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Swindell Takes Channellock Spring Classic Opener By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (May 22) - Silver is rapidly becoming Sammy Swindell's favorite color. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader won his...

Swindell Takes Channellock Spring Classic Opener By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (May 22) - Silver is rapidly becoming Sammy Swindell's favorite color. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader won his second straight race in his new-look #1 Channellock Gambler Thursday at Williams Grove Speedway when the series opened the Inaugural Channellock Spring Classic. "We wanted to run this silver car at Lernerville because it's close to Meadville (where Channellock, Inc., is based)," Sammy said. "We plan to run it six or eight more times, but the way it's going they might make me paint the rest of the cars silver." Swindell's #1 appeared to be a silver streak racing around Williams Grove's legendary semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval as he led all 20 laps in the Preliminary Feature. Sammy's fourth preliminary victory of the season increased his lead in the World of Outlaws point standings to 11 points. The $4,500 victory also gave him the pole position in Friday's Vivarin Dash. The feature program of the Channellock Spring Classic is scheduled for a live telecast on TNN: The Nashville Network beginning at 8 p.m. eastern time Friday on TNN Motor Madness. Jac Haudenschild opened the evening's festivities by breaking Williams Grove's single-lap record. His 17.140-second run lowered the qualifying standard by .051 seconds and earned "The Wild Child" his seventh Channellock Fast-Time Award of the year. Swindell raced into second place from outside the second row in the Vivarin Dash. Following Mark Kinser across the finish line in the five-lap race allowed him to start the feature outside the front row. Swindell took the high line through turn four to take the lead immediately after the green flag fell in the evening's main event, only to have Mike Wagner's third-corner flip bring out the red flag. Sammy burst ahead of the 24-car field as the green flag replaced the red and completed the caution-free race in 6:49.3. Kinser and Billy Pauch exchanged the runner-up spot while Second Heat Race winner Steve Kinser drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim past Lance Dewease and Haudenschild during the opening lap. Swindell opened a 10-car-length advantage within four laps, and entered lapped traffic with a half-straightaway advantage two laps later. Mark Kinser narrowed the gap to four car-lengths as Sammy slowed behind a pack of backmarkers during the eighth lap. Swindell burst out of lapped traffic and extended his margin as Haudenschild battled "The King of the Outlaws" for fourth place midway through the race. Swindell pulled off a daring move the next time around, threading his #1 between Donnie Kreitz, Jr., and Cris Eash to increase his advantage. Mark caught him again two laps later, but another quick move through dense lapped traffic in turn two gave Sammy some breathing room. "The Wild Child" was racing in the high groove while Steve Kinser was running the low line when they relegated Pauch to fifth place with seven laps remaining. Swindell returned to his half-straightaway comfort zone during lap 17, and maintained that advantage until he took the checkered flag. "The Channellock car really ran well tonight," Swindell said in victory lane. "My crew has been working really hard, and we've been pretty fast all year. We keep trying little things in the heats and the dash, so we're really close in the feature. I think we've found a little something, and I hope it's a while before everybody else catches on." Steve Kinser and Haudenschild earned the final two automatic starting positions in Friday's Vivarin Dash by finishing third and fourth, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 were Pauch, Greg Hodnett, 16th-starting Andy Hillenburg, First Heat Race winner Dave Blaney, Paul McMahan and Dewease. Garry Brazier returned to Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series competition in P&P Motorsports' #28 Gambler, the sprinter Brian Paulus drove last season. He was the 18th-fastest qualifier in the 48-car field, finished third in the "B" Feature and 24th in the evening's main event. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Inaugural Channellock Spring Classic Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Thursday, May 22, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 17.140 (new one-lap record); 2. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 17.244; 3. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 17.466; 4. Lance Dewease, Dyer 461, 17.507; 5. Billy Pauch, Zemaitis 1Z, 17.602; 6. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 17.628; 7. Fred Rahmer, Hamilton 77, 17.722; 8. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 17.724; 9. Jeff Shepard, Shuttlesworth 41, 17.742; 10. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 17.799; 11. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 17.801; 17. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 17.804; 13. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 17.806; 14. Randy Hannagan, Roth 83, 17.811; 15. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 17.816; 16. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 17.914; 17. Jeff Swindell, Swindell 7TW, 17.918; 18. Garry Brazier, P&P Racing 28, 17.947; 19. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 17.981; 20. Kevin Gobrecht, Apple 12, 17.986; 21. Cris Eash, E&G Classics 17E, 17.996; 22. Len Thompson, Thompson 10T, 18.022; 23. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 18.118; 24. Rod George, Bomberger 5G, 18.165; 25. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 18.190; 26. Mike Wagner, Wagner 55, 18.210; 27. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., Kreitz 69K, 18.212; 28. Alan Cole, Cole 17, 18.218; 29. Jeff Rohrbaugh, Swope 45, 18.274; 30. Cliff Brian, Brian 16C, 18.365; 31. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 18.449; 32. Tim Kuhn, Kuhn 2C, 18.452; 33. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 18.462; 34. Bill Brian, Jr., Brian 16, 18.597; 35. Craig Eshenaur, Eshenaur 5, 18.632; 36. Jess Thomas, Thomas 77T, 18.672; 37. Jeff Thompson, Niederer 10N, 18.675; 38. Judi Bates, Mourer 121, 18.679; 39. Scott Jones, Jones 13, 18.704; 40. Scott Gobrecht, Gobrecht 7, 18.729; 41. Brook Weibley, Weibley 15D, 18.762; 42. Dave Haight, Tanger 07, 18.782; 43. Mike Lutz, Weikert 29, 18.815; 44. Shawn Keen, Keen 53, 19.125; 45. Bob Bennett, Mickle 3, 19.190; 46. Mike Lauterborn, Lauterborn 416, 19.691; 47. Chuck Roan, Roan 22R, 19.792; 48. Steve Surniak, Surniak 18T, 20.203. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Billy Pauch, 3. Cris Eash, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Jac Haudenschild, 6. Jeff Shepard, 7. Lance Blevins, 8. Jeff Rohrbaugh, 9. Donny Schatz, 10. Brook Weibley, 11. Jeff Thompson, 12. Bob Bennett. 2:28.5 (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Mike Wagner, 5. Randy Hannagan, 6. Dave Haight, 7. Len Thompson, 8. Bill Brian, Jr., 9. Cliff Brian, 10. Mike Lauterborn, 11. Judi Bates, 12. Garry Brazier. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Todd Shaffer, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Joe Gaerte, 6. Fred Rahmer, 7. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., 8. Mike Lutz, 9. Craig Eshenaur, 10. Scott Jones, 11. Chuck Roan, 12. Dion Hindi. 2:36.0 (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Lance Dewease, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Paul McMahan, 5. Alan Cole, 6. Rod George, 7. Tim Kuhn, 8. Brian Gobrecht, 9. Jess Thomas, 10. Steve Surniak, 11. Shawn Keen, 12. Kevin Gobrecht. 2:10.7 (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Billy Pauch, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Lance Dewease, 6. Steve Kinser, 7. Greg Hodnett, 8. Paul McMahan. 1:35.1 (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Jeff Thompson, 2. Dave Haight, 3. Mike Lutz ($100); 4. Steve Surniak ($80); 5. Chuck Roan ($60); 6. Shawn Keen ($50); 7. Bob Bennett ($40); 8. Brian Gobrecht ($30); 9. Brook Weibley ($25); 10. Scott Jones ($25); 11. Judi Bates ($25); 12. Mike Lauterborn ($25). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Fred Rahmer, 2. Donnie Kreitz, Jr., 3. Garry Brazier, 4. Kevin Gobrecht, 5. Jeff Shepard ($150); 6. Lance Blevins ($125); 7. Len Thompson ($100); 8. Jeff Rohrbaugh ($75); 9. Bill Brian, Jr. ($60); 10. Donny Schatz ($50); 11. Dave Haight ($60); 12. Jeff Thompson ($60); 13. Dion Hindi ($40); 14. Jess Thomas ($40); 15. Craig Eshenaur ($40); 16. Cliff Brian ($40); 17. Rod George ($40); 18. Tim Kuhn ($40). (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($4,500); 2. Mark Kinser ($2,500); 3. Steve Kinser ($1,700); 4. Jac Haudenschild ($1,500); 5. Billy Pauch ($1,350); 6. Greg Hodnett ($1,250); 7. Andy Hillenburg ($1,200); 8. Dave Blaney ($1,100); 9. Paul McMahan ($1,075); 10. Lance Dewease ($1,050); 11. Stevie Smith ($1,000); 12. Johnny Herrera ($800); 13. Joe Gaerte ($700); 14. Fred Rahmer ($650); 15. Jeff Swindell ($400); 16. Donnie Kreitz, Jr. ($420); 17. Randy Hannagan ($300); 18. Cris Eash ($300); 19. Danny Lasoski ($300); 20. Alan Cole ($300); 21. Todd Shaffer ($300); 22. Mike Wagner ($300); 23. Kevin Gobrecht ($320); 24. Garry Brazier ($320). 6:49.3 Lap leader: Sammy Swindell 1-20 Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Jac Haudenschild WoO

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