Silver Dollar report 98-09-18

Hillenburg Wins Second Gold Cup Preliminary Feature By Richard Day CHICO, CA (September 18) - Andy Hillenburg took a big step toward his third Gold Cup Race of Champions title Friday by dominating the Pennzoil...

Hillenburg Wins Second Gold Cup Preliminary Feature By Richard Day CHICO, CA (September 18) - Andy Hillenburg took a big step toward his third Gold Cup Race of Champions title Friday by dominating the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' Second Preliminary Feature at Silver Dollar Speedway. Hillenburg, who won Gold Cup championships in 1994 and 1995, led all 25 laps from the pole to claim the second row inside starting position in Saturday's main event. He also won the Second Preliminary Feature when he won his first Gold Cup Race of Champions title. "We're happy to win for John Christner Trucking, Rush Truck Centers and Klein Engines," Andy said. Hillenburg, the third-fastest qualifier in the 39-car field, earned the right to start the Preliminary Feature on the pole by winning his eighth Channellock Dash of the season from outside the second row. The Racing Champions Heat Races were competitive, forcing four of the 12 fastest qualifiers to race in the "B" Feature. Among them was defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Sammy Swindell, who tangled with Jim Carter and flipped during the fifth lap of the First Racing Champions Heat Race. Hillenburg burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the Preliminary Feature, only to have Dave Lindt, Jr., flip down the back straightaway late in the opening lap. Hillenburg and outside polesitter Jac Haudenschild raced wheel-to- wheel through the first corner as the green flag replaced the red. Andy's #2 J&J surged ahead in turn two and he maintained the lead throughout the race. Haudenschild was battling Hillenburg for the first place midway through the second lap when First Racing Champions Heat Race winner Tim Shaffer and "B" Feature winner Jason Meyers collided on the front stretch. The caution flag fell as the #11H Vivarin Eagle suffered a bent front axle and Meyers' right rear tire lost air pressure. Swindell, who started inside the fifth row, took over seventh place by driving his #1 Channellock Stealth past Sean Fenn and Fourth Racing Champions Heat Race winner Tommy Tarlton during the fifth lap. Haudenschild had the front bumper of the #22 Pennzoil Maxim just inches from Hillenburg's rear bumper when they entered lapped traffic seven laps into the race. Colby Weisz stopped in the fourth corner the next time around, bringing out the caution flag and giving Shaffer an opportunity to restart. Third Racing Champions Heat Race winner Donny Schatz stopped on the front stretch during lap 10 when the #15 Blue Beacon Maxim jumped out of gear. Two laps later, Second Racing Champions Heat Race winner Jonathan Allard spun while his teammate, David Fowler, flipped in the second corner. Hillenburg controlled the ensuing restart and was a half- straightaway ahead of Haudenschild when he caught the backmarkers again during the 17th lap. Hillenburg survived a scare three laps later when his cousin, Lance Blevins, allowed the #21 Up Front J&J to bump him as he battled to stay on the lead lap. "I don't know why Lance raced me so hard," Hillenburg said. "Maybe if he ran that hard all the time, he'd win a race." Although Ron McBride's fourth-corner crash tightened the field with five laps remaining, Hillenburg took the checkered flag with a half-straightaway to spare. "Other than the cautions, the race went pretty good," Andy said. "We made a couple of changes after the dash that let us run the top. After I saw Haud up there, I knew it was the fast way around." Haudenschild earned the outside pole position in Saturday's championship feature by pacing the qualifying session and finishing second in the Preliminary Feature. He received his ninth Vivarin Fast- Time Award of the year after circling the semi-banked, 1/4-mile oval in 11.910 seconds, only .025 off the record Mark Kinser set in 1988. Jeff Swindell, who won the Gold Cup Race of Champions two years ago, recorded a 12.184-second time trial lap which would have made him the fourth-fastest qualifier. He was scored 11th-quick, however, when the #104+ Octane Boost J&J's first laps exceeded California's 95- D.B.A. limit. Jeff finished the Preliminary Feature in third place, ahead of Brad Furr, 1993 Gold Cup champion Stevie Smith, Sammy Swindell, Paul McMahan, Meyers, Tarlton and Jason Statler. Blevins passed 10 cars on his way to an 11th-place finish. WoO 1998 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series 45th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions Silver Dollar Speedway, Chico, CA Friday, September 18, Preliminary Program #2 Qualifications: 1. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 11.910; 2. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 12.087; 3. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 12.098; 4. Tommy Tarlton, Tarlton 21T, 12.206; 5. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 12.254; 6. Sean Fenn, Fenn 36, 12.295; 7. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 12.341; 8. Jason Meyers, Carter 14M, 12.369; 9. Brad Furr, Furr 2F, 12.384; 10. Tim Kaeding, Cosper 01, 12.389; 11. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 12.184*; 12. Dave Lindt, Jr., Lindt 52, 12.480; 13. Jim Carter, Carter 14, 12.504; 14. Duane Bonini, Jr., Bonini 72, 12.480; 15. Kyle Schild, Schild 16, 12.565; 16. Jason Statler, ATM/Rios 00, 12.589; 17. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 12.651; 18. Jonathan Allard, Allard 24A, 12.747; 19. Colby Weisz, Weisz 21N, 12.761; 20. Daniel Hood, Hood 33, 12.765; 21. Andy Forsberg, Forsberg 92, 12.779; 22. Jerry Bonema, Bonema 58, 12.789; 23. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 12.805; 24. Ron McBride, Rasmussen 74, 12.830; 25. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 12.858; 26. Mike Benson, Benson 30x, 12.871; 27. Jon McClain, McClain 33M, 12.872; 28. Brian Coelho, Coelho 5C, 12.971; 29. David Fowler, Owens/ Fowler 24F, 12.983; 30. Tony Souza, Souza 11T, 13.143; 31. Bryan Bullard, Bullard 5x, 13.161; 32. Jeff Young, Bailey 17, 13.182; 33. Kevin Lovell, Lovell 81, 13.192; 34. Mike Wasina, Wasina 7W, 13.215; 35. Mark Tabor, Tabor 36N, 13.320; 36. C.J. Humphries, Humphries 85, 13.334; 37. Pat Desbiens, Desbiens 4, 13.572; 38. Jim Marsh, Marsh 28, 14.365; 39. Ron Myska, Myska 12C, 14.670. * - exceeded maximum decibel level First Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Tim Shaffer, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Brad Furr, 4. Andy Forsberg, 5. Lance Blevins, 6. David Fowler, 7. Jim Carter, 8. Kevin Lovell, 9. Pat Desbiens, 10. Sammy Swindell. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jonathan Allard, 2. Jerry Bonema, 3. Paul McMahan, 4. Duane Bonini, Jr., 5. Mike Benson, 6. Sean Fenn, 7. Tony Souza, 8. Tim Kaeding, 9. Mike Wasina, 10. Jim Marsh. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Colby Weisz, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Kyle Schild, 7. Jon McClain, 8. Mark Tabor, 9. Bryan Bullard, 10. Ron Myska. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Tommy Tarlton, 2. Ron McBride, 3. Dave Lindt, Jr., 4. Brian Coelho, 5. Jason Statler, 6. Daniel Hood, 7. C.J. Humphries, 8. Jason Meyers, 9. Jeff Young. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Channellock Dash (seven laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Stevie Smith, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Paul McMahan, 6. Brad Furr, 7. Tommy Tarlton, 8. Dave Lindt, Jr. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Jason Meyers, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. David Fowler, 4. Sean Fenn, 5. Jon McClain ($150); 6. Jim Carter ($125); 7. Tim Kaeding ($100); 8. Mark Tabor ($75); 9. Jeff Young ($60); 10. Tony Souza ($50); 11. Kevin Lovell ($40); 12. Kyle Schild ($40); 13. Daniel Hood ($40); 14. Bryan Bullard ($40); 15. Pat Desbiens ($40); 16. Ron Myska ($40); 17. Jim Marsh ($40); 18. C.J. Humphries ($40). DNS - Mike Wasina. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (25 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg ($4,500); 2. Jac Haudenschild ($2,500); 3. Jeff Swindell ($1,700); 4. Brad Furr ($1,500); 5. Stevie Smith ($1,350); 6. Sammy Swindell ($1,270); 7. Paul McMahan ($1,200); 8. Jason Meyers ($1,120); 9. Tommy Tarlton ($1,075); 10. Jason Statler ($1,050); 11. Lance Blevins ($1,000); 12. Sean Fenn ($820); 13. Brian Coelho ($700); 14. Donny Schatz ($630); 15. Andy Forsberg ($400); 16. Duane Bonini, Jr. ($400); 17. Colby Weisz ($300); 18. Ron McBride ($300); 19. Mike Benson ($300); 20. Jerry Bonema ($300); 21. Tim Shaffer ($300); 22. Jonathan Allard ($300); 23. David Fowler ($320); 24. Dave Lindt, Jr. ($300). Lap leader: Andy Hillenburg 1-25 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Jac Haudenschild WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Donny Schatz , Sammy Swindell , Jason Meyers , Jonathan Allard , Paul McMahan , Kevin Love , Jac Haudenschild , Tim Kaeding , Jason Statler , Andy Forsberg , Jeff Swindell