Tulare results 2008-10-18

Dejà Vu: Haudenschild Battles Kinser for Win at Thunderbowl Raceway Tulare, CA-- October 18, 2008--A day after thrilling the crowd at Ocean Speedway, it was dejà vu for Jac Haudenschild and Steve Kinser on Saturday night at Thunderbowl ...

Dejà Vu: Haudenschild Battles Kinser for Win at Thunderbowl Raceway

Tulare, CA-- October 18, 2008--A day after thrilling the crowd at Ocean Speedway, it was dejà vu for Jac Haudenschild and Steve Kinser on Saturday night at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California, as the veteran drivers lined up second and third for the 35-lap A-Feature. As was the case on Friday night, Kinser led early in the race with Haudenschild catching him in heavy lapped traffic. This time around, Haudenschild was able to get around Kinser and distanced himself late in the race to earn the $10,000 victory.

The win was the 51st of Haudenschild's career with the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. He has five wins this season all coming in the last two months.

"It is very fun to race with Steve (Kinser)," shared Haudenschild. "The car felt good all night. We ran second to him last night and we are happy to win tonight. Leonard (Lee) has the car really fast right now. We really enjoy running these tight bullring tracks out here. We've always had good luck in California and I have always enjoyed racing out here."

Haudenschild started the A-Feature in third aboard the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Maxim and worked on second-year driver Sam Hafertepe Jr. for a number of laps, especially in lapped traffic. Haudenschild got a run on Hafertepe and Kinser on the 20th lap as the trio exited the second turn. Using the high side of the track as he did on Friday night, Haudenschild went from third to first by the time they leaders hit the middle of the back straightaway.

He pulled away late in the race in lapped traffic before the final caution flew with three laps to go. On the ensuing restart Haudenschild used a good jump to charge to a comfortable lead in turns and two, with Kinser and Sam Hafertepe Jr. chasing him.

It was the second career win at Thunderbowl Raceway for Haudenschild and the 30th victory of his career in the Golden State. He won $50,000 earlier this season in California, picking up his third Gold Cup Race of Champions win.

"These tracks are really tight and you have to stay away from the lapped cars," he explained. "You just go where the other guy isn't."

After taking the lead in traffic on the 20th lap, the caution flag flew giving the leader clean track to operate with. The final caution of the night flew with just three laps remaining, giving Kinser and Hafertepe one last shot at Haudenschild.

"You never want to see a restart with three to go," noted the winner. "You just have to run good laps after the restart."

After leading the first 19 laps on Saturday night, Kinser wound up second in the Q Oil Maxim after winning on Friday night at Ocean Speedway. Kinser took the lead on the opening lap after pole sitter Roger Crockett slipped high in turns three and four opening the door for him.

"It was a good race," said the 20-time series champion. "I was a little bit tight in (turns) one and two and couldn't get through there as fast as I wanted to. I couldn't really pass any cars because I was tight. I should have made a stab at it, and I was waiting for a yellow."

Sam Hafertepe Jr. finished third, to score his third podium finish of the season aboard the Fusion Energy Booster J&J. He lined up fourth and moved into third on the opening lap, after Crockett slipped back to 10th. Hafertepe and his team recently welcomed Hall of Fame driver Rick Ferkel, one of the original World of Outlaws drivers, to the team to help turn the wrenches.

"I have to give a lot of credit to Rick Ferkel," said the sophomore driver. "He came on board these last few races and has really been helping us. I had been overdriving the car and tonight we overdrove it a bit, but I saved it. We came out of here with a third-place finish, but we definitely had the car to win the race. We'll learn from our mistakes and go into Topeka (Heartland Park) full throttle."

Randy Hannagan picked up his best finish of the season with the World of Outlaws coming home fourth in the Penthouse Maxim after starting on the third row. He moved into third when Hafertepe got into the turn three wall, and battled the young driver late in the race for the final podium position.

"It was a good run," said the 1995 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year. "I wish the car would have been a little better, because I think we could have raced them better in traffic. Fourth is better than fifth and we'll take it. Anytime you can get a Top-Five with the World of Outlaws is a feather in your cap."

Jason Meyers was fifth at his home track in the GLR Investments KPC. He began the night by setting fast time to earn five bonus points and gained a total of 25 points on two-time defending series champion and current point leader Donny Schatz who wound up 15th. The two drivers are now separated by 97 markers with three races remaining in 2008. Meyers leads the series with 47 Top-Five finishes.

Terry McCarl was sixth in the Big Game Treestands Maxim, with pole sitter Roger Crockett in seventh aboard the Omlid & Swinney Fire Protection KPC. Jonathan Allard was eighth in the Weld Wheels Maxim.

Tommy Tarlton turned in one of the best performances of the night, finishing ninth to earn the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award, after winning the C-Main and coming from the back of the B-Main to race his way into the A-Feature aboard the Tachi Palace Casino Maxim.

Chad Hillier picked up his sixth Top-10 finish of the season in the Dirt Inc. Maxim, finishing 10th.

After darting to a pretty big lead early in the race, Kinser battled his car in the late going en route to his 32nd Top-Five finish of the season. He and his team continue to try a number of different combinations for next season as the 2008 campaign winds down.

"I saw Joey (Saldana) at the back and I didn't want to do anything stupid at this point of the year," said Kinser. "I just got third into third in points and didn't want to give it all back what I gained the last few nights. We were a little too conservative, but I don't know if I could have held on the top in (turns) three and four. I went up there a couple times and so of went straight and didn't get turned in very good.

On the finale restart Kinser lined up right on Haudenschild's bumper, but a good restart by the former sealed the fate for the latter who was chasing his 100th career win in the state of California.

"I didn't really have anything there," said Kinser of the last restart. "He was a little quicker than me, and I was hoping that nobody else would be able to make a run at me."

On the 26th lap, Hafertepe Jr. got a little high in turn three and grazed the wall with his car, gathering it back up chasing Hannagan back down a few laps later for the third spot. In lapped traffic, he was able to gain ground on Kinser and Haudenschild and a couple of times drew event with Kinser while he was leading.

"It was pretty dicey getting into turn three and I was one of the only cars running where I was," explained the Texas native. "That's where our car was working and we had to do what we had to do. I got a little too anxious and got into the wall and we fought back and got third. We then got back to Steve (Kinser) and if we would have passed him in lapped traffic before Haud did, I guarantee we would have won this race."

Hafertepe continues to have a strong sophomore season with the World of Outlaws, and now has three Top-Five finishes and 17 Top-10 runs, as he continues to close in on his first career series win.

"We are running with these guys night in and night out," he said. "We are running up front and running hard. There is no doubt we'll win one of these. My team is doing a great job. I can't say enough about my team."

The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action on Saturday, October 25 at Heartland Park Topeka in Kansas for an event which was postponed by rain last month.

THUNDERBOWL RACEWAY NOTEBOOK

* FAST QUALIFIER: Jason Meyers paced the 43 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 1/3-mile oval at 12.216 seconds at 90.708 mph. For his qualifying effort, Meyers earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Brooke Tatnell (4), Roger Crockett (3), Tony Bruce Jr. (2), and Paul McMahan (1).

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Sam Hafertepe Jr., Kyle Larson, Jac Haudenschild and Randy Hannagan won heat races... Roger Crockett won the Crane Cams Dash... Danny Lasoski won the B-Main...Tommy Tarlton won the C-Main.

* UP NEXT: A visit to Heartland Park Topeka in Kansas on Saturday, October 25 for an event which was postponed by rain last month,

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Thunderbowl Raceway; Tulare, CA; October 18, 2008

Qualifying
1) 14-Jason Meyers 13.216
2) 2-Brooke Tatnell 13.375
3) 7N-Roger Crockett 13.492
4) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. 13.498
5) 6-Paul McMahan 13.503
6) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 13.508
7) O-Jonathan Allard 13.529
8) 8K-Chad Kemenah 13.585
9) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 13.601
10) 83V-Kyle Larson 13.633
11) R19-Jac Haudenschild 13.641
12) 1X-Randy Hannagan 13.681
13) 11-Steve Kinser 13.694
14) 5C-Chad Hillier 13.699
15) 33E-Evan Suggs 13.703
16) 24-Terry McCarl 13.715
17) 29-Bud Kaeding 13.716
18) 3-Craig Stidham 13.722
19) 15-Donny Schatz 13.739
20) 83JR-Tim Kaeding 13.739
21) 83-Danny Lasoski 13.746
22) 1-Shane Stewart 13.757
23) 4S-Dan Simpson 13.767
24) 16X-Andy Gregg 13.778
25) 7S-Jason Sides 13.784
26) 55-Kerry Madsen 13.797
27) 9-Joey Saldana 13.808
28) 69-Brent Kaeding 13.842
29) 24T-Tyler Walker 13.862
30) 10-Sammy Swindell 13.862
31) 8S-Destiney Hays 13.970
32) 35-Rick Wright Jr 13.981
33) 20-Kraig Kinser 13.995
34) 51-Sean Becker 14.016
35) 21-Daryn Pittman 14.112
36) 21T-Tommy Tarlton 14.178
37) 23M-Jerry Wise Jr 14.182
38) 7-Myles Bishop 14.239
39) 17V-Danny Faria Jr 14.310
40) 83M-Mike Stallings 14.322
41) 6W-Mark Workentine 14.485
42) 23-Ken Fredenburg 14.550
43) X-Charles Louden 14.746
44) 33-Bobby McMahan -.---

Heat 1 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2) 11-Steve Kinser
3) 14-Jason Meyers
4) 6-Paul McMahan
5) 29-Bud Kaeding
6) 83-Danny Lasoski
7) 7S-Jason Sides
8) 24T-Tyler Walker
9) 20-Kraig Kinser
10) 23M-Jerry Wise Jr.
11) 6W-Mark Workentine

Heat 2 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 83V-Kyle Larson
2) 5C-Chad Hillier
3) 2-Brooke Tatnell
4) 1-Shane Stewart
5) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
6) 55-Kerry Madsen
7) 3-Craig Stidham
8) 10-Sammy Swindell
9) 7-Myles Bishop
10) 51-Sean Becker
11) 23-Ken Fredenburg

Heat 3 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) R19-Jac Haudenschild
2) 7N-Roger Crockett
3) O-Jonathan Allard
4) 33E-Evan Suggs
5) 15-Donny Schatz
6) 8S-Destiney Hays
7) 9-Joey Saldana
8) 17V-Danny Faria Jr.
9) 21-Daryn Pittman
10) 4S-Dan Simpson
11) X-Charles Louden

Heat 4 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 1X-Randy Hannagan
2) 24-Terry McCarl
3) 83JR-Tim Kaeding
4) 8K-Chad Kemenah
5) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.
6) 69-Brent Kaeding
7) 21T-Tommy Tarlton
8) 16X-Andy Gregg
9) 35-Rick Wright Jr.
10) 33-Bobby McMahan
11) 83M-Mike Stallings

Crane Cams Dash (8 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 7N-Roger Crockett
2) 11-Steve Kinser
3) R19-Jac Haudenschild
4) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
5) 1X-Randy Hannagan
6) 24-Terry McCarl
7) 83V-Kyle Larson
8) 2-Brooke Tatnell
9) 14-Jason Meyers
10) 5C-Chad Hillier

C-main (10 laps, top 2 finishers transferred to B-main)
1) 21T-Tommy Tarlton
2) 17V-Danny Faria Jr
3) 33-Bobby McMahan [$125]
4) 7-Myles Bishop [$125]
5) X-Charles Louden [$125]
6) 6W-Mark Workentine [$100]
7) 83M-Mike Stallings [$100]
8) 23-Ken Fredenburg [$100]
9) 21-Daryn Pittman [$100]
10) 23M-Jerry Wise Jr [$100]

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 83-Danny Lasoski
2) 9-Joey Saldana
3) 3-Craig Stidham
4) 21T-Tommy Tarlton
5) 24T-Tyler Walker [$200]
6) 20-Kraig Kinser [$180]
7) 51-Sean Becker [$175]
8) 35-Rick Wright Jr [$160]
9) 8S-Destiney Hays [$150]
10) 16X-Andy Gregg [$150]
11) 10-Sammy Swindell [$150]
12) 69-Brent Kaeding [$150]
13) 17V-Danny Faria Jr. [$150]
14) 55-Kerry Madsen [$150]
15) 4S-Dan Simpson [$150]
16) 7S-Jason Sides [$150]

A-main (35 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) R19-Jac Haudenschild[3] [$10,000]
2) 11-Steve Kinser[2] [$5,500]
3) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[4] [$3,200]
4) 1X-Randy Hannagan[5] [$2,800]
5) 14-Jason Meyers[9] [$2,500]
6) 24-Terry McCarl[6] [$2,300]
7) 7N-Roger Crockett[1] [$2,200]
8) O-Jonathan Allard[14] [$2,100]
9) 21T-Tommy Tarlton[24] [$2,050]
10) 5C-Chad Hillier[10] [$2,000]
11) 6-Paul McMahan[12] [$1,500]
12) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[13] [$1,200]
13) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.[11] [$1,100]
14) 83-Danny Lasoski[21] [$1,050]
15) 15-Donny Schatz[19] [$1,000]
16) 55-Kerry Madsen[25] [$100]
17) 21-Daryn Pittman[26] [$]
18) 2-Brooke Tatnell[8] [$800]
19) 9-Joey Saldana[23] [$800]
20) 29-Bud Kaeding[17] [$800]
21) 8K-Chad Kemenah[15] [$800]
22) 3-Craig Stidham[18] [$800]
23) 83JR-Tim Kaeding[20] [$800]
24) 83V-Kyle Larson[7] [$800]
25) 1-Shane Stewart[22] [$800]
26) 33E-Evan Suggs[16] [$800]

Note: Kerry Madsen and Daryn Pittman used World of Outlaws provisionals to start the A-Feature.

Lap Leaders: Steve Kinser 1-19, Jac Haudenschild 20-35
Chicken Hawk Hot Lap Award: Steve Kinser
Penske Power Position Award: Sam Hafertepe Jr.
SuperClean Start of the Night Award: Donny Schatz
KSE Hard Charger Award: Tommy Tarlton

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Bud Kaeding , Sammy Swindell , Tyler Walker , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Jonathan Allard , Kerry Madsen , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart , Lucas Wolf , Jac Haudenschild , Kyle Larson , Chad Kemenah , Tim Kaeding , Bobby McMahan , Andy Gregg , Evan Suggs , Roger Crockett , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.