Rolling Wheels report 97-06-04

'Bullet' Bolts to Victory at Rolling Wheels By Richard Day ELBRIDGE, NY (June 4) - Nobody's perfect, but Dave Blaney came within .066 seconds of it in Wednesday's Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' event at Rolling ...

'Bullet' Bolts to Victory at Rolling Wheels By Richard Day ELBRIDGE, NY (June 4) - Nobody's perfect, but Dave Blaney came within .066 seconds of it in Wednesday's Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' event at Rolling Wheels Raceway. "The Buckeye Bullet" won every race he entered, including his third Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature of the year. He won the Third Heat Race from outside the third row and passed fellow front-row-starter Johnny Herrera in the Vivarin Dash for the right to start the 25-lap main event on the pole. The only aspect of the World of Outlaws' 26th event of the year Blaney didn't execute to perfection was the qualifying session. His 18.100-second run around the semi-banked, 5/8-mile oval was .066 seconds off the pace set by Channellock Fast-Time Award winner Steve Kinser. "I didn't realize I had never won here before," Blaney said in victory lane. "It seems like we've always run pretty well here; we just couldn't get a victory. "I have to thank my guys (Kenny Woodruff and Dwayne Krieger). They worked really hard tonight. We tried to get the Vivarin/U.S. Print car a little different than we've had it, and it was really fast. We got good starting positions all night, and the car was fast enough to stay there." Herrera, the fifth-fastest qualifier in the 37-car field, received the luxury of starting the Vivarin Dash on the pole when Donnie Kreitz, Jr., finished sixth in the Fourth Heat Race. Blaney passed the defending King's Royal champion early and raced ahead of the eight-car field throughout the five-lap race en route to his seventh Vivarin Dash victory of the season. "The Buckeye Bullet" burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. Kinser, winner of seven World of Outlaws main events at Rolling Wheels, drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim past Herrera in the fourth corner, and Mark Kinser passed him for third place in turn three the next time around. Blaney was 10 car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers when an engine malfunction in the #7TW Gold Eagle J&J forced Jeff Swindell to stop on the front straightaway late in the third lap. As the race resumed, Blaney immediately started rebuilding his lead and 10th-starting Sammy Swindell roared into fifth place. Sammy steered his #1 Channellock Gambler deep into turn three to pass Herrera for fourth place the next time around. A broken front axle on the #11H Selma Shell Maxim caused Greg Hodnett to drive over the bank in the second corner late in the fifth lap, bringing out the caution flag and tightening the field again. Blaney raced away from the field and Mark Kinser challenged cousin Steve for the runner-up spot as the green flag replaced the yellow. Mark steered the #5M Wirtgen Maxim to the highest point between the third and fourth corners and made a sharp turn to pass Steve late in lap six. "The Buckeye Bullet" was eight car-lengths ahead of Mark when a mechanical problem caused Billy Pauch to stop in turn two late in the eighth lap. Herrera regained fourth place by passing Sammy during the ensuing restart. Blaney was equal to Mark's challenges during the race's middle stages, and entered lapped traffic during lap 12. He increased his advantage with some quick moves between the backmarkers and opened a 10-car-length advantage by the 15th lap. The defending World of Outlaws champion narrowed the gap to four car-lengths when Blaney jumped the cushion late in lap 18, but was unable to get any closer during the final seven laps. "The Buckeye Bullet" slowed behind a couple of lapped cars early in the white-flag lap, but a quick move past them on the back straightaway ensured the five-car-length victory. "I got hung up a little bit there at the end," Blaney said. "One car was low and one car was high, and I couldn't get between them. It scared me a little, but everything worked out. "The track was excellent; it's the best I've seen it here in years. It was wide and smooth and you could race all over it, so lapped traffic wasn't much of a problem." Steve Kinser finished in third place, ahead of Herrera, Sammy Swindell, Andy Hillenburg, Jac Haudenschild, Joe Gaerte and heat race winners Danny Lasoski and Stevie Smith. The #15 Blue Beacon Maxim suffered a broken torsion bar stop as Donny Schatz was lining up for the main event. He gave up his ninth-row starting position, lined up at the rear of the field and passed 13 cars en route to an 11th-place finish. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Rolling Wheels Raceway, Elbridge, NY Wednesday, June 4, Feature Program #26 Qualifications: 1. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 18.034; 2. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 18.076; 3. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 18.100; 4. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., Kreitz 69K, 18.252; 5. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 18.252; 6. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 18.356; 7. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 18.478; 8. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 18.493; 9. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 18.511; 10. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 18.629; 11. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 18.748; 12. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 18.766; 13. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 18.767; 14. Craig Keel, Keel 8, 19.043; 15. Billy Pauch, Zemaitis 1Z, 19.075; 16. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 19.132; 17. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 19.239; 18. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 19.246; 19. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 19.261; 20. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 19.292; 21. George Suprick, Suprick 87, 19.670; 22. Tim Kuhn, Kuhn 2C, 19.672; 23. George Ely, Ely 7, 19.998; 24. Lance Yonge, Yonge 17, 20.105; 25. Bob Bennett, Mickle 3, 20.150; 26. Dave Ely, Ely 77E, 20.244; 27. Doug Emory, Emory 32, 20.431; 28. Rick Hart, Hart 86, 21.483; 29. Chuck Roan, Roan 22R, 20.591; 30. Bill Bailey, Bailey 27, 21.053; 31. Christine Karns, Karns 65.5, 21.197; 32. Dan DeCracker, DeCracker 47D, 21.220; 33. R.C. Faigle, Faigle 1H, 21.223; 34. Mark Bragman, Bragman 3x, 21.406; 35. Billy Bradshaw, Bradshaw 2x, 21.513; 36. Bobby Parrow, Parrow 9, 23.349; 37. Paul Darsky, Darsky 34, no time. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Todd Shaffer, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Johnny Herrera, 6. Jac Haudenschild, 7. R.C. Faigle, 8. George Suprick, 9. Bob Bennett. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Craig Keel, 5. Tim Kuhn, 6. Dion Hindi, 7. Dave Ely, 8. Mark Bragman, 9. Bill Bailey. DNS - Paul Darsky. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Billy Pauch, 5. Donny Schatz, 6. Doug Emory, 7. George Ely, 8. Christine Karns, 9. Billy Bradshaw. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Paul McMahan, 4. Lance Yonge, 5. Lance Blevins, 6. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., 7. Bobby Parrow, 8. Rick Hart, 9. Dan DeCracker. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Jac Haudenschild, 6. Andy Hillenburg, 7. Stevie Smith, 8. Joe Gaerte. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., 2. Dion Hindi, 3. Doug Emory, 4. Dave Ely, 5. George Ely ($200); 6. Bobby Parrow ($180); 7. Chuck Roan ($150); 8. Bob Bennett ($110); 9. Rick Hart ($90); 10. Christine Karns ($80); 11. R.C. Faigle ($60); 12. Bill Bailey ($50); 13. Dan DeCracker ($50); 14. Mark Bragman ($50); 15. George Suprick ($50); 16. Billy Bradshaw ($50). DNS - Paul Darsky. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (25 laps): 1. Dave Blaney ($7,000); 2. Mark Kinser ($4,000); 3. Steve Kinser ($3,000); 4. Johnny Herrera ($2,500); 5. Sammy Swindell ($2,300); 6. Andy Hillenburg ($2,200); 7. Jac Haudenschild ($2,100); 8. Joe Gaerte ($2,000); 9. Danny Lasoski ($1,700); 10. Stevie Smith ($1,600); 11. Donny Schatz ($1,200); 12. Paul McMahan ($1,150); 13. Todd Shaffer ($1,100); 14. Craig Keel ($1,050); 15. Tim Kuhn ($1,000); 16. Lance Blevins ($700); 17. Donnie Kreitz, Jr. ($620); 18. Dion Hindi ($520); 19. Lance Yonge ($500); 20. Dave Ely ($520); 21. Doug Emory ($520); 22. Billy Pauch ($500); 23. Greg Hodnett ($500); 24. Jeff Swindell ($500). Lap leader: Dave Blaney 1-25 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Steve Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Paul McMahan , Billy Pauch , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell