San Jose report 98-08-28

Sammy Swindell Wins San Jose Preliminary By Richard Day SAN JOSE, CA (August 28) - Comparing Sammy Swindell's Preliminary Feature victory totals in 1997 and 1998 shows just how competitive the Pennzoil World of...

Sammy Swindell Wins San Jose Preliminary By Richard Day SAN JOSE, CA (August 28) - Comparing Sammy Swindell's Preliminary Feature victory totals in 1997 and 1998 shows just how competitive the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series is this season. Swindell won 11 Preliminary Features on his way to claiming the drivers' championship last year. Winning his first Preliminary Feature of the season Friday at San Jose Speedway pushed him to within 35 points of Steve Kinser in their battle for first place in the point standings. "Hopefully, we'll do this again tomorrow night," Sammy said in victory lane. "If you want to be up front with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series, you have to win one now and then." Swindell leads the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series with 332 "A" Feature laps led, but ranks fourth in victories with six. Swindell, the seventh-fastest qualifier in the 44-car field, received the luxury of starting the Channellock Dash on the pole when third-quick Randy Hannagan finished sixth in the Third Racing Champions Heat Race. Sammy earned the right to start the Preliminary Feature on the pole by winning his eighth Channellock Dash of the year. Swindell drove his #1 Channellock Stealth in the lead as the green flag fell in the feature. Outside polesitter Donny Schatz kept pace with Sammy as Jac Haudenschild raced into fourth place from outside the third row during the opening lap. Haudenschild continued his run to the front early in lap two, steering the #22 Pennzoil Maxim into the low groove between the first and second corners to pass Danny Lasoski for third. Schatz challenged Swindell for the lead, but was unable to surge ahead. Swindell opened a comfortable advantage during the next few laps, and was 12 car-lengths ahead of Schatz when he entered lapped traffic during lap seven. Negotiating lapped traffic with ease, Sammy maintained his 12-car-length advantage through the race's middle stages. Haudenschild used an inside move in turn one to pass Schatz for the runner-up spot early in the 15th lap. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 1997 Rookie of the Year tried to regain the spot by steering the #15 Blue Beacon Gambler into the low groove between the third and fourth corners late in lap 16, but was unable to complete the pass. Kinser passed Lasoski for fourth place with a low move through turns one and two early in the 17th lap. Todd Bammer took his #18 sprinter for a spin in turn four the next time around. Kinser jumped the cushion as the race resumed, allowing Lasoski, Stevie Smith and 19th-starting Johnny Herrera to pass him. The engine in the #11 Quaker State Maxim started smoking with two laps remaining, and Randy Tiner passed him during the final lap. Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Mark Kinser steered the #5M Wirtgen Maxim deep into the fourth corner to pass Lasoski for fourth place as they headed for the checkered flag. The move gave Mark the last automatic qualifying position in Saturday's Channellock Dash. Swindell maintained a comfortable advantage and took the checkered flag as Haudenschild raced through turn three. "We raised the car up a little and changed the left front shock after the dash," Sammy said. "That was all we really needed to do. The Channellock car was fast all night long. "My guys have worked really hard, and for a change we didn't have anything happen to us, whether it was a mechanical failure or having something happen on the track. We were pretty much able to run the car anywhere on the track, and being able to run the top, middle or the bottom really helped us get through traffic." Donny Schatz finished third, ahead of Mark Kinser, Lasoski, Smith, Hannagan, Herrera, Tiner and "The King of the Outlaws." Mark Kinser received his 15th Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the season after pacing the qualifying session with a 13.846-second lap around the semi-banked, 1/3-mile oval. WoO 1998 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series San Jose Speedway, San Jose, CA Friday, August 28, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 13.846; 2. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 13.940; 3. Randy Hannagan, THR 1x, 13.962; 4. Randy Tiner, Tiner 83T, 13.965; 5. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.999; 6. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 14.043; 7. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 14.065; 8. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 14.105; 9. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 14.120; 10. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 14.166; 11. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 14.177; 12. Kevin Pylant, Pylant 14P, 14.185; 13. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 14.190; 14. Blake Robertson, BR Motorsports 15R, 14.219; 15. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 14.233; 16. Bud Kaeding, Macieal 29, 14.253; 17. Dale Blaney, Hylton/Blaney 93, 14.266; 18. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.313; 19. Ronnie Day, Offill 88W, 14.358; 20. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 14.392; 21. Peter Murphy, Williams 0, 14.408; 22. Duane Bonini, Jr., Bonini 72, 14.506; 23. Brent Kaeding, M&M Racing 2M, 14.527; 24. Todd Bammer, Bammer 18, 14.560; 25. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 14.569; 26. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 14.572; 27. Jason Statler, ATM/Rios 00, 14.591; 28. Tim Kaeding, Wright 35W, 14.601; 29. Kasey Kahne, Kahne 23K, 14.615; 30. Mark Monico, ATM Motorsports 21M, 14.626; 31. Steve Coelho, Coelho 6C, 14.626; 32. Jason Meyers, Carter 14, 14.629; 33. Steve Kent, McMillian/Mitchel 10, 14.636; 34. Graydon Cross, Cross 8C, 14.651; 35. Jerry Bonema, Bonema 58, 14.675; 36. Brian Coelho, Coelho 5C, 14.793; 37. David Fowler, Owens/Fowler 24, 14.836; 38. Tommy Tarlton, Howard 1H, 14.910; 39. Ryan Riley, Filipich 98, 15.083; 40. Jason York, York 25, 15.200; 41. Daniel Hood, Hood 33, 15.442; 42. Ken Cox, Cox 52, 15.835; 43. Keith Nafzger, Brown 9B, 16.227; 44. Richard Zimmerman, Zimmerman 69, 16.889. First Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Tim Shaffer, 2. Peter Murphy, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Steve Kent, 7. Dale Blaney, 8. Kasey Kahne, 9. Lance Blevins, 10. David Fowler, 11. Daniel Hood. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Duane Bonini, Jr., 7. Blake Robertson, 8. Tommy Tarlton, 9. Graydon Cross, 10. Mark Monico, 11. Ken Cox. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Ronnie Day, 2. Brent Kaeding, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Paul McMahan, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. Randy Hannagan, 7. Steve Coelho, 8. Jason Statler, 9. Jerry Bonema, 10. Ryan Riley, 11. Keith Nafzger. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Todd Bammer, 3. Randy Tiner, 4. Bud Kaeding, 5. Tyler Walker, 6. Brian Coelho, 7. Kevin Pylant, 8. Jason Meyers, 9. Jason York, 10. Richard Zimmerman, 11. Tim Kaeding. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Mark Kinser, 6. Jac Haudenschild, 7. Tyler Walker, 8. Randy Tiner. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) C Feature (eight laps): 1. Tommy Tarlton, 2. Ryan Riley, 3. Jerry Bonema, 4. Jason York ($100); 5. Keith Nafzger ($80); 6. Daniel Hood ($60); 7. Brian Coelho ($50); 8. David Fowler ($40); 9. Ken Cox ($30); 10. Richard Zimmerman ($25). (first three qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Randy Hannagan, 2. Dale Blaney, 3. Blake Robertson, 4. Lance Blevins, 5. Kevin Pylant ($150); 6. Jason Statler ($125); 7. Kasey Kahne ($1100); 8. Steve Kent ($75); 9. Jason Meyers ($60); 10. Mark Monico ($50); 11. Graydon Cross ($40); 12. Steve Coelho ($40); 13. Ryan Riley ($60); 14. Duane Bonini, Jr. ($40); 15. Jerry Bonema ($60); 16. Tommy Tarlton ($60). (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Prelminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($4,500); 2. Jac Haudenschild ($2,500); 3. Donny Schatz ($1,700); 4. Mark Kinser ($1,500); 5. Danny Lasoski ($1,350); 6. Stevie Smith ($1,250); 7. Randy Hannagan ($1,220); 8. Johnny Herrera ($1,100); 9. Randy Tiner ($1,075); 10. Steve Kinser ($1,050); 11. Tim Shaffer ($1,000); 12. Jeff Swindell ($800); 13. Andy Hillenburg ($700); 14. Dale Blaney ($650); 15. Tyler Walker ($400); 16. Brent Kaeding ($400); 17. Paul McMahan ($400); 18. Bud Kaeding ($300); 19. Blake Robertson ($320); 20. Joe Gaerte ($300); 21. Ronnie Day ($300); 22. Lance Blevins ($320); 23. Peter Murphy ($300); 24. Todd Bammer ($300). Lap leader: Sammy Swindell 1-20 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Bud Kaeding , Sammy Swindell , Tyler Walker , Jason Meyers , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Tim Kaeding , Jason Statler , Peter Murphy , Jason York , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams