Knoxville Nationals - Recaps from the past (1993-1994)
During the early 1990's Steve Kinser dominated the sprint car world and his dominance was also apparent at the Amoco Knoxville Nationals. He won the Nationals in 1991 and 1992 and in 1993, he was trying to score his third "three peat" at the ...
During the early 1990's Steve Kinser dominated the sprint car world and his dominance was also apparent at the Amoco Knoxville Nationals. He won the Nationals in 1991 and 1992 and in 1993, he was trying to score his third "three peat" at the Nationals. "The King" was the fast qualifier on the opening night and escaped disaster in his heat race and finished second. In the 20-lap feature, he chased Dave Blaney, but couldn't make the couldn't find his way around the Buckeye Bullet and settled for second. Stevie Smith won the second qualifying night program ahead of Kenny Jacobs. On Saturday night, Kinser, who shared the front row with his cousin Mark, took the early lead until Stevie Smith shot by him on lap 11. Kinser retook the lead on the next lap only to have Smith return the favor one lap later. Smith held the post on lap 13 when a red flag was thrown because of an accident on the track. While the officials were clearing up the accident a brief rain shower made the track too dangerous to race on. After the track was reworked in, Smith started with the lead with only 17 laps to go. Smith held the lead until lap 21 when Steve Kinser got by. Smith made his final attempt to get the lead on lap 28, but couldn't get by "the King". Mark Kinser got by Smith with one to go and Smith, Jeff Swindell and Dave Blaney rounded out the top five.
In the 34th running of the Nationals, Knoxville Raceway added a new twist to the format. Friday's program now included 10-lap "scramble" races that helped set the final line-ups for Saturday night. Nine-time Champion Steve Kinser thought the new format was designed to keep him off the front row, but still charged from 10th to 2nd in Friday's 10-lap "A" scramble race only to be disqualified because of a missing muffler. Kinser had earned the most points by finishing second in the opening night program behind Andy Hillenburg. Jac Haudenschild won Thursday's feature ahead of Jeff Swindell and Kevin Huntley. Friday's "A" scramble was won by Danny Lasoski, and Kinser would start Saturday's Championship feature third behind Jeff and Sammy Swindell. Jeff took the early lead, but Kinser closed in and made a daring move down the backstretch on lap seven to take the lead. Kinser dominated the show from there and won his 10th Knoxville crown. Swindell finished second ahead of Danny Lasoski, Andy Hillenburg and hard-charging Greg Hodnett, who passed 44 cars coming from the "C" Feature through the "B" to the "A".
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