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Kauffman Takes Santa Maria Opener By Richard Day SANTA MARIA, CA (September 22) - Keith Kauffman passed Paul McMahan late in the 22nd lap, and led the final three to win the World of Outlaws' ...

Kauffman Takes Santa Maria Opener By Richard Day SANTA MARIA, CA (September 22) - Keith Kauffman passed Paul McMahan late in the 22nd lap, and led the final three to win the World of Outlaws' Preliminary Feature Friday before a near-capacity crowd at Santa Maria Speedway. "It's about time," Kauffman said of his first World of Outlaws feature victory in almost three years. "We've had some bad luck, but the car was good tonight. I just had to stay out of trouble." McMahan took the lead from the outside pole and stayed out of trouble for 21 3/4 laps. He was attempting to pass Lee Brewer, Jr., in the fourth corner late in lap 22 when they collided. Kauffman drove the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim past the spinning McMahan, and restarted at the front of the field after the caution flag fell. Kauffman raced away from the field as the race resumed, and was four car-lengths ahead of Randy Hannagan when he took the checkered flag. The victory was Kauffman's first in Skoal Outlaw Series competition since the Preliminary Feature at the Williams Grove National Open on October 2, 1992. He recorded his most recent victory in a main event at San Jose Speedway on September 9, 1989. "I could close in on Paul in traffic, but I couldn't ever get by him," Kauffman explained. "And every time I started gaining on him, the caution came out. Paul was fast; he just made one mistake." Kauffman, the third-fastest qualifier in the 24-car field, earned the right to start the Preliminary Feature on the pole by beating McMahan across the finish line in the Vivarin Dash. McMahan drove the #3 Tri-C Machine JonBoy around Kauffman in turn four as the green flag fell to take the lead in the feature, however. McMahan opened a 10-car-length advantage within three laps, and caught the backmarkers two laps later. Kauffman closed in on the leader as Steve Kinser and Andy Hillenburg challenged Hannagan for third place during the seventh lap. Kinser, winner of four World of Outlaws "A" Features at Santa Maria, was trying to take over third place in turn one the next time around when Hannagan slid up, forcing him to hit his brakes. The near- crash allowed Hillenburg and Dave Blaney to race past. Kauffman was gaining on McMahan and Hillenburg was passing Hannagan when George Koerber was struck in the arm by debris and stopped on the back straightaway, bringing out the caution flag and nullifying the pass late in the 10th lap. Jac Haudenschild raced past Kinser and Blaney as the green flag replaced the yellow, and led them by Hillenburg as the #2 STP J&J slid out of the low groove in turn two the next time around. Kauffman was closing in on McMahan again when Troy Newsome's third-corner flip sent the red flag flying late in lap 11. McMahan raced away from Kauffman as the race resumed, opening a five-car-length advantage within a lap. He was 10 car-lengths ahead when he caught the backmarkers again four laps later. Kauffman narrowed the gap to five car-lengths during the 18th lap as McMahan entered dense lapped traffic. The leader extended his margin the next time around as Kauffman slowed behind Jason Statler, however. Kauffman chased Statler around Santa Maria's high-banked, 1/3-mile oval for three laps before passing him in heavy traffic. Kauffman got the break he needed with 3 1/4 laps remaining. McMahan was trying to pass Brewer in turn four when they collided. Kauffman took the lead and crossed the finish line before the caution flag fell for McMahan, who spun into the infield. Following Kauffman and Hannagan across the finish line were Haudenschild, Kinser, Blaney, 14th-starting Brent Kaeding, Hillenburg, Jeff Swindell, First Snap-on Tools Heat Race winner Stevie Smith and Joe Gaerte. Hillenburg, the fastest of three drivers breaking Santa Maria's one-lap record, received his second EcoWater Fast-Time Award of the year. Circling the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval in 11.504 seconds, he sliced .213 seconds off the qualifying standard he set on August 28, 1993. WoO 1995 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Santa Maria Speedway, Santa Maria, CA Friday, September 22, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 11.504 (new one-lap record); 2. Randy Hannagan, Hannagan 1x, 11.682; 3. Keith Kauffman, Sonner 47, 11.692; 4. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 11.721; 5. Paul McMahan, Lamar 3, 11.734; 6. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 11.764; 7. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 11.784; 8. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 11.853; 9. Danny Lasoski, Hamilton 77, 11.865; 10. Joe Gaerte, Ulyate 3DB, 11.896; 11. Eric Rossi, Wright 38, 11.946; 12. Monte Faccinto, Owen 14D, 11.965; 13. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 11.991; 14. Brent Kaeding, Kaeding 69, 12.011; 15. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 12.012; 16. Greg DeCaires, Roth 83, 12.055; 17. Steve Kent, Helm 11K, 12.170; 18. Jason Lund, Lund 8L, 12.262; 19. Lee Brewer, Jr., Toledo 3T, 12.326; 20. Jason Statler, Statler 00, 12.374; 21. Troy Newsome, Newsome 24, 12.480; 22. Mark Monico, ATM Motorsports 21, 12.636; 23. George Koerber, Koerber 5K, 12.668; 24. John Miles, Miles 86, 20.651. First Snap-on Tools Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Greg DeCaires, 3. Dave Blaney, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Jac Haudenschild, 7. Mark Monico, 8. Lee Brewer, Jr. (first eight qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Snap-on Tools Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Brent Kaeding, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Eric Rossi, 4. Paul McMahan, 5. Steve Kent, 6. Randy Hannagan, 7. Jason Statler, 8. George Koerber. (first eight qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Snap-on Tools Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Jason Lund, 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Troy Newsome, 6. Keith Kauffman, 7. Monte Faccinto, 8. John Miles. (first eight qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Vivarin Dash (seven laps): 1. Keith Kauffman, 2. Paul McMahan, 3. Randy Hannagan, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Dave Blaney, 7. Jeff Swindell, 8. Andy Hillenburg. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (25 laps): 1. Keith Kauffman ($4,010); 2. Randy Hannagan ($2,310); 3. Jac Haudenschild ($1,610); 4. Steve Kinser ($1,410); 5. Dave Blaney ($1,260); 6. Brent Kaeding ($1,160); 7. Andy Hillenburg ($1,110); 8. Jeff Swindell ($1,060); 9. Stevie Smith ($1,035); 10. Joe Gaerte ($1,010); 11. Steve Kent ($910); 12. Greg DeCaires ($710); 13. Danny Lasoski ($610); 14. Greg Hodnett ($510); 15. Eric Rossi ($310); 16. Monte Faccinto ($310); 17. Paul McMahan ($260); 18. Jason Statler ($260); 19. Jason Lund ($260); 20. Mark Monico ($260); 21. Lee Brewer, Jr. ($260); 22. Troy Newsome ($260); 23. George Koerber ($260); 24. John Miles ($260). Lap leaders: Paul McMahan 1-21, Keith Kauffman 22-25 EcoWater Fast-Time Award winner: Andy Hillenburg WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Jason Statler , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams