By Richard Day
WEST LEBANON, NY (May 31) - Driving for 15-time Pennzoil World of
Outlaws Series champion car owner Karl Kinser is like a double-edged
sword. While his #5M Mopar Maxim is among the best cars on the tour, his
son and driver, Mark, feels tremendous pressure to win every race.
Both Kinsers were all smiles Monday when Mark led all 25 laps to win
the "A" Feature at Lebanon Valley Speedway in the series' New York tour
"Last night (at Hagerstown Speedway), it was driver error," Mark
admitted. "I forgot to turn the fuel back up after a caution, and we ran
half-speed the rest of the race. With my car owner, you don't get many
second chances, so I knew I had to get my act together tonight.
"My dad works all winter long for this time of year, and have the
Mopar motors running strong. I think we're ready."
Mark was ready from the beginning Monday, pacing the qualifying
session with a 17.852-second, 100.829-m.p.h., lap around the high- banked,
1/2-mile oval. He received his 12th Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the season
for his effort.
After finishing sixth in the First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race, the
Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader earned the outside pole
position in the "A" Feature by following Sammy Swindell across the finish
line in the Channellock Dash.
Kinser raced around Swindell in the high groove to take the lead as
the green flag fell in the 25-lap main event, only to have Andy
Hillenburg's #2 Luxaire J&J slow in the fourth corner. Joe Gaerte hit the
inside guard rail trying to dodge Hillenburg, turning the #8H Energy
Release Eagle on its side. Gaerte managed to restart, but Andy wasn't as
Mark took the lead again as the green flag replaced the red. He was
building a comfortable advantage when cousin Steve Kinser's #11 Quaker
State Maxim hit the wall and flipped in turn three. Although the car was
severely damaged, "The King of the Outlaws" was uninjured.
Stevie Smith steered his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit into the high
groove in the third corner to pass Manufacturers' Rookie of the Year
points leader Daryn Pittman for fourth place as the race resumed.
A blown engine in the #93 Amoco J&J forced Kevin Gobrecht to coast
into the pit area during the seventh lap.
Kinser was a half-straightaway ahead of Swindell's #1 Channellock
Stealth when he entered lapped traffic three laps later. Smith continued
his run toward the front midway through the race when he rode the rim
through turn four to pass Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race winner Jeff
Swindell for third place.
Sammy, who has won three Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Features
at Lebanon Valley Speedway in his career, narrowed the gap to four
car-lengths in dense lapped traffic during the 14th lap, only to have Mark
open a 10-car-length advantage within three laps.
Swindell roared back to within four car-lengths of the lead before
Mark threaded the #5M between Travis Whitney and Scott Holcomb on the
front stretch. The daring move allowed Kinser to put a half- straightaway
between him and Sammy with five laps remaining. Swindell was racing into
the third corner when Mark took the checkered flag.
"We have some people from Wirtgen here tonight," Mark said of his
associate sponsor. "They like to come to New York, and they have a bunch
of people up there (in the tower)."
Kinser's eighth "A" Feature victory of the season pushed him 50 points
ahead of Danny Lasoski in the series point standings. The $10,000 victory
was the third of his career at Lebanon Valley.
Smith finished in third place, ahead of Jeff Swindell, Pittman,
Lasoski, Tyler Walker, Donny Schatz, 16th-starting Lance Blevins and Tim
Driving the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim into fifth place pushed
Pittman 10 points ahead of Shaffer in the rookie standings. It was also
Daryn's career-best finish in a Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series main
event. Whitney's 12th-place finish was also the best of his brief career.
Craig Dollansky was unable to race at Lebanon Valley Speedway. He's
waiting for a new engine to install in his #7 Polydome Gambler. WoO
1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series
Lebanon Valley Speedway, West Lebanon, NY
Monday, May 31, Feature Program #26
Vivarin qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 17.852; 2. Stevie
Smith, Smith 19, 17.926; 3. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 17.988; 4. Steve
Kinser, Kinser 11, 18.076; 5. Kevin Gobrecht, Hylton/Blaney 93, 18.202; 6.
Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 18.211; 7. Daryn Pittman, Sonner 47, 18.216; 8.
Jeff Shepard, Zematis 1Z, 18.218; 9. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+,
18.245; 10. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 18.262; 11. Sammy Swindell, Swindell
1, 18.300; 12. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 18.327; 13. Travis Whitney,
Whitney 7S, 18.387; 14. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 18.482; 15. Tim Shaffer,
Helm 11H, 18.522; 16. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 18.644; 17. Johnny
Herrera, DOCC Motorsports 1BK, 18.683; 18. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22,
18.703; 19. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 18.757; 20. Dale Blaney, Hughes
94, 18.902; 21. Bob Bennett, Mickle 3, 19.348; 22. Scott Holcomb, Holcomb
91, 20.175; 23.*** Spadaro, Spadaro 29, 20.283; 24. Denny Soltis, Soltis
1x, 20.412; 25. Donny Sharp, Sharp 28NH, 22.781.
First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Daryn Pittman, 2.
Tyler Walker, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Lance Blevins, 5. Travis Whitney, 6.
Mark Kinser, 7. Brooke Tatnell, 8. Scott Holcomb, 9. Donny Sharp. (all
nine qualified for the "A" Feature)
Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2.
Stevie Smith, 3. Jeff Shepard, 4. Kevin Gobrecht, 5. Johnny Herrera, 6.
Joe Gaerte, 7. Dale Blaney, 8.*** Spadaro. (all eight qualified for the
Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2.
Donny Schatz, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Tim Shaffer, 6. Jac
Haudenschild, 7. Denny Soltis, 8. Bob Bennett. (all eight qualified for
the "A" Feature)
Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Mark Kinser, 3.
Jeff Swindell, 4. Daryn Pittman, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Danny Lasoski, 7.
Steve Kinser, 8. Kevin Gobrecht. (finish determined the first eight
starting positions in the "A" Feature)
A Feature (25 laps): 1. Mark Kinser ($10,000); 2. Sammy Swindell
($5,000); 3. Stevie Smith ($3,000): 4. Jeff Swindell ($2,500); 5. Daryn
Pittman ($2,300); 6. Danny Lasoski ($2,200); 7. Tyler Walker ($2,100); 8.
Donny Schatz ($2,000); 9. Lance Blevins ($1,800); 10. Tim Shaffer
($1,700); 11. Brooke Tatnell ($1,400); 12. Travis Whitney ($1,200); 13.
Dale Blaney ($1,100); 14. Joe Gaerte ($1,050); 15. Johnny Herrera
($1,000); 16. Scott Holcomb ($900); 17. Jeff Shepard ($700); 18. Jac
Haudenschild ($550); 19. Bob Bennett ($550); 20.*** Spadaro ($550); 21.
Kevin Gobrecht ($550); 22. Steve Kinser ($550); 23. Andy Hillenburg
($550); 24. Denny Soltis ($550); 25. Donny Sharp ($550).
Lap leader: Mark Kinser 1-25
Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser