Bloomington report 96-06-14

Seeing is Believing for EcoWater Maxim Owner By Richard Day BLOOMINGTON, IN (June 14) - Although Dan Motter has been a Skoal Outlaw Series car owner for 3 1/2 years, he has rarely seen the ...

Seeing is Believing for EcoWater Maxim Owner By Richard Day BLOOMINGTON, IN (June 14) - Although Dan Motter has been a Skoal Outlaw Series car owner for 3 1/2 years, he has rarely seen the #71M EcoWater Systems Maxim in victory lane. It's not that the car hasn't made it to the winner's circle - it has won 11 World of Outlaws features. The reason is that Motter's business commitments keep him from attending many races. It's been a long wait for Motter, who last celebrated a victory with his team at Eldora Speedway following the Historic Big One in 1994. So victory was sweet when he saw Stevie Smith win for the first time in the #71M Friday at Bloomington Speedway. "It's nice to finally win one," said Smith, a six-time winner in 1995. "I thought we had one the other night (at I-55 Raceway), but something broke and we wrecked the car. I was glad Dan could be here to see us win." Motter's timing couldn't have been better; it was Stevie's night from the beginning. He broke the one-lap record with a 9.780-second trip around the semi-banked, 1/4-mile oval, then earned the right to start the 40-lap main event on the front row by following Mark Kinser across the finish line in the Vivarin Dash. Kinser, who led the final 20 laps after Smith crashed at I-55, burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. He had the #5M Wirtgen Maxim five car-lengths ahead of Stevie by lap three, only to have Smith catch him when the leaders caught the backmarkers two laps later. The seventh lap was unlucky for Kinser, who slid over the fourth- corner bank, allowing Smith, Joey Saldana, Andy Hillenburg, Joe Gaerte and 12th-starting Dave Blaney to pass him. The caution flag was flying two laps later, when Lance Blevins took the #21 Citgo J&J for a spin in turn four. Smith opened a five-car-length advantage within a lap after the green flag replaced the yellow, and was approaching lapped traffic again when Greg Hodnett spun to a stop on the front straightaway and Mike Bowling slid over the bank in the first corner. Saldana, who is battling Blevins for Skoal Outlaw Series Rookie of the Year honors, raced wheel-to-wheel with Stevie through turns three and four as the race resumed, but was unable to take the lead. At the same time, Gaerte and Hillenburg battled for third place while Kinser passed Blaney for fifth. "The Buckeye Bullet" returned the favor during the 15th lap, then took over fourth place when Hillenburg's #2 STP J&J bicycled in turn four. Smith caught the backmarkers again, while Blaney joined Gaerte and Saldana in their battle for the runner-up spot during lap 18. Keeping his #3G Maxim in the low groove while the majority of the 24-car field rode the rim, Gaerte passed Saldana in the fourth corner midway through the race. Steve Kinser, a seven-time winner at his hometown track, coasted into the infield with a blown engine during the 23rd lap, ending a miserable night for "The King of the Outlaws." He struggled to qualify for the main event, suffering a flat left rear tire and colliding with Tim Engler in the "B" Feature. Although Todd Kelley's collision with the inside guard rail on the front stretch brought out the caution flag the next time around, Smith opened a five-car-length advantage within a lap after the race resumed. Blaney challenged Gaerte for three laps before steering the #10 Vivarin J&J into second place with a high move in turn four. Stevie was a full straightaway ahead of his closest pursuers with 11 laps remaining, but the defending World of Outlaws champion almost stole the $6,000 first prize with a late charge. "The Buckeye Bullet" narrowed the gap to a half-straightaway by lap 34, and was within five car-lengths by the 36th lap. Blaney caught Smith in the fourth corner two laps later, and they raced side-by-side throughout the second half of lap 39. After taking the white flag, Smith and Blaney were even in the first and second corners. Stevie used a daring move to pass Jac Haudenschild deep in turn four and beat "The Buckeye Bullet" under the checkered flag by less than a car-length. Jeff Swindell passed five cars to finish in third place, ahead of Gaerte, Hillenburg, Mark Kinser, Saldana, Sammy Swindell, Danny Lasoski and Johnny Herrera. Lasoski drove Chris Black's #1Z Maxim while Guy Forbrook prepared the #5 Jackpot Junction Schnee for "The Dude" to drive in Saturday's weekly racing program at Knoxville Raceway. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Bloomington Speedway, Bloomington, IN Friday, June 14, Feature Program #26 Qualifications: 1. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 9.780 (new one-lap record); 2. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 9.958; 3. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 9.985; 4. Joey Saldana, Roth 83, 10.007; 5. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 10.026; 6. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 10.043; 7. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 10.096; 8. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 10.171; 9. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 10.152; 10. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 10.153; 11. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 10.176; 12. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 10.196; 13. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14, 10.201; 14. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 10.217; 15. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 10.225; 16. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 10.235; 17. Todd Kelley, Kelley 21K, 10.256; 18. Danny Lasoski, Black 1Z, 10.292; 19. Rickey Hood, Herrera 45x, 10.310; 20. Byron Reed, B&S Racing 5R, 10.382; 21. Kelly Kinser, Kinser 4K, 10.383; 22. Mike Bowling, Bowling 98, 10.417; 23. Lee Dunn, Dunn 81, 10.430; 24. Kenny Jacobs, Ashworth 92, 10.433; 25. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 10.469; 26. Derek Davidson, Bayless 17B, 10.481; 27. Billy Peterbaugh, Peterbaugh 15, 10.485; 28. Eric Davis, Davis 96, 10.518; 29. Kevin Briscoe, Briscoe 5K, 10.516; 30. Larry Bland, Bland 2B, 10.539; 31. Bobby Allen, Allen 1a, 10.573; 32. Joe Miller, Miller 4M, 10.607; 33. Fred Rose, Javalena Construction 7, 10.644; 34. Nick Naber, G&N Racing 10.766; 35. Jeff Pritchard, Pritchard 72, 10.849; 36. Jeff O'Banion, Davis 21A, 10.976; 37. Robbie Stannard, Stannard 64, 10.987; 38. Eric Burns, Burns 10x, 11.501; 39. Brenda Buster, Buster 31, 11.694; 40. Pete Abel, Holt 04, no time. First Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Kelly Kinser, 2. Randy Kinser, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Greg Hodnett, 6. Kevin Briscoe, 7. Todd Kelley, 8. Brian Paulus, 9. Robbie Stannard, 10. Fred Rose. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Mike Bowling, 5. Jeff Swindell, 6. Steve Kinser, 7. Derek Davidson, 8. Larry Bland, 9. Nick Naber, 10. Eric Burns. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Rickey Hood, 3. Lee Dunn, 4. Lance Blevins, 5. Johnny Herrera, 6. Bobby Allen, 7. Billy Peterbaugh, 8. Jim Carr, 9. Jeff Pritchard, 10. Brenda Buster. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Kenny Jacobs, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Byron Reed, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. Tim Engler, 7. Eric Davis, 8. Joe Miller, 9. Jeff O'Banion, 10. Pete Abel. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (seven laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Joey Saldana, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. Joe Gaerte, 7. Greg Hodnett, 8. Jeff Swindell. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Kevin Briscoe, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Bobby Allen, 4. Todd Kelley, 5. Joe Miller ($210); 6. Billy Peterbaugh ($185); 7. Derek Davidson ($160); 8. Jeff O'Banion ($110); 9. Eric Burns ($100); 10. Robbie Stannard ($90); 11. Brenda Buster ($70); 12. Eric Davis ($60); 13. Brian Paulus ($60); 14. Jeff Pritchard ($60); 15. Tim Engler ($60); 16. Fred Rose ($60); 17. Jim Carr ($60); 18. Larry Bland ($60); 19. Nick Naber ($60); 20. Pete Abel ($60). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (40 laps): 1. Stevie Smith ($6,010); 2. Dave Blaney ($3,510); 3. Jeff Swindell ($2,510); 4. Joe Gaerte ($2,210); 5. Andy Hillenburg ($2,110); 6. Mark Kinser ($2,010); 7. Joey Saldana ($1,610); 8. Sammy Swindell ($1,510); 9. Danny Lasoski ($1,410); 10. Johnny Herrera ($1,310); 11. Jac Haudenschild ($1,160); 12. Randy Kinser ($1,110); 13. Rickey Hood ($1,060); 14. Kelly Kinser ($1,010); 15. Kenny Jacobs ($710); 16. Lee Dunn ($510); 17. Lance Blevins ($410); 18. Bobby Allen ($430); 19. Todd Kelley ($430); 20. Steve Kinser ($430); 21. Kevin Briscoe ($430); 22. Mike Bowling ($410); 23. Greg Hodnett ($410); 24. Byron Reed ($410). Lap leaders: Mark Kinser 1-7, Stevie Smith 8-40 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Stevie Smith WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Kenny Jacobs , Brian Paulus , Joey Saldana , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell