San Jose report 95-09-09

'Buckeye Bullet' Shifts Gears to Win San Jose Finale By Richard Day SAN JOSE, CA (September 9) - After chasing Stevie Smith for almost half the race, Dave Blaney knew he and crew chief Kenny Woodruff...

'Buckeye Bullet' Shifts Gears to Win San Jose Finale By Richard Day SAN JOSE, CA (September 9) - After chasing Stevie Smith for almost half the race, Dave Blaney knew he and crew chief Kenny Woodruff had to make a change. They switched gears in the #10 Vivarin J&J during a 14th-lap red period, allowing "The Buckeye Bullet" to race in the low groove and win Saturday's World of Outlaws "A" Feature at San Jose Speedway. "After the red, I started driving different lines to see what was the fastest around the track for me," Blaney said following his second victory in as many years at San Jose. "I felt like the way I ended up running was the best. "I got fast coming off the bottom in turn four and the lapped cars were running the high groove. We just got the car fast where nobody was running." Blaney raced in the high groove around San Jose's semi-banked, 1/3-mile oval during the first half of the race. The setup change allowed him to take the high line through the third corner and turn sharply into the low groove in turn four. Blaney chased the #71M EcoWater Systems Maxim for eight more laps while searching for the best line, then used the new-found move to take the lead deep in the fourth corner with 8 1/4 laps remaining. Jac Haudenschild, who is chasing Blaney in the Skoal Outlaw Series point standings, caught him with less than two laps remaining but was unable to pull off the winning pass. He was two car-lengths behind when "The Buckeye Bullet" took the checkered flag for his 11th victory of the season. Haudenschild won the Snap-on Tools Dash and started the 30-lap "A" Feature on the pole. He burst into the lead as the green flag fell, only to have a crash involving Randy Tiner, Jeff Swindell and Jimmy Sills bring out the caution flag early in the first lap. Swindell and Sills suffered flat tires in the melee, and restarted the race at the back of the pack. Then, before the leaders completed the first lap, another crash stopped the race. A collision involving Randy Hannagan and Jason Statler sent Statler's #00 flipping through turn three. Hannagan restarted to the race after his crew replaced the front axle on the #1x. "The Wild Child" drove the #22 Pennzoil Maxim into the lead again as the green flag replaced the red, and opened a five-car-length advantage within three laps. He was 10 car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers when he caught the backmarkers during the sixth lap. Haudenschild was searching for a route around First Heat Race winner Lindsey Casto when Smith and Blaney caught him the next time around. Blaney caught Stevie in turn two and they raced wheel-to-wheel down the back straightaway two laps later. "The Wild Child" was attempting to race through lapped traffic in the high groove when he slid over the cushion in turn two early in the 12th lap, allowing Smith and Blaney to race past. Casto hit the turn-three retaining wall and flipped two laps later, bringing out the red flag and sending Blaney's crew into action on the #10's setup. As the race resumed, "The Buckeye Bullet" steered the #10 into the low groove to pressure Smith for the lead. After chasing Stevie for six laps, Blaney changed his line in turn four and caught the leader with 10 laps remaining. He took the high line into turn three, then made a sharp turn into the fourth corner to pass Smith for the lead. After Blaney roared into lapped traffic with seven laps remaining, "The Wild Child" threaded the #22 between Smith and the berm deep in turn one to regain the runner-up spot the next time around. Haudenschild raced next to Blaney high in the third corner late in the 29th lap, but couldn't complete the pass. Smith followed "The Wild Child" across the finish line to finish third. Swindell made the best of a disappointing situation following his first-lap crash, driving the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim into seventh place midway through the race and passing Andy Hillenburg for fourth early in lap 27. Rounding out the top 10 in the main event were Hillenburg, Steve Kinser, Danny Lasoski, Steve Kent, Greg Hodnett and 17th-starting Joe Gaerte. Hannagan received his fifth Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award of the year for racing into 11th place from inside the 12th row. WoO 1995 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series San Jose Speedway, San Jose, CA Saturday, September 9, Feature Program #60 Qualifications: 1. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.643; 2. Ronnie Day, Offill 88, 13.856; 3. Paul McMahan, Lamar 3, 13.882; 4. Danny Lasoski, Hamilton 77, 13.954; 5. Randy Hannagan, Hannagan 1x, 14.071; 6. Keith Kauffman, Sonner 47, 14.126; 7. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 14.132; 8. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 14.142; 9. Greg DeCaires, Roth 83, 14.179; 10. Jason Lund, Lund 8L, 14.289; 11. Steve Kent, Helm 11K, 14.289; 12. Rick Martin, Martin 44, 14.299; 13. Bobby McMahan, McMahan 88N, 14.305; 14. Joe Gaerte, Ulyate 3DB, 14.320; 15. Tim Green, Owen 14, 14.344; 16. Jimmy Sills, Berry 7, 14.386; 17. Randy Tiner, Orth 24, 14.402; 18. Darren Howard, Howard 0, 14.402; 19. Lindsey Casto, Casto 40, 14.448; 20. Brent Kaeding, Kaeding 69, 14.456; 21. Lee Brewer, Jr., Toledo 3T, 14.486; 22. Bob Walker, Walker 98, 14.488; 23. Eric Rossi, Smith 38, 14.488; 24. Steve Osborne, Osborne 29S, 14.538; 25. Jason Statler, Statler 00, 14.539; 26. Kevin Huntley, Owen 14D, 14.544; 27. Kevin Pylant, Pylant 14P, 14.630; 28. Howard Kaeding, Kaeding 69H, 14.650; 29. Monte Faccinto, Bailey 17, 14.717; 30. Brian Hodges, Hodges 31, 14.720; 31. Dale Cross, Cross 9C, 14.746; 32. Dale Johnston, Johnston 20J, 14.754; 33. Scooter Lambert, Lambert 1C, 14.758; 34. Scott Luhdorff, Luhdorff 7S, 14.759; 35. Sean Fenn, Fenn 36, 14.859; 36. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 14.896; 37. Dave Rule, Rule 3D, 14.988; 38. Ryan Riley, Riley 98x, 15.031; 39. Mark Monico, ATM Motorsports 21, 15.060; 40. Blake Robertson, Blakeman 27B, 15.086; 41. Ryan Bailey, Bailey 17B, 15.109; 42. Jerry Bonema, Bonema 58, 15.219; 43. Graydon Cross, Cross 8, 15.219; 44. Shawna Wilskey, Fauver 64, 15.221; 45. Keith Nafzger, Brown 9B, 15.456; 46. George Koerber, Koerber 5K, 15.526; 47. Jamie Hood, Hood 33, 15.860; 48. Kelly Perreira, Perreira 3P, 16.496; 49. Alan Harney, Harney 14x, 16.651; 50. Bernie House, House 18NC, 17.589. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Steve Kent, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Jimmy Sills, 4. Keith Kauffman, 5. Lee Brewer, Jr., 6. Kevin Huntley, 7. Dale Cross, 8. George Koerber, 9. Ryan Bailey, 10. Tyler Walker. (first three qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Randy Tiner, 2. Ronnie Day, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Randy Martin, 5. Kevin Pylant, 6. Jerry Bonema, 7. Dave Rule, 8. Dale Johnston, 9. Bob Walker, 10. Jamie Hood. (first three qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Bobby McMahan, 3. Paul McMahan, 4. Eric Rossi, 5. Darren Howard, 6. Graydon Cross, 7. Ryan Riley, 8. Kelly Perreira, 9. Howard Kaeding, 10. Scooter Lambert. (first three qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Lindsey Casto, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Greg DeCaires, 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Mark Monico, 6. Scott Luhdorff, 7. Monte Faccinto, 8. Shawna Wilskey, 9. Steve Osborne, 10. Alan Harney. (first three qualified for the "A" Feature) Fifth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Brent Kaeding, 2. Tim Green, 3. Jason Lund, 4. Randy Hannagan, 5. Jason Statler, 6. Blake Robertson, 7. Brian Hodges, 8. Keith Nafzger, 9. Sean Fenn, 10. Bernie House. (first three qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Stevie Smith, Jac Haudenschild, Andy Hillenburg and Dave Blaney for the first four starting positions in the Snap-on Tools Dash. Snap-on Tools Dash (five laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Dave Blaney, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Ronnie Day, 6. Steve Kinser. (finish determined the first five starting positions in the "A" Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Scott Luhdorff, 2. Jerry Bonema, 3. Ryan Bailey ($135); 4. Mark Monico ($110); 5. Sean Fenn ($90); 6. Graydon Cross ($80); 7. Ryan Riley ($70); 8. George Koerber ($60); 9. Blake Robertson ($50); 10. Shawna Wilskey ($40); 11. Tyler Walker ($40); 12. Kelly Perreira ($40); 13. Bernie House ($40); 14. Jamie Hood ($40); 15. Dave Rule ($40); 16. Keith Nafzger ($40); 17. Alan Harney ($40). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Keith Kauffman, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Randy Martin, 4. Randy Hannagan, 5. Jason Statler, 6. Lee Brewer, Jr. ($210); 7. Kevin Huntley ($185); 8. Kevin Pylant ($160); 9. Monte Faccinto ($110); 10. Darren Howard ($100); 11. Howard Kaeding ($90); 12. Brian Hodges ($70); 13. Jerry Bonema ($80); 14. Steve Osborne ($60); 15. Eric Rossi ($60); 16. Dale Cross ($60); 17. Scott Luhdorff ($80); 18. Dale Johnston ($60); 19. Bob Walker ($60). (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Dave Blaney ($9,000); 2. Jac Haudenschild ($5,000); 3. Stevie Smith ($3,300); 4. Jeff Swindell ($3,010); 5. Andy Hillenburg ($2,250); 6. Steve Kinser ($2,085); 7. Danny Lasoski ($1,830); 8. Steve Kent ($1,710); 9. Greg Hodnett ($1,510); 10. Joe Gaerte ($1,410); 11. Randy Hannagan ($1,230); 12. Ronnie Day ($1,110); 13. Paul McMahan ($1,060); 14. Keith Kauffman ($1,030); 15. Randy Martin ($730); 16. Bobby McMahan ($610); 17. Tim Green ($510); 18. Greg DeCaires ($510); 19. Jason Lund ($510); 20. Brent Kaeding ($510); 21. Jimmy Sills ($510); 22. Lindsey Casto ($510); 23. Jason Statler ($510); 24. Randy Tiner ($510). Lap leaders: Jac Haudenschild 1-11, Stevie Smith 12-21, Dave Blaney 22-30 Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award winner: Randy Hannagan WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Shawna Wilskey , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Tyler Walker , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Jimmy Sills , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Jason Statler , Bobby McMahan , Jeff Swindell , Tim Green