Mark Kinser Wins Budweiser Spring Classic at Knoxville

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    By Richard Day

    KNOXVILLE, IA (May 1) – The last time Mark Kinser raced at Knoxville Raceway, his father, Karl Kinser, underwent an emergency appendectomy at Knoxville Area Community Hospital during the Knoxville Nationals. That somber memory was still on Kinser’s mind Saturday when he won the Budweiser Spring Classic – only his second World of Outlaws Sprint Series event this season.

    “I have to thank pretty much the entire staff of Knoxville Hospital,” Mark said. “They got us through a rough time, and I still get pretty choked up even thinking about it.

    “We finally got some good help. We’ve had trouble keeping good help around. I guess when you’re not running up front, they don’t want to stay. We have Chris (Strait) working for us now, and I think he’s one of the best mechanics I’ve ever had.

    “I have to thank Chuck Merrill of Maxim Chassis. We have an experimental car – it’s the only one like it in the field. He and my dad put their heads together and came up with something that really worked here tonight. I didn’t really think I was that well liked or respected around here, but I’ve had a lot of fans come up this weekend and say they’re glad to see me back. That really means a lot.”

    The three-time Knoxville Nationals champion led all 25 laps in the 152nd victory of his World of Outlaws Sprint Series career. The $10,000 victory was the 13th of his career at Knoxville Raceway. Kinser is the sixth different winner in 11 World of Outlaws Sprint Series main events in 2004.

    Kinser, the sixth-fastest qualifier in the largest field the World of Outlaws Sprint Series has attracted this year – 65 cars – qualified for the main event despite spinning out of third place in the Third Heat Race. The two-time World of Outlaw Sprint Series champion won the First Dash Race for the privilege of starting the “A” Feature on the pole.

    Kinser drove the #5M SABKO Maxim past outside pole-sitter Jason Johnson as the green flag fell in the main event. Ricky Logan flipped in the first corner early in the second lap, however, bringing out the red flag. Kinser and Johnson exchanged the lead twice within a lap after the race resumed, only to have Matt Moro flip in turn four. Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year points leader Kraig Kinser used a provisional to start the “A” Feature. He collided with Moro, but rejoined the race after his crew replaced the front wing on the #11K Delco-Remy Maxim, and eventually finished in 20th place.

    Defending Knoxville Nationals champion Danny Lasoski and Tim Kaeding passed Craig Dollansky within two laps after the green flag replaced the red. “The Crowd Pleaser” regained fifth place late in lap five by driving the #7 VMAC Maxim around Kaeding in the high groove between turns three and four.


    Jason Meyers and Lasoski raced past Johnson for second and third place during the ninth and 10th laps. Johnson passed “The Dude” just before Brian Paulus stopped on the back straightaway with overheating problems late in lap 11. Fast-qualifier Chad Kemenah, Dollansky, Meyers and Tim Shaffer passed Johnson during the race’s middle stages.

    Kinser opened a comfortable advantage as positions 2-6 changed often during the final six laps. Lasoski and Kemenah raced past Meyers on the back straightaway for second and third place midway through the 19th lap. Kemenah continued his run to the front the next time around, riding the rim through turn four to pass “The Dude” for the runner-up spot a split-second before “B” Feature winner Joey Saldana flipped into Daryn Pittman on the front stretch. Pittman’s crew repaired the #21 Hop & Sack CMC and he raced back into 14th place during the final five laps.

    Shaffer, who drove the #83 Beef Packers Eagle past 14 cars during the first 21 laps, passed Kaeding deep in the second corner for sixth place with 1 2/3 laps remaining.

    Kinser was 1.8 seconds ahead of Kemenah when he took the checkered flag. Beef Packers teammates Shaffer and Kaeding claimed fourth and fifth place with the checkered flag in sight as Dollansky ran out of fuel and coasted toward the finish line.

    Lasoski narrowed Steve Kinser’s advantage in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series standings to 53 points with his fifth top-five run of the year. Shaffer finished in fourth place, ahead of Kaeding, Dollansky, 22nd-starting Donny Schatz, Meyers, 20th-starting Steve Kinser and Jason Sides, who started inside the 12th row.

    Kemenah paced the qualifying session with a 113.694-M.P.H. lap around Knoxville’s legendary half-mile oval.

