Las Vegas report 97-02-07

Sammy Swindell Wins Las Vegas Prelim By Richard Day LAS VEGAS, NV (February 7) - Sammy Swindell had a good idea of how Steve Kinser felt Friday when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series opened the ...

Sammy Swindell Wins Las Vegas Prelim By Richard Day LAS VEGAS, NV (February 7) - Sammy Swindell had a good idea of how Steve Kinser felt Friday when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series opened the inaugural Silver State Shootout at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Swindell's pursuit of Steve's cousin, Mark, was impeded by a lapped car last November when the World of Outlaws made its first appearance at Las Vegas' semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval. Earlier in 1996, the two-time World of Outlaws champion crashed out of first place three times. Although Sammy stayed out of harm's way in November, "The King of the Outlaws" was unable to do so in Friday's Preliminary Feature. Late in the eighth lap, Steve and his #11 Quaker State Maxim collided with Randy Hannagan, then hit the retaining wall, knocking him out of the lead and out of the race. Swindell restarted the Preliminary Feature at the front of the 24-car field and kept his #1 Channellock Gambler in the lead throughout the final 13 laps for his third victory in as many races in 1997. Stevie Smith and Johnny Herrera shared Kinser's frustration. After chopping more than a half-second off Las Vegas' one-lap record and accepting the Channellock Fast-Time Award, a blown engine during the First Heat Race put Stevie Smith in the pits for the remainder of the program. Herrera, victim of two blown engines in the World of Outlaws' season opener at Manzanita Speedway a week before, blew another during hot laps Friday. Finishing sixth in the First Heat Race and 15th in the "B" Feature kept the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim out of the evening's main event. Andy Hillenburg rebounded from a first-lap flip in the Fourth Heat Race and finished second in the "B" Feature. He drove his #2 STP J&J into seventh place in the Preliminary Feature. Kinser, the Vivarin Dash winner, and outside polesitter Joe Gaerte raced wheel-to-wheel down the front straightaway and into the first and second corners as the green flag fell in the evening's main event. Kinser surged ahead in turn four, and opened a comfortable advantage as Swindell challenged Gaerte for the runner-up spot. Dave Blaney, who passed Jac Haudenschild during the opening lap, battled Mark Kinser for fourth place throughout laps three and four before steering the #10 Vivarin J&J deep into the first corner to take the spot early in the fourth lap. "The King of the Outlaws" burst into lapped traffic with a half-straightaway advantage midway through lap five. Swindell, who passed Gaerte for the runner-up spot early in the third lap, started closing in on the leader during lap six. Blaney passed Gaerte for third place as Sammy caught Steve two laps later. Kinser was attempting to increase his lead with a high move around Hannagan in turn three when he collided with the #1x and hit the wall. The #11 was unable to continue racing, so Kinser was credited with a 23rd-place finish. Swindell raced away from the field and Mark Kinser steered the #5M Wirtgen Maxim high into turns three and four to pass Gaerte for third place as the race resumed. "The Buckeye Bullet" pressured Swindell for the lead as Mark narrowed the gap on the leaders midway through the 20-lap race. Sammy led them into lapped traffic two laps later. Blaney was even with Swindell in the first corner early in lap 13, but was unable to surge ahead. Two laps later, Sammy executed a daring move past Aaron Berryhill in turn one and quickly opened a 10-car-length advantage. Mark took the high line through turns three and four in an attempt to take over the runner-up spot seconds later, but "The Buckeye Bullet" maintained the position. Haudenschild and 10th-starting Jeff Swindell passed Gaerte for fourth and fifth place during the 17th lap, then moved up a position when Mark suffered a flat left rear tire the next time around. A back-marker separating him from Blaney allowed Sammy to open a comfortable margin within seconds after the green flag replaced the yellow. Swindell took the checkered flag with 10 car-lengths to spare. Haudenschild and Jeff Swindell claimed the last two automatic starting positions in Saturday's Vivarin Dash by finishing third and fourth, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 in the Preliminary Feature were Greg Hodnett, First Heat Race winner Danny Lasoski, Hillenburg, Gaerte, Brent Kaeding and 19th- starting Steve Kent. Paul McMahan won the "B" Feature, then drove the #83 Beef Packers Stealth past 10 sprinters to finish 12th in the evening's main event. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Inaugural Silver State Shootout Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV Friday, February 7, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 14.340; (new one- lap record); 2. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 14.435; 3. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 14.488; 4. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 14.594; 5. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 14.638; 6. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 14.715; 7. Dave Blaney, Hylton/Blaney 19, 14.769; 8. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.861; 9. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 14.894; 10. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 15.014; 11. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 15.044; 12. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 15.077; 13. Brent Kaeding, M&M Racing 2M, 15.087; 14. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 15.209; 15. Sean Fenn, Fenn 36, 15.232; 16. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 15.285; 17. Steve Coelho, Coelho 6C, 15.296; 18. Dennis Moore, Jr., Cahill 7, 15.356; 19. Bob Walker, Walker 9W, 15.359; 20. Marlon Jones, Oswalt 1J, 15.371; 21. Randy Hannagan, TRH Racing 1x, 15.374; 22. Steve Kent, McMillan 2K, 15.444; 23. Jim Carr, Williams 0, 15.445; 24. Sid Blandford, Blandford 31, 15.457; 25. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 15.467; 26. Paul McMahan, Roth 83, 15.511; 27. Rick Ziehl, Ziehl 18, 15.529; 28. Aaron Berryhill, Berryhill 97, 15.551; 29. Kevin Pylant, Pylant 14P, 15.568; 30. Pat Bourke, B&B Excavating 27, 15.612; 31. Scott Whitworth, Whitworth 96, 15.630; 32. Fred Brownfield, Brownfield 92, 15.666; 33. Ron Souter, Souter 33, 15.888; 34. Bobby McMahan, Bumgarner 88, 15.976; 35. Toni Lutar, Lutar 16, 16.075; 36. Jason Lund, Lund 8L, 16.103; 37. Dan Oswalt, Oswalt D1, 16.144; 38. John Golobic, VonSchriltz 121, 16.222; 39. Brian Coelho, Coelho 5C, 16.247; 40. Stephen Allard, Allard 22P, 16.476; 41. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, no time. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Randy Hannagan, 4. Brent Kaeding, 5. Kevin Pylant, 6. Johnny Herrera, 7. Lance Blevins, 8. Ron Souter, 9. Dan Oswalt, 10. Stevie Smith, 11. Steve Coelho. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Steve Kent, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Dennis Moore, Jr., 6. Paul McMahan, 7. Bobby McMahan, 8. Dion Hindi, 9. Pat Bourke, 10. John Golobic. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Jim Carr, 3. Bob Walker, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Dave Blaney, 6. Sean Fenn, 7. Brian Coelho, 8. Scott Whitworth, 9. Toni Lutar, 10. Rick Ziehl. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sid Blandford, 2. Marlon Jones, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Tyler Walker, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Andy Hillenburg, 7. Aaron Berryhill, 8. Fred Brownfield, 9. Jason Lund, 10. Stephen Allard. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Dave Blaney, 6. Jac Haudenschild, 7. Danny Lasoski, 8. Greg Hodnett. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Paul McMahan, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Dion Hindi, 4. Aaron Berryhill, 5. Bobby McMahan ($150); 6. Jason Lund ($125); 7. Toni Lutar ($100); 8. Stephen Allard ($75); 9. Brian Coelho ($60); 10. Fred Brownfield ($50); 11. Dan Oswalt ($40); 12. Rick Ziehl ($40); 13. Lance Blevins ($40); 14. Sean Fenn ($40); 15. Johnny Herrera ($40); 16. Ron Souter ($40); 17. Scott Whitworth ($40); 18. Pat Bourke ($40); 19. Steve Coelho ($40). DNS - Stevie Smith, John Golobic. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($4,500); 2. Dave Blaney ($2,500); 3. Jac Haudenschild ($1,700); 4. Jeff Swindell ($1,500); 5. Greg Hodnett ($1,350); 6. Danny Lasoski ($1,250); 7. Andy Hillenburg ($1,220); 8. Joe Gaerte ($1,100); 9. Brent Kaeding ($1,075); 10. Steve Kent ($1,050); 11. Donny Schatz ($1,000); 12. Paul McMahan ($820); 13. Bob Walker ($700); 14. Tyler Walker ($630); 15. Mark Kinser ($400); 16. Dennis Moore, Jr. ($400); 17. Kevin Pylant ($300); 18. Aaron Berryhill ($320); 19. Randy Hannagan ($300); 20. Sid Blandford ($300); 21. Dion Hindi ($320); 22. Jim Carr ($300); 23. Steve Kinser ($300); 24. Marlon Jones ($300). Lap leaders: Steve Kinser 1-7, Sammy Swindell 8-20 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Stevie Smith WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Tyler Walker , Rick Ziehl , Aaron Berryhill , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Toni Lutar , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Bobby McMahan , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams