By Richard Day
BRANDON, SD (July 3) -- The love affair between Mark Kinser and Huset's Speedway continues.
Kinser won his fourth straight Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature at Brandon's high-banked, 3/8-mile oval Monday, passing Donny Schatz early in the eighth lap and holding off Sammy Swindell as they headed for the checkered flag.
"It's an honor to win four in a row here at Huset's," Mark said. "They have a really nice place here, and we have a lot of fans we enjoy talking to after the races."
The $10,000 victory was Kinser's second in as many nights. He won the 17th Annual Eagle Nationals Sunday at Eagle Raceway. He leads the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series with seven main event victories, but is still 125 points behind cousin Steve Kinser in the standings.
Mark, Husets' single-lap record holder, was the second-fastest qualifier, only .007 seconds off Joey Saldana's pace. He followed Stevie Smith across the finish line in the Second NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race, then earned the outside pole position in the 30-lap "A" Feature by winning the Second CHANNELLOCK Dash from inside the second row.
Schatz burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event. The 1997 Rookie of the Year was seven car-lengths ahead of Kinser when he entered lapped traffic early in the fifth lap.
Toni Lutar opened the track ahead of the leaders seconds later when he spun in turn four. A turn-three collision involving Greg Hodnett and Brian Paulus on the restart sent Hodnett flipping.
Kinser kept pace with Schatz as the green flag replaced the red, and took the lead with a high move through the first and second corners two laps later.
"We were actually running the bottom until that red flag," Mark said. "I think Donny's guys told him we were running pretty good down there, so he went to the bottom on the restart. I have a pretty smart mechanic (his father, 17-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series car owner champion Karl Kinser). He set the car up for the top, and we were able to drive by Donny."
Steve Kinser, whose crew changed engines in the #11 Quaker State Maxim after he qualified 17th-quick in the Vivarin qualifying session, started outside the ninth row. "The King of the Outlaws" passed 10 cars during the first eight laps, then took the high line around Dean Jacobs through turns three and four late in lap 10 for seventh place.
Swindell steered his #1 CHANNELLOCK Stealth into the low groove in the first corner to pass Schatz for second before debris in turn four brought out the yellow flag late in the 12th lap. Paulus dropped out of the race during the caution period.
Mark Kinser raced away from the field on the restart, while his cousin made his way toward the front. Staying in the high groove, Steve passed Third NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Andy Hillenburg and Danny Lasoski in turn two early in the 13th and 14th laps.
Mark was a straightaway ahead of Swindell when he caught the backmarkers again the next time around. Sammy, winner of five "A" Features at Huset's Speedway, narrowed the gap to eight car-lengths when the #5M Mopar Maxim clipped the outside retaining wall in the fourth corner midway through the race.
Fourth NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Daryn Pittman was in fourth place when his throttle stuck as he entered turn three late in lap 22. He hit the retaining wall and flipped into the catch fence in the fourth corner, but was uninjured.
A lapped car separating him from Swindell on the ensuing restart allowed Kinser to open a 15-car-length advantage by lap 27. Sammy caught him in dense traffic within a lap, however. With the white flag waving, Mark took the high line through turns one and two to pass Lutar and Gary Dewall and beat Swindell across the finish line by eight car-lengths.
"You're never going to get a lead that's too big at Huset's," Kinser said following the seventh victory of his career at the facility. "I knew someone would be coming up on me there at the end. We came up on some guys racing pretty tight there, but fortunately we got the breaks on the last lap."
Schatz held off Steve Kinser for his third straight top-three finish. Lasoski crossed the finish line in fifth place, ahead of Smith, Hillenburg, Jacobs, Tim Shaffer and Saldana.
Saldana received his seventh Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the year for pacing the qualifying session with a 125.035-m.p.h. lap. WoO
Pennzoil World of Outlaws
VIVARIN QUALIFICATION: 1. Joey Saldana, Brownsburg IN, Saldana Mtrsprt 17 , 10.797 2. Mark Kinser, Oolitic IN, Kinser 5M , 10.804 3. Sammy Swindell, Cordova TN, Swindell Mtrspt 1 , 10.873 4. Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa PA, Helm 11H , 10.905 5. Donny Schatz, Minot ND, Schatz 15 , 10.906 6. Stevie Smith, New Oxford PA, Smith Racing 19 , 10.947 7. Dale Blaney, Hartford OH, DB Racing 93 , 10.978 8. Daryn Pittman, Owasso OK, Pittman Racing 3 , 10.995 9. Dean Jacobs, Wooster OH, Holbrook 8H , 11.017 10. Brian Paulus, Mechanicsburg PA, P&P Mtrsprts 28 , 11.024 11. Andy Hillenburg, Broken Arrow OK, Hillenburg 2 , 11.058 12. Greg Hodnett, Memphis TN, Millenium Racng 12V , 11.071 13. Danny Lasoski, Dover MO, Roth Racing 83 , 11.081 14. Brooke Tatnell, San Soucy NSW AU, Parsons Racing 6 .,11.113 15. Johnny Herrera, Tempe AZ, DOCC Mtrsprts 20 , 11.123 16. Danny Wood, Norman OK, Woodburn 21W , 11.123 17. Steve Kinser, Bloomington IN, Kinser 11 , 11.166 18. Terry McCarl, Pleasant Hill IA, Serace Racing 55 , 11.190 19. Jac Haudenschild, Wooster OH, Elden Racing 22 , 11.200 20. Toni Lutar, White Rock BC CN, Lutar 4X , 11.316 21. Micah Schliemann, Sioux Falls SD, Carnahan R19 , 11.335 22. Gary DeWall, Jackson MN, DeWall 16 , 11.349 23. Christi Passmore, Pryor OK, GAP Roofing 1A , 11.487 24. John Lambertz, Sioux Falls SD, Lambertz 12L , 11.487 25. Steve Ballenger, Harrisburg SD, Parker 53 , 11.596 26. Kenny Hansen, Nunda SD, Hansen 4 , 11.598 27. Matt Wasmund, Burnsville MN, Wasmund Family 4W , 11.650 28. Chad Meyer, Sioux Falls SD, Wilson 1W , 11.715 29. Randy Rosenboom, Rock Rapids IA, Rosenboom 14R , 11.806 30. George Porter, Cheyenne WY, GP Excavat 99 , 12.287 31. Chuck McGillivray, Madison SD, McGillivray 101 , 12.517
NAPA AUTO PARTS HEAT 1 10 Laps 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Dean Jacobs, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Joey Saldana, 6. Micah Schliemann, 7. Randy Rosenboom, 8. Steve Ballenger,
NAPA AUTO PARTS HEAT 2 10 Laps 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Brian Paulus, 4. Brooke Tatnell, 5. Terry McCarl, 6. Gary DeWall, 7. Kenny Hansen, 8. George Porter,
NAPA AUTO PARTS HEAT 3 10 Laps 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Dale Blaney, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Johnny Herrera, 6. Matt Wasmund, 7. Christi Passmore, 8. Chuck McGillivray,
NAPA AUTO PARTS HEAT 4 10 Laps 1. Daryn Pittman, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Tim Shaffer, 4. Danny Wood, 5. Toni Lutar, 6. John Lambertz, 7. Chad Meyer,
CHANNELLOCK DASH 1 10 Laps 1. Donny Schatz. 2. Sammy Swindell. 3. Danny Lasoski. 4. Dean Jacobs. 5. Andy Hillenburg. 6. Steve Kinser. 7. Jac Haudenschild. 8. Dale Blaney. 9. Johnny Herrera. 10. Joey Saldana.
CHANNELLOCK DASH 2 10 Laps 1. Mark Kinser. 2. Daryn Pittman. 3. Brian Paulus. 4. Greg Hodnett. 5. Tim Shaffer. 6. Brooke Tatnell. 7. Danny Wood. 8. Terry McCarl. 9. Toni Lutar. 10. Stevie Smith.
B FEATURE 12 Laps 1. Micah Schliemann. 2. Gary DeWall. 3. Kenny Hansen. 4. John Lambertz. 5. Christi Passmore. 6. Chad Meyer. 7. Matt Wasmund. 8. Steve Ballenger. 9. George Porter. 10. Chuck McGillivray. 11. Randy Rosenboom.
A FEATURE 30 Laps 1. Mark Kinser. 2. Sammy Swindell. 3. Donny Schatz. 4. Steve Kinser. 5. Danny Lasoski. 6. Stevie Smith. 7. Andy Hillenburg. 8. Dean Jacobs. 9. Tim Shaffer. 10. Joey Saldana. 11. Dale Blaney. 12. Johnny Herrera. 13. Jac Haudenschild. 14. Brooke Tatnell. 15. Micah Schliemann. 16. Gary DeWall. 17. Danny Wood. 18. Kenny Hansen. 19. Toni Lutar. 20. John Lambertz. 21. Daryn Pittman. 22. Brian Paulus. 23. Greg Hodnett. 24. Terry McCarl.
LAP LEADERS: DONNY SCHATZ 1-7, MARK KINSER 8-30 VIVARIN FAST TIME AWARD: JOEY SALDANA
Late Model Stock Cars
Heat #1: 20 Perry Tschetter; 2. 80 Jim Baartman; 3. 9 Brad Wollman; 4. 34 Dale Furby; 5. 22 Gary Brown, Jr.; 6. 17G Gus Clark
Heat #2: 1. 19 Marty Barber; 2. 82 Howard Baartman; 3. 175 Ray Feltman; 4. 85 Rob Anderson; 5. 18 Doug Olivier; 6. 56 Todd Sterzinger
Heat #3: 1. 71 Dave Olivier; 2. 98 Dan Jensen; 3. 17 Don Bickett; 4. 00 Lee Schlumbohm; 5. 21 Ray Sveeggen; 6. 5B Brad VanVoorst
A Feature: 1. 9 Brad Wollman; 2. 19 Marty Barber; 3. 82 Howard Baartman; 4. 22 Gary Brown, Jr.; 5. 20 Perry Tschetter; 6. 175 Ray Feltman; 7. 56 Todd Sterzinger; 8. 71 Dave Olivier; 9. 34 Dale Furby; 10. 00 Lee Schlombohm; 11. 85 Rob Anderson; 12. 17 Don Bickett; 13. 5B Brad VanVoorst; 14. 17G Gus Clark; 15. 80 Jim Baartman (DNF); 16. 98 Dan Jensen (DNF); 17. 21 Ray Sveeggen (DNF); 18. 18 Doug Olivier (DNF); 19. 11M Jeff Machovsky