I-55 report 98-10-09

Walker Wins U.S. Dirt Nationals Preliminary By Richard Day PEVELY, MO (October 9) - It was just a matter of time. Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series fans across the country have been anxiously awaiting this scene ...

Walker Wins U.S. Dirt Nationals Preliminary By Richard Day PEVELY, MO (October 9) - It was just a matter of time. Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series fans across the country have been anxiously awaiting this scene throughout the series' 20th Anniversary Season. Eighty races passed before Friday's capacity crowd at I-55 Raceway witnessed Tyler Walker performing his patented gymnastics routine after winning the Preliminary Feature at the Seventh Annual U.S. Dirt Nationals. Walker, a rookie on the 1998 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series tour, turned two cartwheels on the front straightaway - one before and one after being interviewed in victory lane. "I don't know what to say," Walker said. "It seems like it's taken forever (to win a Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series feature race). But then again, maybe I'm a little greedy - I want to win them all. "I have to thank my guys - Ricky Warner, Barry Jackson and Scottie Vogelsong - and my dad, for making it all happen. I had a perfect car tonight." Walker performed flawlessly while leading all 20 laps in the Pennzoil World of Outlaw Series' 21st Prelimimary Feature of the year. Walker, the second-fastest qualifier in the 48-car field, was .08 seconds off Danny Lasoski's Vivarin Fast-Time Award-winning pace. He finished second in the Second Racing Champions Heat Race and earned the right to start the Preliminary Feature inside the second row by following fellow rookie Dale Blaney and Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Steve Kinser across the finish line in the Channellock Dash. Blaney burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the feature, but allowed the #93 Amoco J&J to spin in the fourth corner late in the opening lap. Donny Schatz, who started outside the second row, collided with Blaney while Danny Lasoski spun and Kelly Kinser stopped with a mechanical problem. Walker restarted the race on the pole and drove the #35 Air Sep Eagle into first place as the green flag replaced the yellow. "I almost didn't make it through myself," Walker said of Blaney's first-lap spin. "I saw Donny and Dale spinning. I didn't know happened. I just tried to find the hole (escape route)." Steve Kinser and defending U.S. Dirt Nationals champion Sammy Swindell exchanged second place during the first two laps before First Racing Champions Heat Race Andy Hillenburg got into the act. Andy and Swindell passed each other for third place three times between the fourth and sixth laps. Walker was 10 car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers when he entered lapped traffic during lap eight. Joe Gaerte started making his way toward the front during the race's middle stages. After taking fourth place from Sammy, he used an inside move in turns one and two to pass Hillenburg, then raced past Kinser between the third and fourth corners for second place during the 12th lap. Hillenburg steered his #2 J&J into the low groove in turn three to pass "The King of the Outlaws" for third place the next time around. Walker was racing in dense lapped traffic when Paul McMahan and Randy Kinser spun in the second corner with 3 1/2 laps remaining. Hillenburg passed Gaerte for second place as the race resumed. Stevie Smith, who started inside the sixth row, drove his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit past Swindell deep in turn three with 1 1/4 laps remaining to claim fifth place. Walker took the checkered flag with Hillenburg racing into the fourth corner. "Earlier this week, I watched a video tape of last year's race and saw how Mark Kinser and Sammy ran and it helped me a lot," Walker admitted. "We found the rubber there at the end and moved down a little bit. Everything was just perfect. "I think I'll come into tomorrow night's race with a more positive attitude about winning. I don't see why we can't do it again." Joe Gaerte recorded his second third-place finish in as many nights. Steve Kinser finished fourth, ahead of Smith, Swindell, Johnny Herrera, 14th-starting Jac Haudenschild, Second Racing Champions Heat Race Joey Saldana and Tim Shaffer. Lasoski received his 10th Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the year for pacing the qualifying session with an 11.409-second, 105.180-m.p.h., lap around the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval. WoO 1998 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Seventh Annual U.S. Dirt Nationals I-55 Raceway, Pevely, MO Friday, October 9, Preliminary Program Qualiciations: 1. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 11.409; 2. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 11.489; 3. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 11.507; 4. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 11.545; 5. Dale Blaney, Hylton/Blaney 93, 11.548; 6. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 11.577; 7. Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 11.634; 8. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 11.661; 9. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 11.677; 10. Joey Saldana, MOX Motorsports 17, 11.681; 11. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 11.731; 12. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 11.751; 13. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 11.762; 14. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 11.778; 15. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 11.854; 16. Craig Dollansky, Dollansky 7, 11.897; 17. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 11.900; 18. Tim Montgomery, Poole 32, 11.900; 19. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 11.949; 20. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14, 11.956; 21. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 11.980; 22. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23S, 12.026; 23. Kelly Kinser, Kinser 4K, 12.089; 24. Brian Hayden, 16, 12.108; 25. Leonard Lee, Lee 16L, 12.136; 26. Bobby Allen, Pell 1a, 12.222; 27. Matt Gilles, Gilles 22B, 12.246; 28. Danny Smith, Smith 4, 12.288; 29. Jerrod Hull, Hull 11x, 12.334; 30. Terry Babb, Babb 88, 12.408; 31. Jaymie Moyle, Vanderecken 10, 12.452; 32. Kevin Frey, Frey 71M, 12.483; 33. Adam Schmidt, Schmidt 12S, 12.496; 34. Ron Standridge, Standridge 10S, 12.592; 35. Todd Rowland, Rowland 14R, 12.593; 36. Bill Robertson, Eckley 16x, 12.613; 37. Rod Redman, Redman 95, 12.640; 38. Todd Taegers, Taegers 7A, 12.661; 39. Wayne Sternbergh, Sternbergh 14S, 12.676; 40. Justin Via, Via 24V, 12.704; 41. Bob Thoman, Campbell 7C, 12.762; 42. Dan Dittrich, Dittrich 4D, 12.777; 43. Andy Holden, Holden 3, 13.005; 44. Paul Patterson, Patterson 87, 13.102; 45. Larry Gould, Bettington 50, 13.196; 46. Wayne Barnes, Barnes 86, 13.395; 47. Gerald Cressman, Cressman 56C, 13.618; 48. Nick Bellino, Bellino 41B, no time. First Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Dale Blaney, 5. Lance Blevins, 6. Jerrod Hull, 7. Leonard Lee, 8. Tim Shaffer, 9. Bill Robertson, 10. Adam Schmidt. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joey Saldana, 2. Tyler Walker, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Donny Schatz, 5. Frankie Kerr, 6. Terry Babb, 7. Bobby Allen, 8. Rod Redman, 9. Bob Thoman, 10. Larry Gould. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Kelly Kinser, 6. Terry McCarl, 7. Jaymie Moyle, 8. Matt Gilles, 9. Ron Standridge, 10. Todd Taegers. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Randy Kinser, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Paul McMahan, 5. Craig Dollansky, 6. Danny Smith, 7. Brian Hayden, 8. Kevin Frey, 9. Wayne Sternbergh, 10. Nick Bellino. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Dale Blaney, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Tyler Walker, 4. Donny Schatz, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Danny Lasoski, 7. Andy Hillenburg, 8. Sammy Swindell. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Todd Taegers, 2. Rod Redman, 3. Wayne Sternbergh ($100); 4. Bob Thoman ($80); 5. Andy Holden ($60); 6. Nick Bellino ($50); 7. Dan Dittrich ($40); 8. Paul Patterson ($30); 9. Gerald Cressman ($25); 10. Wayne Barnes ($25); 11. Justin Via ($25); 12. Larry Gould ($25). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Tim Montgomery, 2. Tim Shaffer, 3. Terry McCarl, 4. Jerrod Hull, 5. Terry Babb ($150); 6. Leonard Lee ($125); 7. Matt Gilles ($100); 8. Bobby Allen ($75); 9. Ron Standridge ($60); 10. Jaymie Moyle ($50); 11. Danny Smith ($40); 12. Brian Hayden ($40); 13. Todd Taegers ($60); 14. Kevin Frey ($40); 15. Rod Redman ($60); 16. Adam Schmidt ($40); 17. Bill Robertson ($40); 18. Todd Rowland ($40). (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Tyler Walker ($4,500); 2. Andy Hillenburg ($2,500); 3. Joe Gaerte ($1,750); 4. Steve Kinser ($1,500); 5. Stevie Smith ($1,350); 6. Sammy Swindell ($1,250); 7. Johnny Herrera ($1,200); 8. Jac Haudenschild ($1,100); 9. Joey Saldana ($1,075); 10. Tim Shaffer ($1,070); 11. Terry McCarl ($1,020); 12. Craig Dollansky ($800); 13. Mark Kinser ($700); 14. Danny Lasoski ($630); 15. Jeff Swindell ($400); 16. Frankie Kerr ($400); 17. Randy Kinser ($300); 18. Tim Montgomery ($320); 19. Paul McMahan ($300); 20. Dale Blaney ($300); 21. Lance Blevins ($300); 22. Jerrod Hull ($320); 23. Donny Schatz ($300); 24. Kelly Kinser ($300). Lap leader: Tyler Walker 1-20 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Danny Lasoski WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Tyler Walker , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell