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SWINDELL COMPLETES SWEEP OF WILLIAMS GROVE EVENT By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (August 5) - Sammy Swindell's luck appears to be changing for the better. For a racer whose luck was anything but...

SWINDELL COMPLETES SWEEP OF WILLIAMS GROVE EVENT By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (August 5) - Sammy Swindell's luck appears to be changing for the better. For a racer whose luck was anything but good in recent weeks, sweeping a World of Outlaws double-feature event at Williams Grove Speedway is definitely a move in the right direction. Swindell completed his sweep of the $60,960 event impressively too, leading all 30 laps in Friday's "A" Feature. "The track was close to what it was the night before, which made it easy for me," Swindell told the capacity crowd from victory lane. "I'm happy with the car; I finally got something I could work with." The #1 Bull & Hannah's Jenkins was one of the few cars any of the 24 drivers in the field could work with after three crashes marred the start of the main event. Swindell, who won the Snap-on Tools Dash for the right to start the "A" Feature on the pole, raced with outside polesitter Mark Kinser down the front straightaway and into the second corner immediately after the green flag fell. Max Dumesny, piloting the #77 MAC Tools J&J for only the third time, flipped in turn two as Sammy raced past Mark on the back stretch. When the green flag replaced the red, Swindell took the lead in the fourth corner, only to have the start called back when "B" Feature winner Kenny Jacobs stopped the #71M Ecowater Stealth on the back straightaway after bouncing off the outside guard rail. The third start definitely wasn't the charm, as Fred Rahmer and Billy Pauch collided on the front straightaway, setting off a 12-car crash. Andy Hillenburg's #2 STP J&J hit Pauch, and Joey Kuhn flipped after hitting Hillenburg, while Donnie Kreitz, Jr., Cris Eash, Steve Beitler, Bobby Allen, Todd Shaffer, Craig Keel, Lance Dewease, Keith Kauffman and Two Winners Racing teammates Joe Gaerte and Greg Hodnett entered the fray. Chinese fire-drills appeared to unfold around each of the damaged cars as the crews scrambled to repair their sprinters. Beitler joined Hillenburg, Eash and Kuhn in the pit area after completing one lap. Jacobs was restarting the race at the back of the pack when the fourth start went off without a hitch. Swindell burst ahead of the field again, and Dave Blaney threaded the #10 Vivarin J&J between Mark Kinser and the inside guard rail to take over second place early in the opening lap. Swindell and "The Buckeye Bullet" were 15 car-lengths ahead of the Kinser cousins - Mark and Steve - when Keel stopped on the front stretch with a mechanical malfunction late in the fifth lap. When the race resumed, the leaders ran away from the Kinsers, with Sammy staying in the low groove and Blaney moving up to the rim. Swindell was 10 car-lengths ahead when "The Buckeye Bullet" steered the #10 into the low groove midway through the race. Sammy was more than half a straightaway ahead of Blaney when he entered lapped traffic with 13 laps remaining. Mark reeled in Blaney during the next 10 laps, and passed him for the runner-up spot deep in the second corner early in lap 28. Swindell took the checkered flag as Mark steered the #5M Maxim through turn four. "The start of the race was pretty close," Sammy admitted. "I heard Blaney back there. He was running with me for a while, then I managed to pull away from him." Steve Kinser, winner of 18 Copenhagen-Skoal Shootout "A" Features at Williams Grove, kept the #11 Valvoline Maxim ahead of Rahmer during the final lap to finish in fourth place. Rounding out the top 10 in the main event were Stevie Smith, Jac Haudenschild, Bobby Davis, Jr., Jeff Swindell and Jacobs. "The Wild Child," the 17th-fastest qualifier in the 40-car field, drove the #22 Pennzoil Maxim past 10 sprinters from his ninth-row starting position to finish seventh. WoO 1994 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/COPENHAGEN-SKOAL SHOOTOUT Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Friday, August 5, Feature Program #47 Qualifications: 1. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 18.634; 2. Max Dumesny, Hamilton 77, 18.715; 3. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 18.775; 4. Billy Pauch, Zemaitis 1Z, 18.875; 5. Stevie Smith, Veilhauer 12x, 18.889; 6. Fred Rahmer, Apple 12, 18.915; 7. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., Kreitz 69K, 18.962; 8. Bobby Davis, Jr., Davis 4, 19.002; 9. Cris Eash, Neiderer 10N, 19.025; 10. Joey Kuhn, Kronenburg 2K, 19.081; 11. Steve Beitler, Beitler 21, 18.089; 12. Bobby Allen, Walker 1a, 19.130; 13. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 18.178; 14. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 19.281; 15. Craig Keel, Keel 8K, 19.333; 16. Kenny Jacobs, Motter 71M, 19.341; 17. Glenn Fitzcharles, Kerr 26, 19.343; 18. Lance Dewease, Dyer 461, 19.399; 19. Joe Gaerte, Two Winners 9TW, 19.458; 20. Chuck Reinert, Taylor 39, 19.458; 21. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 19.459; 22. Steve Smith, Smith 19, 19.518; 23. Keith Kauffman, Weikert 29, 19.559; 24. Todd Gracey, Cooper 25, 19.673; 25. Bob Bennett, Mickle 3, 19.758; 26. Sid Blandford, Blandford 31, 19.673; 27. Frankie Herr, Bomberger 5K, 19.792; 28. Garry Brazier, Brazier 1AU, 19.870; 29. Dan Dietrich, Dietrich 8K, 19.919; 30. Mike Wagner, Wagner 55, 19.981; 31. Karl Baker, Baker 51, 20.080; 32. Craig Eshenaur, Eshenaur 5, 20.219; 33. Darren Eash, Reichard 15, 20.682; 34. Tom Toedter, Toedter 11T, 21.003; 35. Chris Stevens, Stevens 41, 26.028; 36. Frankie Pruitt, Pruitt 7, no time. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Bobby Allen, 3. Bobby Davis, Jr., 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Kenny Jacobs, 6. Chuck Reinert, 7. Darren Eash, 8. Dan Dietrich, 9. Bob Bennett. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Fred Rahmer, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Cris Eash, 4. Max Dumesny, 5. Mike Wagner, 6. Steve Smith, 7. Sid Blandford, 8. Glenn Fitzcharles, 9. Tom Toedter. 2:36.9 (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Todd Shaffer, 2. Lance Dewease, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Joey Kuhn, 5. Keith Kauffman, 6. Greg Hodnett, 7. Karl Baker, 8. Frankie Herr, 9. Chris Stevens. 2:39.0 (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., 2. Billy Pauch, 3. Craig Keel, 4. Steve Beitler, 5. Craig Eshenaur, 6. Joe Gaerte, 7. Garry Brazier ($10); 8. Todd Gracey, 9. Frankie Pruitt ($10). 2:37.4 (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Thursday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Sammy Swindell, Mark Kinser, Jeff Swindell and Steve Kinser for the first four starting positions in the Snap-on Tools Dash. Snap-on Tools Dash (five laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Dave Blaney, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Max Dumesny. 1:35.6 (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Kenny Jacobs, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Keith Kauffman, 5. Steve Smith ($260); 6. Frankie Herr ($235); 7. Todd Gracey ($185); 8. Dan Dietrich ($135); 9. Chuck Reinert ($110); 10. Mike Wagner ($90); 11. Karl Baker ($70); 12. Craig Eshenaur ($50); 13. Darren Eash ($60); 14. Bob Bennett ($60); 15. Tom Toedter ($60); 16. Glenn Fitzcharles ($60); 17. Chris Stevens ($60); 18. Sid Blandford ($60). DNS - Garry Brazier, Frankie Pruitt. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($8,200); 2. Mark Kinser ($5,000); 3. Dave Blaney ($3,310); 4. Steve Kinser ($3,000); 5. Fred Rahmer ($2,260); 6. Stevie Smith ($2,085); 7. Jac Haudenschild ($1,810); 8. Bobby Davis, Jr. ($1,710); 9. Jeff Swindell ($1,500); 10. Kenny Jacobs ($1,430); 11. Billy Pauch ($1,210); 12. Todd Shaffer ($1,110); 13. Donnie Kreitz, Jr. ($1,060); 14. Lance Dewease ($1,010); 15. Bobby Allen ($710); 16. Keith Kauffman ($630); 17. Joe Gaerte ($530); 18. Greg Hodnett ($430); 19. Max Dumesny ($410); 20. Craig Keel ($410); 21. Steve Beitler ($410); 22. Andy Hillenburg ($410); 23. Cris Eash ($410); 24. Joey Kuhn ($410). Lap leader: Sammy Swindell 1-30 WoO

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