Riverside report 97-08-25

Swindell Extends Points Lead in Riverside Romp By Richard Day COTTAGE GROVE, OR (August 25) - As the 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' season heads into the final turn, Sammy Swindell is doing his best to turn...

Swindell Extends Points Lead in Riverside Romp By Richard Day COTTAGE GROVE, OR (August 25) - As the 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' season heads into the final turn, Sammy Swindell is doing his best to turn the drivers points race into a chase. Swindell increased his advantage to 52 points over Dave Blaney when he won his third straight feature race Monday at Riverside Speedway. That's the most points to separate the leaders since Sammy led Steve Kinser by 49 points on June 18th. "We've got a little better car this year," said Swindell, who finished third in the 1996 driver standings. "It's more suited to these race tracks than the one we had last year. We just look forward to running the rest of the races out here." Swindell got off to a fast start on the sticky, high-banked, 1/4-mile oval, chopping .329 seconds off the previous single-lap record with an 86.497-second qualifying run. Sammy received his ninth Channellock Fast-Time Award of the season. In all, seven drivers eclipsed the previous time-trial standard while only 2.043 seconds separated the 44 cars taking qualifying laps. On the other hand, the evening started badly for Jac Haudenschild and never improved. His collision with Andy Hillenburg sent him flipping down the front straightaway as the green flag fell in the First Heat Race. Although his crew was able to repair the #22 Pennzoil Maxim, "The Wild Child" was unable to restart the race. Second Heat Race winner Travis Cram drove the #22 into 12th place in the "B" Feature and Haudenschild took a provisional in the main event. Stevie Smith beat Swindell across the finish line in the Vivarin Dash for the right to start the 40-lap "A" Feature on the pole. Sammy raced into the lead while Smith pulled a wheelstand in the fourth corner as the green flag fell in the main event, only to have Steve Beitler and Casey Diemert collide and bring out the caution flag. Smith burst into the lead when the green flag fell again, and was eight car-lengths ahead of Sammy when he entered lapped traffic four laps into the race. Swindell took the lead when Smith allowed his #19 sprinter to bicycle in the first corner three laps later, however. "I saw Stevie's wheels come up on the first start and went on by," Swindell said. "On the second start, he moved over a little bit. We might have touched a little bit, but I just let him go. I figured we had a good enough car to get him later." Swindell was racing away from the field when a mechanical malfunction caused Kasey Kahne to stop in turn one late in the 15th lap. Sammy started rebuilding his lead immediately after the green flag replaced the yellow, and caught the backmarkers again three laps later. Steve Kinser was challenging Andy Hillenburg for fourth place when his #11 Quaker State Maxim slid over the bank between the third and fourth corners, allowing seven cars to race past. "B" Feature winner Randy Tiner collided with Randy Hannagan in turn three late in lap 22. Smith was unable to steer clear of Hannagan and surrendered second place when their collision broke the front axle on the #19. Swindell had a six-lapped-car cushion when the race resumed, and quickly raced away from his closest pursuers as Blaney battled Hillenburg for second place. "The Buckeye Bullet" was still challenging for the runner-up spot with six laps remaining when he allowed his #10 Vivarin J&J to bicycle in the second corner. Blaney stopped in turn three and restarted the race at the back of the pack. Mark Kinser stopped on the front straightaway with a flat right rear tire during the caution period, then was involved in a chain-reaction crash during the ensuing restart. Paul McMahan's collision with Cram on the front straightaway sent the #75 Mopar Stealth flipping into the first corner. Blaney stopped quickly as he saw the red flag. Mark hit Blaney from behind and flipped. Mark stayed in the #5M Wirtgen Maxim as his crew repaired the car quickly. He restarted at the rear of the field with a damaged top wing, but still managed to finish sixth. With seven cars separating him from Greg Hodnett, Swindell quickly opened a comfortable advantage as the green flag replaced the red. As he took the checkered flag, "The Buckeye Bullet" spun between turns three and four. Blaney never crossed the finish line and finished a lap down in 11th place. "It was a fast track - fast even right around the bottom," Sammy said. "You had to be able to deal with lapped traffic. The Channellock car ran great. It's fun to race when it's like that. Traffic isn't a problem when it's handling good. If it would have gone straight through, we probably would have gotten (lapped) just about everybody." Hillenburg finished in third place ahead of Johnny Herrera, Craig Dollansky, the Kinser cousins - Mark and Steve, 18th- starting Jeff Swindell, Joe Gaerte and Dion Hindi. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Riverside Speedway, Cottage Grove, OR Monday, August 25, Feature Program #55 Qualifications: 1. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 10.405 (new one-lap record); 2. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 10.433; 3. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 10.495; 4. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 10.526; 5. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 10.582; 6. Randy Tiner, Lamar 83T, 10.702; 7. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 10.727; 8. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 10.743; 9. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 10.744; 10. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 10.769; 11. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 10.770; 12. Randy Hannagan, Jeremiah 65, 10.806; 13. Craig Dollansky, Wahlie 1W, 10.815; 14. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 10.845; 15. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 10.846; 16. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 10.944; 17. Peter Murphy, Williams 0, 10.958; 18. Travis Cram, Cram 92, 10.958; 19. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 10.995; 20. Dale Smith, Smith 75S, 11.046; 21. Steve Beitler, Beitler 21x, 11.107; 22. Kasey Kahne, Kahne 23K, 11.168; 23. Casey Diemert, Diemert 73, 11.272; 24. Butch Gilbert, Gilbert 04, 11.372; 25. Jeff Thompson, Thompson 7T, 11.489; 26. Greg Brown, Christoferson 54, 11.516; 27. John McDonald, McDonald 78, 11.527; 28. Michael Morelock, H&H Motorsports 10H, 11.568; 29. Pat Desbiens, Desbiens 4D, 11.599; 30. Tony Thomas, Thomas 91, 11.629; 31. Hedge Carter, Carter 71, 11.666; 32. David Sims, ATR Enterprises 4S, 11.676; 33. Bryon Harvey, Harvey 16, 11.707; 34. Vince McDonald, McDonald 96, 11.888; 35. Mike Griffith, Griffith 21, 11.932; 36. Gene Jones, Jones 69, 11.941; 37. Kevin Etchison, Etchison 2K, 12.074; 38. Kenny Jamieson, Jamieson 24, 12.156; 39. Ty Mayden, Mayden 28. 12.184; 40. Gary Stevenson, Stevenson 25, 12.202; 41. Jesse Thistle, Thistle 7, 12.270; 42. Wes Kelley, Pierce 4, 12.301; 43. Rich Brown, Brown 17I, 12.356; 44. Kelly McDonnell, McDonnell 1L, 12.448; 45. Billy Nutter, Lowther 3N, no time. First Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Peter Murphy, 4. Steve Beitler, 5. Craig Dollansky, 6. Jeff Thompson, 7. Bryon Harvey, 8. Pat Desbiens, 9. Kevin Etchison, 10, Jesse Thistle, 11. Jac Haudenschild. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Travis Cram, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Kasey Kahne, 5. Paul McMahan, 6. Randy Tiner, 7. Vince McDonald, 8. Greg Brown, 9. Kenny Jamieson, 10. Wes Kelley, 11. Tony Thomas. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jeff Swindell, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Casey Diemert, 6. Donny Schatz, 7. John McDonald, 8. Hedge Carter, 9. Mike Griffith, 10. Ty Mayden, 11. Rich Brown. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Dale Smith, 2. Randy Hannagan, 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Dion Hindi, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Billy Nutter, 7. Butch Gilbert, 8. Michael Morelock, 9. David Sims, 10. Gene Jones, 11. Gary Stevenson, 12. Kelly McDonnell. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (seven laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Dave Blaney, 7. Steve Kinser, 8. Johnny Herrera. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Kenny Jamieson, 2. Billy Nutter, 3. Gene Jones ($125); 4. Ty Mayden ($100); 5. Gary Stevenson ($80); 6. Jesse Thistle ($70); 7. Kelly McDonnell ($60); 8. Wes Kelley ($50); 9. Kevin Etchison ($40). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Randy Tiner, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Butch Gilbert, 4. Jeff Thompson, 5. John McDonald ($200); 6. Vince McDonald ($180); 7. Hedge Carter ($150); 8. Bryon Harvey ($110); 9. Kenny Jamieson ($110); 10. Michael Morelock ($80); 11. Billy Nutter ($80); 12. Jac Haudenschild, 13. Greg Brown ($50); 14. Pat Desbiens ($50); 15. Tony Thomas ($50); 16. David Sims ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (40 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($7,000); 2. Greg Hodnett ($4,000); 3. Andy Hillenburg ($3,000); 4. Johnny Herrera ($2,500); 5. Craig Dollansky ($2,300); 6. Mark Kinser ($2,200); 7. Steve Kinser ($2,100); 8. Jeff Swindell ($2,000); 9. Joe Gaerte ($1,700); 10. Dion Hindi ($1,600); 11. Dave Blaney ($1,200); 12. Randy Tiner ($1,170); 13. Donny Schatz ($1,120); 14. Travis Cram ($1,050); 15. Peter Murphy ($1,000); 16. Dale Smith ($700); 17. Butch Gilbert ($620); 18. Kasey Kahne ($500); 19. Jeff Thompson ($520); 20. Casey Diemert ($500); 21. Paul McMahan ($500); 22. Stevie Smith ($500); 23. Randy Hannagan ($500); 24. Steve Beitler ($500); 25. Jac Haudenschild ($520). Provisional starter - Jac Haudenschild Lap leaders: Stevie Smith 1-6, Sammy Swindell 7-40 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Sammy Swindell WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Dave Blaney , Butch Gilbert , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Peter Murphy , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams