Calistoga: Second Preliminary race report

Shaffer takes second Harvest Classic Preliminary. CALISTOGA, CA (August 31) -- Mark Kinser appeared to be on his way to sweeping the Preliminary Features at the 10th Annual Harvest Classic when Tim Shaffer passed him for the victory, Saturday at...

Shaffer takes second Harvest Classic Preliminary.

CALISTOGA, CA (August 31) -- Mark Kinser appeared to be on his way to sweeping the Preliminary Features at the 10th Annual Harvest Classic when Tim Shaffer passed him for the victory, Saturday at Calistoga Speedway.

Shaffer steered the #83 Beef Packers Eagle into the low groove between the first and second corners early in lap 10 and beat the two-time Pennzoil World of Outlaw Series champion under the checkered flag by 15 car-lengths for his first Preliminary Feature victory of the season.

"Mark was pretty good early, but then he started getting loose," Shaffer said. "I was just hoping I was doing the right things.

"This Beef Packers team has done an excellent job all year long. We've just had some opportunities that we couldn't capitalize on, but this is a new team and we're finally getting together and really learning each other. Mark (Ellis, the team's crew chief) and I are really communicating great, and I just can't say enough about this whole team."

The 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year was running third late in the 16th lap in Friday's opening-night feature when he stopped in turn four with a blown engine. Shaffer, Saturday's seventh-fastest qualifier, finished second in the First Heat Race and earned the right to start the 25-lap feature on the pole by winning the First O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash.

Kinser, who started outside the front row, won a front-straightaway drag race to take the lead from the outside pole as the green flag fell in the evening's main event. Peter Murphy brought out the red flag a split-second later, however, when he flipped on the front stretch. Murphy also flipped earlier in the program, while running second in the First Heat Race.

Kinser drove the #5M Mopar Maxim into the lead again when the green flag replaced the red. He was approaching lapped traffic late in the third lap when Mike Goodman crashed into the retaining wall in turn one.

Brad Furr, who passed Daryn Pittman a lap before the caution period, drove his #2 Sanmina/ SCI Eagle past Shaffer's Beef Packers teammate, Sammy Swindell, on the back straightaway to take over third place late in the fifth lap.

Danny Lasoski started heading toward the front after Furr made his charge, passing Craig Dollansky and Pittman with low moves in the second corner during laps six and nine.

Shaffer passed Kinser for the lead early in the 10th lap. Pennzoil World of Outlaw Series points leader Steve Kinser surrendered seventh place two laps later when he stopped his #11 Quaker State Maxim in turn three with a flat right rear tire.

Dollansky and Lasoski exchanged fifth place during lap 13. The 2000 World of Outlaws Series champion surged ahead low in the second corner, only to have "The Dude" come back with a high move to regain the position between turns three and four.

Fast qualifier Joey Saldana passed First Heat Race winner Jason Meyers for eighth place high in the first corner two laps later, but they collided and spun into Steve Kinser and Danny Wood in turn three. The #6 Casey's General Stores Maxim suffered a blown engine during time trials, limiting Wood to one qualifying lap.

Jac Haudenschild, who started outside the fifth row, took advantage of the caution, executing a ninth-to-seventh move past Meyers and Pittman between the first and second corners as the race resumed.

Mechanical problems in the #17 Eagle Raceway/HEM Saw Eagle forced Saldana to drop out of the race during lap 20. Saldana lost third place in the First Heat Race when he spun into the fourth-corner retaining wall.

Shaffer was 10 car-lengths ahead of Kinser when he entered lapped traffic with 1½ laps remaining, and took the checkered flag with 15 car-lengths to spare.

Furr finished in third place, ahead of Swindell, Lasoski, Dollansky, Haudenschild, Pittman, Meyers and Hannagan. Hannagan, the 1995 Rookie of the Year, was the most consistent driver in the Preliminary Features, finishing 10th in each.

Saldana, who leads the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series with 16 fast-times, paced the qualifying session with a 110.715 M.P.H. lap around Calistoga's semi-banked, ½-mile oval.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Joey Saldana , Jac Haudenschild , Peter Murphy