Elma report 96-08-23

Sammy Swindell Leads Every Lap in Elma Opener By Richard Day ELMA, WA (August 23) - After missing the Skoal Outlaw Series' trek through Montana, Washington and Oregon last year, Sammy Swindell is making the...

Sammy Swindell Leads Every Lap in Elma Opener By Richard Day ELMA, WA (August 23) - After missing the Skoal Outlaw Series' trek through Montana, Washington and Oregon last year, Sammy Swindell is making the most of the Third Annual Wild Wild Northwest Tour. He followed a fifth-place finish in Wednesday's tour opener at Magic City Speedway with a convincing victory in the World of Outlaws' inaugural visit to Elma National Raceway Friday. Sammy, the second-fastest qualifier in the 42-car field, raced into second place from the sixth starting position in both Second Quaker State Heat Race and the Vivarin Dash. Starting outside the front row, Swindell steered his #1 ChannelLock Gambler around polesitter Greg Hodnett in the fourth corner as the green flag fell and handled lapped traffic with ease on his way to his first Preliminary Feature victory of the season. "I caught the lapped cars at the right time," Swindell told the capacity crowd from victory lane. "The track was hard to pass on, but I was fortunate to get by the lapped cars cleanly. I was only really held up once." Dave Blaney set his second one-lap record in as many Wild Wild Northwest Tour events with a 13.904-second qualifying run around the high-banked, 3/8-mile oval. The effort earned him his fourth EcoWater Quick-Time Award of the year. "The Buckeye Bullet" passed Joe Gaerte for second place as Swindell burst into the lead early in the opening lap. Skoal Outlaw Series points leader Mark Kinser relegated Gaerte to fifth place the next time around as Swindell opened a comfortable lead. Mark challenged Hodnett for a lap before driving the #5M Wirtgen Maxim into third place late in lap five. Sammy was five car-lengths ahead of Blaney when he caught the backmarkers six laps into the race. Swindell extended his advantage with some daring moves through lapped traffic while Mark battled "The Buckeye Bullet" for the runner-up spot as the race approached its midpoint. Jay Cole brought out the only caution flag slowing the fast- paced feature race early in the 12th lap when he spun to a stop in turn two. The caution opened the track for Swindell while allowing him to restart the race with a lapped car separating him from Blaney. Sammy raced away from the field and ninth-starting Steve Kinser drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim past Gaerte for fourth place as the green flag replaced the yellow. The leaders entered lapped traffic again five laps later. Blaney drove the #10 Vivarin J&J to within striking distance of Swindell as the leader battled backmarkers in the second corner with seven laps remaining. Sammy maintained the lead, only to be slowed by more dense lapped traffic three laps later. Although he had already lapped half the field, Swindell was in danger of losing the lead with three laps remaining. A quick move between Third Quaker State Heat Race winner Travis Cram and James Grantham, Jr., entering turn two early in the 23rd lap allowed him to secure the $4,000 victory, however. Sammy took the checkered flag with eight car-lengths to spare. Blaney's third straight second-place finish allowed him to pick up a point on Mark Kinser in their battle for the lead in the World of Outlaws point standings. Steve Kinser claimed the final automatic starting position in Saturday's Vivarin Dash by finishing fourth. Completing the top 10 in the Preliminary Feature were Gaerte, Quaker State Heat Race winners Jeff Swindell and Andy Hillenburg, Hodnett, Stevie Smith and Joey Saldana. Brian Paulus turned the #28 Charles Field Dentistry Gambler completely around in an attempt to take the lead during the first lap of the "B" Feature. He was forced to watch the evening's main event from the pit area after handling problems forced him out of the last-chance race. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Elma National Raceway, Elma, WA Friday, August 23, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 13.904 (new one-lap record); 2. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 14.132; 3. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 14.185; 4. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 14.208; 5. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 14.231; 6. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 14.243; 7. Steve Beitler, Beitler 21x, 14.341; 8. Joey Saldana, Stanton 75, 14.356; 9. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 14.359; 10. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.470; 11. Travis Cram, Cram 92, 14.536; 12. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 14.587; 13. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 14.655; 14. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 14.670; 15. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 14.990; 16. Vern Rengen, Rengen 7R, 14.998; 17. John McDonald, McDonald 78, 15.039; 18. Randy Ridge, Mann 88, 15.096; 19. Butch Gilbert, Gilbert 04, 15.141; 20. Greg Brown, Pagel 44B, 15.170; 21. Trev Wilson, Wilson 5W, 15.242; 22. Jay Cole, Cole 0J, 15.251; 23. James Grantham, Jr., Grantham 28G, 15.266; 24. Shawna Wilskey, Wilskey 56JR, 15.273; 25. Marc Huson, Huson 3D, 15.274; 26. Glenn Borden, Jr., Kufahl 67, 15.284; 27. Donny Fry, Fry 3, 15.285; 28. Todd Von Stroberg, Von Stroberg 9, 15.287; 29. Chad Hiller, Hiller 24 15.293; 30. Steve Tupper, D&S Enterprises 48, 15.394; 31. John Tharp, Tharp/Dunlap 69, 15.415; 32. Glenn Borden, Sr., Borden 72, 15.431; 33. Kirk Fellers, Fellers 77, 15.497; 34. Brian Coy, Coy 6, 15.576; 35. Ron Reed, Reed 97C, 15.768; 36. Clint Houston, Houston 25, 15.771; 37. Terry Bower, Bower 11T, 15.870; 38. Stormy Glick, Glick 20, 15.894; 39. Mike Zvono, Zvono 85, 15.941; 40. Kenny Cope, Pederson 5, 15.952; 41. Michael Thompson, Thompson 32, 15.581; 42. Dan Dunlap, Dunlap 15D, 16.598. First Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Dave Blaney, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Marc Huson, 6. Trev Wilson, 7. Chad Hiller, 8. John McDonald, 9. Kirk Fellers, 10. Michael Thompson, 11. Terry Bower. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Steve Tupper, 5. Stormy Glick, 6. Brian Paulus, 7. Randy Ridge, 8. Glenn Borden, Jr., 9. Jay Cole, 10. Brian Coy, 11. Dan Dunlap. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Travis Cram, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Lance Blevins, 4. Steve Beitler, 5. James Grantham, Jr., 6. John Tharp, 7. Donny Fry, 8. Butch Gilbert, 9. Mike Zvono, 10. Ron Reed. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Shawna Wilskey, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Joey Saldana, 5. Greg Brown, 6. Kenny Cope, 7. Clint Houston, 8. Glenn Borden, Sr., 9. Vern Rengen, 10. Todd Von Stroberg. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Mark Kinser, 7. Steve Beitler, 8. Joey Saldana. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Vern Rengen, 2. Jay Cole, 3. Donny Fry, 4. Trev Wilson, 5. Chad Hiller ($160); 6. John McDonald ($135); 7. Mike Zvono ($110); 8. Clint Houston ($85); 9. John Tharp ($70); 10. Kenny Cope ($60); 11. Ron Reed ($50); 12. Michael Thompson ($50); 13. Todd Von Stroberg ($50); 14. Butch Gilbert ($50); 15. Glenn Borden, Jr. ($50); 16. Brian Paulus ($50); 17. Brian Coy ($50); 18. Glenn Borden, Sr. ($50); 19. Kirk Fellers ($50); 20. Terry Bower ($50); 21. Dan Dunlap ($50); 22. Randy Ridge ($50). (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (25 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($4,010); 2. Dave Blaney ($2,310); 3. Mark Kinser ($1,610); 4. Steve Kinser ($1,410); 5. Joe Gaerte ($1,260); 6. Jeff Swindell ($1,160); 7. Andy Hillenburg ($1,110); 8. Greg Hodnett ($1,060); 9. Stevie Smith ($1,035); 10. Joey Saldana ($1,010); 11. Johnny Herrera ($910); 12. Travis Cram ($710); 13. Lance Blevins ($610); 14. Greg Brown ($510); 15. Trev Wilson ($330); 16. Donny Fry ($330); 17. Shawna Wilskey ($260); 18. Steve Beitler ($260); 19. Steve Tupper ($260); 20. Vern Rengen ($280); 21. James Grantham, Jr. ($260); 22. Jay Cole ($280); 23. Marc Huson ($260); 24. Stormy Glick ($260). Lap leader: Sammy Swindell 1-25 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Dave Blaney WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Shawna Wilskey , Mark Kinser , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Brian Paulus , Joey Saldana , Dave Blaney , Butch Gilbert , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell