Elma report 96-08-24

'Bullet' Stops Winless Streak in Elma Event By Richard Day ELMA, WA (August 24) - When Dave Blaney stepped out of the ...

'Bullet' Stops Winless Streak in Elma Event By Richard Day ELMA, WA (August 24) - When Dave Blaney stepped out of the #10 Vivarin J&J in victory lane at Elma National Raceway Saturday night, he acted as though he never thought he would get there. "I don't get here very often anymore," the defending Skoal Outlaw Series champion told the record crowd. "I didn't know if this one was ever going to get over with." Blaney's first victory in the last 21 World of Outlaws events did take some time to complete. After two reds and one caution period delayed the final two laps, "The Buckeye Bullet" took the checkered flag with three car-lengths to spare. Blaney, whose previous victory came on June 25th at Tulsa Speedway, was 1 3/4 laps from his sixth victory of the season when Greg Brown turned over in the first corner and was hit by Skoal Outlaw Series points leader Mark Kinser. The crash set up a two-lap dash to the checkered flag. "The Buckeye Bullet" was four car-lengths ahead of Steve Kinser with less than half-a-lap remaining when Fourth Heat Race winner Andy Hillenburg and his #2 STP J&J flipped in turn two. The red flag was thrown, bringing about another green-white- checker situation. The inevitable was delayed yet again when Joey Saldana, Steve Beitler and Second Heat Race winner Greg Hodnett spun and collided in the fourth corner. "The King of the Outlaws" was unable to keep pace with Blaney on the final restart and held off Preliminary Feature winner Sammy Swindell for the runner-up spot. Blaney took the high line around Swindell as the green flag fell in the World of Outlaws' 51st "A" Feature of the season, and opened a five-car-length advantage within three laps. Swindell was challenging "The Buckeye Bullet" for the lead when Trev Wilson flipped on the back straightaway halfway through the fifth lap. Mark Kinser challenged Sammy for second place while Jeff Swindell threatened to pass Steve Kinser for fourth as the race resumed. Blaney was three car-lengths ahead of Sammy when he entered lapped traffic early in the 10th lap. Although Swindell caught him in turn four, he was unable to make the pass for the lead. Sammy threatened to drive his #1 ChannelLock Gambler into the lead in dense lapped traffic four laps later, but "The Buckeye Bullet" was equal to the challenge. Blaney opened a five-car- length advantage as he cleared the backmarkers during lap 16. A three-car battle for the runner-up spot raged through the race's middle stages as Mark caught Sammy and Steve caught Mark. Blaney's advantage was 10 car-lengths as Swindell and the Kinser cousins raced nose-to-tail through lapped traffic with 18 laps remaining. "The Buckeye Bullet" was 10 car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers when Steve drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim past Sammy on the back straightaway during the 24th lap. Then "The King of the Outlaws" started reeling in the leader. He narrowed the gap to eight car-lengths by lap 28 and was within four car-lengths the next time around. Blaney increased his advantage when he took the low line into the first corner to pass a pair of backmarkers early in lap 32, only to have Kinser catch him in dense lapped traffic two laps later. Keeping his #11 in the high groove, "The King of the Outlaws" challenged Blaney for the lead in lapped traffic until less than two laps remained and the red and yellow flags started flying. "The Buckeye Bullet" beat Kinser on the final restart to claim the $9,000 first prize. The Swindell brothers - Sammy and Jeff - finished third and fourth, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 in the main event were Elma's new one-lap record holder, Joe Gaerte, Stevie Smith, Lance Blevins, 13th-starting Johnny Herrera, Mark Kinser and Jim Carr. Gaerte sliced .073 seconds off the one-lap record Blaney set 24 hours earlier with a 13.831-second qualifying run around the high-banked, 3/8-mile oval. Carr, the Skoal Outlaw Series' Rookie of the Year in 1991, missed Friday's preliminary program as his crew put a new #7M American Fire Extinguishers Maxim together. He came back strong Saturday, qualifying seventh-quick and finishing 10th in the "A" Feature. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Elma National Raceway, Elma, WA Saturday, August 24, Feature Program #51 Qualifications: 1. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 13.831 (new one- lap record); 2. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 14.053; 3. Travis Cram, Cram 92, 14.088; 4. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.114; 5. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 14.119; 6. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 14.183; 7. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 14.256; 8. Steve Beitler, Beitler 21x, 14.270; 9. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 14.281; 10. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 14.301; 11. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 14.515; 12. Joey Saldana, Stanton 75, 14.706; 13. Kirk Fellers, Fellers 77, 14.759; 14. Randy Ridge, Mann 88, 14.801; 15. Shawna Wilskey, Wilskey 56JR, 14.836; 16. James Grantham, Jr., Grantham 28G, 14.857; 17. Trev Wilson, Wilson 5W, 14.861; 18. Marc Huson, Huson 3D, 14.875; 19. Glenn Borden, Sr., Borden 72, 14.875; 20. Vern Reagen, Reagen 7R, 14.902; 21. Glenn Borden, Jr., Kufahl 67, 14.910; 22. Greg Brown, Pagel 44R, 15.044; 23. Steve Tupper, D&S Enterprises 48, 15.157; 24. Jay Cole, Cole 0J, 15.227; 25. Mike Zvono, Zvono 85, 15.240; 26. Donny Fry, Fry 3, 15.306; 27. Ron Reed, Reed 97C, 15.337; 28. Brian Coy, Coy 6, 15.387; 29. Kenny Cope, Pederson 5, 15.419; 30. John McDonald, McDonald 78, 15.451; 31. Todd Von Stroberg, Von Stroberg 9, 15.466; 32. Stormy Glick, Glick 20, 15.555; 33. Clint Houston, Houston 25, 15.639; 34. Michael Thompson, Thompson 32, 16.102. First Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Kirk Fellers, 5. Trev Wilson, 6. Glenn Borden, Jr., 7. Mike Zvono, 8. Kenny Cope, 9. Clint Houston. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Lance Blevins, 4. Greg Brown, 5. Randy Ridge, 6. John McDonald, 7. Donny Fry, 8. Marc Huson, 9. Michael Thompson. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Shawna Wilskey, 2. Brian Paulus, 3. Travis Cram, 4. Jim Carr, 5. Glenn Borden, Sr., 6. Steve Tupper, 7. Ron Reed, 8. Todd Von Stroberg. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Joey Saldana, 3. Steve Beitler, 4. Brian Coy, 5. Jay Cole, 6. James Grantham, Jr., 7. Stormy Glick. DNS - Vern Reagen. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Sammy Swindell, Dave Blaney, Mark Kinser and Steve Kinser for the first four starting positions in the Vivarin Dash. Vivarin Dash (seven laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Jeff Swindell. (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Marc Huson, 2. Randy Ridge, 3. Trev Wilson, 4. James Grantham, Jr., 5. Jay Cole ($210); 6. Mike Zvono ($185); 7. Glenn Borden, Sr. ($160); 8. Steve Tupper ($110); 9. Donny Fry ($100); 10. Kenny Cope ($90); 11. Ron Reed ($70); 12. Todd Von Stroberg ($60); 13. Clint Houston ($60); 14. Stormy Glick ($60); 15. John McDonald ($60); 16. Michael Thompson ($60); 17. Glenn Borden, Jr. ($60); 18. Vern Reagen ($60). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (40 laps): 1. Dave Blaney ($9,000); 2. Steve Kinser ($5,000); 3. Sammy Swindell ($3,300); 4. Jeff Swindell ($3,010); 5. Joe Gaerte ($2,260); 6. Stevie Smith ($2,085); 7. Lance Blevins ($1,810); 8. Johnny Herrera ($1,710); 9. Mark Kinser ($1,500); 10. Jim Carr ($1,410); 11. Travis Cram ($1,210); 12. Brian Paulus ($1,110); 13. Marc Huson ($1,080); 14. Greg Hodnett ($1,010); 15. Shawna Wilskey ($710); 16. Andy Hillenburg ($610); 17. Joey Saldana ($510); 18. Steve Beitler ($510); 19. Randy Ridge ($530); 20. Brian Coy ($510); 21. Greg Brown ($510); 22. James Grantham, Jr. ($530); 23. Kirk Fellers ($510); 24. Trev Wilson ($530). Lap leader: Dave Blaney 1-40 WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Shawna Wilskey , Mark Kinser , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Brian Paulus , Joey Saldana , Dave Blaney , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell