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Swindell Completes Sweep of Harvest Classic By Richard Day CALISTOGA, CA (August 31) - Sammy Swindell and his ...

Swindell Completes Sweep of Harvest Classic By Richard Day CALISTOGA, CA (August 31) - Sammy Swindell and his #1 Channellock Gambler just keep rolling along. Swindell led all 30 laps in Sunday's championship feature to complete his sweep of the Fifth Annual Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway. The $16,000 victory, Sammy's seventh straight, gave him a 106-point cushion in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' driver standings. The caution flag, usually a hindrance to Swindell, was Sammy's friend Sunday. Eight cautions kept him out of lapped traffic for most of the race. "We were a little concerned about all the cautions at the end," Swindell said after his 15th "A" Feature victory of the year. "We only put 10 gallons of fuel in during the (27th-lap) fuel stop, and we weren't sure if we were going to be able to make it. I hated to see those yellows right there at the end of the race, but the earlier ones were giving me a clean track to work with. "It seemed like we were going to have trouble in traffic. When I had to punch it down low, the car didn't want to come off the corners. We only had to pass one car tonight. That's kind of unusual, but I guess it helped us put the Channellock Gambler back here again." Swindell earned the right to start the $64,560 main event on the pole by scoring the most points in the preliminaries. He and Mark Kinser raced wheel-to-wheel down the front straightaway as the green flag fell, and Sammy surged ahead in the second corner. Kinser, the defending World of Outlaws champion, steered the #5M Wirtgen Maxim all over Calistoga's semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval as he tried to pass Swindell during the first three laps. Steve Kinser, winner of five World of Outlaws main events at Calistoga, challenged Jac Haudenschild for fourth place as Sammy opened a six-car-length advantage during the seventh lap. Swindell was approaching lapped traffic the next time around when Haudenschild stopped in turn four with a flat right rear tire. Steve Kinser steered his #11 Quaker State Maxim deep into the second corner to pass Stevie Smith for third as the race resumed, but Steve Kent spun in turn four, nullifying the move. Smith steered his #19 sprinter into the high groove in the third corner to challenge Mark Kinser for second as the green flag replaced the yellow. He dropped into the low groove in turn three to pass Mark the next time around, only to have Mark return the favor two laps later. "The Wild Child" stopped with another flat right rear tire midway through the race. The muffler on the #22 Pennzoil Maxim, damaged by the first flat tire, came loose and lodged between the tire and the frame, cutting the tire and knocking the muffler off. Haudenschild's crew was unable to repair the car in time for him to restart, so he had to settle for a 23rd-place finish. Swindell raced away from the field and the battle for second place resumed as the green flag replaced the yellow. Smith used a low move in turn two to take over second place early in lap 16. The Kinser cousins exchanged third place during the 18th and 19th laps. Steve passed Mark low in turn four, then Mark came back with a low move into turn two the next time around. Swindell was 10 car-lengths ahead of the feuding cousins when he caught the backmarkers with nine laps remaining. He was taken out of lapped traffic late in the 23rd lap when Randy Tiner lost his top wing and crashed into the retaining wall in turn two. Swindell raced away from the field on the ensuing restart, and opened a half-straightaway lead within two laps. The caution flag was flying again two laps later, however, when a small oil fire forced Dion Hindi to stop his #11D Galles Chevrolet J&J on the front stretch. Greg Hodnett stopped on the back straightaway when the #11H Selma Shell Maxim ran out of fuel during the ensuing restart. As a result, the red flag replaced the yellow, preserving second place for Smith, who was also very low on fuel. The top wing on Joe Gaerte's #3G Stealth collapsed as the race resumed, causing him to hit the wall in turn three. Gaerte's crew replaced the wing and Joe restarted at the back of the pack. Jason Meyers crashed into the third-corner retaining wall as the green flag replaced the yellow, bringing out the final caution. Swindell immediately started rebuilding his lead as the race resumed, and was 10 car-lengths ahead of Smith when he took the checkered flag. Steve Kinser passed Mark for third place with a low move into turn three with three laps remaining. Jeff Swindell finished fifth, ahead of Danny Lasoski, Johnny Herrera, Andy Hillenburg, Dave Blaney and 18th-starting Craig Dollansky. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' fire-breathing, mud- slinging sprint car racing teams are scheduled to run a $75,000 event at San Jose Speedway Friday and Saturday. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Fifth Annual Harvest Classic Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA Sunday, August 31, Feature Program #57 First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Randy Tiner, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Bobby McMahan, 5. Jason Statler, 6. Sean Fenn, 7. Sparky Howard, 8. Jason York. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Craig Dollansky, 4. Paul McMahan, 5. Jason Meyers, 6. Kevin Pylant, 7. Steve Kent, 8. David Fowler. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature. Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Dion Hindi, 5. Ronnie Day, 6. Todd Bammer, 7. John McDonald, 8. Gary Geving. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Randy Hannagan, 4. Peter Murphy, 5. Brian Coelho, 6. Dave Lindt, Jr., 7. Erik Folger. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Ronnie Day, 2. Jason Meyers, 3. Steve Kent, 4. Kevin Pylant, 5. Sparky Howard ($200); 6. Brian Coelho ($175); 7. Jason Statler ($150); 8. Dave Lindt, Jr. ($125); 9. Sean Fenn ($100); 10. Todd Bammer ($90); 11. David Fowler ($80); 12. Jason York ($80); 13. Erik Folger ($70); 14. John McDonald ($60); 15. Gary Geving ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Sammy Swindell, Mark Kinser, Jac Haudenschild and Stevie Smith received the first four starting positions in the "A" Feature for scoring the most points in the preliminary programs. A Feature (30 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($16,000); 2. Stevie Smith ($10,000); 3. Steve Kinser ($5,500); 4. Mark Kinser ($4,600); 5. Jeff Swindell ($3,500); 6. Danny Lasoski ($2,760); 7. Johnny Herrera ($2,300); 8. Andy Hillenburg ($2,200); 9. Dave Blaney ($2,100); 10. Craig Dollansky ($2,000); 11. Paul McMahan ($1,700); 12. Peter Murphy ($1,600); 13. Donny Schatz ($1,450); 14. Bobby McMahan ($1,300); 15. Greg Hodnett ($1,200); 16. Randy Hannagan ($1,050); 17. Steve Kent ($1,020); 18. Dion Hindi ($700); 19. Kevin Pylant ($620); 20. Joe Gaerte ($600); 21. Jason Meyers ($620); 22. Randy Tiner ($600); 23. Jac Haudenschild ($600); 24. Ronnie Day ($620). Lap leader: Sammy Swindell 1-30 WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Jason Meyers , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jason Statler , Bobby McMahan , Peter Murphy , Jason York , Jeff Swindell