Bridgeport Monday report

Swindell Pulls Off Clean Sweep at Bridgeport By Richard Day BRIDGEPORT, NJ (August 7) - Sammy Swindell pulled off the first clean sweep in World of Outlaws history Monday when a standing-room- only ...

Swindell Pulls Off Clean Sweep at Bridgeport By Richard Day BRIDGEPORT, NJ (August 7) - Sammy Swindell pulled off the first clean sweep in World of Outlaws history Monday when a standing-room- only crowd welcomed the series to Bridgeport Speedway. The 1981-1982 Skoal Outlaw Series champion broke Bridgeport's one-lap record, won the First Snap-on Tools Heat Race, earned the pole position with a victory in the Vivarin Dash and triumphed in the "A" Feature. Sammy chopped almost a full second off the qualifying standard his brother, Jeff, set at Bridgeport last August when he circled the semi-banked, 5/8-mile oval in 16.841 seconds. His average speed during the record-setting lap was 133.603 m.p.h. Swindell gave himself the luxury of starting the Vivarin Dash on the pole by picking the #0 inversion pill after accepting his third EcoWater Fast-Time Award of the year. Despite starting the First Snap-on Tools Heat Race outside the third row, Swindell beat Skoal Outlaw Series front-runners Danny Lasoski, Steve Kent and Keith Kauffman under the checkered flag. After following Swindell across the finish line in the Vivarin Dash, Billy Pauch took the high road into the lead as the green flag fell in the 25-lap main event. Pauch had the #1Z Zemco Speed Equipment Maxim 15 car-lengths ahead of Sammy midway through the second lap. Pauch approached the backmarkers as Stevie Smith and Kauffman exchanged fifth place during the third lap, but brought out the caution flag with a third-corner spin as he attempted to lap Bob Bennett the next time around. Swindell was restarting the race at the front of the field when Pauch added injury to insult, bouncing off a couple of cars and flipping over the turn-three retaining wall. Jeff Swindell drove the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim into sixth place with a third-corner pass of Smith when the green flag replaced the red. At the same time, the #22 Pennzoil Maxim driven by Jac Haudenschild suffered a burned spark plug, which caused the engine to miss throughout the final 21 laps. Despite running on only seven cylinders, Haudenschild caught Sammy as the leaders entered lapped traffic during the ninth lap. While Dave Blaney challenged "The Wild Child" for the runner-up spot, Swindell charted a clean course through the backmarkers and opened a half-straightaway advantage by lap 15. Blaney, the leader in the Skoal Outlaw Series point standings, passed Haudenschild with a low move into the second corner with eight laps remaining. Swindell's lead ballooned to three-quarters of a straightaway as Jac battled "The Buckeye Bullet" in every corner. "B" Feature winner Donnie Kreitz, Jr., stopped on the front straightaway with a flat right rear tire early in the 22nd lap, setting up a three-lap dash to the checkered flag. Swindell drove his #1 Hooters Gambler away from the field as "The Wild Child" continued to battle Blaney for the runner-up spot. Sammy was 15 car-lengths ahead of "The Buckeye Bullet" when he claimed his fourth "A" Feature victory of the year. Kauffman recorded his best finish this season, driving the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim into fourth place. Rounding out the top 10 in the Skoal Outlaw Series' 52nd event of the year were Smith, Two Winners Racing teammates Greg Hodnett and Jeff Swindell, Danny Lasoski, Andy Hillenburg and Fourth Snap-on Tools Heat Race winner Todd Shaffer. Greg Coverdale, competing in the first World of Outlaws event of his career, received the Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award for racing into 13th place from outside the 11th row. Randy Hannagan somehow endured one of the toughest nights of his rookie season. After suffering a blown engine in the Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race, Hannagan was running second in the "B" Feature when a piece of debris shot through his rock guard and cut his leg. Unable to continue racing, Randy failed to qualify for the "A" Feature for only the third time this year. TNN: The Nashville Network is televising the Amoco Knoxville Nationals "Live in '95." Be sure to tune in for the August 19th telecast between 10 p.m. and midnight (EDT). WoO 1995 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Bridgeport Speedway, Bridgeport, NJ Monday, August 7, Feature Program #52 Qualifications: 1. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 16.841 (new one- lap record); 2. Billy Pauch, Zemaitis 1Z, 16.946; 3. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 17.074; 4. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 17.088; 5. Keith Kauffman, Sonner 47, 17.101; 6. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 17.103; 7. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 17.166; 8. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 17.177; 9. Danny Lasoski, Hamilton 77, 17.213; 10. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 17.259; 11. Kevin Gobrecht, Gobrecht 92, 17.290; 12. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 17.302; 13. Steve Kent, Helm 11K, 17.473; 14. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., Kreitz 69K, 17.539; 15. Randy Hannagan, Hannagan 1x, 17.673; 16. Bill Brian, Jr., Brian 16, 17.916; 17. Tim Kuhn, Kuhn 11A, 18.044; 18. Cliff Brian, Brian 16C, 18.051; 19. Billy Ellis, Ellis 27, 18.190; 20. Jim Martin, Martin 7x, 18.357; 21. Mike Wells, Wells 555, 18.374; 22. Glen Clarke, Clarke 85, 18.404; 23. Greg Coverdale, Coverdale 17C, 17.420; 24. Bob Bennett, Mickle 3, 18.538; 25. Gus Wasson, Wasson 4G, 18.698; 26. Mike Haggenbottom, Haggenbottom 54, 18.733; 27. Jeff Taylor, Taylor 17T, 18.776; 28. Jodi Bates, Bates 121, 18.810; 29. Karl Baker, Baker 51, 18.885; 30. Paul Molz, Molz 71, 19.474; 31. Bob Fisher, Fisher 713, 19.609; 32. Bruce Bowen, Bowen 3B, 19.624; 33. Kart Freyer, Freyer 4, 19.907; 34. Steve Stubrle, Stubrle 7, 20.273; 35. Burt Shoop, Shoop 2A, 20.297; 36. Tim Higgins, Higgins 07, 21.103; 37. Jack Helget, Helget 17, 21.589; 38. Mike Kostic, Kostic 40, no time. First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Steve Kent, 4. Keith Kauffman, 5. Mike Wells, 6. Gus Wasson, 7. Karl Baker, 8. Kart Freyer, 9. Tim Kuhn, 10. Jack Helget. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Billy Pauch, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Cliff Brian, 5. Glen Clarke, 6. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., 7. Mike Haggenbottom, 8. Steve Stubrle, 9. Mike Kostic, 10. Paul Molz. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Kevin Gobrecht, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Billy Ellis, 5. Greg Coverdale, 6. Jeff Taylor, 7. Bob Fisher, 8. Burt Shoop, 9. Randy Hannagan. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Todd Shaffer, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Dave Blaney, 4. Jim Martin, 5. Bill Brian, Jr., 6. Bob Bennett, 7. Bruce Bowen, 8. Jodi Bates, 9. Tim Higgins. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Billy Pauch, 3. Dave Blaney, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Keith Kauffman, 7. Greg Hodnett, 8. Jeff Swindell. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., 2. Tim Kuhn, 3. Bob Bennett, 4. Mike Haggenbottom, 5. Bob Fisher ($210); 6. Burt Shoop ($185); 7. Jodi Bates ($160); 8. Jeff Taylor ($110); 9. Randy Hannagan ($100); 10. Gus Wasson ($90); 11. Tim Higgins ($70); 12. Bruce Bowen ($60); 13. Mike Kostic ($60); 14. Karl Baker ($60); 15. Paul Molz ($60); 16. Kart Freyer ($60); 17. Steve Stubrle ($60); 18. Jack Helget ($60). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (25 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($6,010); 2. Dave Blaney ($3,510); 3. Jac Haudenschild ($2,510); 4. Keith Kauffman ($2,210); 5. Stevie Smith ($2,110); 6. Greg Hodnett ($2,010); 7. Jeff Swindell ($1,610); 8. Danny Lasoski ($1,510); 9. Andy Hillenburg ($1,410); 10. Todd Shaffer ($1,310); 11. Steve Kent ($1,160); 12. Bill Brian, Jr. ($1,110); 13. Greg Coverdale ($1,060); 14. Kevin Gobrecht ($1,010); 15. Cliff Brian ($710); 16. Mike Wells ($510); 17. Donnie Kreitz, Jr. ($430); 18. Glen Clarke ($410); 19. Billy Ellis ($410); 20. Tim Kuhn ($430); 21. Bob Bennett ($430); 22. Billy Pauch ($410); 23. Mike Haggenbottom ($430); 24. Jim Martin ($410). Lap leaders: Billy Pauch 1-4, Sammy Swindell 5-25 EcoWater Fast-Time Award winner: Sammy Swindell Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award winner: Greg Coverdale WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Danny Lasoski , Sammy Swindell , Gus Wasson , Randy Hannagan , Billy Pauch , Dave Blaney , Glen Clarke , Mike Wells , Jac Haudenschild , Jeff Swindell