Knoxville Nationals Friday report

'Wild Child,' Jeff Swindell Shine in Non-Qualifiers' Program By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (August 18) - Jac Haudenschild and Jeff Swindell put the bad luck that hampered them in the preliminaries behind ...

'Wild Child,' Jeff Swindell Shine in Non-Qualifiers' Program By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (August 18) - Jac Haudenschild and Jeff Swindell put the bad luck that hampered them in the preliminaries behind them and dominated Friday's Non-Qualifiers' Program at the 35th Annual Amoco Knoxville Nationals. "The Wild Child," winner of the Second Preliminary Feature a year ago, was forced into the Non-Qualifiers' Program when he was involved several incidents Thursday. He roared to victory in the First Heat Race, then won the Non-Qualifiers' Feature from outside the fifth row. Swindell rebounded from qualifying a disappointing 35th to earn the pole position in Saturday's "B" Feature by winning the Vivarin "B" Feature Scramble. After racing past five cars during the first 1 1/2 laps of the feature, Haudenschild passed Brent Kaeding, Brent Antill and Ryan Jamison on successive laps before taking the lead from polesitter Chad Mellenberndt deep in the second corner in lapped traffic early in the ninth lap. Haudenschild's move into first place seemed to be a signal for Greg Hodnett, Swindell's Two Winners Racing teammate, to charge toward the front. Like "The Wild Child," Hodnett made quick work of the 10 cars starting in front of him. He survived a close call late in the 10th lap when he allowed the #8TW Kele & Associates Maxim to bounce off the inside berm in turn four, then took over third place the next time around. Hodnett, the recipient of the Nationals' Hard Charger Award last year, passed Mellenberndt for the runner-up spot within seconds after Haudenschild caught the backmarkers again with five laps remaining. "The Wild Child" took the checkered flag with Hodnett racing into turn four. "The track got faster as it got tackier with rubber," Haudenschild said in victory lane. "I was watching Jeff in his Scramble race, and I decided to run like he did - low in one and two and high in three and four. "I couldn't have done this without the Pennzoil crew. The guys put in a lot of hours. They put new car together last night." Rickey Hood drove the #45x Avenger past Mellenberndt early in the final lap to claim third place. Rounding out the top 10 in the Non- Qualifiers' Feature were Antill, Kaeding, Terry Gray, Dean Jacobs, Jamison and Brian Paulus. Starting Vivarin's "B" Feature Scramble outside the fourth row, Swindell kept the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim in the high groove early as he made his way toward the front of the 10-car field. He burst into third place with a daring move past Chris Walraven and Steve Kent in turn four late in the fourth lap, and victimized polesitter Fred Rahmer with a daring dive into the second corner for the lead three laps later. "I think we've had one of the fastest cars out here after we qualified so badly last night," Swindell said in victory lane. Johnny Herrera, the leader in Knoxville Raceway's weekly racing program, took the lead early in the opening lap and led all 10 laps in the Snap-on Tools "A" Feature Scramble. "When we started racing here at the first of year, I wasn't sure it would pay off at the Nationals, but it is," Herrera said. The $5,000 victory gave Herrera the second row outside starting position in Saturday's Amoco Knoxville Nationals' championship feature. Mark Kinser solidified the pole position in the $309,500 race by racing into second place from the back of the pack. Stevie Smith finished Snap-on Tools' "A" Feature Scramble in third place, ahead of Bobby Davis, Jr., Sammy Swindell, Danny Lasoski, Terry McCarl, Joey Saldana, Randy Hannagan and Andy Hillenburg. Don Droud, Jr., won the EcoWater "C" Feature Scramble from outside the front row. WoO 1995 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Amoco Knoxville Nationals, Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, IA Friday, August 18, Non-Qualifiers' Program First Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Chad Mellenberndt, 3. Tim Lewis, 4. Daniel Coggeshell, 5. Tim Engler, 6. Danny Smith, 7. Troy Parsons, 8. Tim Baker ($50); 9. Tim Mock. DNS - Greg Blevins, Kevin Frey. (first four qualified for Non-Qualifiers' Feature) Second Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Brent Antill, 2. Brent Kaeding, 3. Terry Reilly, 4. Butch Hanssen, 5. Scott Whitworth, 6. Manny Rockhold, 7. Kevin Whitworth, 8. Bob Weuve, 9. Jeff Griffis, 10. Mike Reinke, 11. J.R. Topper. (first four qualified for the Non-Qualifiers' Feature) Third Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Terry Gray, 2. Van Gurley, Jr., 3. Ryan Jamison, 4. Randy Martin, 5. Mark Cassella, 6. Bobby McMahan, 7. Scott Hogue, 8. Dave Ekern, 9. Rick Ziehl, 10. Bob White. 2:25.3 (first four qualified for the Non-Qualifiers' Feature) Fourth Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Ricky Logan, 2. Dennis Moore, Jr., 3. Ricky Hood, 4. Todd Gracey, 5. Chad Radel, 6. Dan Hamilton, 7. Doran Doty, 8. Lance Blevins ($50); 9. Leonard Lee. DNS - Spike Lempelius. 2:26.8 (first four qualified for the Non-Qualifiers' Feature) Fifth Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Brian Paulus, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Dean Jacobs, 4. Max Dumesny, 5. Jerrod Hull, 6. Randy Nygaard, 7. Shane Stewart, 8. Nick LoSasso, 9. Ronald Laney, 10. Lyle Howe III. 2:30.4 (first four qualified for the Non-Qualifiers' Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Rick Ziehl, 2. Ronald Laney, 3. Kim Mock ($250); 4. Bob White ($225); 5. Leonard Lee ($200); 6. Mike Reinke ($190); 7. J.R. Topper ($180); 8. Jeff Griffis ($170); 9. Lyle Howe III ($160). DNS - Kevin Frey, Spike Lempelius, Greg Blevins. (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Jerrod Hull, 2. Shane Stewart, 3. Bobby McMahan ($460); 4. Scott Hogue ($350); 5. Danny Smith ($285); 6. Randy Nygaard ($235); 7. Manny Rockhold ($210); 8. Kevin Whitworth ($175); 9. Troy Parsons ($150); 10. Doran Doty ($140); 11. Rick Ziehl ($280); 12. Mark Cassella ($140); 13. Nick LoSasso ($110); 14. Dave Ekern ($100); 15. Bob Weuve ($100); 16. Scott Whitworth ($120); 17. Ronald Laney ($250); 18. Dan Hamilton ($110); 19. Tim Engler ($120); 20. Chad Radel ($120). (first two qualified for the Non-Qualifiers' Feature) Non-Qualifiers' Feature (20 laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild ($2,125); 2. Greg Hodnett ($1,600); 3. Rickey Hood ($1,340); 4. Chad Mellenberndt ($1,110); 5. Brent Antill ($1,025); 6. Brent Kaeding ($900); 7. Terry Gray ($825); 8. Dean Jacobs ($690); 9. Ryan Jamison ($590); 10. Brian Paulus ($525); 11. Van Gurley, Jr. ($475); 12. Max Dumesny ($430); 13. Shane Stewart ($675); 14. Tim Lewis ($390); 15. Dennis Moore ($375); Jr., 16. Terry Reilly ($340); 17. Daniel Coggeshell ($325); 18. Todd Gracey ($320); 19. Jerrod Hull ($605); 20. Butch Hanssen ($310); 21. Ricky Logan ($350); 22. Randy Martin ($305). Lap leaders: Chad Mellenberndt 1-8, Jac Haudenschild 9-20 EcoWater C Feature Scramble (12 laps): 1. Don Droud, Jr. ($2,000); 2. Jaymie Moyle ($1,000); 3. Tim Monson ($900); 4. Rod George ($800); 5. Marlon Jones ($700); 6. Tony Moro ($600); 7. Kevin Huntley ($500); 8. Mike Peters ($400); 9. Brooke Tatnell ($300); 10. Larry Neighbors ($200). 3:47.1 Vivarin B Feature Scramble (10 laps): 1. Jeff Swindell ($3,000); 2. Fred Rahmer ($2,000); 3. Steve Kent ($1,000); 4. Jeff Shepard ($900); 5. Lance DeWease ($800); 6. Paul McMahan ($700); 7. Shane Carson ($600); 8. Tommie Estes, Jr. ($500); 9. Chris Walraven ($400); 10. Randy Tiner ($300). Snap-on Tools A Feature Scramble (10 laps): 1. Johnny Herrera ($5,000); 2. Mark Kinser ($4,000); 3. Stevie Smith ($3,000); 4. Bobby Davis, Jr. ($2,000); 5. Sammy Swindell ($1,500); 6. Danny Lasoski ($1,000); 7. Terry McCarl ($900); 8. Joey Saldana ($800); 9. Randy Hannagan ($700); 10. Andy Hillenburg ($600). 3:56.9 WoO*eof

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Baker , Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Sammy Swindell , Rick Ziehl , Larry Neighbors , Brian Paulus , Brooke Tatnell , Dean Jacobs , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart , Tim Lewis , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Bobby McMahan , Jeff Swindell