Devil's Bowl results 96-03-22

Hillenburg Takes Spring Nationals Opener By Richard Day MESQUITE, TX (March 22) - Andy Hillenburg's confidence level automatically rises when he visits Devil's Bowl Speedway. Two years after...

Hillenburg Takes Spring Nationals Opener By Richard Day MESQUITE, TX (March 22) - Andy Hillenburg's confidence level automatically rises when he visits Devil's Bowl Speedway. Two years after fulfilling his prediction to win the Spring Nationals, he felt good about his chances again Friday when the largest preliminary crowd in the history of the Devil's Bowl welcomed the Skoal Outlaw Series to its 23rd annual season opener. "We've been going through a dry spell, so we'd really like to come through with a win here," Hillenburg said after winning the Vivarin Dash. "It's going to be a long race, and traffic is going to play a part. I think we can do it whether we get the jump on him (outside polesitter Steve Kinser) or not. I think we can win this race tonight. The car is really running good. If I don't make any mistakes, I think we can keep the #2 STP J&J out front." Hillenburg beat Kinser into the first corner and raced ahead of the 24-car field throughout the 20-lap Preliminary Feature, leading by as much as half a lap before a 17th-lap red flag tightened the lineup. The 1988 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year opened a comfortable lead quickly as Kinser battled Joe Gaerte for the runner-up spot early. He was a full straightaway ahead of his closest pursuers when he caught the backmarkers eight laps into the race. "The King of the Outlaws" caught Hillenburg during the eighth lap, but was unable to steer the #11 Quaker State Maxim into position to pass him. Defending Knoxville Raceway champion Johnny Herrera passed Kinser for the runner-up spot midway through the race, but Hillenburg was gone by then. He was a full straightaway ahead of Herrera within three laps and was half a lap ahead when Gaerte and his #3G J&J flipped between turns one and two with three laps remaining. With no lapped cars restarting between Hillenburg and Herrera, it appeared that Andy's lead might be in jeopardy. But with defending World of Outlaws champion Dave Blaney restarting in third place, Hillenburg quickly opened a comfortable advantage as Herrera battled to retain the runner-up spot. "The red flag kind of bothered me," Hillenburg admitted after the race. "My crew told me that Johnny was running good on the top and Blaney was running good on the bottom. I thought, 'Boy, I wish I was running second so I could see what was happening.' I figured that if I went in on the top that Blaney would probably slide under us, and if I went in on the bottom that Herrera would probably go by us on the top. But we got a good start; we didn't spin the tires coming off of two and we buzzed around the top to get an advantage." "The Buckeye Bullet," who started outside the fifth row, steered the #10 Vivarin J&J deep into the first corner to pass Herrera for second place with two laps remaining, but was racing into turn four when Hillenburg took the checkered flag. "It's really nice to stand down here with the checkered flag," Andy said in victory lane. "I hope we can do it again tomorrow night." Herrera held off EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner Mark Kinser for third place. Rounding out the top 10 in the Preliminary Feature were Steve Kinser, Danny Lasoski, defending Spring and Winter Nationals champion Gary Wright, 24th-starting Stevie Smith and Sammy Swindell. "We were real strong in the middle part of the race," Blaney said. "We were just so far behind, and after the restart we weren't any better than Andy's car so I knew we would have to settle for second." "We qualified third, and I was a little worried about getting through our heat race," Herrera said. "This Maxim car really worked good for us tonight. When I went to the top, I figured Dave would go to the bottom on the restart, and that's what he did. I beat him into the corner, but I kind of missed it and slid up and let him get by me. Once that happened, I had to fall back in line." Mark, the one-lap record holder at the Devil's Bowl, received his fourth EcoWater Quick-Time Award of the year for pacing time trials with a 14.435-second lap around the semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval. "The draw for the Vivarin Dash hurt us," said Mark, who picked the #6 inversion pill, "but we kind of struggled after we qualified. We're happy to finish in the top four and be locked into tomorrow's dash." 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series 23rd Annual Spring Nationals Devil's Bowl Speedway, Mesquite, TX Friday, March 22, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 14.435; 2. Tommie Estes, Jr., Threatt 29, 14.696; 3. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 14.713; 4. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 14.784; 5. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 14.894; 6. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.902; 7. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 14.930; 8. Aaron Berryhill, Berryhill 97, 14.993; 9. Gary Wright, Action Motorsports 9, 15.033; 10. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 15.072; 11. Bobby Davis, Jr., Davis 4, 15.127; 12. Donnie Crawford, Hillenburg 55, 15.138; 13. Terry Gray, Gray 10, 15.192; 14. Danny Lasoski, Forbrook 5, 15.210; 15. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 15.219; 16. Randy Hannagan, Stanton 75, 15.236; 17. Jeff Shepard, Wahlie 1W, 15.275; 18. Alan Walker, Walker 21A, 15.362; 19. Mike Peters, Grandstaff 66, 15.364; 20. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 15.390; 21. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 15.392; 22. Terry McCarl, Gray 51, 15.398; 23. Ron Souter, Souter 33, 15.421; 24. Lee Dunn, Dunn 81, 15.452; 25. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 15.487; 26. Danny Smith, Smith/Bodkins 00, 15.566; 27. Kevin Huntley, Johnson U2, 15.619; 28. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 15.629; 29. Danny Wood, Jarnigan 1N, 15.643; 30. Joey Saldana, Roth 83, 15.667; 31. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14, 15.711; 32. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 15.735; 33. Dave Ekern, Ekern 11E, 15.751; 34. Scott Whitworth, Whitworth 96, 15.800; 35. Chris Ikard, Miller 5x, 15.801; 36. Shane Stewart, Stewart 9S, 15.825; 37. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 15.896; 38. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11H, 16.082; 39. John Bankston, Bankston 8, 16.142; 40. Bob Weuve, McCroskey 19, 16.359; 41. Miles Grein, Tankersley 69, 16.399; 42. Billy Frazier, Frazier 21x, 16.505; 43. Mike Goodman, Goodman 20, 16.521; 44. Dennis Moore, Jr., Moore 71, 16.571; 45. Keith Dempsey, Dempsey 9D, 19.949; 46. Tom Johnson, Gano 22T, no time; 47. Bob Ewell, Ewell 85, no time. First Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Gary Wright, 2. Terry Gray, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. Danny Wood, 7. Donny Schatz, 8. Brian Paulus, 9. Dave Ekern, 10. Miles Grein, 11. Keith Dempsey. DNS - Jeff Shepard. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Terry McCarl, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Tommie Estes, Jr., 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Danny Smith, 7. Alan Walker, 8. Scott Whitworth, 9. Joey Saldana, 10. Dion Hindi, 11. Billy Frazier. DNS - Tom Johnson. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mike Peters, 2. Bobby Davis, Jr., 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Lance Blevins, 5. Randy Kinser, 6. Jim Carr, 7. Ron Souter, 8. Kevin Huntley, 9. Chris Ikard, 10. Mike Goodman, 11. John Bankston. DNS - Bob Ewell. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Lee Dunn, 4. Randy Hannagan, 5. Aaron Berryhill, 6. Jac Haudenschild, 7. Shane Stewart, 8. Stevie Smith, 9. Donnie Crawford, 10. Dennis Moore, Jr., 11. Bob Weuve. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) C Feature (six laps): 1. Miles Grein, 2. Dennis Moore, Jr., 3. Billy Frazier ($110); 4. Mike Goodman ($90); 5. Bob Weuve ($70); 6. John Bankston ($60); 7. Keith Dempsey ($50). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Tommie Estes, Jr., 5. Johnny Herrera, 6. Mark Kinser, 7. Lance Blevins, 8. Aaron Berryhill. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Jeff Shepard, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Jim Carr, 5. Danny Wood ($160); 6. Danny Smith ($135); 7. Donnie Crawford ($110); 8. Jac Haudenschild ($85); 9. Joey Saldana ($70); 10. Kevin Huntley ($60); 11. Shane Stewart ($50); 12. Brian Paulus ($50); 13. Dennis Moore, Jr. ($50); 14. Dion Hindi ($50); 15. Ron Souter ($50); 16. Alan Walker ($50); 17. Dave Ekern ($50); 18. Miles Grein ($50); 19. Scott Whitworth ($50); 20. Chris Ikard ($50). DNS - (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg ($4,010); 2. Dave Blaney ($2,310); 3. Johnny Herrera ($1,610); 4. Mark Kinser ($1,410); 5. Tommie Estes, Jr. ($1,260); 6. Steve Kinser ($1,160); 7. Danny Lasoski ($1,110); 8. Gary Wright ($1,060); 9. Stevie Smith ($1,035); 10. Sammy Swindell ($1,010); 11. Jeff Shepard ($910); 12. Aaron Berryhill ($710); 13. Terry Gray ($610); 14. Bobby Davis, Jr. ($510); 15. Lance Blevins ($310); 16. Joe Gaerte ($310); 17. Jeff Swindell ($260); 18. Terry McCarl ($260); 19. Lee Dunn ($260); 20. Jim Carr ($260); 21. Randy Hannagan ($260); 22. Randy Kinser ($260); 23. Donny Schatz ($260); 24. Mike Peters ($260). Lap leader: Andy Hillenburg 1-20 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Aaron Berryhill , Brian Paulus , Joey Saldana , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell