Battleground Speedway 1999-10-14

'Dude' Wins Fall Nationals, Tightens Points Race By Richard Day HIGHLAND, TX (October 14) - Danny Lasoski is doing everything he possibly can to catch Mark Kinser in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series...

'Dude' Wins Fall Nationals, Tightens Points Race By Richard Day HIGHLAND, TX (October 14) - Danny Lasoski is doing everything he possibly can to catch Mark Kinser in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points race. "The Dude" trimmed 10 points off Kinser's advantage Thursday while defending his Fall Nationals championship at Battleground Speedway. The $8,000 victory was his 11th of the season. He entered the season with 12 career "A" Feature victories. "We did what we have to do, which is win races, but Mark's team's awful tough," Danny said. "I have to take my hat off to my crew (Mark Ellis, Jack Hickman, and Craig Stevens). They haven't given up, and we're going to keep racing as hard as we can until the final checkered flag in Vegas." Facing a 51-point deficit with nine race dates (five events) remaining on the schedule, Lasoski will have to outscore Kinser by six points each time out to overtake the series' 1996 champion. Lasoski, the second-fastest qualifier in the 36-car field, earned the right to start the "A" Feature inside the second row by passing three cars in the Channellock Dash. Andy Hillenburg won the five-lap race, while Gary Wright finished second. Hillenburg drove his #2 Luxaire J&J into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event. Lasoski passed Wright early in the first lap and started challenging Hillenburg for first place by the time the leaders reached the third corner. Kinser, the 1997 Fall Nationals champion, passed Fourth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race winner Brooke Tatnell before Donnie Crawford crashed in turn four late in the fourth lap, then took fourth place from Stevie Smith as the race resumed. Lasoski steered the #83 Beef Packers Eagle into the low groove between the third and fourth corners to pass Hillenburg for the lead late in lap six. Hillenburg surged ahead of "The Dude" the next time around, only to have Shane Stewart stop the #8H Energy Release Eagle in turn one with a flat left rear tire before the leaders crossed the finish line. Kinser passed Wright for third place while Lasoski entered lapped traffic with a full straightaway advantage late in the 10th lap. Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Joey Saldana started making his way toward the front early in the 11th lap, taking the high line around Smith in the second corner, then using an inside move through turns three and four to pass Wright for fourth place two laps later. A second-corner spin by Stewart brought out the yellow flag early in the 14th lap. Smith surrendered sixth place when his crew replaced a flat right rear tire on the #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit during the caution period. Kinser passed Hillenburg as the race resumed, only to have Andy take the inside line through turns three and four and regain the runner-up spot two laps later. Lasoski was a straightaway ahead when he caught the backmarkers again within 12 laps remaining. Hillenburg narrowed the gap to a half- straightaway within three laps, however. "The Dude" lost his comfortable advantage late in the 25th lap when a mechanical malfunction in the #7K Kele & Associates Maxim forced Brooke Tatnell to stop on the back stretch. Lasoski controlled the final restart, however, and took the checkered flag with 18 car-lengths to spare. "It got to be a pretty tough choice there at the end - whether to run the top or the bottom," Lasoski said. "My guys were on the radio, and I was ready to go to the top as soon as they keyed the radio. The Beef Packers car has been working pretty good on the bottom this year." Kinser finished in third place, ahead of Saldana, Johnny Herrera, 22nd-starting Steve Kinser, Donny Schatz, Wright and the Swindell brothers - Jeff and Sammy. Saldana received his seventh Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the season after slicing .098 seconds off the single-lap record Mark Kinser set 3 1/2 years ago. Joey circled the high-banked, 3/8-mile oval in 12.784 second, an average speed of 105.601 m.p.h. Tim Shaffer's crew replaced his engine after the hot-lap session, but the #11H Vivarin Maxim wasn't ready for time trials. He passed five cars early in the Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race only to have another blown engine force him to run the "B" Feature. Despite passing 11 cars in the "B," Tim failed to transfer to the main event. Scott Young was unable to start the "A" Feature, however, and Shaffer raced into 14th place from outside the 12th row. WoO

1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Fifth Annual Fall Nationals Battleground Speedway, Highland, TX Thursday, October 14, Feature Program #65 Vivarin qualifications: 1. Joey Saldana, Mox 17, 12.784 (new single-lap record); 2. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 12.996; 3. Johnny Herrera, DOCC Motorsports 1BK, 13.042; 4. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 13.042; 5. Shane Stewart, Holbrook 8H, 13.115; 6. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 13.152; 7. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 13.170; 8. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 13.183; 9. Paul McMahan, Johnson U2, 13.191; 10. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 13.192; 11. Donnie Crawford, Hillenburg 1H, 13.220; 12. Jeff Shepard, LL Motorsports 4J, 13.262; 13. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 13.265; 14. Gary Wright, Wright 9, 13.314; 15. P.J. Chesson, Chesson 76, 13.317; 16. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 13.330; 17. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 13.337; 18. James Chesson, Chesson 22C, 13.382; 19. Daryn Pittman, Sonner 47, 13.431; 20. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 13.447; 21. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23S, 13.464; 22. Zach Chappell, Chappell 50Z, 13.528; 23. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.529; 24. Mike Goodman, Ledford 3, 13.566; 25. Aaron Berryhill, Berryhill 97, 13.589; 26. John Bankston, Bankston 8, 13.678; 27. Scott Young, Young 1Y, 13.818; 28. Ronald Laney, Laney 52, 13.831; 29. Larry Neighbors, Neighbors 29N, 14.121; 30. Travis Rilat, Rilat 35, 14.367; 31. Larry Hartwell, Hartwell 10, 14.460; 32. Brandon Corn, Corn 74, 14.629; 33. Mike Miller, Miller 6M, 14.982; 34. Tony Biggert, Biggert 23B, 16.023; 35. Mike Kostic, Kostic 40, no time; 36. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, no time. First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Paul McMahan, 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Lance Blevins, 5. Frankie Kerr, 6. Jeff Swindell, 7. Aaron Berryhill, 8. Larry Neighbors, 9. Mike Miller. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. P.J. Chesson, 5. James Chesson, 6. John Bankston, 7. Zach Chappell, 8. Travis Rilat, 9. Tony Biggert. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Gary Wright, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Donnie Crawford, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Daryn Pittman, 7. Scott Young, 8. Larry Hartwell, 9. Tim Shaffer. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Brooke Tatnell, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Jeff Shepard, 5. Mike Goodman, 6. Shane Stewart, 7. Brandon Corn, 8. Mike Kostic, 9. Ronald Laney. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Gary Wright, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Brooke Tatnell, 7. Joey Saldana, 8. Johnny Herrera. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Shane Stewart, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Scott Young ($200); 4. Daryn Pittman, 5. Tim Shaffer, 6. Ronald Laney ($180); 7. John Bankston ($150); 8. Aaron Berryhill ($110); 9. Larry Neighbors ($90); 10. Zach Chappell ($80); 11. Travis Rilat ($60); 12. Brandon Corn ($50); 13. Tony Biggert ($50); 14. Mike Miller ($50); 15. Mike Kostic ($50); 16. Larry Hartwell ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Danny Lasoski ($8,000); 2. Andy Hillenburg ($4,000); 3. Mark Kinser ($3,000); 4. Joey Saldana ($2,500); 5. Johnny Herrera ($2,300); 6. Steve Kinser ($2,200): 7. Donny Schatz ($2,100); 8. Gary Wright ($2,000); 9. Jeff Swindell ($1,820); 10. Sammy Swindell ($1,700); 11. Stevie Smith ($1,400); 12. Frankie Kerr ($1,200); 13. Paul McMahan ($1,100); 14. Tim Shaffer ($1,070); 15. Mike Goodman ($1,000); 16. Lance Blevins ($900); 17. Jac Haudenschild ($700); 18. Daryn Pittman ($570); 19. James Chesson ($550); 20. P.J. Chesson ($550); 21. Shane Stewart ($570); 22. Brooke Tatnell ($550); 23. Jeff Shepard ($550); 24. Donnie Crawford ($550). DNS - Scott Young; replaced by Tim Shaffer. Lap leaders: Andy Hillenburg 1-5, Danny Lasoski 6-30 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Joey Saldana WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , James Chesson , Sammy Swindell , Mike Miller , Larry Neighbors , Aaron Berryhill , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Travis Rilat , P.J. Chesson , Scott Young , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell