Devil's Bowl Preliminary 1999-10-15

Gary Wright Wins Winter Nationals Preliminary By Richard Day MESQUITE, TX (October 15) - Gary Wright never tires of visiting victory lane, but winning a Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series feature race at...

Gary Wright Wins Winter Nationals Preliminary By Richard Day MESQUITE, TX (October 15) - Gary Wright never tires of visiting victory lane, but winning a Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series feature race at Devil's Bowl Speedway is as good as it gets for him. Wright, a two-time champion at the series' birthplace, passed polesitter Jeff Shepard early in the first lap Friday and put together a flag-to-flag victory in the Preliminary Feature on opening night of the 26th Annual Winter Nationals. "We won this race last year and finished the Winter Nationals this year (in April)," Gary said. "This will be our last race of the year, and I'm glad we could give our team the win. The car was great. We learned something at the 360 Nationals and ran same thing tonight." Lanny Edwards prepared his legendary semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval to perfection, allowing cars to race in the high, middle and low grooves. Wright fell behind Shepard on the first two starts, but two cautions brought them back. The third time was the charm for Wright, who won both the Spring and Winter Nationals at the Devil's Bowl in 1995. He steered his #9 Comp USA Maxim around Shepard in the first corner and raced ahead of the 24-car field throughout the 20-lap race. Danny Lasoski, who took the lead from inside the second row on the second start, fell behind Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race winner Stevie Smith during the opening lap. He passed Shepard in dense lapped traffic six laps later, then lined up behind Smith after Mike Goodman hit an infield tire and spun in the second corner late in the eighth lap. "The Dude," who is battling Mark Kinser for first place in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings, drove the #83 Beef Packers Eagle deep in turn three to pass Smith late in lap 14. Lasoski caught Wright within seconds and challenged him for first place throughout the final 6 1/4 laps. Wright momentarily lost traction in the second corner early in the 18th lap, but held on for the $5,000 victory. Kinser, who passed Shepard with three laps remaining, finished in third place. Shepard earned the final automatic qualifying position in Saturday's Channellock Dash by holding off Smith for fourth. Rounding out the top 10 were Steve Kinser, 14th-starting Andy Hillenburg, Donny Schatz, Johnny Herrera and Danny Wood. Wood, who stopped the #21W Pepsi Maxim in turn four as the sprinters lined up for the Four Abreast parade lap, raced past 14 cars in the Preliminary Feature. Joey Saldana put the series' 66th event of the season off to a fast start by lowering the single-lap record by .165 seconds. Joey circled the track in 13.366 seconds, an average speed of 134.670 m.p.h. He received his eighth Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the season. Saldana lost a spot in the Channellock Dash when he slid out of the low groove and finished eighth in the First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 1996 Rookie of the Year won the "B" Feature and finished 13th in the evening's main event. Sammy Swindell, the leading winner at the Devil's Bowl with 11 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature victories, flipped out of turn two after completing his second qualifying lap. After he and his crew rebuilt the new #1 Channellock Stealth, the defending Winter Nationals champion raced into third place in the Fourth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race. He finished 11th in the feature. The Casey's General Stores crew was forced to make major repairs after Floyd Hendrix hit Daryn Pittman and the #47 Maxim and sent both cars flipping on the front straightaway late in the First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race. The Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate qualified for the feature by finishing third in the "B." Rob Chaney, Jac Haudenschild's substitute in the #22 Elden Racing Maxim, flipped in the front-stretch with two laps remaining in the "B" Feature. Haudenschild, who ranks 16th the series' point standings, suffered a broken left arm when he was struck by debris during the final lap of Thursday's main event at Battleground Speedway. Although doctors performed successful surgery on his arm Friday morning, "The Wild Child" will not race again this year. WoO

1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series 26th Annual Winter Nationals Devil's Bowl Speedway, Mesquite, TX Friday, October 15, Preliminary Program Vivarin qualifications: 1. Joey Saldana, Mox 17, 13.366 (new single-lap record); 2. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 13.484; 3. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 13.557; 4. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 13.598; 5. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 13.668; 6. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 13.706; 7. Johnny Herrera, DOCC Motorsports 1BK, 13.719; 8. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.807; 9. James Chesson, Chesson 22, 13.841; 10. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 14.843; 11. Paul McMahan, Johnson U2, 13.872; 12. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.887; 13. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 13.943; 14. Mike Goodman, Ledford 3, 14.024; 15. Gary Wright, Wright 9, 14.034; 16. Jeff Shepard, LL Racing, 14.054; 17. Daryn Pittman, Sonner 47, 14.054; 18. Rob Chaney, Elden 22, 14.065; 19. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 14.094; 20. Aaron Berryhill, Grandstaff 66, 14.099; 21. P.J. Chesson, Chesson 76, 14.112; 22. Dean Jacobs, Holbrook 18, 14.117; 23. Danny Wood, Woodburn 21W, 14.119; 24. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23S, 14.127; 25. Shane Stewart, Holbrook 8H, 14.181; 26. Zach Chappell, Chappell 50Z, 14.198; 27. Brandon Rogers, Rogers 11B, 14.686; 28. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 14.243; 29. Wayne Johnson, Threatt 29, 14.246; 30. Scott Young, Young 1Y, 14.362; 31. Jerry Stone, Schmidt 75, 14.434; 32. Ricky Logan, Show-Me Motorsports 7, 14.376; 33. Donnie Crawford, Hillenburg 1H, 14.464; 34. Kevin Ramey, Ramey 7M, 14.666; 35. Travis Rilat, Rilat 35T, 14.474; 36. John Bankston, Bankston 8, 14.491; 37. Bob Ewell, Ewell 85, 14.550; 38. Larry Neighbors, Neighbors 29N, 14.633; 39. Nick Smith, Smith 15S, 14.650; 40. Ronald Laney, Laney 52, 14.795; 41. Danny Smith, Smith 5$, 14.784; 42. Jack Moulton, Moulton 79, 15.043; 43. Dave Kinnard, Schatz 15D, 15.060; 44. Matt Saint, Saint 3M, 15.670; 45. Floyd Hendrix, Hendrix 51, 16.186; 46. John Ewell, Ewell 19, 16.734; 47. Mike Kostic, Kostic 40, 16.744. First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Shepard, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. James Chesson, 5. Frankie Kerr, 6. Ronald Laney, 7. Travis Rilat, 8. Joey Saldana, 9. Scott Young, 10. Nick Smith, 11. Daryn Pittman, 12. Floyd Hendrix. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Gary Wright, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Shane Stewart, 6. John Bankston, 7. Kevin Ramey, 8. P.J. Chesson, 9. Rob Chaney, 10. John Ewell, 11. Ricky Logan, 12. Jack Moulton. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Paul McMahan, 3. Tim Shaffer, 4. Mike Goodman, 5. Brooke Tatnell, 6. Jerry Stone, 7. Zach Chappell, 8. Bob Ewell, 9. Brandon Rogers, 10. Dean Jacobs, 11. Mike Kostic. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Aaron Berryhill, 5. Danny Wood, 6. Lance Blevins, 7. Larry Neighbors, 8. Donnie Crawford, 9. Matt Saint, 10. Wayne Johnson, 11. Danny Smith. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Ronald Laney, 2. Nick Smith, 3. John Ewell ($100); 4. Brandon Rogers ($80); 5. Matt Saint ($60); 6. Larry Neighbors ($50); 7. Mike Kostic ($40); 8. Kevin Ramey ($30); 9. Danny Smith ($25). DNS - Floyd Hendrix, Jack Moulton, Bob Ewell. (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Jeff Shepard, 2. Gary Wright, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Mark Kinser, 6. Tim Shaffer, 7. Sammy Swindell, 8. Johnny Herrera. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Joey Saldana, 2. Lance Blevins, 3. Daryn Pittman, 4. P.J. Chesson, 5. Dean Jacobs ($150); 6. Donnie Crawford ($125); 7. Zach Chappell ($100); 8. Wayne Johnson ($75); 9. Ronald Laney ($70); 10. Travis Rilat ($40); 11. Ricky Logan ($40); 12. Jerry Stone ($40); 13. John Bankston ($40); 14. Scott Young ($40); 15. Rob Chaney ($40); 16. Nick Smith ($60). (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Gary Wright ($5,000); 2. Danny Lasoski ($2,500); 3. Mark Kinser ($1,700); 4. Jeff Shepard ($1,500); 5. Stevie Smith ($1,350); 6. Steve Kinser ($1,250); 7. Andy Hillenburg ($1,200); 8. Donny Schatz ($1,100); 9. Johnny Herrera ($1,075); 10. Danny Wood ($1,050); 11. Sammy Swindell ($1,000); 12. Tim Shaffer ($900); 13. Joey Saldana ($820); 14. Frankie Kerr ($700); 15. Lance Blevins ($620); 16. Shane Stewart ($500); 17. Brooke Tatnell ($400); 18. Aaron Berryhill ($400); 19. James Chesson ($400); 20. P.J. Chesson ($420); 21. Jeff Swindell ($400); 22. Daryn Pittman ($420); 23. Mike Goodman ($400); 24. Paul McMahan ($400). Lap leader: Gary Wright 1-20 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Joey Saldana WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , James Chesson , Sammy Swindell , Larry Neighbors , Aaron Berryhill , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Dean Jacobs , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Travis Rilat , P.J. Chesson , Scott Young , Nick Smith , Jac Haudenschild , Wayne Johnson , Johnny Herrera , Kevin Ramey , Jeff Swindell