Outlaws' prelim report, Portland Speedway, 2000-08-25

Sammy Swindell Takes Portland Preliminary By Richard Day PORTLAND, OR (August 25) -- Sammy Swindell used his vast experience of racing with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series for 22 1/2 years to ...

Sammy Swindell Takes Portland Preliminary By Richard Day PORTLAND, OR (August 25) -- Sammy Swindell used his vast experience of racing with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series for 22 1/2 years to win the Preliminary Feature Friday at Portland Speedway. Swindell and his crew went to work on the #1 CHANNELLOCK Stealth even after he won the CHANNELLOCK Dash. Then the series' three-time champion kept a close eye on the track and the lines other cars were running to lead 19 of the 20 laps in the evening's main event. "We made some changes after the dash, and some of them were good," Sammy said. "But some we went the wrong way with, especially the gear. I'd been watching the 99 car (Greg Brown), and he showed us a different line to run. "Being locked in (into Saturday's CHANNELLOCK Dash) makes things a whole lot easier on us. As fast as we were for the most part tonight, we can just watch the track and get the car ready for the dash." Swindell, the fifth-fastest qualifier in the 31-car field, won every race he ran -- the Second NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race, the CHANNELLOCK Dash and the Preliminary Feature -- before the largest crowd in Portland Speedway's 75-year history. Sammy, who ranks second in the point standings, leads the Pennzoil World of Outlaw Series with 19 CHANNELLOCK Dash victories and seven Preliminary Feature triumphs. Swindell burst into the lead from the pole as the green flag fell in the feature. Stevie Smith, who started inside the third row, passed Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Mark Kinser and Third NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Brian Paulus to take over third place during the opening lap. Johnny Herrera spun in the second corner and collected Jac Haudenschild, Donny Schatz and Tim Shaffer early in the second lap. The #11H Vivarin Eagle flipped, forcing Shaffer to watch the final 19 laps from the pit area. Herrera, "The Wild Child" and Schatz restarted at the rear of the field. Swindell raced away from the field and opened a 10-car-length advantage within five laps. Paulus steered P and P Motorsports' #28 Verdelli Farms Maxim high into the first corner to pass First NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race Danny Lasoski for third place early in the seventh lap. "The Dude" returned the favor 2 1/2 laps later with a low move into turn four. Smith, who moved into second place in dense lapped traffic several laps earlier, steered his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit to the high groove between the first and second corners to pass Swindell for the lead midway through the race. The series' 1990 Rookie of the Year lost the lead the next time around, however. Stevie hit infield barrier in the turn four, ripping the left front wheel off his car, causing him to flip. Smith's crew, led by his father, Steve, repaired the #19 quickly, allowing Stevie to restart the race. "The 99 car (Brown) was sliding up in the middle of the corner, so I was going to go below him," Swindell said. "By the time I got there, Stevie was already by him on the outside, and got by me. But the breaks went our way and we got the lead back." Swindell was ahead of the field again when the green flag replaced the red. Kinser took third place from Paulus with an inside move in the second corner within seconds after the race resumed. Dean Jacobs relegated Paulus to fifth place with a similar move one lap later. Kinser drove the #5M Mopar Maxim to the lowest point in turn one to pass Lasoski for the runner-up spot early in the 14th lap. Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Steve Kinser took over fifth place by passing Joey Saldana and Paulus during the next 1 1/2 laps. Haudenschild clipped Paulus' left rear tire while the #28 slowed on the front straightaway with a shredded left front tire early in the 16th lap. "The Dude" pitted with engine problems during the caution. Steve Kinser and Saldana claimed the second-row starting positions in Saturday's CHANNELLOCK Dash by passing Jacobs as the race resumed. Mark Kinser kept pace with Swindell on the final restart, but was one car-length behind at the checkered flag. "The King of the Outlaws" made a late run at his cousin, but was a car-length short. "I was trying to catch up with Sammy there, just trying to go where he wasn't," Mark said. "I had no idea that Steve was that close there at the end until I got to the pits and my crew told me I did a good job messing up Steve the last two laps." Steve Kinser was pleased to pass nine cars and finish in third place. "We were pretty good on the top and the bottom, and we were able to get by a lot of good cars," Steve said. "We just try to run as hard as we can every night. Points and wins and things like that will take care of themselves when you run like that." Jacobs held off fellow Ohioan Dale Blaney for fifth place. Randy Hannagan finished seventh, ahead of Daryn Pittman, Andy Hillenburg and Schatz. Greg Hodnett was running second in the Second NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race when the engine in Jimmy Vasser's #V12 Wirtgen Maxim lost power. The series' 1993 Rookie of the Year won the "B" Feature and finished 11th in the evening's main event. WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Brian Paulus , Daryn Pittman , Dean Jacobs , Joey Saldana , Johnny Herrera