Walker dominates Charlotte Outlaw Championship opener. CONCORD, NC (October 11) -- Since claiming the World of Outlaws Gumout Series championship, Tyler Walker has had nothing to lose and plenty more to gain. Walker was dominant Friday when...
Walker dominates Charlotte Outlaw Championship opener.
CONCORD, NC (October 11) -- Since claiming the World of Outlaws Gumout Series championship, Tyler Walker has had nothing to lose and plenty more to gain.
Walker was dominant Friday when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series opened the Third Annual Charlotte Outlaw Championship at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway, winning every race he entered: the Fourth Heat Race, the Second O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash and the 25-lap Preliminary Feature.
"I just have to thank my crew -- Ricky Warner, Robert Hubbard, Josh Forshee -- and my car owners -- Wallace and Coeta Ledford," Walker yelled to record crowd of 14,959. "I'm having the time of my life! Hoosier tires, Wesmar Engines and Eagle Chassis -- they all have great stuff. This is just awesome because I have a lot of friends down here. This is also a big win for us because there are a lot of potential sponsors here that you might not have at other places, and it's great for them to see us do good here. I have to say 'happy birthday' to my crew chief, Ricky Warner."
The Speed Channel taped the action for a telecast scheduled for December 12th at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.
Walker, the 13th-fastest qualifier in the 39-car field, drove C&W Motorsports' #35 Eagle to the lowest point in the second corner early in the opening lap to pass pole-sitter Tim Shaffer, and led all 25 laps for his first Preliminary Feature victory of the season. Walker, who won 11 main events with the World of Outlaws Gumout Series, also won the May 10th Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature at State Fair Motor Speedway.
"I just tried to stay in clean air at the start, and I was just planning on staying up high," Walker said. "But (Tim) bobbled just a second on the bottom, and it gave us time to get underneath him. The car was perfect, and I was just hoping nothing stupid would happen. There were a lot of big ruts out there, and they can really do some damage, so I was just trying to keep the car in one piece."
A large dirt clod hit Danny Lasoski's right leg during the Fourth Heat Race, forcing him to stop on the track. "The Dude," who sustained serious injuries in a crash at Williams Grove Speedway July 26th, was transported to a nearby hospital for further examination. When X-rays revealed no fractures, Lasoski returned to the track, used a provisional to start the feature and drove NASCAR Winston Cup star Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle past 16 cars to finish in ninth place.
Jac Haudenschild lost third place late in the second lap when he spun in turn four, then raced back through the field to finish fifth.
Johnny Herrera, who drives the Charlotte-based #2W Heintz Brothers Maxim owned by NASCAR Winston Cup crew chief Billy Wilburn, started inside the second row. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series 1986 Rookie of the Year was in third place when he spun in the second corner eight laps into the race. Herrera eventually finished in 15th place.
Walker was a half-straightaway ahead of Shaffer when he entered lapped traffic during lap 13. Kim Mock stopped between turns one and two with a broken axle the next time around. Second Heat Race winner Donny Schatz surrendered third place a split second later when he hit the retaining wall trying to avoid Mock and flipped. The red flag waved, and Walker restarted with a clear track ahead of him.
Greg Hodnett, who swept the feature races during the Outlaws Showdown at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway in late May, paced the qualifying session with a 120.130-M.P.H. lap around the semi-banked, 4/10-mile oval. The 1993 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Rookie of the Year exchanged fourth place with Daryn Pittman during the 16th, 17th and 19th laps. Hodnett passed Craig Dollansky for third with an inside move between turns one and two early in lap 20, but crashed into the second-corner wall two laps later as his left front tire lost air pressure.
Haudenschild raced past Joey Saldana and Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Steve Kinser as the green flag replaced the red and was challenging Pittman for fourth place as Walker coasted under the checkered flag.
Shaffer finished in second place, a straightaway behind Walker. Dollansky finished third, ahead of Pittman, "The Wild Child," Steve Kinser, Saldana, Mark Kinser, Lasoski and 16th-starting Dean Jacobs.
Kenny Jacobs, driving the #4 sprinter owned by NASCAR racer Andy Hillenburg from Indiana, finished 20th in the main event.