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World of Outlaws Schedules Return to Pike County MAGNOLIA, MS (March 10) - Jac Haudenschild was in the right place at the right time last March at Pike County Speedway. "The Wild Child" was in fifth place with less than half a ...

World of Outlaws Schedules Return to Pike County

MAGNOLIA, MS (March 10) - Jac Haudenschild was in the right place at the right time last March at Pike County Speedway. "The Wild Child" was in fifth place with less than half a lap remaining in the World of Outlaws "A" Feature when leader Sammy Swindell spun and crashed with Mark Kinser, Dave Blaney and Steve Kinser in the third corner. Haudenschild restarted the race at the front of the field and led the final two laps for the victory. "Yeah, I was running fifth and was going to finish fifth," Jac said later. "Those guys crashed ahead of me and we ended up winning. We got lucky there." Quite a bit has changed between World of Outlaws visits to Pike County. The series has taken on Pennzoil as its title sponsor, while Haudenschild and Swindell have burst into the top five in the point standings. The series' fire-breathing, mud- slinging sprint car racing teams are scheduled to return to the high-banked, 3/8-mile oval Friday, then head to Battleground Speedway near Houston Saturday. With new crew chief Guy Forbrook turning the wrenches on the #22 Pennzoil Maxim, Haudenschild has earned three of the first six Channellock Fast-Time Awards and finished sixth or better in every feature race. After three events, "The Wild Child" ranks second in the points race, only 13 points behind leader Mark Kinser. Sammy, winner of the first three Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series features this year, was leading the Silver State Shootout at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when a rear-end malfunction put him in the pits. After ranking first in the points race following the season opener, Swindell dropped to sixth before climbing back into fifth place with a pair of top-five runs at Perris Auto Speedway. Mark Kinser, the defending World of Outlaws champion, set Pike County's one-lap record with a 14.642-second qualifying run last March. He assumed the lead in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws point standings when he was declared the winner of both features at Perris Auto Speedway February 14-15. Although he crossed the finish line second in the Preliminary Feature, he was awarded the victory when Dave Blaney's muffler split. Jeff Swindell took over where brother Sammy left off at Las Vegas and led the final 26 laps for the victory. The $10,000 victory pushed him into the lead in the point standings. A pair of ninth-place runs at Perris dropped him into third place. Two runner-up runs at Perris Auto Speedway pushed Andy Hillenburg into fourth place in the point standings. After three events, the 1988 Rookie of the Year has his STP-sponsored team only five points out of third place. Danny Lasoski, winner of the World of Outlaws' main event at Pike County in 1995, is hitting the tour on a full-time basis with Jim Wahlie's #1W Conn West Trucking team this season. "The Dude" ranks sixth in the point standings, only 10 points behind Sammy Swindell. Greg Hodnett, returning to the World of Outlaws in the California-based #11H Selma Shell Gambler, has finished in the top 11 in all six feature races this season. He ranks seventh in the points race. Blaney, the World of Outlaws champion in 1995, started his own team with crew chief Kenny Woodruff after last season. Although he led the final 19 laps in the Preliminary Feature at Perris, he was disqualified and was credited with a 24th-place finish. A fifth-place run in the main event pushed "The Buckeye Bullet" back into eighth place in the point standings. The bad luck that plagued 14-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser last year came back to haunt him in the Preliminary Feature at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A collision with Randy Hannagan sent his #11 Quaker State Maxim into the retaining wall, knocking him out of first place and out of the race. Top-10 runs in four of the other five feature races has "The King of the Outlaws" in ninth place. Joe Gaerte, starting his second season as a driver/owner with the World of Outlaws, has overcome several obstacles and climbed into 10th place in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings. The Rookie of the Year race is already in high gear. Top-15 runs in all but one feature race has Paul McMahan running 11th in points and leading the rookie standings. Donny Schatz has won three Heat Races and finished among the top 20 in five of six features to rank 18th after three events. Having already blown a season's worth of engines, Johnny Herrera has fought his way into 13th place in the point standings with top-12 runs in the last three feature races. Solving the lubrication problems in his new #19 sprinter has allowed Stevie Smith to finish in the top 15 in both features at Perris Auto Speedway and climb into 19th place in the points race. The #75 Mopar Maxim will have a new driver and crew chief when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series returns to Pike County. Garry Brazier will be in the cockpit, while his father, Steve, will be maintaining the only Chrysler-powered sprinter on the World of Outlaws tour. This year, the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will offer more than $9 million in purses, contingencies and point fund awards while sanctioning 70 events over 100 dates at 47 racing facilities in 23 states. WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Paul McMahan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Jeff Swindell