Las Vegas report 97-02-08

Jeff Swindell Wins Silver State Shootout By Richard Day LAS VEGAS, NV (February 8) - "Change is something that's not normally good in racing, but sometimes racing mandates a change," Jeff Swindell said...

Jeff Swindell Wins Silver State Shootout By Richard Day LAS VEGAS, NV (February 8) - "Change is something that's not normally good in racing, but sometimes racing mandates a change," Jeff Swindell said often during the off-season. "I think what we (Two Winners Racing) have done will lead to great things." Switching to Ford engines and J&J chassis paid off big for Two Winners Racing Saturday as the inaugural Silver State Shootout climaxed before a standing-room-only crowd at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After a mechanical problem took his brother, Sammy Swindell, out of first place, Jeff passed Dave Blaney and led the final 26 laps to claim the $10,000 first prize. The victory pushed Swindell into first place in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings. "It's great to have the Gold Eagle Ford in victory lane," Jeff said after performing his patented wing dance. "We ran fifth and sixth at Manzanita and fourth here last night. We finally got it done tonight. "It's a new engine, a new chassis and a new crew, but we've got it together." Sammy, winner of the World of Outlaws' first three feature races this season, appeared to be the class of the field early, winning the Vivarin Dash from the pole and opening a half- straightaway lead during the first three laps of the "A" Feature. But a rear-end malfunction forced him to stop his #1 Channellock Gambler on the front straightaway early in the fourth lap. Although Blaney restarted the race in first place, Jeff threatened to take the lead immediately after the green flag replaced the yellow. After taking the inside line through turn four as the race resumed, Swindell took the lead with a low move into the first corner seconds later. Three laps later, Jeff increased his advantage to 10 car- lengths when "The Buckeye Bullet" allowed the #10 Vivarin J&J to slide out of the low groove in turn two. Swindell entered lapped traffic as Channellock Fast-Time Award winner Mark Kinser reeled in Blaney the next time around. Kinser, the defending World of Outlaws champion, challenged Blaney - the 1995 champion - for the runner-up spot as Joe Gaerte battled Jac Haudenschild for fourth place throughout lap 10. Swindell caught a pack of back-markers two laps later, allowing "The Buckeye Bullet" and Kinser to narrow the gap. Jeff increased his advantage as Mark steered the #5M Wirtgen Maxim deep into turn four to pass Blaney for the runner-up spot late in the 13th lap. Five laps later, Swindell was 15 car-lengths ahead of Kinser. Sliding out of the low groove in the fourth corner two laps later forced Mark to turn his attention to Blaney, who narrowed the gap quickly. Kinser, winner of the World of Outlaws' first visit to Las Vegas Motor Speedway last November, closed to within three car- lengths of Swindell in dense lapped traffic with six laps remaining. Three laps later, however, "The Buckeye Bullet" regained the runner-up spot with a low move through the third corner. Blaney continued his charge toward the front during the final three laps, and was only a half-car-length behind when Swindell drove the flaming Ford under the checkered flag. Haudenschild finished in fourth place, ahead of Third Heat Race winner Andy Hillenburg, 10th-starting Steve Kinser, Danny Lasoski, Gaerte, Greg Hodnett and Brent Kaeding. Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Rookie of the Year candidate Donny Schatz drove his family's #15 Blue Beacon Gambler past eight sprinters to finish 11th in the "A" Feature. Jim Carr, the World of Outlaws' Rookie of the Year in 1991, brought the crowd to its feet with a last-lap pass of Rick Ziehl in the "B" Feature to claim the final transfer position in the main event. Next on the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series schedule is a visit to "The PAS." Perris Auto Speedway is scheduled to host the second World of Outlaws event in its history Friday and Saturday. Friday's action will be televised live on TNN: The Nashville Network on TNN Motor Madness, beginning at 8 p.m. eastern time. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Inaugural Silver State Shootout Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV Saturday, February 8, Feature Program #2 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 14.447; 2. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 14.547; 3. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.555; 4. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 14.611; 5. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 14.662; 6. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 14.564; 7. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 14.672; 8. Brent Kaeding, M&M Racing 2M, 14.738; 9. Kevin Pylant, Pylant 14P, 14.951; 10. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 14.957; 11. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 14.973; 12. Dennis Moore, Jr., Cahill 7, 15.005; 13. Randy Hannagan, TRH Racing 1x, 15.029; 14. Sean Fenn, Fenn 36, 15.039; 15. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 15.122; 16. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 15.134; 17. Marlon Jones, Oswalt 1J, 15.140; 18. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 15.156; 19. Steve Kent, McMillan 2K, 15.234; 20. Paul McMahan, Roth 83, 15.265; 21. Fred Brownfield, Brownfield 92, 15.308; 22. Aaron Berryhill, Berryhill 97, 15.335; 23. Jason Lund, Lund 8L, 15.358; 24. Jim Carr, Williams 0, 15.423; 25. Bobby McMahan, Bumgarner 88, 15.458; 26. Brian Coelho, Coelho 5C, 15.461; 27. Sid Blandford, Blandford 31, 15.473; 28. Dan Oswalt, Oswalt D1, 15.485; 29. Bob Walker, Walker 9W, 15.502; 30. Keith Kauffman, Fauver 5, 15.523; 31. Pat Bourke, B&B Excavating 27, 15.541; 32. Rick Ziehl, Ziehl 18, 15.621; 33. Toni Lutar, Lutar 16, 15.623; 34. Scott Whitworth, Whitworth 96, 15.705; 35. Ron Souter, Souter 33, 15.829; 36. Stephen Allard, Allard 22P, no time. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Randy Hannagan, 3. Kevin Pylant, 4. Greg Hodnett, 5. Marlon Jones, 6. Fred Brownfield, 7. Bobby McMahan, 8. Toni Lutar, 9. Bob Walker. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Sean Fenn, 4. Lance Blevins, 5. Aaron Berryhill, 6. Brian Coelho, 7. Keith Kauffman. DNS - Stevie Smith, Scott Whitworth. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Tyler Walker, 4. Dion Hindi, 5. Steve Kent, 6. Pat Bourke, 7. Jason Lund, 8. Sid Blandford, 9. Ron Souter. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Dennis Moore, Jr., 4. Brent Kaeding, 5. Paul McMahan, 6. Jim Carr, 7. Rick Ziehl, 8. Dan Oswalt. DNS - Stephen Allard. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Sammy Swindell, Dave Blaney, Jac Haudenschild and Jeff Swindell for the first four starting positions in the Vivarin Dash. Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Mark Kinser. (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Paul McMahan, 2. Aaron Berryhill, 3. Marlon Jones, 4. Jim Carr, 5. Rick Ziehl ($200); 6. Fred Brownfield ($175); 7. Bobby McMahan ($150); 8. Keith Kauffman ($100); 9. Jason Lund ($90); 10. Pat Bourke ($80); 11. Ron Souter ($60); 12. Sid Blandford ($50); 13. Toni Lutar ($50); 14. Brian Coelho ($50); 15. Steve Kent ($50); 16. Ron Souter ($50); 17. Dan Oswalt ($50). DNS - Stevie Smith, Stephen Allard, Scott Whitworth. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Jeff Swindell ($10,000); 2. Dave Blaney ($6,000); 3. Mark Kinser ($3,500); 4. Jac Haudenschild ($3,200); 5. Andy Hillenburg ($3,000); 6. Steve Kinser ($2,500); 7. Danny Lasoski ($2,300); 8. Joe Gaerte ($2,200); 9. Greg Hodnett ($2,100); 10. Brent Kaeding ($2,000); 11. Donny Schatz ($1,500); 12. Johnny Herrera ($1,400); 13. Kevin Pylant ($1,300); 14. Paul McMahan ($1,220); 15. Tyler Walker ($1,000); 16. Lance Blevins ($1,000); 17. Randy Hannagan ($800); 18. Dennis Moore, Jr. ($600); 19. Aaron Berryhill ($620); 20. Dion Hindi ($600); 21. Sean Fenn ($600); 22. Jim Carr ($620); 23. Sammy Swindell ($600); 24. Marlon Jones ($620). Lap leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-3, Dave Blaney 4, Jeff Swindell 5-30 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
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