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Mark Kinser Wins First Feature of the Year at Hagerstown By Richard Day HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 19) – Before Monday at Hagerstown Speedway, the last time Mark Kinser won an O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature he was leading the point standings. The two-time series champion dominated Monday’s rain-delayed main event at Hagerstown, leading all 30 laps to win for the first time this season. Almost 13 months passed since the 1984 co-Rookie of the Year paased Danny Lasoski for the points lead while winning at Lakeside Speedway. The $10,000 victory was Kinser’s fifth at Hagerstown’s ½-mile oval.

"Man, it feels good," Kinser yelled to the capacity crowd. "It’s been over a year for us. We picked up a sponsor for the eastern swing here with Sabco, and it’s nice to win for them. The car worked great all race long, but I knew there toward the end someone had to be coming.

"We had to change engines after qualifying. A lot of times when that happens you can’t get the car prepared for the later races, but my guys did a great job changing it in 15 minutes, and gave me a great car the rest of the night."

Kinser passed Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate Jason Sides in the point standings Sunday at Grandview Speedway, then moved past the injured Craig Dollansky into fifth place Monday. Kinser, who set Hagerstown’s single-lap record with a 120.442-M.P.H. lap in 1999, was the sixth-fastest qualifier in the 33-car field. He earned the privilege of starting next to pole-sitter Johnny Herrera by winning his fifth Dash Race of the season.

Kinser drove father Karl Kinser’s #5M Durst Auctions/Williams Properties Maxim into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event. Brian Paulus, the last driver to qualify for the feature, collided with Fourth Heat Race winner Jac Haudenschild and spun in turn two early in the second lap. Fast qualifier Steve Kinser was trying to maneuver around Sean Michael as the green flag replaced the yellow when Greg Hodnett passed him for sixth place on the front straightaway. Hodnett, the O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series Rookie of the Year in 1993, took the inside line through the first and second corners to pass Michael the next time around. Donny Schatz used a similar move between turns three and four to pass Herrera for second place half a lap later.

Daryn Pittman, the "A" Feature winner at Hagerstown Speedway last May 18th, steered Sher-Don Motorsports’ #21 Hop & Sack J&J to the lowest point in the second corner to pass Steve Kinser for sixth place early in lap six. Mark Kinser was a straightaway ahead of Schatz when he entered lapped traffic two laps later. Hodnett passed Herrera deep in turn two, then raced around Schatz high in the fourth corner to claim the runner-up spot late in the 11th lap. Lasoski, the current O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series points leader, passed Herrera in the low groove between turns one and two for sixth place eight laps later. Hodnett was 20 car-lengths behind Kinser midway through the race. He narrowed the gap to 10 car-lengths by lap 22, but Kinser was nine car-lengths ahead when he took the checkered flag to claim the 151st victory of his career.

Schatz moved past Haudenschild into eighth place in the point standings by finishing in third. Pittman raced into fourth place, ahead of Lance Dewease, Lasoski, Steve Kinser, 13th-starting Joey Saldana, Chad Layton and Paul McMahan. Sammy Swindell, who leads the O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series with six "A" Feature victories at Hagerstown Speedway, raced past six cars to finish in 16th place. Kasey Kahne driving Karavan Racing’s #7 VMAC Maxim for Dollansky, won the "B" Feature and finished 17th in the main event. Steve Kinser paced the qualifying session, driving his #11 Quaker State Maxim around the semi-banked, ½-mile oval in 16.607 seconds – an average speed of 108.388 M.P.H. WoO

2003 O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown, MD Monday, May 19, Feature Program #21

Qualifying: 1. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 16.607; 2. Daryn Pittman, Sher-Don Motorsports 21, 16.727; 3. Lance Dewease, Hamilton 77, 16.754; 4. Greg Hodnett, Apple 12, 16.805; 5. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 16.849; 6. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 16.852; 7. Johnny Herrera, Wilburn 2W, 16.885; 8. Sean Michael, Zemco 1Z, 16.896; 9. Chad Layton, Wholesale Auto U1, 16.900; 10. Kasey Kahne, Karavan Racing 7, 16.932; 11. Tyler Walker, C&W Motorsports 35, 16.932; 12. Paul McMahan, Helm 11H, 17.014; 13. Danny Lasoski, Stewart 20, 17.081; 14. Jac Haudenschild, Forbrook 5, 17.081; 15. Mike Erdley, Lisi 11E, 17.133; 16. Joey Saldana, Saldana 17, 17.138; 17. Tim Shaffer, Roth 83, 17.166; 18. Fred Rahmer, Harz 88H, 17.281; 19. Brooke Weibley, Shellada 32, 17.303; 20. Bob Bennett, Acme Trailers 3, 17.345; 21. Cris Eash, Eash 17E, 17.382; 22. Kevin Frey, Frey 2K, 17.411; 23. Sammy Swindell, Roth 1, 17.440; 24. Brian Paulus, P and P Motorsports 28, 17.447; 25. Jason Sides, Sides Motorsports 7S, 17.449; 26. Glenndon Forsythe, Parrish 21P, 17.798; 27. Lucas Wolfe, Allebach 5W, 17.838; 28. Mark Smith, Keen 53, 17.846; 29. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 17.933; 30. Chappy Knaack, Knaack 51, 18.072; 31. Adrian Shaffer, Postupack 25, 18.183; 32. Dan Shetler, Shetler 7K, 18.953; 33. Mike Dillman, Dillman 8D, 19.077.

First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joey Saldana, 2. Chad Layton, 3. Tim Shaffer, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Sean Michael, 6. Stevie Smith, 7. Mike Dillman, 8. Jason Sides, 9. Brian Paulus. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature)

Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Mike Erdley, 3. Fred Rahmer, 4. Daryn Pittman, 5. Johnny Herrera, 6. Kasey Kahne, 7. Glenndon Forsythe, 8. Chappy Knaack. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature)

Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Tyler Walker, 4. Lance Dewease, 5. Kevin Frey, 6. Brook Weibley, 7. Adrian Shaffer, 8. Lucas Wolfe. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature)

Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Cris Eash, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Greg Hodnett, 5. Paul McMahan, 6. Mark Smith, 7. Dan Shetler, 8. Bob Bennett. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature)

First Dash Race (five laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Chad Layton, 5. Lance Dewease, 6. Danny Lasoski, 7. Joey Saldana, 8. Paul McMahan. (finish determined the inside starting positions in the first eight rows in the "A" Feature lineup)

Second Dash Race (five laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Sean Michael, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Daryn Pittman, 5. Tyler Walker, 6. Mike Erdley, 7. Tim Shaffer, 8. Jac Haudenschild. (finish determined the outside starting positions in the first eight rows in the "A" Feature lineup)

B Feature (12 laps): 1. Kasey Kahne, 2. Jason Sides, 3. Brooke Weibley, 4. Brian Paulus, 5. Stevie Smith ($200); 6.Adrian Shaffer ($180); 7. Chappy Knaack ($150); 8. Dan Shetler ($120); 9. Glenndon Forsythe ($100); 10. Lucas Wolfe ($90); 11. Mike Dillman ($90); 12. Mark Smith ($70); 13. Bob Bennett ($60). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature)

A Feature (30 laps): 1. Mark Kinser [2] ($10,000); 2. Greg Hodnett [6] ($5,500); 3. Donny Schatz [3] ($3,200); 4. Daryn Pittman [8] ($2,800); 5. Lance Dewease [9] ($2,500); 6. Danny Lasoski [11] ($2,300); 7. Steve Kinser [5] ($2,200); 8. Joey Saldana [13] ($2,100); 9. Chad Layton [7] ($2,050); 10. Paul McMahan [15] ($2,000); 11. Johnny Herrera [1] ($1,500); 12. Sean Michael [4] ($1,200); 13. Tim Shaffer [14] ($1,100); 14. Fred Rahmer [18] ($1,050); 15. Tyler Walker [10] ($1,000); 16. Sammy Swindell [22] ($900); 17. Kasey Kahne [17] ($820); 18. Brian Paulus [23] ($820); 19. Jason Sides [24] ($820); 20. Mike Erdley [14] ($800); 21. Cris Eash [20] ($800); 22. Jac Haudenschild [16] ($800); 23. Brooke Weibley [19] ($820); 24. Kevin Frey [21] ($800).

Lap leader: Mark Kinser 1-30 home.