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'Buckeye Bullet' Wins Amoco Knoxville Nationals By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (August 17) - What a week for Dave Blaney. "The Buckeye Bullet" collected two $100,000 paydays, the second coming in Sunday's 37th...

'Buckeye Bullet' Wins Amoco Knoxville Nationals By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (August 17) - What a week for Dave Blaney. "The Buckeye Bullet" collected two $100,000 paydays, the second coming in Sunday's 37th Annual Amoco Knoxville Nationals championship feature. The victory pushed him into first place in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series driver standings. He also announced a three-year sponsorship agreement with Amoco Friday. "It's been unbelievable here lately," Blaney said in victory lane. "Things have been going our way for the last 10 days or so. I couldn't be happier. Vivarin has been great to me for a long time, and I'm glad I could win this for them." Although inclement weather forced the Amoco Knoxville Nationals into a fifth day for only the third time in its history, TNN: The Nashville Network's commitment to the event never wavered. TNN televised Sunday's "C," "B," and championship features live. Blaney qualified for the championship feature in each of his previous 14 visits to the Amoco Knoxville Nationals, but had never won the World of Outlaws' most prestigious race. "This is (crew chief) Kenny Woodruff's first Nationals championship, and the first one for me, too," Blaney said. With the victory, Blaney became the third driver in as many years to win both The Historic Big One and the Amoco Knoxville Nationals on consecutive August weekends. Defending Nationals champion Mark Kinser beat outside polesitter Danny Lasoski into turn one as flagman Doug Clark threw the green flag in the championship feature. "The Dude," winner of 67 feature races at Knoxville Raceway, made a run at Kinser in turn three, but was unable to pass him for the lead. Sammy Swindell, the 1983 Nationals champion, steered his #1 Channellock Gambler deep into the fourth corner to pass Lasoski for second place late in the second lap. Jac Haudenschild, winner of Thursday's Preliminary Feature, took the high line into turn four to pass Greg Hodnett for fourth the next time around, and followed the leaders into lapped traffic four laps later. Blaney, who started inside the fourth row, won a front- straightaway drag race with "The Wild Child" to take over fourth place early in lap eight. Swindell beat Kinser down the front straightaway to take the lead and Blaney passed "The Dude" for third place the next time around, setting the stage for the most dramatic lap of the race. Don Droud, Jr., the last driver to qualify for the feature, flipped in front of the leaders in the fourth corner late in lap 10. Sammy and Kinser collided as they tried to avoid Droud and lost their positions as they repaired their cars. Larry Pinegar II jumped the cushion and hit the retaining wall in turn four as the green flag replaced the red. Blaney assumed the lead and drove his #10 Vivarin J&J away from the field while Hodnett took over second place as the race resumed. Blaney was 10 car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers when he caught the backmarkers five laps later. Lasoski and Herrera, who have eight Knoxville Raceway titles between them, exchanged third place three times while Hodnett reeled in Blaney during the race's middle stages. Only four car-lengths separated Blaney, Hodnett and Herrera as they raced through dense lapped traffic with seven laps remaining. The #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim started having problems exiting the corners three laps later, however, allowing Lasoski and Haudenschild to pass him late in the 27th lap. With the low groove collecting rubber, it became increasing tough to pass on Knoxville's semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval during the final laps. Hodnett narrowed the gap as "The Buckeye Bullet" had problems lapping Pinegar, but was still five car-lengths behind at the checkered flag. "It was a different kind of race than I expected," Blaney said. "You don't usually see this race track go one lane like it did, and I got a huge break with the front two guys wrecking. "I couldn't ask for much more. I have a great crew and my partner, Keith Hylton, has been great as a first-year owner." Lasoski held off Haudenschild and Herrera to finish third. Completing the top 10 in the championship feature were Joe Gaerte, Craig Dollansky, Frankie Kerr, 16th-starting Paul McMahan and 11-time Nationals champion Steve Kinser. Jeff Swindell won the "B" Feature, Ed Lynch, Jr., the "C," Steve Beitler the "D," and Billy Veilhauer took the "E" Feature. Randy Anderson, who finished 16th in the "B" Feature, received Rookie of the Nationals honors. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series is scheduled to open its annual Wild, Wild Northwest Tour at Sweetwater Speedway in Rock Springs, WY, Tuesday. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series 37th Annual Amoco Knoxville Nationals Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, IA Sunday, August 17, Feature Program #52 E Feature (10 laps): 1. Billy Veilhauer, 2. Todd Wessels, 3. Rich Bubak, 4. Shane Stewart, 5. Danny Goeden ($475); 6. Peter Murphy ($450); 7. Ryan Jamison ($425); 8. Chris Walraven ($400); 9. Billy Wilburn ($375); 10. Brian Coelho ($350); 11. Jeff Johnson ($325); 12. J.R. Topper ($300); 13. John Bankston ($295); 14. Jerrel Slinkard ($290); 15. Randy Smith ($285); 16. Randy Nygaard ($280); 17. Dan Oswalt ($275); 18. Kevin Whitworth ($270). DNS - Pat Bourke, Larry Neighbors. (first four qualified for the "D" Feature) D Feature (12 laps): 1. Steve Beitler, 2. Mike Peters, 3. Tommie Estes, Jr., 4. Matt Moro, 5. Dennis Moore, Jr., 6. John Sernett, 7. Jerry Richert, Jr. ($500); 8. Steve Coelho ($475); 9. Jeff Mitrisin ($450); 10. Daniel Coggeshell ($425); 11. Len Thompson ($400); 12. Sarah Fisher ($375); 13. Bobby Allen ($350); 14. Scott Whitworth ($325); 15. Shane Stewart ($700); 16. Shane Carson ($295); 17. Chad Radel ($290); 18. Manny Rockhold ($285); 19. Todd Wessels ($680); 20. Billy Veilhauer ($675); 21. Ricky Logan ($270); 22. Rich Bubak ($670). DNS - Jake Peters, Kevin Huntley. (first five qualified for the "C" Feature) C Feature (15 laps): 1. Ed Lynch, Jr., 2. Tim Crawley, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Lance Blevins ($1,200); 5. Tim Engler ($1,100); 6. Todd Shaffer ($1,000); 7. Tim Shaffer ($900); 8. Gary Wright ($800); 9. Steve Beitler ($1,350); 10. Rick Ziehl ($700); 11. Kevin Pylant ($650); 12. Mike Peters ($1,600); 13. Dennis Moore, Jr. ($1,200); 14. Tommie Estes, Jr. ($1,175); 15. Bob Weuve ($550); 16. John Sernett ($1,125); 17. Leonard Lee ($500); 18. Matt Moro ($1,075); 19. Travis Whitney ($450); 20. Kelly Kinser ($425). DNS - Kenny Hansen, Aaron Berryhill, Rocky Hodges, Joe Roe. (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (22 laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Jeff Shepard, 3. Skip Jackson, 4. Don Droud, Jr., 5. Brooke Tatnell ($4,000); 6. Keith Kauffman ($3,000); 7. Danny Smith ($2,500); 8. Jaymie Moyle ($2,000); 9. Ed Lynch, Jr. ($2,550); 10. Dean Jacobs ($1,500); 11. Stevie Smith ($1,400); 12. Donny Schatz ($2,100); 13. Dale Blaney ($1,200); 14. Billy Pauch ($1,100); 15. Calvin Landis ($1,000); 16. Randy Anderson ($900); 17. Brent Antill ($800); 18. Randy Hannagan ($750); 19. Dion Hindi ($700); 20. Randy Kinser ($650); 21. Tim St. Arnold ($600); 22. Tim Crawley ($1,350); DNS - Joey Saldana. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Dave Blaney ($100,000); 2. Greg Hodnett ($50,000); 3. Danny Lasoski ($25,000); 4. Jac Haudenschild ($20,000); 5. Johnny Herrera ($15,000); 6. Joe Gaerte ($12,000); 7. Craig Dollansky ($10,000); 8. Frankie Kerr ($9,000); 9. Paul McMahan ($8,000); 10. Steve Kinser ($7,000); 11. Sammy Swindell ($6,000); 12. Andy Hillenburg ($5,900); 13. Garry Brazier ($5,800); 14. Mark Kinser ($5,700); 15. Jeff Shepard ($6,600); 16. Terry McCarl ($5,500); 17. Kevin Gobrecht ($5,400); 18. Doug Wolfgang ($5,350); 19. Kenny Jacobs ($5,200); 20. Larry Pinegar II ($5,100); 21. Jeff Swindell ($6,000); 22. Skip Jackson ($6,000); 23. Tyler Walker ($5,000); 24. Don Droud, Jr. ($6,000). Lap leaders: Mark Kinser 1-8, Sammy Swindell 9, Dave Blaney 10-30 Rookie of the Nationals: Randy Anderson WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Kenny Jacobs , Tyler Walker , Rick Ziehl , Larry Neighbors , Jeff Mitrisin , Aaron Berryhill , Brooke Tatnell , Dean Jacobs , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart , Billy Pauch , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Tim Crawley , Jeff Swindell