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Hillenburg Claims Seventh Annual U.S. Dirt Nationals By Richard Day PEVELY, MO (October 10) - Andy Hillenburg is extremely proud to have qualified for 453 consecutive Pennzoil World of Outlaws "A" Features. It's...

Hillenburg Claims Seventh Annual U.S. Dirt Nationals By Richard Day PEVELY, MO (October 10) - Andy Hillenburg is extremely proud to have qualified for 453 consecutive Pennzoil World of Outlaws "A" Features. It's the longest streak of consistency in the series' 20- year history. Hillenburg was pleased to stop his 36-race winless streak Saturday in the Seventh Annual U.S. Dirt Nationals at I-55 Raceway. He hadn't won a Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series main event since June 7th at Illinois State Fair Speedway. "The car was perfect tonight," Andy said. "I have to give all the credit to 'Diesel' (Keith Carlson) and Doug (Runkle). "The Klein engine was really running. I have good people behind me - Klein Engines, Rush Truck Centers, John Christner Trucking and STP. They're the ones who let me do this 100 nights a year. "We had some problems this summer, but I think that's behind us now. I hope we can finish strong." With six events remaining in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 20th Anniversary Season, Hillenburg ranks sixth in the point standings. The three "A" Features he has won this year are more than his total of the last two seasons combined. Passing Joe Gaerte for second place during a 17th-lap restart in Friday's Preliminary Feature paid big dividends for Hillenburg Saturday. He only had to pass Tyler Walker in the Channellock Dash for the right to start the "A" Feature on the pole. It was Andy's ninth Channellock Dash victory of the year. Hillenburg burst into the lead as the green flag fell in Saturday's main event. Walker and Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Steve Kinser passed Gaerte during the third and fourth laps to take over second and third place, respectively. Hillenburg was six car-lengths ahead of Walker when he entered lapped traffic six laps into the race. He opened a half-straightaway advantage by the 12th lap as Kinser challenged Walker for second. Hillenburg was racing comfortably ahead of the field during lap 25 when Craig Dollansky and Paul McMahan flipped in the first corner. Walker and Lasoski, who was in fourth place at the time, collided trying to avoid the crash. McMahan joined Walker and Lasoski as they restarted at the rear of the field. Jac Haudenschild and Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Donny Schatz passed each other three times during the 28th, 29th and 30th laps as they battled for fourth place in every corner on Pevely's high-banked, 1/3-mile oval. Haudenschild eventually claimed the spot, while Schatz finished in seventh place. Hillenburg was six car-lengths ahead of "The King of the Outlaws" when he caught the backmarkers again with four laps remaining. He took the checkered flag with 10 car-lengths to spare. Kinser's ninth second-place finish of the season pushed him 137 points ahead of cousin Mark Kinser in their battle for the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series championship. Steve can clinch his 15th series title by finishing seventh or better in the three Preliminary Features and six main events remaining on the schedule. Gaerte held off Haudenschild for his third straight third-place finish. Johnny Herrera, who started outside the seventh row, put on a late charge to claim fifth place. Defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Sammy Swindell finished sixth, ahead of Schatz, Fourth Racing Champions Heat Race winner Dale Blaney, Lasoski and 23rd- starting Kelly Kinser. Lasoski extended his streak of top-10 finishes to 19 by racing back through the field during the final 10 laps to finish ninth. Stevie Smith, who led the points race for four events in May, fell out of contention for the championship when the engine in his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit lost power and wouldn't re-fire during the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' famous "Four Abreast" parade lap at the beginning of the main event. Danny Smith replaced him in the lineup and raced into 16th place from outside the 12th row. Schatz received his first Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the year after pacing the 42-car qualifying session with an 11.041-second, 108.686-m.p.h., lap. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' fire-breathing, mudslinging sprint car racing teams are heading for Texas to run the Fourth Annual Fall Nationals at Battleground Speedway Thursday and the 25th Annual Winter Nationals at Devil's Bowl Speedway Friday and Saturday. WoO 1998 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Seventh Annual U.S. Dirt Nationals I-55 Raceway, Pevely, MO Saturday, October 10, Feature Program #61 Qualifications: 1. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 11.041; 2. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 11.078; 3. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 11.123; 4. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 11.246; 5. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 11.257; 6. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 11.275; 7. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14, 11.295; 8. Dale Blaney, Hylton/Blaney 93, 11.344; 9. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 11.405; 10. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 11.422; 11. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 11.461; 12. Tim Montgomery, Poole 32, 11.462; 13. Joey Saldana, MOX Motorsports 17, 11.502; 14. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 11.506; 15. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23S, 11.509; 16. Craig Dollansky, Dollansky 7, 11.516; 17. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 11.630; 18. Brian Hayden, Hayden 16, 11.647; 19. Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 11.671; 20. Bobby Allen, Pell 1a, 11.785; 21. Todd Rowland, Rowland 14R, 11.850; 22. Jerrod Hull, Hull 11x, 11.854; 23. Danny Smith, Smith 4, 11.867; 24. Nick Bellino, Bellino 41B, 11.903; 25. Kelly Kinser, Kinser 4K, 11.924; 26. Paul Patterson, Patterson 87, 11.969; 27. Kevin Frey, Frey 71M, 11.975; 28. Scott Simion, Simion 4F, 11.980; 29. Leonard Lee, Lee 16L, 12.017; 30. Bill Robertson, Eckley 16x, 12.058; 31. Jaymie Moyle, Vanderecken 10, 12.110; 32. Matt Gilles, Gilles 22B, 12.137; 33. Todd Taegers, Taegers 7A, 12.165; 34. Rod Redman, Redman 95, 12.177; 35. Wayne Sternbergh, Sternbergh 14S, 12.541; 36. Dan Dittrich, Dittrich 4D, 12.550; 37. Terry Babb, Babb 88, 12.604; 38. Justin Via, Via 24V, 12.763; 39. Gerald Cressman, Cressman 56C, 12.847; 40. Larry Gould, Gould 50, 13.003; 41. Wayne Barnes, Barnes 86, 13.164; 42. Andy Holden, Holden 3, 13.377. First Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joey Saldana, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Donny Schatz, 5. Lance Blevins, 6. Kelly Kinser, 7. Todd Taegers, 8. Terry Babb, 9. Wayne Barnes, 10. Leonard Lee. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Tim Shaffer, 5. Jerrod Hull, 6. Brian Hayden, 7. Bill Robertson, 8. Rod Redman, 9. Paul Patterson, 10. Justin Via. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Paul McMahan, 3. Terry McCarl, 4. Frankie Kerr, 5. Randy Kinser, 6. Jaymie Moyle, 7. Danny Smith, 8. Wayne Sternbergh, 9. Kevin Frey, 10. Gerald Cressman. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dale Blaney, 2. Stevie Smith ($200); 3. Tim Montgomery, 4. Craig Dollansky, 5. Bobby Allen, 6. Matt Gilles, 7. Nick Bellino, 8. Dan Dittrich, 9. Scott Simion, 10. Larry Gould. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Tyler Walker, Andy Hillenburg, Joe Gaerte, and Steve Kinser for the first four starting positions in the Channellock Dash. Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Tyler Walker, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. Donny Schatz. (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Jaymie Moyle, 2. Matt Gilles, 3. Wayne Sternbergh ($125); 4. Terry Babb ($100); 5. Todd Taegers ($80); 6. Gerald Cressman ($70); 7. Dan Dittrich ($60); 8. Justin Via ($50); 9. Andy Holden ($40); 10. Wayne Barnes ($30); 11. Larry Gould ($30). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Lance Blevins, 2. Kelly Kinser, 3. Randy Kinser, 4. Jerrod Hull, 5. Danny Smith, 6. Bobby Allen ($175); 7. Brian Hayden ($150); 8. Jaymie Moyle ($120); 9. Kevin Frey ($90); 10. Nick Bellino ($80); 11. Todd Rowland ($60); 12. Matt Gilles ($70); 13. Paul Patterson ($50); 14. Leonard Lee ($50); 15. Bill Robertson ($50); 16. Scott Simion ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (35 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg ($10,000); 2. Steve Kinser ($6,000); 3. Joe Gaerte ($3,500); 4. Jac Haudenschild ($3,200); 5. Johnny Herrera ($3,000); 6. Sammy Swindell ($2,500); 7. Donny Schatz ($2,300); 8. Dale Blaney ($2,200); 9. Danny Lasoski ($2,100); 10. Kelly Kinser ($2,020); 11. Tyler Walker ($1,500); 12. Jeff Swindell ($1,400); 13. Mark Kinser ($1,300); 14. Joey Saldana ($1,200); 15. Lance Blevins ($1,020); 16. Danny Smith ($1,020); 17. Tim Shaffer ($800); 18. Randy Kinser ($620); 19. Paul McMahan ($600); 20. Terry McCarl ($600); 21. Craig Dollansky ($600); 22. Tim Montgomery ($600); 23. Frankie Kerr ($600); 24. Jerrod Hull ($620). DNS - Stevie Smith; replaced by Danny Smith Lap leader: Andy Hillenburg 1-35 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Donny Schatz 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