Tuesday, April 25, 2017

1987 – Kinser Captures Knoxville ‘Outlaw’ Win

Knoxville, Iowa (April 25, 1987) – Steve Kinser, aboard the Karl Kinser Coors Light Gambler, drove to a convincing win before a huge crowd at the World of Outlaws-sanctioned ‘Spring Opener’ at the Marion County Fairgrounds on Saturday night.
The victory, which extended the fleet Kinser’s series lead, paid $8,000 and was his 176th career World of Outlaws’ feature win.
“I about got caught loafin’,” Kinser said in victory lane as he referred to Jac Haudenschild’s late race charge. “I was just trying to stay out of the holes. The track was rough tonight and there towards the end I thought I had a better lead.”
Thee 25-lap event was halted on lap 8 when race leader Bobby Davis Jr. tangled with a lapped car as he entered turn two. The impact sent the Memphis, Tenn., driver tumbling into the fence. He was transported to the Knoxville Area Community Hospital complaining of discomfort in his arm.
Kinser assumed the lead on the restart and a two-car battle ensued when Haudenschild came into contention shortly thereafter. Both use great portions of the half-mile oval as they fought through lapped traffic for the lead but at the checkered flag it was Kinser with the win.
Haudenschild earned $4,500 for his runner-up finish. Brad Doty, Mark Kinser and Danny Smith rounded out the top five.
Mark Kinser set another new track record in time trials for the weekend, erasing cousin Steve’s 24-hour mark with a clocking of 16.5 seconds.
Heat win went to John Tuttle, Ron Shuman, Greg Rule and Danny Smith. The B-feature was won by John Stevenson.

Results –

Fast time – Mark Kinser (16.50)
First heat – Jeff Tuttle, West Des Moines, Iowa
Second heat – Ron Shuman, Tempe, Ariz.
Third heat – Greg Rule, Pine Grove, Calif.
Fourth heat – Danny Smith, Danville, Ind.
B-main – John Stevenson, St. Paul, Minn.
Feature –

1.    Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Ind.
2.    Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio
3.    Brad Doty, Millersburg, Ohio
4.    Mark Kinser, Oolitic, Ind.
5.    Danny Smith
6.    Chris Eash, Woodbine, Md.
7.    Jimmy Sills, Placerville, Calif.
8.    Shane Carson, Oklahoma City
9.    Ron Shuman
10.  Bob East, West Des Moines, Iowa
11.  Johnny Herrera, Albuquerque, N.M
      12.  Rocky Hodges, Des Moines
13.  Tim Gee, Jamestown, Ind.
14.  Tony Armstrong, Sands Spring, Okla..
15.  Greg Wooley, Oklahoma City
16.  Danny Lasoski, Dover, Mo.
17.   Jeff Tuttle
18.   John Stevenson
19.   Craig Keel, Weedsport, N.Y.
20.   Kenny Jacobs, Holmesville, Ohio
21.   T.J. Giddings, Kansas City
22.   Bobby Davis Jr., Memphis, Tenn..
23.   Jaymie Moyle, Australia
24.   Greg Rule

Sunday, April 23, 2017

1972 – Vinton Monza to Zwanziger

Vinton, Iowa (April 23, 1972) – Waterloo, Iowa’s Bill Zwanziger worked into the top spot at the midway point of the feature event, built a comfortable lead, then escaped some last lap efforts by Ed Sanger to nail down the 50-lap Monza Championship at the Benton County Fairgrounds on Sunday afternoon.

Zwanziger's win in the 50-lap grind gave him a clean sweep for the afternoon. He would set quick time during qualifying, touring the quarter-mile in 17.38 seconds, then nipping Independence, Iowa's Glen Martin the a hotly-contested first heat.

It would be the second heat winner, Al Mayner of Winthrop, Iowa, however, that would set the pace for the first 23 circuits in the main event. Zwanziger would put his "foot to the floor" in his Al Frieden-prepared 1970 Nova and slip past the flying physician on lap 24 to take the lead for good.

Lap 46 provided a scare for Zwanziger when he was slowed by some lapped traffic, and Sanger, seeing an opportunity, applied the pressure.
But Zwanziger, the 20-year racing veteran did some quick dodging through traffic to re-build his lead to a two-car margin ahead of Sanger at the finish.

Despite nagging mechanical woes, Glen Martin would hang in there to finish third while Mayner would settle for fourth place. Larry Wasserfort of Cedar Falls, Iowa, would round out the top five.

Results –
Fast qualifier – Bill Zwanziger, Waterloo, Iowa (17.68)
Heat #1 – Bill Zwanziger
Heat #2 – Al Mayner, Winthrop, Iowa
Feature –
1.    Bill Zwanziger
2.    Ed Sanger, Waterloo, Iowa
3.    Glen Martin, Independence, Iowa
4.    Al Mayner
5.    Larry Wasserfort, Cedar Falls, Iowa
6.    Cal Swanson, Reinbeck, Iowa
7.    Red Dralle, Waterloo, Iowa
8.    Dennis Hovinga, Laurens, Iowa
9.    Dale DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa
10.  Buggy Vincent, Nevada, Iowa

Friday, April 14, 2017

1973 – Sanger Tromps Sunset Field

Omaha, Neb. (April 14, 1973) – Ed Sanger of Waterloo, Iowa, led an impressive late model field for over half of the 100 laps to win the $5,000 Spring Invitational at Sunset Speedway on Saturday evening.
The veteran driver, who also won the fourth heat in his 1970 Monte Carlo, took home $1,000 for his efforts.
A field of 22 late models started on the extremely rough and wind-polished track. The race was mishap-free, yet only 11 cars were still on the track when the checkers waved.
Sanger, who started on the outside of the second row, grabbed the lead from polesitter Bill Zwanziger of Waterloo, Iowa, on lap 48.
On lap 53, Zwanziger would lose his runner-up position to Omahan Bob Kosiski, when his 1972 Nova dropped a ball joint and was forced to exit.
Kosiski held on to second place for the remaining 47 circuits but couldn’t touch Sanger, who maintained a half a lap lead throughout the second half of the race. Kosiski would pocket $600 for second place.
Sanger and Kosiski would lap the field several times, causing scorekeepers additional time, at the conclusion, to tally up the final statistics.
Eventually, a pair of Council Bluff, Iowa, drivers, Ed Morris and Wally Nissen, would claim third and fourth respectively. Denny Hovinga of Laurens, Iowa, would round out the top five.
Of those top five finishers, three carried 1972 point championships at various tracks. Sanger at Cedar Rapids, Independence, Oskaloosa and Waterloo. Kosiski at Omaha and Nebraska City. Hovinga at Algona, Alta, Boone and Webster City.

Results –

Heat #1 – Dwight Engleen, Boone, Iowa
Heat #2 – Bill Zwanziger, Waterloo, Iowa
Heat #3 – Ed Morris, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Heat #4 – Ed Sanger, Waterloo, Iowa
Trophy dash – Bill Zwanziger
Consolation – Ron Weedon, Pleasant Valley, Iowa
Feature –
1.     Ed Sanger
2.     Bob Kosiski, Omaha
3.     Ed Morris
4.     Wally Nissen, Council Bluffs, Iowa
5.     Denny Hovinga, Laurens, Iowa
6.     Stan Stover, Reinbeck, Iowa
7.     Randy Sterner, Blair, Neb.
8.     Curt Hansen, Dike, Iowa
9.     Dave Bjorge, Austin, Minn.
10.  Ron Weedon
11.  George Barton, Ankeny, Iowa
12.  Don Hoffman, Des Moines
13.  Bill Martin, Council Bluffs
14.  Ron Tilley, Council Bluffs
15.  Bill Zwanziger
16.  Tom Bartholomew, Waterloo, Iowa
17.  Dwight Engleen
18.  John Moss, Iowa City
19.  Arnie Braland, Boone, Iowa
20.  Chuck Carter, Bellevue, Neb.
21.  Al Druesdow, Omaha
22.  Glen McKeighgan, Council Bluffs

Sunday, April 2, 2017

1995 – Robe stays perfect for $5,000 in Beatrice

Beatrice, Neb. (April 2, 1995) – Marc Robe was just one of many drivers who signed in to do battle at the 2nd annual IMCA Modified Sprint Nationals at Beatrice Speedway, but he was the one who walked away with the glory, the cash, and the championship trophy.

More than 100 IMCA modifieds and their drivers showed up for qualifying sessions on Saturday. Robe began the night on a high note, winning his heat and earning himself a spot in the $5,000 to win main event. After completion of the 12 heats, the winners stepped forward to redraw for a 12-car shootout to determine the first six rows of Sunday’s 40-lap main event. Robe drew the pole position, and from there the competition would case Robe for the remainder of the weekend.

Robe held off Beatrice’s defending track champion, Kevin Larkins of Adams, Neb., for the win in the 12-lap qualifying dash, earning the pole position for Sunday’s finale, with Larkins set to start outside of the front row.

That was as close as anybody would get to Robe as he drove away from the field for victory in the 28-car Spring Nationals feature race. Larkins slipped to third midway through the race as Winona, Minnesota’s Bob Timm came from the seventh starting spot to take the second spot, where he could finish ahead of Larkins, earning $2,500 to Larkins’ $1,200. Kerry Davis of Kansas City, Mo., and Tim Donlinger of Rochester, Minn., rounded out the top five finishers behind Robe, Timm and Larkins.

The main event paid $200 to start with more than $21,000 handed out over the three-day weekend.

In addition to the $5,000 top prize, Robe also pocketed $250 from Sunoco Race Fuels for the being the top finisher using Sunoco. Larkins collected $125 for being the next highest racer “on the gas,” while Ricky Stephan of South Sioux City, Neb., garnered $75 for being the third highest finisher.

Results –

  1. Marc Robe, Wichita, Kan.
  2. Bob Timm, Winona, Minn.   
  3. Kevin Larkins, Greenwood, Neb.
  4. Kerry Davis, Kansas City, Mo.
  5. Tim Donlinger, Rochester, Minn.
  6. Gene Claxton, Kansas City, Mo.
  7. Marc Hurd, Wichita, Kan.
  8. Jack Byers, Spencer, Iowa
  9. Frankie Legg, Beatrice, Neb.
  10. Mike Sandholm, Belleville, Kan.
  11. Curt Gelling, Aberdeen, S.D.
  12. David Murray, Oberlin, Kan.
  13. Mike Heideman, Seneca, Kan.
  14. Joe Kosiski, Omaha, Neb.
  15. Dean Wray, Trenton, Mo.
  16. Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb.
  17. Steve Droste, Waterloo, Iowa
  18. Rusty Glosser, Lincoln, Neb.
  19. Kenny Sweet Jr., Wichita, Kan.
  20. Sean Burkland, Ceresco, Neb.
  21. Martin Bennett, Des Moines, Iowa
  22. Tony Efkamp, Boone, Iowa
  23. Doug Durham, Omaha, Neb.
  24. Jon Swartz, Omaha, Neb.
  25. Kelly Shryock, Story City, Iowa
  26. Rudy Blake, Wilbur, Neb.
  27. Ken Sweet, Wichita, Kan.
  28. Bruce Serene, Hillsboro, Kan.