Randy Hannagan joins Stanton

Stanton Hires Hannagan as World of Outlaws Shuffles Drivers By Richard Day Randy Hannagan made quite an impression on the Skoal Outlaw Series tour in 1995. Driving the ...

Stanton Hires Hannagan as World of Outlaws Shuffles Drivers By Richard Day Randy Hannagan made quite an impression on the Skoal Outlaw Series tour in 1995. Driving the #1x Maxim for his brother, Terry, Randy earned Rookie of the Year honors and finished eighth in the point standings. His performance prompted car owners to start looking at him as they sought to hire new drivers. Hannagan was searching for a sponsor when Gary Stanton called and asked if he would be interested in joining his Mopar-sponsored team recently. Randy, who had never raced for anyone except his brother, signed a contract to drive Stanton's #40 Maxim on December 10th. "Some car owners referred Mr. Stanton to me, and Karl Kinser was one of them," Hannagan said. "That's quite a compliment. "I guess getting the Rookie of the Year award, staying out all year and not quitting when we could have, had a lot to do with me getting the ride." Stanton wasn't familiar with Hannagan when Skoal Outlaws Series car owners suggested he give Randy a call. "We wanted somebody who has been out there," Stanton said. "Everybody I talked to said he's a good racer. He's also very personable and easy to get along with. We're hoping to take him to a higher level. "I'm glad to be coming back to race with the World of Outlaws. Mopar is excited about our program and believes Randy will be good for their public relations. We ran Mopar engines in our Silver Crown car last year. Then Mopar decided to develop a 410 engine and showcase it on the World of Outlaws tour." Hannagan is equally excited about next season. "This should really be a good team," he said. "I'll have good people behind me, and plenty of corporate backing. With Mr. Stanton's knowledge, this should open the playing field. There is going to be more players involved with the World of Outlaws next year, so I'm really looking to get off to a good start. Rather than getting behind the eight-ball, we want to be the cue ball this time. "My brother was behind me 120%, and without his support winning the Rookie of the Year award wouldn't have been possible. I'm looking forward to next year. This is what we've been working toward. We were looking for a major sponsor; without one, we wouldn't be able to go back out on the road with the Skoal Outlaw Series next year. It's hard to break away from my family, but Terry is supporting me in this decision. "This Mopar deal is going to be bigger than anybody thinks. It will be an eye-opener when we get out there" ...

STP Racing has announced that Andy Hillenburg's contract has been extended for an additional two years, through 1997. "Naturally, we are extremely pleased to have Andy with us again," Mark Haglund, President of STP Products, Inc., said. "Not only is Andy a consistent contender on the race track, he is also a credit to STP off the track." Hillenburg, who has been sponsored by STP for the last two seasons, successfully defended his Gold Cup Race of Champions title last season. He also extended his streak of qualifying for "A" Features to 254 with a clean slate in 1995. "I couldn't be happier," Hillenburg said. "Even though we didn't do quite as well this past season as I had hoped, the confidence STP is showing in our team will have us working that much harder" ...

Within a month after Al Hamilton indicated he was leaving the Skoal Outlaw Series, Danny Lasoski returned to Guy Forbrook's stable. "The Dude" sandwiched four Knoxville Raceway championships in Forbrook's #5 C&S Enterprises Maxim between titles with Max Rogers and Gil Sonner. Lasoski opened the 1995 season in Sonner's #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim and finished the campaign in Hamilton's #77 Cornwell Tools Maxim. After ranking as high as third in the point standings, Lasoski finished sixth in his first full year with the Skoal Outlaw Series. "We're going to start out in Florida with the World of Outlaws next year," Lasoski said. "If we're doing well in the points, we're looking to run the whole schedule." Forbrook won his sixth Knoxville Raceway championship with Johnny Herrera as his driver last season. He said he hired Lasoski after Herrera accepted an offer to race for Sonner in 1996. "Johnny got a good offer from Sonner," Forbrook said. "Danny and I have quite a history together. We've won 300 features and both of us have six Knoxville track championships" ...

Scott Benic, who Joe Gaerte hired as crew chief for his new team, said recently, "it just seemed like a good time to make a change." "I had been with Tom Wimmer (Two Winners Racing) for nine seasons, and we had some good years," he said. "Running two teams was tough at times, but it wasn't a factor in my decision" ...

Brian Sperry is another crew chief on the move. Although he originally expected to join Joey Saldana on Dennis Roth's Meat Packers team, he was hired to maintain the #21L Citgo J&J driven by Lance Blevins. Blevins, on schedule to graduate from Broken Arrow (OK) High School, in May, is expected to contend for Skoal Outlaw Series Rookie of the Year honors in 1996. WoO *eot

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Danny Lasoski , Joey Saldana , Randy Hannagan