Winter Nationals report 96-10-18

Steve Kinser Takes Winter Nationals Opener By Richard Day MESQUITE, TX (October 18) - For all the pain and suffering Steve Kinser has endured during the most trying year of his great career, he still knows...

Steve Kinser Takes Winter Nationals Opener By Richard Day MESQUITE, TX (October 18) - For all the pain and suffering Steve Kinser has endured during the most trying year of his great career, he still knows how to take good care of his sponsor. Since Quaker State moved its offices from Houston to the Dallas earlier this year, "The King of the Outlaws" has treated its officials very well when they have visited Devil's Bowl Speedway. He won the Spring Nationals in March and came back with a near-perfect performance Friday when the Skoal Outlaw Series opened the 23rd Annual Winter Nationals at the Devil's Bowl. Kinser received his eighth EcoWater Quick-Time Award of the season for pacing the qualifying session. He also earned the right to start the Preliminary Feature on the pole by winning the Vivarin Dash, then kept his #11 Quaker State Maxim ahead of the field throughout the 20-lap race to claim the $4,000 first prize. His third-place finish in the First Quaker State Heat Race was the only portion of the program he failed to execute to perfection. "We're just happy to run well here for Quaker State," Kinser said in victory lane. "They're good sponsors; we enjoy having them around." Kinser burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the feature. Sammy Swindell, the winningest driver in World of Outlaws history at Lanny Edwards' legendary half-mile oval, started outside the second row. He passed Danny Lasoski in turn four, then got by his brother, Jeff, in the second corner. The Swindell brothers raced wheel-to-wheel through much of the opening lap, and Sammy surged ahead in the third corner. "The King of the Outlaws" opened a comfortable lead as Jeff continued to challenge his brother for the runner-up spot, opening a half-straightaway advantage within three laps and entering lapped traffic during lap four. Sammy started pressuring Steve for the lead midway through the race. Although Steve appeared to be faster in turns one and two, Swindell caught him several times in turn four. Steve and Sammy raced through the fourth corner side-by-side with four laps remaining, but Swindell was unable to drive his #1 Channellock Gambler into the lead. Kinser managed to stay ahead of Sammy throughout the caution-free race, and took the checkered flag with three car- lengths to spare. "The car worked well from hot-laps on," Kinser said in victory lane. "Sammy and I had a good race there. I saw him and I got by a couple of cars on the bottom. I just couldn't carry enough speed to get around them on the top. We had a good run tonight; I just hope we can keep it going Saturday. When announcer Jack Miller asked him to reflect on his first full year as a driver/owner, Kinser said, "We've learned a lot; it's our first year as a team. It's a little bit different when you start your own team. Even though I've raced for many years, there's a whole more to it. I try not to let being the owner and driver interfere, but it does. It makes it worth while when you have a good night like tonight." Jeff held off "B" Feature winner Dave Blaney to claim third place. Andy Hillenburg, winner of the Spring Nationals' Preliminary Feature in March, finished fifth, ahead of Skoal Outlaw Series points leader Mark Kinser, Jac Haudenschild, Johnny Herrera, Jim Carr and Joe Gaerte. Blaney and Hillenburg were involved in a front-straightaway collision with Ronald Laney within seconds after the green flag fell in the Fourth Quaker State Heat Race. All three flipped over the bank in turn one. As the mangled sprinters were pulled into the pit area, crew members from several teams helped Blaney's and Hillenburg's mechanics get the #10 Vivarin J&J and Hillenburg's #2 STP J&J ready for the "B" Feature. Ironically, Blaney and Hillenburg started side-by-side in the Fourth Quaker State Heat Race, the "B" Feature and in the evening's main event. With the team's tow rig breaking down, the #75 Mopar Maxim arrived late, keeping Joey Saldana from participating in hot-laps or the qualifying session. The 1996 Rookie of the Year candidate made up for his late start, however, racing into third place in the Fourth Quaker State Heat Race and passing five cars to finish 19th in the Preliminary Feature. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series 23rd Annual Winter Nationals Devil's Bowl Speedway, Mesquite, TX Friday, October 18, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 14.050; 2. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 14.062; 3. Danny Lasoski, Black 1Z, 14.116; 4. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 14.119; 5. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 14.167; 6. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 14.179; 7. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 14.186; 8. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.192; 9. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 14.203; 10. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 14.217; 11. Jim Carr, McCarr Racing 7M, 14.269; 12. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 14.291; 13. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 14.315; 14. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 14.347; 15. Kevin Gobrecht, Crown Enterprises 63, 14.365; 16. Lee Dunn, Dunn 81, 14.371; 17. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 14.392; 18. Marlon Jones, Oswalt 1J, 14.418; 19. Tommie Estes, Jr., Threatt 29, 14.462; 20. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 14.442; 21. Alan Payne, Texas Kenworth 2KW, 14.464; 22. Tim Shaffer, Shaffer 51, 14.476; 23. Van Gurley, Jr., Gurley 3B, 14.492; 24. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11x, 14.495; 25. Danny Smith, Bodkins/Smith 00, 14.525; 26. Mike Peters, Grandstaff 66, 14.552; 27. Terry McCarl, Holbrook 8H, 14.635; 28. Shane Carson, Helms 12$, 14.638; 29. Paul McMahan, Roth 83, 14.676; 30. Gary Wright, White 9, 14.679; 31. Jerrod Hull, Hull 11J, 14.780; 32. Ronald Laney, Laney 52, 14.851; 33. Tony Edmonson, Edmonson 2AK, 14.862; 34. Shane Stewart, Brown 61A, 14.881; 35. Raymond Shank, Shank 7x, 14.895; 36. Larry Trunnell, Trunnell 18, 14.934; 37. Billy Frazier, Frazier 21x, 14.951; 38. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 14.980; 39. John Bankston, Bankston 8, 15.012; 40. Tommy Johnson, Gano 22T, 15.024; 41. Daryn Pittman, Pittman 11F, 15.065; 42. Aaron Lemmons, Lemmons 12, 15.164; 43. Pete Braswell, Braswell 1B, 15.176; 44. Jim Bell, Stewart 3, 15.225; 45. Mallory Armfield, Armfield 5MA, no time; 46. Scott Jones, Jones 13, no time; 47. Joey Saldana, Stanton 75, no time. First Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Alan Payne ($160); 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Greg Hodnett, 5. Johnny Herrera, 6. Danny Smith, 7. Paul McMahan, 8. Tony Edmonson, 9. Billy Frazier, 10. Brian Paulus, 11. Daryn Pittman. DNS - Mallory Armfield. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Marlon Jones, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Gary Wright, 6. Lance Blevins, 7. Tim Engler, 8. Shane Stewart, 9. Mike Peters, 10. Tim Shaffer, 11. Aaron Lemmons. DNS - Scott Jones. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Jim Carr, 4. Van Gurley, Jr., 5. Donny Schatz, 6. John Bankston, 7. Pete Braswell, 8. Raymond Shank, 9. Kevin Gobrecht, 10. Terry McCarl, 11. Jerrod Hull. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Tommie Estes, Jr., 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Shane Carson, 5. Dion Hindi, 6. Jim Bell, Jr., 7. Larry Trunnell, 8. Tommy Johnson, 9. Lee Dunn, 10. Andy Hillenburg, 11. Dave Blaney, 12. Ronald Laney. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Johnny Herrera, 6. Jac Haudenschild, 7. Joe Gaerte, 8. Donny Schatz. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) C Feature (eight laps): 1. Tim Engler, 2. Daryn Pittman, 3. John Bankston ($110); 4. Tommy Johnson ($90); 5. Pete Braswell ($70); 6. Aaron Lemmons ($60); 7. Mallory Armfield ($50). DNS - Jim Bell, Jr., (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Lance Blevins, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Danny Smith, 5. Brian Paulus, 6. Tim Shaffer ($135); 7. Terry McCarl ($110); 8. Paul McMahan ($85); 9. Jerrod Hull ($90); 10. Shane Stewart ($60); 11. Ronald Laney ($50); 12. Tim Engler ($70); 13. Daryn Pittman ($70); 14. Raymond Shank ($50); 15. Larry Trunnell ($50); 16. Tony Edmonson ($50); 17. Kevin Gobrecht ($50); 18. Mike Peters ($50); 19. Billy Frazier ($50); 20. Lee Dunn ($50). (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($4,010); 2. Sammy Swindell ($2,310); 3. Jeff Swindell ($1,610); 4. Dave Blaney ($1,410); 5. Andy Hillenburg ($1,260); 6. Mark Kinser ($1,160); 7. Jac Haudenschild ($1,110); 8. Johnny Herrera ($1,060); 9. Jim Carr ($1,035); 10. Joe Gaerte ($1,010); 11. Lance Blevins ($910); 12. Greg Hodnett ($710); 13. Tommie Estes, Jr. ($610); 14. Donny Schatz ($510); 15. Stevie Smith ($310); 16. Shane Carson ($310); 17. Danny Smith ($260); 18. Marlon Jones ($260); 19. Joey Saldana ($260); 20. Van Gurley, Jr. ($260); 21. Gary Wright ($260); 22. Danny Lasoski ($260); 23. Dion Hindi ($260); 24. Brian Paulus ($260). DNS - Alan Payne; replaced by Brian Paulus. Lap leader: Steve Kinser 1-20 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Steve Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Tommy Johnson , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Brian Paulus , Daryn Pittman , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell , Jack Miller