Knoxville Raceway 1999-07-21

'Dude' Passes Herrera Late to Win at Knoxville By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (July 21) - Defending Amoco Knoxville Nationals champion Danny Lasoski has led six laps in the last two Pennzoil World of ...

'Dude' Passes Herrera Late to Win at Knoxville By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (July 21) - Defending Amoco Knoxville Nationals champion Danny Lasoski has led six laps in the last two Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Features at Knoxville Raceway and has won them both. "The Dude" overcame Johnny Herrera's straightaway advantage within six laps and passed him late in the 24th lap Wednesday en route to victory in the McDonald's Night main event, the series' final Nationals tune-up race. "Johnny did a great job, but he got hung in traffic a little bit," Lasoski said. "We were working pretty good on the bottom, and we were able to get another one in the Beef Packers car. "I said that nothing could get better than last year, but to come back and win another one (Nationals title) would be a dream come true. I'm not going to argue with one, but another one would be so sweet." The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 43rd event of the season was bittersweet for Andy Hillenburg, who qualified for his 500th straight "A" Feature only to suffer a blown engine during the sixth lap. "I just want to thank the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series for letting me make a living doing something I love," Hillenburg said. "Sometimes I'm not sure we deserve it; we haven't been running that well lately. I just want to thank everyone who's helped keep this streak alive." Lasoski, the seventh-fastest qualifier in the 50-car field, won the Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race and earned the right to start the 25-lap "A" Feature inside the second row by following Herrera and Tim Shaffer across the finish line in the Channellock Dash. Herrera, Knoxville Raceway's track champion in 1995, drove the #1BK Networks Eagle ahead of the 24-car field as the green flag fell in the main event. Sammy Swindell raced past Mark Kinser, Lasoski and Shaffer to take over second place during the opening lap. Herrera was seven car-lengths ahead of Swindell when he entered lapped traffic during the eighth lap. Sammy caught Herrera in turn two the next time around and they raced wheel-to-wheel until Johnny surged ahead in the fourth corner. Lasoski, the seven-time Knoxville Raceway champion, challenged Swindell during laps 10 and 11. He took over second place deep in turn two early in the 12th lap, only to have Swindell regain the spot with a high move into the fourth corner. "The Dude" battled Swindell for four laps before passing him on the back stretch. Mark Kinser also passed Sammy late in lap 16. A mechanical malfunction in the #1 Channellock Stealth forced Swindell to coast into the pit area the next time around. Herrera enjoyed a full-straightaway advantage with seven laps remaining. Lasoski narrowed the gap to six car-lengths within two laps. He took the low line through the first and second corners and raced wheel-to-wheel with Herrera down the back stretch before taking the lead low in turn three. "The Dude" took the checkered flag with four car-lengths to spare. "I was a little concerned there after the dash," Danny admitted. "We didn't look very good, and this wasn't the night to look bad, with my buddies Gary Scelzi, Tony Stewart and Ralph Sheheen in town for my golf tournament in Sedalia (MO) Thursday." The $8,000 victory was Lasoski's eighth of the season and pushed him to within 102 points of Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Mark Kinser, who finished in third place. Eleven-time Amoco Knoxville Nationals champion Steve Kinser finished fourth, ahead of Stevie Smith, Shaffer, First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race winner Lance Blevins, Dale Blaney, Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Joey Saldana and Jeff Swindell. Kevin Gobrecht drove the #93 Amoco J&J past 10 cars to finish in 14th place. Saldana received his fourth Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the year for pacing the qualifying session with a 15.780-second, 114.068- m.p.h., lap. WoO

1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, IA Wednesday, July 21, Feature Program #43 Vivarin qualifications: 1. Joey Saldana, Mox 17, 15.780; 2. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 16.032; 3. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 16.054; 4. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 16.066; 5. Dale Blaney, Holbrook 8H, 16.070; 6. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 16.075; 7. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 16.247; 8. Jeff Mitrisin, Mitrisin 5J, 16.289; 9. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 16.390; 10. Bob Weuve, BW Racing 19W, 16.429; 11. Johnny Herrera, DOCC Motorsports 1BK, 16.439; 12. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 16.461; 13. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 16.473; 14. Dennis Moore, Jr., Moore 71, 16.481; 15. Randy Anderson, Anderson 71A, 16.506; 16. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 16.536; 17. Kasey Kahne, Kahne 23K, 16.547; 18. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 16.595; 19. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 16.634; 20. Terry McCarl, Forbrook 5, 16.667; 21. Paul McMahan, Johnson U2, 16.685; 22. Daryn Pittman, Sonner 47, 16.704; 23. Robert Jackson, Stroud 1S, 16.709; 24. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 16.709; 25. Kevin Frey, Frey 2K, 16.769; 26. Tim Monson, Woodke 1W, 16.798; 27. Calvin Landis, Landis 70, 16.864; 28. Leonard Lee, Lee 16L, 16.900; 29. Kerry Madsen, Parker/Profit 2A, 16.908; 30. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.950; 31. Skip Jackson, Serace 55, 16.966; 32. Kevin Gobrecht, Hylton/Blaney 93, 16.989; 33. Scott Whitworth, Parsons 57C, 17.012; 34. Jason Statler, ATM/Rios 00, 17.015; 35. Peter Murphy, RCSM Racing 12, 17.087; 36. Matt Moro, Moro 2M, 17.124; 37. Jim Carter, Rudeen 14, 17.174; 38. Craig Dollansky, Dollansky 7, 17.211; 39. Chris Walraven, Walraven 56, 17.212; 40. Jerry Richert, Jr., Vanderecken 10, 17.225; 41. Jaymie Moyle, Moyle 4, 17.360; 42. Bill Robertson, Eckley 16, 17.438; 43. Lee Nelson, Nelson 25, 17.451; 44. Bill McCroskey, BW Racing 1x, 17.474; 45. Larry Pinegar II, Pinegar 11L, 17.516; 46. Butch Bahr, Bahr 25T, 17.694; 47. Brent Antill, Clark/Deeds 66, 17.851; 48. Roger Rager, Rager J316, 17.887; 49. John VanDenBerg, VanDenBerg V10, 18.280; 50. Dave Westercamp, Westercamp 7B, 18.474. First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Lance Blevins, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Jeff Mitrisin, 5. Paul McMahan, 6. Scott Whitworth, 7. Kerry Madsen, 8. Kevin Frey, 9. Larry Pinegar II, 10. Jim Carter, 11. Jaymie Moyle, 12. John VanDenBerg, 13. Kasey Kahne. 2:18.8 (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Bob Weuve, 4. Tyler Walker, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Daryn Pittman, 7. Craig Dollansky, 8. Randy Anderson, 9. Jason Statler, 10. Tim Monson, 11. Bill Robertson, 12. Dave Westercamp, 13. Butch Bahr. 2:20.5 (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Skip Jackson, 4. Dennis Moore, Jr., 5. Donny Schatz, 6. Stevie Smith, 7. Robert Jackson, 8. Calvin Landis, 9. Peter Murphy, 10. Lee Nelson, 11. Chris Walraven. 2:18.8 (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Tim Shaffer, 2. Dale Blaney, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Brooke Tatnell, 6. Terry McCarl, 7. Kevin Gobrecht, 8. Leonard Lee, 9. Bill McCroskey, 10. Roger Rager, 11. Jerry Richert, Jr., 12. Matt Moro. 2:20.0 (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Tim Shaffer, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Lance Blevins, 6. Sammy Swindell, 7. Steve Kinser, 8. Joey Saldana. 1:27.5 (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Craig Dollansky, 2. Larry Pinegar II, 3. Jaymie Moyle ($125); 4. Chris Walraven ($100); 5. Bill Robertson ($80); 6. Lee Nelson ($70); 7. Bill McCroskey ($60); 8. John VanDenBerg ($50); 9. Dave Westercamp ($40); 10. Jerry Richert, Jr. ($35); 11. Butch Bahr ($30); 12. Roger Rager ($30). 3:04.1 (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Terry McCarl, 2. Daryn Pittman, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Kevin Gobrecht, 5. Randy Anderson ($200); 6. Craig Dollansky ($200); 7. Robert Jackson ($150); 8. Larry Pinegar II ($130); 9. Kasey Kahne ($90); 10. Scott Whitworth ($80); 11. Jason Statler ($60); 12. Kevin Frey ($50); 13. Tim Monson ($50); 14. Peter Murphy ($50); 15. Calvin Landis ($50); 16. Kerry Madsen ($50); 17. Leonard Lee ($50); 18. Jim Carter ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (25 laps): 1. Danny Lasoski ($8,000); 2. Johnny Herrera ($4,000); 3. Mark Kinser ($3,000); 4. Steve Kinser ($2,500); 5. Stevie Smith ($2,320); 6. Tim Shaffer ($2,200); 7. Lance Blevins ($2,100); 8. Dale Blaney ($2,000); 9. Joey Saldana ($1,800); 10. Jeff Swindell ($1,700); 11. Tyler Walker ($1,400); 12. Jac Haudenschild ($1,200); 13. Skip Jackson ($1,100); 14. Kevin Gobrecht ($1,070); 15. Daryn Pittman ($1,020); 16. Brooke Tatnell ($900); 17. Terry McCarl ($720); 18. Paul McMahan ($550); 19. Bob Weuve ($550); 20. Jeff Mitrisin ($550); 21. Dennis Moore, Jr. ($550); 22. Sammy Swindell ($550); 23. Donny Schatz ($550); 24. Andy Hillenburg ($550). Lap leaders: Johnny Herrera 1-23, Danny Lasoski 24-25 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Joey Saldana WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Gary Scelzi , Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Tyler Walker , Jeff Mitrisin , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jason Statler , Peter Murphy , Jeff Swindell