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JACOBS MAKES IT TWO-FOR-TWO AT ELDORA By Richard Day ROSSBURG, OH (June 11) - All it took was a little home cooking for Kenny Jacobs to get back in victory lane. Jacobs, from Holmesville,...

JACOBS MAKES IT TWO-FOR-TWO AT ELDORA By Richard Day ROSSBURG, OH (June 11) - All it took was a little home cooking for Kenny Jacobs to get back in victory lane. Jacobs, from Holmesville, OH, thrilled the near-capacity crowd Saturday night with his second straight World of Outlaws "A" Feature victory at Eldora Speedway. "Mouse" also won the main event when the Copenhagen-Skoal Shootout invaded Eldora on April 17th. When asked if he thought he should be considered the favorite in Eldora's big-money races - the King's Royal ($50,000-to-win) and the Historic Big One ($100,000-to-win), Jacobs said, "There are too many good cars (racing with the World of Outlaws) for me to be considered the favorite. As competitive as this season has been, I don't think you can make anybody the favorite." Saturday's festivities also included an old favorite's return to Eldora Speedway. Jack Hewitt, coming back from career-threatening injuries, made his first appearance in a World of Outlaws event this year. He won the Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race and finished 19th in the main event. Jacobs, the sixth-fastest qualifier, earned the right to start the 30- lap "A" Feature outside the front row by following Andy Hillenburg across the finish line in the Vivarin Dash. He drove the #71M Ecowater Systems Stealth to the rim in the fourth corner to take the lead immediately after the green flag fell. Kenny opened a six-car-length advantage within three laps, and entered lapped traffic two laps later. Frankie Kerr brought out the first caution flag late in the sixth lap when the #23S McBride & Shoff Construction J&J jumped out of gear, forcing him to stop on the front straightaway. Within seconds after the race resumed, mechanical problems caused Kevin Huntley to stop the #1M Conn-West Freight Systems Maxim on the front stretch. When the race restarted, Greg Hodnett and Ecowater Fast-Time Award winner Sammy Swindell lost their fifth and sixth running positions when Greg stopped in turn four and Sammy bounced off the fourth-corner retaining wall. Dave Blaney, who raced past Hillenburg and Jac Haudenschild during the opening lap, and Steve Beitler followed Hodnett and Swindell into the pit area. Two laps after the green flag replaced the yellow, Jacobs was a half- straightaway ahead of Hillenburg. He caught the backmarkers again during the 12th lap, enabling Andy to drive the #2 STP J&J within two car-lengths of him by the race's midpoint. Jacobs slowed behind Kerr, Todd Heller, Byron Reed and Tim Clark two laps later, and Haudenschild narrowed the gap to make it a three-car battle for the lead. Within four laps, Jacobs was past the foursome and had a clear track ahead of him. He padded his cushion as "The Wild Child" challenged Hillenburg for the runner-up spot. Haudenschild steered the #22 Pennzoil Maxim deep into the first corner to pass Hillenburg for second place. The final eight laps featured a fierce battle for fourth place between Mark Kinser, Steve Kinser and Joe Gaerte. All but eight cars in the field were a lap down and "The Wild Child" was entering turn four when Jacobs took the checkered flag. "We ran pretty well up in New York," Jacobs said following his fourth straight top-five finish in Copenhagen-Skoal Shootout "A" Features. "The car handled real well all night. All I had to do was put my foot down hard on the throttle. I never lifted except when I was in lapped traffic." Hillenburg finished the main event in third place, ahead of the Kinser cousins - Mark and Steve - Gaerte, the Swindell brothers - Jeff and Sammy - Reed, Kerr and Sid Blandford. Blandford, bidding for 1994 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year honors, started the "A" Feature on the eighth row. He drove his #31 B&B Construction American Challenger past four sprinters on his way to the 11th-place finish, his best of the year. WoO 1994 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/COPENHAGEN-SKOAL SHOOTOUT Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH, Saturday, June 11, Feature Program #27 Qualifications: 1. Sammy Swindell, Gilliam 1, 13.423; 2. Charlie Fisher, Fisher 48, 13.572; 3. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 13.597; 4. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 13.605; 5. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 13.652; 6. Kenny Jacobs, Motter 71M, 13.676; 7. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 13.684; 8. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 13.702; 9. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.709; 10. Joe Gaerte, Two Winners 9TW, 13.712; 11. Kevin Huntley, Wahle 1M, 13.727; 12. Byron Reed, B&S Racing 5, 13.776; 13. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23S, 13.827; 14. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 13.849; 15. Sid Blandford, Blandford 31, 13.948; 16. Steve Beitler, Beitler 21, 14.000; 17. Jack Hewitt, Hampshire 63, 14.148; 18. Todd Heller, Heller 14H, 14.682; 19. Tim Clark, Clark 11C, 15.680. First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Frankie Kerr, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Steve Beitler, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Tim Clark, 7. Dave Blaney. (first seven qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jack Hewitt, 2. Kevin Huntley, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Greg Hodnett, 5. Charlie Fisher, 6. Jeff Swindell. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sid Blandford, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Todd Heller, 5. Byron Reed, 6. Kenny Jacobs. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Kenny Jacobs, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. Greg Hodnett, 7. Charlie Fisher, 8. Mark Kinser. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Kenny Jacobs ($5,210); 2. Jac Haudenschild ($3,510); 3. Andy Hillenburg ($2,510); 4. Mark Kinser ($2,210); 5. Steve Kinser ($2,110); 6. Joe Gaerte ($2,010); 7. Jeff Swindell ($1,610); 8. Sammy Swindell ($1,510); 9. Byron Reed ($1,410); 10. Frankie Kerr ($1,310); 11. Sid Blandford ($1,110); 12. Todd Heller ($1,010); 13. Steve Beitler ($810); 14. Kevin Huntley ($610); 15. Tim Clark ($490); 16. Charlie Fisher ($410); 17. Greg Hodnett ($360); 18. Dave Blaney ($360); 19. Jack Hewitt ($360). Lap leader: Kenny Jacobs 1-30 Ecowater Fast-Time Award winner: Sammy Swindell WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Steve Kinser , Jack Hewitt , Sammy Swindell , Kenny Jacobs , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Jeff Swindell