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'Wild Child," Smith Win Ethanol Classic Features By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (July 5) - While Sammy Swindell and Mark Kinser have combined to win 23 of the first 40 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Features this...

'Wild Child," Smith Win Ethanol Classic Features By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (July 5) - While Sammy Swindell and Mark Kinser have combined to win 23 of the first 40 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Features this season, Jac Haudenschild has been close behind them, consistently finishing in the top five. They took turns racing ahead of the 24-car field in the championship feature at the Second Annual Iowa Ethanol Classic Saturday at Knoxville Raceway, but it was "The Wild Child" who emerged the winner with a last-gasp pass at the checkered flag. Kinser, the defending Iowa Ethanol Classic champion, was a full straightaway ahead of Haudenschild as he approached lapped traffic with three laps remaining. They took the white flag with "The Wild Child" gaining ground in dense lapped traffic. The rim- riding Haudenschild caught Kinser in the second corner, raced wheel-to-wheel with him through turns three and four and won a front-straightaway drag race by half a car-length to claim the $10,000 first prize. "Mark and Sammy have really been tough to beat this year," Haudenschild said. "I'm glad I got by them tonight. Guy Forbrook (a former Knoxville Raceway champion car owner) is really good here. I've got to thank him. He really knows how to set up a car at this track. This is the most comfortable I've been here in a long time." After Haudenschild won his second main event of the season, the field was inverted and Stevie Smith - the World of Outlaws driver/owner in the most dire need of cash - raced to victory from inside the sixth row. "This one doesn't pay any points, but the $10,000 (plus $1,400 from the first feature) will sure go to good use," Smith said. "My dad (Steve Smith) and Devin (Dilugio) have been working really hard and we've been going faster lately. We're figuring the car out and we're hoping to stay out here all year." Injuries and inconsistency combined to make 1996 a lost year for Haudenschild and Jack Elden's Pennzoil team. With the hiring of Forbrook as the team's crew chief, "The Wild Child" has already won twice as many races as he did a year ago. Haudenschild earned the right to start the main event outside the front row by following Swindell across the finish line in the Vivarin Dash. He drove the #22 Pennzoil Maxim high into turn four to take the lead as the green flag fell. Smith passed Steve Kinser, then exchanged second place with Swindell as Haudenschild opened a half-straightaway advantage during the first three laps. After Scott Whitworth's fourth-corner flip stopped the race late in the fifth lap, "The King of the Outlaws" regained third place with a high move around Smith in the fourth corner. Smith passed Steve again, only to have John Kearney suffer a flat right rear tire and bring out the caution flag late in lap six. After Mark passed Steve with a low move into turn four during the ensuing restart, the Kinser cousins both passed Smith. Mark continued his run to the front three laps later, taking the low line into turn four to pass Swindell for the runner-up spot. Mark was challenging Haudenschild for the lead early in the 10th lap when former Knoxville Raceway champion Johnny Herrera allowed the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim to crash into the retaining wall in the fourth corner. Swindell kept pace with the leaders as the race resumed, and steered his #1 Channellock Gambler into the high groove between turns one and two to pass both Haudenschild and Mark to take the lead early in lap 11. Mark challenged Swindell for seven laps before taking over first place with a low move through the first and second corners. Sammy and Mark raced wheel-to-wheel down the back stretch, and Haudenschild passed Swindell for second place high in turn three. Mark, "The Wild Child" and Swindell were racing three-abreast when Paul McMahan took the #75 Mopar Stealth for a spin in turn two with six laps remaining. They raced three-wide again as the green flag replaced the yellow, but Mark managed to surge ahead. Haudenschild brought the largest non-Nationals crowd in the 43-year history of Knoxville Raceway to its feet as he battled Mark for the lead throughout the final five laps. "We had the lead on the start, but I didn't know what was going on behind me," Haudenschild said. "The track started to take rubber on the bottom, so I moved down there for a couple of laps and Mark and Sammy got by me. Actually, they smoked me on the high side, so I went back up to the top and we got a good run there the last couple of laps." Following Haudenschild, Mark and Swindell across the finish line were Steve Kinser, 14th-starting Craig Dollansky, Second Heat Race winner Dave Blaney, "B" Feature winner Andy Hillenburg, Danny Lasoski, Herrera and Don Droud, Jr. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Second Annual Iowa Ethanol Classic Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, IA Saturday, July 5, Feature Program #40 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 16.418; 2. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 16.590; 3. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 16.7343; 4. Skip Jackson, Serace 55, 16.786; 5. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.803; 6. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 16.832; 7. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 16.856; 8. Don Droud, Jr., DOCC Racing 1BK, 16.864; 9. Doug Wolfgang, Motter 71M, 16.989; 10. Craig Dollansky, Lindsey 2D, 16.997; 11. Dennis Moore, Jr., Thompson 48, 17.010; 12. Larry Pinegar II, Cahill 7, 17.088; 13. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 17.156; 14. Mike Reinke, Johnson 81, 17.171; 15. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 17.171; 16. Jeff Mitrisin, Sereg 5J, 17.193; 17. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 17.224; 18. Steve Beitler, Beitler 21x, 17.265; 19. Brent Antill, Jordan 1B, 17.283; 20. Scott Whitworth, Whitworth 96, 17.365; 21. Chris Walraven, Beahlers 56, 17.367; 22. Bob Weuve, McCroskey 19W, 17.406; 23. Leonard Lee, Lee 16L, 17.452; 24. Marlon Jones, SOS Racing 1J, 17.457; 25. Tim St. Arnold, Sonner 47T, 17.508; 26. Billy Veilhauer 12x, 17.509; 27. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 17.522; 28. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 17.544; 29. Jaymie Moyle, Vanderecken 10V, 17.572; 30. Ryan Jamison, Jamison 51J, 17.576; 31. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 17.581; 32. Randy Anderson, Anderson 71A, 17.609; 33. Tim Baker, Vandenheem 29, 17.644; 34. Dan Oswalt, Oswalt D1, 17.755; 35. John Kearney, Kearney 86, 17.844; 36. Mark Smyser, Smyser 69, 17.886; 37. Rich Bubak, Bubak 9, 17.925; 38. Manny Rockhold, Rockhold 71, 17.987; 39. Gerald Cressman, Cressman 56C, 18.137; 40. Travis Cram, Nickel/Roebuck 12, 18.156; 41. Steve Breazeale, Sage 57, 18.490; 42. John Sernett, Sernett 91, 18.493; 43. Troy Parsons, Parsons 57C, 18.510; 44. Matt Moro, Moro 2M, 18.536; 45. Dave Westercamp, Westercamp 7B, 18.662; 46. John Hall, Hall 7H, 19.053; 47. Billy Anderson, Kain 1K, 19.183; 48. Chad Smith, Smith 17, 19.232; 49. Kevin Whitworth, Whitworth 5K, 19.681; 50. Jerry Vandenhul, Vandenhul 7V, 19.802; 51. John Lambertz, Lambertz 17L, 20.241; 52. Mallory Armfield, Armfield 5MA, 20.829. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Jeff Mitrisin, 4. Dennis Moore, Jr., 5. Billy Veilhauer, 6. Chris Walraven, 7. Dion Hindi, 8. Mark Smyser, 9. John Hall, 10. John Lambertz, 11. Steve Breazeale. (first three qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Larry Pinegar II, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Paul McMahan, 5. Lance Blevins, 6. Bob Weuve, 7. John Sernett, 8. Randy Anderson, 9. Mallory Armfield, 10. Rich Bubak, 11. Billy Anderson. (first three qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Leonard Lee, 5. Don Droud, Jr., 6. Manny Rockhold, 7. Chad Smith, 8. Steve Beitler, 9. Tim Baker, 10. Troy Parsons. (first three qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Doug Wolfgang, 2. Skip Jackson, 3. Marlon Jones, 4. Brent Antill, 5. Jaymie Moyle, 6. Mike Reinke, 7. Kevin Whitworth, 8. Gerald Cressman, 9. Dan Oswalt, 10. Matt Moro. (first three qualified for the "A" Feature) Fifth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Scott Whitworth, 3. John Kearney, 4. Craig Dollansky, 5. Travis Cram, 6. Andy Hillenburg, 7. Ryan Jamison, 8. Dave Westercamp, 9. Tim St. Arnold, 10. Jerry Vandenhul. (first three qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Sammy Swindell, Jac Haudenschild, Stevie Smith and Steve Kinser for the first four starting positions in the Vivarin Dash. Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Dave Blaney, 6. Mark Kinser. (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Rich Bubak, 2. Travis Cram, 3. John Sernett ($200); 4. Dan Oswalt ($150); 5. Manny Rockhold ($125); 6. Steve Breazeale ($100); 7. Matt Moro ($70); 8. Tim Baker ($60); 9. Dave Westercamp ($50); 10. John Hall ($40); 11. Chad Smith ($35); 12. John Lambertz ($30); 13. Gerald Cressman ($30); 14. Jerry Vandenhul ($30); 15. Mark Smyser ($30); 16. Kevin Whitworth ($30); 17. Mallory Armfield ($30); 18. Troy Parsons ($30); 19. Billy Anderson ($30). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Craig Dollansky, 3. Paul McMahan, 4. Don Droud, Jr., 5. Dennis Moore, Jr., 6. Lance Blevins ($200); 7. Brent Antill ($175); 8. Leonard Lee ($150); 9. Jaymie Moyle ($100); 10. Chris Walraven ($90); 11. Dion Hindi ($80); 12. Mike Reinke ($80); 13. Bob Weuve ($70); 14. Travis Cram ($80); 15. Tim St. Arnold ($50); 16. Ryan Jamison ($50); 17. Billy Veilhauer ($50); 18. Randy Anderson ($50); 19. Rich Bubak ($70); 20. Steve Beitler ($50). (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (25 laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild ($10,600); 2. Mark Kinser ($8,200); 3. Sammy Swindell ($6,000); 4. Steve Kinser ($6,400); 5. Craig Dollansky ($5,000); 6. Dave Blaney ($3,100); 7. Andy Hillenburg ($5,800); 8. Danny Lasoski ($4,500); 9. Johnny Herrera ($2,700); 10. Don Droud, Jr. ($2,600); 11. Donny Schatz ($3,600); 12. Stevie Smith ($11,400); 13. Skip Jackson ($2,700); 14. Doug Wolfgang ($1,800); 15. Marlon Jones ($2,500); 16. Jeff Mitrisin ($2,000); 17. Jeff Swindell ($2,000); 18. Greg Hodnett ($6,600); 19. John Kearney ($3,600); 20. Scott Whitworth ($1,200); 21. Dennis Moore, Jr. ($1,900); 22. Paul McMahan ($1,600); 23. Joe Gaerte ($1,200); 24. Larry Pinegar II ($600). Lap leaders: Jac Haudenschild 1-10, 25; Sammy Swindell 11-17, Mark Kinser 18-24 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser Inverted Feature (25 laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. John Kearney, 6. Sammy Swindell, 7. Danny Lasoski, 8. Mark Kinser, 9. Donny Schatz, 10. Craig Dollansky, 11. Marlon Jones, 12. Skip Jackson, 13. Dennis Moore, Jr., 14. Jeff Swindell, 15. Jeff Mitrisin, 16. Paul McMahan, 17. Lance Blevins ($800); 18. Don Droud, Jr., 19. Scott Whitworth, 20. Doug Wolfgang, 21. Joe Gaerte, 22. Jac Haudenschild, 23. Dave Blaney, 24. Johnny Herrera. DNS - Larry Pinegar II; replaced by Lance Blevins. Lap leaders: Dennis Moore, Jr., 1-4, Greg Hodnett 5-19, Stevie Smith 20-25 WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Baker , Steve Smith , Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , John Hall , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Jeff Mitrisin , Paul McMahan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell