Missouri report 97-04-19

Sammy Swindell Wins at Missouri International By Richard Day BENTON, MO (April 19) - Sammy Swindell has suffered more than his share of bad luck this season. He has been at or near the front of the field on several ...

Sammy Swindell Wins at Missouri International By Richard Day BENTON, MO (April 19) - Sammy Swindell has suffered more than his share of bad luck this season. He has been at or near the front of the field on several occasions only to be victimized by mechanical problems. The two-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion converted a little luck into a big payday Saturday at Missouri International Race Park, however. As the 10th-fastest qualifier in the 39-car field, Swindell would not have lined up in the Vivarin Dash had Channellock Fast- Time Award winner Greg Hodnett, Joe Gaerte, Paul McMahan and Donny Schatz qualified for the "A" Feature in their heat races. They didn't, giving Swindell the sixth starting position in the five-lap race. His fourth-place finish in the Vivarin Dash earned him the second row outside starting position in the main event. Swindell passed polesitter Kelly Kinser during the (lucky) seventh lap, and led the final 24 for his fourth "A" Feature victory of the year. The $7,000 victory made Sammy the fifth winner of a World of Outlaws main event at Missouri International since the series started visiting the facility in 1993. "The crew did a great job of keeping the Channellock car together for me tonight," Swindell said in victory lane. "It let me run hard the whole race. The car was really good at the end. "We picked a bad number and ended up 10th in qualifying, but we got some breaks with some guys missing the dash." Hodnett treated the capacity crowd to a record-setting performance in the qualifying session, chopping almost a half- second off the single-lap standard Mark Kinser set last April. Greg's 11.739-second trip around the high-banked, 3/8-mile oval earned him his second Channellock Fast-Time Award of the year. Kelly, taking Mark Kinser's place in the #5M Wirtgen Maxim for the second straight night, surged ahead of Stevie Smith when the green flag fell in the main event. Swindell passed Steve Kinser within seconds after the green flag fell, then steered his #1 Channellock Gambler deep in turn one to pass Smith for second. Sammy chased Kelly into lapped traffic four laps later, and caught him on the back straightaway the next time around. He threaded his #1 between Kinser and the infield in the second corner to take the lead early in lap seven. Swindell was a half-straightaway ahead of his closest pursuers when mechanical problems forced First Heat Race winner Johnny Herrera to stop the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim on the back straightaway midway through the 13th lap. As the race resumed, Hodnett collided with Gaerte, Schatz and Dave Blaney between the first and second corners and flipped. The Selma Shell crew had the #11H Gambler ready to restart by the time the green flag replaced the red, however. The Two Winners Racing crew was also busy during the red period, replacing a damaged beadlock and reinflating the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim's right rear tire so Jeff Swindell could retain the third running position. Sammy raced away from the field during the ensuing restart, and opened a straightaway advantage within two laps. Andy Hillenburg caught Jeff with eight laps remaining, and challenged him for three laps before executing a low, second- corner pass for third place. Steve Kinser, who faded as far back as 10th, early, had his #11 Quaker State Maxim on the move during the second half of the 30-lap race. He exchanged fourth place with Jeff Swindell three times in the final three laps. Sammy was eight car-lengths ahead of Kelly when he took the checkered flag. "The Channellock car was good all night," he said. "We just got the track figured out late. We got to start up near the front, and that's what we wanted. "The key to getting around this track fast is to roll around and be free. This track is tough and lapped traffic is tough here, but I like it." Hillenburg finished the main event in third place, ahead of Steve Kinser, Jeff Swindell, Smith, Blaney, McMahan, 19th- starting Jac Haudenschild and Hodnett. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series is scheduled to close out the month of April with a $75,000, double-feature event at Knoxville Raceway Friday and Saturday. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Missouri International Race Park, Benton, MO Saturday, April 19, Feature Program #11 Qualifications: 1. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 11.739 (new one- lap record); 2. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 11.877; 3. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 11.886; 4. Kelly Kinser, Kinser 5M, 12.048; 5. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 12.050; 6. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 12.098; 7. Paul McMahan, Roth 83, 12.108; 8. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 12.118; 9. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 12.177; 10. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 12.211; 11. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 12.231; 12. Tim Montgomery, Montgomery 32, 12.322; 13. Jerrod Hull, Hull 11J, 12.324; 14. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14, 12.335; 15. Aaron Berryhill, Berryhill 97, 12.367; 16. Joey Saldana, Gray 51, 12.375; 17. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 12.422; 18. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 12.431; 19. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 12.422; 20. Garry Brazier, Stanton 75, 12.453; 21. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 12.485; 22. Shawn King, King 9, 12.491; 23. Todd Rowland, Rowland 14R, 12.532; 24. Jim Farmer, Farmer 6F, 12.558; 25. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 12.591; 26. Lee Dunn, Cooper 91, 12.622; 27. Rod Redman, Redman 95, 12.830; 28. Dean Adams, Adams 3, 12.702; 29. Justin Via, Via 24V, 12.820; 30. J.C. Sulawske, Hobgood 12, 12.823; 31. Kevin Stepter, Stepter 38, 12.832; 32. Marlon Jones, Oswalt 1J, 12.935; 33. Brad Rehlmeyer, Rehlmeyer 19R, 12.937; 34. Kenny Carlton, Carlton 6, 13.080; 35. Dan Oswalt, Oswalt D1, 13.160; 36. Randy Dukes, Dukes 58, 13.406; 37. Rob Hartman, Hartman 17, 13.915; 38. Bob Thoman, Campbell 7C, 14.043; 39. Eddie Lynch, Lynch 29, 14.180. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Jerrod Hull, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Greg Hodnett, 7. Dion Hindi, 8. Justin Via, 9. Brad Rehlmeyer, 10. Rob Hartman. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Lance Blevins, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Randy Kinser, 4. Shawn King, 5. Dave Blaney, 6. Joe Gaerte, 7. Lee Dunn, 8. Kenny Carlton, 9. J.C. Sulawske, 10. Bob Thoman. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Todd Rowland, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Aaron Berryhill, 6. Paul McMahan, 7. Kevin Stepter, 8. Rod Redman, 9. Eddie Lynch, 10. Dan Oswalt. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Garry Brazier, 2. Tim Montgomery, 3. Jim Farmer, 4. Joey Saldana, 5. Kelly Kinser, 6. Donny Schatz, 7. Marlon Jones, 8. Randy Dukes, 9. Dean Adams. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Kelly Kinser, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Jeff Swindell, 7. Dave Blaney, 8. Tim Montgomery. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Paul McMahan, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Lee Dunn ($200); 6. Dion Hindi ($180); 7. Rod Redman ($150); 8. Kevin Stepter ($110); 9. Marlon Jones ($90); 10. J.C. Sulawske ($80); 11. Kenny Carlton ($60); 12. Brad Rehlmeyer ($50); 13. Justin Via ($50); 14. Bob Thoman ($50); 15. Dan Oswalt ($50); 16. Eddie Lynch ($50); 17. Randy Dukes ($50); 18. Rob Hartman ($50); 19. Dean Adams ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($7,000); 2. Kelly Kinser ($4,000); 3. Andy Hillenburg ($3,000); 4. Steve Kinser ($2,500); 5. Jeff Swindell ($2,300); 6. Stevie Smith ($2,200); 7. Dave Blaney ($2,100); 8. Paul McMahan ($2,020); 9. Jac Haudenschild ($1,700); 10. Greg Hodnett ($1,620); 11. Aaron Berryhill ($1,200); 12. Joe Gaerte ($1,170); 13. Donny Schatz ($1,120); 14. Tim Montgomery ($1,050); 15. Danny Lasoski ($1,000); 16. Jerrod Hull ($700); 17. Johnny Herrera ($600); 18. Joey Saldana ($500); 19. Lance Blevins ($500); 20. Garry Brazier ($500); 21. Randy Kinser ($500); 22. Jim Farmer ($500); 23. Todd Rowland ($500); 24. Shawn King ($500). Lap leaders: Kelly Kinser 1-6, Sammy Swindell 7-30 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Greg Hodnett WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Aaron Berryhill , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell