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HODNETT DOMINATES BATTLEGROUND FOR HIS FIRST WORLD OF OUTLAWS VICTORY By Richard Day HOUSTON, TX (March 24) - The Two Winners Racing Team was brimming with confidence when the World of Outlaws invaded ...

HODNETT DOMINATES BATTLEGROUND FOR HIS FIRST WORLD OF OUTLAWS VICTORY By Richard Day HOUSTON, TX (March 24) - The Two Winners Racing Team was brimming with confidence when the World of Outlaws invaded Battleground Speedway Friday night. "Greg (Hodnett) told me he was going to win tonight when he arrived at the track," Two Winners co-owner Tom Wimmer told World of Outlaws Director of Competition Bob Jackson. "I told him he would if he ran his race." Hodnett, the Skoal Outlaw Series' Rookie of the Year two years ago, "ran his race" in dominating style, leading all 30 laps from the pole for the first "A" Feature victory of his World of Outlaws career. Greg lapped all but eight cars in the 24-car field and drove the #8TW Kele & Associates Maxim across the finish line with runner-up Danny Lasoski racing through turn two. The $6,000 victory pushed Greg into second place in the Skoal Outlaw Series point standings. "I'm going to run the best I can and put on a show for the fans," Hodnett said after winning the Vivarin Dash. "Hopefully, we'll have the fastest car and be standing here again after the feature." Hodnett burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event only to have a first-corner crash stop the race before he completed the first lap. Aaron Berryhill, the Ecowater Systems Fast-Time Award winner, started next to Hodnett on the front row. He allowed the #97 Custom Stainless Maxim to turn sideways in the first corner, causing Joe Gaerte, Terry McCarl and Snap-on Tools Heat Race winners Sammy Swindell and Steve Beitler to collide. Mark Kinser, the leader in the Skoal Outlaw Series point standings, allowed the #5M Wirtgen Maxim to spin to a stop in turn four, bringing out the caution flag again. Hodnett took the lead again when the race resumed, and opened a 10-car-length advantage with 1 1/2 laps. He caught the backmarkers four laps later. Handling lapped traffic with ease, Greg increased his lead to a half-straightaway during lap seven. The leaders approached dense lapped traffic two laps later, allowing Berryhill to narrow the gap to eight car-lengths. Gary Wright, who passed Scott Hogue for third place a lap earlier, caught Berryhill nine laps into the race. Wright, winner of the Devil's Bowl's Spring Nationals the previous weekend, passed Berryhill for the runner-up spot deep in the second corner early in the 12th lap. Hogue relegated Berryhill to fourth place the next time around with a low move in turn four. Jeff Swindell, Hodnett's Two Winners teammate, was trying to pass Hogue for third place midway through the race when they collided. The collision sent the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim flipping into the second corner and put both Swindell and Hogue in the pits. With five backmarkers providing a buffer between him and Wright, Hodnett quickly opened a comfortable advantage again. Jac Haudenschild was pressuring Wright for the runner-up spot as Hodnett entered lapped traffic again with nine laps remaining. Lasoski raced toward the front of the field late in the race, driving the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim past Wright and "The Wild Child" during the final four laps. Following Hodnett and "The Dude" under the checkered flag in the main event were Berryhill, Wright and Dave Blaney. Kinser's charge back through the pack earned him a sixth-place finish and the Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award. Andy Hillenburg, only the 19th-fastest qualifier in the 25-car field, drove his #2 STP J&J past 12 sprinters from his 10th-row starting position to finish seventh. Haudenschild fell victim to tire ware and faded back to eighth place. Rounding out the top 10 in the main event were Rickey Hood and McCarl. WoO 1995 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/SKOAL OUTLAW SERIES Battleground Speedway, Houston, TX Friday, March 24, 1995, Feature Program #3 Qualifications: 1. Aaron Berryhill, Berryhill 97, 13.381; 2. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 13.433; 3. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 13.434, 4. Scott Hogue, Hogue 9C, 13.488; 5. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 13.495; 6. Tommie Estes, Jr., Gray 51, 13.505; 7. Gary Wright, White 9, 13.580; 8. Rickey Hood, Herrera 45x, 13.630; 9. Danny Lasoski, Sonner 47, 13.734; 10. Terry McCarl, Hall 24, 13.745; 11. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 13.751; 12. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 13.825; 13. Joe Gaerte, Hamilton 77, 13.846; 14. Randy Hannagan, Hannagan 1x, 13.859; 15. Steve Beitler, Beitler 21, 13.925; 16. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 13.939; 17. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 13.047; 18. Stevie Smith, Motter 71, 14.053; 19. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.092; 20. Johnny Herrera, Forbrook 5, 14.164; 21. Ronald Laney, Laney 52, 14.187; 22. John Bankston, Bankston 8, 14.365; 23. Donny Rae Schatz, Schatz 15, 14.574; 24. Larry Hartwell, Hartwell 10x, 15.313; 25. Dodie Miller, Miller 8K, 15.385. First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Terry McCarl, 3. Aaron Berryhill, 4. Scott Hogue, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. John Bankston, 7. Dodie Miller, 8. Gary Wright, 9. Joe Gaerte. (first nine qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Randy Hannagan, 2. Rickey Hood, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Tim Engler, 6. Johnny Herrera, 7. Dave Blaney, 8. Donny Rae Schatz. (first eight qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Steve Beitler, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Greg Hodnett, 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Tommie Estes, Jr., 7. Ronald Laney, 8. Larry Hartwell. (first eight qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Aaron Berryhill, 3. Scott Hogue, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Jeff Swindell, 6. Gary Wright, 7. Tommie Estes, Jr., 8. Rickey Hood. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Greg Hodnett ($6,010); 2. Danny Lasoski ($3,510); 3. Aaron Berryhill ($2,510); 4. Gary Wright ($2,210); 5. Dave Blaney ($2,110); 6. Mark Kinser ($2,010); 7. Andy Hillenburg ($1,610); 8. Jac Haudenschild ($1,510); 9. Rickey Hood ($1,410); 10. Terry McCarl ($1,310); 11. Stevie Smith ($1,160); 12. Sammy Swindell (1,110); 13. Joe Gaerte ($1,060); 14. John Bankston ($1,010); 15. Johnny Herrera ($710); 16. Donny Rae Schatz ($510); 17. Randy Hannagan ($410); 18. Tim Engler ($410); 19. Ronald Laney ($410); 20. Tommie Estes, Jr. ($410); 21. Dodie Miller ($410); 22. Jeff Swindell ($410); 23. Scott Hogue ($410); 24. Larry Hartwell ($410); 25. Steve Beitler ($410). Lap leader: Greg Hodnett 1-30 Ecowater Fast-Time Award winner: Aaron Berryhill Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO*eot

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Sammy Swindell , Aaron Berryhill , Randy Hannagan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell