Winter Nationals report 96-10-19

Mark Kinser Wins 23rd Annual Winter Nationals By Richard Day MESQUITE, TX (October 19) - Sometimes championship teams give, but more often they take away. That was the case last weekend in Texas when Mark ...

Mark Kinser Wins 23rd Annual Winter Nationals By Richard Day MESQUITE, TX (October 19) - Sometimes championship teams give, but more often they take away. That was the case last weekend in Texas when Mark Kinser gave Dave Blaney a glimmer of hope that he might be able to pass him for the lead in the Skoal Outlaw Series point standings. Blaney closed to within 364 points of Kinser in the standings as Kinser suffered through sub-par races at Battleground Speedway and on opening night of the 23rd Annual Winter Nationals at Devil's Bowl Speedway. Kinser, whose father, Karl, has won 14 World of Outlaws championships, closed the door on Blaney's chances Saturday when he raced to the $9,000 victory from outside the third row. "I'm really happy to finally win one here at the Devil's Bowl," Mark told the record crowd from victory lane. "We struggled at Houston and here last night. That put the pressure right back on us. Any time we can run well, that takes the pressure off because Karl Kinser wants his cars up front." A sixth-place finish in the Vivarin Dash didn't allow Mark to start up front, however. Jeff Swindell's last-lap pass of brother Sammy on the back straightaway allowed him to finish second and earn the outside front-row starting position. Steve Kinser, winner of the five-lap race as well as Friday's Preliminary Feature, burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature and had his #11 Quaker State Maxim a half- straightaway ahead of his closest pursuers within two laps. Mark passed Johnny Herrera and Blaney during the opening lap, and was catching Sammy as cousin Steve entered lapped traffic seven laps into the race. He passed Sammy for third place two laps later. Jeff kept the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim in the low groove and challenged Steve for the lead until passing him in dense lapped traffic on the front straightaway at the end of the 10th lap. Jeff increased his advantage to as much as six car-lengths as the Kinser cousins battled for the runner-up spot during the next four laps. Mark took the high line to pass Steve in turn four midway through the race. Mark caught Jeff in the second corner two laps later as 1994 Spring Nationals champion Andy Hillenburg blew into fourth place. Jeff was four car-lengths ahead of Mark when Sammy brought out the only caution flag slowing the race late in lap 22, stopping his #1 Channellock Gambler high between turns three and four. Sammy raced back through the field to finish in 13th place. Mark steered the #5M Wirtgen Maxim into the high groove of the legendary half-mile oval immediately after Jeff passed the restart cone on the back straightaway. He gained just enough momentum to catch Swindell in the fourth corner and beat him across the finish line to lead the 22nd lap. At the same time, "The Buckeye Bullet" passed Hillenburg for fourth place. Jeff was four car-lengths behind as Mark caught the backmarkers again with two laps remaining. Negotiating lapped traffic with ease, Mark increased his advantage and took the checkered flag with 10 car-lengths to spare. "The lapped traffic was actually to my advantage because I was running a different line in (turns) three and four than the rest of them," Mark said. "I was a little perturbed when the caution came out, but the restart went our way. "This is just one of those years when I've just had a lot of luck on my side." The victory, Kinser's 25th of the season, gave him a 372- point cushion in his battle with Blaney for the lead in the World of Outlaws point standings. Steve Kinser held off Blaney to finish in third place. Completing the top 10 in the World of Outlaws' 63rd "A" Feature of the year were Hillenburg, First Heat Race winner Joe Gaerte, Herrera, Danny Lasoski, Jim Carr and Tommie Estes, Jr. Several last-lap passes and photo finishes in the heat races and the "B" Feature meant the difference between racing in and watching the main event. Kevin Gobrecht, piloting the #63 Crown Enterprises Buckley for the first time, passed fellow Pennsylavanian Brian Paulus in the fourth corner for the final qualifying position in the First Heat Race. Lasoski edged 1996 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year candidate Lance Blevins at the finish line in the Fourth Heat Race. Greg Hodnett was equal to Gary Wright's bid to steal the final transfer position in the "B" Feature, beating the former Devil's Bowl track champion under the checkered flag by inches. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series 23rd Annual Winter Nationals Devil's Bowl Speedway, Mesquite, TX Saturday, October 19, Feature Program #63 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 14.476; 2. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 14.741; 3. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.914; 4. Joey Saldana, Stanton 75, 14.946; 5. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 14.948; 6. Tommie Estes, Jr., Threatt 29, 14.949; 7. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 14.974; 8. Danny Lasoski, Black 1Z, 14.982; 9. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 15.042; 10. Tim Shaffer, Gray 51, 15.070; 11. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 15.083; 12. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 15.085; 13. Kevin Gobrecht, Crown Enterprises 63, 15.093; 14. Mike Peters, Grandstaff 66, 15.181; 15. Terry McCarl, Holbrook 8H, 15.250; 16. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11x, 15.252; 17. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 15.387; 18. Paul McMahan, Roth 83, 15.440; 19. Van Gurley, Jr., Gurley 3B, 15.449; 20. Jerrod Hull, Hull 11J, 15.470; 21. Marlon Jones, Oswalt 1J, 15.575; 22. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 15.578; 23. Shane Carson, Helms 12$, 15.587; 24. Danny Smith, Bodkins/Smith 00, 15.627; 25. John Bankston, Bankston 8, 15.650; 26. Bob Ewell, Ewell 85, 15.676; 27. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 15.729; 28. Shane Stewart, Brown 61A, 15.742; 29. Jim Bell, Jr., Stewart 3, 15.843; 30. Daryn Pittman, Pittman 11P, 15.853; 31. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 15.861; 32. Aaron Lemmons, Lemmons 12, 15.873; 33. Scott Jones, Jones 13, 15.878; 34. Gary Wright, White 9, 15.897; 35. Raymond Shank, Shank 7x, 16.066; 36. Larry Trunnell, Trunnell 18, 16.120; 37. Pete Braswell, Braswell 1B, 16.124; 38. Ronald Laney, Laney 52, 16.247; 39. Tony Edmonson, Edmonson 2AKT, 16.392; 40. Mallory Armfield, Armfield 5MA, 17.516. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Kevin Gobrecht, 5. Brian Paulus, 6. Marlon Jones, 7. Jim Bell, Jr., 8. Pete Braswell, 9. Scott Jones, 10. John Bankston ($10). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mike Peters, 2. Tim Shaffer, 3. Tommie Estes, Jr., 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Paul McMahan, 6. Donny Schatz, 7. Gary Wright, 8. Daryn Pittman, 9. Bob Ewell, 10. Ronald Laney. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Jim Carr, 4. Van Gurley, Jr., 5. Dion Hindi, 6. Shane Carson, 7. Greg Hodnett, 8. Tim Engler, 9. Raymond Shank, 10. Tony Edmonson. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Lance Blevins, 3. Terry McCarl, 4. Joey Saldana, 5. Danny Smith, 6. Jerrod Hull, 8. Larry Trunnell, 9. Aaron Lemmons, 10. Mallory Armfield. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Jeff Swindell and Dave Blaney for the four starting positions in the Vivarin Dash. Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Johnny Herrera, 6. Mark Kinser. (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Paul McMahan, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Jerrod Hull, 4. Greg Hodnett, 5. Gary Wright ($210); 6. Danny Smith ($185); 7. Brian Paulus ($160); 8. Shane Stewart ($110); 9. Jim Bell, Jr., ($100); 10. Shane Carson ($80); 11. Bob Ewell ($70); 12. Dion Hindi ($60); 13. Tim Engler ($60); 14. Ronald Laney ($60); 15. Daryn Pittman ($60); 16. Aaron Lemmons ($60); 17. Tony Edmonson ($60); 18. Mallory Armfield ($80); 19. Larry Trunnell ($80); 20. Pete Braswell ($50); 21. Marlon Jones ($50); 22. Raymond Shank ($50); 23. Scott Jones ($50). DNS - John Bankston. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($9,010); 2. Jeff Swindell ($5,000); 3. Steve Kinser ($3,100); 4. Dave Blaney ($3,010); 5. Andy Hillenburg ($2,250); 6. Joe Gaerte ($2,085); 7. Johnny Herrera ($1,810); 8. Danny Lasoski ($1,700); 9. Jim Carr ($1,510); 10. Tommie Estes, Jr. ($1,410); 11. Joey Saldana ($1,210); 12. Greg Hodnett ($1,110); 13. Sammy Swindell ($1,060); 14. Jac Haudenschild ($1,010); 15. Stevie Smith ($710); 16. Paul McMahan ($610); 17. Tim Shaffer ($510); 18. Mike Peters ($510); 19. Lance Blevins ($510); 20. Van Gurley, Jr. ($510); 21. Kevin Gobrecht ($510); 22. Jerrod Hull ($510); 23. Donny Schatz ($510); 24. Terry McCarl ($510). Lap leaders: Steve Kinser 1-9, Jeff Swindell 10-21, Mark Kinser 22-30 WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , 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