Santa Maria Speedway on Saturday, September 11th

Statler Runs Race of His Life at Santa Maria By Richard Day SANTA MARIA, CA (September 11) - The largest driver in sprint car racing wore a giant smile Saturday night. Jason Statler - all 6-5 and...

Statler Runs Race of His Life at Santa Maria By Richard Day SANTA MARIA, CA (September 11) - The largest driver in sprint car racing wore a giant smile Saturday night. Jason Statler - all 6-5 and 270 pounds of him - couldn't stop smiling after he held off Steve Kinser to win the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature at Santa Maria Speedway. "I could quit (sprint car racing) right now and be happy for the rest of my life," Statler said. "The competition here is as tough as it gets. This is definitely a dream come true." The University of Washington offered the San Jose, CA, driver a football scholarship in the early 1990s, but Statler turned it down to pursue his sprint car racing career. Statler earned the right to start the 40-lap main event on the pole by winning the Channellock Dash from inside the front row. He drove the #00 ATM/Rios sprinter into the lead as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature while many of the other 23 cars changed positions. Kinser, who crashed while battling Danny Lasoski for the lead at Santa Maria last September 12th, passed Fourth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race winner Tim Shaffer for second place early in the opening lap. Brent Kaeding pulled off a turn-two pass of Shaffer several seconds later. "The King of the Outlaws" caught Statler as they entered lapped traffic five laps into the race, and drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim into the low groove in the second corner to take the lead the next time around. Kinser, who has won five Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Features at Santa Maria, slid out of the low groove as he tried to pass a group of backmarkers in the second corner four laps later, allowing Statler to regain the lead. Statler increased his advantage as Brent Kaeding challenged Kinser for the runner-up spot during the 17th lap. Statler opened an eight-car-length advantage in lapped traffic within five laps. Shaffer surrendered fourth place when the engine in the #11H Vivarin Maxim lost power late in the 33rd lap. The leader in the Manufacturers Rookie of the Year point standings managed to coast into the pit area to avoid a caution. Andy Hillenburg was running fifth when he suffered a blown engine two laps later. The caution flag fell when his #2 Luxaire J&J stopped in the third corner. Kinser quickly passed the lapped car separating him from Statler and started battling for the lead again as the race resumed. Jason was only a car-length ahead of Kinser when he caught the backmarkers with two laps remaining, but managed to hold off "The King" for the first Pennzoil World of Outlaws "A" Feature victory of his career. "This track was fast and sticky, and it was pretty tough to pass here tonight," Statler said. "Once Steve got by me, I just tried to settle down and run good laps. I was going a million miles an hour leading it with Steve behind me anyway. I saw him push there in turn two, and I thought I might never get another chance to get by." Kaeding finished in third place, ahead of Sammy Swindell, Lasoski, Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Mark Kinser, Randy Hannagan, Johnny Herrera, Brooke Tatnell and 18th-starting Stevie Smith. Donny Schatz, who used a provisional to start the main event, raced past 12 cars to finish 13th. Hannagan received his second Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the season after cutting .232 seconds off the qualifying standard Hillenburg set four years ago. Hannagan drove the #1x NetTaxi Hurricane around the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval in 11.272 seconds, an average speed of 106.458 m.p.h. Ignition problems in the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim forced Daryn Pittman into the pit area for repairs during the "A" Feature pace lap. Jac Haudenschild and Lance Blevins were forced to qualify for the main event through the "B" Feature when engine trouble hampered them in their NAPA Auto Parts Heat Races. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will sanction the 46th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA, Thursday through Saturday. WoO

