Springfield results 97-06-08

Sammy Swindell Dominates Springfield Mile By Richard Day SPRINGFIELD, IL (June 8) - Sammy Swindell pulled off the second clean sweep of his career Sunday afternoon when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws...

Sammy Swindell Dominates Springfield Mile By Richard Day SPRINGFIELD, IL (June 8) - Sammy Swindell pulled off the second clean sweep of his career Sunday afternoon when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series returned to Illinois State Fair Speedway for the first time in 15 years. Swindell, who recorded his first clean sweep at Bridgeport Speedway on August 7, 1995, paced the qualifying session, then won the First Heat Race, the Vivarin Dash and the "A" Feature. "The Channellock Gambler ran great today," Swindell said in victory lane. "We didn't have to overextend ourselves; we just ran a nice and easy pace." The first engine Sammy had in his #1 wasn't as "nice and easy" as he prefers, so his crew installed a new power plant after the hot-lap session. With the new engine, the two-time World of Outlaws champion was the class of the field. Swindell's 25.866-second, 139.179 m.p.h., qualifying run set the new qualifying standard for "The Springfield Mile" and earned Sammy his fourth Channellock Fast-Time Award of the year. His flag-to-flag victory was his ninth of the season and the eighth of his Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series career on a mile oval. Sammy helped himself by picking the #0 inversion pill after the qualifying session. He won his ninth heat race and his eighth Vivarin Dash of the season for the right to start the 25-lap "A" Feature on the pole. Swindell burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event. Jac Haudenschild, whose ignition problems kept him from qualifying well or even starting the Second Heat Race, drove the #22 Pennzoil Maxim into ninth place from the 10th row during the first 1 1/2 laps. The engine in Steve Kinser's #11 Quaker State Maxim started smoking as he followed Swindell into lapped traffic five laps into the race. Dave Blaney wasn't as fortunate two laps later, however, as his smoking engine completely lost power. "The Wild Child" continued his run toward the front as the green flag replaced the yellow, roaring into sixth place. He beat Greg Hodnett down the back straightaway for fifth midway through lap eight and won a front-stretch drag race with Donny Schatz for fourth place two laps later. A mid-race shower brought out the red flag for 30 minutes and allowed the teams to work on their sprinters. Kinser's crew made the necessary repairs to keep the #11's engine running while Guy Forbrook and his crewmen replaced the left rear shock on the #22. As the race resumed, Swindell quickly opened a comfortable advantage while "The Wild Child" challenged Johnny Herrera for third place. Hodnett steered the #11H Selma Shell Maxim deep into the first corner to pass Schatz for fifth place early in the 15th lap. The move took its toll on the Hodnett's engine, however, as four laps later he stopped in turn four with a blown power plant. Lubrication problems also forced Stevie Smith to drop out of the race during lap 19. Kinser, who won three World of Outlaws "A" Features at Illinois State Fair Speedway in 1980-81, was unable to keep pace with Swindell on the ensuing restart and was racing through turn four as Sammy took the checkered flag. "The car was just awesome," Swindell said. "I don't know how fast we were running there at the end, but we were getting around the track pretty good. "Handling is a big part of racing here, and you have to have a good motor. We tried to skimp a little on the timing on the first motor and we hurt some valves. Earl Gaerte makes a good motor and when we plugged this one in, it ran just as good as the other one. It's a big plus having a motor that can pull one of these things down a straightaway and a car that can cut through the air. We had them both. "We had a pretty tall gear in it, and it kind of hurt us on the restarts. But there was enough rubber down that we could get going pretty good and pull away a little." Herrera's third-place finish pushed him into ninth place in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series driver rankings. "The Wild Child" finished fourth, while Schatz' fifth-place run is his career-best in a World of Outlaws main event. Completing the top 10 in the "A" Feature were Andy Hillenburg, Danny Lasoski, Mark Kinser, Joe Gaerte and Paul McMahan. Although Jeff Swindell's 26.407-second run was third-quick, he lined up 11th in the "A" Feature lineup because he took one lap at the end of the qualifying session. Jeff finished 11th in the main event. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series is scheduled to run $40,000 events in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan next weekend. The fire-breathing, mud-slinging sprint car racing teams will race at Bloomington Speedway Friday, Eldora Speedway Saturday and I-96 Speedway Sunday. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Illinois State Fair Speedway, Springfield, IL Sunday, June 8, Feature Program #28 Qualifications: 1. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 25.866 (new one-lap record); 2. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 26.137; 3. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 26.422; 4. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 26.607; 5. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 26.691; 6. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 26.821; 7. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 27.027; 8. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 27.425; 9. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 27.464; 10. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 27.576; x-11. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 26.407; 12. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 27.723; 13. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 27.744; 14. Tommy Scott, Scott 4S, 28.014; 15. Terry Babb, Babb 42, 29.734; 16. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 30.553; 17. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 31.120; 18. Bruce Oldenburg, Oldenburg 0, 31.371; 19. Chuck Schlosser, Schlosser 7, 35.084. x - took one lap at the end First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Donny Schatz, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Paul McMahan, 7. Terry Babb, 8. Dion Hindi, 9. Stevie Smith, 10. Chuck Schlosser. (first 10 qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Danny Lasoski, 7. Tommy Scott, 8. Bruce Oldenburg. DNS - Jac Haudenschild. (first nine qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Dave Blaney, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Greg Hodnett, 7. Mark Kinser, 8. Donny Schatz. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) A Feature (25 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($7,000); 2. Steve Kinser ($4,000); 3. Johnny Herrera ($3,000); 4. Jac Haudenschild ($2,500); 5. Donny Schatz ($2,300); 6. Andy Hillenburg ($2,200); 7. Danny Lasoski ($2,100); 8. Mark Kinser ($2,000); 9. Joe Gaerte ($1,700); 10. Paul McMahan ($1,600); 11. Jeff Swindell ($1,200); 12. Tommy Scott ($1,150); 13. Dion Hindi ($1,100); 14. Terry Babb ($1,050); 15. Bruce Oldenburg ($1,000); 16. Stevie Smith ($700); 17. Greg Hodnett ($600); 18. Dave Blaney ($500); 19. Chuck Schlosser ($500). Lap leader: Sammy Swindell 1-25 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Sammy Swindell WoO

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Paul McMahan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell