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Blaney Dominates World of Outlaws' Bakersfield Event By Richard Day BAKERSFIELD, CA (September 10) - Dave Blaney wants to win the 1995 World of Outlaws championship so much he can almost taste it. He...

Blaney Dominates World of Outlaws' Bakersfield Event By Richard Day BAKERSFIELD, CA (September 10) - Dave Blaney wants to win the 1995 World of Outlaws championship so much he can almost taste it. He pulled the $100,000 first prize even closer to his lips Sunday with a dominating performance at Bakersfield Speedway. "The Buckeye Bullet" increased his advantage over Jac Haudenschild to 149 points by winning a 30-lap battle with Rookie of the Year candidate Randy Hannagan for his second victory in as many nights. Blaney opened the Skoal Outlaw Series' first visit to Bakersfield's high-banked, 1/3-mile oval in three years by breaking the one-lap record. He chopped almost a full second off the previous standard with a 10.827-second qualifying run. "The Buckeye Bullet" was rewarded for his record-breaking effort with his third EcoWater Fast- Time Award of the year. Blaney qualified for the "A" Feature with a fourth-place finish in the First Snap-on Tools Heat Race, then earned the right to start the main event on the pole by winning the Vivarin Dash. He burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the feature, and raced ahead of the 24-car field while Hannagan and Steve Kinser passed outside polesitter Danny Lasoski during the opening lap. Hannagan challenged "The Buckeye Bullet" for the lead in turn four late in the second and third laps, but was unable to complete the pass. He followed Blaney into lapped traffic during lap six. Blaney was racing through a pack of backmarkers two laps later when he slid out of the low groove in the second corner, allowing Hannagan to race into the lead for the first time in his World of Outlaws career. Kinser, racing for his fourth straight Skoal Outlaw Series "A" Feature victory at Bakersfield, was battling Blaney for the runner-up spot during the 10th lap when Lasoski passed him for third place. Keith Kauffman, a first-lap crash victim in the First Snap-on Tools Heat Race, thought he had broken a string of bad luck when he won the "B" Feature. But a flat left rear tire forced him to stop the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim on the back straightaway midway through lap 11. Within seconds after the race resumed, Kinser regained third place by steering his #11 Quaker State Maxim high into the first corner to pass "The Dude." The caution flag was flying again late in the 13th lap when Andy Hillenburg and Lee Brewer, Jr., collided in turn four. The collision sent Brewer spinning and damaged the rear end on Hillenburg's #2 STP J&J. Blaney regained the lead in the same manner he lost it as the green flag replaced the yellow, passing Hannagan as the #1x Maxim slipped out of the inside groove in the third corner. "The Buckeye Bullet" was two car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers when he caught the backmarkers again with 11 laps remaining. Hannagan was chasing Blaney in dense lapped traffic when Kinser raced past him in turn two for the runner-up spot. Less than five car-lengths separated Blaney, Kinser and Hannagan as they jockeyed for position during the final 10 laps. "The King of the Outlaws" made one last run at Blaney in the first corner early in the white-flag lap, but was unable to execute the pass. "The Buckeye Bullet" was two car-lengths ahead when he took the checkered flag. "Randy's car was handling well," Blaney said in victory lane. "He just slipped up a little in (turn) three and gave me an opportunity to get under him. The same thing happened to me; I slipped up just enough for him to get by earlier in the race." Hannagan's third-place finish is his career-best in a World of Outlaws main event. Rounding out the top 10 were Lasoski, 10th- starting Brent Kaeding, Greg Hodnett, Jimmy Sills, Stevie Smith, Haudenschild and Steve Kent. Sills received the Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award for racing into seventh place from outside the seventh row. Hillenburg's 23rd-place finish allowed Lasoski to close to within two points of him in the Skoal Outlaw Series point standings. Smith's eighth-place put him only one point behind Jeff Swindell as the World of Outlaws enters the Gold Cup Race of Champions, scheduled for September 14-16 at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA. WoO 1995 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Bakersfield Speedway, Bakersfield, CA Sunday, September 10, Feature Program #61 Qualifications: 1. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 10.827 (new one-lap record); 2. Danny Lasoski, Hamilton 77, 10.834; 3. Randy Hannagan, Hannagan 1x, 10.839; 4. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 10.857; 5. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 10.818; 6. Paul McMahan, Lamar 3, 10.926; 7. Lee Brewer, Jr., Toledo 3T, 10.936; 8. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 10.973; 9. Steve Kent, Helm 11K, 10.996; 10. Brent Kaeding, Kaeding 69, 11.001; 11. Kevin Huntley, Owen 14D, 11.050; 12. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 11.068; 13. Keith Kauffman, Sonner 47, 11.084; 14. Jimmy Sills, Berry 7, 11.093; 15. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 11.136; 16. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 11.158; 17. Greg DeCaires, Roth 83, 11.159; 18. Jason Lund, Luna 8L, 11.169; 19. Eric Rossi, Hasebe 2H, 11.181; 20. Dale Cross, Cross 9, 11.204; 21. Marc Zeske, Zeske 22P, 11.379; 22. Graydon Cross, Cross 8, 11.391; 23. George Koerber, Koerber 5K, 11.447; 24. Shawna Wilskey, Fauver 64, 11.461; 25. Darren Howard, Howard 0, 11.522; 26. Troy Newsome, Orth 24, 11.552; 27. Keith Nafzger, Brown 9B, 11.659; 28. Mark Ekberg, Ekberg 99, 12.335. First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Lee Brewer, Jr., 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Darren Howard, 6. Brent Kaeding, 7. Eric Rossi, 8. Graydon Cross, 9. Mark Ekberg, 10. Keith Kauffman. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jimmy Sills, 2. Greg DeCaires, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Kevin Huntley, 6. Danny Lasoski, 7. George Koerber, 8. Troy Newsome, 9. Dale Cross. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Jason Lund, 3. Steve Kent, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Paul McMahan, 6. Randy Hannagan, 7. Shawna Wilskey, 8. Marc Zeske, 9. Keith Nafzger. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (seven laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Randy Hannagan, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Lee Brewer, Jr., 7. Greg Hodnett, 8. Paul McMahan. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Keith Kauffman, 2. Marc Zeske, 3. Graydon Cross, 4. George Koerber, 5. Eric Rossi, 6. Troy Newsome, 7. Shawna Wilskey ($210); 8. Keith Nafzger ($185); 9. Mark Ekberg ($160). DNS - Dale Cross. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Dave Blaney ($6,010); 2. Steve Kinser ($3,510); 3. Randy Hannagan ($2,510); 4. Danny Lasoski ($2,210); 5. Brent Kaeding ($2,110); 6. Greg Hodnett ($2,010); 7. Jimmy Sills ($1,610); 8. Stevie Smith ($1,510); 9. Jac Haudenschild ($1,410); 10. Steve Kent ($1,310); 11. Paul McMahan ($1,160); 12. Kevin Huntley ($1,110); 13. Jeff Swindell ($1,060); 14. Greg DeCaires ($1,010); 15. Graydon Cross ($730); 16. Keith Kauffman ($530); 17. Darren Howard ($410); 18. Jason Lund ($410); 19. George Koerber ($430); 20. Marc Zeske ($430); 21. Troy Newsome ($430); 22. Lee Brewer, Jr. ($410); 23. Andy Hillenburg ($410); 24. Eric Rossi ($430). Lap leaders: Dave Blaney 1-7, 14-30; Randy Hannagan 8-13 EcoWater Fast Time Award winner: Dave Blaney Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award winner: Jimmy Sills WoO*eof

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Shawna Wilskey , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Jimmy Sills , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Jeff Swindell