1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Santa Maria Speedway, Santa Maria, CA Saturday, September 11, Feature Program #59 Vivarin qualifications: 1. Randy Hannagan, TH Racing 1x, 11.272 (new single-lap record); 2. Brent Kaeding, M&M Racing 69, 11.288; 3. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 11.378; 4. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 11.429; 5. Blake Robertson, BR Motorsports 15R, 11.507; 6. Johnny Herrera, DOCC Motorsports 1BK, 11.515; 7. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 11.518; 8. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 11.519; 9. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 11.521; 10. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 11.521; 11. Tommy Tarlton, Tarlton 21T, 11.578; 12. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 11.612; 13. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 11.649; 14. Jason Statler, ATM/Rios 00, 11.810; 15. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 11.842; 16. Kevin Pylant, Pylant 14P, 11.876; 17. Jason Meyers, Carter 14, 11.973; 18. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 11.974; 19. Kevin Gobrecht, Hylton/Blaney 93, 11.994; 20. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 12.004; 21. Brad Furr, Furr 2F, 12.029; 22. Peter Murphy, Williams 40, 12.077; 23. Jim Skinner, Skinner 73, 12.101; 24. Tim Kaeding, McMillen 10T, 12.137; 25. Steve Osbourne, Brown 2T, 12.183; 26. Ricci Faria, Faria 89, 12.210; 27. Todd Bammer, Bammer 18, 12.218; 28. Daniel Hood, Hood 33, 12.320; 29. Gary Ferravanti, Ferravanti 1F, 12.324; 30. John McDonald, McDonald 78, 12.345; 31. Graydon Cross, Cross 8C, 12.474; 32. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 12.580; 33. Dale Blaney, Holbrook 8H, 12.568; 34. Daryn Pittman, Sonner 47, 12.615; 35. Brian Coelho, Coelho 5C, 12.618; 36. Butch Bahr, Bahr 25T, 12.786; 37. Kevin Cory, Blackwell 27B, 12.830; 38. Gary Ferravanti, Jr., Ferravanti 44, 13.180; 39. Garrett Ishii, Ishii 71G, 13.194; 40. Jeff Fiscus, Fiscus 711, 13.365; 41. Gordy Bales, Bales 41, 14.490. First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Randy Hannagan, 3. Kevin Pylant, 4. Jason Meyers, 5. Brad Furr, 6. Mark Kinser, 7. Dale Blaney, 8. Gary Ferravanti, 9. Kevin Cory, 10. Gordy Bales, 11. Steve Osbourne. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Brent Kaeding, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Peter Murphy, 5. Daryn Pittman, 6. Ricci Faria, 7. John McDonald, 8. Gary Ferravanti, Jr., 9. Lance Blevins, 10. Jac Haudenschild. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jason Statler, 2. Tommy Tarlton, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Kevin Gobrecht, 5. Johnny Herrera, 6. Jim Skinner, 7. Todd Bammer, 8. Graydon Cross, 9. Brian Coelho, 10. Garrett Ishii. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Tim Shaffer, 2. Brooke Tatnell, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Blake Robertson, 5. Jeff Swindell, 6. Donny Schatz, 7. Tim Kaeding, 8. Butch Bahr, 9. Jeff Fiscus, 10. Daniel Hood. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Channellock Dash (seven laps): 1. Jason Statler, 2. Tim Shaffer, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Brent Kaeding, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Sammy Swindell, 7. Randy Hannagan, 8. Danny Lasoski. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Brian Coelho, 2. Kevin Cory, 3. Butch Bahr ($125); 4. Gary Ferravanti, Jr. ($100); 5. Garrett Ishii ($80); 6. Jeff Fiscus ($70); 7. Gordy Bales ($60). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Lance Blevins, 4. Tim Kaeding, 5. Todd Bammer ($200); 6. Ricci Faria ($180); 7. Jim Skinner ($150); 8. Gary Ferravanti ($110); 9. Graydon Cross ($90); 10. Donny Schatz, 11. John McDonald ($80); 12. Daniel Hood ($60); 13. Brian Coelho ($70); 14. Dale Blaney ($50); 15. Kevin Cory ($70); 16. Steve Osbourne ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (40 laps): 1. Jason Statler ($8,000); 2. Steve Kinser ($4,000); 3. Brent Kaeding ($3,500); 4. Sammy Swindell ($2,500); 5. Danny Lasoski ($2,300); 6. Mark Kinser ($2,220); 7. Randy Hannagan ($2,100); 8. Johnny Herrera ($2,000); 9. Brooke Tatnell ($1,800); 10. Stevie Smith ($1,700); 11. Tommy Tarlton ($1,400); 12. Jac Haudenschild ($1,220); 13. Donny Schatz ($1,120); 14. Lance Blevins ($1,070); 15. Kevin Gobrecht ($1,000); 16. Brad Furr ($900); 17. Blake Robertson ($700); 18. Tim Kaeding ($570); 19. Kevin Pylant ($550); 20. Daryn Pittman ($550); 21. Jeff Swindell ($550); 22. Jason Meyers ($550); 23. Peter Murphy ($550); 24. Andy Hillenburg ($550); 25. Tim Shaffer ($550). Provisional starter - Donny Schatz Lap leaders: Jason Statler 1-5, 10-40; Steve Kinser 6-9 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Randy Hannagan WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Tim Kaeding , Jason Statler , Peter Murphy , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams