Knoxville Nationals Thursday report

'Dude' Takes Nationals' Second Preliminary Feature By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (August 17) - When Thomas Wolfe wrote, You Can't Go Home Again, he didn't have Danny Lasoski in mind. "The Dude," ...

'Dude' Takes Nationals' Second Preliminary Feature By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (August 17) - When Thomas Wolfe wrote, You Can't Go Home Again, he didn't have Danny Lasoski in mind. "The Dude," admittedly struggling in the #77 Cornwell Tools J&J he started driving during the World of Outlaws' July 19th event at Knoxville Raceway, returned to the track where he won six championships Thursday and won the Amoco Knoxville Nationals' Preliminary Feature. "I've got to thank Al Hamilton and Cornwell Tools," Lasoski said in victory lane. "We've been struggling for the last month, but they stuck with me. They had faith that I'd learn how to drive. "We came out here tonight and struggled a little bit. But before the start of the feature, I just told the guys, 'I'm going to go out and do like I did last year, just go for it.'" Lasoski recorded the second-fastest qualifying lap and was the runner-up in the Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race. He started the evening's main event on the fourth row next to EcoWater Fast-Time Award winner Mark Kinser. In the Preliminary Feature, he raced past Joey Saldana and Steve Smith as Bobby Davis, Jr., took the lead late in the first lap. Sammy Swindell took the lead two laps later, and "The Dude" passed Davis for second place early in the fifth lap. Lasoski caught Swindell early in lap nine, and passed the 1983 Knoxville Nationals champion for first place deep in turn two. He caught the backmarkers later in the lap, and Jerry Richert, Jr., brought out the caution flag with a first-corner spin midway through the race. With Tim Monson restarting between the leaders, Lasoski raced away from the field as the race resumed. Swindell steered his #1 Hooters Gambler into the high groove and narrowed the gap quickly, however, catching Lasoski on the back straightaway during the 12th lap. After completing lap 12 side-by-side, Sammy raced past "The Dude" high on the back straightaway only to have Lasoski regain the lead in the fourth corner. "The Dude" caught the backmarkers again the next time around, and increased his lead in lapped traffic. Jeff Swindell, Sammy's younger brother, qualified a disappointing 35th-quick in the 71-car field, drove the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim past 10 sprinters during the first 10 laps. Then, with another charge toward the front, Jeff passed Kinser with two laps remaining and Terry McCarl for third place deep in the second corner with the white flag flying. Lasoski beat Sammy under the checkered flag by eight car-lengths. Jeff finished main event in third place, ahead of McCarl and Kinser. Rounding out the top 10 were Davis, Paul McMahan, Ed Lynch, Jr., Shane Carson and Kevin Huntley. Jac Haudenschild, the Second Preliminary Feature winner a year ago, somehow endured a nightmarish experience in his return to the Nationals. After qualifying eighth-quick, "The Wild Child" was involved in a four-car crash which damaged his front wing and broke a radius rod on the #22 Pennzoil Maxim early in the opening lap of the Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race. He raced back into fourth place, only to spin out late in the eighth lap. The caution gave Randy Tiner's crew a chance to replace his broken radius rod, return to the race and qualify for the pole position in the feature with a third-place run. Haudenschild won the "C" Feature for the opportunity to start at the rear of the "B." He blew past eight cars in the first three laps and was in sixth place with two laps remaining when he spun heading into turn three. Billy Pauch's Nationals ended even before the qualifying session started. The legendary modified champion suffered two fractured bones in his left arm when struck by debris during hot laps. He was scheduled to have surgery on the arm Friday in Des Moines. WoO 1995 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Amoco Knoxville Nationals, Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, IA Thursday, August 17, Preliminary Program #2 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 16.736; 2. Danny Lasoski, Hamilton 77, 16.798; 3. Joey Saldana, Wendt 77W, 17.048; 4. Steve Smith, Smith 19P, 17.110; 5. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 17.172; 6. Jerry Richert, Jr., Johnson 81, 17.192; 7. Chris Walraven, Behlers 56, 17.311; 8. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 17.327; 9. Fred Rahmer, Apple 12F, 17.340; 10. Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 17.340; 11. Joe Roe, Roe 61, 17.472; 12. Bobby Davis, Jr., Davis 4, 17.494; 13. Marlon Jones, Oswalt J1, 17.543; 14. Ed Lynch, Jr., Lynch 2L, 17.553; 15. Larry PinegarII, Pinegar 11L, 17.583; 16. Randy Nygaard, Nygaard 63, 17.667; 17. Rod George, Thompson 10T, 17.692; 18. Randy Tiner, Orth 24R, 17.712; 19. Chad Mellenberndt, Mellenberndt 97, 17.722; 20. Jaymie Moyle, Moyle 4M, 17.762; 21. Lee Brewer, Jr., Poston 15C, 17.820; 22. Scott Whitworth, Whitworth 96, 17.838; 23. Randy Smith, Smith 0, 17.846; 24. Manny Rockhold, Rockhold 71, 17.866; 25. Ryan Jamison, Jamison 51J, 17.893; 26. Ronald Laney, Laney 52, 17.895; 27. Dean Jacobs, Jacobs 1F 17.907; 28. Kim Mock, Cahill 7M, 17.927; 29. Van Gurley, Jr., Gurley 3BV, 17.928; 30. Bobby McMahan, Bailey 17, 17.957; 30. Scott Hogue, Hogue 9C, 18.013; 31. Mike Peters, Grandstaff 66P, 18.039; 32. Paul McMahan, McMahan 01, 18.046; 33. Shane Carson, Helms 12$, 18.084; 34. Tim Monson, Monson 6M, 18.113; 35. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 18.114; 36. Mike Reinke, Cowman 02, 18.161; 37. Kevin Frey, Rasmussen 74, 18.192; 38. Greg Blevins, Blevins 5B, 18.207; 39. Dave Ekern, Wilson 11E, 18.225; 40. Brian Paulus, Pender/Paulus 28, 18.243; 41. J.R. Topper, Topper 92J, 18.281; 42. Kevin Whitworth, Whitworth 11W, 18.294; 43. Kevin Huntley, Lindsey 2D, 18.296; 44. Nick LoSasso, LoSasso 51x, 18.297; 45. Leonard Lee, Lee 16L, 18.330; 46. Todd Gracey, Cooper 25G, 18.359; 47. Spike Lempelius, Lempelius 52L, 18.361; 48. Ricky Logan, Thurman 44, 18.372; 49. Jerrod Hull, Hull 11H, 18.385; 50. Bob White, Todd 5T, 18.463; 51. Todd Wessels, Wessels 28W, 18.488; 52. Bobby Mincer, Mincer 15M, 18.534; 53. Kenny McCarl, McCarl 66, 18.720; 54. Shawna Wilskey, Wilskey 5JR, 18.827; 55. Terry Alexander, Brown/Hans 7x, 18.847; 56. Harry Garrett, Ashworth 92, 18.878; 57. Tracy Kramer, Edmonson 2E, 18.899; 58. Bret Golik, Golik 5G, 18.924; 59. Jeff Griffis, Morris 91M, 18.959; 60. John Sernett, Sernett 91, 19.033; 61. Randy Rosenboom, Rosenboom 14R, 19.094; 62. Wayne Williams, Williams 5W, 19.109; 63. Lue Heskin, Holland 2T, 19.261; 64. Curt Grogan, Grogan 5x, 19.369; 65. Jason Earls, Williams 12D, 19.449; 66. Mike Reynolds, Reynolds 210, 19.485; 67. Mark Wilson, Trostle 20, 19.578; 68. Terry LoSasso, LoSasso 6, 19.668; 69. Billy Pauch, Zemaitis 1P, no time; 70. Ron Lefholz, Lefholz 20L, no time; 71. Todd Kane, Holbrook 8H, no time. Last-Chance Race #1 (eight laps): 1. Bob White, 2. Bobby Mincer, 3. John Sernett, 4. Brett Golik, 5. Wayne Williams ($100); 6. Shawna Wilskey ($75); 7. Terry LoSasso ($50); 8. Curt Grogan ($45); 9. Harry Garrett ($40). DNS - Mike Reynolds, Ron Lefholz. 