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Swindell Takes Ethanol Classic Opener By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (July 4) - Sammy Swindell took a big step toward putting a series of misfortunes behind him Friday when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series opened...

Swindell Takes Ethanol Classic Opener By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (July 4) - Sammy Swindell took a big step toward putting a series of misfortunes behind him Friday when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series opened the Second Annual Iowa Ethanol Classic at Knoxville Raceway. The leader in the series' Driver Point Standings led all 20 laps in the evening's main event for his fifth Preliminary Feature victory of the season. "We had a good race car last night (at Huset's Speedway)," Swindell said. "We should have finished first or second over there, but we had a problem with a part in the front end and it put us behind the whole night. "If we can get rid of the little bit of bad luck we've had for the last month or so, we'll be OK. It's not like we're having trouble and not running good. With all this behind us, we should finish with a good season." If Swindell's luck improves and the #1 Channellock Gambler continues to perform as it has the first half of the season, Sammy could win his third World of Outlaws championship. Defending series champion Mark Kinser received his 16th Channellock Fast-Time Award of the year after pacing the qualifying session with a 15.483-second, 116.257-m.p.h. lap. He picked the #6 inversion pill, putting Swindell on the pole in the Vivarin Dash. Sammy won the five-lap race for the right to start the Preliminary Feature on the pole. Swindell burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the feature. Jac Haudenschild passed Steve Kinser and seven-time Knoxville Raceway champion Danny Lasoski quickly, and was in second place by the end of the first lap. Sammy opened a half-straightaway advantage during the first three laps as Kinser battled "The Wild Child" for the runner-up spot. Swindell entered lapped traffic five laps into the race. Fourth Heat Race winner Dave Blaney passed "The Dude" for fourth, then steered his #10 Vivarin J&J deep into turn three to pass Kinser for third place late in lap eight. "The King of the Outlaws" regained the spot the next time around with a high move through the first and second corners. Swindell, a half-straightaway ahead of his closest pursuers midway through the race, increased his advantage to almost a full straightaway during the 12th lap. Stevie Smith, who started outside the fourth row, joined Kinser and Blaney in their battle for third place with seven laps remaining. Three laps later, Smith steered his #19 into the low groove between turns three and four to pass Blaney for fourth. He executed an inside move in the second corner to pass Kinser for third place the next time around. Swindell was 14 car-lengths ahead of Haudenschild and lapped up to 14th place when he took the checkered flag. "The track was really wide tonight," Swindell said. "There there were a lot of places to get around lapped traffic, but the fastest ways around were right on the top or right on the bottom. "I could definitely go faster in (turns) one and two than in three and four. As a matter of fact, a couple of lapped cars beat me off four, so I wasn't sure where to run down there. "The only problem I had with lapped traffic was when guys decided to change their line. It's tough when you commit to go around a guy really close and he changes his line. As long as the lapped cars are pretty consistent, we can work our way through them." Looking forward to Saturday's Iowa Ethanol Classic finale, Sammy said, "We'll just have to have the car a little better prepared, but it's nothing we haven't done before. As long as we keep a good eye on our maintenance, we should be in good shape." Smith and Kinser finished third and fourth, respectively, to claim the other two automatic starting positions in Saturday's Vivarin Dash. Blaney held off Greg Hodnett for fifth place. Completing the top 10 in the Preliminary Feature were Mark Kinser and Andy Hillenburg, 13th-starting Johnny Herrera and Lasoski. Less than 3 1/2 seconds separated the 50 fastest qualifiers in the 51-car field. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Second Annual Iowa Ethanol Classic Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, IA Friday, July 4, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 15.483; 2. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 15.770; 3. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 15.776; 4. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 15.823; 5. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 15.843; 6. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 15.940; 7. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 16.002; 8. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 16.073; 9. Jaymie Moyle, Vanderecken 10V, 16.220; 10. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 16.296; 11. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.304; 12. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 16.368; 13. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 16.371; 14. Skip Jackson, Serace 55, 16.411; 15. Dennis Moore, Jr., Thompson 48, 16.478; 16. Marlon Jones, SOS Racing 1J, 16.484; 17. Craig Dollansky, Lindsey 2D, 16.496; 18. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 16.532; 19. Doug Wolfgang, Motter 71M, 16.607; 20. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 16.642; 21. Don Droud, Jr., DOCC Racing 1BK, 16.670; 22. John Kearney, Kearney 86, 16.710; 23. Ryan Jamison, Jamison 51J, 16.752; 24. Bob Weuve, McCroskey 19W, 16.803; 25. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 16.806; 26. Randy Anderson, Anderson 71A, 16.913; 27. Steve Beitler, Beitler 21x, 16.948; 28. John Sernett, Sernett 91, 16.986; 29. Peter Murphy, Stroud 1S, 17.088; 30. Travis Cram, Nickel/Roebuck 12, 17.113; 31. Mike Reinke, Johnson 81, 17.142; 32. Scott Whitworth, Whitworth 96, 17.168; 33. Leonard Lee, Lee 16L, 17.269; 34. Chris Walraven, Beahlers 56, 17.280; 35. Brent Antill, Jordan 1B, 17.393; 36. Jeff Mitrisin, Sereg 5J, 17.415; 37. Matt Moro, Moro 2M, 17.474; 38. Gerald Cressman, Cressman 56C, 17.524; 39. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 17.537; 40. Tim Baker, Vandenheem 29, 17.571; 41. Manny Rockhold, Rockhold 71, 17.614; 42. Mark Smyser, Smyser 69, 17.808; 43. Tim St. Arnold, Sonner 47T, 17.879; 44. Rich Bubak, Bubak 9, 17.889; 45. John Hall, Hall 7H, 17.925; 46. Troy Parsons, Parsons 57C, 18.200; 47. Dave Westercamp, Westercamp 7B, 18.282; 48. Steve Breazeale, Sage 57, 18.327; 49. Mallory Armfield, Armfield 5MA, 18.376; 50. Chad Smith, Smith 17, 18.919; 51. Larry Pineger II, Cahill 7, 22.713. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Randy Anderson, 5. Don Droud, Jr., 6. Marlon Jones, 7. Mike Reinke, 8. Jeff Mitrisin, 9. Manny Rockhold, 10. Troy Parsons. DNS - Larry Pineger II. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Craig Dollansky, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. John Kearney, 6. Matt Moro, 7. Steve Beitler, 8. Dave Westercamp, 9. Mark Smyser. DNS - Scott Whitworth. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. John Sernett, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Jeff Swindell, 6. Ryan Jamison, 7. Tim St. Arnold, 8. Leonard Lee, 9. Steve Breazeale, 10. Gerald Cressman. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Bob Weuve, 3. Skip Jackson, 4. Jaymie Moyle, 5. Peter Murphy, 6. Lance Blevins, 7. Doug Wolfgang, 8. Chris Walraven, 9. Mallory Armfield, 10. Rich Bubak. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fifth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Dion Hindi, 3. Paul McMahan, 4. Travis Cram, 5. Donny Schatz, 6. Brent Antill, 7. Dennis Moore, Jr., 8. John Hall, 9. Chad Smith, 10. Tim Baker. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Dave Blaney, 6. Mark Kinser, 7. Greg Hodnett, 8. Stevie Smith. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Tim St. Arnold, 2. Mark Smyser, 3. Tim Baker ($100); 4. Rich Bubak, 5. Manny Rockhold ($80); 6. Dave Westercamp ($60); 7. John Hall ($50); 8. Steve Breazeale ($40); 9. Chad Smith ($30); 10. Mallory Armfield ($25); 11. Troy Parsons ($25). (first three qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Doug Wolfgang, 4. John Kearney, 5. Don Droud, Jr. ($150); 6. Dennis Moore, Jr. ($125); 7. Marlon Jones ($100); 8. Brent Antill ($75); 9. Lance Blevins ($60); 10. Jeff Mitrisin ($50); 11. Ryan Jamison ($40); 12. Chris Walraven ($40); 13. Mike Reinke ($40); 14. Matt Moro ($40); 15. Tim St. Arnold ($60); 16. Mark Smyser ($60); 17. Peter Murphy ($40); 18. Leonard Lee ($40); 19. Steve Beitler ($40); 20. Rich Bubak ($60). DNS - Tim Baker; replaced by Rich Bubak. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) A Feature (20 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($4,500); 2. Jac Haudenschild ($2,500); 3. Stevie Smith ($1,700); 4. Steve Kinser ($1,500); 5. Dave Blaney ($1,350); 6. Greg Hodnett ($1,250); 7. Mark Kinser ($1,200); 8. Andy Hillenburg ($1,100); 9. Johnny Herrera ($1,075); 10. Danny Lasoski ($1,050); 11. Donny Schatz ($1,020); 12. Skip Jackson ($800); 13. Craig Dollansky ($700); 14. Joe Gaerte ($630); 15. Jeff Swindell ($420); 16. Doug Wolfgang ($420); 17. John Kearney ($320); 18. Jaymie Moyle ($300); 19. Bob Weuve ($300); 20. Paul McMahan ($300); 21. Dion Hindi ($300); 22. John Sernett ($300); 23. Randy Anderson ($300); 24. Travis Cram ($300). Lap leader: Sammy Swindell 1-20 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Baker , 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 , Peter Murphy , Jeff Swindell