Tri-State report 98-06-21

Swindell Comes Back to Win Tri-State Event By Richard Day HAUBSTADT, IN (June 21) - It's tough to keep a champion down. Defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Sammy Swindell was down ...

Swindell Comes Back to Win Tri-State Event By Richard Day HAUBSTADT, IN (June 21) - It's tough to keep a champion down. Defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Sammy Swindell was down following 22nd- and 20th-place finishes at LaSalle Speedway and Tri-City Speedway when he arrived at Tri- State Speedway for the Jasper Engines 40 Sunday. He came back strong, however, passing rookie Tyler Walker late in the 14th lap and leading the final 26 for his fifth victory of the season. "The Channellock car was working well," Sammy said. "We had some problems the last couple of nights. We were going to win Friday, and had a piston let go on us last night. "My guys work really hard. They kept their spirits up and we were able to win another one tonight." The $7,000 victory was the fourth of Swindell's career at Tri-State Speedway and the 234th of his World of Outlaws career. Swindell was the fourth-fastest of seven drivers recording qualifying laps quicker than the standard he set at Tri-State May 10th. He followed Walker and Stevie Smith across the finish line in the Channellock Dash for the right to start the main event inside the second row. Walker received the luxury of starting the seven-lap dash on the pole when Mark Kinser spun in turn four heading for the checkered flag in the Fourth Racing Champions Heat Race, allowing Tyler to gain the final qualifying spot. After Lance Blevins, Joe Gaerte and Steve Kinser collided on the original start and Dale Blaney flipped on the second attempt to start the main event, Walker and Smith raced wheel-to-wheel around the high-banked, 1/4-mile oval throughout the first lap. Walker's #35 Air Sep Eagle was just inches ahead when they crossed the finish line. Swindell won a back-straightaway drag race with Smith during the seventh lap, then followed Walker into lapped traffic the next time around. Sammy narrowed the gap in dense lapped traffic four laps later, and took the lead with a low move through the third and fourth corners late in lap 14. Swindell built a 10-car- length advantage within three laps. Smith steered his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit into the low groove between turns one and two to pass Walker for second midway through the race. A collision involving Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Greg Hodnett, Danny Lasoski and "B" Feature winner Andy Hillenburg in the third corner sent Hodnett flipping and all three out of the top 10 late in lap 22. Swindell controlled the ensuing restart and caught the backmarkers again within three laps. He was a full straightaway ahead of Smith by the 27th lap. Sammy lost that advantage with three laps remaining, however, when a mechanical problem in the #21 Up Front Phone Cards J&J caused Lance Blevins to stop in turn two. Two lapped cars separating the leaders allowed Swindell to race away as the green flag replaced the yellow. Before he could complete a lap, however, Steve Kinser flipped in the fourth corner while challenging for 10th place. Kinser's crew quickly replaced his damaged front axle and sent him back into the race. Walker and Jac Haudenschild battled for third place during the final three laps. Haudenschild steered the #22 Pennzoil Maxim into the low groove between turns one and two as the green flag replaced the red, only to have Walker pass him in the third corner. Jac slid in front of Tyler in turn three as they headed for the checkered flag, but Walker claimed third place with a fourth-corner pass. Not only was Tyler a lap leader for the first time this year, he tied his season-best finish of third - also at Tri-State - and moved into 10th place in the point standings. Swindell had his #1 Channellock Stealth a full straightaway ahead of Smith when he took the checkered flag. "We never changed a thing during the red periods tonight," Sammy said proudly. "It seems like whenever we come here, we've been able to do pretty well running the bottom through the first part of the race to get through traffic." Haudenschild finished fourth, ahead of Mark Kinser, Kelly Kinser, Johnny Herrera, Jeff Swindell, Gary Hayhurst, Jr., and 23rd-starting Donny Schatz. Hodnett received his second Vivarin Fast-Time Award in the last four events after breaking Tri-State's qualifying record with an 11.339-second lap. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will sanction the Bud Carson Memorial at State Fair Speedway Tuesday and the 15th Annual Eagle Nationals at Eagle Raceway Friday and Saturday. WoO 1998 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Jasper Engines 40 Tri-State Speedway, Haubstadt, IN Sunday, June 21, Feature Program #29 Qualifications: 1. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 11.339 (new single-lap record): 2. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 11.352; 3. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 11.384; 4. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 11.423; 5. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 11.429; 6. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 11.445; 7. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 11.511; 8. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 11.518; 9. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 11.550; 10. Kelly Kinser, Kinser 4K, 11.563; 11. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 11.573; 12. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 11.581; 13. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 11.636; 14. Gary Hayhurst, Jr., Hayhurst 56x, 11.655; 15. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 11.678; 16. Dale Blaney, Hylton-Blaney 93, 11.688; 17. Joey Saldana, MOX Motorsports 17, 11.702; 18. Tim Montgomery, Poole 79, 11.774; 19. Danny Smith, Brazier 21S, 11.778; 20. Craig Dollansky, Stanton 75, 11.795; 21. Randy Kinser, Kinser 14, 11.830; 22. Andy Hirsch, Hirsch 41, 11.887; 23. Tim Engler, Engler 73, 11.904; 24. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 11.916; 25. J.C. Sulawske, Hobgood 12, 11.987; 26. Bob Burkle, Burkle 21B, 12.005; 27. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 12.030; 28. Matt Gilles, Gilles 22B, 12.065; 29. Dickie Gaines, Gaines 11G, 12.103; 30. Kevin Briscoe, Briscoe 5, 12.107; 31. Larry Bland, Bland 20, 12.155; 32. Paul May, May 71M, 12.216; 33. Alex Shanks, Craven 1C, 12.320; 34. Troy Leonard, Leonard 91, 12.498. First Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Randy Kinser, 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Greg Hodnett, 6. Alex Shanks, 7. J.C. Sulawske, 8. Joe Gaerte, 9. Dickie Gaines. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Tim Montgomery, 2. Kelly Kinser, 3. Gary Hayhurst, Jr., 4. Danny Lasoski, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Bob Burkle, 7. Troy Leonard, 8. Andy Hirsch, 9. Kevin Briscoe. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Danny Smith, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Tim Engler, 4. Lance Blevins, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6. Andy Hillenburg, 7. Brooke Tatnell, 8. Larry Bland. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Craig Dollansky, 2. Dale Blaney, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Tyler Walker, 6. Matt Gilles, 7. Paul May, 8. Mark Kinser. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Channellock Dash (seven laps): 1. Tyler Walker, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Greg Hodnett, 6. Danny Lasoski, 7. Johnny Herrera, 8. Kelly Kinser. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. J.C. Sulawske, 5. Brooke Tatnell ($200); 6. Dickie Gaines ($180); 7. Matt Gilles ($150); 8. Alex Shanks ($110); 9. Kevin Briscoe ($90); 10. Paul May ($80); 11. Troy Leonard ($60); 12. Bob Burkle ($50); 13. Andy Hirsch ($50); 14. Larry Bland ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (40 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($7,000); 2. Stevie Smith ($4,000); 3. Tyler Walker ($3,000); 4. Jac Haudenschild ($2,500); 5. Mark Kinser ($2,320); 6. Kelly Kinser ($2,200); 7. Johnny Herrera ($2,100); 8. Jeff Swindell ($2,000); 9. Gary Hayhurst, Jr. ($1,700); 10. Donny Schatz ($1,600); 11. Andy Hillenburg ($1,220); 12. Danny Smith ($1,150); 13. Danny Lasoski ($1,100); 14. Steve Kinser ($1,050); 15. Joey Saldana ($1,000); 16. Tim Engler ($700); 17. Randy Kinser ($600); 18. Lance Blevins ($500); 19. J.C. Sulawske ($520); 20. Tim Montgomery ($500); 21. Joe Gaerte ($520); 22. Greg Hodnett ($500); 23. Craig Dollansky ($500); 24. Dale Blaney ($500). Lap leaders: Tyler Walker 1-13, Sammy Swindell 14-40 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Greg Hodnett WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Tyler Walker , Brooke Tatnell , Joey Saldana , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell , Paul May