2:30.2 (first four qualified for the "C" Feature) Last-Chance Race #2 (eight laps): 1. Todd Wessels, 2. Terry Alexander, 3. Kenny McCarl, 4. Jeff Griffis, 5. Mark Wilson ($100); 6. Randy Rosenboom ($75); 7. Jason Earls ($50); 8. Leu Heskin ($45). 2:32.7 (first four qualified for the "C" Feature) First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Brian Paulus, 4. Lee Brewer, Jr., 5. Leonard Lee, 6. Jerry Richert, Jr., 7. Scott Hogue, 8. Joe Roe, 9. Randy Nygaard, 10. Ronald Laney. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Bobby Davis, Jr., 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Todd Gracey, 4. Mike Peters ($80); 5. Chris Walraven, 6. Rod George, 7. Dean Jacobs, 8. Scott Whitworth, 9. J.R. Topper, 10. Mike Reinke. 3:04.1 (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Joey Saldana, 2. Paul McMahan, 3. Randy Tiner, 4. Randy Smith, 5. Marlon Jones, 6. Kevin Whitworth, 7. Kim Mock, 8. Spike Lempelius, 9. Kevin Frey, 10. Jac Haudenschild. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Snap-on Tools Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Kevin Huntley, 2. Ricky Logan, 3. Steve Smith, 4. Shane Carson, 5. Chad Mellenberndt, 6. Ed Lynch, Jr., 7. Manny Rockhold, 8. Fred Rahmer, 9. Greg Blevins ($50); 10. Van Gurley, Jr. 3:06.9 (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fifth Snap-on Tools Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Terry McCarl, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Jerrod Hull, 4. Tim Monson, 5. Bobby McMahan, 6. Ryan Jamison, 7. Jaymie Moyle, 8. Larry Pinegar II, 9. Nick LoSasso, 10. Dave Ekern. 3:06.2 (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Van Gurley, Jr., 3. Bob White ($250); 4. Kevin Frey ($225); 5. Randy Nygaard ($200); 6. Ronald Laney ($190); 7. Bobby Mincer ($180); 8. Jeff Griffis ($170); 9. John Sernett ($160); 10. Nick LoSasso ($150); 11. Dave Ekern ($140); 12. Terry Alexander ($130); 13. Mike Reinke ($120); 14. Brett Golik ($110); 15. J.R. Topper ($105); 16. Kenny McCarl ($95); 17. Todd Wessels ($90). DNS - Greg Blevins. (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Jerry Richert, Jr., 2. Ed Lynch, Jr., 3. Larry Pinegar II ($450); 4. Fred Rahmer ($400); 5. Joe Roe ($350); 6. Ryan Jamison ($310); 7. Chris Walraven ($295); 8. Jaymie Moyle ($250); 9. Rod George ($235); 10. Marlon Jones ($220); 11. Kim Mock ($190); 12. Dean Jacobs ($130); 13. Chad Mellenberndt ($195); 14. Bobby McMahan ($190); 15. Scott Hogue ($165); 16. Kevin Whitworth ($170); 17. Scott Whitworth ($155); 18. Leonard Lee ($170); 19. Van Gurley, Jr. ($295); 20. Spike Lempelius ($140); 21. Jac Haudenschild ($285); 22. Manny Rockhold ($130). (first two qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Danny Lasoski ($4,100); 2. Sammy Swindell ($2,600); 3. Jeff Swindell ($2,100); 4. Terry McCarl ($1,875); 5. Mark Kinser ($1,625); 6. Bobby Davis, Jr. ($1,525); 7. Paul McMahan ($1,400); 8. Ed Lynch, Jr. ($1,410); 9. Shane Carson ($1,180); 10. Kevin Huntley ($1,125); 11. Lee Brewer, Jr. ($980); 12. Joey Saldana ($925); 13. Ricky Logan ($800); 14. Jerrod Hull ($690); 15. Steve Smith ($590); 16. Jerry Richert, Jr. ($660); 17. Todd Gracey ($465); 18. Randy Tiner ($440); 19. Tim Monson ($405); 20. Brian Paulus ($390); 21. Randy Smith ($380). DNS - Mike Peters. Lap leaders: Bobby Davis, Jr., 1-2, Sammy Swindell 3-9, Danny Lasoski 10-20 EcoWater Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO*eof

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Steve Smith , Shawna Wilskey , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Sammy Swindell , Brian Paulus , Dean Jacobs , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Billy Pauch , Jac Haudenschild , Bobby McMahan , Jeff Swindell , Thomas Wolf
Teams Williams