World of Outlaws' finale at Lowe's Motor Speedway

Mark Kinser Wins Inaugural Outlaws Showdown By Richard Day CONCORD, NC (May 26) -- Mark Kinser hasn't been able to think about defending his Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series championship much this ...

Mark Kinser Wins Inaugural Outlaws Showdown By Richard Day

CONCORD, NC (May 26) -- Mark Kinser hasn't been able to think about defending his Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series championship much this season. Since getting off to a slow start, he has picked up the pace, however. Kinser's title defense received a boost Friday when he passed Sammy Swindell for the lead during the 20th lap and held off cousin and series points leader Steve Kinser to win the Inaugural WIX Filters Outlaws Showdown at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The $20,000 victory was Kinser's fourth this season. He moved into second place in the point standings when mechanical problems caused Danny Lasoski to finish 23rd in the main event. "I'd like to thank everyone here for building a first-class facility," Mark said graciously. "It's one of the best I've ever seen. "This entire Mopar team went to school on the track last night, and my dad and the guys gave me a car for the end of the race. We were able to move around a bit there in traffic, and that really helped. "We got up to second in the points, but Steve's been awful tough all year long. It's going to be a long, hard fight, and we'll just have to get there one point at a time." Kinser, who set quick-time and finished ninth in Thursday's preliminary program, was the fourth-fastest qualifier Friday when TNN returned to televise more live action. He won the Fourth NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race, then earned the right to start the "A" Feature inside the third row by finishing fifth in the Second CHANNELLOCK Dash. Swindell, who won Thursday's Preliminary Feature and Friday's Second CHANNELLOCK Dash, burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the 40-lap main event. Mark passed Paul McMahan and Dale Blaney to take over third place during the opening lap. Kinser, who also won the 1996 series championship, steered the #5M Mopar Maxim into the low groove between the first and second corners to pass Jac Haudenschild for second place two laps later. Swindell was 1.6 seconds ahead of Kinser when he entered lapped traffic six laps into the race. Kinser lined up behind Swindell after Daryn Pittman brought out the caution flag with a turn-two spin late in the eighth lap. McMahan took the low line into the second corner to pass "The Wild Child" for fourth place as the green flag replaced the yellow. Steve Kinser, who started outside the fifth row, steered his #11 Quaker State Maxim deep in the third corner to relegate Haudenschild to sixth the next time around. A crash involving Johnny Herrera and P.J. Chesson in turn two late in lap 11 put Herrera and the #20 Networks Eagle out of the race. Donny Schatz spun out of eighth place as the race resumed. Kinser was .6 seconds behind Swindell when the leaders caught the backmarkers again during the 18th lap. He narrowed the gap to .4 seconds one lap later and took the lead when the #1 CHANNELLOCK Stealth jumped the cushion in the first corner early in lap 20. Steve Kinser and Blaney exchanged fourth place during the 22nd and 25th laps. McMahan drove the #U2 United Expressline Eagle past Swindell on the back straightaway midway through lap 28. "The King of the Outlaws" took third place from Swindell one lap later. Drive line problems in the #83 Beef Packers Eagle forced Lasoski out of the race late in the 32nd lap. Steve Kinser took advantage of the restart, passing McMahan for second with an inside move between turns one and two. Mark opened a comfortable advantage during the final five laps and took the checkered flag with two seconds to spare. Chesson spun in the third corner after the leaders crossed the finish line. McMahan finished in third place, ahead of Swindell, Blaney, Joey Saldana, Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Stevie Smith, Billy Pauch, Craig Dollansky and 23rd-starting Jeff Shepard. Andy Hillenburg took a provisional and drove his #2 Luxaire J&J past 12 cars to finish 13th. Smith received his third Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the year for pacing the 44-car qualifying session with a 12.366-second, 116.448- m.p.h., lap around the new semi-banked, 4/10-mile oval. The #V12 Wirtgen Maxim suffered two blown engines during the hot lap sessions. Sponsor Stu Murray bought a new Gaerte engine, but Greg Hodnett was unable to qualify for the main event. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will run single-program races at Lebanon Valley Speedway Monday, Rolling Wheels Raceway Tuesday, Eldora Speedway Friday and the Terre Haute Action Track Sunday. WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Paul McMahan , P.J. Chesson , Billy Pauch , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera