Calistoga report 95-09-01

Blaney Wins Calistoga Opener With Last-Lap Pass By Richard Day CALISTOGA, CA (September 1) - The first preliminary program of the World of Outlaws' California tour opener at Calistoga Speedway ...

Blaney Wins Calistoga Opener With Last-Lap Pass By Richard Day CALISTOGA, CA (September 1) - The first preliminary program of the World of Outlaws' California tour opener at Calistoga Speedway Friday reflected the first half of the series' 1995 season. Jac Haudenschild executed a couple of early passes and built a comfortable advantage only to have fellow Ohioan Dave Blaney pass him and take control of the race. Haudenschild led the first 19 1/3 laps in Friday's Preliminary Feature before Blaney caught him in a pack of backmarkers early in the white-flag lap. "The Buckeye Bullet" steered the #10 Vivarin J&J deep into the second corner as Haudenschild lost traction in the high groove, and beat him under the checkered flag by two car-lengths. "I was fortunate," Blaney admitted in victory lane. "Lapped traffic played a big part in me getting here. Without the lapped cars, I don't think I could have gotten by Jac. The lapped cars really didn't do anything wrong to bother Jac, they were just there." Haudenschild lined up behind Vivarin Dash winner Lindsey Casto when the Preliminary Feature started, but a pair of crashes delayed the 20-lap race. Andy Hillenburg bounced off the infield berm in the second corner and flipped when he collided with Steve Kent and Emery Gray within seconds after the green flag fell. The next start saw Lee Brewer, Jr., spin in turn three and collide with Steve Coelho and George Graham. After flipping into the retaining wall, Coelho spent the night in a local hospital. The second crash allowed Hillenburg and Kent to restart the race. The third time was the charm, and Casto burst into the lead as the green flag fell. "The Wild Child" drove the #22 Pennzoil Maxim past outside polesitter Randy Hannagan in the second corner and took the lead with a low move past Casto in turn four. Hannagan, the World of Outlaws' leading Rookie of the Year candidate, duplicated Haudenschild's fourth-corner move the next time around to take over second place. Steve Kinser, winner of four World of Outlaws "A" Features at Calistoga, relegated Casto to fourth place late in the third lap. Seconds later, Randy Tiner's second-corner spin brought out the third caution flag and nullified the pass, however. The green flag flew for only one lap before Mark Monico brought out the red with a turn-three flip late in the fourth lap. Casto regained the runner-up spot as the race resumed, only to have Hannagan pass him back in turn four the next time around. Kinser and Blaney passed Casto during laps six and seven to take third and fourth place, respectively. Haudenschild opened a 12-car-length advantage as Blaney battled Kinser for third place during the eighth and ninth laps, and caught the backmarkers the next time around. At the same time, Hillenburg roared back into the top 10. Jeff Swindell brought out the final caution flag in the Preliminary Feature when he took the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim for a spin in turn two early in the 11th lap. With Graham separating the leaders on the ensuing restart, "The Wild Child" quickly opened a comfortable advantage. Blaney started making his move toward the front early in lap 12, taking the low road past Kinser in turn two and moving into the high groove in the fourth corner to pass Hannagan for the runner-up spot two laps later. At the same time, Hillenburg drove his #2 STP J&J into sixth place. Haudenschild had the #22 against the inside berm when Blaney closed to within three car-lengths of him with three laps remaining. With his crew signaling him to move up to rim, "The Wild Child" veered into the high groove late in the 18th lap. The leaders were approaching the backmarkers again when the #22 slid out of the high groove, allowing Blaney to catch Haudenschild in the second corner. "The Buckeye Bullet" took the lead when Jac slipped out of the groove in the same spot the next time around, and crossed the finish line with two car-lengths to spare for the $4,000 victory. Hannagan held off Kinser for third place. Rounding out the top 10 in the Preliminary Feature were Hillenburg, 14th-starting Greg Hodnett, Casto, Paul McMahan, Joe Gaerte and Kent. Kinser received his 10th EcoWater Fast-Time Award of the year after chopping .257 seconds off the one-lap record Hillenburg set last September. "The King of the Outlaws" drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim around Calistoga's semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval in 16.595 seconds. WoO 1995 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA Friday, September 1, Preliminary Program #1 Qualifications: 1. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 16.595 (new one-lap record); 2. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 16.744; 3. Joe Gaerte, Ulyate 3DB, 16.813; 4. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 16.910; 5. Lindsey Casto, Casto 40, 16.999; 6. Randy Hannagan, Hannagan 1x, 17.015; 7. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 17.057; 8. Danny Lasoski, Hamilton 77, 17.065; 9. Paul McMahan, Lamar 3, 17.069; 10. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 17.126; 11. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 17.127; 12. Steve Kent, Helm 11K, 17.193; 13. Lee Brewer, Jr., Toledo 3T, 17.205; 14. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 17.329; 15. Greg DeCaires, Roth 83, 17.340; 16. Ronnie Day, Offill 88, 17.355; 17. Randy Tiner, Orth 24, 17.359; 18. Kevin Pylant, Pylant 14P, 17.388; 19. Keith Kauffman, Sonner 47, 17.401; 20. Steve Coelho, Coelho 6C, 17.509; 21. George Graham, Henderson 7N, 17.540; 22. Sean Fenn, Fenn 36, 17.550; 23. Mark Monico, ATM Motorsports 21, 17.589; 24. Brent Kaeding, Kaeding 69, 17.675; 25. Blake Robertson, Blakeman 27B, 17.679; 26. John Rodriguez, RCM Motorsports 25, 17.692; 27. Emery Gray, Gray 82, 17.794; 28. Jay Follman, Follman 7F, 18.761; 29. Mike Mossi, Mossi 13, 19.733; 30. Keith Nafzger, Brown 9B, no time. First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Ronnie Day, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Lee Brewer, Jr., 6. Jeff Swindell, 7. Jay Follman, 8. Sean Fenn, 9. Keith Kauffman, 10. Blake Robertson. (first six qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Randy Tiner, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Lindsey Casto, 7. Steve Coelho, 8. John Rodriguez, 9. Mark Monico, 10. Mike Mossi. (first six qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Greg DeCaires, 2. Steve Kent, 3. Kevin Pylant, 4. Paul McMahan, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Randy Hannagan, 7. Brent Kaeding, 8. George Graham, 9. Emery Gray. (first six qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Lindsey Casto, 2. Randy Hannagan, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Jeff Swindell, 7. Joe Gaerte, 8. Danny Lasoski. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Keith Kauffman, 2. George Graham, 3. Steve Coelho, 4. Mark Monico, 5. John Rodriguez, 6. Emery Gray, 7. Jay Follman ($160); 8. Sean Fenn ($135); 9. Mike Mossi ($110); 10. Brent Kaeding ($85). (first six qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Dave Blaney ($4,010); 2. Jac Haudenschild ($2,310); 3. Randy Hannagan ($1,610); 4. Steve Kinser ($1,410); 5. Andy Hillenburg ($1,260); 6. Greg Hodnett ($1,160); 7. Lindsey Casto ($1,110); 8. Paul McMahan ($1,060); 9. Joe Gaerte ($1,035); 10. Steve Kent ($1,010); 11. Randy Tiner ($910); 12. Jeff Swindell ($710); 13. Kevin Pylant ($610); 14. Greg DeCaires ($510); 15. Ronnie Day ($310); 16. Keith Kauffman ($330); 17. Stevie Smith ($260); 18. George Graham ($280); 19. John Rodriguez ($280); 20. Danny Lasoski ($260); 21. Mark Monico ($280); 22. Lee Brewer, Jr. ($260); 23. Steve Coelho ($280); 24. Emery Gray ($280). Lap leaders: Jac Haudenschild 1-19, Dave Blaney 20 EcoWater Fast-Time Award winner: Steve Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Jeff Swindell , Mike Moss