Tulsa report 97-03-28

Sammy Swindell Dominates Tulsa Feature By Richard Day TULSA, OK (March 28) - Since winning the first three Pennzoil World of Outlaws feature races of the year, then having a rear- end problem put him in the pits,...

Sammy Swindell Dominates Tulsa Feature By Richard Day TULSA, OK (March 28) - Since winning the first three Pennzoil World of Outlaws feature races of the year, then having a rear- end problem put him in the pits, Sammy Swindell hasn't returned to victory lane. The two-time World of Outlaws champion made up for lost time Friday at Tulsa Speedway. Starting the "A" Feature on the pole, Swindell drove the #1 Channellock Gambler ahead of the 24-car field throughout the 30- lap race to claim the $7,000 victory. The fourth victory of Sammy's World of Outlaws career at Tulsa pushed him into a third- place tie with nemesis Steve Kinser in the point standings. "This #1 Channellock Gambler has been really good on the fast tracks," Swindell said in victory lane. "We've been struggling a little bit on some of the others though. Since we started running this car late last year, I think we've learned what to do. I just hope we can keep it up." Dave Blaney, who was racing through turn three when Swindell took the checkered flag, won the battle with Andy Hillenburg for second place but was on the losing end of his ongoing battle with his muffler for the second time this season. Although he crossed the finish line second, "The Buckeye Bullet" was again disqualified for having a broken muffler. Hillenburg was credited with a second-place finish as Blaney was bumped to the 24th spot. Ironically, Blaney won a rain-shortened main event at Tulsa Speedway last June 25th. Blaney's and Hillenburg's race-long battle started immediately after the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. Sammy, who won the Fourth Heat Race and the Vivarin Dash for the right to start the main event inside the front row, burst into the lead. Hillenburg, who started inside the third row, drove his #2 STP J&J deep into the second corner to pass "The Buckeye Bullet" for fourth place. Seconds later, Hillenburg passed Third Heat Race winner Stevie Smith for third with a low move in turn two. Steve Kinser relegated Smith to fifth place with a third- corner pass late in lap three. Stevie returned the favor two laps later, steering his #19 Smith deep into turn one to pass Kinser. With five former winners of World of Outlaws features at Tulsa Speedway battling behind him, Swindell was a half- straightaway ahead of his closest pursuers when he entered lapped traffic early in the seventh lap. Although he was slowed by a pack of backmarkers during lap 13, Sammy broke free and opened a full straightaway advantage the next time around. Blaney made several runs at Hillenburg during the race's middle stages as Mark Kinser raced into fifth place from the seventh row. "The Buckeye Bullet" steered his #10 Vivarin J&J deep into the second corner to pass Hillenburg for the runner-up spot early in the 25th lap, only to have Andy pass him back in the same spot two laps later. Don Droud, Jr., changed the complexion of the fast-paced race late in lap 28 when he stopped the #1BK Burger King-sponsored sprinter in turn four. With six lapped cars restarting between him and Hillenburg, Swindell wasn't in any danger of losing the lead. Andy lost the runner-up spot, however, when Blaney passed him with a high move through the second corner as the green flag replaced the yellow. Having already lapped two-thirds of the field, Swindell was content to follow Smith, "B" Feature winner Donnie Crawford and Shane Stewart under the checkered flag. "Between the (Vivarin) Dash and the "A" main, we just changed the right rear tire and a little weight, but not much," Swindell said. "The track didn't change that much. The car was working good, and I think we actually got a little better in the "A." The Kinser cousins - Steve and Mark - finished third and fourth, respectively, ahead of Smith, Crawford, Stewart, Jac Haudenschild, Greg Hodnett and 15th-starting Paul McMahan. Aaron Lemmons wasn't able to start the main event, and was replaced by Donny Schatz, who raced into 18th place from outside the 12th row. Joe Gaerte opened the festivities by slicing .299 seconds off the one-lap record Hillenburg set at Tulsa Speedway last June. Gaerte's 14.303-second qualifying run around the semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval earned him his second Channellock Fast-Time Award of the season. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Tulsa Speedway, Tulsa, OK Friday, March 28, Feature Program #7 Qualifications: 1. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 14.303 (new one- lap record); 2. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 14.305; 3. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 14.330; 4. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 14.407; 5. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 14.427; 6. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 14.466; 7. Don Droud, Jr., Kormack 1BK, 14.554; 8. Shane Stewart, Stewart 9S, 14.580; 9. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.614; 10. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 14.626; 11. Randy Hannagan, TRH Racing 1x, 14.706; 12. Donnie Crawford, Hillenburg 1H, 14.708; 13. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 14.718; 14. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 14.723; 15. Paul McMahan, Roth 83, 14.731; 16. Tommie Estes, Jr., Threatt 29, 14.780; 17. Mike Peters, Grandstaff 66, 14.795; 18. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 14.835; 19. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 14.858; 20. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 14.870; 21. Aaron Berryhill, Berryhill 97, 14.887; 22. Daryn Pittman, Pittman 11P, 14.932; 23. Garry Brazier, Stanton 75, 14.975; 24. Aaron Lemmons, Lemmons 12, 14.982; 25. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 14.995; 26. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 15.167; 27. John Hunt, Hunt 91, 15.227; 28. Jeff Mitrisin, Sereg 5J, 15.245; 29. Leonard Lee, Lee 16L, 15.307; 30. Marlon Jones, Oswalt 1J, 15.330; 31. Jerry Stone, Henry 95, 15.370; 32. Tony Edmonson, Edmonson 2E, 15.417; 33. Lou Kennedy, Jr., Kennedy 21K, 15.510; 34. Jimmy Lambert, Lambert 92, 15.524; 35. Kim Kennedy, Kennedy 1K, 15.606; 36. Dan Oswalt, Oswalt D1, 15.765; 37. Mallory Armfield, Armfield 5MA, 15.771; 38. David Chappell, Chappell 50, 15.857; 39. John Bankston, Bankston 8, 15.889; 40. Ricky Jennings, Jennings 60, 16.137; 41. Alan Lemmons, Lemmons 54, 16.217; 42. Kenneth Walker, Walker 2W, 16.218; 43. Jay Burns, Burns 2J, 16.446; 44. Ray Campbell, Campbell 6, 16.935. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mike Peters, 2. Aaron Berryhill, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Jac Haudenschild, 7. Donny Schatz, 8. Leonard Lee, 9. Mallory Armfield, 10. Lou Kennedy, Jr., 11. Alan Lemmons. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Dave Blaney, 6. Daryn Pittman, 7. Jimmy Lambert, 8. Marlon Jones, 9. Kenneth Walker, 10. Dion Hindi, 11. David Chappell. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Paul McMahan, 4. Garry Brazier, 5. Don Droud, Jr., 6. Randy Hannagan, 7. Jerry Stone, 8. John Hunt, 9. Kim Kennedy, 10. Jay Burns, 11. John Bankston. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Lance Blevins, 3. Aaron Lemmons ($200); 4. Shane Stewart, 5. Tommie Estes, Jr., 6. Donnie Crawford, 7. Tony Edmonson, 8. Jeff Mitrisin, 9. Ray Campbell, 10. Dan Oswalt, 11. Ricky Jennings. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Joe Gaerte, 7. Shane Stewart, 8. Don Droud, Jr. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. John Bankston, 2. Kenneth Walker, 3. Alan Lemmons ($125); 4. David Chappell ($100); 5. Ricky Jennings ($80); 6. Mallory Armfield ($70); 7. Jay Burns ($60); 8. Ray Campbell ($50). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Donnie Crawford, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Randy Hannagan, 4. John Hunt, 5. Donny Schatz, 6. Marlon Jones ($180); 7. Daryn Pittman ($150); 8. Kenneth Walker ($130); 9. Jeff Mitrisin ($90); 10. Tony Edmonson ($80); 11. Jimmy Lambert ($60); 12. Dion Hindi ($50); 13. Leonard Lee ($50); 14. John Bankston ($70); 15. Kim Kennedy ($50); 16. Dan Oswalt ($50); 17. Jerry Stone ($50); 18. Lou Kennedy, Jr. ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($7,000); 2. Andy Hillenburg ($4,000); 3. Steve Kinser ($3,000); 4. Mark Kinser ($2,500); 5. Stevie Smith ($2,300); 6. Donnie Crawford ($2,220); 7. Shane Stewart ($2,100); 8. Jac Haudenschild ($2,020); 9. Greg Hodnett ($1,700); 10. Paul McMahan ($1,600); 11. Randy Hannagan ($1,220); 12. Jeff Swindell ($1,150); 13. Joe Gaerte ($1,100); 14. Mike Peters ($1,050); 15. Tommie Estes, Jr. ($1,000); 16. Aaron Berryhill ($700); 17. Lance Blevins ($600); 18. Donny Schatz ($520); 19. John Hunt ($520); 20. Danny Lasoski ($500); 21. Garry Brazier ($500); 22. Don Droud, Jr. ($500); 23. Johnny Herrera ($500); 24. Dave Blaney ($500). DNS - Aaron Lemmons; replaced by Donny Schatz. Lap leader: Sammy Swindell 1-30 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Joe Gaerte WoO

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