Western World report 98-10-24

Walker Makes History With Western World Sweep By Richard Day PHOENIX, AZ (October 24) - One of the most historic races in Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series history unfolded Saturday when the series completed the...

Walker Makes History With Western World Sweep By Richard Day PHOENIX, AZ (October 24) - One of the most historic races in Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series history unfolded Saturday when the series completed the 31st Annual Western World Championships at Manzanita Speedway. Tyler Walker became the first Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series rookie to sweep a double-feature event when he led all 30 laps in the championship feature. Walker is one of 14 different drivers to win a main event this season, the series' highest total in nine years. "This is unbelievable," Walker said after turning a flip on the front straightaway. "I have a great car, a great team and a great family. We get to go home this week, and I'll sleep good. I won't be dreaming of winning my first World of Outlaws race. I did it! "You look at all the names that have won this race - guys like Steve (Kinser) and (Ron) Shuman - and I'm glad to be able join them." Andy Hillenburg almost saw his streak of consecutive "A" Features end when he suffered a flat tire, hit the front-stretch retaining wall and flipped while leading the "B" Feature. He brought out a back-up car and used a provisional to start his 455th straight main event. Hillenburg's streak dates to May 29, 1992. Kinser's fifth-place finish pushed him 132 points ahead of cousin Mark Kinser in their battle for the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 20th Anniversary championship. "The King of the Outlaws" can clinch his 15th series title by simply qualifying for the one preliminary and two "A" Features remaining on the schedule. Walker earned the right to start the main event on the pole by winning his sixth Channellock Dash of the season. He burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the 30-lap race, only to have Calvin Landis crash on the front straightaway. Outside polesitter Danny Lasoski kept pace with Walker as the green flag replaced the red, but was unable to drive the #83 Beef Packers Eagle into first place. Blaney allowed the #93 Amoco J&J to jump the cushion and flip in the fourth corner late in lap three. Mark Kinser passed Travis Whitney for third with a low move through turns and two as the race resumed. Walker was 10 car-lengths ahead of Lasoski when he entered lapped traffic during the eighth lap. Whitney lost fourth place and took the leaders out of lapped traffic when he flipped the next time around. Jac Haudenschild dropped back into 10th place three laps later when he drove the #22 Pennzoil Maxim over the cushion in turn four. Walker opened a half-straightaway advantage midway through the race, but "The Dude" narrowed the gap to six car-lengths in dense traffic within two laps. Jeff Shepard surrendered eighth place when he flipped in the fourth corner late in lap 19. A broken tie rod on the #75 Mopar Maxim caused Paul McMahan to spin in the same spot five laps later. Lasoski passed Walker with a low move through the second corner as the green flag replaced the red, only to have First Racing Champions Heat Race winner Stevie Smith flip in turn two several seconds later. Donny Schatz lost fifth place when the top wing on his #15 Blue Beacon Maxim collapsed with six laps remaining. Second Racing Champions Heat Race winner Craig Dollansky stopped on the back stretch as the race resumed. Lasoski lost second place when he suffered a flat right rear tire during the caution period. He eventually crossed the finish line in 11th place, ending his 20-race streak of top-10 finishes. Walker controlled the ensuing restart and took the checkered flag 12 car-lengths ahead of defending Western World champion Mark Kinser. The first "A" Feature victory of Walker's Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series career pushed to within 101 points of Dale Blaney in the Manufacturers Rookie of the Year standings. "About two laps into the race, I had a rock take out the (hydraulic) lines on my wing, and we lost our power steering," Walker said. "My guys plugged the hole, but we had to fix the wing so I couldn't move it. But my crew (Ricky Warner, Richard Brown and Bob and Ben Walker) got the job done and we made it." Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Joey Saldana finished third, ahead of Fourth Racing Champions Heat Race winner Sammy Swindell, Steve Kinser, 22nd-starting Johnny Herrera, Haudenschild, Dean Jacobs, Tim Shaffer and Gary Wright. Hillenburg drove his #2 J&J back-up car past 13 cars to finish in 12th place. Lasoski passed Smith for fourth and Schatz moved ahead of Joe Gaerte for 12th place in the point standings. Saldana received his second Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the season after pacing the qualifying session with a 15.700-second, 114.650- m.p.h. lap around Manzanita's legendary semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' next stop is Saturday at Perris Auto Speedway. WoO 1998 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series 31st Annual Western World Championships Manzanita Speedway, Phoenix, AZ, Saturday, October 24, Feature Program #63 Qualifications: 1. Joey Saldana, DOCC Motorsports 1BK, 15.700; 2. Travis Whitney, Whitney 7S, 15.706; 3. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 15.725; 4. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 15.752; 5. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 15.760; 6. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 15.781; 7. Gary Wright, Wright 9, 15.823; 8. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 15.840; 9. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 15.854; 10. P.J. Chesson, Chesson 76, 15.879; 11. Dale Blaney, Hylton/Blaney 93, 15.881; 12. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 15.883; 13. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 15.918; 14. Craig Dollansky, Dollansky 7, 15.981; 15. Calvin Landis, Landis 70, 15.982; 16. Peter Murphy, Williams 0, 15.984; 17. James Chesson, Chesson 22C, 16.004; 18. Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 16.025; 19. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 16.035; 20. Jim Carter, Rudeen 14, 16.077; 21. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 16.110; 22. Dean Jacobs, Holbrook 8, 16.114; 23. Daryn Pittman, Blevins 21, 16.130; 24. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 16.155; 25. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 16.163; 26. John Bankston, Bankston 8B, 16.477; 27. Shawn Sander, Sander 48, 16.593; 28. Dan Oswalt, Oswalt D1, 16.647; 29. Kaylene Verville, Verville 01, 16.670; 30. Cesar Fuentas, Fuentas 27, 17.064; 31. Marty Wilcox, Wilcox 3, 17.065; 32. J.R. Patton, Patton 86, 17.227; 33. Mike Wells, Roach 2T, 17.467; 34. Ham Diaz, Fuentes 28D, no time; 35. Gerald Cressman, Cressman 56, no time. First Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Paul McMahan, 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Joe Gaerte, 7. Kaylene Verville, 8. Mike Wells, 9. James Chesson. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Craig Dollansky, 2. P.J. Chesson, 3. Travis Whitney, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Terry McCarl, 6. Dean Jacobs, 7. John Bankston, 8. Cesar Fuentas, 9. Ham Diaz. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dale Blaney, 2. Calvin Landis, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Daryn Pittman, 5. Jeff Swindell, 6. Gary Wright, 7. Marty Wilcox, 8. Shawn Sander. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth Racing Champions Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Peter Murphy, 4. Tim Shaffer, 5. Brian Paulus, 6. Jim Carter, 7. Dan Oswalt, 8. J.R. Patton. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Tyler Walker, Danny Lasoski, Jeff Shepard and Mark Kinser for the first four starting positions in the Channellock Dash. Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Tyler Walker, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Travis Whitney, 5. Jeff Shepard, 6. Joey Saldana. (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Terry McCarl, 2. Gary Wright, 3. Dean Jacobs, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Brian Paulus ($200); 6. Joe Gaerte ($175); 7. John Bankston ($150); 8. Marty Wilcox ($100); 9. Dan Oswalt ($90); 10. Shawn Sander ($80); 11. Kaylene Verville ($60); 12. J.R. Patton ($50); 13. Andy Hillenburg, 14. James Chesson ($50); 15. Jim Carter ($50); 16. Mike Wells ($50); 17. Cesar Fuentas ($50); 18. Ham Diaz ($50); 19. Gerald Cressman ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Tyler Walker ($10,000); 2. Mark Kinser ($6,000); 3. Joey Saldana ($3,500); 4. Sammy Swindell ($3,200); 5. Steve Kinser ($3,000); 6. Johnny Herrera ($2,500); 7. Jac Haudenschild ($2,300); 8. Dean Jacobs ($2,220); 9. Tim Shaffer ($2,100); 10. Gary Wright ($2,020); 11. Danny Lasoski ($1,500); 12. Jeff Swindell ($1,420); 13. Andy Hillenburg ($1,320); 14. P.J. Chesson ($1,200); 15. Paul McMahan ($1,000); 16. Craig Dollansky ($1,000); 17. Donny Schatz ($800); 18. Stevie Smith ($600); 19. Daryn Pittman ($600); 20. Jeff Shepard ($600); 21. Peter Murphy ($600); 22. Travis Whitney ($600); 23. Terry McCarl ($620); 24. Dale Blaney ($600); 25. Calvin Landis ($600). Provisional starter - Andy Hillenburg Lap leader: Tyler Walker 1-30 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Joey Saldana WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , James Chesson , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Tyler Walker , J.R. Patton , Ben Walker , Brian Paulus , Daryn Pittman , Dean Jacobs , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , P.J. Chesson , Richard Brown , Mike Wells , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Peter Murphy , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams