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Kreitz Takes Hagerstown Prelim as Smith Breaks By Richard Day HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 23) - Stevie Smith was living a dream when he returned to his home state with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points lead. But, ...

Kreitz Takes Hagerstown Prelim as Smith Breaks By Richard Day HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 23) - Stevie Smith was living a dream when he returned to his home state with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points lead. But, unfortunately for Smith, the Pennsylvania Tour has been a nightmare. After losing first place in the point standings with a blown engine Friday at Williams Grove Speedway, another blown engine cost Stevie the lead in Saturday's preliminary program at Hagerstown Speedway and another spot in the point standings. Smith's loss was fellow Pennsylvanian Don Kreitz, Jr.'s gain. Kreitz, who hadn't won a World of Outlaws feature since the 1993 Williams Grove National Open, inherited the lead from Smith and led the final nine laps to claim the $4,500 first prize. Kreitz is the sixth different Preliminary Feature winner in the eight the World of Outlaws has run during its 20th Anniversary Season. "I didn't like seeing Stevie drop out, Kreitz said, "but we'll take one any way we can get it. It's been a long time and I was thinking I might never get one again. This Eagle chassis has been working really good for us lately." Kreitz, the eighth-fastest qualifier in the 32-car field, received the luxury of starting the Channellock Dash outside the front row when three faster qualifiers had problems in their Racing Champions Heat Races and failed to qualify. Lance Blevins and Jac Haudenschild collided early in the Second Racing Champions Heat Race, breaking the steering on the #22 Pennzoil Maxim and sending him crashing into Jeff Shepard. The crash ended Shepard's night and sent the Pennzoil crew scrambling to bring out a backup car. Danny Lasoski's sixth-place finish in his heat race kept him from qualifying for the Channellock Dash. Kreitz earned the right to start the Preliminary Feature outside the front by following Ed Lynch, Jr., across the finish line in the Channellock Dash. Kreitz steered his #69 Vollmer Patterns Eagle past Lynch high in turn four as the green flag fell in the feature. Tyler Walker followed Kreitz past Lynch, only to have Smith drive his #19 Ingersoll-Rand sprinter by him high in the second corner. Smith continued his run to the front two laps later when he took the high line through turns three and four to pass Kreitz. Stevie quickly built a comfortable lead and was 16 car-lengths ahead of Kreitz when he entered lapped traffic during lap seven. Five laps later, however, Smith's engine lost power and he surrendered the lead by stopping on the back straightaway. Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Mark Kinser raced into second place from outside the third row and restarted behind Kreitz. He was unable to keep pace with him as the green flag replaced the yellow, however. Sammy Swindell and Andy Hillenburg, who passed eight cars during the first 11 laps, relegated Walker to fifth place within seconds after the race resumed. Swindell drove his #1 Channellock Stealth into the high groove between turns three and four to pass Kinser for second place late in the 16th lap. The defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion was gaining on Kreitz with 1 1/4 laps remaining when he slid over the cushion in the fourth corner. Sammy's miscue allowed Kreitz to open a comfortable advantage, and he took the checkered flag with 12 car-lengths to spare. "We were set up to run the bottom, and if Stevie had stayed on the bottom I'm not sure if we couldn't have gotten by him," Kreitz admitted. "I got on the guys preparing the track a little bit when I got here today. I told them there was way too much water on the track. I lot a dry track, but it worked out for us any way. "I knew the start was going to be important. In fact, I wanted to get the lead at the start of the dash, but Lynch pulled away from us. I knew I had to get a better start in the feature if I wanted to have a shot at winning." Kinser increased his lead in the point standings by finishing in third place. Completing the top 10 were Hillenburg, Walker, Dale Blaney, Greg Hodnett, Third Racing Champions Heat Race winner Steve Kinser, Lance Blevins and Haudenschild. Starting his backup sprinter at the rear of the "B" and Preliminary Features, Haudenschild passed cars at will. He won the "B" from outside the fifth row and roared into 10th place from outside the 11th row in the evening's main event. Like Smith, Johnny Herrera's dreams of continuing his hot streak ended in a nightmare. Only 24 hours after being praised on The Nashville Network for winning the Channellock Spring Classic, Herrera suffered a broken rear end in the Second Racing Champions Heat Race and more mechanical trouble in the "B" Feature kept him from qualifying for the Preliminary Feature. WoO 1998 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown, MD Saturday, May 23, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 15.405; 2. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 15.472; 3. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 15.539; 4. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 15.578; 5. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 15.648; 6. Jeff Shepard, Stewart 4J, 15.671; 7. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 15.672; 8. Don Kreitz, Jr., Kreitz 69, 15.678; 9. Ed Lynch, Jr., Lynch 2L, 15.758; 10. Danny Smith, Brazier 21S, 15.832; 11. Dale Blaney, Hylton-Blaney 93, 15.813; 12. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 15.845; 13. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 15.846; 14. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 15.866; 15. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 15.892; 16. Kevin Gobrecht, Gobrecht 92, 15.925; 17. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 15.939; 18. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 16.033; 19. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 16.046; 20. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11H, 16.163; 21. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 16.188; 22. Randy Wolfe, Wolfe 75W, 16.373; 23. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 16.388; 24. Daryn Pittman, Pittman 11P, 16.452; 25. Phil Walter, Walter 63, 16.460; 26. Bill Brian, Jr., Brian 16, 16.733; 27. Bobby Allen, Allen 1a, 16.741; 28. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 16.857; 29. Chuck Roan, Roan 22R, 17.287; 30. Bob Bennett, Mickle 3, 17.646; 31. Jimmy Mabe, Mabe 4M, 18.085; 32. Mike Dillman, Dillman 2C, no time. First Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Ed Lynch, Jr., 6. Danny Lasoski, 7. Phil Walter, 8. Chuck Roan. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Danny Smith, 2. Lance Blevins, 3. Bill Brian, Jr., 4. Bob Bennett, 5. Randy Wolfe, 6. Johnny Herrera, 7. Jeff Shepard, 8. Jac Haudenschild. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Dale Blaney, 6. Brian Paulus, 7. Jimmy Mabe, 8. Bobby Allen. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Daryn Pittman, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Tyler Walker, 4. Don Kreitz, Jr., 5. Kevin Gobrecht, 6. Dion Hindi, 7. Brooke Tatnell, 8. Mike Dillman. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Ed Lynch, Jr., 2. Don Kreitz, Jr., 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Tyler Walker, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. Mark Kinser, 7. Danny Smith, 8. Dale Blaney. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Brian Paulus, 4. Dion Hindi, 5. Brooke Tatnell, 6. Phil Walter ($150); 7. Chuck Roan ($125); 8. Mike Dillman ($100); 9. Jimmy Mabe ($75); 10. Johnny Herrera ($60). DNS - Bobby Allen, Jeff Shepard. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Don Kreitz, Jr. ($4,500); 2. Sammy Swindell ($2,500); 3. Mark Kinser ($1,700); 4. Andy Hillenburg ($1,500); 5. Tyler Walker ($1,350); 6. Dale Blaney ($1,250); 7. Greg Hodnett ($1,200); 8. Steve Kinser ($1,100); 9. Lance Blevins ($1,075); 10. Jac Haudenschild ($1,070); 11. Ed Lynch, Jr. ($1,000); 12. Danny Smith ($800); 13. Jeff Swindell ($700); 14. Kevin Gobrecht ($630); 15. Randy Wolfe ($400); 16. Danny Lasoski ($420); 17. Joe Gaerte ($300); 18. Dion Hindi ($320); 19. Brian Paulus ($320); 20. Bob Bennett ($300); 21. Brooke Tatnell ($320); 22. Daryn Pittman ($300); 23. Stevie Smith ($300); 24. Donny Schatz ($300). DNS - Bill Brian, Jr.; replaced by Brooke Tatnell Lap leaders: Don Kreitz, Jr. 1-2, 12-20; Stevie Smith 3-11 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Tyler Walker , Brian Paulus , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams