Chico Second Gold Cup Preliminary Review

Hillenburg Wins Second Gold Cup Preliminary By Richard Day CHICO, CA (September 17) - Andy Hillenburg took a big step toward his third Gold Cup Race of Champions title Friday when he won his third ...

Hillenburg Wins Second Gold Cup Preliminary By Richard Day CHICO, CA (September 17) - Andy Hillenburg took a big step toward his third Gold Cup Race of Champions title Friday when he won his third preliminary feature of the season. Hillenburg, who won the prestigious race at Silver Dollar Speedway in 1994 and 1995, passed Danny Lasoski for the lead during the fourth lap and held off 1993 champion Stevie Smith to win the second preliminary feature of the 46th Annual Gold Cup. "This feels good, especially the way we've been running," Andy said. "'Diesel' (Keith Carlson) did a good job getting (Tyler Walker's former crew chief) Ricky Warner hired. He's wanted to hire him for a couple of years now, and they had that car rolling around here so easy tonight it made my job easy. This car was so good tonight." Hillenburg was strong in every phase of the racing program, qualifying third-quick, winning the Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race from outside the third row and claiming the $5,000 first prize in the evening's main event. Hillenburg earned the right to start the preliminary feature inside the second row by following Tim Shaffer and Lasoski across the finish line in the Channellock Dash. Lasoski took the lead by driving the #83 Beef Packers Eagle around Shaffer as the green flag fell in the feature. Hillenburg took the low line into the second corner to pass Shaffer several seconds later. Nine-time Gold Cup champion Steve Kinser collided with Peter Murphy in turn three early in the second lap. The caution flag fell when Murphy stopped in the fourth corner. Hillenburg challenged "The Dude" for the lead as the green flag replaced the yellow. He passed Lasoski deep in turn one the next time around, only to have Danny regain first place with a low move in the fourth corner. Not to be denied, Hillenburg steered his #2 Luxaire J&J into the high groove and took the lead for good with a turn-three pass of Lasoski late in the fourth lap. Hillenburg was five car-lengths ahead of Lasoski when he entered lapped traffic two laps later. "The Dude" and Shaffer narrowed the gap in dense lapped traffic during lap eight, however. Shaffer almost passed Lasoski by steering the #11H Vivarin Maxim to the lowest point in the second corner two laps later. Smith, the Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner, challenged Shaffer for third place the next time around. Mechanical problems in the #7K Kele & Associates Maxim forced Brooke Tatnell to stop in turn one early in the 12th lap. Smith won a back-straightaway drag race with Shaffer to take over third place as the race resumed. Hillenburg caught the backmarkers again within three laps, and was eight car-lengths ahead of Lasoski. Shaffer passed Smith for third early in the 18th lap, only to have Stevie come back to regain the position with an inside move in turn two. Smith continued his run toward the front by steering his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit into the high groove between the third and fourth corners to pass Lasoski for second place later in the 19th lap. "B" Feature winner Jim Skinner took the leaders out of lapped traffic with five laps remaining when he stopped in turn four. Hillenburg controlled the ensuing restart, and was 10 car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers when he entered lapped traffic again with two laps remaining. Smith was six car-lengths behind when Andy took the checkered flag. "It's not too hard running side-by-side with Danny, because you know he'll race you hard, but he'll race you clean," Hillenburg said. "Tomorrow's a long night, and anything can happen at the Gold Cup. Chico's been good to me before. I just hope it's good tomorrow night." Lasoski finished in third place, ahead of Shaffer, Jac Haudenschild, Dale Blaney, Jeff Swindell, Tommy Tarlton, Kinser and Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Mark Kinser, who started outside the 11th row. Smith received his second Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the season after coming within .009 seconds of breaking Mark Kinser's 11 1/2-year old single-lap record with an 11.894-second lap around the semi- banked, 1/4-mile oval. A first-corner collision with "The Dude" on the first lap of the Channellock Dash sent Swindell and the #104+ Octane Boost J&J flipping. His crew repaired the car quickly, allowing Jeff to start the feature. WoO 1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series 46th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions Silver Dollar Speedway, Chico, CA Friday, September 17, Preliminary Program #2 Vivarin qualifications: 1. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 11.894; 2. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 12.116; 3. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 12.160; 4. Dale Blaney, Holbrook 8H, 12.219; 5. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 12.248; 6. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 12.364; 7. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 12.413; 8. Greg Decaires, Baily 17B, 12.434; 9. Tommy Tarlton, Tarlton 21T, 12.452; 10. Brad Furr, Furr 2F, 12.488; 11. Peter Murphy, Williams 40, 12.606; 12. Duane Bonini, Jr., Bonini 72, 12.726; 13. Steve Osbourne, Brown 2T, 12.726; 14. Jim Skinner, Skinner 73, 12.760; 15. Graydon Cross, Cross 8C, 12.774; 16. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 12.818; 17. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 12.836; 18. Toni Lutar, Lutar 4, 12.859; 19. Scooter Lambert, Gorden 1C, 12.873; 20. Marc Zieske, Z&Z Racing 10Z, 12.885; 21. Roger Crockett, Crockett 11C, 12.898; 22. Billy Wallace, Jacobson 30W, 12.936; 23. Lee Brewer, Jr., Brewer 1ST, 12.971; 24. Andy Forsberg, Forsberg 92, 13.025; 25. Kevin Lovell, Lovell 81, 13.028; 26. Colby Weisz, Weisz 21N, 13.028; 27. Jerry Bonema, Bonema 58, 13.070; 28. Joey Magaruh, Magaruh 77J, 13.090; 29. Eric Rossi, Wright 35W, 13.156; 30. John McDonald, McDonald 78, 13.169; 31. Roy Rasmussen, Rasmussen 74, 13.243; 32. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 13.275; 33. Jonathan Allard, Owens 8B, 13.314; 34. Mark Cooper, Cooper 5C, 13.400; 35. Shane Scott, Danielson 7D, 13.412; 36. Jeff Young, Young 17, 13.418; 37. Ron McBride, Tiner 83x, 13.478; 38. Rich Tiner, Tiner 83T, 13.514; 39. Dennis Farr, Prather 3D, 13.715; 40. Daniel Hood, Hood 33, 13.725; 41. Tony Souza, Souza 1T, 13.757; 42. Dennis Harvey, Harvey 14K, 13.760; 43. Gerald Hopping, Hopping 23, 13.892; 44. Carl Enns, Enns 80, 13.917; 45. Mike Wasina, Jr., Wasina 7W, 13.924; 46. Chris Scott, Jone 1M, 13.925; 47. Butch Bahr, Bahr 25T, 13.942; 48. Pat Desbiens, Desbiens 4D, 14.059; 49. Mike Saber, Saber 4S, 14.234; 50. Jim Marsh, Marsh 28, 14.714. First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Tim Shaffer, 2. Tommy Tarlton, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Greg Decaires, 6. Eric Rossi, 7. Roger Crockett, 8. Tony Souza, 9. Colby Weisz, 10. Mike Saber, 11. Mike Wasina, Jr., 12. Ron McBride. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Brooke Tatnell, 3. Brad Furr, 4. Graydon Cross, 5. Toni Lutar, 6. Billy Wallace, 7. Kevin Lovell, 8. Rich Tiner, 9. Dennis Harvey, 10. Mark Cooper, 11. Chris Scott, 12. John McDonald, 13. Jim Marsh. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Peter Murphy, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Lee Brewer, Jr., 5. Scooter Lambert, 6. Shane Scott, 7. Jerry Bonema, 8. Gerald Hopping, 9. Roy Rasmussen, 10. Jim Skinner, 11. Dennis Farr, 12. Butch Bahr. DNS - Jonathan Allard. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Dale Blaney, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Andy Forsberg, 5. Jeff Young, 6. Duane Bonini, Jr., 7. Pat Desbiens, 8. Carl Enns, 9. Daniel Hood, 10. Steve Osbourne, 11. Marc Zieske, 12. Joey Magaruh. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Channellock Dash (seven laps): 1. Tim Shaffer, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Dale Blaney, 5. Jac Haudenschild, 6. Stevie Smith, 7. Brooke Tatnell, 8. Jeff Swindell. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Tony Souza, 2. Rich Tiner, 3. Daniel Hood ($100); 4. Chris Scott ($80); 5. Butch Bahr ($60); 6. Gerald Hopping ($50); 7. Carl Enns ($40); 8. Jim Marsh ($30); 9. Mike Saber ($25); 10. Pat Desbiens ($25); 11. Dennis Harvey ($25); 12. Shane Scott ($25); 13. Dennis Farr ($25); 14. Ron McBride ($25); 15. Mike Wasina, Jr. ($25). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Jim Skinner, 2. Colby Weisz, 3. Eric Rossi, 4. Mark Cooper, 5. Billy Wallace ($150); 6. John McDonald ($125); 7. Kevin Lovell ($100); 8. Tony Souza ($95); 9. Steve Osbourne ($60); 10. Roy Rasmussen ($50); 11. Rich Tiner ($60); 12. Duane Bonini, Jr. ($40); 13. Jerry Bonema ($40); 14. Marc Zieske ($40); 15. Roger Crockett ($40); 16. Joey Magaruh ($40). (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) A Feature (25 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg ($5,000); 2. Stevie Smith (2,500); 3. Danny Lasoski ($1,700); 4. Tim Shaffer ($1,500); 5. Jac Haudenschild ($1,350); 6. Dale Blaney ($1,250); 7. Jeff Swindell ($1,200); 8. Tommy Tarlton ($1,100); 9. Steve Kinser ($1,075); 10. Mark Kinser ($1,050); 11. Eric Rossi ($1,020); 12. Brad Furr ($900); 13. Greg Decaires ($800); 14. Lee Brewer, Jr. ($700); 15. Peter Murphy ($600); 16. Scooter Lambert ($500); 17. Toni Lutar ($400); 18. Graydon Cross ($400); 19. Andy Forsberg ($400); 20. Jim Skinner ($420); 21. Colby Weisz ($420); 22. Jeff Young ($400); 23. Mark Cooper ($420); 24. Brooke Tatnell ($400). Lap leaders: Danny Lasoski 1-3, Andy Hillenburg 4-25 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Stevie Smith WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Tyler Walker , Brooke Tatnell , Jonathan Allard , Toni Lutar , Kevin Love , Jac Haudenschild , Peter Murphy , Andy Forsberg , Roger Crockett , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams