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Swindell Takes Points Lead With Eldora Victory By Richard Day ROSSBURG, OH (August 8) - The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points race took another turn Friday, just before sprint car racing entered its annual week...

Swindell Takes Points Lead With Eldora Victory By Richard Day ROSSBURG, OH (August 8) - The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points race took another turn Friday, just before sprint car racing entered its annual week of dual $100,000-to-win races. Sammy Swindell's victory in the "Night Before The Big One" event at Eldora Speedway pushed him into first place in the World of Outlaws driver standings. "We just try to go out and win races every night," Swindell said. "If you do that, the points will take care of themselves." With Swindell winning his 11th "A" Feature of the season and Steve Kinser finishing sixth at Eldora, Sammy will have a 12- point cushion when the 37th Annual Amoco Knoxville Nationals opens at Knoxville Raceway Wednesday. Swindell's #1 Channellock Gambler was the dominant car in the 37-car field from the beginning Friday. He received his seventh Channellock Fast-Time Award of the year for pacing the qualifying session with a 13.429-second qualifying lap. "The early number we drew (in qualifying) made a big difference for us tonight," Swindell said. "I think that's the first time we've drawn a number under 40 or 50 here in more than a year. The early number definitely helps here." Swindell also picked a low number for the inversion in the Vivarin Dash and earned the right to start the main event outside the front row by following Dave Blaney across the finish line in the five-lap race. Sammy and "The Buckeye Bullet" raced wheel-to-wheel down the front straightaway and into the first corner as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. Swindell surged ahead with a high move in turn two and opened a 12-car-length advantage within two laps. Jac Haudenschild was also on the move, driving the #22 Pennzoil Maxim into ninth place from his seventh-row starting position during the first 2 1/2 laps. Swindell was a half-straightaway ahead of his closest pursuers when he entered lapped traffic five laps into the race. Blaney narrowed the gap three laps later when Sammy slowed behind a pack of backmarkers. Haudenschild and Mark Kinser raced through the field as Sammy extended his lead. By the 12th lap, "The Wild Child" was running sixth while Mark was in 10th place, having passed five cars. Swindell increased his comfort zone to more than a half- straightaway during the race's middle stages. A 17th-lap caution for Greg Hodnett's flat right rear tire tightened the field, however. Danny Lasoski surrendered seventh place when his crew replaced his flat right rear tire during the caution period. Sammy raced away from the field as the green flag replaced the yellow and opened a half-straightaway advantage within two laps. Haudenschild continued his run toward the front, putting a slide move on Kenny Jacobs in the second corner to take over fifth place early in lap 19. Steve Kinser was in third place when a flat right rear tire forced him to stop his #11 Quaker State Maxim in turn two with nine laps remaining. When asked about the cautions, Swindell said, "You're always worried when you have somebody like Dave behind you, but I'd rather have the open track the cautions give you. This Channellock car was pretty strong, and my guys were telling me I was pulling away on the restarts. I knew I could get a lead built back up with an open track. We caught a lot of the lapped traffic in the right place and it didn't seem to slow us down a whole lot." Haudenschild and Mark Kinser battled for fourth place throughout the final eight laps. Mark steered the #5M Wirtgen Maxim into the low groove on the back straightaway to pass "The Wild Child" midway through the 24th lap. After a lap-26 caution for debris on the front straightaway, Mark and Haudenschild raced side-by-side through turn four and down the front stretch before Kinser surged ahead. A mechanical problem forced Jeff Swindell to stop the #7TW Gold Eagle J&J on the back straightaway with three laps remaining. Sammy controlled the ensuing restart and took the checkered flag with Blaney racing into the third corner. "We were blessed here tonight and put some of the bad luck behind us," Swindell said. "The car has been real strong all year long. There have just been some bad things happen to us that might have cost us some wins." Andy Hillenburg finished in third place, ahead of Mark Kinser, Haudenschild, Steve Kinser, Charlie Fisher, Jacobs, Dale Blaney and Frankie Kerr. Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Rookie of the Year candidate Donny Schatz' string of bad luck continued. Engine problems plagued the #15 Blue Beacon Gambler in time trials, then trouble with the fuel system kept Schatz from qualifying for the main event in the Third Heat Race. Starting at the back of the "B" Feature, Donny passed four cars but still finished in 11th place. Paul McMahan finished 19th and closed to within 89 points of Schatz as Donny missed his second "A" Feature in the last three events. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "Night Before The Historic Big One" Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH Friday, August 8, Feature Program #51 Qualifications: 1. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 13.429; 2. Dean Jacobs, Jacobs 1F, 13.553; 3. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.565; 4. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23S, 15.572; 5. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 13.567; 6. Garry Brazier, Brazier 1AU, 13.577; 7. Kenny Jacobs, Ashworth 92, 13.586; 8. Danny Lasoski, Black 1Z, 13.588; 9. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 13.590; 10. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 13.600; 11. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 13.606; 12. Charlie Fisher, Fisher 48, 13.613; 13. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 13.643; 14. Dale Blaney, Hughes 94, 13.718; 15. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 13.773; 16. Joey Saldana, Gray 51, 13.799; 17. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 13.818; 18. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 13.820; 19. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 13.831; 20. Craig Dollansky, Wahlie 1W, 13.866; 21. Todd Kane, Kane 99, 13.884; 22. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 13.901; 23. Kevin Huntley, Daugherty 7, 13.996; 24. Danny Smith, Smith 4, 14.000; 25. Byron Reed, R&R Racing 5R, 14.015; 26. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 14.024; 27. Keith Kauffman, Johnson U2, 14.032; 28. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 14.070; 29. Jason Statler, Statler/Rios 00, 14.122; 30. Steve Suever, Burgoon 2B, 14.153; 31. James Fisher, Fisher 48J, 14.171; 32. Tim Shaffer, J&M Motorsports 55, 14.185; 33. Larry Neighbors, Neighbors 29W, 14.322; 34. Brian Carlson, Carlson 18, 14.332; 35. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 14.772; 36. Art Wendt, Wendt 77W, 15.065; 37. Kent Wolters, Wolters 12, 15.476. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Dave Blaney, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. Byron Reed, 7. Todd Kane, 8. Larry Neighbors, 9. Jason Statler, 10. Kent Wolters. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Dale Blaney, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Tyler Walker, 6. Dean Jacobs, 7. Garry Brazier, 8. Steve Suever, 9. Brian Carlson. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Kenny Jacobs, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Keith Kauffman, 6. Paul McMahan, 7. Kevin Huntley, 8. James Fisher, 9. Donny Schatz. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joey Saldana, 2. Craig Dollansky, 3. Charlie Fisher, 4. Danny Smith, 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Frankie Kerr, 7. Tim Shaffer, 8. Art Wendt, 9. Dion Hindi. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Kenny Jacobs, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Greg Hodnett, 7. Danny Lasoski, 8. Charlie Fisher. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Paul McMahan, 2. Garry Brazier, 3. Dean Jacobs, 4. Frankie Kerr, 5. Kevin Huntley ($200); 6. Steve Suever ($180); 7. Todd Kane ($150); 8. Byron Reed ($110); 9. Tim Shaffer ($90); 10. James Fisher ($80); 11. Donny Schatz ($60); 12. Dion Hindi ($50); 13. Larry Neighbors ($50); 14. Jason Statler ($50); 15. Brian Carlson ($50); 16. Kent Wolters ($50); 17. Art Wendt ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($7,000); 2. Dave Blaney ($4,000); 3. Andy Hillenburg ($3,000); 4. Mark Kinser ($2,500); 5. Jac Haudenschild ($2,300); 6. Steve Kinser ($2,200); 7. Charlie Fisher ($2,100); 8. Kenny Jacobs ($2,000); 9. Dale Blaney ($1,700); 10. Frankie Kerr ($1,620); 11. Greg Hodnett ($1,200); 12. Stevie Smith ($1,150); 13. Johnny Herrera ($1,100); 14. Garry Brazier ($1,070); 15. Keith Kauffman ($1,000); 16. Joe Gaerte ($700); 17. Danny Smith ($600); 18. Tyler Walker ($500); 19. Paul McMahan ($520); 20. Dean Jacobs ($520); 21. Jeff Swindell ($500); 22. Danny Lasoski ($500); 23. Joey Saldana ($500); 24. Craig Dollansky ($500). Lap leader: Sammy Swindell 1-30 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Sammy Swindell WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Kenny Jacobs , Tyler Walker , Larry Neighbors , Brian Carlson , Dean Jacobs , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jason Statler , Jeff Swindell