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Swindell Wins Seventh Annual Beertown Showdown By Richard Day HALES CORNERS, WI (July 11) - Jeff Swindell's 1996 Skoal Outlaw Series championship aspirations received a tremendous boost Thursday when he won the...

Swindell Wins Seventh Annual Beertown Showdown By Richard Day HALES CORNERS, WI (July 11) - Jeff Swindell's 1996 Skoal Outlaw Series championship aspirations received a tremendous boost Thursday when he won the Seventh Annual Beertown Showdown before a capacity crowd at Hales Corners Speedway. Only three times since 1985 have winners of World of Outlaws feature races at Hales Corners not gone on to capture the series title that year. "It's really nice to win here, especially with so many Gold Eagle executives in attendance," said Swindell, whose #7TW Maxim is sponsored by the automotive additives manufacturer. The victory, Jeff's third of the year, pushed him back into third place in the Skoal Outlaw Series point standings. Accepting the $12,500 first prize climaxed an emotional night for the Two Winners Racing team. Although Swindell was 10th-quick - .423 seconds off brother Sammy's pace-setting time - he received a spot in the Vivarin Dash when Kim Mock, Donny Schatz and Alan Schmidt failed to qualify for the "A" Feature in their respective Quaker State Heat Races. Jeff passed three cars in the Vivarin Dash for the right to start the 40-lap main event outside the second row. Sammy, who received his fourth EcoWater Quick-Time Award of the year, won the First Quaker State Heat Race and earned the right to start the "A" Feature on the pole by winning the seven- lap dash. He raced ahead of the 24-car field as the green flag fell in the main event, only to have outside polesitter Dave Blaney take the lead with a high move into turn two seconds later. At the same time, Jac Haudenschild passed Jeff for fourth place. "The Buckeye Bullet" and Sammy raced wheel-to-wheel through every turn during the first 3 1/2 laps. Sammy steered his #1 ChannelLock Gambler deep into the fourth corner to pass Blaney for the lead late in lap four. Sammy and Blaney were six car-lengths ahead of Skoal Outlaw Series points leader Mark Kinser when Travis Cram spun to a stop in turn one early in the fifth lap. While Blaney continued to pressure the 1991 Beertown Showdown champion, Jeff started making his way toward the front. He passed "The Wild Child" for fourth place late in the ninth lap, and took third from Mark three laps later. Sammy was three car-lengths ahead of "The Buckeye Bullet" when he entered lapped traffic 14 laps into the race. Jeff caught the leaders the next time around, and took over the runner-up spot with a low move in the second corner early in lap 16. Jeff caught his brother late in the 17th lap. He took the low line into turn two and won a back-straightaway drag race into the lead two laps later. Jeff saw his six-car-length advantage dissolve late in the 24th lap when Cram brought out the caution flag again with a fourth-corner spin. The red flag replaced the yellow as the race resumed when Frankie Kerr, Craig Dollansky, Stevie Smith and Jim Carr crashed in turn three. Smith and Carr were forced to watch the second half of the race from the pit area as their mangled sprinters were towed from the track. Sammy made a run at Jeff on the ensuing restart, but was unable to surge ahead. Dollansky joined Smith and Carr in the pits after flipping in the fourth corner five laps later. Mark Kinser, whose battle with Joe Gaerte lasted 20 laps, steered the #5M Wirtgen Maxim high into the second corner to take over fourth place with 11 laps remaining. Steve Kinser, a nine- time winner at Hales Corners, passed 10 cars during the first 30 laps and passed Gaerte for fifth place two laps later. While Sammy raced in the high groove and caught Jeff often in the corners, he was never able to regain first place. Jeff maintained a two-car-length advantage as the leaders darted through lapped traffic during the final four laps. Mark Kinser won a last-lap drag race down the back stretch to pass "The Buckeye Bullet" for third place. Completing the top 10 were Steve Kinser, Gaerte, Haudenschild, Andy Hillenburg, Kerr and "B" Feature winner Johnny Herrera. The event was originally scheduled for June 19th, but was postponed when rain made Hales Corners' semi-banked, 1/3-mile oval unsafe for racing. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Seventh Annual Beertown Showdown Hales Corners Speedway, Hales Corners, WI Thursday, July 11, Feature Program #36 Qualifications: 1. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 13.728; 2. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 13.838; 3. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 13.951; 4. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 13.952; 5. Craig Dollansky, Lindsey 2D, 13.956; 6. Kim Mock, Mock 1M, 14.027; 7. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 14.030; 8. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 14.065; 9. Alan Schmidt, Schmidt 25S, 14.073; 10. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 14.151; 11. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 14.162; 12. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 14.185; 13. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23S, 14.190; 145. Joe Roe, Roe 61, 14.208; 15. Joey Saldana, Stanton 75, 14.246; 16. Terry Chesak, Chesak 29, 14.272; 17. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 14.278; 18. Dan Boorse, Walden 78, 14.309; 19. Kurt Winker, Winker 20W, 14.314; 20. Troy Hepfner, Hastings 82, 14.3226; 21. Mike Frost, Frost 88, 14.351; 22. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 14.389; 23. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11A, 14.461; 24. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 14.490; 25. Jim Melis, M&M Motorsports 51M, 14.546; 26. Dave Moulis, Moulis 20M, 14.570; 27. Raymond Hensley, Hensley 70, 14.616; 28. Travis Cram, Cram 92, 14.629; 29. Todd Hepfner, Hepfner 20H, 14.634; 30. Tom Musgrave, Musgrave 56, 14.694; 31. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 14.735; 32. Dale Peterson, Peterson 4P, 14.743; 33. Donny Goeden, Goeden 27G, 14.797; 34. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 14.814; 35. Dick Colburn, Miller 9, 14.861; 36. Todd Daun, Daun 19, 14.863; 37. Bob Robel, Robel 3R, 14.929; 38. Glenn Martin, Martin 5MI, 14.936; 39. Joe Kristan, Kristan 14, 14.963; 40. Larry VanderVere, VanderVere 4, 14.974; 41. Dave Calnin, Winker 10W, 14.978; 42. Jon Trudeau, Trudeau 23, 14.989; 43. Scotty Neitzel, R&H Enterprises 2W, 15.128; 44. Shawn Moore, Moore 2x, 15.163; 45. Craig McKinney, McKinney 63, 15.203; 46. Scott Grissom, Grissom 54, 15.233; 47. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 15.260; 48. Mike Stefka, Stefka 35S, 15.273; 49. Kurt Davis, Davis 6K, 15.312; 50. Dave Meyer, Meyer 85M, 15.434; 51. Fred Ebler, Ebler 64, 15.498; 52. Ken Ratchford, Ratchford 5K, 15.499; 53. Ken Nickels, Wiser 8, 15.552; 54. Howie Gleason, Gleason 21G, 15.705; 55. Jim Uttech, Jr., Uttech 12, 15.736; 56. Jim Walkanoff, Jr., Walkanoff 13, 15,852; 57. Tim Haddy, Haddy 21H, 16.062; 58. Tom Piltaver, Piltaver 2P, 16.770; 59. Ed Kaebler, Winker 17K, 16.471. First Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Mike Frost, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Greg Hodnett, 5. Dave Moulis, 6. Kim Mock, 7. Scott Grissom, 8. Dave Calnin, 9. Fred Ebler, 10. Terry Chesak, 11. Todd Daun, 12. Jim Walkanoff, Jr. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Dave Blaney, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Johnny Herrera, 6. Dale Peterson, 7. Raymond Hensley, 8. Bob Robel, 9. Jon Trudeau, 10. Tim Haddy, 11. Ken Ratchford, 12. Brian Paulus. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Travis Cram, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Frankie Kerr, 4. Dan Boorse, 5. Dion Hindi, 6. Scotty Neitzel, 7. Mike Stefka, 8. Donny Schatz, 9. Ken Nickels, 10. Tom Piltaver, 11. Glenn Martin, 12. Donny Goeden. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jim Carr, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Lance Blevins, 4. Joe Roe, 5. Kurt Winker, 6. Kurt Davis, 7. Alan Schmidt, 8. Joe Kristan, 9. Todd Hepfner, 10. Howie Gleason, 11. Ed Kaebler, 12. Shawn Moore. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Fifth Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Joey Saldana, 2. Craig Dollansky, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Jim Melis, 5. Steve Meyer, 6. Troy Hepfner, 7. Tom Musgrave, 8. Dick Colburn, 9. Craig McKinney, 10. Jim Uttech, Jr., 11. Larry VanderVere. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (seven laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Jac Haudenschild, 6. Joe Gaerte, 7. Andy Hillenburg, 8. Craig Dollansky. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) C Feature (eight laps): 1. Scott Neitzel, 2. Steve Meyer, 3. Kurt Davis ($135); 4. Dave Calnin ($110); 5. Larry VanderVere ($90); 6. Fred Ebler ($80); 7. Jim Uttech, Jr. ($70); 8. Tim Haddy ($60); 9. Tom Piltaver ($50); 10. Jon Trudeau ($45); 11. Howie Gleason ($40); 12. Jim Walkanoff, Jr. ($40); 13. Mike Stefka ($40); 14. Ken Ratchford ($40); 15. Ed Kaebler ($40); 16. Ken Nickels ($40); 17. Shawn Moore ($40); 18. Joe Kristan ($40); 19. Craig McKinney ($40); 20. Scott Grissom ($40); 21. Brian Paulus ($40). (first two qualified for the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Alan Schmidt, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Kim Mock, 5. Troy Hepfner ($210); 6. Dion Hindi ($185); 7. Scott Neitzel ($180); 8. Terry Chesak ($110); 9. Todd Hepfner ($100); 10. Dave Moulis ($90); 11. Dick Colburn ($70); 12. Donny Goeden ($60); 13. Steve Meyer ($80); 14. Bob Robel ($60); 15. Tom Musgrave ($60); 16. Raymond Hensley ($60); 17. Glenn Martin ($60); 18. Todd Daun ($60); 19. Kurt Winker ($60); 20. Dale Peterson ($60). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (40 laps): 1. Jeff Swindell ($12,510); 2. Sammy Swindell ($6,010); 3. Mark Kinser ($3,010); 4. Dave Blaney ($2,210); 5. Steve Kinser ($2,110); 6. Joe Gaerte ($2,010); 7. Jac Haudenschild ($1,610); 8. Andy Hillenburg ($1,510); 9. Frankie Kerr ($1,410); 10. Johnny Herrera ($1,330); 11. Kim Mock ($1,180); 12. Alan Schmidt ($1,130); 13. Donny Schatz ($1,080); 14. Mike Frost ($1,010); 15. Joey Saldana ($710); 16. Greg Hodnett ($510); 17. Jim Melis ($410); 18. Joe Roe ($410); 19. Lance Blevins ($410); 20. Travis Cram ($410); 21. Dan Boorse ($410); 22. Craig Dollansky ($410); 23. Stevie Smith ($410); 24. Jim Carr ($410). Lap leaders: Dave Blaney 1-3, Sammy Swindell 4-18, Jeff Swindell 19-40 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Sammy Swindell WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Brian Paulus , Joey Saldana , Dave Blaney , Alan Schmidt , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell