Blaney Bursts into Win Column at Farmer City By Richard Day FARMER CITY, IL (June 13) -- Dale Blaney, a man on a mission in recent days, completed that mission Tuesday at Farmer City Raceway. After...
Blaney Bursts into Win Column at Farmer City By Richard Day FARMER CITY, IL (June 13) -- Dale Blaney, a man on a mission in recent days, completed that mission Tuesday at Farmer City Raceway. After recording top-five finishes at three of the largest tracks the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series visits, Blaney won the first "A" Feature of his career at Farmer City's high-banked, 1/4-mile oval. He finished fourth at Eldora Speedway and fifth at Rolling Wheels Raceway
and Bristol Motor Speedway in the previous two weeks. "We thought we were close to getting one," Blaney said. "We kept running fourth or fifth which was good, but we hadn't finished in the top three all year. I talked with my brother (car owner and 1995 series champion Dave Blaney) earlier this week and he told me to hang in there and make something happen. I'm really happy we took advantage of things tonight and got our first win." After recording the 11th-fastest qualifying lap in the 39-car field, the 1998 Rookie of the Year led every lap in the Third NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race, the First CHANNELLOCK Dash and the "A" Feature. "I'm really happy for this Amoco team, Blaney said. "I didn't feel that good about our qualifying run, but as it worked out we started on the front row of our heat. Finally, I didn't make a mistake when the car was working well. We've had a couple of other opportunities this season when we were in a position to get a win and I'd make a mistake, but tonight everything went well. Hopefully, we can capitalize on this and get a couple more here real quick." Blaney drove the Mopar-powered #93 Amoco Maxim into the lead as the green flag fell in the 30-lap "A" Feature. Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Sammy Swindell started inside the fourth row and raced through turns one and two to take over fourth place early in the opening lap. Danny Smith's back-straightaway flip late in the fourth lap erased
Blaney's comfortable advantage. He raced away from the field when the green flag replaced the red, and was six car-lengths ahead of Steve Kinser when he entered lapped traffic five laps later. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader lined up directly behind Blaney after Daryn Pittman stopped in the second corner with a flat right rear tire early in lap 10. Blaney opened a four-car-length lead while Stevie Smith challenged Swindell for fourth place during the race's middle stages. The leaders caught the backmarkers again later in the 22nd lap, only to have Brian Paulus stop on the front straightaway with a flat right rear tire. Kinser kept pace with Blaney when the race resumed, and had the front bumper of his #11 Quaker State Maxim within inches of Blaney when they entered lapped traffic again with 3 1/2 laps remaining. A flat right rear tire on the #83 Beef Packers Eagle forced Danny Lasoski to stop in turn four late in lap 28, setting up a two-lap dash to the checkered flag. Blaney raced away from the field when the green flag replaced the yellow and took the checkered flag with 10 car- lengths to spare. The largest crowd in the history of Farmer City Raceway gave him a standing ovation. "It feels really good to get the first one," Blaney said. "D.J. (Lindsey, his crew chief) is from Springfield, and we had a lot of friends standing down there on our trailer tonight. "Any time you have Steve Kinser right behind you, you know he's going to run you hard and run you clean. I actually started feeling my (right rear) tire shake about half-way through, but everything just worked out our way. It seemed like every time we got into traffic, we'd catch a yellow. I'm going to call Dave as soon as I get back to the pits. He's been telling me to be patient and that we were going to get one soon. I just want to thank my crew -- DJ and Gene (Jenkins) -- and Amoco." Joey Saldana finished in third place, ahead of Swindell, Stevie Smith, Tim Shaffer, Andy Hillenburg, Lance Blevins, Fourth NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Donny Schatz and Kelly Kinser. Swindell received his third straight Vivarin Fast-Time Award for pacing the qualifying session with an 85.804 m.p.h. lap. Mark Kinser was leading the Second CHANNELLOCK Dash when he spun in the final corner. The mishap moved him from the outside pole to inside the eighth row in the "A" Feature line-up. The defending and two-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion drove the #5M Mopar Maxim into 11th place to maintain second place in the points race. Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year points leader Danny Wood took his first provisional and passed seven cars to finish 18th. WoO