SAMMY TRIUMPHS AT ATTICA, HIS SECOND IN THREE DAYS By Richard Day ATTICA, OH (May 21) - In some circles, familiarity breeds contempt. But around World of Outlaws ovals, familiarity breeds victories.
SAMMY TRIUMPHS AT ATTICA, HIS SECOND IN THREE DAYS By Richard Day
ATTICA, OH (May 21) - In some circles, familiarity breeds contempt. But around World of Outlaws ovals, familiarity breeds victories. Just ask Sammy Swindell. "At the beginning of the year, we had a new car and new team. We struggled a little trying to find the right combinations. But since then, we've learned a lot about the car and each other. Things are starting to come together now." Swindell's relationship with the #1 Bull & Hannah's Jenkins team definitely came together Saturday night when a standing-room-only crowd welcomed the Copenhagen-Skoal Shootout back for the climax of its $60,960 event. Swindell raced past Dave Blaney on the back straightaway and led the final seven laps to claim the $8,200 first prize. His second victory in three days - his third of the year - pushed him back into second place in the Copenhagen-Skoal Shootout points race. Sammy started the 35-lap main event inside the fourth row, and roared past Kenny Jacobs, Greg Hodnett and Mark Kinser while polesitter Dave Blaney opened a comfortable lead during the first lap. Blaney had the #10 Vivarin J&J 12 car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers five laps into the race when Preliminary Feature winner Stevie Smith's attempt to pass Jac Haudenschild in the high groove enabled Swindell to pass him for third place. "The Buckeye Bullet" was approaching lapped traffic the next time around when Dale Blaney allowed the #2D United Express Trailers J&J to slide over the bank in the second corner. Within three laps after the green flag replaced the yellow, Blaney opened another 12-car-length advantage as Smith started making his way back toward the front. Stevie drove the #77 MAC Tools J&J to the rim to pass Swindell for third place, and took second place from Haudenschild as Blaney entered lapped traffic. "The Wild Child" returned the favor one lap later, before Swindell passed both Haudenschild and Smith with a daring move deep in the second corner early in the 14th lap. While the battle for the runner-up spot raged, Blaney stretched his advantage to a full straightaway during lap 16. The field was tightened midway through the race when Joey Saldana allowed the #94 Hughes Wheel & Axle Stealth to spin between the first and second corners. Blaney restarted the race with a three-car-cushion - brother Dale, Sid Blandford and Jeff Shepard - separating him from his challengers. Three laps later, he was cruising along with a 10-car-length advantage. Swindell passed the backmarkers within a lap, and cut Blaney's lead in half two laps later as the leaders approached heavy lapped traffic. Sammy reeled in the leader as "The Buckeye Bullet" slowed behind fellow Ohioans Byron Reed, Todd Kane and Eric Rankin with nine laps remaining. He took advantage of Blaney's inability to lap Reed two laps later, taking the inside line past him on the back straightaway. "The Buckeye Bullet" was challenging Swindell with four laps remaining when he allowed the #10 to slide out of the low groove in turn two, giving Sammy a four-car-length lead. Three laps later, Swindell almost relinquished first place when he allowed the #1 to hit a retaining tire as he tried to lap Rankin deep in the second corner. Blaney steered the #10 to the rim to regain the lead, but Sammy recovered in time to beat him down the back stretch. Swindell withstood Blaney's intense pressure during the final lap, and took the checkered flag with only a car-length to spare. "When we came up on lapped traffic, the slower cars weren't making any mistakes which made it hard for us to pass them," Swindell said in victory lane. "You really had to be patient with the lapped cars tonight." Smith finished the main event in third place, ahead of fast-qualifier Mark Kinser, Steve Kinser, Haudenschild, 11th-starting Jeff Swindell, Jacobs, Frankie Kerr and Hodnett. "The King of the Outlaws," only the 14th-fastest qualifier in the 34- car field, won the Second Heat Race and drove the #11 Valvoline Maxim past 11 sprinters en route to the fifth-place finish in the main event.
1994 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/COPENHAGEN-SKOAL SHOOTOUT Attica Raceway Park, Attica, OH Saturday, May 21, Feature Program #17
Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 12.703; 2. Kenny Jacobs, Motter 71M, 12.704; 3. Sammy Swindell, Gilliam 1, 12.706; 4. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 12.742; 5. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23S, 12.851; 6. Rocky Hodges, Johnson U2, 12.930; 7. Mark Keegan, Keegan X, 13.136; 8. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 13.149; 9. Dale Blaney, Lindsey 2D, 13.161; 10. Todd Kane, Kane 78, 13.166; 11. Joey Saldana, Hughes 94, 13.200; 16. Sid Blandford, Blandford 31, 13.221; 17. Chad Kemenaugh, Genzman 25, 13.231; 14. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.259; 15. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., Kreitz 69K, 13.299; 16. Kevin Huntley, Vandemark/Wahle 1M, 13.312; 17. Joe Gaerte, Two Winners 9TW, 13.355; 18. Randy Kinser, Bradham 14, 13.381; 19. Eric Rankin, Rankin 39, 13.401; 24. Bob Teeple, Reynolds/Teeple 14T, 13.412; 21. Dave Harrison, Harrison 44, 13.490; 22. Gus Wasson, Wasson 40, 13.495; 23. Jeff Shepard, Pack 4A, 13.495; 24. Byron Reed, B&S Racing 5, 13.520; 25. Alvin Roepke, Roepke/Witty 99, 13.521; 26. Butch Schroeder, Gottschalk 17, 13.616; 27. Steve Beitler, Beitler 21, 13.692; 28. Al Hager, Steinbreck 92, 13.841; 29. Dean Jacobs, Holbrook 8H, 13.845; 30. Todd Heller, Heller 14H, 13.852; 31. Greg Foltz, Foltz 10F, 13.921; 32. John Wisbon, Wisbon 5W, 14.140; 33. Terry Shephard, Toth 96, 14.407; 34. Lee Potter, Potter 28. no time. First Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Dale Blaney, 3. Frankie Kerr, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Alvin Roepke, 6. Terry Shephard, 7. Dave Harrison, 8. Dean Jacobs, 9. Chad Kemenaugh. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Kenny Jacobs, 3. Todd Kane, 4. Randy Kinser, 5. Rocky Hodges, 6. Butch Schroeder, 7. Gus Wasson, 8. Todd Heller. DNS - Lee Potter. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Jeff Shepard, 5. Mark Keegan, 6. Eric Rankin, 7. Greg Foltz, 8. Steve Beitler ($10). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Kevin Huntley, 4. Byron Reed, 5. Bob Teeple, 6. Sid Blandford, 7. John Wisbon, 8. Al Hager. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's "A" Feature automatically qualified Stevie Smith, Dave Blaney, Andy Hillenburg and Jac Haudenschild for the first four starting positions in the Snap-on Tools Dash. Snap-on Tools Dash (seven laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Kenny Jacobs. (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Chad Kemenaugh, 2. Mark Keegan, 3. Eric Rankin, 4. Sid Blandford, 5. Butch Schroeder ($260); 6. Alvin Roepke ($235); 7. Dave Harrison ($185); 8. Gus Wasson ($135); 9. Al Hager ($110); 10. Todd Heller ($90); 11. Terry Shephard ($70); 12. Rocky Hodges ($60); 13. Greg Foltz ($60); 14. John Wisbon ($60); 15. Dean Jacobs ($60); 16. Bob Teeple ($60). DNS - Steve Beitler, Lee Potter. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (35 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($8,210); 2. Dave Blaney ($5,000); 3. Stevie Smith ($3,300); 4. Mark Kinser ($3,010); 5. Steve Kinser ($2,260); 6. Jac Haudenschild ($2,075); 7. Jeff Swindell ($1,810); 8. Kenny Jacobs ($1,710); 9. Frankie Kerr ($1,510); 10. Greg Hodnett ($1,410); 11. Andy Hillenburg ($1,200); 12. Chad Kemenaugh ($1,130); 13. Randy Kinser ($1,060); 14. Kevin Huntley ($1,010); 15. Joe Gaerte ($710); 16. Eric Rankin ($630); 17. Joey Saldana ($510); 18. Byron Reed ($410); 19. Donnie Kreitz, Jr. ($410); 20. Jeff Shepard ($410); 21. Dale Blaney ($410); 22. Sid Blandford ($430); 23. Todd Kane ($410); 24. Mark Keegan ($430). Lap leaders: Dave Blaney 1-28, Sammy Swindell 29-35 WoO