the first five laps. Mark drove the #5M Wirtgen Maxim into lapped traffic two laps later. Haudenschild gained on the leader in dense lapped traffic during lap eight, only to have Mark thread the #5M between Jeff Rohrbaugh and Mike Wagner to increase his advantage to eight car- lengths the next time around. Swindell was unable to keep up the pace after catching "The Wild Child" in lapped traffic early in the 11th lap. A fuel line problem in his #1 Channellock Gambler forced him to stop late in lap 17, bringing out the caution flag and erasing Kinser's half- straightaway advantage. Greg Hodnett got off to a good start as the race resumed, but allowed the #11H Selma Shell Maxim to hit the restart cone on the back stretch and surrendered fourth place. Haudenschild pressured Mark as the green flag replaced the yellow, but was unable to drive the #22 Pennzoil Maxim into the lead. Dewease was catching Haudenschild early in the 19th lap when the #7TW Gold Eagle J&J suffered a flat left front tire, causing Jeff Swindell to stop on the front straightaway. His crew was unable to get the tire changed by the time the race resumed, forcing Jeff to settle for a 21st-place finish. Kinser raced away from the field on the ensuing restart as Steve Kinser, Dewease and Haudenschild battled for second place. Mark returned to his half-straightaway comfort zone by lap 24. Stevie Smith, the Williams Grove National Open champion in 1989 and 1991, raced into fifth place from the seventh row during the first 25 laps. He drove his #19 sprinter past Steve Kinser on the front stretch with five laps remaining to claim fourth place. Andy Hillenburg steered his #2 STP J&J into the low groove on the front straightaway to pass Steve Kinser for fifth as the leaders caught the backmarkers again early in lap 28. "The King of the Outlaws" raced wheel-to-wheel with Hillenburg on the back stretch, but was unable to regain fifth place. Mark was 5.05 seconds ahead of Haudenschild when he took the checkered flag. It was the third time this year he swept a Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series double-feature event. "I got to second-guessing the crew," Mark admitted after his 18th main event victory of the season. "I wanted to run a different right rear tire than they did, but it worked well." Dewease earned the distinction of being the highest-finishing non-World of Outlaws regular this year by running third. Smith finished fourth, ahead of Hillenburg, Steve Kinser, "B" Feature winner Dave Blaney, Fred Rahmer, Joe Gaerte and 23rd-starting Garry Brazier. Steve Kinser's sixth-place run pushed him into first place in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series driver standings. He held a three-point lead over Blaney and was 10 points ahead of Sammy Swindell as the series entered Saturday's event at Hagerstown Speedway. World of Outlaws rookie points leader Donny Schatz crashed during the hot-lap session, missed time trials and started at the rear of the Fourth Heat Race and the "B" Feature. He failed to qualify for a main event for only the third time in 1997. Craig Dollansky, driving the #1W Conn West Maxim for the fourth time, was unable to run any qualifying laps as his crew replaced his engine. He finished eighth in the Third Heat Race and sixth in the "B" Feature. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Friday, August 1, Feature Program #49 Qualifications: 1. Lance Dewease, Dyer 461, 17.858; 2. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 17.867; 3. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 18.003; 4. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 18.053; 5. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 18.087; 6. Fred Rahmer, Hamilton 77, 18.095; 7. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 18.125; 8. Billy Pauch, Zemaitis 1Z, 18.126; 9. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 18.127; 10. Don Kreitz, Jr., Kreitz 69K, 18.165; 11. Cris Eash, E&G Classics 17E, 18.312; 12. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 18.338; 13. Rod George, Bomberger 5G, 18.347; 14. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 18.364; 15. Jeff Shepard, Shuttlesworth 41, 18.374; 16. Kevin Gobrecht, Apple 12, 18.430; 17. Len Thompson, Thompson 10T, 18.438; 18. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 18.439; 19. Alan Cole, Cole 17, 18.492; 20. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 18.495; 21. Dave Ely, Ely/Gilbert 77E, 18.644; 22. Sean Michael, Harz 88K, 18.742; 23. Shawn Keen, Keen 53, 18.777; 24. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 18.780; 25. Jeff Rohrbaugh, Swope 45, 18.873; 26. Jess Thomas, Thomas 77T, 19.014; 27. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 19.346; 28. Garry Brazier, Brazier 1AU, no time; 29. Mike Wagner, Wagner 55, no time; 30. Craig Dollansky, Wahlie 1W, no time; 31. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, no time; 32. Dan Dietrich, Dietrich 8, no time. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Rod George, 3. Lance Dewease, 4. Paul McMahan, 5. Len Thompson, 6. Todd Shaffer, 7. Shawn Keen, 8. Brian Paulus. 2:26.8 (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Fred Rahmer, 3. Don Kreitz, Jr., 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Garry Brazier, 6. Lance Blevins, 7. Dion Hindi. 2:26.7 (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Cris Eash, 2. Jeff Shepard, 3. Jeff Rohrbaugh, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Mike Wagner, 6. Dave Ely, 7. Dave Blaney, 8. Craig Dollansky. 2:27.1 (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Kevin Gobrecht, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Billy Pauch, 5. Sean Michael, 6. Donny Schatz, 7. Alan Cole, 8. Jess Thomas. 2:30.9 (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Thursday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Mark Kinser, Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell and Greg Hodnett for the first four starting positions in the Vivarin Dash. Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Lance Dewease, 6. Greg Hodnett. 1:29.8 (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Len Thompson, 3. Garry Brazier, 4. Mike Wagner, 5. Dion Hindi ($200); 6. Craig Dollansky ($175); 7. Dave Ely ($150); 8. Sean Michael ($100); 9. Todd Shaffer ($90); 10. Alan Cole ($80); 11. Lance Blevins ($60); 12. Shawn Keen ($50); 13. Donny Schatz ($50); 14. Jess Thomas ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($7,000); 2. Jac Haudenschild ($4,000); 3. Lance Dewease ($3,500); 4. Stevie Smith ($3,200); 5. Andy Hillenburg ($3,000); 6. Steve Kinser ($2,500); 7. Dave Blaney ($2,320); 8. Fred Rahmer ($2,200); 9. Joe Gaerte ($2,100); 10. Garry Brazier ($2,020); 11. Johnny Herrera ($1,500); 12. Greg Hodnett ($1,400); 13. Sammy Swindell ($1,300); 14. Paul McMahan ($1,200); 15. Billy Pauch ($1,000); 16. Rod George ($1,000); 17. Jeff Shepard ($800); 18. Jeff Rohrbaugh ($600); 19. Cris Eash ($600); 20. Len Thompson ($620); 21. Jeff Swindell ($600); 22. Don Kreitz, Jr. ($600); 23. Kevin Gobrecht ($600); 24. Mike Wagner ($620). Lap leader: Mark Kinser 1-30 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Lance Dewease WoO

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