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Jeff Swindell Takes Knoxville Nationals Opener By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (August 12) - The Amoco Knoxville Nationals can make or break a team's season. A strong or poor performance in the Pennzoil World of...

Jeff Swindell Takes Knoxville Nationals Opener By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (August 12) - The Amoco Knoxville Nationals can make or break a team's season. A strong or poor performance in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' premier event can leave a long-lasting impression. Two drivers' whose seasons were going in opposite directions before the 38th Annual Amoco Knoxville Nationals opened Wednesday at Knoxville Raceway took dramatic turns. Jeff Swindell, whose engine woes have him battling to stay in the top 10 in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' point standings, led all 20 laps in the Preliminary Feature. Mark Kinser, who opened the Nationals only 44 points out of first place in the standings, had problems that kept from qualifying for the feature race. Swindell, the 21st-fastest qualifier in the 69-car field, received the luxury of starting the Preliminary Feature on the pole when 13 drivers who recorded faster qualifying times failed to qualify through the Racing Champions Heat Races. Kinser, the 1996 Nationals champion, received the Vivarin Fast-Time Award for pacing the qualifying session with a 15.518- second lap around the legendary semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval. He finished sixth in the First Racing Champions Heat Race, however, and was running second midway through the "B" Feature when engine problems in the #5M Wirtgen Maxim allowed three cars to pass him. Andy Hillenburg, who started next to Swindell on the front row in the Preliminary Feature, fell behind as the green flag fell but caught him between turns one and two early in the opening lap. Jeff was a half-straightaway ahead when he entered lapped traffic during lap six, but lost it when Len Thompson spun in the second corner two laps later. Swindell controlled the restart, but Hillenburg caught him early in lap 11. Hillenburg drove his #2 J&J low in the first corner and took the lead momentarily the next time around, only to have Jeff pass him back in turn two. The leaders raced wheel- to-wheel through the first and second corners the next time around, but Hillenburg was unable to surge ahead. "My guys came out before the yellow and gave me the signal we had a good lead," Swindell said. "but that all goes away under the caution." Radio communications between the teams and their drivers is prohibited at the Nationals. "Andy got a good run on me in two and it got really close there one time. We ran each other clean and never touched, and then I never really heard from him again." Skip Jackson and Racing Champions Heat Race winners Sammy Swindell and Danny Lasoski passed Hillenburg during the next three laps. Jackson, the defending Knoxville Raceway champion, caught Swindell with four laps remaining. The leaders raced side-by-side through the first and second corners early in lap 17. Jackson brought the partisan crowd to its feet when he made another run at Swindell in turns three and four late in the final lap, but was three car-lengths behind the #104+ Octane Boost J&J at the checkered flag. "We have a brand new Earl Gaerte engine in the car," Jeff said. "He's been really helping us out with the Fords and I think it's a much stronger piece now. I hate to say it, but we do have a Chevy in tonight. We just didn't have a good spare, and this (the Nationals) is no place to mess around. We'll have to see how it shakes out as far as if we run (in the "A" Scramble Friday, but I think there's a good chance we'll have the Ford back in there Saturday. I think it's strong enough to do the job." Lasoski, another former Knoxville Raceway champion, made a late run at Sammy Swindell for third place, but was a half-car- length behind when they crossed the finish line. Dale Blaney, who claimed the $100,000 first prize at "The Historic Big One" only four days before, made a late pass in the "B" Feature to make it into the main event, then drove the #93 Amoco J&J past 14 cars to finish in eighth place. Hillenburg finished fifth, ahead of Gary Wright, Jeff Shepard, Blaney, Randy Hannagan and Brooke Tatnell. WoO 1998 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series 38th Annual Amoco Knoxville Nationals Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, IA Wednesday, August 12, Preliminary Program #1 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 15.518; 2. Jeff Shepard, Stewart 4J, 15.705; 3. Kevin Gobrecht, Zemaitis 1Z, 15.748; 4. Dale Blaney, Hylton-Blaney 93, 15.765; 5. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 15.791; 6. Fred Rahmer, Hamilton 77, 15.818; 7. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 15.818; 8. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 15.931; 9. Randy Hannagan, TRH Racing 1x, 15.932; 10. Lance Dewease, Dyer 461, 15.939; 11. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 15.948; 12. Skip Jackson, Serace 55, 15.956; 13. Danny Smith, Vielhauer 12x, 15.962; 14. Sarah Fisher, Fisher 9F, 15.998; 15. Gary Wright, Wright 9, 16.011; 16. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23S, 16.018; 17. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.036; 18. Travis Whitney, Whitney 7S, 16.037; 19. James Fisher, Fisher 48J, 16.040; 20. Dean Jacobs, Ashworth 92, 16.045; 21. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 16.090; 22. Ronnie Day, Offill 88W, 16.112; 23. Calvin Landis, Landis 70, 16.138; 24. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 16.160; 25. Mike Reinke, Cowman 02, 16.235; 26. Don Kreitz, Jr., Kreitz 69, 16.246; 27. Lee Nelson, Nelson 25, 16.248; 28. Jake Peters, P&D Racing 57P, 16.310; 29. Randy Anderson, Anderson 71A, 16.323; 30. Dennis Moore, Jr., Ekern 11E, 16.334; 31. Len Thompson, Thompson 10T, 16.335; 32. Chris Walraven, Walraven 56, 16.342; 33. Marlon Jones, Jnes 6, 16.354; 34. Daryn Pittman, Pittman 11P, 16.355; 35. Scott Robertson, Eckley 16, 16.366; 36. Scott Whitworth, Whitworth 96, 16.371; 37. Matt Moro, Moro 2M, 16.381; 38. Jason Dukes, DHP Motorsports 3J, 16.387; 39. Bob Felmlee, Felmlee 6F, 16.389; 40. Nick Bellino, Bellino 41B, 16.430; 41. Jeff Mitrisin, Mitrisin 5J, 16.436; 42. Aaron Berryhill, Berryhill 97, 16.449; 43. Shawn Keen, Keen 53, 16.505; 44. Ryan Jamison, Jamison 51J, 16.508; 45. Ricky Logan, Cain 1K, 16.540; 46. Kim Mock, A&B Motorsports 1M, 16.544; 47. Robert Jackson, Arends 11AU, 16.547; 48. Kevin Frey, Frey 71M, 16.582; 49. Mike Frost, Frost 88F, 16.640; 50. Bob Adamson, Adamson 2A, 16.682; 51. Trevor Green, Vanderecken 10AU, 16.687; 52. Randy Butler, Butler 5B, 16.706; 53. Troy Parsons, Parsons 57C, 16.750; 54. Butch Bahr, Bahr 25T, 16.755; 55. Dan Brettnacher, DCI Racing 33B, 16.806; 56. Brett Golik, Golick 5G, 16.838; 57. Max Dumesny, Clifford 1AU, 16.839; 58. Loren Langreud, Langreud 56L, 16.852; 59. Shane Carson, Helms 12$, 16.858; 60. Bob Weuve, BW Racing 19W, 16.892; 61. Alan Schmidt, Schmidt 25S, 16.931; 62. Kevin Doty, Dereu 50, 16.965; 63. Donnie Jeschke, Jeschke 99H, 17.054; 64. John Lambertz, Lambertz 12L, 17.084; 65. Spike Lempelius, Lempelius 52L, 18.209; 66. Keith Dempsey, Dempsey 9D, 19.521; 67. David Harrington, Harrington 39, 20.199; 68. Larry Weeks, Trostle 20, 21.187; 69. Jeff Rice, Rice 55R, no time. First Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jeff Mitrisin, 2. Len Thompson, 3. Scott Whitworth, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Fred Rahmer, 6. Mark Kinser, 7. Frankie Kerr, 8. Todd Shaffer, 9. Kim Mock, 10. Don Kreitz Jr. 2:48.3 (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Chris Walraven, 2. Jeff Shepard, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Skip Jackson, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Robert Jackson, 7. Ronnie Day, 8. Lee Nelson, 9. Matt Moro, 10. Aaron Berryhill. 2:48.8 (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Kevin Frey, 3. Marlon Jones, 4. Calvin Landis, 5. Danny Smith, 6. Travis Whitney, 7. Kevin Gobrecht, 8. Shawn Keen, 9. Jake Peters, 10. Jason Dukes. 2:51.4 (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Mike Frost, 2. Daryn Pittman, 3. Randy Hannagan, 4. Brooke Tatnell, 5. Dale Blaney, 6. Ryan Jamison, 7. Sarah Fisher, 8. Bob Felmlee, 9. James Fisher, 10. Randy Anderson. 2:54.1 (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fifth Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Dennis Moore, Jr., 3. Gary Wright, 4. Ricky Logan, 5. Lance DeWease, 6. Dean Jacobs, 7. Mike Reinke, 8. Nick Bellino, 9. Bob Adamson, 10. Scott Robertson. 2:51.1 (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Bob Weuve, 2. Randy Anderson, 3. James Fisher ($300); 4. Jake Peters ($250); 5. Kim Mock ($225); 6. Loren Langreud ($150); 7. Butch Bahr ($140); 8. Trevor Green ($130); 9. Shane Carson ($120); 10. Max Dumesny ($110); 11. Scott Robertson ($160); 12. Bob Adamson ($150); 13. Jason Dukes ($150); 14. Alan Schmidt ($90); 15. Randy Butler ($80); 16. Don Kreitz, Jr. ($120); 17. Matt Moro ($110); 18. Aaron Berryhill ($90). 2:58.1 (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Fred Rahmer, 2. Dale Blaney, 3. Joe Gaerte ($570); 4. Kevin Gobrecht ($450); 5. Mark Kinser ($410); 6. Danny Smith ($370); 7. Lance DeWease ($320); 8. Travis Whitney ($285); 9. Todd Shaffer ($250); 10. Frankie Kerr ($225); 11. Dean Jacobs ($210); 12. Ronnie Day ($190); 13. Bob Felmlee ($180); 14. Bob Weuve ($275); 15. Mike Reinke ($170); 16. Ryan Jamison ($175); 17. Randy Anderson ($310); 18. Shawn Keen ($155); 19. Nick Bellino ($150); 20. Robert Jackson ($160); 21. Sarah Fisher ($150); 22. Lee Nelson ($150). (first two qualified for the Preliminary Feature) A Feature (20 laps): 1. Jeff Swindell ($5,080); 2. Skip Jackson ($4,080); 3. Sammy Swindell ($3,625); 4. Danny Lasoski ($2,625); 5. Andy Hillenburg ($2,090); 6. Gary Wright ($1,840); 7. Jeff Shepard ($1,600); 8. Dale Blaney ($1,670); 9. Randy Hannagan ($1,390); 10. Brooke Tatnell ($1,280); 11. Scott Whitworth ($1,200); 12. Fred Rahmer ($1,270); 13. Daryn Pittman ($1,000); 14. Marlon Jones ($890); 15. Chris Walraven ($825); 16. Dennis Moore, Jr. ($700); 17. Calvin Landis ($580); 18. Len Thompson ($500); 19. Jeff Mitrisin ($500); 20. Kevin Frey ($450); 21. Mike Frost ($450); 22. Ricky Logan ($380). Lap leader: Jeff Swindell 1-20 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Sammy Swindell , Scott Robertson , Jeff Mitrisin , Aaron Berryhill , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Dean Jacobs , Randy Hannagan , Alan Schmidt , Jeff Swindell