    The World of Outlaws Sprint Series will run $51,600 events at Lawrenceburg Speedway Thursday and Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway Saturday. WoO

    2004 World of Outlaws Sprint Series

    Budweiser Spring Classic

    Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville IA

    Saturday, May 1, Feature Program #11

    Qualifying: 1. Chad Kemenah, Harble 15K, 15.832; 2. Jeremy Campbell, Campbell 10C, 16.058; 3. Tim Kaeding, Roth 83JR, 16.059; 4. Joey Saldana, Woodward 4, 16.067; 5. Craig Dollansky, Karavan 7, 16.086; 6. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 16.108; 7. Jeff Mitrisin, Mitrisin 5J, 16.124; 8. Calvin Landis, Landis 70, 16.144; 9. Jason Johnson, Cox 50D, 16.175; 10. John Vandenberg, Carter V10, 16.180; 11. Skip Jackson, J&S Motorsports 2X, 16.200; 12. Brian Brown, Parsons 6, 16.200; 13. Jason Meyers, Elite Racing 14, 16.207; 14. Erin Crocker, Woodring 16, 16.212; 15. Billy Alley, Alley 22, 16.222; 16. Tyler Walker, Forbrook 5, 16.228; 17. Danny Lasoski, Stewart 20, 16.239; 18. Matt Moro, Sonner 47, 16.245; 19. Wayne Johnson, Fattfro 14AJ, 16.253; 20. Paul McMahan, Helm 11H, 16.263; 21. Randy Anderson, Carnahan R19, 16.266; 22. Eddie Leavitt, Jr., Arends 1A, 16.280; 23. Randy Hannagan, TH Racing 1X, 16.281; 24. Brian Paulus, Pender 28, 16.292; 25. Chad Meyer, Julius 1W, 16.297; 26. Mike Moore, Moore 69, 16.298; 27. Travis Cram, Cram 92, 16.302; 28. Jesse Hockett, VKCC Motorsports 75, 16.360; 29. Jonathan Allard, Wright 35, 16.379; 30. Bobby Mincer, Mincer 15M, 16.390; 31. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 16.413; 32. Brent Antill, Jordan 1, 16.420; 33. Jaymie Moyle, Stroud 1S, 16.436; 34. Tim Shaffer, Roth 83, 16.444; 35. Chris Walraven, Muddy Lush Racing 56, 16.446; 36. Josh Higday, Ridge 83H, 16.450; 37. Jesse Gianetto, Dago Motorsports D1, 16.463; 38. Mark Toews, Toews 5T, 16.472; 39. Brooke Tatnell, Grandstaff 66, 16.479; 40. Mike Reinke, Cowman 02, 16.486; 41. Tim St. Arnold, Kinnsey 8S, 16.489; 42. Ricky Logan, Gifford 17G, 16.490; 43. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 16.513; 44. Collin Northway, Northway 60, 16.542; 45. Kerry Madsen, Vermeer 55, 16.553; 46. Jason Sides, Sides Motorsports 7S, 16.555; 47. Jason Solwold, K&M Motorsports 18, 16.587; 48. Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 16.588; 49. Daryn Pittman, Woodburn 21, 16.598; 50. Kraig Kinser, Kinser 11K, 16.624; 51. John Lambertz, Lambertz 12L, 16.647; 52. Jeff Johnson, Phillips 11J, 16.671; 53. Kevin Frey, Kevlar 2K, 16.675; 54. Lynton Jeffrey, VanderEcken 10, 16.777; 55. Mark Hurd, Hurd 44M, 16.936; 56. Jerrol Slinkard, Slinkard 15S, 16.963; 57. Shane Stewart, Chilcutt 4M, 16.990; 58. Randy Martin, Diamond Motorsports 14M, 16.992; 59. Ryan Anderson, Anderson 71R, 17.206; 60. Greg Jones, Jones 35X, 17.442; 61. Larry Ball, Jr., McCarl 7X, 17.540; 62. Robert Bell, Bell 71, 17.569; 63. Tyler Houseman, Houseman 50, 18.292; 64. Clint Garner, Garner 40, 22.124; 65. Brian Carlson, Carlson 18C, no time. (Fastest 48 qualifiers ran heat races, 49-65 raced in the “D” Feature)

    First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Tyler Walker, 3. Brian Paulus, 4. Jason Johnson, 5. Chad Kemenah, 6. Kerry Madsen, 7. Jonathan Allard, 8. Calvin Landis, 9. Jesse Gianetto, 10. Tim St. Arnold, 11. Jaymie Moyle, 12. Chad Meyer. (first five qualified for the “A” Feature)

    Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Randy Hannagan, 2. Matt Moro, 3. Billy Alley, 4. Tim Shaffer, 5. Jeremy Campbell, 6. Jason Sides, 7. Mike Moore, 8. Ricky Logan, 9. John Vandenberg, 10. Bobby Mincer, 11. Mark Toews, 12. Jeff Mitrisin. (first five qualified for the “A” Feature)

    Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Wayne Johnson, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Tim Kaeding, 5. Mark Kinser, 6. Travis Cram, 7. Skip Jackson, 8. Jason Solwold, 9. Chris Walraven, 10. Erin Crocker, 11. Brooke Tatnell, 12. Eddie Leavitt, Jr. (first five qualified for the “A” Feature)

    Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Paul McMahan, 2. Randy Anderson, 3. Jason Meyers, 4. Craig Dollansky, 5. Terry McCarl, 6. Mike Reinke, 7. Collin Northway, 8. Jesse Hockett, 9. Joey Saldana, 10. Brent Antill, 11. Josh Higday, 12. Brian Brown. (first five qualified for the “A” Feature)

    D Feature (eight laps): 1. Kraig Kinser, 2. Daryn Pittman, 3. Shane Stewart, 4. Jeff Johnson, 5. Larry Ball, Jr., 6. Randy Martin, 7. Clint Garner, 8. Jerrol Slinkard, 9. Robert Bell, 10. Tyler Houseman. (first two qualified for the “C” Feature)

    C Feature (10 laps): 1. Mike Reinke, 2. Josh Higday, 3. Ricky Logan, 4. Shane Stewart, 5. Jason Sides, 6. Kraig Kinser, 7. Jason Solwold ($100); 8. Kerry Madsen, 9. Larry Ball, Jr. ($70); 10. Chris Walraven ($60); 11. Mark Toews ($50); 12. Jeff Johnson ($40); 13. Collin Northway ($35); 14. Daryn Pittman, 15. Tim St. Arnold ($30). (first five qualified for the “B” Feature)

    First Dash Race (five laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Jason Meyers, 3. Tim Kaeding, 4. Chad Kemenah, 5. Paul McMahan, 6. Matt Moro, 7. Tyler Walker, 8. Randy Hannagan. (finish determined the inside starting positions in the first eight rows in the “A” Feature lineup)

    Second Dash Race (five laps): 1. Jason Johnson, 2. Craig Dollansky, 3. Billy Alley, 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Jeremy Campbell, 6. Wayne Johnson, 7. Brian Paulus, 8. Randy Anderson. (finish determined the outside starting positions in the first eight rows in the “A” Feature lineup)

    B Feature (12 laps): 1. Joey Saldana, 2. Jason Sides, 3. Brian Brown, 4. Calvin Landis, 5. Skip Jackson ($200); 6. John Vandenberg ($180); 7. Jonathan Allard ($150); 8. Jesse Hockett ($120); 9. Mike Reinke ($120); 10. Shane Stewart ($110); 11. Josh Higday ($90); 12. Mike Moore ($60); 13. Jaymie Moyle ($60); 14. Bobby Mincer ($50); 15. Chad Meyer ($50); 16. Travis Cram ($50); 17. Ricky Logan, 18. Brent Antill ($50). (first four qualified for the “A” Feature)

    A Feature (25 laps): 1. Mark Kinser [1] ($10,000); 2. Chad Kemenah [7] ($5,500); 3. Danny Lasoski [8] ($3,200); 4. Tim Shaffer [21] ($2,800); 5. Tim Kaeding [5] ($2,500); 6. Craig Dollansky [4] ($2,300); 7. Donny Schatz [22] ($2,200); 8. Jason Meyers [3] ($2,100); 9. Steve Kinser [20] ($2,050); 10. Jason Sides [23] ($2,020); 11. Wayne Johnson [12] ($1,500); 12. Randy Hannagan [15] ($1,200); 13. Jason Johnson [2] ($1,100); 14. Daryn Pittman [27] ($1,070); 15. Kerry Madsen [26] ($1,020); 16. Brian Brown [19] ($920); 17. Jeremy Campbell [10] ($800); 18. Paul McMahan [9] ($800); 19. Randy Anderson [16] ($800); 20. Kraig Kinser [28] ($820); 21. Calvin Landis [18] ($820); 22. Billy Alley [6] ($800); 23. Joey Saldana [17] ($820); 24. Tyler Walker [13] ($800); 25. Brian Paulus [14] ($800); 26. Terry McCarl [24] ($800); 27. Matt Moro [11] ($800); 28. Ricky Logan [25] ($820). Provisional starters: Ricky Logan, Kerry Madsen, Daryn Pittman, Kraig Kinser

    Lap leader: Mark Kinser 1-25

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