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Terre Haute Nationals day 1 report

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JACOBS TAKES U.S. DIRT NATIONALS' OPENER By Richard Day TERRE HAUTE, IN (October 14) - Kenny Jacobs proved he could win at a track other than Eldora Speedway Friday when the World of Outlaws ...

JACOBS TAKES U.S. DIRT NATIONALS' OPENER By Richard Day TERRE HAUTE, IN (October 14) - Kenny Jacobs proved he could win at a track other than Eldora Speedway Friday when the World of Outlaws opened the Third Annual U.S. Dirt Nationals at the Terre Haute Action Track. Jacobs swept both Copenhagen-Skoal Shootout "A" Features at Eldora and collected the $100,000 first prize for winning Eldora's "Historic Big One." But he hadn't stood in victory lane at any other track this season, before Friday. It didn't take "Mouse" long to recall "that winning feeling." "It feels good to get back into the winner's circle," Jacobs said. "We couldn't even win a heat race the last few weeks. "The Maxim cars have felt good since we switched to them (in late September). We haven't had very good luck, but the cars have felt good." Car owners Dan and Tom Motter shared Jacobs' good feeling, announcing that Ecowater Systems would be the team's major sponsor again next season. They added that Kenny would drive their #71M for a third consecutive season in 1995. Jacobs, the sixth-fastest qualifier in the 39-car field, finished fifth in the Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race and earned the right to start the 20-lap Preliminary Feature outside Mark Kinser on the front row by finishing second in the Vivarin Dash. Kinser dominated the preliminary program until the middle of the feature, breaking the one-lap record he set earlier this year and winning the Vivarin Dash. Mark circled Terre Haute's semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval in 17.433 seconds, an average speed of 103.252 m.p.h. He received his 12th Ecowater Fast-Time Award of the year, tying cousin Steve Kinser for the series lead. Mark drove his #5M Maxim into first place as the green flag fell, and opened a 10-car-length advantage within three laps. Kinser maintained his lead while Jeff Swindell and Danny Lasoski challenged Jacobs for the runner-up spot through the first seven laps. Mark's engine started sputtering during the eighth lap, however, allowing Jacobs and Lasoski to catch him. "Mouse" and "The Dude" were battling Mark for the lead two laps later when a mechanical malfunction forced Joey Saldana to stop in the third corner. Jeff Shepard, racing with the World of Outlaws for the first time since injuries sidelined him in early August, prolonged the caution period when he stopped in turn four. Then, with the caution flag still flying, Mark's engine exploded. It marked the second time in two weeks that a blown engine knocked him out of first place. The race resumed with Jacobs at the front of the 24-car field. Sammy Swindell burst into fourth place when the green flag replaced the yellow, driving the #1 Bull & Hannah's Jenkins past Two Winners Racing teammates Greg Hodnett and Joe Gaerte in turn three. Jacobs was eight car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers by lap 13, but Lasoski reeled him within four. Kenny took the white flag with heavy lapped traffic ahead and "The Dude" only a car-length behind. While "The Dude" steered the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim to the rim, Jacobs took the low line past Tony Weyant on the back straightaway and won by four car- lengths. Rounding out the top 10 in the Preliminary Feature were the Swindell brothers - Jeff and Sammy - 18th-starting Dave Blaney, Hodnett, Gaerte, Johnny Herrera, Jac Haudenschild and Steve Kinser. Haudenschild, winner of Eldora's other high-paying race - the King's Royal - started the Preliminary Feature at the back of the pack. He drove the #22 Pennzoil Maxim past 12 sprinters during the first five laps on his way to a ninth-place finish. Steve, winner of the last three Copenhagen-Skoal Shootout main events at Terre Haute, ran over Sammy's right rear tire, hit the retaining wall in the first corner and flipped into turn two during the Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race. He qualified for the evening's main event by driving the #11 Valvoline Maxim to victory in the "B" Feature. WoO 1994 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/COPENHAGEN-SKOAL SHOOTOUT Third Annual U.S. Dirt Nationals, Terre Haute Action Track, Terre Haute, IN Friday, October 14, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 17.291 (new one-lap record); 2. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 17.298; 3. Danny Lasoski, Sonner 47, 17.501; 4. Aaron Berryhill, Berryhill 97, 17.515; 5. Joe Gaerte, Two Winners 9TW, 17.554; 6. Kenny Jacobs, Motter 71M, 17.562; 7. Craig Dollansky, Serace 55, 17.568; 8. Stevie Smith, Forbrook 5, 17.590; 9. Joey Saldana, Johnson U2, 17.654; 10. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 17.675; 11. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 17.677; 12. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 17.710; 13. Jeff Shepard, Poston 15, 17.733; 14. Sammy Swindell, Gilliam 1, 17.764; 15. Steve Beitler, Beitler 21, 17.818; 16. Johnny Herrera, Hamilton 77, 17.849; 17. Kevin Huntley, Wahle 1M, 17.898; 18. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 17.924; 19. Sid Blandford, Blandford 31, 17.964; 20. Dale Laakso, DNL Industries 77L, 18.119; 21. Kelly Kinser, Kinser 4K, 18.123; 22. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23S, 18.183; 23. Danny Smith, Smith 00, 18.189; 24. Tony Weyant, Black 1T, 18.196; 25. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 18.199; 26. Gary Hayhurst, Jr., Hayhurst 56x, 18.263; 27. Terry McCarl, RCSN Racing 12, 18.273; 28. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 18.292; 29. Jimmy Brewer, Brewer 32, 18.357; 30. Randy Kinser, Bradham 14, 18.501; 31. Terry Pletch, Pletch 29T, 18.525; 32. Tony Elliott, Bolin 10E, 18.537; 33. Rusty McClure, McClure 09, 18.566; 34. Byron Reed, Reed 5R, 18.657; 35. Terry Babb, Babb 42, 19.192; 36. Kevin Briscoe, Briscoe 5K, 19.202; 37. Keith Hutten, Simmons 7x, 19.240; 38. John Nicoson, Nicoson 11N, 20.612; 39. Kent Wohlters, Wohlters 52, 21.591. First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Kevin Huntley, 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Kelly Kinser, 6. Jeff Shepard, 7. Tim Engler, 8. Jimmy Brewer, 9. Rusty McClure, 10. Keith Hutten. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Frankie Kerr, 5. Kenny Jacobs, 6. Byron Reed ($10); 7. Randy Kinser, 8. John Nicoson, 9. Gary Hayhurst, Jr., 10. Steve Kinser. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Sid Blandford, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Danny Smith, 5. Craig Dollansky, 6. Terry McCarl, 7. Steve Beitler, 8. Terry Babb, 9. Terry Pletch, 10. Kent Wohlters. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Tony Weyant, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Aaron Berryhill, 7. Dale Laakso, 8. Tony Elliott ($10). DNS - Kevin Briscoe. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Kenny Jacobs, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Craig Dollansky, 6. Jeff Swindell, 7. Joey Saldana, 8. Stevie Smith. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Jeff Shepard, 3. Steve Beitler, 4. Aaron Berryhill, 5. Dale Laakso ($160); 6. Terry McCarl ($135); 7. Jimmy Brewer ($110); 8. Rusty McClure ($85); 9. Tim Engler ($70); 10. Terry Pletch ($60); 11. Terry Babb ($50); 12. Gary Hayhurst, Jr. ($50); 13. John Nicoson ($50); 14. Randy Kinser ($50); 15. Kent Wohlters ($50); 16. Keith Hutten ($50); DNS - Tony Elliott, Byron Reed, Kevin Briscoe. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature ) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Kenny Jacobs ($4,010); 2. Danny Lasoski ($2,310); 3. Jeff Swindell ($1,610); 4. Sammy Swindell ($1,410); 5. Dave Blaney ($1,260); 6. Greg Hodnett ($1,110); 7. Joe Gaerte ($1,010); 8. Johnny Herrera ($860); 9. Jac Haudenschild ($810); 10. Steve Kinser ($780); 11. Andy Hillenburg ($460); 12. Aaron Berryhill ($430); 13. Stevie Smith ($360); 14. Kevin Huntley ($310); 15. Frankie Kerr ($260); 16. Danny Smith ($210); 17. Tony Weyant ($210); 18. Steve Beitler ($230); 19. Craig Dollansky ($210); 20. Sid Blandford ($210); 21. Mark Kinser ($210); 22. Jeff Shepard ($230); 23. Joey Saldana ($210); 24. Kelly Kinser ($210). Lap leaders: Mark Kinser 1-9, Kenny Jacobs 10-20 Ecowater Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO *eot

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