Williams Grove report 96-05-24

Herrera Takes Williams Grove Spring Classic Opener By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (May 24) - Johnny Herrera could hardly contain his excitement after leading all 20 laps to win Friday's Skoal ...

Herrera Takes Williams Grove Spring Classic Opener By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (May 24) - Johnny Herrera could hardly contain his excitement after leading all 20 laps to win Friday's Skoal Outlaw Series Preliminary Feature at the inaugural Williams Grove Spring Classic. "This is a good time to start running well," said Herrera, whose victory earned him the pole position in Saturday's Vivarin Dash televised live on TNN: The Nashville Network. Herrera, the World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year in 1988, has won four "A" Features in his career, the last coming on July 10, 1993, at Red River Valley Speedway. Herrera, the fifth-fastest qualifier in the 44-car field, received the luxury of starting Friday's Vivarin Dash on the pole when EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner Mark Kinser picked the #4 inversion pill and Steve Kinser and Joe Gaerte failed to qualify for the feature in the Quaker State heat races. Johnny won the five-lap race for the right to start the Preliminary Feature on the pole. Herrera burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the feature. Sammy Swindell, who started next to him on the front row, took the low line into turn one and raced wheel-to-wheel with Johnny into turn two. Herrera steered the #47 Casey's General Stores Maxim high into the second corner to maintain the lead, however. Herrera opened a comfortable, 10-car-length advantage within three laps and was approaching lapped traffic when Swindell passed him deep in the fourth corner three laps later. The pass was nullified, however, when the #77 Manheim Auto Auctions J&J suffered a flat right rear tire, forcing Fred Rahmer to stop in the fourth corner. Herrera restarted the race at the front of the field and quickly expanded his lead as Mark challenged Swindell for the runner-up spot. Keeping the #47 in the high groove, Johnny was eight car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers midway through the race despite clipping the outside guard rail several times. The battle for fourth place between Andy Hillenburg and 1990 Williams Grove track champion Steve Smith raged for seven laps before Hillenburg surged ahead with nine laps remaining. Although Swindell dropped into the low groove in his pursuit of the leader, Herrera was 10 car-lengths ahead when he caught the backmarkers again during the 13th lap. Defending Skoal Outlaw Series champion Dave Blaney caught Kinser two laps later and almost threaded the #10 Vivarin J&J between Mark and the outside guard rail in turn two when he ran out of real estate. Hillenburg made it a three-car battle for third place during lap 16. Swindell caught Herrera as the leaders took the white flag and surged ahead with a low move in the first corner. But, just as he had done 19 laps before, Herrera maintained the lead by taking the high line through turn two. He was five car-lengths ahead when he took the checkered flag. Blaney and Kinser claimed the final two automatic starting positions in Saturday's Vivarin Dash by finishing third and fourth, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 in the Preliminary Feature were Hillenburg, Quaker State Heat Race winners Stevie Smith, Steve Smith, and Danny Lasoski, 23rd-starting Donnie Kreitz, Jr., and Jeff Swindell. Former Williams Grove track champion Bobby Davis, Jr., made his debut in Gary Stanton's #75 Mopar Maxim and qualified 11th-quick, finished fifth in the Fourth Quaker State Heat Race and ran 14th in the feature. While Sammy, Davis and Blaney - the other former World of Outlaws titlists in the field - had rather typical performances, the night was anything but for 14-time champion Steve Kinser. After qualifying third-quick, He was involved in a first-lap crash with Jac Haudenschild in the third heat race that destroyed the #11 Quaker State Maxim. Bringing out a backup car meant he had to start at the rear of the 23-car field in the "B" Feature. He finished sixth, and would not have made it into the evening's main event had Cris Eash and Keith Kauffman not scratched. Starting at the back of the pack, "The King of the Outlaws" passed 12 sprinters on his way to a 12th-place finish in the Preliminary Feature. WoO 1996 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Inaugural Spring Classic Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Friday, May 24, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 17.660; 2. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 17.824; 3. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 17.858; 4. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 17.917; 5. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 17.986; 6. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 18.041; 7. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 18.169; 8. Lance DeWease, Dyer 461, 18.140; 9. Steve Smith, Smith 19, 18.169; 10. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 18.180; 11. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 18.288; 12. Bobby Davis, Jr., Stanton 75, 18.314; 13. Bill Brian, Jr., Scarpitta 59, 18.315; 14. Ed Lynch, Jr., Lynch 2L, 18.338; 15. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 18.351; 16. Billy Pauch, Zemaitis 1Z, 18.365; 17. Kevin Gobrecht, Gobrecht 92, 18.399; 18. Danny Lasoski, Forbrook 5, 18.431; 19. Fred Rahmer, Hamilton 77, 18.476; 20. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 18.482; 21. Steve Siegel, Walker 1J, 18.496; 22. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 18.513; 23. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 18.513; 24. Cris Eash, E&G Classics 17E, 18.518; 25. Donnie Kreitz., Jr., Kreitz 69K, 18.557; 26. Mark Richard, Kronenburg 5R, 18.605; 27. Jeff Shepard, Wahlie 1W, 18.625; 28. Keith Kauffman, Apple Motorsports 12, 18.658; 29. Len Thompson, Thompson 10T, 18.679; 30. Mike Wagner, Wagner 55, 18.689; 31. Phil Walter, Taylor 39, 18.693; 32. Joey Saldana, Roth 83, 18.743; 33. Richard Thomas, Thomas 77T, 18.750; 34. Jim Carr, McCarr 7M, 18.792; 35. Bob Bennett, Mickle 3, 18.811; 36. Jeff Thompson, Neiderer 10N, 18.863; 37. Brian Paulus, P&P Motorsports 28, 18.890; 38. Mike Erdley, Kirchner 117, 18.975; 39. Randy Wolfe, Allebach 75W, 18.990; 40. Judi Bates, Mourar 121, 19.047; 41. Bobby Allen, Allen 1a, 19.196; 42. Dave Haight, Haight 07, 19.266; 43. George Koerber, Koerber 5K, 19.448; 44. Brian Kaltreider, Kaltreider 22K, 20.542; First Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Steve Smith, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Steve Siegel, 4. Bill Brian, Jr., 5. Kevin Gobrecht, 6. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., 7. Joe Gaerte, 8. Richard Thomas, 9. Len Thompson, 10. Brian Paulus, 11. Bobby Allen. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Ed Lynch, Jr., 5. Johnny Herrera, 6. Mark Richard, 7. Lance Blevins, 8. Mike Wagner, 9. Jim Carr, 10. Dave Haight, 11. Mike Erdley. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Todd Shaffer, 3. Fred Rahmer, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Jac Haudenschild, 6. Jeff Shepard, 7. Phil Walter, 8. Randy Wolfe, 9. George Koerber, 10. Steve Kinser, 11. Bob Bennett ($10). (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Quaker State Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Billy Pauch, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Cris Eash ($135); 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Bobby Davis, Jr., 6. Lance DeWease, 7. Keith Kauffman, 8. Jeff Thompson, 9. Judi Bates, 10. Brian Kaltreider, 11. Joey Saldana. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Dave Blaney, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Steve Smith, 7. Andy Hillenburg, 8. Jeff Swindell. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Lance Blevins, 2. Lance DeWease, 3. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Keith Kauffman ($160); 6. Steve Kinser, 7. Jeff Shepard ($110); 8. Mike Wagner ($85); 9. Mark Richard ($70); 10. Phil Walter ($60); 11. Jeff Thompson ($40); 12. Bobby Allen ($40); 13. Dave Haight ($40); 14. Richard Thomas ($40); 15. Joey Saldana ($40); 16. Jim Carr ($40); 17. George Koerber ($40); 18. Judi Bates ($40); 19. Brian Kaltreider ($40); 20. Randy Wolfe ($40); 21. Brian Paulus ($40); 22. Len Thompson ($40); 23. Mike Erdley ($40). DNS - Bob Bennett. (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Johnny Herrera ($4,010); 2. Sammy Swindell ($2,310); 3. Dave Blaney ($1,610); 4. Mark Kinser ($1,410); 5. Andy Hillenburg ($1,260); 6. Stevie Smith ($1,160); 7. Steve Smith ($1,110); 8. Danny Lasoski ($1,060); 9. Donnie Kreitz, Jr. ($1,055); 10. Jeff Swindell ($1,010); 11. Joe Gaerte ($930); 12. Steve Kinser ($730); 13. Jac Haudenschild ($610); 14. Bobby Davis, Jr. ($510); 15. Lance DeWease ($330); 16. Steve Siegel ($310); 17. Kevin Gobrecht ($260); 18. Greg Hodnett ($260); 19. Billy Pauch ($260); 20. Todd Shaffer ($260); 21. Fred Rahmer ($260); 22. Lance Blevins ($280); 23. Bill Brian, Jr. ($260); 24. Ed Lynch, Jr. ($260). DNS - Cris Eash, Keith Kauffman. Lap leader: Johnny Herrera 1-20 EcoWater Quick-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Steve Smith , Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Richard Thomas , Brian Paulus , Joey Saldana , Billy Pauch , Dave Blaney , Brian Kaltreider , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell
Teams Williams