'Dude' Takes Season Opener at Kings Speedway By Richard Day HANFORD, CA (February 19) - Danny Lasoski, Sammy Swindell and Jimmy Carr, major players in the 1998 Amoco Knoxville Nationals, hogged ...
'Dude' Takes Season Opener at Kings Speedway By Richard Day HANFORD, CA (February 19) - Danny Lasoski, Sammy Swindell and Jimmy Carr, major players in the 1998 Amoco Knoxville Nationals, hogged the spotlight when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series opened its 1999 season before a record crowd at Kings Speedway Friday. Just as they did last August in the most exciting Amoco Knoxville Nationals championship feature in years, Lasoski and Swindell battled for the lead throughout Friday's 30-lap main event. Carr, Lasoski's crew chief last season, raced into third place while making his debut in the #21 Up Front Phone Cards J&J. "Jimmy Carr beat my track record here last fall, and he's been letting me hear about it ever since," Lasoski said following the 13th "A" Feature victory of his Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series career, "so I knew I had to do something pretty spectacular tonight. Jimmy ran third, and I'm happy for him. It's great to win one for (car owner) Dennis Roth in his hometown. "The fuel load going away really brought the car to us later in the race. In the first half, the car just wanted to wheelie. Jerry Russell builds great cars there at Eagle, and I just can't say enough about them. My guys did a super job all night long. Mark Ellis stepped up as crew chief, and Jack Hickman joined our team this year. Our goal is to win the championship this year, and this is a great way to start off." Lasoski got the season off to a rousing start by breaking the single-lap record with a 12.843-second (93.436-m.p.h.) lap around Hanford's semi-banked, 1/3-mile oval. He received the Vivarin Fast- Time Award for his historic effort. Swindell, who passed four cars to finish second in the Channellock Dash, passed polesitter Joe Gaerte for the lead within seconds after the green flag fell. Sammy, winner of three Pennzoil World of Outlaws "A" Features at Kings Speedway, was increasing his advantage when Stevie Smith's #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit bicycled and flipped in turn four late in the second lap. Travis Whitney was also involved in the crash. He and Daryn Pittman joined Smith in the pit area after the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim suffered its second blown engine of the night just before the green flag replaced the red. Craig Dollansky and Kasey Kahne collided on the front straightaway as the race resumed, bringing out the caution flag. The damage to Dollansky's #7 Polydome Gambler kept him from continuing. Swindell controlled the ensuing restart and was 1.3 seconds ahead of Gaerte when he entered lapped traffic during the eighth lap. Carr passed Gaerte for second three laps later with a low move between the first and second corners. Lasoski, who started outside the sixth row, steered the #83 Beef Packers Eagle low in turn one to pass Gaerte for third place early in the 13th lap. "The Dude" continued his run to the front 1 1/2 laps later, taking the low line through turns three and four to pass Carr for second place. Swindell, a half-second ahead of Lasoski during the 18th lap, was battling to maintain the lead three laps later. After a low move through the first and second corners failed early in lap 21, "The Dude" came back to pass Swindell for the lead deep in turn four the next time around. Sammy was unable to keep pace with Lasoski during the final nine laps and was 1.5 seconds behind when the checkered flag fell. The victory the second of Lasoski's career at Kings Speedway. He also won a Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature there on September 6, 1995. Following Lasoski, Swindell and Carr across the finish line were Fourth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race winner Jeff Swindell, 21st-starting Donny Schatz, Tim Shaffer, Brent Kaeding, defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Steve Kinser, Gaerte and Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race Dale Blaney. Mark Kinser got off to a fast start in his first race in the #5M Mopar Maxim, but a flat left rear tire caused him to flip during the Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race destroyed the car. He used a provisional to start the "A" Feature, but took only two laps before coasting into the pit area. WoO
1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Kings Speedway, Hanford, CA Friday, February 19, Feature Program #1
Qualifications: 1. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 12.843 (new single-lap record); 2. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 12.869; 3. Blake Robertson, BR Motorsports 15R, 12.930; 4. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 12.950; 5. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 12.984; 6. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 12.992; 7. Brent Kaeding, M&M Racing 2M, 13.060; 8. Johnny Herrera, DOCC Motorsports 1BK, 13.081; 9. Jimmy Carr, Blevins 21, 13.112; 10. Dale Blaney, Hylton/Blaney 93, 13.260; 11. Kasey Kahne, Kahne 23K, 13.271; 12. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 13.273; 13. Daryn Pittman, Sonner 47, 13.280; 14. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 13.281; 15. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 13.317; 16. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 13.393; 17. Travis Whitney, Whitney 7S, 13.395; 18. Jason Meyers, Carter 14, 13.436; 19. Ricci Faria, Faria 89, 13.454; 20. Bud Kaeding, Macieal 29, 13.471; 21. Calvin Landis, Landis 70, 13.495; 22. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 13.500; 23. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 13.545; 24. Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 13.555; 25. Craig Dollansky, Dollansky 7, 13.570; 26. Tommy Tarlton, Tarlton 21T, 13.659; 27. Brian Coelho, Coelho 5C, 13.668; 28. Greg Decaires, Hasebe 2x, 13.694; 29. Steve Coelho, Coelho 6C, 13.707; 30. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 13.732; 31. Dave Lindt, Jr., Lindt 52, 13.858; 32. Gary Ferravanti, Ferravanti 1F, 13.878; 33. Cal Herdson, Herdson 16H, 14.005; 34. Garrett Ishii, Ishii 71G, 14.006; 35. Craig Stidham, Stidham 36S, 14.045; 36. Charlie Lowden, Lowden X, 14.161; 37. Daniel Hood, Hood 33D, 14.231; 38. Tim Worth, Worth 33, 14.827; 39. Mike Quigley, Quigley 75, 14.828; 40. Peter Murphy, Williams 0, no time. First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jimmy Carr, 2. Daryn Pittman, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Calvin Landis, 6. Craig Dollansky, 7. Travis Whitney, 8. Cal Herdson, 9. Daniel Hood, 10. Steve Coelho. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dale Blaney, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Tyler Walker, 4. Tim Shaffer, 5. Tommy Tarlton, 6. Jason Meyers, 7. Brooke Tatnell, 8. Garrett Ishii, 9. Tim Worth, 10. Mark Kinser. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Brent Kaeding, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Ricci Faria, 5. Kasey Kahne, 6. Dave Lindt, Jr., 7. Blake Robertson, 8. Brian Coelho, 9. Mike Quigley, 10. Craig Stidham. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Terry McCarl, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Greg Decaires, 8. Peter Murphy, 9. Charlie Lowden, 10. Gary Ferravanti. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Jimmy Carr, 5. Tim Shaffer, 6. Danny Lasoski, 7. Steve Kinser, 8. Dale Blaney. (finish determined first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Blake Robertson, 2. Travis Whitney, 3. Craig Dollansky, 4. Jason Meyers, 5. Greg Decaires ($200); 6. Brooke Tatnell ($180); 7. Peter Murphy ($150); 8. Brian Coelho ($110); 9. Tim Worth ($90); 10. Cal Herdson ($80); 11. Mike Quigley ($60); 12. Craig Stidham ($50); 13. Garrett Ishii ($50); 14. Bud Kaeding ($50); 15. Charlie Lowden ($50); 16. Dave Lindt, Jr. ($50); 17. Steve Coelho ($50); 18. Gary Ferravanti ($50); 19. Daniel Hood ($50); 20. Mark Kinser ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Danny Lasoski ($8,000); 2. Sammy Swindell ($4,000); 3. Jimmy Carr ($3,000); 4. Jeff Swindell ($2,500); 5. Donny Schatz ($2,300); 6. Tim Shaffer ($2,200); 7. Brent Kaeding ($2,100); 8. Steve Kinser ($2,000); 9. Joe Gaerte ($1,800); 10. Dale Blaney ($1,700); 11. Johnny Herrera ($1,400); 12. Andy Hillenburg ($1,200); 13. Tyler Walker ($1,100); 14. Tommy Tarlton ($1,050); 15. Ricci Faria ($1,000); 16. Jason Meyers ($920); 17. Calvin Landis ($700); 18. Kasey Kahne ($550); 19. Blake Robertson ($570); 20. Craig Dollansky ($570); 21. Stevie Smith ($550); 22. Daryn Pittman ($550); 23. Travis Whitney ($570); 24. Mark Kinser ($570); 25. Terry McCarl ($550). Provisional starter - Mark Kinser Lap leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-21, Danny Lasoski 22-30 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Danny Lasoski WoO