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Smith Wins Snap-on Tools Summer Nationals By Richard Day MESQUITE, TX (July 29) - Stevie Smith was starting to wonder what he had to do to elude Jeff Swindell in their battle for fourth place in the...

Smith Wins Snap-on Tools Summer Nationals By Richard Day MESQUITE, TX (July 29) - Stevie Smith was starting to wonder what he had to do to elude Jeff Swindell in their battle for fourth place in the Skoal Outlaw Series point standings. While Smith extended his streak of third-place finishes to three earlier in the week, Swindell closed to within six points of him with a runner-up run at Memphis Motorsports Park and a victory at Battleground Speedway. A flag-to-flag victory in the Snap-on Tools Summer Nationals at Devil's Bowl Speedway Saturday not only gave Stevie some breathing room, it pushed him past Danny Lasoski into third place in the points race. "Winning here is just great," Smith told the standing-room-only crowd from victory lane. "It's one of the best tracks in the country. It's been a long time since we've been in victory lane, too." Smith's fourth victory of the year ended an 18-event winless streak for the Motter Brothers' #71M EcoWater team. Stevie also won a World of Outlaws main event at the Devil's Bowl on March 21, 1992. Smith won an intense battle with First Snap-on Tools Heat Race winner Andy Hillenburg in the Vivarin Dash for the right to start the 30-lap championship feature on the pole. Hillenburg burst into the lead in turn four, only to have Smith catch him late in the opening lap and beat him across the finish line. After racing wheel-to-wheel around the semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval for most of the five-lap race, Stevie was two car-lengths ahead when he took the checkered flag. It was more of the same when the green flag fell in the "A" Feature, as Smith and Hillenburg raced side-by-side until Scott Hogue bicycled and turned over in the second corner. Since the caution flag was thrown before the opening lap was completed, Stevie and Andy started the feature side-by-side again. Smith won a front-straightaway drag race to take the early advantage, but Hillenburg caught him in turn one the next time around. They completed 3 1/2 laps before more than two car-lengths separated them. Smith was three car-lengths ahead when he caught the backmarkers during the sixth lap. Seemingly unaffected by the lapped traffic, Andy kept his #2 STP J&J within striking distance until Jac Haudenschild brought out the caution flag with a second-corner spin early in the 23rd lap. He restarted at the back of the pack and raced into 11th place during the final seven laps. Skoal Outlaw Series points leader Dave Blaney drove the #10 Vivarin J&J past EcoWater Fast-Time Award winner Mike Peters and Gary Wright during the first half of the race. He challenged Hillenburg for the runner-up spot as the green flag replaced the yellow, allowing Smith to open a comfortable margin. Hillenburg and Blaney were racing through the fourth corner when Smith took the checkered flag. "I'm glad we had that yellow because I saw the front of Andy's car," Smith said. "He might have caught me off-guard, but that moved me down on the race track. "I've got to give most of the credit to the crew. The EcoWater team has been doing a great job. I've been trying to tire them out, but I haven't been able to do it yet. They had the car working really good tonight. We have a great combination. "I told them today, 'we've been knocking on the door the last three nights; let's kick it in tonight,' and we did." Hillenburg's second-place finish pushed him over the $100,000 mark in earnings for the year. Randy Hannagan raced into fourth place, his career-best finish in a World of Outlaws main event. Greg Hodnett held off Wright to finish fifth. Swindell received his eighth Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award for roaring into seventh place from the sixth row. Rounding out the top 10 in the "A" Feature were Bob Ewell, Keith Kauffman and Peters. TNN: The Nashville Network is televising the Amoco Knoxville Nationals "Live in '95." Be sure to tune in for the August 19th telecast between 10 p.m. and midnight (EDT). WoO 1995 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Snap-on Tools Summer Nationals Devil's Bowl Speedway, Mesquite, TX Saturday, July 29, Feature Program #48 Qualifications: 1. Mike Peters, Grandstaff 66, 14.994; 2. Gary Wright, White 9, 15.116; 3. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 15.137; 4. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 15.185; 5. Randy Hannagan, Hannagan 1x, 15.266; 6. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21L, 15.292; 7. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 15.299; 8. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 15.302; 9. Scott Hogue, Hogue 9C, 15.362; 10. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 15.380; 11. Bob Ewell, Ewell 85, 15.423; 12. Danny Lasoski, Hamilton 77, 15.513; 13. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 15.515; 14. John Bankston, Bankston 8, 15.516; 15. Keith Kauffman, Sonner 47, 15.706; 16. John Hunt, Lake 7x, 15.799; 17. Gus Wasson, Wasson 4G, 15.854; 18. Shane Carson, Helms 12$, 15.919; 19. Ron Souter, Souter 33, 16.060. First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Mike Peters, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. John Hunt, 6. Greg Hodnett, 7. Ron Souter. (first seven qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. John Bankston, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Bob Ewell, 4. Randy Hannagan, 5. Gary Wright, 6. Gus Wasson. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Shane Carson, 2. Keith Kauffman, 3. Lance Blevins ($10); 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Scott Hogue, 6. Stevie Smith. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Gary Wright, 4. Mike Peters, 5. Dave Blaney, 6. Randy Hannagan, 7. Lance Blevins, 8. Greg Hodnett. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Stevie Smith ($6,010); 2. Andy Hillenburg ($3,510); 3. Dave Blaney ($2,510); 4. Randy Hannagan ($2,210); 5. Greg Hodnett ($2,110); 6. Gary Wright ($2,010); 7. Jeff Swindell ($1,610); 8. Bob Ewell ($1,510); 9. Keith Kauffman ($1,410); 10. Mike Peters ($1,310); 11. Jac Haudenschild ($1,160); 12. Danny Lasoski ($1,110); 13. John Hunt ($1,060); 14. Shane Carson ($1,010); 15. John Bankston ($710); 16. Gus Wasson ($510); 17. Ron Souter ($410); 18. Scott Hogue ($410). DNS - Lance Blevins. Lap leader: Stevie Smith 1-30 EcoWater Fast-Time Award winner: Mike Peters Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award winner: Jeff Swindell WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Danny Lasoski , Gus Wasson , Randy Hannagan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Jeff Swindell