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RED RIVER VALLEY VICTORY IS SWINDELL'S FOURTH STRAIGHT By Richard Day WEST FARGO, ND (July 8) - Having raced in only half of the World of Outlaws' events this year, and winning the last four feature ...

RED RIVER VALLEY VICTORY IS SWINDELL'S FOURTH STRAIGHT By Richard Day WEST FARGO, ND (July 8) - Having raced in only half of the World of Outlaws' events this year, and winning the last four feature races speaks volumes of Sammy Swindell's recent success. While splitting his 1995 racing schedule between NASCAR's SuperTruck Series and the World of Outlaws, Sammy's #1 Hooters Gambler has run in only 24 of the Skoal Outlaw Series' 48 programs this season. Even so, his flag-to-flag victory in the main event at Red River Valley Speedway Saturday was Swindell's fourth straight World of Outlaws feature victory. He's led all 100 laps in the Skoal Outlaw Series' last four feature races. "This is the best I've felt in a sprint car in a year and a half," Swindell said in victory lane. "We're finally back to how we were running three years ago (when he won 20 "A" Features). The car is like it was then, so we're able to use those old setups." Swindell raced like the Sammy of old, winning the Snap-on Tools Dash for the right to start the main event on the pole, then racing ahead of the 24-car field throughout the 30-lap "A" Feature. He opened an eight car-length lead during the main event's first two laps, and reeled in the backmarkers as Skoal Outlaw Series point standings leader Jac Haudenschild and fast-qualifier Mark Kinser passed Stevie Smith during the third and fourth laps. Sammy's brother, Jeff, closed to within four car-lengths as the leaders entered lapped traffic six laps into the race. Sammy increased his advantage two laps later, however, when Mike Mulvaney forced Jeff to steer the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim into the infield to avoid a collision. Mulvaney paid Jeff back the next time around when he stopped on the back straightaway, bringing out the caution flag and tightening the field. Jeff wasn't able to keep pace with Sammy on the ensuing restart, and fell 10 car-lengths behind by lap 12. He did, however, narrow the gap to two car-lengths as Sammy slowed behind a pack of backmarkers five laps later. Haudenschild and Kinser challenged Second Heat Race winner Andy Hillenburg for third during the race's middle stages. Mark steered the #5M Wirtgen Maxim deep into the second corner to pass "The Wild Child" for fourth place early in the 18th lap. Sammy opened a half-straightaway advantage once he escaped dense lapped traffic with 10 laps remaining. But within three laps, Jeff surged into striking distance and another pack of backmarkers loomed ahead. Jeff caught Sammy in turn one early in lap 25. But a quick move around Lance Blevins in the first corner the next time around gave Sammy some breathing room. Sammy increased his advantage to a full straightaway as Hillenburg pressured Jeff for the runner-up spot during the final five laps. Jeff and Andy were battling on the back stretch when Sammy took the checkered flag. Mark Kinser held off Haudenschild to finish the main event in fourth place. Rounding out the top 10 were Danny Lasoski, Dave Blaney, heat race winners Randy Hannagan and Greg Hodnett and Smith. Hannagan received his third Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award of the year for racing into eighth place from his sixth-row starting position. The drivers went into the stands to collect donations for recovering racer Aaron Berryhill, and the generous fans filled their helmets with $4,825. Berryhill, the World of Outlaws' Rookie of the Year in 1992, sustained first- and second-degree burns in a crash at Knoxville Raceway on June 24th. TNN: The Nashville Network is televising the Amoco Knoxville Nationals "Live in '95." Be sure to tune in for the August 19th telecast between 10 p.m. and midnight (EDT). WoO 1995 WORLD OF OUTLAWS/SKOAL OUTLAW SERIES Red River Valley Speedway, West Fargo, ND Saturday, July 8, Feature Program #38 Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 16.461; 2. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.585; 3. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 16.672; 4. Danny Lasoski, Sonner 47, 16.894; 5. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 17.012; 6. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21L, 17.037; 7. Randy Hannagan, Hannagan 1x, 17.050; 8. Joe Gaerte, Hamilton 77, 17.275; 9. Lou Kennedy, Jr., Kennedy 21K, 17.450; 10. Chad Mellenberndt, Mellenberndt 97M, 17.490; 11. Rich Bubak, Bubak 9B, 17.538; 12. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 17.953; 13. Chuck Swenson, Anderson 9, 18.101; 14. Mike Sitzmann, Sitzmann 102, 18.262; 15. Todd Mack, Mack 4, 18.647; 16. Mike Johnson, Leebrick 94, 18.736; 17. Tim Mulvaney, Mulvaney 3M, 18.767; 18. Loren Langreud, Langreud/Byron 56, 18.831; 19. Matt Folstad, Folstad 8, 18.988; 20. Mike Balcaen, Balcaen 10S, 19.227; 21. Scott Butz, Butz 34, 19.294; 22. Jamie McWalter, McWalter 55, 19.753; 23. Bennett Bouldac, Bouldac 62, 20.236; 24. Sonny Mack, Mack 12, no time; 25. Jerrod Hull, Hull 11H, no time; 26. Bob Martin, Martin 10T, no time. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Randy Hannagan, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Chad Mellenberndt, 5. Chuck Swenson, 6. Matt Folstad, 7. Mike Johnson, 8. Jamie McWalter, 9. Bob Martin. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Rich Bubak, 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Mike Sitzmann, 6. Tim Mulvaney, 7. Mike Balcaen, 8. Bennett Bouldac, 9. Jerrod Hull. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Lou Kennedy, Jr., 4. Lance Blevins, 5. Loren Langreud, 6. Scott Butz, 7. Todd Mack, 8. Sonny Mack ($10). (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Sammy Swindell, Jeff Swindell, Jac Haudenschild and Stevie Smith for the first four starting positions in the Snap-on Tools Dash. Snap-on Tools Dash (five laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Jac Haudenschild, 6. Mark Kinser. (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Tim Mulvaney, 2. Todd Mack, 3. Jerrod Hull, 4. Mike Balcaen, 5. Matt Folstad, 6. Mike Johnson ($185); 7. Scott Butz ($160); 8. Bob Martin ($110); 9. Bennett Bouldac ($100); 10. Jamie McWalter ($90). DNS - Sonny Mack. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($9,000); 2. Jeff Swindell ($5,000); 3. Andy Hillenburg ($3,310); 4. Mark Kinser ($3,010); 5. Jac Haudenschild ($2,250); 6. Danny Lasoski ($2,085); 7. Dave Blaney ($1,810); 8. Randy Hannagan ($1,710); 9. Greg Hodnett ($1,510); 10. Stevie Smith ($1,400); 11. Joe Gaerte ($1,210); 12. Lance Blevins ($1,110); 13. Chad Mellenberndt ($1,060); 14. Donny Schatz ($1,010); 15. Rich Bubak ($710); 16. Chuck Swenson ($610); 17. Mike Sitzmann ($510); 18. Jerrod Hull ($530); 19. Todd Mack ($530); 20. Lou Kennedy, Jr. ($510); 21. Tim Mulvaney ($530); 22. Matt Folstad ($530); 23. Loren Langreud ($510); 24. Mike Balcaen ($530). Lap leader: Sammy Swindell 1-30 Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award winner: Randy Hannagan WoO*eof

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Sammy Swindell , Mike Johnson , Aaron Berryhill , Randy Hannagan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Jeff Swindell