Lasoski Wins Second Harvest Classic Preliminary By Richard Day CALISTOGA, CA (September 4) - Polesitters leading Harvest Classic feature races during the 13th lap beware. Drivers winning the...
Lasoski Wins Second Harvest Classic Preliminary By Richard Day CALISTOGA, CA (September 4) - Polesitters leading Harvest Classic feature races during the 13th lap beware. Drivers winning the Channellock Dash in each preliminary feature during the Seventh Annual Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway led the first 12 laps before disaster struck. Andy Hillenburg lost first place to Sammy Swindell, then was involved in a fiery crash with Randy Tiner on opening night. Kevin Gobrecht was a 13th-lap victim Saturday when the right rear tire on the #93 Amoco Maxim lost air pressure, allowing Danny Lasoski to take the lead. "The Dude" held off Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Mark Kinser to claim the $5,000 first prize. "I saw the 93's tire was going down under that (10th-lap) caution," Danny said. "I don't know if he had a bleeder stuck open or what, but I knew if he tried to stay out there we had a pretty good shot to get by him. My guys told me Mark was really coming on the top. After the checkered flag, I took a lap up there and I think we'd have been better off on the top, too." Lasoski's fifth preliminary feature victory of the season pushed him to within 71 points of the top spot in the point standings with 13 events remaining on the schedule. "We're still trying to win a championship here, but if we only gain a point at a time we'll have to run 72 more races. I don't think Ted (Johnson, the series' president) will let us do that. There's still a few races to go, and as long as we stay consistent and run up front, we still have a shot." Kinser got the second preliminary program off to a fast start, pacing the qualifying session with a 16.265-second, 110.667-m.p.h., lap around the semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval. Receiving his 25th Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the season assured him of leading the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series in that category for the fifth straight year. Gobrecht, who won the First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race, earned the right to start the 20-lap feature on the pole by winning his third Channellock Dash of the season. Gobrecht won a front-straightaway drag race with Lasoski as the green flag fell in the feature, and was .7 seconds ahead of "The Dude" when he entered lapped traffic during the seventh lap. Kinser, who started inside the fourth row, exchanged fourth place with Johnny Herrera during the first two laps. Lasoski caught Gobrecht in dense lapped traffic early in the 10th lap. A header problem on the #21 PC Joey J&J forced Lance Blevins to stop in turn four, bringing out the caution flag and tightening the field. Sean Fenn spun in the second corner as the green flag replaced the yellow, allowing Blevins to restart at the back of the pack. "The Dude" caught Gobrecht in turn one and raced wheel-to-wheel with him through the second corner as the race resumed. He kept pace with Gobrecht and steered the #83 Beef Packers Eagle to the lowest point between turns three and four to take the lead late in the 13th lap. Gobrecht stopped on the front straightaway with a flat right rear tire seconds later. Tim Shaffer passed Daryn Pittman for second place with a high move through the first and second corners as the green flag replaced the yellow. Kinser took over the runner-up spot later in the 14th lap, steering the #5M Mopar Maxim into the high groove between turns three and four to pass both Pittman and Shaffer. Swindell, who won all three Harvest Classic feature races two years ago, passed Pittman for fourth place deep in turn four late in lap 15. Jeff Swindell roared into fifth two laps later, passing Stevie Smith on the back stretch and sliding under Pittman in the fourth corner. Lasoski was .4 seconds ahead of Kinser when he took the checkered flag. Shaffer finished third, ahead of the Swindell brothers - Sammy and Jeff - Smith, Hillenburg, 18th-starting Steve Kinser, Randy Hannagan and Pittman. Jac Haudenschild drove the #22 Elden Racing Maxim past 12 cars to finish in 12th place.
1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Seventh Annual Harvest Classic Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA Saturday, September 4, Preliminary Program #2 Vivarin qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 16.265; 2. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 16.427; 3. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 16.438; 4. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 16.451; 5. Randy Hannagan, TH Racing 1x, 16.508; 6. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 16.515; 7. Daryn Pittman, Sonner 47, 16.559; 8. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 16.654; 9. Bud Kaeding, Macieal 29, 16.706; 10. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.722; 11. Dale Blaney, Holbrook 8H, 16.779; 12. Johnny Herrera, DOCC Motorsports 1BK, 16.781; 13. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 16.782; 14. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 16.832; 15. Peter Murphy, Williams 40, 16.865; 16. Kevin Gobrecht, Hylton/Blaney 93, 16.909; 17. Duane Bonini, Jr., Bonini 72, 16.913; 18. Calvin Landis, Landis 70, 16.916; 19. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 16.918; 20. Sean Fenn, Fenn 36, 16.934; 21. Brent Kaeding, M&M Racing 69, 16.960; 22. Eric Rossi, Wright 35W, 16.985; 23. Brad Furr, Furr 2F, 17.052; 24. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 17.074; 25. Tim Kaeding, McMillen 10, 17.093; 26. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 17.110; 27. Jason Meyers, Carter 14, 17.172; 28. Ronnie Day, Offil 88W, 17.184; 29. Sparky Howard, Papola 6, 17.208; 30. Damien Gardner, Gardner 24, 17.256; 31. Lee Brewer, Jr., Brewer 1ST, 17.275; 32. Randy Tiner, Steck 8B, 17.281; 33. Steve Osbourne, Brown 2T, 17.822; 34. John McDonald, McDonald 78, 18.016; 35. Gary Ferravanti. Jr., Ferravanti 44, 18.020; 36. Butch Bahr, Bahr 25, 18.179. First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Kevin Gobrecht, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Brent Kaeding, 6. Tim Kaeding, 7. Duane Bonini, Jr., 8. Sparky Howard, 9. Steve Osbourne. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Daryn Pittman, 2. Tim Shaffer, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Calvin Landis, 5. Eric Rossi, 6. Jac Haudenschild, 7. Damien Gardner, 8. John McDonald, 9. Peter Murphy. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Dale Blaney, 5. Lance Blevins, 6. Brad Furr, 7. Jason Meyers, 8. Gary Ferravanti, Jr., 9. Lee Brewer, Jr. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Randy Hannagan, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Sean Fenn, 6. Ronnie Day, 7. Brooke Tatnell, 8. Randy Tiner, 9. Butch Bahr. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Kevin Gobrecht, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Daryn Pittman, 5. Tim Shaffer, 6. Sammy Swindell, 7. Mark Kinser, 8. Lance Blevins. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Brad Furr, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Brooke Tatnell, 4. Duane Bonini, Jr., 5. Ronnie Day ($150); 6. Tim Kaeding ($125); 7. Sparky Howard ($100); 8. Jason Meyers ($75); 9. John McDonald ($60); 10. Steve Osbourne ($50); 11. Butch Bahr ($40); 12. Gary Ferravanti, Jr. ($40); 13. Randy Tiner ($40); 14. Lee Brewer, Jr. ($40); 15. Damien Gardner ($40); 16. Peter Murphy ($40). (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Danny Lasoski ($5,000); 2. Mark Kinser ($2,500); 3. Tim Shaffer ($1,700); 4. Sammy Swindell ($1,500); 5. Jeff Swindell ($1,350); 6. Stevie Smith ($1,250); 7. Andy Hillenburg ($1,200); 8. Steve Kinser ($1,100); 9. Randy Hannagan ($1,075); 10. Daryn Pittman ($1,050); 11. Johnny Herrera ($1,000); 12. Jac Haudenschild ($920); 13. Donny Schatz ($800); 14. Bud Kaeding ($700); 15. Calvin Landis ($600); 16. Kevin Gobrecht ($500); 17. Brad Furr ($420); 18. Lance Blevins ($400); 19. Duane Bonini, Jr. ($420); 20. Eric Rossi ($400); 21. Brooke Tatnell ($420); 22. Sean Fenn ($400); 23. Brent Kaeding ($400); 24. Dale Blaney ($400). Lap leaders: Kevin Gobrecht 1-12, Danny Lasoski 13-20 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO