Calistoga report 98-09-04

Haudenschild Takes Harvest Classic Opener By Richard Day CALISTOGA, CA (September 4) - It was no surprise to see Jac Haudenschild and Stevie Smith battling for the lead in the Preliminary Feature Friday on opening...

Haudenschild Takes Harvest Classic Opener By Richard Day CALISTOGA, CA (September 4) - It was no surprise to see Jac Haudenschild and Stevie Smith battling for the lead in the Preliminary Feature Friday on opening night of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' Sixth Annual Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway. After all, they have won more races this season than ever before. Haudenschild and Smith started side-by-side on the front row, and exchanged first place three times before Jac won his third Preliminary Feature of the year. "The Elden Pennzoil car felt good tonight," Haudenschild, winner of nine "A" Features, said. "As close as it (the competition) has been with the World of Outlaws lately, you have to run hard every night." Haudenschild and Smith, the seventh- and eighth-fastest qualifier in the 33-car field, received the luxury of starting the Channellock Dash on the front row when Andy Hillenburg and Randy Hannagan failed to qualify for the Preliminary Feature in their Racing Champions Heat Races. Haudenschild earned the right to start the feature on the pole by winning his 11th Channellock Dash of the season. Smith, the series leader with 12 "A" Feature victories, steered his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit around Jac and took the lead as the green flag fell in the Preliminary Feature. He was a half-straightaway ahead of Haudenschild when he entered lapped traffic five laps into the 20-lap race. Haudenschild, who won a Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series main event at Calistoga Speedway on September 10, 1989, caught Smith in dense lapped traffic late in the sixth lap. Jac passed him with an inside move in the first corner the next time around, only to have Stevie drive by back high in turn two seconds later. Steve Kent lost a cylinder in the #10 sprinter early in the eighth lap and stopped on the front straightaway. A collision with Peter Murphy on the ensuing restart sent First Racing Champions Heat Race winner Donny Schatz flipping. The crash destroyed Schatz' new #15 Blue Beacon Gambler. Smith raced away from the field as the green flag replaced the red, and had a 12-car-length advantage when he caught the backmarkers again during the 14th lap. Haudenschild caught Stevie in dense traffic two laps later, however, and steered the #22 Pennzoil Maxim to the lowest point in the second corner to take the lead. Hillenburg, who won the "B" Feature, started the evening's main event inside the fifth row. He passed Paul McMahan for fifth midway through the race and claimed fourth place with a first- corner pass of Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Danny Lasoski with 3 3/4 laps remaining. Haudenschild maintained a comfortable advantage during the final three laps and took the checkered flag with seven car- lengths to spare. "I had a run on him (Smith) in traffic early, but he was good on the top coming off turn two," Jac explained. "We didn't really change anything on the red. We just waited until we got back into traffic to get another shot." Sammy Swindell, who won all three races in the 1997 Harvest Classic, finished in third place. Completing the top 10 in the opening-night Preliminary Feature were Hillenburg, Lasoski, Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings leader Steve Kinser, McMahan, Jeff Swindell, Hannagan and Johnny Herrera. Lasoski received his eighth Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the season after pacing the qualifying session with a 16.484-second, 109.197-m.p.h. lap around the semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval. The Harvest Classic got off to a rather rocky start for Manufacturers Rookie of the Year candidates Tyler Walker and Dale Blaney. Walker's #35 Air Sep Eagle suffered a blown engine during the hot-lap session. His crew replaced the power plant quickly and he qualified 18th-quick, won the Second Racing Champions Heat Race and passed four cars to finish 13th in the Preliminary Feature. Blaney wasn't nearly as fortune. A steering malfunction in the #93 Amoco J&J caused him to flip in the third corner with 2 1/3 laps remaining in the First Racing Champions Heat Race. Although he was uninjured in the crash, Blaney watched the remainder of the opening-night festivities from the pit area. WoO 1998 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Sixth Annual Harvest Classic Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA Friday, September 4, Preliminary Program #1 Qualifications: 1. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 16.484; 2. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 16.637; 3. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.667; 4. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 16.675; 5. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 16.706; 6. Randy Hannagan, THR 1x, 16.713; 7. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 16.768; 8. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 16.810; 9. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 16.815; 10. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 16.888; 11. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 17.018; 12. Randy Tiner, Tiner 83T, 17.084; 13. Dale Blaney, Hylton/Blaney 93, 17.096; 14. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 17.106; 15. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 17.129; 16. Calvin Landis, Landis 70, 17.171; 17. Peter Murphy, Williams 0, 17.185; 18. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 17.189; 19. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 17.200; 20. Sean Fenn, Fenn 36, 17.287; 21. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 17.404; 22. Brent Kaeding, M&M Racing 2M, 17.438; 23. Steve Coelho, Coelho 6C, 17.490; 24. Steve Kent, McMillen/Mitchel 10, 17.514; 25. Duane Bonini, Jr., Bonini 72, 17.542; 26. Tommy Tarlton, Tarlton 21T, 17.703; 27. Brian Coelho, Coelho 5C, 17.733; 28. Ronnie Day, Schwartz 7S, 17.827; 29. David Fowler, Owens/Fowler 24F, 17.833; 30. Sparky Howard, Papola 6, 17.958; 31. Greg Decaires, Orth 24, 18.049; 32. Darrick Lucchesi, Lucchesi 10L, 19.305; 33. Roger Crockett, Crockett 7N, no time. First Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Peter Murphy, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. David Fowler, 7. Duane Bonini, Jr., 8. Dale Blaney, 9. Roger Crockett. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Tyler Walker, 2. Brent Kaeding, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Lance Blevins, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Randy Hannagan, 7. Tommy Tarlton, 8. Sparky Howard. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Steve Coelho, 3. Tim Shaffer, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Jac Haudenschild, 6. Andy Hillenburg, 7. Greg Decaires, 8. Brian Coelho. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Randy Tiner, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Steve Kent, 4. Paul McMahan, 5. Calvin Landis, 6. Sean Fenn, 7. Ronnie Day, 8. Darrick Lucchesi. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Paul McMahan, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Steve Kinser, 7. Jeff Swindell, 8. Mark Kinser. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Randy Hannagan, 3. Duane Bonini, Jr., 4. Brian Coelho, 5. Sean Fenn ($150); 6. Tommy Tarlton ($125); 7. Greg Decaires ($100); 8. David Fowler ($75); 9. Sparky Howard ($60); 10. Ronnie Day ($50); 11. Dale Blaney ($40); 12. Darrick Lucchesi ($40); 13. Roger Crockett ($40). (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild ($4,500); 2. Stevie Smith ($2,500); 3. Sammy Swindell ($1,700); 4. Andy Hillenburg ($1,520); 5. Danny Lasoski ($1,350); 6. Steve Kinser ($1,250); 7. Paul McMahan ($1,200); 8. Jeff Swindell ($1,100); 9. Randy Hannagan ($1,095); 10. Johnny Herrera ($1,050); 11. Mark Kinser ($1,000); 12. Randy Tiner ($800); 13. Tyler Walker ($700); 14. Tim Shaffer ($630); 15. Lance Blevins ($400); 16. Brent Kaeding ($300); 17. Steve Coelho ($300); 18. Calvin Landis ($300); 19. Brian Coelho ($320); 20. Joe Gaerte ($300); 21. Steve Kent ($300); 22. Duane Bonini, Jr. ($320); 23. Peter Murphy ($300); 24. Donny Schatz ($300). Lap leaders: Stevie Smith 1-15, Jac Haudenschild 16-20 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Danny Lasoski WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Tyler Walker , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Peter Murphy , Roger Crockett , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams