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HILLENBURG DOMINATES HALES CORNERS' BEERTOWN SHOWDOWN By Richard Day HALES CORNERS, WI (June 16) - If history is in Andy Hillenburg's favor, he'll win the 1994 World of Outlaws championship. Four...

HILLENBURG DOMINATES HALES CORNERS' BEERTOWN SHOWDOWN By Richard Day HALES CORNERS, WI (June 16) - If history is in Andy Hillenburg's favor, he'll win the 1994 World of Outlaws championship. Four of the last five winners of Hales Corners Speedway's Beertown Showdown have gone on to capture the Copenhagen-Skoal Shootout championship that same year. Hillenburg dominated the sixth annual event sponsored by Valvoline Thursday night, leading all 40 laps from the pole to claim the $12,000 first prize. Andy's 14.348-second qualifying lap tied Sid Blandford for fast- qualifier honors. But Blandford, the first driver to qualify, received the Ecowater Fast-Time Award because he was the first to post the time. Hillenburg came back to win the Vivarin Dash for the right to start the "A" Feature on the pole. Dave Blaney, the runner-up in the Vivarin Dash, burst ahead of Hillenburg when the green flag fell in the main event, only to have Andy take the lead deep in the second corner. Hillenburg opened a five-car-length advantage within three laps, and entered lapped traffic six laps into the race. Threading the #2 STP J&J through backmarkers like he raced at the semi-banked, 1/3-mile oval regularly, Andy was a half-straightaway ahead of his closest pursuers during the seventh lap. "The Buckeye Bullet" narrowed the gap to two car-lengths the next time around as Hillenburg had trouble finding his way around Dan Boorse. Blaney followed Andy past Boorse during the ninth lap, and challenged him for the lead during the next nine laps. Steve Kinser, an eight-time World of Outlaws "A" Feature winner at Hales Corners, raced into sixth place from his fifth-row starting position during the first 14 laps to join cousin Mark Kinser and Jac Haudenschild in a battle for fourth place. Two laps later, Jeff Shepard's debut in the #77 MAC Tools J&J came to an abrupt end when his engine exploded. Unable to get into the infield, Shepard brought out the caution flag when he stopped in turn three. "The Wild Child" passed Mark for fourth place when the race resumed. He lost the spot two laps later when he allowed the #22 Pennzoil Maxim to bounce off the fourth-corner berm, head across the track and into the retaining wall. Within three laps after the green flag replaced the yellow, Hillenburg was a full straightaway ahead of Blaney. A mid-race caution for Todd Daun's flat right rear tire tightened the field, however. Stevie Smith drove his new ride - the #12x Beaver Drill & Tool Gambler - into sixth place during the first 15 laps. But he was unable to dodge the spinning Dale Peterson in a 23rd-lap crash that sent Dave Moulis flipping in turn three. Stevie restarted the race at the back of the pack, and eventually finished in 11th place. Kinser passed Blaney for the runner-up spot deep in the third corner on the ensuing restart, before steering the #11 Valvoline Maxim into the high groove to challenge Hillenburg for the lead. Andy caught the backmarkers again with a half-straightaway advantage with 12 laps remaining. He battled lapped traffic for two laps before putting Moulis and Daun a lap down, allowing Kinser to narrow the gap. Once Hillenburg lapped the backmarkers, he left Kinser to deal with them. He padded his cushion to a half-straightaway within two laps, as Blaney attempted to regain second place. "The Buckeye Bullet" raced wheel-to-wheel with Kinser on the front straightaway with seven laps remaining, and drove the #10 Vivarin J&J back into the runner-up spot high in turn two the next time around. Blaney tried to reel in Hillenburg during the final five laps, but was eight car-lengths behind when Andy took the checkered flag. "I knew it would be tough racing in a lot of traffic here," Hillenburg told the near-capacity crowd from victory lane. "The yellows helped to clear the race track for me. My crew did a great job preparing the #2 STP J&J. It worked real well tonight." Rounding out the top 10 in the main event were Kinser, Johnny Herrera, Sammy Swindell, Mark Kinser, Jeff Swindell, Kenny Jacobs, 19th-starting Joe Gaerte and Greg Hodnett. WoO 1994 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/COPENHAGEN-SKOAL SHOOTOUT Beertown Showdown, Hales Corners Speedway, Hales Corners, WI Thursday, June 16, Feature Program #29 Qualifications: 1. Sid Blandford, Blandford 31, 14.348; 2. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.348; 3. Johnny Herrera, Pack 4A, 14.377; 4. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 14.378; 5. Kim Mock, Mock 1M, 14.382; 6. Stevie Smith, Veilhauer 12x, 14.409; 7. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 14.442; 8. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 14.493; 9. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 14.539; 10. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 14.581; 11. Jeff Shepard, Hamilton 77, 14.683; 12. Kenny Jacobs, Motter 71M, 14.707; 13. Sammy Swindell, Gilliam 1, 14.717; 14. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 14.793; 15. Todd Daun, Daun 19, 14.802; 16. Dave Moulis, Moulis 20M, 14.838; 17. Mike Reinke, Cowman 02, 14.869; 18. Mike Frost, Frost 88, 14.938; 19. Joe Roe, Roe 61, 14.971; 20. Joe Gaerte, Two Winners 9TW, 14.985; 21. Dan Boorse, Walden 78, 15.021; 22. Robbi Punnzel, Punnzel 71, 15.087; 23. Dale Peterson, Peterson 5P, 15.153; 24. Dick Colburn, Miller 9, 15.184; 25. John Tierney, Schultz 7N, 15.224; 26. Steve Beitler, Beitler 21, 15.260; 27. Alan Schmidt, Schmidt 25S, 15.309; 28. Terry Starks, Starks 18, 15.414; 29. Scott Grissom, Grissom 54, 15.453; 30. Gib Weiser, Weiser 55, 15.455; 31. Paul Anderson, Anderson 24, 15.521; 32. Allen Winker, Winker 10W, 15.557; 33. Lenny Ostrowski, Jr., Ostrowski 77L, 15.741; 34. Joe Symoens, Symoens 96, 15.753; 35. Terry Chesak, Chesak 29, 15.795; 36. Frank Filsko, Filsko 27F, 15.848; 37. Kurt Davis, Nickels 6K, 15.864; 38. Bruce Oldenburg, Oldenburg 0, 15.865; 39. Bob Robel, Robel 3R, 15.898; 40. Steve Dyer, Dyer 9A, 15.957; 41. Troy Hepfner, Hastings 82, 15.991; 42. Raymond Hensley, Hensley 70, 16.003; 43. Paul Ptasienski, Ptasienski 15, 16.073; 44. Don Durham, Nelson 16, 16.171; 45. Mike Stefka, Stefka 35S, 17.041; 46. Darrell Dodd, Dodd 11K, 17.920; 47. Jeff Ferkin, Ferkin 21F, no time. First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Kim Mock, 4. Sid Blandford, 5. Don Boorse, 6. Troy Hepfner, 7. Mike Reinke, 8. Scott Grissom, 9. Mike Stefka, 10. John Tierney, 11. Lenny Ostrowski, Jr., 12. Kurt Davis. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Mike Frost, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Greg Hodnett, 6. Steve Beitler, 7. Gib Weiser, 8. Robbi Punnzel, 9. Joe Symoens, 10. Bruce Oldenburg, 11. Raymond Hensley, 12. Darrell Dodd. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jeff Shepard, 2. Joe Roe, 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Dale Peterson, 6. Alan Schmidt, 7. Todd Daun, 8. Paul Anderson, 9. Terry Chesak, 10. Bob Robel, 11. Paul Ptasienski. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Snap-on Tools Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Dick Colburn, 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Kenny Jacobs, 6. Allen Winker, 7. Dave Moulis, 8. Terry Starks, 9. Frank Filsko, 10. Steve Dyer, 11. Don Durham. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Jac Haudenschild, 6. Kim Mock, 7. Sid Blandford, 8. Stevie Smith. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Troy Hepfner, 2. Steve Dyer, 3. Don Durham ($210); 4. Mike Stefka ($180); 5. Paul Ptasienski ($160); 6. Bob Robel ($160); 7. Raymond Hensley ($160); 8. Darrell Dodd ($160). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Robbi Punnzel, 2. Dave Moulis, 3. Todd Daun, 4. Steve Beitler, 5. Paul Anderson ($260); 6. John Tierney ($235); 7. Gib Weiser ($210); 8. Scott Grissom ($210); 9. Allen Winker ($210); 10. Mike Reinke ($210); 11. Steve Dyer ($210); 12. Terry Chesak ($210); 13. Terry Starks ($210); 14. Bruce Oldenburg ($210); 15. Frank Filsko ($210); 16. Troy Hepfner ($210); 17. Joe Symoens ($210); 18. Lenny Ostrowski, Jr. ($210); 19. Alan Schmidt ($210); 20. Kurt Davis ($210). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg ($12,010); 2. Dave Blaney ($5,010); 3. Steve Kinser ($2,510); 4. Johnny Herrera ($2,210); 5. Sammy Swindell ($2,110); 6. Mark Kinser ($2,010); 7. Jeff Swindell ($1,610); 8. Kenny Jacobs ($1,510); 9. Joe Gaerte ($1,410); 10. Greg Hodnett ($1,310); 11. Stevie Smith ($1,210); 12. Kim Mock ($1,110); 13. Mike Frost ($1,010); 14. Sid Blandford ($960); 15. Dave Moulis ($930); 16. Steve Beitler ($830); 17. Dick Colburn ($710); 18. Robbi Punnzel ($630); 19. Dan Boorse ($510); 20. Todd Daun ($530); 21. Jac Haudenschild ($510); 22. Dale Peterson ($510); 23. Jeff Shepard ($510); 24. Joe Roe ($510). Lap leader: Andy Hillenburg 1-40 Ecowater Fast-Time Award winner: Sid Blandford WoO*eot

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Kenny Jacobs , Dave Blaney , Alan Schmidt , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell