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Herrera Overcomes Adversity, Wins King's Royal By Richard Day ROSSBURG, OH (July 20) - When TNN: The Nashville Network turns its camera lights on, Johnny Herrera and the ...

Herrera Overcomes Adversity, Wins King's Royal By Richard Day ROSSBURG, OH (July 20) - When TNN: The Nashville Network turns its camera lights on, Johnny Herrera and the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim spring to life. Herrera ran the race of his life Saturday when TNN televised the 13th Annual King's Royal live and the Skoal Outlaw Series sanctioned the $50,000-to-win event for the first time. "This is the biggest win of my career," Herrera told TNN's Bobby Gerould as National SpeedSport News Publisher-Emeritus Chris Economaki draped the king's robe on his back. "I've won some races, but I've always wanted to win the King's Royal and have my name up there with the elite. Now I can say I'm one of them." Herrera, who led the first 12 laps when TNN televised the World of Outlaws' May 25th "A" Feature from Williams Grove, had a comfortable advantage when his side board buckled with eight laps remaining. Although the distorted wing caused the #47 to handle awkwardly, Herrera maintained the lead through three caution periods and was five car-lengths ahead of Andy Hillenburg when he took the checkered flag. "I had no idea the wing was like that," Herrera said. "All I know was that my crew kept motioning to me under the yellows to run harder and harder. So that's what I did. I'm glad I didn't know about the wing." It didn't bother Herrera that he followed Hillenburg across the finish line in the Vivarin Dash. His second-place finish allowed him to start outside the front row. "I had the advantage of starting on the outside," said Hillenburg, who won the five-lap race from the outside pole. Herrera agreed with Hillenburg, saying, "It's better to start on the outside here at Eldora." The 1986 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year took full advantage of his starting position as the green flag fell in the 30-lap championship feature, racing around Hillenburg in turn four as the green flag fell. Herrera was 20 car-lengths ahead of Hillenburg when he entered lapped traffic five laps into the race. Hillenburg and First Quaker State Heat Race winner Jac Haudenschild narrowed the gap to two car-lengths within four laps, however. Herrera appeared to be increasing his advantage midway through the race, when he slid out of the low groove, allowing Hillenburg to catch him on the back straightaway. The #22 Pennzoil Maxim spun completely around on the front straightaway early in the 18th lap and, although "The Wild Child" lost third place, he kept the car from stalling to avoid being sent to the rear of the field. Craig Dollansky's second-corner spin brought out the caution flag and tightened the field three laps later. Herrera was racing away from the field when the side board on his top wing buckled and turned toward the infield at a 45-degree angle. Hillenburg appeared to take the lead with a fourth-corner move past Herrera with six laps remaining when Dean Jacobs spun into the retaining wall in turn four, bringing out the caution flag and nullifying the pass. Sammy Swindell, the 1992 King's Royal champion, spun into Skoal Outlaw Series points leader Mark Kinser on the back stretch within seconds after the green flag replaced the yellow. The collision sent Swindell to the pits with a broken front end and damaged the top wing on Kinser's #5M Wirtgen Maxim. Jeff Shepard exchanged third place with three-time King's Royal champion Steve Kinser several times before colliding with Haudenschild in the fourth corner with two laps remaining. Both Shepard and "The Wild Child" suffered flat tires. Hillenburg was unable to keep pace with Herrera as the race resumed and held off Steve Kinser for second place. Stevie Smith executed a last-lap pass of Mark Kinser to claim fourth place. Completing the top 10 in the $113,200 main event were Jeff Swindell, 23rd-starting Dave Blaney, Donny Schatz, Joey Saldana and "B" Feature winner Frankie Kerr. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series 13th Annual King's Royal Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH Saturday, July 20, Feature Program #40 Qualifications: 1. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 14.900; 2. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 14.938; 3. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 15.001; 4. Joey Saldana, Stanton 75, 15.047; 5. Dean Jacobs, Davis 1F, 15.152; 6. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 15.193; 7. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 15.248; 8. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23S, 15.270; 9. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 15.301; 10. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 15.307; 11. Craig Dollansky, Lindsey 2D, 15.392; 12. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 15.428; 13. Jeff Shepard, Wahlie 1W, 15.488; 14. Kevin Huntley, Johnson 02, 15.568; 15. Kenny Jacobs, Ashworth 92, 15.585; 16. Charlie Fisher, Fisher 48, 15.629; 17. Dave Freed, Freed 8F, 15.652; 18. Dale Blaney, Hughes 94, 15.668; 19. Ed Lynch, Jr., Lynch 2L, 15.705; 20. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 15.803; 21. Jimmy Stinson, Stinson 99, 15.814; 22. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 15.830; 23. Daniel Coggeshell, Coggeshell 3, 15.908; 24. Larry Neighbors, Neighbors 29N, 15.965; 25. Rocky Hodges, Holbrook 8H, 15.978; 26. Van Gurley, Jr., Gurley 3B, 15.989; 27. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 15.996; 28. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 16.011; 29. Gus Wasson, Wasson 4G, 16.030; 30. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 16.148; 31. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 16.161; 32. Bobby Allen, Allen 1a, 16.204; 33. Bobby Davis, Jr., Davis 4, 16.210; 34. Tim Kuhn, Kuhn 11K, 16.212; 35. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 16.224; 36. Tim Shaffer, J&M Motorsports 55, 16.301; 37. Byron Reed, B&S Racing 5, 16.316; 38. Mike Lutz, Reidling 5D, 16.360; 39. Butch Schroeder, Gottschalk 17, 16.486; 40. James Fisher, Fisher 48J, 16.522; 41. Mark Richard, Kronenburg 5K, 16.557; 42. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14, 16.572; 43. Len Thompson, Thompson 10T, 16.630; 44. Brian Carlson, Carlson 18C, 16.653; 45. Todd Kane, Kane 78, 16.685; 46. Mark Christman, Christman 34, 16.701; 47. Dwain Leiber, Leiber 62, 16.735; 48. Bob Adamson, Adamson 2A, 16.752; 49. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11A, 16.756; 50. Bill Bailey, Bailey 20, 16.866; 51. Bobby Teeple, Teeple 8T, 17.037; 52. Nick Naber, G&N Racing 6N, 17.400; 53. Mike Mouch, Mouch 16, 17.466; 54. Terry Pletch, Pletch 29, 17.579; 55. Jeff Williams, McCullough 10W, 17.724; 56. Kent Wolters, Wolters 25, 17.798; 57. Gerry Hart, Hart 39, 17.958; 58. Mallory Armfield, Armfield 5MA, 18.011; 59. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, no time. First Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Larry Neighbors, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Dale Blaney, 5. Mark Richard, 6. Stevie Smith, 7. Tim Engler, 8. Dwain Leiber, 9. Mike Mouch. (first three qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Shepard, 2. Rocky Hodges, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Ed Lynch, Jr., 5. Frankie Kerr, 6. Randy Kinser, 7. Joe Gaerte, 8. Bob Adamson, 9. Terry Pletch, 10. Tim Shaffer. (first three qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jim Carr, 2. Van Gurley, Jr., 3. Kevin Huntley, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Donny Schatz, 6. Byron Reed, 7. Dion Hindi, 8. Len Thompson, 9. Jeff Williams, 10. Lance Blevins. (first three qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Kenny Jacobs, 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Brian Paulus, 5. Bobby Allen, 6. Jimmy Stinson, 7. Brian Carlson, 8. Bill Bailey, 9. Mike Lutz, 10. Kent Wolters. (first three qualified for the "A" Feature) Fifth Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dean Jacobs, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Charlie Fisher, 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Bobby Davis, Jr., 6. Greg Hodnett, 7. Butch Schroeder, 8. Todd Kane, 9. Bobby Teeple, 10. Gerry Hart. (first three qualified for the "A" Feature) Sixth Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Gus Wasson, 3. Craig Dollansky, 4. Tim Kuhn, 5. Daniel Coggeshell, 6. Dave Freed, 7. Nick Naber, 8. Mark Christman, 9. James Fisher, 10. Mallory Armfield. (first three qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Dean Jacobs, 7. Joey Saldana, 8. Craig Dollansky. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Tim Engler, 3. Todd Kane, 4. Butch Schroeder, 5. Tim Shaffer ($300); 6. Len Thompson ($290); 7. Lance Blevins ($280); 8. Dwain Leiber ($270); 9. Bobby Teeple ($260); 10. James Fisher ($250); 11. Bill Bailey ($240); 12. Brian Carlson ($300); 13. Mark Christman ($220); 14. Nick Naber ($210); 15. Dion Hindi ($200); 16. Terry Pletch ($200); 17. Jeff Williams ($200); 18. Gerry Hart ($200); 19. Mallory Armfield ($200); 20. Kent Wolters ($200); 21. Mike Mouch ($200); 22. Bob Adamson ($200); 23. Mike Lutz ($200). (first four qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Frankie Kerr, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Dave Blaney, 6. Dale Blaney ($550); 7. Greg Hodnett ($430); 8. Ed Lynch, Jr. ($400); 9. Bobby Allen ($340); 10. Daniel Coggeshell ($290); 11. Tim Engler ($340); 12. Brian Paulus ($250); 13. Randy Kinser ($230); 14. Dave Freed, 15. Joe Gaerte, 16. Jimmy Stinson ($230); 17. Mark Richard ($240); 18. Byron Reed ($230); 19. Bobby Davis, Jr. ($240); 20. Tim Kuhn ($250); 21. Butch Schroeder ($340); 22. Todd Kane ($340). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Johnny Herrera ($50,050); 2. Andy Hillenburg ($12,030); 3. Steve Kinser ($7,030); 4. Stevie Smith ($5,080); 5. Mark Kinser ($4,100); 6. Jeff Swindell ($3,540); 7. Dave Blaney ($3,100); 8. Donny Schatz ($2,590); 9. Joey Saldana ($2,230); 10. Frankie Kerr ($2,090); 11. Kenny Jacobs ($1,940); 12. Kevin Huntley ($1,830); 13. Dean Jacobs ($1,750); 14. Jeff Shepard ($1,650); 15. Craig Dollansky ($1,580); 16. Rocky Hodges ($1,540); 17. Jim Carr ($1,500); 18. Van Gurley, Jr. ($1,440); 19. Joe Gaerte ($1,690); 20. Charlie Fisher ($1,330); 21. Gus Wasson ($1,315); 22. Jac Haudenschild ($1,300); 23. Dave Freed ($1,305); 24. Sammy Swindell ($1,250); 25. Larry Neighbors ($1,240). (Dave Blaney, Joe Gaerte and Dave Freed were provisional starters) Lap leader: Johnny Herrera 1-30 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Stevie Smith WoO

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1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Point Standings and Statistics Through July 21st Skoal Outlaw Series Skoal Outlaw Series Driver Point Standings Car Owner Point Standings 1. Mark Kinser . . . . 6,148 1. Karl Kinser 5M . . 6,148 2. Dave Blaney . . . . 5,946 2. Casey Luna 10 . . . 5,946 3. Steve Kinser . . . 5,750 3. Steve Kinser 11 . . 5,750 4. Jeff Swindell . . . 5,746 4. Two Winners 7TW . . 5,746 5. Stevie Smith . . . 5,705 5. Motter Mtrsprts 71M 5,705 6. Andy Hillenburg . . 5,700 6. Andy Hillenburg 2 . 5,700 7. Sammy Swindell . . 5,697 7. Sammy Swindell 1 . 5,697 8. Johnny Herrera . . 5,471 8. Gil Sonner 47 . . . 5,471 9. Joe Gaerte . . . . 5,459 9. Joe Gaerte 3G . . . 5,459 10. Jac Haudenschild . 5,427 10. Jack Elden 22 . . . 5,427 11. Joey Saldana . . . 5,214 11. Blevins Mtrsprts 21 4,956 12. Lance Blevins . . . 4,956 12. McCarr Racing 7M . 4,524 13. Jim Carr . . . . . 4,524 13. P&P Motorsports 28 3,572 14. Brian Paulus . . . 3,572 14. Dennis Roth 83 . . 3,487 15. Danny Lasoski . . . 3,303 15. Gary Stanton 75 . . 3,262 16. Greg Hodnett . . . 3,081 16. Guy Forbrook 5 . . 3,035 17. Dion Hindi . . . . 1,964 17. Dave Helm 11H . . . 2,821 18. Donny Schatz . . . 1,825 18. Dion Hindi 11A . . 1,964 19. Randy Kinser . . . 1,619 19. Danny Schatz 15 . . 1,825 20. Jeff Shepard . . . 1,448 20. Steve Kinser 14 . . 1,619 Skoal Outlaw Series Skoal Outlaw Series Driver Earnings "A" Feature Winners 1. Mark Kinser . . $192,770 1. Mark Kinser . . . . . 13 2. Steve Kinser . $144,445 2. Steve Kinser . . . . . 8 3. Dave Blaney . . $136,290 3. Dave Blaney 4. Sammy Swindell $121,620 (tie) Sammy Swindell . . . 5 5. Johnny Herrera $118,800 5. Jeff Swindell . . . . . 3 6. Jeff Swindell . $114,595 6. Stevie Smith . . . . . 2 7. Andy Hillenburg $100,210 7. Johnny Herrera 8. Stevie Smith . . $97,130 (tie) Jac Haudenschild 9. Jac Haudenschild $67,575 (tie) Billy Pauch . . . . . 1 10. Joe Gaerte . . . $65,445 EcoWater Systems 11. Danny Lasoski . . $59,750 Quick-Time Award Winners 12. Joey Saldana . . $55,255 1. Mark Kinser . . . . . 23 13. Lance Blevins . . $38,885 2. Steve Kinser . . . . . 7 14. Jim Carr . . . . $27,155 3. Sammy Swindell . . . . 4 15. Greg Hodnett . . $24,385 Skoal Outlaw Series 16. Billy Pauch . . . $17,430 "A" Feature Lap Leaders 17. Terry McCarl . . $14,960 1. Mark Kinser . . . . . 500 18. Brian Paulus . . $13,610 2. Sammy Swindell . . . 200 19. Donny Schatz . . $12,460 3. Steve Kinser . . . . 137 20. Randy Kinser . . $12,290 4. Dave Blaney . . . . . 106

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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 , Kenny Jacobs , Gus Wasson , Larry Neighbors , Brian Carlson , Brian Paulus , Dean Jacobs , Joey Saldana , Jeff Williams , Billy Pauch , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams