Kokomo Wednesday report

HILLENBURG 'SAVES HIS JOB' WITH KOKOMO VICTORY By Richard Day KOKOMO, IN (June 14) - "As bad as we've run this year, if I wasn't the owner, I'd have been fired as the driver before we went east," ...

HILLENBURG 'SAVES HIS JOB' WITH KOKOMO VICTORY By Richard Day KOKOMO, IN (June 14) - "As bad as we've run this year, if I wasn't the owner, I'd have been fired as the driver before we went east," Andy Hillenburg said as he arrived at Kokomo Speedway Wednesday. With that said, the World of Outlaws' 1988 Rookie of the Year went out and won his first "A" Feature of the season. He drove his #2 STP J&J past Jac Haudenschild during a 12th-lap restart and held off Jeff Swindell for the $6,000 victory. Haudenschild, the fastest of six drivers breaking Kokomo's previous one-lap record, received his first Ecowater Fast-Time Award of the year for circling the semi-banked, 1/4-mile oval in 13.548 seconds. He also earned the right to start the 40-lap main event on the pole by winning the Vivarin Dash. "The Wild Child" burst into the lead as the green flag fell. Later in the opening lap, Steve Kinser passed outside polesitter Stevie Smith for the runner-up spot deep in the second corner and Hillenburg raced into third place in turn four. The leaders were approaching the backmarkers late in the second lap when Jack Hewitt collided with Terry Pletch and flipped into the turn-two catch fence, bringing out the red flag. Ironically, the red and yellow flags kept the front-runners from entering lapped traffic five times during the Flag-Day race. Within seconds after the race resumed, Hillenburg took the runner-up spot from Kinser deep in the second corner. Haudenschild opened a three-car-length advantage as Kinser and Smith battled for third place, passing each other three times within two laps. "The Wild Child" allowed the #22 Pennzoil Maxim to turn sideways in turn four late in the seventh lap, allowing Hillenburg to catch him. Two laps later, Andy diverted his attention from taking the lead to protecting second place as Smith moved in to challenge him. Haudenschild was entering lapped traffic early in lap 12 when Pletch spun in front of Smith and Kinser. A collision ensued, taking Todd Kelly out of the race and flattening tires on Stevie's #71M Ecowater Systems Maxim and Steve's #11 Quaker State Maxim. As the green flag replaced the yellow, Hillenburg took the lead with an inside move between Haudenschild and the retaining tires in the fourth corner. Swindell, the 11th-fastest qualifier in the 24-car field, started the "A" Feature on the fifth row. He drove the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim past four cars during the first 10 laps, and took fifth place from Johnny Herrera late in lap 13. "The Wild Child" pressured Hillenburg for the lead for three laps before he stopped in the second corner with an engine malfunction early in the 16th lap. With Smith roaring back through the field, Two Winners Racing teammates Swindell and Greg Hodnett battled for third place midway through the race. Hillenburg was catching the backmarkers again during the 22nd lap when Kelly stopped in turn two with a broken rear end. Dave Blaney challenged Hillenburg for the lead and Hodnett passed Swindell as the race resumed. Jeff regained third place with a second-corner pass the next time around. Joe Gaerte, a teammate of Swindell's and Hodnett's a year ago, replaced Greg in fourth place deep in turn two with 15 laps remaining. Hillenburg was approaching lapped traffic again when Tim Engler hit a turn-four retaining tire and spun late in lap 28. Jeff passed Blaney for the runner-up spot as the race resumed. Gaerte raced past "The Buckeye Bullet" in the fourth corner with eight laps remaining, and raced wheel-to-wheel with Swindell on the front straightaway the next time around. The former teammates touched entering the first corner, and Jeff gained the advantage in turn two. Hillenburg kept the #2 in the high groove as he caught the backmarkers with five laps remaining and Blaney regained third place with a high move into the second corner late in the 36th lap. While Andy took the checkered flag with 3/4 of the front straightaway to spare, less than two car-lengths separated Swindell, "The Buckeye Bullet" and Gaerte as their battle for the runner-up spot raged through the end of the race. Gaerte's fourth-place run was his best so far this season. "We've had a rough season so far," Hillenburg said. "We've been struggling, but the crew has been working hard. It's nice to get our first win of the year." Blaney's third-place finish, coupled with Haudenschild's ninth-place run, pushed the #10 Vivarin team into the lead in the Skoal Outlaw Series point standings. Swindell received his third Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award in as many events by passing eight sprinters on his way to second place, his best finish of the year. Hodnett finished the main event in fifth place, ahead of Smith, Kelly Kinser, First Snap-on Tools Heat Race winner Sammy Swindell, "The Wild Child" and Steve Kinser. WoO 1995 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/SKOAL OUTLAW SERIES Kokomo Speedway, Kokomo, IN, Wednesday, June 14, Feature Program #28 Qualifications: 1. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 13.548 (new one-lap record); 2. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 13.597; 3. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 13.601; 4. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.612; 5. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 13.657; 6. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 13.712; 7. Danny Lasoski, Sonner 47, 13.833; 8. Johnny Herrera, Forbrook 5, 13.861; 9. Joe Gaerte, Hamilton 77, 13.913; 10. Tony Elliott, Elliott 10E, 13.934; 11. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 14.036; 12. Mike Mann, Mann 37M, 14.073; 13. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 14.133; 14. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 14.180; 15. Randy Hannagan, Hannagan 1x, 14.226; 16. Kelly Kinser, Kinser 4K, 14.251; 17. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14, 14.300; 18. Sheldon Kinser, Jr., Deboy 2JR, 14.376; 19. Jack Hewitt, Hewitt 11H, 14.470; 20. Terry Pletch, Pletch 29P, 14.475; 21. Todd Kelly, Kelly 21K, 14.560; 22. Tony Jarrett, Jarrett 29J, 15.995; 23. Corey Smith, Smith 66S, 15.086; 24. Rick Barlow, Barlow 26, 14.587. First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Kelly Kinser, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Jac Haudenschild, 6. Jack Hewitt, 7. Tony Jarrett, 8. Tony Elliott ($10). (first eight qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Randy Kinser, 2. Tim Engler, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Greg Hodnett, 7. Terry Pletch, 8. Corey Smith. (first eight qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Randy Hannagan, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Sheldon Kinser, Jr., 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Mike Mann, 6. Joe Gaerte, 7. Todd Kelly, 8. Rick Barlow. (first eight qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (seven laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Dave Blaney, 6. Johnny Herrera, 7. Greg Hodnett, 8. Joe Gaerte. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) A Feature (40 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg ($6,010); 2. Jeff Swindell ($3,510); 3. Dave Blaney ($2,510); 4. Joe Gaerte ($2,210); 5. Greg Hodnett ($2,110); 6. Stevie Smith ($2,010); 7. Kelly Kinser ($1,610); 8. Sammy Swindell ($1,510); 9. Jac Haudenschild ($1,410); 10. Steve Kinser ($1,310); 11. Johnny Herrera ($1,160); 12. Randy Hannagan ($1,110); 13. Danny Lasoski ($1,060); 14. Mike Mann ($1,010); 15. Randy Kinser ($710); 16. Sheldon Kinser, Jr. ($510); 17. Tony Jarrett ($410); 18. Tim Engler ($410); 19. Todd Kelly ($410); 20. Terry Pletch ($410); 21. Rick Barlow ($410); 22. Corey Smith ($410); 23. Jack Hewitt ($410). DNS - Tony Elliott. Lap leaders: Jac Haudenschild 1-11, Andy Hillenburg 12-40 Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award winner: Jeff Swindell Ecowater Fast-Time Award winner: Jac Haudenschild WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Jack Hewitt , Tony Elliott , Sammy Swindell , Todd Kelly , Randy Hannagan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell