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'Buckeye Bullet' Dominates Battleground Race By Richard Day HIGHLAND, TX (March 15) - If anyone ever deserved to win a Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature, it's Dave Blaney. The 1995 champion led the...

'Buckeye Bullet' Dominates Battleground Race By Richard Day HIGHLAND, TX (March 15) - If anyone ever deserved to win a Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature, it's Dave Blaney. The 1995 champion led the final 19 laps of the series' Preliminary Feature at Perris Auto Speedway in front of a national television audience on February 14th, only to be disqualified when officials discovered his muffler was split. "It's good to get our first official win," Blaney said following his flag-to-flag victory in Saturday's main event at Battleground Speedway. "We've been close all season. We've been competitive every night." "Dominant" would better describe Blaney's performance at Battleground. Although he was .084 seconds off Joe Gaerte's Channellock Fast-Time Award winning pace in time trials, "The Buckeye Bullet" earned the right to start the main event on the pole by winning the Vivarin Dash. Blaney burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the 30- lap "A" Feature, only to have a collision involving fellow Ohioan Jac Haudenschild send the #22 Pennzoil Maxim spinning in turn two early in the opening lap. Blaney drove his #10 Vivarin J&J into the lead again and Greg Hodnett passed Gaerte for third place as the green flag replaced the yellow. Steve Kinser, winner of three World of Outlaws main events at Battleground, relegated Gaerte to fifth place with a back-straightaway pass midway through the second lap. "The Buckeye Bullet" was eight car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers when he entered lapped traffic three laps later. Mark Kinser, the defending World of Outlaws champion, closed to within five car-lengths of Blaney in dense lapped traffic during the eighth lap. Mark caught the leader early in lap 12. The 13th lap almost proved to be unlucky for "The Buckeye Bullet." Steering his #10 deep into turn one in an attempt to increase his advantage, he almost spun but managed to maintain the lead. Hodnett and "The King of the Outlaws" made it a four-car battle for the lead as they caught Mark and Blaney early in the 17th lap. Mark came close to taking the lead with a first-corner move five laps later as Blaney searched for an opening in lapped traffic. Steve steered his #11 Quaker State Maxim deep into turn one to pass Hodnett for third place the next time around. Blaney increased his advantage with five laps remaining, lapping a pack of backmarkers as the Kinser cousins battled for the runner-up spot. Steve's attempt to pass Mark high in turn three one lap later allowed Hodnett to drive the #11H Selma Shell Gambler into third place. Greg, who won his first World of Outlaws "A" Feature at Battleground on March 24, 1995, continued his run toward the front with a back-stretch pass of Mark with three laps remaining. Although Hodnett narrowed the gap quickly, "The Buckeye Bullet" took the checkered flag with two car-lengths to spare. "When you start up front on a dry-slick track, you better take advantage of it," Blaney said in victory lane. "I had the best lane on the start, and I didn't think Mark could get around me on the top. I probably ran too easy in lapped traffic, but I didn't want to give it away. I wanted to make him go around me, and earn it. "I had to save my tires and be careful in lapped traffic tonight. I had to slow down quite a bit, so I knew Mark would be right behind me. You can't leave any holes open, but you have to be aggressive with the guy in front of you in a race like this." Blaney's $7,000 victory made him the fifth different driver to win a Pennzoil World of Outlaws "A" Feature this season. Mark and Steve finished third and fourth, respectively. Andy Hillenburg moved into second place in the point standings with a fifth-place run. Completing the top 10 in the main event were Johnny Herrera, "B" Feature winner Danny Lasoski, Stevie Smith, Gaerte and Paul McMahan. Although Jeff Swindell was only the 18th-fastest qualifier in the 36-car field, he had the #7TW Gold Eagle J&J blazing in the main event. He drove the "Flaming Ford" past six cars from inside the ninth row to finish 11th. Next on the World of Outlaws' schedule is the 24th Annual Spring Nationals from Devil's Bowl Speedway. Friday's races will be televised live on TNN: The Nashville Network beginning at 8 p.m. eastern time. Fox Sports' live telecast of Saturday's races is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. eastern time. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Battleground Speedway, Highland, TX Saturday, March 15, Feature Program #5 Qualifications: 1. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 14.245; 2. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 14.329; 3. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 14.361; 4. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 14.364; 5. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 14.398; 6. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 14.437; 7. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 14.494; 8. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 14.520; 9. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 14.535; 10. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.617; 11. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 14.625; 12. Gary Wright, Action Motorsports 9, 14.632; 13. John Bankston, Bankston 8, 14.655; 14. Paul McMahan, Roth 83, 14.676; 15. Marlon Jones, Oswalt 1J, 14.744; 16. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 14.748; 17. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 14.819; 18. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 14.841; 19. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14, 14.862; 20. Terry McCarl, Holbrook 8H, 14.882; 21. Terry Gray, Gray 10G, 14.887; 22. Dean Jacobs, Davis 1F, 14.888; 23. Garry Brazier, Stanton 75, 14.969; 24. Tommie Estes, Jr., Threatt 29, 14.974; 25. Donnie Crawford, Hillenburg 1H, 15.057; 26. Ronald Laney, Laney 52, 15.064; 27. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 15.283; 28. David Chappell, Chappell 50, 15.509; 29. Dan Oswalt, Oswalt D1, 15.562; 30. Larry Hartwell, Hartwell 10x, 14.714; 31. Chris Sweeney, Sweeney 93, 16.186; 32. Travis Rilat, Rilat 35, 16.300; 33. Allen Kissee, Kissee 61, 16.611; 34. Steve Smith, Smith 85, 17.010; 35. Dodie Miller, Miller 8K, 17.123; 36. Herschel Cronin, Cronin 26, 17.412. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Terry Gray, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Donnie Crawford, 6. Johnny Herrera, 7. John Bankston, 8. Dan Oswalt, 9. Allen Kissee. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Dean Jacobs, 3. Paul McMahan, 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Danny Lasoski, 7. Ronald Laney, 8. Larry Hartwell, 9. Steve Smith. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Randy Kinser, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Marlon Jones, 5. Jac Haudenschild, 6. Garry Brazier, 7. Dion Hindi, 8. Chris Sweeney, 9. Dodie Miller. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Terry McCarl, 2. Gary Wright, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Tommie Estes, Jr., 5. Greg Hodnett, 6. Lance Blevins, 7. David Chappell, 8. Travis Rilat, 9. Herschel Cronin. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Greg Hodnett, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Steve Kinser, 7. Jac Haudenschild, 8. Donny Schatz. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Lance Blevins, 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Garry Brazier, 5. John Bankston ($200); 6. Ronald Laney ($180); 7. Dan Oswalt ($150); 8. David Chappell ($110); 9. Dion Hindi ($90); 10. Larry Hartwell ($80); 11. Allen Kissee ($60); 12. Steve Smith ($50); 13. Dodie Miller ($50); 14. Chris Sweeney ($50); 15. Travis Rilat ($50); 16. Herschel Cronin ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Dave Blaney ($7,000); 2. Greg Hodnett ($4,000); 3. Mark Kinser ($3,000); 4. Steve Kinser ($2,500); 5. Andy Hillenburg ($2,300); 6. Johnny Herrera ($2,220); 7. Danny Lasoski ($2,120); 8. Stevie Smith ($2,000); 9. Joe Gaerte ($1,700); 10. Paul McMahan ($1,600); 11. Jeff Swindell ($1,200); 12. Sammy Swindell ($1,150); 13. Gary Wright ($1,100); 14. Terry McCarl ($1,050); 15. Marlon Jones ($1,000); 16. Terry Gray ($700); 17. Dean Jacobs ($600); 18. Donny Schatz ($500); 19. Jac Haudenschild ($500); 20. Lance Blevins ($520); 21. Tommie Estes, Jr. ($500); 22. Garry Brazier ($520); 23. Randy Kinser ($500); 24. Donnie Crawford ($500). Lap leader: Dave Blaney 1-30 WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Steve Smith , Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Dean Jacobs , Paul McMahan , Travis Rilat , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell