Herrera Cuts Mark Kinser Off at 'The PAS' By Richard Day LAKE PERRIS, CA (February 20) - Johnny Herrera joined Craig Cormack's and Dale Orth's Networks racing team during the off-season with the ...
Herrera Cuts Mark Kinser Off at 'The PAS' By Richard Day
LAKE PERRIS, CA (February 20) - Johnny Herrera joined Craig Cormack's and Dale Orth's Networks racing team during the off-season with the understanding he would race for the Knoxville Raceway championship unless he could compete with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' front-runners.
Herrera made a resounding plea to stay with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Saturday when he snapped Mark Kinser's seven-feature winning streak with an $8,000 victory at Perris Auto Speedway.
"These guys (Orth and Cormack) planned on running for the Knoxville championship, but I told them I'd win a couple of races before Knoxville starts," Herrera said following the ninth "A" Feature victory of his Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series career. "Maybe I can keep them out here for the full tour.
"They gave me a great car for the feature tonight. We struggled a little bit earlier, but we kept working on the car and it paid off. Last night, I timed eighth-quick and didn't make the Channellock Dash, so I hated the new format. Tonight, I guess I like it a lot more. I can't say enough about Klein engines and Goodyear tires. They really had us hooked up."
Just like Joe Gaerte did Friday when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series opened its 1999 season at Kings Speedway, Herrera qualified 15th-quick, won the Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race and started on the pole in the Channellock Dash. Herrera finished second in the five-lap race behind Fourth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race winner Terry McCarl.
McCarl drove his #24 McCroskey Chevrolet Twister ahead of the field as the green flag fell in the main event, only to have First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race winner Donny Schatz spin in the fourth corner. Herrera kept pace with McCarl as the race resumed, and was just inches behind when they crossed the finish line at the end of the opening lap. Herrera drove the #1BK Networks Eagle past McCarl as they entered turn one early in the second lap and led the final 29 laps.
Bud Kaeding clipped the wall and flipped in the second corner early in lap four, bringing out the red flag. Tyler Walker lost his 10th-place running position when his crew replaced the flat right rear tire on the #35 Air Sep Maxim during the red period.
Stevie Smith and Danny Lasoski exchanged fifth place during the fifth and sixth laps, before Kinser steered the #5M Mopar Maxim into the low groove between turns three and four to pass McCarl for second the next time around. Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race winner Andy Hillenburg relegated McCarl to fourth place early in lap eight.
Herrera was a half-straightaway ahead of Kinser when he entered lapped traffic during the 12th lap. He maintained his comfortable advantage three laps later with a daring move between Walker and Jason Meyers on the back stretch. Kinser was gaining on Herrera the next time around when he collided with a lapped car, breaking the nose wing on the #5M.
Smith drove his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit into second place late in the 20th lap, but surrendered the position when he pitted with a flat left rear tire during a 24th-lap caution. A turn-two crash involving Sammy Swindell and Hillenburg brought out the yellow flag.
Herrera controlled the restart and was a half-straightaway ahead of Kinser when he took the checkered flag.
A collision with Jeff Swindell within seconds after the checkered flag fell sent McCarl flipping down the front straightaway. The #24 was destroyed, but McCarl was uninjured in the crash.
Lasoski maintained the lead in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings by finishing in third place. Manufacturers Rookie of the Year candidate Tim Shaffer finished fourth, ahead of defending series champion Steve Kinser, Brent Kaeding, Craig Dollansky, Jeff Swindell, Schatz and "B" Feature winner Dale Blaney.
Lasoski received his second Vivarin Fast-Time Award in as many races for pacing the qualifying session with a 14.895-second, 120.846- m.p.h., lap around Lake Perris' semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval.
The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series is scheduled to run its first double-feature event of the season Friday and Saturday at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix.
1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Perris Auto Speedway, Lake Perris, CA Saturday, February 20, Feature Program #2
Qualifications: 1. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 14.895; 2. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 15.028; 3. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 15.069; 4. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 15.260; 5. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 15.260; 6. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 15.288; 7. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 15.300; 8. Jimmy Carr, Blevins 21, 15.309; 9. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 15.381; 10. Daryn Pittman, Sonner 47, 15.424; 11. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 15.442; 12. Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 15.451; 13. Craig Dollansky, Dollansky 7, 15.487; 14. Kasey Kahne, Kahne 23K, 15.495; 15. Johnny Herrera, DOCC Motorsports 1BK, 15.495; 16. Travis Whitney, Whitney 7S, 15.504; 17. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 15.564; 18. Dale Blaney, Hylton/Blaney 93, 15.574; 19. Brent Kaeding, M&M Racing 2M, 15.575; 20. Bud Kaeding, Macieal 29, 15.630; 21. Calvin Landis, Landis 70, 15.636; 22. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 15.747; 23. Jason Meyers, Carter 14, 15.747; 24. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 15.836; 25. Peter Murphy, Williams 0, 15.930; 26. Brian Coelho, Coelho 5C, 16.174; 27. Greg Decaires, Hasebe 2x, 16.344; 28. Craig Stidham, Stidham 36S, 16.391; 29. Ricky Gaunt, Gaunt 4G, 16.427; 30. Gary Ferravanti, Ferravanti 1F, 16.565; 31. Cal Herdson, Herdson 16H, 16.615; 32. Lee Brewer, Jr., Brewer 1ST, 17.0 20; 33. Mike Quigley, Quigley 75, 17.464; 34. Daniel Hood, Hood 33D, no time.
First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Tyler Walker, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Calvin Landis, 6. Peter Murphy, 7. Ricky Gaunt, 8. Mike Quigley, 9. Craig Dollansky. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature)
Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Daryn Pittman, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Kasey Kahne, 5. Jeff Swindell, 6. Dale Blaney, 7. Gary Ferravanti, 8. Brian Coelho. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature)
Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Brooke Tatnell, 5. Brent Kaeding, 6. Jason Meyers, 7. Greg Decaires, 8. Cal Herdson. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature)
Fourth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Terry McCarl, 2. Jimmy Carr, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Tim Shaffer, 5. Travis Whitney, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Daniel Hood, 8. Craig Stidham, 9. Lee Brewer, Jr. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature)
Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Terry McCarl, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Danny Lasoski, 7. Tim Shaffer, 8. Steve Kinser. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature)
B Feature (12 laps): 1. Dale Blaney, 2. Craig Dollansky, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Jason Meyers, 5. Greg Decaires ($200); 6. Ricky Gaunt ($180); 7. Brian Coelho ($150); 8. Craig Stidham ($110); 9. Cal Herdson ($90); 10. Peter Murphy ($80); 11. Mike Quigley ($60); 12. Gary Ferravanti ($50); 13. Daniel Hood ($50); 14. Lee Brewer, Jr. ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature)
A Feature (30 laps): 1. Johnny Herrera ($8,000); 2. Mark Kinser ($4,000); 3. Danny Lasoski ($3,000); 4. Tim Shaffer ($2,500); 5. Steve Kinser ($2,300); 6. Brent Kaeding ($2,200); 7. Craig Dollansky ($2,120); 8. Jeff Swindell ($2,000); 9. Donny Schatz ($1,800); 10. Dale Blaney ($1,720); 11. Stevie Smith ($1,400); 12. Brooke Tatnell ($1,200); 13. Jimmy Carr ($1,100); 14. Terry McCarl ($1,050); 15. Kasey Kahne ($1,000); 16. Joe Gaerte ($900); 17. Tyler Walker ($700); 18. Jason Meyers ($570); 19. Travis Whitney ($550); 20. Daryn Pittman ($550); 21. Andy Hillenburg ($550); 22. Sammy Swindell ($550); 23. Calvin Landis ($550); 24. Bud Kaeding ($570).
Lap leaders: Terry McCarl 1, Johnny Herrera 2-30 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Danny Lasoski