Knoxville Nationals Second Preliminary Results

Walker Wins Second Nationals Preliminary By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (August 12) - Realizing the 39th Annual Amoco Knoxville Nationals could be his last, Tyler Walker set out to make it a memorable...

Walker Wins Second Nationals Preliminary By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (August 12) - Realizing the 39th Annual Amoco Knoxville Nationals could be his last, Tyler Walker set out to make it a memorable one when the event entered its second day Thursday at Knoxville Raceway. Walker, who announced he signed a five-year contract to drive on NASCAR's Busch Grand National tour for Tim Beverly the day before, will surely include Thursday's Preliminary Feature victory in his 1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series highlight film. Walker, who passed nine cars to win the Fifth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race, led the final 10 laps after Stevie Smith lost first place in an 11th-lap crash on his way to winning the second Preliminary Feature. "I have to thank my crew," Walker said after performing his patented victory flip on the front straightaway. "They've done a great job all year. We've been in position to win and had some bad luck. We got some good luck about the 10th lap tonight. These are just the best guys. I wouldn't trade them for anybody. I'm just trying to make it a good Nationals because it will probably be my last one. "I just have to thank all you fans for being so wonderful to me. I'll miss you. It makes me sad, but I'm going to give stock cars a shot and see how that goes." Walker, the fifth-fastest qualifier in the 64-car field, won the Fifth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race from outside the fifth row. He started sixth in the 20-lap Preliminary Feature. Smith, who lined up next to polesitter Chad Kemenah, drove his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit into the high groove in turn four to take the lead as the green flag fell in the feature. Stevie, who won the three Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series races preceding the Amoco Knoxville Nationals, was a half-straightaway ahead of his closest pursuers when Dale Blaney spun in the fourth corner early in the third lap. Walker, the 1996 Amoco Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year, passed Kemenah as the green flag replaced the yellow and immediately started challenging Smith for the lead. Walker and Smith entered lapped traffic during the seventh lap, and raced wheel-to-wheel through much of the next three laps. Smith was two car-lengths ahead of Walker when he was unable to Blaney and Brent Antill, who collided ahead of him between turns three and four late in lap 11. He almost met a similar fate early in the First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race when a collision with Kenny Jacobs allowed five cars to pass him. Stevie recovered to finish in fourth place. Smith restarted the feature at the rear of the field after his crew replaced a nerf bar and his top wing. Donny Goeden was between Walker and First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race winner Donny Schatz at the front of the field when the race resumed. Schatz passed Goeden quickly, but Walker opened a 1.3-second advantage within five laps. He caught the backmarkers again the next time around and started extending his advantage. Walker was 2.6 seconds ahead when he took the checkered flag. "This was kind of like it was in New York (Orange County Fair Speedway August 2nd). Stevie was running really well and we were right behind him when a lapped car spun in front of me and took me out. He was running well again tonight when that happened to him. I don't know if I would have won, but it would have been a good show for the fans. That's just racing. I'm just glad to be in victory circle." Defending Amoco Knoxville Nationals champion Danny Lasoski finished in third place, ahead of Kevin Gobrecht, Steve Kinser, Danny Wood, Andy Hillenburg, Smith, "B" Feature winner Tim Shaffer and 22nd-starting Lance DeWease. Kinser, who debuted his Superman sprinter Thursday, changed engines following his NAPA Auto Parts Heat race. The 11-time Nationals champion fell back to seventh place when he almost spun in the second corner with 6 1/2 laps remaining, but recovered to finish fifth. WoO

1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series 39th Annual Amoco Knoxville Nationals Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, IA Thursday, August 12, Preliminary Program #2 Vivarin qualifications: 1. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 15.955; 2. Lance DeWease, Harz 88L, 16.041; 3. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 16.126; 4. Kevin Gobrecht, Hylton/Blaney 93, 16.143; 5. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 16.190; 6. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 16.317; 7. John Sernett, Sernett 91, 16.318; 8. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 16.343; 9. Kevin Whitworth, Whitworth 16.396; 10. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 16.404; 11. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 16.405; 12. Nick Bellino, Bellino 41B, 16.407; 13. Danny Smith, Ashworth 92, 16.420; 14. James Chesson, Chesson 22C, 16.431; 15. Chad Kemenah, Harbig 15K, 16.436; 16. Travis Whitney, Frost 88M, 16.457; 17. Gary Wright, Wright 9, 16.500; 18. Larry Pinegar II, Pinegar 11L, 16.505; 19. Kenny Hansen, Hansen 4H, 16.512; 20. Matt Moro, Moro 2M, 16.526; 21. Kenny Jacobs, Jacobs 6K, 16.529; 22. Ed Lynch, Jr., Lynch 2L, 16.557; 23. Jim Moughan, Moughan 1J, 16.560; 24. Randy Anderson, Anderson 71A, 16.575; 25. Mark Toews, Toews 5T, 16.580; 26. Larry Neighbors, Neighbors 29N, 16.594; 27. Danny Wood, Woodburn 21D, 16.596; 28. Brian Grimes, Grimes 6, 16.649; 29. Chris Walraven, Behlers 56, 16.602; 30. Ed Neumeister, Neumeister 11N, 16.658; 31. Manny Rockhold, Gould 02, 16.685; 32. Bob Bennett, Mickle 3, 19.693; 33. Ronnie Day, Offill 88W, 16.726; 34. Blake Robertson, Robertson 15R, 16.737; 35. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.749; 36. Jaymie Moyle, Moyle 4, 16.750; 37. Tim Kaeding, McMillen 10T, 16.773; 38. Duane Bonini, Jr., Bonini 72, 16.787; 39. Peter Murphy, Williams 40, 16.808; 40. Daryn Pittman, Sonner 47, 16.819; 41. Dale Blaney, Holbrook 8H, 16.849; 42. Micah Schliemann, Julius 9M, 16.857; 43. Donny Goeden, Karavan Motorsports 27G, 16.858; 44. Brent Antill, Jordan 1B, 16.943; 45. Travis Cram, Stroud 1S, 16.946; 46. Jason Statler, Statler 600, 17.038; 47. Jerrod Hull, Webb 51, 17.136; 48. Tim Monson, Woodke 1W, 17.064; 49. Dean Jacobs, Holbrook 8D, 17.198; 50. J.C. Sulawske, Hobgood 12J, 17.201; 51. Kevin Whitworth, Whitworth 5K, 17.240; 52. Jimmy Kouba, Kouba 12K, 17.244; 53. Loren Langerud, Langerud 56L, 17.429; 54. Steve King, King 88K, 17.498; 55. Travis Rilat, Rilat 35T, 17.513; 56. John Bankston, Bankston 8, 17.631; 57. Rick Ziehl, Ziehl 18Z, 17.632; 58. John Lambertz, Lambertz 12L, 17.663; 59. Tommy Scott, Scott 4S, 17.698; 60. Robert Jackson, Dereu 50, 17.761; 61. Howie Gleason, Gleason 21G, 17.945; 62. Dan Oswalt, Oswalt D1, 18.537; 63. Ken Whitehouse, Whitehouse 21W, 19.350; 64. Mallory Armfield, Armfield 5MA, 20.453. First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Tim Monson, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Manny Rockhold, 6. Kenny Jacobs, 7. Larry Neighbors, 8. Travis Whitney, 9. Tim Kaeding, 10. Micah Schliemann. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Ronnie Day, 2. Danny Wood, 3. Donny Goeden, 4. Ed Lynch, Jr., 5. Lance DeWease, 6. Gary Wright, 7. Duane Bonini, Jr., 8. Nick Bellino, Jr., 9. Jerrod Hull, 10. John Sernett. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Dean Jacobs, 2. Brent Antill, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Peter Murphy, 5. Tim Shaffer, 6. Danny Smith, 7. Larry Pinegar II, 8. Jim Moughan, 9. Blake Robertson, 10. Chris Walraven. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Daryn Pittman, 2. Kevin Gobrecht, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Scott Whitworth, 5. James Chesson, 6. Brian Grimes, 7. J.C. Sulawske, 8. Kenny Hansen, 9. Travis Cram, 10. Randy Anderson. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fifth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Tyler Walker, 2. Dale Blaney, 3. Jason Statler, 4. Chad Kemenah, 5. Brian Paulus, 6. Matt Moro, 7. Jaymie Moyle, 8. Mark Toews, 9. Kevin Whitworth, 10. Ed Neumeister. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Non-Qualifiers Race (eight laps): 1. Loren Langerud, 2. Travis Rilat, 3. Steve King, 4. Jimmy Kouba, 5. Dan Oswalt, 6. John Bankston, 7. Robert Jackson, 8. Rick Ziehl, 9. Tommy Scott, 10. John Lambertz, 11. Bob Bennett, 12. Mallory Armfield, 13. Ken Whitehouse, 14. Howie Gleason. (first eight qualified for the "C" Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Travis Cram, 2. John Sernett, 3. Tim Kaeding, 4. Jerrod Hull, 5. Travis Rilat, 6. Blake Robertson, 7. Loren Langerud, 8. Steve King, 9. Robert Jackson, 10. Ed Neumeister, 11. Dan Oswalt, 12. Micah Schliemann, 13. Chris Walraven, 14. Jimmy Kouba, 15. Rick Ziehl, 16. Randy Anderson, 17. Kevin Whitworth, 18. John Bankston. (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Tim Shaffer, 2. Lance DeWease, 3. Brian Paulus, 4. Danny Smith, 5. Matt Moro, 6. Gary Wright, 7. Larry Pinegar II, 8. Manny Rockhold, 9. Kenny Jacobs, 10. Travis Whitney, 11. Kenny Hansen, 12. Mark Toews, 13. Larry Neighbors, 14. Jim Moughan, 15. John Sernett, 16. Duane Bonini, Jr., 17. J.C. Sulawske, 18. Jaymie Moyle, 19. Brian Grimes, 20. James Chesson, 21. Travis Cram, 22. Nick Bellino. (first two qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Tyler Walker, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Kevin Gobrecht, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Danny Wood, 7. Andy Hillenburg, 8. Stevie Smith, 9. Tim Shaffer, 10. Lance DeWease, 11. Peter Murphy, 12. Daryn Pittman, 13. Dean Jacobs, 14. Scott Whitworth, 15. Ed Lynch, Jr., 16. Ronnie Day, 17. Donny Goeden, 18. Jason Statler, 19. Tim Monson, 20. Kevin Whitworth, 21. Dean Jacobs, 22. Brent Antill Lap leaders: Stevie Smith 1-10, Tyler Walker 11-20 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Danny Lasoski WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , James Chesson , Kenny Jacobs , Tyler Walker , Rick Ziehl , Larry Neighbors , Brian Paulus , Daryn Pittman , Dean Jacobs , Travis Rilat , Chad Kemenah , Tim Kaeding , Jason Statler , Peter Murphy
Teams Williams