Terre Haute report 97-05-09

Swindell Takes Points Lead With Terre Haute Victory By Richard Day TERRE HAUTE, IN (May 9) - The first victory of Sammy Swindell's career at the Terre Haute Action Track Friday pushed him into the lead in the Pennzoil...

Swindell Takes Points Lead With Terre Haute Victory By Richard Day TERRE HAUTE, IN (May 9) - The first victory of Sammy Swindell's career at the Terre Haute Action Track Friday pushed him into the lead in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series driver standings for the first time since he won the title in 1982. "The Channellock Gambler felt really good out there," Sammy told the standing-room only crowd from victory lane. "Hopefully, we'll take her on down the road and win another one tomorrow." Swindell's sixth "A" Feature victory this season didn't come easily, however. He combined a little luck with plenty of hard racing before collecting the $7,000 first prize. As the ninth-fastest qualifier in the 37-car field, Swindell would not have qualified for the Vivarin Dash had Joey Saldana not suffered a broken gear box in the First Heat Race. Sammy finished fifth in the five-lap race for the right to start the main event inside the third row. Vivarin Dash winner Dave Blaney burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the 30-lap "A" Feature. Swindell quickly moved into third place by passing Channellock Fast-Time Award winner Jac Haudenschild and Steve Kinser early in the opening lap. "The Buckeye Bullet" was three car-lengths ahead of outside polesitter Andy Hillenburg by the end of lap two and extended his advantage to six car-lengths during the third lap. Swindell challenged Hillenburg for the runner-up spot for two laps before Paul McMahan took his new ride - the #75 Mopar Stealth - for a spin in the fourth corner late in the sixth lap. Hillenburg pressured Blaney for the lead as the green flag replaced the yellow, then lost a front-straightaway drag race with Swindell seconds later. Sammy caught Blaney late in the sixth lap and the two exchanged the lead before Swindell executed the winning pass deep in turn four the next time around. Haudenschild steered the #22 Pennzoil Maxim deep into turn three to pass Hillenburg for third place late in lap nine. Swindell was 10 car-lengths ahead of "The Buckeye Bullet" when he entered lapped traffic during the 10th lap. Sammy's brother, Jeff, brought out the caution flag the next time around when mechanical problems forced him to stop the #7TW Gold Eagle J&J on the back straightaway. Steve Kinser, who won four straight World of Outlaws "A" Features at Terre Haute in 1993 and 1994, started battling Hillenburg for fourth place as the race resumed. The two exchanged the spot three times during the 12th lap. The leaders caught the backmarkers again midway through the race. Swindell raced through lapped traffic with ease, and extended his advantage to a half-straightaway within three laps. Haudenschild was challenging Blaney for the runner-up spot when a mechanical malfunction in the #21 Citgo J&J forced Lance Blevins to stop in the fourth corner late in lap 21. "The Wild Child" was right behind Blaney's #10 Vivarin J&J as the leaders entered lapped traffic again with four laps remaining. Haudenschild passed "The Buckeye Bullet" in dense lapped traffic on the back straightaway, and was racing through turn three when Swindell took the checkered flag. "We got a bad draw and had to go out late in qualifying," Swindell said. "The car got better the whole night and my crew hit it right for the feature. "The track was plenty wide, and I knew if I got by Blaney I was going to be tough to catch because I was running about as hard as anyone could. We seemed to hit the lapped cars just right because nobody really slowed me down. There might have been a couple of times when I had to back off, but I managed to get it going again." Swindell held an 11-point lead over Steve Kinser in the World of Outlaws' driver standings as the fire-breathing, mud-slinging sprinters headed for Saturday's race at Tri-City Speedway. Blaney finished third, ahead of Steve Kinser, Hillenburg, Danny Lasoski, Kelly Kinser, Fourth Heat Race winner Greg Hodnett, Tyler Walker and 16th-starting Stevie Smith. Rookie of the Year candidate Donny Schatz raced into ninth place from outside the seventh row during the first three laps, but settled for an 11th-place finish. McMahan came back to finish 15th, ahead of Randy Hannagan, who was making his debut in the #83 Beef Packers Stealth. Dion Hindi, who is also racing for Rookie of the Year, drove the #11D Galles Chevrolet J&J past seven cars to finish 17th. Haudenschild opened the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' first event at Terre Haute in two years by lowering the one-lap record by almost a half-second. He was rewarded for his effort with his fifth Channellock Fast-Time Award of the season. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Terre Haute Action Track, Terre Haute, IN Friday, May 9, Feature Program #15 Qualifications: 1. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 16.794 (new one-lap record); 2. Kelly Kinser, Kinser 5M, 16.824; 3. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 16.871; 4. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 17.017; 5. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.068; 6. Joey Saldana, Gray 51, 17.151; 7. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 17.157; 8. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 17.262; 9. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 17.302; 10. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 17.309; 11. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 17.317; 12. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 17.351; 13. Randy Hannagan, Roth 83, 17.441; 14. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 17.486; 15. Tim Engler, Gates 6, 17.491; 16. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 17.506; 17. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 17.621; 18. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 17.660; 19. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 17.661; 20. Donnie Beechler, Dereau 50, 17.744; 21. Gary Hayhurst, Jr., Hayhurst 56x, 17.945; 22. Terry Babb, Babb 42, 18.021; 23. Art Wendt, Wendt 77, 18.029; 24. Danny Smith, Smith 4, 18.035; 25. Terry Pletch, Pletch 29P, 18.045; 26. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, Hindi 11D, 18.231; 27. J.C. Sulawske, Hobgood 12, 18.366; 28. Fred Boso, Javalena Construction 7, 18.463; 29. Bob Burkle, Burkle 21B, 18.559; 30. Larry Trunnell, Trunnell 18, 18.573; 31. Paul May, May 71, 18.629; 32. Dan Brettnacher, Brettnacher 33, 19.150; 33. Brenda Buster, Buster 31, 19.360; 34. Roger Chaudion, Chaudion 15C, 19.397; 35. Bryan Roble, Roble 38, 19.464; 36. Eddie Lynch, Lynch 29, 20.349; 37. Rick Barlow, Barlow 26B, 21.011. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Gary Hayhurst, Jr., 5. Jeff Swindell, 6. Randy Hannagan, 7. Terry Pletch, 8. Bob Burkle, 9. Brenda Buster, 10. Rick Barlow. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Paul McMahan, 3. Kelly Kinser, 4. Lance Blevins, 5. Dion Hindi, 6. Larry Trunnell, 7. Roger Chaudion, 8. Terry Babb, 9. Joey Saldana. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Tim Engler, 6. Art Wendt, 7. J.C. Sulawske, 8. Paul May, 9. Bryan Roble. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Danny Smith, 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Tyler Walker, 6. Donnie Beechler, 7. Fred Boso, 8. Dan Brettnacher, 9. Eddie Lynch. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash five laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. Danny Lasoski, 7. Tyler Walker, 8. Kelly Kinser. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Joey Saldana, 2. Randy Hannagan, 3. Donnie Beechler, 4. Terry Pletch, 5. J.C. Sulawske ($200); 6. Bob Burkle ($180); 7. Larry Trunnell ($150); 8. Art Wendt ($110); 9. Dan Brettnacher ($90); 10. Roger Chaudion ($80); 11. Paul May ($60); 12. Eddie Lynch ($50); 13. Brenda Buster ($50); 14. Rick Barlow ($50); 15. Fred Boso ($50); 16. Bryan Roble ($50); 17. Terry Babb ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($7,000); 2. Jac Haudenschild ($4,000); 3. Dave Blaney ($3,000); 4. Steve Kinser ($2,500); 5. Andy Hillenburg ($2,300); 6. Danny Lasoski ($2,200); 7. Kelly Kinser ($2,100); 8. Greg Hodnett ($2,000); 9. Tyler Walker ($1,700); 10. Stevie Smith ($1,600); 11. Donny Schatz ($1,200); 12. Joe Gaerte ($1,150); 13. Johnny Herrera ($1,100); 14. Danny Smith ($1,050); 15. Paul McMahan ($1,000); 16. Randy Hannagan ($720); 17. Dion Hindi ($600); 18. Tim Engler ($500); 19. Gary Hayhurst, Jr. ($500); 20. Terry Pletch ($520); 21. Donnie Beechler ($520); 22. Lance Blevins ($500); 23. Joey Saldana ($520); 24. Jeff Swindell ($500). Lap leaders: Dave Blaney 1-6, Sammy Swindell 7-30 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Jac Haudenschild WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Donnie Beechler , Andy Hillenburg , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Tyler Walker , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell , Paul May