Calistoga Harvest Classic Opener

Sammy Swindell Takes Harvest Classic Opener By Richard Day CALISTOGA, CA (September 3) - It's been a Murphy's Law kind of season for Andy Hillenburg. Whatever could go wrong has gone wrong for ...

Sammy Swindell Takes Harvest Classic Opener By Richard Day CALISTOGA, CA (September 3) - It's been a Murphy's Law kind of season for Andy Hillenburg. Whatever could go wrong has gone wrong for the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 1988 Rookie of the Year. Hillenburg led the first 12 laps of the opening-night Preliminary Feature in the Seventh Annual Harvest Classic Friday at Calistoga Speedway before Sammy Swindell passed him. Hillenburg's #2 Luxaire J&J collided with Randy Tiner on the front straightaway five laps later, resulting in a fiery crash. Although both drivers escaped injury, Hillenburg lost third place. It was another chapter in a forgettable season for Andy, who dropped into 10th place in the point standings with the 20th-place finish. Swindell, who led the final eight laps, claimed the $5,000 first prize. Sammy, whose luck hasn't been much better than Hillenburg's, earned his fifth Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the year by pacing the 35- car qualifying session with a 16.117-second lap around the semi- banked, 1/2-mile oval. Hillenburg, the Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race winner, won his fifth Channellock Dash of the season for the right to start the Preliminary Feature inside the front row. Swindell finished fifth, and started the evening's main event inside the third row. Hillenburg burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the 20- lap feature, only to have a front-stretch collision send Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race winner Peter Murphy and flipping. Steve Kinser, winner of five "A" Features at Calistoga Speedway, surrendered his sixth-row starting position by pitting with a flat right rear tire during the red period. While Hillenburg took the lead again when the race resumed, Sammy started making his way to the front quickly. The three-time series champion drove his #1 Channellock Stealth deep into turn four to pass Lance Blevins for fourth place late in the second lap. After exchanging third place with Fourth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race winner Calvin Landis during lap three, Swindell used an inside move into the second corner to regain the position. Hillenburg was 2.04 seconds ahead of Donny Schatz when he entered lapped traffic eight laps into the race. Swindell took the inside line in turn four to pass Schatz for second place the next time around. Swindell closed to within .8 seconds of Hillenburg in dense lapped traffic by the 12th lap, then took the lead with a low move through turns three and four the next time around. Schatz drove the #15 Parker Stores Maxim deep into the second corner to pass Hillenburg for the runner-up spot early in lap 17. Stevie Smith, who started inside the sixth row, raced through the low groove between turns three and four to pass Blevins for fourth later several seconds later. Hillenburg was battling Schatz in lapped traffic with two laps remaining when Tiner slowed on the front stretch. With nowhere to go, Andy hit Tiner, igniting a fire on the #8B. The safety crew quickly extinguished the flames, saving the drivers from injury. Sammy raced away from the field as the green flag replaced the red and was 2.3 seconds ahead of Schatz when he took the checkered flag. Smith held off brother-in-law Blevins for third place. Danny Lasoski ran fifth, ahead of Shaffer, Randy Hannagan, 15th-starting Johnny Herrera, Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Mark Kinser and Kevin Gobrecht, who started inside the 11th row. Kinser's collision with Peter Murphy sent the #5M Mopar Maxim flipping down the front straightaway during the first lap of the Channellock Dash. The engine in Smith's #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit lost power during the Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race. With a new engine, Stevie ran laps .2 seconds faster than his qualifying time while winning the "B" Feature. Herrera's crew changed the engine in the #1BK Networks Eagle following the Fourth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race. A blown engine in the #8H Energy Release Eagle allowed Dale Blaney only one lap at the end of the qualifying session. Dale was in fourth place with one lap remaining in the "B" Feature, but had problems negotiating dense lapped traffic and finished in sixth place. WoO

1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Seventh Annual Harvest Classic Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA Friday, September 3, Preliminary Program #1 Vivarin qualifications: 1. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 16.117; 2. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 16.189; 3. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 16.269; 4. Randy Hannagan, TH Racing 1x, 16.285; 5. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 16.292; 6. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 16.391; 7. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 16.392; 8. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 16.504; 9. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 16.523; 10. Brad Furr, Furr 2F, 16.609; 11. Peter Murphy, Williams 40, 16.683; 12. Johnny Herrera, DOCC Motorsports 1BK, 16.688; 13. Calvin Landis, Landis 70, 16.724; 14. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 16.729; 15. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.747; 16. Daryn Pittman, Sonner 47, 16.803; 17. Damien Gardner, Gardner 24, 16.808; 18. Duane Bonini, Jr., Bonini 72, 16.823; 19. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 16.824; 20. Bud Kaeding, Macieal 29, 16.834; 21. Kevin Gobrecht, Hylton/Blaney 93, 16.844; 22. Brent Kaeding, M&M Racing 69, 16.932; 23. Jason Meyers, Carter 14, 16.938; 24. Sparky Howard, Papola 6, 16.982; 25. Dale Blaney, Holbrook 8H, 17.000; 26. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 17.001; 27. Randy Tiner, Steck 8B, 17.075; 28. Eric Rossi, Wright 35W, 17.139; 29. Sean Fenn, Fenn 36, 17.162; 30. Tim Kaeding, McMillen 10, 17.198; 31. Lee Brewer, Jr., Brewer 1ST, 17.778; 32. Gary Ferravanti, Jr., Ferravanti 44, 17.904; 33. John McDonald, McDonald 78, 18.067; 34. Steve Osbourne, Brown 2T, 18.219; 35. Butch Bahr, Bahr 25, 18.329. First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Daryn Pittman, 5. Kevin Gobrecht, 6. Damien Gardner, 7. Sean Fenn, 8. Dale Blaney, 9. John McDonald. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Brad Furr, 4. Brent Kaeding, 5. Brooke Tatnell, 6. Duane Bonini, Jr., 7. Tim Kaeding, 8. Stevie Smith, 9. Steve Osbourne. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Peter Murphy, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Lance Blevins, 4. Tim Shaffer, 5. Jeff Swindell, 6. Jason Meyers, 7. Randy Tiner, 8. Lee Brewer, Jr., 9. Butch Bahr. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Calvin Landis, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Randy Hannagan, 5. Bud Kaeding, 6. Eric Rossi, 7. Sparky Howard, 8. Gary Ferravanti, Jr. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Calvin Landis, 3. Lance Blevins, 4. Donny Schatz, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. Randy Hannagan, 7. Peter Murphy, 8. Mark Kinser. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Jason Meyers, 3. Damien Gardner, 4. Randy Tiner, 5. Tim Kaeding ($150); 6. Dale Blaney ($125); 7. Duane Bonini, Jr. ($100); 8. Sparky Howard ($75); 9. Eric Rossi ($60); 10. Sean Fenn ($50); 11. John McDonald ($40); 12. Gary Ferravanti, Jr. ($40); 13. Steve Osbourne ($40); 14. Lee Brewer, Jr. ($40); 15. Butch Bahr ($40). (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($5,000); 2. Donny Schatz ($2,500); 3. Stevie Smith ($1,720); 4. Lance Blevins ($1,500); 5. Danny Lasoski ($1,350); 6. Tim Shaffer ($1,250); 7. Randy Hannagan ($1,200); 8. Johnny Herrera ($1,100); 9. Mark Kinser ($1,075); 10. Kevin Gobrecht ($1,050); 11. Calvin Landis ($1,000); 12. Jac Haudenschild ($900); 13. Steve Kinser ($800); 14. Brent Kaeding ($700); 15. Bud Kaeding ($600); 16. Brad Furr ($500); 17. Brooke Tatnell ($400); 18. Jeff Swindell ($400); 19. Jason Meyers ($420); 20. Andy Hillenburg ($400); 21. Randy Tiner ($420); 22. Damien Gardner ($420); 23. Daryn Pittman ($400); 24. Peter Murphy ($400). Lap leaders: Andy Hillenburg 1-12, Sammy Swindell 13-20 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Sammy Swindell WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Bud Kaeding , Sammy Swindell , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Tim Kaeding , Peter Murphy , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams