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'Buckeye Bullet' Breaks Through at Tri-City By Richard Day GRANITE CITY, IL (May 10) - Before Saturday's victory at Tri- City Speedway, Dave Blaney was starting to wonder what it would take to win a Pennzoil World of...

'Buckeye Bullet' Breaks Through at Tri-City By Richard Day GRANITE CITY, IL (May 10) - Before Saturday's victory at Tri- City Speedway, Dave Blaney was starting to wonder what it would take to win a Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature. "We've been pretty fast all year, and we've led a bunch of races," Blaney told the standing-room-only crowd from victory lane. "But Sammy (Swindell) or Mark (Kinser) or somebody has driven by us every time. I guess we were lucky enough to get one here tonight." Since leading all 30 laps in the main event at Battleground Speedway on March 15th, "The Buckeye Bullet" led 59 laps in five races without visiting victory lane. In all, Blaney has led 114 laps this season - 30 more than five-time winner Mark Kinser. "We're just glad to get the Vivarin/U.S. Print car up front," Blaney said. "We've been needing a win pretty bad." Blaney got off to a good start, qualifying fourth-quick and finishing second in the Fourth Heat Race and the Vivarin Dash for the right to start the 30-lap main event outside the front row. Vivarin Dash winner Jac Haudenschild burst into the lead from the pole as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. The caution flag replaced the green quickly, however, as Lance Blevins and Tim Engler collided in turn one. "The Wild Child" drove the #22 Pennzoil Maxim into the lead again during the ensuing restart, and opened a three-car-length advantage within three laps. He entered lapped traffic two laps later. Blevins raced back into 10th place within four laps after restarting at the back of the 24-car field. Swindell passed Channellock Fast-Time Award winner Kelly Kinser for third place with an inside move in turn three late in the seventh lap, and joined Blaney in the battle for the lead the next time around. "The Buckeye Bullet" caught Haudenschild in turn two and raced wheel-to-wheel with him down the back straightaway before surging ahead. "The Wild Child," winless so far this season, wasn't about to give up after losing the lead, however. He battled Blaney around every inch of Tri-City's semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval, with no more than a half-car-length separating them for the next three laps. Blaney started increasing his lead during the race's middle stages as Swindell challenged Haudenschild for the runner-up spot. Blaney was a full straightaway ahead of his closest pursuers when Sammy steered his #1 Channellock Gambler deep into the first corner to pass "The Wild Child" with 10 laps remaining. Steve Kinser, winner of 19 World of Outlaws "A" Features at Tri-City, exchanged fifth place with cousin Kelly during laps 24 and 25. Swindell was catching "The Buckeye Bullet" when Bob Burkle brought out the caution with a second-corner spin with four laps remaining. Unfortunately for Sammy, two lapped cars lined up between him and Blaney in the restart lineup. Although he passed the backmarkers quickly after the race resumed, Sammy was seven car-lengths behind when Blaney took the checkered flag. The $7,000 victory was the third of Blaney's career at Tri-City. "I have to thank my crew," Blaney said. "Kenny Woodruff and Wayne Krieger worked hard all night. I wasn't ever happy with the car, but they got it good enough for the feature. We're just glad to be standing here. "I was glad to have the open track the last three laps. I might have had a tire going down. The car wouldn't run as well after the yellow, but up until then it was really good. Tire wear was more of a factor than we thought it would be. We went with a medium tire, and it barely made it." Haudenschild finished third while Greg Hodnett's fourth-place finish was his fourth top-five in the last five races. Completing the top 10 were the Kinser cousins - Steve and Kelly - Andy Hillenburg, Joey Saldana, Donny Schatz and Fourth Heat Race winner Danny Lasoski. Schatz equaled his best finish of the year by driving his family's #15 Petro Truck Stores Gambler past six cars to finish ninth. Coupled with the engine problems in the #75 Mopar Stealth that kept Paul McMahan from qualifying for the "A" Feature, Donny took a six-point lead in the Rookie of the Year standings. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Tri-City Speedway, Granite City, IL Saturday, May 10, Feature Program #16 Qualifications: 1. Kelly Kinser, Kinser 5M, 17.060; 2. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 17.138; 3. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 17.237; 4. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 17.327; 5. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 17.415; 6. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 17.438; 7. Joey Saldana, Gray 51, 17.570; 8. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 17.587; 9. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 17.849; 10. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 17.698; 11. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 17.740; 12. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 17.969; 13. Tim Engler, Gates 6, 18.098; 14. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 18.114; 15. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 18.193; 16. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 18.375; 17. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 18.458; 18. Randy Hannagan, Roth 83, 18.512; 19. J.C. Sulawske, Hobgood 12, 18.593; 20. Shane Stewart, Stewart 9S, 18.658; 21. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 18.660; 22. Tommy Scott, Scott 4S, 18.689; 23. Dave Feese, Northrop 83F, 18.987; 24. Chuck Schlosser, Schlosser 7S, 19.249; 25. Larry Trunnell, Trunnell 18, 19.386; 26. Jim Farmer, Farmer 6F, 19.498; 27. Bobby Hawks, Hawks 5H, 19.593; 28. Matt Rogerson, Rogerson 91, 19.780; 29. Eddie Lynch, Lynch 29, 19.875; 30. Bob Burkle, Burkle 21B, 19.952; 31. Bryan Smith, Smith 0, 20.027; 32. Wayne Barnes, Barnes 86, 20.422; 33. Kevin Whitworth, Whitworth 5K, 24.271. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Kelly Kinser, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Lance Blevins, 5. Dion Hindi, 6. Larry Trunnell, 7. Eddie Lynch, 8. Tim Engler, 9. Kevin Whitworth. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Tommy Scott, 5. Randy Hannagan, 6. Bob Burkle, 7. Jim Farmer, 8. Paul McMahan. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Joey Saldana, 5. Dave Feese, 6. Bryan Smith, 7. J.C. Sulawske, 8. Bobby Hawks. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Shane Stewart ($200); 4. Greg Hodnett, 5. Donny Schatz, 6. Matt Rogerson, 7. Chuck Schlosser, 8. Wayne Barnes. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Dave Blaney, 3. Kelly Kinser, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Andy Hillenburg, 7. Greg Hodnett, 8. Joey Saldana. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. J.C. Sulawske, 2. Tim Engler, 3. Jim Farmer, 4. Matt Rogerson, 5. Bob Burkle, 6. Eddie Lynch ($180); 7. Larry Trunnell ($150); 8. Bryan Smith ($110); 9. Chuck Schlosser ($90); 10. Wayne Barnes ($80); 11. Paul McMahan ($60); 12. Bobby Hawks ($50); 13. Kevin Whitworth ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Dave Blaney ($7,000); 2. Sammy Swindell ($4,000); 3. Jac Haudenschild ($3,000); 4. Greg Hodnett ($2,500); 5. Kelly Kinser ($2,300); 6. Steve Kinser ($2,200); 7. Andy Hillenburg ($2,100); 8. Joey Saldana ($2,000); 9. Donny Schatz ($1,700); 10. Danny Lasoski ($1,600); 11. Johnny Herrera ($1,200); 12. Lance Blevins ($1,150); 13. Jeff Swindell ($1,100); 14. Joe Gaerte ($1,050); 15. Randy Hannagan ($1,000); 16. Dion Hindi ($700); 17. Tim Engler ($620); 18. Tommy Scott ($500); 19. Jim Farmer ($520); 20. J.C. Sulawske ($520); 21. Bob Burkle ($520); 22. Dave Feese ($500); 23. Matt Rogerson ($520); 24. Stevie Smith ($500). DNS - Shane Stewart; replaced by Bob Burkle. Lap leaders: Jac Haudenschild 1-9, Dave Blaney 10-30 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Kelly Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell