Knoxville Friday report

'DUDE' DOMINATES WORLD OF OUTLAWS' KNOXVILLE OPENER By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (April 28) - The fans who braved threatening weather to witness the World of Outlaws' opening-night races at Knoxville...

'DUDE' DOMINATES WORLD OF OUTLAWS' KNOXVILLE OPENER By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (April 28) - The fans who braved threatening weather to witness the World of Outlaws' opening-night races at Knoxville Raceway Friday got exactly what they wanted - a dominating performance from their ex-champion, Danny Lasoski. "It's great to be back at Knoxville," Lasoski said after winning the Fourth Snap-on Tools Heat Race, the Vivarin Dash and leading all 20 laps in the Preliminary Feature. "Racing with the World of Outlaws for Gil Sonner and having Don Lamberte as my sponsor, I'm having more fun than I've ever had in racing. The racing has been competitive, and I've been having fun." Winning five Ecowater Fast-Time Awards, four Vivarin Dash races, two Preliminary Features and two main events have made the first 9 1/2 events on the 1995 Skoal Outlaw Series tour enjoyable for the six-time Knoxville Raceway champion. On the other hand, Jac Haudenschild has seen better nights. In the Fifth Snap-on Tools Heat Race, "The Wild Child" somehow managed to qualify for the Preliminary Feature after suffering flat left rear tires during the fourth and seventh laps. Matters didn't get any better for Haudenschild in the feature. "The Wild Child" jumped from the cockpit of the #22 Pennzoil Maxim yelling for medical assistance during the second caution period. The rock guard from Aaron Berryhill's #97 Custom Stainless Maxim had hit Haudenschild's face shield and broken his nose. As soon as paramedics stopped the bleeding and stuck gauze in his nose, "The Wild Child" returned to the race. He restarted at the back of the pack and roared into ninth place to maintain the lead in the Skoal Outlaw Series point standings. Lasoski burst into the lead when the green flag replaced the red, only to have Tommie Estes, Jr., turn sideways in turn one and collect Craig Dollansky, Bobby Davis, Jr., and Stevie Smith early in the second lap. Sammy Swindell, winner of 13 World of Outlaws main events at Knoxville, passed Ecowater Fast-Time Award winner Johnny Herrera for the runner-up spot deep in the third corner later in the lap. Lasoski entered lapped traffic with a 10-car-length advantage during the sixth lap. After Andy Hillenburg and Greg Hodnett drove into the pits with handling problems and a blown engine on successive laps, Swindell roared through the backmarkers and closed to within three car-lengths of "The Dude" midway through the race. The next five laps featured a battle for third place between Mark Kinser and Dave Blaney that was reminiscent of their 40-lap war at Missouri International Race Park the previous weekend. "The Buckeye Bullet" gained the spot with an inside move in turn three with five laps remaining. Sammy was gaining on Lasoski late in the 15th lap when he hit the infield berm in turn four. The collision took the front tires on the #1 Hooters Restaurants Gambler off the ground. The front end came down hard, sending Swindell's helmet down over his eyes and his front suspension into the racing surface. While Sammy wrestled with the steering wheel to avoid a crash, he was unable to re-position his helmet, allowing Lasoski to open a comfortable margin. Herrera was attempting to take the high road around Jerry Richert, Jr., when Blaney passed them both in the low groove late in lap 16. "The Buckeye Bullet" closed to within one point of Haudenschild in the point standings when he claimed the runner-up spot with an 18th-lap pass of Swindell. Blaney was racing into the third corner when "The Dude" took the checkered flag. Kinser claimed the final automatic starting position in Saturday's Snap-on Tools Dash when he beat Herrera under the checkered flag by half a car-length. Joe Gaerte finished the Preliminary Feature in sixth place, ahead of Jeff Swindell, Don Droud, Jr., Haudenschild and 20th-starting Lance Blevins. Jeff Swindell broke Knoxville's eight-lap record while winning the First Snap-on Tools Heat Race in 2:08.3. WoO 1995 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/SKOAL OUTLAW SERIES Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, IA, Friday, April 28, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Johnny Herrera, Forbrook 5, 15.447; 2. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 15.532; 3. Craig Dollansky, Serace 55, 15.587, 4. Danny Lasoski, Sonner 47, 15.614; 5. Don Droud, Jr., Kormack 1BK, 15.654; 6. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 15.657; 7. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 15.683; 8. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 15.690; 9. Joe Gaerte, Hamilton 77, 15.759; 10. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 15.788; 11. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 15.791; 12. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 15.806; 13. Jaymie Moyle, Moyle 4J, 15.852; 14. Aaron Berryhill, Berryhill 97, 15.855; 15. Brent Antill, Jordan 1J, 15.860; 16. Tommie Estes, Jr., Gray 51, 15.860; 17. Skip Jackson, VanderEcken 10V, 15.865; 18. Bobby Davis, Jr., Davis 4, 15.943; 19. Marlon Jones, Oswalt D1, 15.956; 20. Jerry Richert, Jr., Johnson 81, 15.958; 21. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21L, 15.972; 22. Randy Hannagan, Hannagan 1x, 15.983; 23. Leonard Lee, Lee 16L, 15.992; 24. Chris Walraven, Beahlers 56, 16.005; 25. Terry McCarl, Hall 24, 16.050; 26. Kevin Doty, Cahill 7K, 16.056; 27. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 16.078; 28. Dennis Moore, Jr., RCSN Racing 12, 16.129; 29. Randy Martin, Martin 14M, 16.184; 30. Chuck Swenson, Swenson X, 16.227; 31. John Kearney, Kearney 86, 16.265; 32. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 16.272; 33. Randy Smith, Smith 0, 16.296; 34. Breezy Wentworth, Todd 5T, 16.340; 35. Mike Reinke, Cowman 02, 16.352; 36. Todd Taeger, Taeger 7A, 16.363; 37. Tony Moro, Trostle 2M, 16.431; 38. Tod Bishop, Smith 86T, 16.479; 39. Danny Young, Young 3Y, 16.621; 40. Troy Parsons, Parsons 57C, 16.691; 41. Doran Doty, Doty 14D, 16.711; 42. Gus Wasson, Wasson 4G, 16.734; 43. Jeff Tuttle, Ball 3B, 16.903; 44. Mark Smyser, Smyser 69, 17.319; 45. Todd Wessels, Howe 28W, 17.385; 46. Ryan Jamison, Jamison 51J, 17.597; 47. Eddie Leavitt, Jr., Leavitt 22A, 17.666; 48. Terry Thomas, Thomas 1T, 17.962; 49. Tim St. Arnold, St. Arnold 78, 18.027; 50. Chris Maurer, Ergenbright 11A, 19.323; 51. Bruce Williams, Williams 8B, no time. First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Lance Blevins, 3. Dave Blaney, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Kevin Doty, 6. Todd Taeger, 7. Ryan Jamison ($10); 8. Tommie Estes, Jr., 9. John Kearney ($10); 10. Doran Doty ($10). 2:08.3, new eight-lap record (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Randy Hannagan, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Mark Kinser, 6. Skip Jackson, 7. Tim Engler, 8. Gus Wasson ($10); 9. Eddie Leavitt, Jr. ($10); 10. Tony Moro ($10). 2:11.6 (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Jaymie Moyle, 3. Dennis Moore, Jr., 4. Craig Dollansky, 5. Tod Bishop, 6. Randy Smith, 7. Jeff Tuttle, 8. Bobby Davis, Jr., 9. Terry Thomas ($10); 10. Leonard Lee. 2:10.7 (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Aaron Berryhill, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Randy Martin, 5. Marlon Jones, 6. Breezy Wentworth, 7. Danny Young, 8. Mark Smyser ($10); 9. Tim St. Arnold ($10); 10. Chris Walraven ($10). 2:11.1 (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fifth Snap-on Tools Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Brent Antill, 2. Jerry Richert, Jr., 3. Don Droud, Jr., 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Chuck Swenson, 6. Mike Reinke, 7. Troy Parsons, 8. Chris Maurer ($10); 9. Todd Wessels ($10); 10. Terry McCarl. DNS - Bruce Williams. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Don Droud, Jr., 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Craig Dollansky, 6. Andy Hillenburg, 7. Dave Blaney, 8. Joe Gaerte. 1:22.1 (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Bobby Davis, Jr., 3. Tommie Estes, Jr., 4. Skip Jackson, 5. Marlon Jones ($160); 6. Breezy Wentworth ($135); 7. Mike Reinke ($110); 8. Tim Engler ($85); 9. Tod Bishop ($70); 10. Chuck Swenson ($60); 11. Troy Parsons ($50); 12. Todd Taeger ($50); 13. Kevin Doty ($50); 14. Leonard Lee ($50); 15. Randy Smith ($50); 16. Terry McCarl ($50); 17. Danny Young ($50). (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Danny Lasoski ($4,010); 2. Dave Blaney ($2,310); 3. Sammy Swindell ($1,610); 4. Mark Kinser ($1,430); 5. Johnny Herrera ($1,260); 6. Joe Gaerte ($1,160); 7. Jeff Swindell ($1,110); 8. Don Droud, Jr. ($1,060); 9. Jac Haudenschild ($1,035); 10. Lance Blevins ($1,010); 11. Skip Jackson ($930); 12. Aaron Berryhill ($710); 13. Brent Antill ($610); 14. Randy Hannagan ($510); 15. Dennis Moore, Jr. ($310); 16. Randy Martin ($310); 17. Jerry Richert, Jr. ($260); 18. Greg Hodnett ($260); 19. Andy Hillenburg ($260); 20. Jaymie Moyle ($260); 21. Tommie Estes, Jr. ($280); 22. Stevie Smith ($260); 23. Bobby Davis, Jr. ($280); 24. Craig Dollansky ($260). Lap leader: Danny Lasoski 1-20 Ecowater Fast-Time Award winner: Johnny Herrera WoO*eot

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