Hagerstown Preliminary 1999-05-29

Stevie Smith Takes Hagerstown Preliminary By Richard Day HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 29) - Stevie Smith sure knows how to show his gratitude. The 1990 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Rookie of the Year won...

Stevie Smith Takes Hagerstown Preliminary By Richard Day

HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 29) - Stevie Smith sure knows how to show his gratitude. The 1990 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Rookie of the Year won the Preliminary Feature at Hagerstown Speedway Saturday, the day after Ingersoll-Rand agreed to add two years to his sponsorship. "I can't say enough about how hard my guys work," Stevie said of his father, Steve, and Devin Deluzio. "This is a great way to thank Ingersoll-Rand for extending our contract. "Starting up front tomorrow should really help, but with as many fast cars as we have out here there are a lot of things that can happen." The $5,000 victory was certainly a turnaround from Smith's experience at Hagerstown Speedway last May 23rd. He entered the northeast tour with the points lead, but lost first place in the race and two positions in the standings when he suffered a blown engine midway through the Preliminary Feature. Smith, the 10th-fastest qualifier in the 30-car field, made things happen Saturday en route to his first feature victory of the season. He won the Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race, then earned the right to start the Preliminary Feature outside the front row by following Danny Lasoski across the finish line in the Channellock Dash. "The Dude" and Smith raced wheel-to-wheel down the front straightaway as the green flag fell in the feature, only to have the caution flag fly when Brian Paulus spun in the first corner. Mark Kinser, the leader in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings, surrendered his second row inside starting position when he stopped the #5M Mopar Maxim on the back straightaway with a flat left rear tire during the caution period. Lasoski and Stevie duplicated the original start when the green flag replaced the yellow, and Danny drove the #83 Beef Packers Eagle into the lead on the back stretch. While the leaders raced nose-to-tail around Hagerstown's semi- banked, 1/2-mile oval, plenty of passing was taking place behind them. Sammy Swindell, who has won four Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series main events at Hagerstown, won a back-straightaway drag race with First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race winner Kevin Gobrecht for fifth place midway through lap three. Jeff Shepard, who lives in Upperso, MD, used a similar move to pass Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Greg Hodnett for third the next time around. Hodnett, who came within .006 seconds of setting Hagerstown's single-lap record in time trials, returned the favor with a third-corner dive three laps later. Smith steered his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit deep into turn two to pass Lasoski for the lead early in the eighth lap. The leaders entered lapped traffic one lap later. Swindell's #1 Channellock Stealth was smoking when he stopped on the back straightaway during the 11th lap. He was unable to restart, and had to settle for a 23rd-place finish. Donny Schatz steered the #15 Parker Stores Maxim into the low groove in the second corner to pass Gobrecht for fifth as the race resumed. Smith opened a comfortable 3.1-second advantage over Lasoski during lap 15. Hodnett and Shepard exchanged third place during the 18th and 19th laps as Stevie continued to build his lead. He took the checkered flag with 3.6 seconds to spare. "We made some changes before the feature that really helped," Stevie said. "I think Mark was a lot faster than we were, but the changes helped a bunch. The front end seemed pretty light early in the race, but the car was real fast at the end." Hodnett held off Shepard for third place. Completing the top 10 in the Preliminary Feature were Schatz, Gobrecht, 20th-starting Andy Hillenburg, Johnny Herrera, Steve Kinser and Tyler Walker. Mark Kinser raced into 11th place after restarting the 20-lap race at the back of the pack. Travis Whitney flipped hard in turn one early in the Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race. The Manufacturers' Rookie of the Year candidate was uninjured in trash, but his #7S Aamco Transmissions Maxim was irreparable. WoO 1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown, MD Saturday, May 29, Preliminary Program Vivarin qualifications: 1. Greg Hodnett, Apple 12, 15.270; 2. Jeff Shepard, Zematis 1Z, 15.304; 3. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 15.310; 4. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 15.317; 5. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 15.350; 6. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 15.375; 7. Kevin Gobrecht, Hylton/Blaney 93, 15.391; 8. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 15.425; 9. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 15.460; 10. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 15.464; 11. Johnny Herrera, DOCC Motorsports 1BK, 15.575; 12. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 15.583; 13. Craig Dollansky, Dollansky 7, 15.584; 14. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 15.605; 15. Dale Blaney, Hughes 94, 15.616; 16. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 15.625; 17. Ed Lynch, Jr., Lynch 2L, 15.639; 18. Travis Whitney, Whitney 7S, 15.648; 19. Don Kreitz, Jr., Kreitz 69, 15.667; 20. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 15.706; 21. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 15.759; 22. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 15.794; 23. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 15.869; 24. Daryn Pittman, Sonner 47, 15.906; 25. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 15.907; 26. Brook Weibley, Weibley 32, 15.970; 27. Randy Wolfe, Allebach 75W, 16.135; 28. Randy Glover, Glover 32G, 16.969; 29. Chuck Roan, Jr., Roan 22R, 17.500; 30. Bernie Lemaster, Lemaster 60, 18.220. First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Kevin Gobrecht, 2. Brian Paulus, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Tyler Walker, 6. Craig Dollansky, 7. Don Kreitz, Jr., 8. Joe Gaerte, 9. Brooke Tatnell, 10. Randy Glover. (first six qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Jeff Shepard, 4. Donny Schatz, 5. Tim Shaffer, 6. Jeff Swindell, 7. Brook Weibley, 8. Jac Haudenschild, 9. Ed Lynch, Jr., 10. Chuck Roan, Jr. (first six qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Lance Blevins, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Dale Blaney, 7. Daryn Pittman, 8. Randy Wolfe, 9. Bernie Lemaster, 10. Travis Whitney. (first six qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Jeff Shepard, 5. Greg Hodnett, 6. Kevin Gobrecht, 7. Donny Schatz, 8. Sammy Swindell. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Ed Lynch, Jr., 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Don Kreitz, Jr., 5. Daryn Pittman, 6. Brooke Tatnell, 7. Randy Wolfe ($150); 8. Brook Weibley ($125); 9. Chuck Roan, Jr. ($100); 10. Randy Glover ($75); 11. Bernie Lemaster ($60); 12. Travis Whitney ($50). (first six qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Stevie Smith ($5,000); 2. Danny Lasoski ($2,500); 3. Greg Hodnett ($1,700); 4. Jeff Shepard ($1,500); 5. Donny Schatz ($1,350); 6. Kevin Gobrecht ($1,250); 7. Andy Hillenburg ($1,200); 8. Johnny Herrera ($1,100); 9. Steve Kinser ($1,075); 10. Tyler Walker ($1,050); 11. Mark Kinser ($1,000); 12. Dale Blaney ($900); 13. Tim Shaffer ($800); 14. Jac Haudenschild ($720); 15. Lance Blevins ($600); 16. Ed Lynch, Jr. ($520); 17. Jeff Swindell ($400); 18. Don Kreitz, Jr. ($420); 19. Daryn Pittman ($420); 20. Brooke Tatnell ($420); 21. Joe Gaerte ($420); 22. Brian Paulus ($400); 23. Sammy Swindell ($400); 24. Craig Dollansky ($400). Lap leaders: Danny Lasoski 1-7, Stevie Smith 8-20 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Greg Hodnett 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 , Tyler Walker , Brian Paulus , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell