Red River Valley report 96-07-07

Sammy Snaps Winless String at Red River Valley By Richard Day WEST FARGO, ND (July 7) - Sammy Swindell was the Skoal Outlaw Series' hottest driver last summer, winning five straight races, including a sweep of the ...

Sammy Snaps Winless String at Red River Valley By Richard Day WEST FARGO, ND (July 7) - Sammy Swindell was the Skoal Outlaw Series' hottest driver last summer, winning five straight races, including a sweep of the double feature event at Red River Valley Speedway. Swindell admitted he made a mistake when it came to choosing which Goodyear Eagle tire to put on the right rear of his #1 ChannelLock Gambler in Saturday's preliminary program. His tire selection - not to mention his racing - was flawless Sunday as he ran his winning streak to two at West Fargo's high-banked, 1/2- mile oval. "We didn't make any mistakes today," Sammy said. "We put the wrong tire on yesterday, but not today." The $9,000 victory snapped Swindell's 12-feature winless streak and pushed him past Andy Hillenburg into sixth place in the World of Outlaws point standings. Sammy earned the right to start Sunday's "A" Feature on the pole by passing Skoal Outlaw Series points leader Mark Kinser and brother Jeff Swindell on his way to winning the Vivarin Dash. Then he burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event. Steve Kinser, the evening's fastest qualifier and winner of the First Heat Race, relegated Jeff to fourth place with a high move into turn two early in the second lap. Gerald Cressman and Terry Reilly brought out the red flag when they crashed in turn three the next time around. Then, as the race resumed, Mark Kinser steered the #5M Wirtgen Maxim deep into the third corner to pass Swindell for the lead. He held the lead only momentarily, however, as Swindell took the low line under him in turn one and Steve Kinser passed both with a high move in the second corner. Jeff raced into third place when Mark slid out of the low groove. Sammy battled Steve for four laps before regaining the lead with a low move in the first corner early in lap eight. Two laps later, Steve drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim by Swindell in the second corner, only to have Sammy return the favor with a low move in turn three. Kinser, winner of seven World of Outlaws "A" Features at Red River Valley, followed Swindell into lapped traffic during the 12th lap and, although he threaded the #11 between the leader and inside berm in the fourth corner, was unable to make the pass. Swindell raced away from the field during the next five laps, and opened a half-straightaway lead by lap 18. "The King of the Outlaws" narrowed the gap to 10 car-lengths during the 23rd lap, and caught Sammy in dense lapped traffic the next time around. Swindell must have had flashbacks of his Pike County Speedway crash which took him and three pursuers out of the March 15th race early in the 27th lap. He was leading Kinser through lapped traffic when Steve collided with Donny Schatz in the first corner. The collision sent Schatz into the fence and damaged the right side panel on Kinser's top wing. Sammy noticed a cut which allowed air to leak from his bald right rear tire during the red period. Trying to conserve what little rubber remained on the tire, he restarted the race at a deliberate pace. It was all Kinser's engine could do to catch Swindell in the first corner, however, and he coasted off the racing surface with a blown power plant seconds later. Jeff Swindell narrowed the gap as Sammy conserved his tires during the final three laps, but was still 10 car-lengths behind when they took the checkered flag. Mark Kinser finished third, ahead of Hillenburg, Second Heat Race winner Jac Haudenschild, Joey Saldana, Johnny Herrera, Stevie Smith, Joe Gaerte and Jim Carr. Jeff's second runner-up run in as many nights pushed him past Steve Kinser and Stevie Smith and into third place in the Skoal Outlaw Series point standings. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Red River Valley Speedway, West Fargo, ND Sunday, July 7, Feature Program #33 Qualifications: 1. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 16.376; 6. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 16.513; 3. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 16.589; 4. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 16.659; 5. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 16.768; 6. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 16.775; 7. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.778; 8. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 16.879; 9. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 16.887; 10. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 17.033; 11. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 17.103; 12. Terry Reilly, Julius 69R, 17.395; 13. Chuck Swenson, Swenson X, 17.591; 14. Gerald Cressman, Cressman 56, 18.013; 15. Dan Pape, Pape 91, 18.328; 16. Jamie McWalter, McWalter 55, no time; 17. Mike Balcaen, Balcaen 10B, no time; 18. Kevin Jopp, Jopp 1J, no time; 19. Bob Martin, Martin 10T, no time; 20. Loren Langerud, Langerud 95x, no time. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Lance Blevins, 6. Jim Carr, 7. Chuck Swenson, 8. Dan Pape ($10). DNS - Mike Balcaen, Bob Martin. (first eight qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Dave Blaney, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Brian Paulus, 6. Terry Reilly, 7. Gerald Cressman, 8. Jamie McWalter. DNS - Kevin Jopp, Loren Langerud. (first eight qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Mark Kinser, Jeff Swindell, Sammy Swindell and Joey Saldana for the first four starting positions in the Vivarin Dash. Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Dave Blaney, 6. Joey Saldana. (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($9,000); 2. Jeff Swindell ($5,000); 3. Mark Kinser ($3,300); 4. Andy Hillenburg ($3,010); 5. Jac Haudenschild ($2,260); 6. Joey Saldana ($2,075); 7. Johnny Herrera ($1,810); 8. Stevie Smith ($1,710); 9. Joe Gaerte ($1,510); 10. Jim Carr ($1,410); 11. Dave Blaney ($1,210); 12. Brian Paulus ($1,110); 13. Chuck Swenson ($1,060); 14. Lance Blevins ($1,010); 15. Steve Kinser ($710); 16. Donny Schatz ($610); 17. Jamie McWalter ($510); 18. Mike Balcaen ($500); 19. Kevin Jopp ($500); 20. Bob Martin ($500); 21. Loren Langerud ($500); 22. Terry Reilly ($510); 23. Gerald Cressman ($510). DNS - Dan Pape. Lap leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-2, 7-30; Steve Kinser 3-6 WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Brian Paulus , Joey Saldana , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell