Eldora report 96-04-05

Sammy Takes Eldora Opener After Kinsers Crash By Richard Day ROSSBURG, OH (April 5) - What goes around, comes around. Sammy Swindell, who crashed out of the lead in two of the first five events this...

Sammy Takes Eldora Opener After Kinsers Crash By Richard Day ROSSBURG, OH (April 5) - What goes around, comes around. Sammy Swindell, who crashed out of the lead in two of the first five events this season, received the pole position after Steve and Mark Kinser crashed in Friday's Skoal Outlaw Series opener at Eldora Speedway and won the Preliminary Feature in flag-to-flag fashion. "We've got these preliminary nights figured out," Swindell said. "I just hope we can come back and win tomorrow." Sammy, the fourth-fastest qualifier in the 30-car field, started the feature behind Vivarin Dash winner Mark Kinser inside the second row. Steve Kinser, the runner-up in the dash, started next to his cousin, but flipped over the turn-one fence when they collided on the front straightaway just seconds after the green flag fell. With "The King of the Outlaws" out of the race and Mark's crew changing both tires on the left side of the #5M Wirtgen Maxim, Swindell and Danny Lasoski moved up to start the 20-lap race on the front row. Swindell drove his #1 ChannelLock Gambler away from the field as the green flag replaced the red, only to have Eldora's new one-lap record holder, Joey Saldana, stop on the track with a blown engine the next time around. Joey received the first EcoWater Quick-Time Award of his career earlier in the evening when he broke the qualifying standard with a 13.202-second run around the high-banked, 1/2-mile oval. The cool air - the temperature was 26 degrees when the green flag fell in the Preliminary Feature - mixed well with the fuel to create more horsepower for most of the engines in the pit area. But, at the same time, some of the power plants couldn't take the added horsepower. The extremely cool weather took its toll on at least three engines Friday night. Sammy opened a seven-car-length advantage within three laps after the second restart, and was entering lapped traffic when Brian Carlson crashed into the fence in the first corner. With an open track ahead of him, Swindell quickly put six car-lengths behind himself and his closest pursuers after the race resumed. Jeff Swindell was pressuring Stevie Smith for fourth place when Sammy caught the backmarkers again during the 12th lap. Sammy received the luxury of restarting in an uncluttered field after Joe Gaerte stopped on the front stretch with a blown engine early in lap 13. Swindell raced away from his closest pursuers as Third Quaker State Heat Race winner Dave Blaney moved in to challenge Lasoski for the runner-up spot on the final restart. Sammy was five car-lengths ahead with four laps remaining, and maintained that advantage until he took the checkered flag. "The Dude" held off Blaney for second place. Smith claimed the final automatic starting position in Saturday's Vivarin Dash by finishing fourth. Rounding out the top 10 in the Preliminary Feature were Jeff Swindell, Jac Haudenschild, First Quaker State Heat Race winner Andy Hillenburg, Dale Blaney, 23rd-starting Kenny Jacobs and Mark Kinser. Jeff's fifth-place finish, coupled with Mark's 10th-place run from the back of the pack, put them in a tie for the runner-up spot in the Skoal Outlaw Series point standings heading into Saturday's program. Haudenschild, the eighth-fastest qualifier, was unable to start the Second Quaker State Heat Race because the #22 Pennzoil Maxim suffered a broken fuel pump drive during the qualifying session. He came back to win the "B" Feature, however, then passed three sprinters in the evening's main event. The Kinser cousins' crash was reminiscent of the one they were involved in at Orange County Speedway last June 4th. They were heading for the checkered flag when they took each other out of that race. The unfortunate collision ended a frustrating night for "The King of the Outlaws," whose beautiful new Quaker State tow rig delayed racing for two hours as it got stuck entering the Eldora Speedway pit area. Kinser's equipment was finally pushed into the pits by a bull dozer. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH Friday, April 5, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Joey Saldana, Roth 83, 13.202 (new one-lap record); 2. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 13.252; 3. Danny Lasoski, Forbrook 5, 13.270; 4. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 13.295; 5. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.299; 6. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 13.325; 7. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 13.386; 8. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 13.417; 9. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 13.444; 10. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 13.501; 11. Van Gurley, Jr., Gurley 3B, 13.518; 12. Dale Blaney, Hughes 94, 13.538; 13. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 13.591; 14. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 13.608; 15. Byron Reed, B&S Racing 5R, 13.789; 16. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 13.823; 17. Danny Smith, Bodkins/Smith 00, 13.882; 18. Jeff Shepard, Wahlie 1W, 13.920; 19. Dean Jacobs, Davis 1F, 14.027; 20. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 14.047; 21. Jerry Slade, Slade 1CW, 14.192; 22. Jim Carr, Carr 7M, 14.234; 23. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11H, 14.269; 24. Brian Carlson, Carlson 18C, 14.408; 25. Tracy Hoover, Crowder/Hall 9H, 14.745; 26. Kent Wolters, Wolters 25, 14.789; 27. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23S, no time; 28. Kenny Jacobs, Ashworth 92, no time; 29. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, no time; 30. Tom Davies, Davies 44, no time. First Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Lance Blevins, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Joey Saldana, 6. Johnny Herrera, 7. Dean Jacobs, 8. Jim Carr, 9. Brian Paulus, 10. Tracy Hoover. (first six qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Danny Smith, 5. Dion Hindi, 6. Van Gurley, Jr., 7. Donny Schatz, 8. Kent Wolters. DNS - Jac Haudenschild, Kenny Jacobs. (first six qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Byron Reed, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Dale Blaney, 6. Frankie Kerr, 7. Jerry Slade, 8. Brian Carlson, 9. Jeff Shepard, 10. Tom Davies. (first six qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Dave Blaney, 7. Joey Saldana, 8. Jeff Swindell. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Kenny Jacobs, 3. Jerry Slade, 4. Jim Carr, 5. Brian Carlson, 6. Brian Paulus, 7. Kent Wolters ($160); 8. Donny Schatz ($135); 9. Dean Jacobs ($110); 10. Tom Davies ($85); 11. Jeff Shepard ($70); 12. Tracy Hoover ($60). (first six qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($4,010); 2. Danny Lasoski ($2,310); 3. Dave Blaney ($1,610); 4. Stevie Smith ($1,410); 5. Jeff Swindell ($1,260); 6. Jac Haudenschild ($1,170); 7. Andy Hillenburg ($1,110); 8. Dale Blaney ($1,060); 9. Kenny Jacobs ($1,045); 10. Mark Kinser ($1,010); 11. Lance Blevins ($910); 12. Johnny Herrera ($710); 13. Frankie Kerr ($610); 14. Dion Hindi ($510); 15. Van Gurley, Jr. ($310); 16. Danny Smith ($310); 17. Joe Gaerte ($260); 18. Byron Reed ($260); 19. Jim Carr ($280); 20. Brian Carlson ($280); 21. Jerry Slade ($280); 22. Brian Paulus ($280); 23. Joey Saldana ($260); 24. Steve Kinser ($260). Lap leader: Sammy Swindell 1-20 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Joey Saldana WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Kenny Jacobs , Brian Carlson , Brian Paulus , Dean Jacobs , Joey Saldana , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell