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Jeff Swindell Wins State Fair Event as Sammy Crashes By Richard Day OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (March 31) - The Swindell brothers have always been streaky drivers. Last year, Sammy won five straight features...

Jeff Swindell Wins State Fair Event as Sammy Crashes By Richard Day OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (March 31) - The Swindell brothers have always been streaky drivers. Last year, Sammy won five straight features in July and swept the races at Bridgeport Speedway, while Jeff won the Skoal Outlaw Series' last two events at Battleground Speedway. These days, Jeff is on a hot streak and Sammy is just having bad luck. For the second time this year, Sammy appeared to be on his way to World of Outlaws "A" Feature victory #200 when disaster struck. He was leading the main event in the Spring Nationals Sunday at State Fair Speedway when he crashed into Jim Carr, giving Jeff the lead. Jeff restarted the race at the front of the field and led the final 20 laps for his second consecutive victory at Oklahoma City's semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval. "We made some changes on our team in the off-season," Jeff told the capacity crowd from victory lane. "We went from a two-car team to a one-car team and we have a new crew chief. We're starting understand each other, and things are starting to go our way." The event was originally scheduled for the previous Sunday, but gale-force winds forced World of Outlaws officials to postpone it to Saturday. When the wind was too strong again Saturday night, the race was postponed to Sunday afternoon. Sammy opened the festivities by pacing the qualifying session with a 17.412-second qualifying run. After receiving his first EcoWater Quick-Time Award of the year, Sammy helped himself by picking the #0 inversion pill for the Vivarin Dash. He won the five-lap dash for the right to start the 30-lap "A" Feature on the pole. Swindell drove his #1 ChannelLock Gambler into the lead as the green flag fell, and was opening a comfortable advantage when Andy Hillenburg brought out the caution flag late in the second lap. The #2 STP J&J suffered a broken front end when Hillenburg allowed it to hit the retaining tires deep in the third corner. Rookie of the Year candidate Joey Saldana also stopped during the caution period as the #83 Beef Packers Stealth suffered a broken brake line. Jeff took the high line in turn three to pass Jac Haudenschild for the runner-up spot as Sammy raced away from the 24-car field on the ensuing restart. Eight car-lengths separated the Swindell brothers by the fifth lap, and they caught the backmarkers three laps later. Sammy was attempting to pass Carr, the "B" Feature winner, early in the 11th lap when he clipped the left rear of the #7M American Fire Extinguishers Avenger and spun into the infield. With the front end on the #1 badly damaged, Sammy became the third driver to drop out of the race and was credited with a 22nd-place finish. Jeff drove the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim away from the field as the race resumed, opening a half-straightaway lead within three laps. He extended his advantage to a full straightaway as Steve Kinser challenged "The Wild Child" for the runner-up spot. Mark Kinser, Stevie Smith and 15th-starting Dave Blaney joined the battle for second place with 10 laps remaining as Jeff maintained a comfortable advantage in lapped traffic. "The King of the Outlaws," a seven-time winner at State Fair Speedway, passed Haudenschild and Aaron Berryhill deep in the fourth corner with five laps remaining, then set his sights on the leader. Berryhill slid in front of the #71M EcoWater Systems Maxim high in turn one the next time around, allowing Blaney to take over fifth place. But Berryhill brought out the caution flag with a third-corner spin seconds later, nullifying the pass. Not to be denied, "The Buckeye Bullet" steered the #10 Vivarin J&J deep into the second corner to pass Smith with two laps remaining. Jeff won the race with 10 car-lengths to spare. The $6,000 victory, his first of the year, pushed him past Joe Gaerte, Blaney and Smith into third place in the Skoal Outlaw Series point standings. Kinser kept his #11 Quaker State Maxim ahead of Haudenschild to finish second. Rounding out the top 10 in the "A" Feature were Mark Kinser, Blaney, Smith, 11th-starting Lance Blevins, Gaerte, Danny Lasoski and Tommie Estes, Jr. The World of Outlaws is scheduled to run a $64,485 event at Eldora Speedway Friday and Saturday, April 5-6. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series State Fair Speedway, Oklahoma City, OK Sunday, March 31, Feature Program #5 Qualifications: 1. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 17.412; 2. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 17.655; 3. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 17.684; 4. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 17.730; 5. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 17.698; 6. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 17.730; 7. Jeff Shepard, Wahlie 1W, 17.803; 8. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 17.909; 9. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 17.928; 10. Tommie Estes, Jr., Threatt 29, 17.940; 11. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 17.989; 12. Danny Lasoski, Forbrook 5, 18.043; 13. Joey Saldana, Roth 83, 18.165; 14. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11H, 18.468; 15. Mike Goodman, Midwestern Engine 20, 18.560; 16. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 18.560; 17. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 18.565; 18. Shane Stewart, Stewart 9S, 18.673; 19. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 18.708; 20. Danny Wood, Jarnigan 1N, 18.715; 21. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 18.763; 22. Dennis Park, Carlisle 1x, 18.905; 23. Aaron Berryhill, Berryhill 97, 19.001; 24. Steve King, King 88, 19.112; 25. Donnie Crawford, Hillenburg 55, 19.537; 26. Victor Hensley, Hensley 51x, 20.224; 27. John Hunt, Shissel 63, 20.618; 28. Larry Neighbors, Neighbors 29H, 22.000; 29. Mike Peters, Grandstaff 66, 23.000; 30. Wayne Johnson, Davis 71C, 24.000. First Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joey Saldana, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Tommie Estes, Jr., 6. Johnny Herrera, 7. Dennis Park, 8. Steve King, 9. Victor Hensley, 10. Jeff Shepard. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Lance Blevins, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Donny Schatz, 6. Aaron Berryhill, 7. Wayne Johnson, 8. Danny Wood, 9. John Hunt, 10. Dion Hindi. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Shane Stewart, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Larry Neighbors, 6. Mark Kinser, 7. Mike Peters, 8. Mike Goodman, 9. Jim Carr, 10. Donnie Crawford. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Mark Kinser, 7. Joe Gaerte, 8. Stevie Smith. 1:35.2 (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Jim Carr, 2. Jeff Shepard, 3. Danny Wood, 4. Mike Goodman, 5. Mike Peters, 6. Wayne Johnson, 7. Dennis Park ($210); 8. Donnie Crawford ($185); 9. Steve King ($160); 10. Victor Hensley ($110). (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Jeff Swindell ($6,010); 2. Steve Kinser ($3,510); 3. Jac Haudenschild ($2,510); 4. Mark Kinser ($2,210); 5. Dave Blaney ($2,110); 6. Stevie Smith ($2,010); 7. Lance Blevins ($1,610); 8. Joe Gaerte ($1,510); 9. Danny Lasoski ($1,410); 10. Tommie Estes, Jr. ($1,310); 11. Johnny Herrera ($1,160); 12. Jeff Shepard ($1,130); 13. Danny Wood ($1,080); 14. Wayne Johnson ($1,030); 15. Mike Goodman ($730); 16. Donny Schatz ($510); 17. Andy Hillenburg ($410); 18. Aaron Berryhill ($410); 19. Jim Carr ($430); 20. Shane Stewart ($410); 21. Joey Saldana ($410); 22. Sammy Swindell ($410); 23. Mike Peters ($430); 24. Larry Neighbors ($410). Lap leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-10, Jeff Swindell 11-30 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Sammy Swindell WoO

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