Calistoga finale report

JEFF SWINDELL WINS CALISTOGA FINALE AS TW CARS SHINE By Richard Day CALISTOGA, CA (September 4) - Tom Wimmer and Bob Kramer raised some eyebrows at the World of Outlaws' 1993 Awards Banquet when...

JEFF SWINDELL WINS CALISTOGA FINALE AS TW CARS SHINE By Richard Day CALISTOGA, CA (September 4) - Tom Wimmer and Bob Kramer raised some eyebrows at the World of Outlaws' 1993 Awards Banquet when they announced they would be adding Greg Hodnett to their team. It was even more surprising when they added a third driver - Joe Gaerte - to the Two Winners Racing team before the 1994 season opened. After persevering through thick and thin times for 56 events, everything fell into place for the three-car team Sunday during the World of Outlaws' feature racing program at Calistoga Speedway. Jeff Swindell passed his brother, Sammy, and led the final six laps for the $14,000 victory. Gaerte raced ahead of the 24-car field for 21 laps before settling for third place and Hodnett drove the #8TW Kele & Associates Maxim past seven cars to finish sixth. While each of its cars had finished among the top 10 11 times before, the Calistoga event marked Two Winners Racing's best showing of the season. Gaerte, who was awarded the Preliminary Feature victory on opening night when Steve Kinser was disqualified for losing his muffler, won the Snap-on Tools Dash for the right to start the 30-lap main event on the pole. He drove the #9TW Gaerte Engines Maxim into the lead immediately after the green flag fell in the "A" Feature, only to have the start called back when Paul McMahan, Garry Lee Maier, Jim Carr and Brooke Tatnell crashed on the front straightaway. Johnny Herrera, whose collision with Dave Blaney's rear bumper started the melee, stopped before the red flag was thrown. The #10 Vivarin J&J driven by Blaney suffered a broken drive line, while Herrera's ride - the #77 MAC Tools J&J - had brake problems. While Maier became a pitside spectator, the other drivers involved in the crash restarted the race at the back of the pack. When the green flag replaced the red, Gaerte burst into the lead again, with Andy Hillenburg, Kinser, Sammy and Jeff in his wake. Gaerte opened a three-car-length advantage while Hillenburg and Kinser took turns passing each other for the runner-up spot during the first five laps. Andy caught Gaerte early in the eighth lap and was trying to take the lead when his left front tire rolled over the berm in turn one, sending the #2 STP J&J spinning across the track into Kinser's path. Unable to dodge the spinning sprinter, Kinser collided with Hillenburg and the #11 Valvoline Maxim flipped. Within three laps after the race resumed, Gaerte had opened a six-car- length advantage. He entered lapped traffic with the Swindell brothers reeling him in midway through the race. Another spinning collision and flip involving Tim Green and McMahan early in the 17th lap brought out the caution flag again, and put the Swindells right behind Gaerte on the ensuing restart. Gaerte ran away from the field, and quickly opened a six car-length lead. Sammy reeled in the leader by lap 21, however, and drove the #1 Bull & Hannah's Jenkins deep into the first corner to take the lead early in the 22nd lap. Jeff relegated Gaerte to third place the next time around, and set his sights on the leader. Sammy was extending his cushion when Lee Brewer, Jr., stopped on the front straightaway with a flat right rear tire, setting up a seven-lap dash for the checkered flag. Jeff drove the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim into the lead two laps later when an ignition problem caused Sammy to slow on the back stretch. Jac Haudenschild started inside the fourth row, and drove the #22 Pennzoil Maxim into fourth place during the first half of the race. After inheriting third place from Sammy, "The Wild Child" took the high road around Gaerte for the runner-up spot late in lap 25. He was racing through turn four when Jeff took the checkered flag. "I was just trying to save my tires there at the end," Jeff told the capacity crowd from victory lane. "The car got tight after the last yellow. I noticed that Sammy's pipes were red, so I knew something was wrong with his motor. I just bided my time to see what would happen to him." Blaney and Hillenburg made late charges through the pack to finish fourth and fifth, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 in the "A" Feature were Hodnett, 14th-starting Stevie Smith, Steve Kent, Kenny Jacobs and Herrera. WoO 1994 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/COPENHAGEN-SKOAL SHOOTOUT Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA Sunday, September 4, Feature Program #57 First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Brent Kaeding, 5. Randy Hannagan, 6. Steve Coelho, 7. Kevin Pylant, 8. Brooke Tatnell, 9. Bob Walker, 10. Jay Follman. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Kenny Jacobs, 2. Lindsey Casto, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Greg DeCaires, 5. Keith Kauffman, 6. Randy Tiner, 7. Garry Lee Maier, 8. Sid Blandford, 9. Eric Rossi, 10. Erik Folger. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Paul McMahan, 2. Lee Brewer, Jr., 3. Steve Kent, 4. Tim Green, 5. Jim Carr, 6. Ronnie Day, 7. Greg Brown, 8. Sparky Howard, 9. Brian Hodges, 10. Joey Delisle. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Snap-on Tools Dash (five laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Jeff Swindell, 6. Dave Blaney. (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Randy Hannagan, 2. Garry Lee Maier, 3. Kevin Pylant, 4. Jim Carr, 5. Keith Kauffman, 6. Brooke Tatnell, 7. Randy Tiner ($310); 8. Steve Coelho ($260); 9. Ronnie Day ($235); 10. Sid Blandford ($210); 11. Greg Brown ($160); 12. Eric Rossi ($135); 13. Bob Walker ($110); 14. Sparky Howard ($90); 15. Brian Hodges ($80); 16. Erik Folger ($70); 17. Joey Delisle ($60); 18. Jay Follman ($60). (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Jeff Swindell ($14,000); 2. Jac Haudenschild ($10,010); 3. Joe Gaerte ($5,000); 4. Dave Blaney ($4,000); 5. Andy Hillenburg ($3,000); 6. Greg Hodnett ($2,510); 7. Stevie Smith ($2,010); 8. Steve Kent ($1,910); 9. Kenny Jacobs ($1,810); 10. Johnny Herrera ($1,760); 11. Greg DeCaires ($1,610); 12. Brent Kaeding ($1,510); 13. Lindsey Casto ($1,310); 14. Lee Brewer, Jr. ($1,210); 15. Brooke Tatnell ($1,135); 16. Paul McMahan ($1,010); 17. Keith Kauffman ($835); 18. Kevin Pylant ($635); 19. Sammy Swindell ($470); 20. Tim Green ($410); 21. Jim Carr ($435); 22. Randy Hannagan ($435); 23. Steve Kinser ($400); 24. Garry Lee Maier ($435). Lap leaders: Joe Gaerte 1-21, Sammy Swindell 22-24, Jeff Swindell 23-30 WoO*eof

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Kenny Jacobs , Brooke Tatnell , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell , Tim Green