Santa Maria report 96-09-13

Blaney Leads Flag-to-Flag in SanTa Maria Opener By Richard Day SANTA MARIA, CA (September 13) - Although drivers are very superstitious, Dave Blaney, Andy Hillenburg and Steve Kinser had different views of ...

Blaney Leads Flag-to-Flag in SanTa Maria Opener By Richard Day SANTA MARIA, CA (September 13) - Although drivers are very superstitious, Dave Blaney, Andy Hillenburg and Steve Kinser had different views of Friday the 13th following the Skoal Outlaw Series' opener at Santa Maria Speedway. While Hillenburg earned his second EcoWater Quick-Time Award of the year, his problems in the First Quaker State Heat Race kept him out of the Vivarin Dash and put Blaney on the pole in the seven-lap race when second-quick Mark Kinser picked the #6 inversion pill. "The Buckeye Bullet" earned the right to start the Preliminary Feature on the pole when he won his second Vivarin Dash of the year. He threaded the #10 Vivarin J&J through lapped traffic and led all 25 laps to claim the $4,000 first prize Hillenburg, who came within .194 seconds of breaking the one- lap record he set at Santa Maria's high-banked, 1/3-mile oval last September 22nd, won the "B" Feature, started inside the fifth row and passed three cars to finish in sixth place. While Santa Maria was the site of Steve Kinser's 400th World of Outlaws "A" Feature victory last September 23rd, he was forced to battle from the back of the field after crashing with Randy Hannagan, Johnny Herrera and Kevin Pylant during the opening seconds of the Preliminary Feature. His luck changed, however, when Johnny Rodriguez flipped on the ensuing restart, allowing Kinser's crew to repair the #11 Quaker State Maxim in time to return to the race. He raced back through the field to finish - where else? - 13th. As the green flag replaced the red, Blaney burst into the lead while Joe Gaerte took the low line through turn one to pass Stevie Smith for the runner-up spot. "The Buckeye Bullet" entered lapped traffic with a five-car-length advantage five laps into the race. Jeff Swindell steered the #7TW Gold Eagle Maxim deep into the first corner to pass Smith for third place early in lap eight. Gaerte caught Blaney in dense lapped traffic and started pressuring him for the lead the next time around. But, with a quick move past Rodriguez in turn four, "The Buckeye Bullet" opened a half-straightaway advantage by the 11th lap. Blaney was comfortably ahead of his closest pursuers when Brad Furr's #2F car stopped on the back stretch three laps later. Two backmarkers lining up between the leaders allowed Blaney to return to his comfort zone within a lap after the race resumed. He was a full straightaway ahead of Gaerte when he entered lapped traffic again with nine laps remaining. Gaerte started gaining on Blaney in lapped traffic during the 20th lap, but Swindell challenging him for the runner-up spot allowed "The Buckeye Bullet" to cruise to the half-straightaway victory. "I took some chances passing lapped cars in the high groove," Blaney told the near-capacity crowd from victory lane, "but I wasn't going to get by them on the bottom. The Vivarin J&J was really nice tonight; I was able to run all over the track. "I never let up; you can't do that racing with the World of Outlaws." Gaerte and Swindell finished second and third, respectively, ahead of Smith, Mark Kinser, Hillenburg, Jim Carr, Mark Monico, 18th-starting Brent Kaeding and Paul McMahan. Carr returned to the Skoal Outlaw Series with a fresh supply of engines and enjoyed one of his best performances of the year. He qualified eighth-quick and finished seventh in the feature. Although Paul McMahan's brother, Bobby, was only the 27th- fastest qualifier in the 36-car field, he raced past 12 cars from the rear of the field to finish in 12th place. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Santa Maria Speedway, Santa Maria, CA Friday, September 13, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 11.698; 2. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 11.768; 3. Randy Hannagan, TRH Racing 1x, 11.780; 4. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 11.827; 5. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 11.854; 6. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 11.896; 7. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 11.987; 8. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 11.913; 9. Mark Monico, ATM Motorsports 21M, 11.968; 10. Paul McMahan, Roth 83, 11.976; 11. Tyler, Walker, Walker 35, 11.984; 12. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 12.006; 13. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 12.013; 14. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 12.040; 15. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 12.065; 16. Kevin Pylant, Pylant 14P, 12.081; 17. Robert Walker, Walker 98, 12.122; 18. Brent Kaeding, Kaeding 69, 12.146; 19. Joey Saldana, Stanton 75, 12.149; 20. Dale Cross, Cross 9, 12.244; 21. Johnny Rodriguez, Orth 24, 12.263; 22. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 12.292; 23. Brad Furr, Furr 2F, 12.319; 24. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 12.328; 25. Graydon Cross, Cross 8C, 12.340; 26. Steve Kent, Toledo Brothers 3T, 12.382; 27. Bobby McMahan, Lamar 3, 12.371; 28. Tom Tarlton, Tarlton 21T, 12.408; 29. Todd Bauser, Bauser 18M, 12.478; 30. Jim Taves, Taves 34, 12.545; 31. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 12.600; 32. Troy Rutherford, Jordan Brothers 51, 12.753; 33. J.J. Yaley, Yaley 7, 12.780; 34. Jason Meyers, Meyers 14J, 12.824; 35. Mike Knopf, Knopf 55, 13.226; 36. John Harshbarger, Harshbarger 96, 14.086. First Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Johnny Rodriguez, 3. Robert Walker, 4. Mark Monico, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Andy Hillenburg, 7. Graydon Cross, 8. Todd Bauser, 9. J.J. Yaley ($10). (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Brent Kaeding, 2. Paul McMahan, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Mark Kinser, 6. Steve Kent, 7. Jason Meyers, 8. Jim Taves, 9. Brian Paulus. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Joey Saldana, 2. Tyler Walker, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Randy Hannagan, 5. Dave Blaney, 6. Bobby McMahan, 7. Brad Furr, 8. Lance Blevins, 9. Mike Knopf. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Quaker State Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Kevin Pylant, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Jim Carr, 6. Dale Cross, 7. Troy Rutherford, 8. Tom Tarlton, 9. John Harshbarger ($10). (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Vivarin Dash (seven laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Jim Carr, 6. Mark Kinser, 7. Randy Hannagan, 8. Mark Monico. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Bobby McMahan, 3. Brian Paulus, 4. Brad Furr, 5. Steve Kent ($160); 6. Graydon Cross ($135); 7. Tom Tarlton ($110); 8. Todd Bauser ($85); 9. Jason Meyers ($70); 10. Jim Taves ($60); 11. Lance Blevins ($50); 12. Troy Rutherford ($50); 13. Mike Knopf ($50); 14. Dale Cross ($50). DNS - J.J. Yaley, John Harshbarger. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (25 laps): 1. Dave Blaney ($4,010); 2. Joe Gaerte ($2,310); 3. Jeff Swindell ($1,610); 4. Stevie Smith ($1,410); 5. Mark Kinser ($1,260); 6. Andy Hillenburg ($1,180); 7. Jim Carr ($1,110); 8. Mark Monico ($1,060); 9. Brent Kaeding ($1,035); 10. Paul McMahan ($1,010); 11. Tyler Walker ($910); 12. Bobby McMahan ($730); 13. Steve Kinser ($610); 14. Sammy Swindell ($510); 15. Johnny Herrera ($310); 16. Jac Haudenschild ($310); 17. Joey Saldana ($260); 18. Robert Walker ($260); 19. Kevin Pylant ($260); 20. Johnny Rodriguez ($260); 21. Greg Hodnett ($260); 22. Brad Furr ($280); 23. Brian Paulus ($280); 24. Randy Hannagan ($260). Lap leader: Dave Blaney 1-25 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Andy Hillenburg WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Johnny Rodriguez , Tyler Walker , Brian Paulus , Jason Meyers , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Dave Blaney , Robert Walker , Jac Haudenschild , Troy Rutherford , Johnny Herrera , Bobby McMahan , Jeff Swindell