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Swindell Completes Sweep of Grays Harbor Event By Richard Day ELMA, WA (August 23) - Sammy Swindell increased his advantage in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series driver point standings Saturday when he completed his...

Swindell Completes Sweep of Grays Harbor Event By Richard Day ELMA, WA (August 23) - Sammy Swindell increased his advantage in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series driver point standings Saturday when he completed his sweep of the double-feature event at Grays Harbor Raceway Park. Swindell's second double-feature sweep of the season pushed him 26 points ahead of Dave Blaney in their battle for the lead in the 1997 World of Outlaws' championship. Fourteen-time champion Steve Kinser is only 33 points out of first place. Swindell won his 16th Vivarin Dash of the year for the right to start Saturday's 30-lap main event on the pole. He fell behind outside polesitter Steve Kinser as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature, however. Sammy drove his #1 Channellock Gambler into the low groove in turns one and two, then in the fourth corner later in the opening lap, but couldn't pass "The King of the Outlaws" for the lead. Kinser opened an eight car-length advantage within four laps, and was approaching lapped traffic when Jay Smith took his #21H sprinter for a spin in the first corner two laps later. "The King of the Outlaws" raced away from the field as the green flag replaced the yellow, and returned to his eight-car- length comfort zone by the 10th lap. The leaders were catching the backmarkers again late in the 11th lap when the #22 Pennzoil Maxim suffered a flat right rear tire, forcing Jac Haudenschild to stop on the back straightaway. "The Wild Child" surrendered fourth place and restarted at the back of the pack. Blaney, who won the World of Outlaws' first race at Elma's high-banked, 3/8-mile oval last August 24th, challenged Channellock Fast-Time Award winner Stevie Smith as the race resumed. The battle for third place raged until Haudenschild and Marc Huson collided on the back stretch and collected Dion Hindi midway through the 13th lap. Although "The Wild Child" and Hindi turned over, both managed to restart the feature. The green flag flew for only a few seconds before Joe Gaerte and Paul McMahan collided in turn one. Jeff Swindell was unable to steer the #7TW Gold Eagle J&J clear of the crash and flipped. "The Buckeye Bullet" passed Smith for third place with a low move into turn three as the green flag replaced the red. Swindell caught Kinser on the back straightaway the next time around and took the low line through turns three and four to take over first place. Sammy was 10 car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers when he entered lapped traffic during the 18th lap. A broken front suspension forced Haudenschild to coast into the pit area midway through the race. Smith caught Blaney during lap 22, and regained third place with a low move into the first corner the next time around. Swindell opened a full-straightaway advantage by the 25th lap, only to have Dale Smith stop on the back stretch and bring out the caution flag two laps later. As the race resumed, Craig Dollansky and Donny Schatz were battling for fifth place when their collision in the first corner turned Dollansky sideways in front of Andy Hillenburg and Mark Kinser. Although Hillenburg and Kinser hit the #1W Conn West Maxim, Dollansky continued racing. The front-end damage the #2 STP J&J and the #5M Wirtgen Maxim suffered put Andy and Mark out of the race. Dollansky regained fifth place with a high move through turns three and four late in lap 32. Schatz caught Dollansky three laps later and raced wheel-to-wheel with him into the fourth corner, but was unable to surge ahead. Swindell opened a 10-car-length advantage with five laps remaining, only to have Kinser narrow the gap to three car- lengths in dense lapped traffic three laps later. Schatz, the leader in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Rookie of the Year standings, continued to battle Dollansky during the final three laps but was unable to maneuver the #15 Blue Beacon Gambler into fifth place. Swindell, racing for his third World of Outlaws title, was four car-lengths ahead of Kinser when he took the checkered flag. "The track got better as the race went on," Sammy explained. "We were too tight in the beginning, and I just had to hope Steve made a mistake. He missed the line a little once, and I was able to get right up on him. We were able to get through traffic for the most part, but there was one car a little tough to get by and we ended up having to go to the top. That let Steve close up a little, but the Channellock Gambler felt pretty good at the end." Smith held off Blaney for third place. Completing the top 10 were Dollansky, Schatz, Joe Gaerte, 12th-starting Greg Hodnett, Randy Hannagan and Johnny Herrera. From Elma, the World of Outlaws heads to Oregon for the final two stops on the series' annual Wild, Wild Northwest tour. The series' fire-breathing, mud-slinging sprint car racing teams are scheduled to visit Riverside Speedway in Cottage Grove Monday, then Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford Wednesday. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Grays Harbor Raceway Park, Elma, WA Saturday, August 23, Feature Program #54 Qualifications: 1. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 13.733; 2. Craig Dollansky, Wahlie 1W, 13.879; 3. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 13.944; 4. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 14.037; 5. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 14.119; 6. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 14.133; 7. Randy Hannagan, Jeremiah 65, 14.144; 8. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 14.174; 9. Jay Cole, Cole 0J, 14.333; 10. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.369; 11. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 14.392; 12. Travis Cram, Cram 92, 14.431; 13. Dale Smith, Smith 75S, 14.509; 14. Randy Ridge, Wilskey 56W, 14.51; 15. Peter Murphy, Williams 0, 14.555; 16. Kasey Kahne, Kahne 23K, 14.565; 17. John McDonald, McDonald 78, 14.581; 18. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 14.609; 19. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 14.712; 20. Kirk Fellers, Fellers 77, 14.785; 21. Butch Gilbert, Gilbert 04, 14.799; 22. Marc Huson, Huson 73x, 14.858; 23. Mike Zvono, Zvono 85, 14.920; 24. Shawna Wilskey, Fauver 5, 15.047; 25. Jay Smith, Smith 21H, 15.132; 26. Steve Beitler, Beitler 21x, 15.221; 27. Bryon Harvey, Harvey 16, 15.266; 28. Rick Fauver, Huson 3D, 15.334; 29. Casey Diemert, Diemert 73, 15.441; 30. Jimmy Kirkham, Kirkham 62K, 15.512; 31. Stormy Glick, Glick 20, 15.601; 32. Steve Tupper, D&S Enterprises 48, 15.723; 33. Glen Walker, Walker 62, 15.896; 34. Dan Dunlap, Dunlap 15D, 16.286. First Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Dale Smith, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Jay Smith, 5. John McDonald, 6. Jay Cole, 7. John McDonald, 8. Casey Diemert, 9. Glen Walker. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Craig Dollansky, 4. Dion Hindi, 5. Steve Beitler, 6. Randy Ridge, 7. Jimmy Kirkham, 8. Dan Dunlap, 9. Marc Huson. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Paul McMahan, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Peter Murphy, 5. Randy Hannagan, 6. Mike Zvono, 7. Bryon Harvey, 8. Stormy Glick. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Kasey Kahne, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Travis Cram, 5. Shawna Wilskey, 6. Kirk Fellers, 7. Rick Fauver, 8. Steve Tupper. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Sammy Swindell, Steve Kinser, Dave Blaney and Jac Haudenschild for the first four starting positions in the Vivarin Dash. Vivarin Dash (seven laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Craig Dollansky. (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Randy Hannagan, 2. Marc Huson, 3. John McDonald, 4. Shawna Wilskey, 5. Randy Ridge ($200); 6. Jimmy Kirkham ($175); 7. Rick Fauver ($150); 8. Mike Zvono ($100); 9. Jay Cole ($90); 10. Steve Tupper ($80); 11. Bryon Harvey ($60); 12. Butch Gilbert ($50); 13. Stormy Glick ($50); 14. Glen Walker ($50); 15. Steve Beitler ($50); 16. Kirk Fellers ($50); 17. Casey Diemert ($50); 18. Dan Dunlap ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (40 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($10,000); 2. Steve Kinser ($6,000); 3. Stevie Smith ($3,500); 4. Dave Blaney ($3,200); 5. Craig Dollansky ($3,000); 6. Donny Schatz ($2,500); 7. Joe Gaerte ($2,300); 8. Greg Hodnett ($2,200); 9. Randy Hannagan ($2,120); 10. Johnny Herrera ($2,000); 11. Kasey Kahne ($1,500); 12. Paul McMahan ($1,400); 13. Travis Cram ($1,300); 14. Marc Huson ($1,220); 15. Dion Hindi ($1,000); 16. Dale Smith ($1,000); 17. John McDonald ($820); 18. Andy Hillenburg ($600); 19. Mark Kinser ($600); 20. Peter Murphy ($600); 21. Jay Smith ($600); 22. Jac Haudenschild ($600); 23. Jeff Swindell ($600); 24. Shawna Wilskey ($620). Lap leaders: Steve Kinser 1-13, Sammy Swindell 14-40 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Stevie Smith WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Shawna Wilskey , Mark Kinser , Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Dave Blaney , Butch Gilbert , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Peter Murphy , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams