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Swindell Dominates Williams Grove National Opener By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (October 3) - The Williams Grove National Open has been one of the few major sprint car championships to elude Sammy Swindell during...

Swindell Dominates Williams Grove National Opener By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (October 3) - The Williams Grove National Open has been one of the few major sprint car championships to elude Sammy Swindell during his first 24 years of racing. Swindell took a major step toward winning that title Friday when he led all 20 laps in the Preliminary Feature as the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series opened the 35th Annual National Open before a capacity crowd at Williams Grove Speedway. "This is a race we've never won," Swindell said following his ninth Preliminary Feature victory of the season. "We've been close a couple of times. I was wishing we could have broken the track record (in qualifying). We were close, but we just missed on the setup a touch. We'll take the win and try to come back tomorrow night and see if we can win this thing." Jac Haudenschild lowered the single-lap record he set at Williams Grove on May 30th, circling the legendary 1/2-mile oval in 16.858 seconds. After receiving his 18th Channellock Fast-Time Award of the year, "The Wild Child" earned the right to start the feature outside the front row by following Sammy across the finish line in the Vivarin Dash. Swindell, the leader in the World of Outlaws' driver standings, drove his #1 Channellock Gambler into the lead as the green flag fell. He was 1.39 seconds ahead of Haudenschild when New Oxford's Stevie Smith passed Steve Kinser for third place late in lap two. Mark Kinser took the low line into turn four to pass "The King of the Outlaws" for fourth the next time around. Sammy entered lapped traffic with a 10-car-length advantage during the seventh lap. He saw his lead disintegrate three laps later when the caution flag fell for Steve Siegel, who stopped on the back straightaway with mechanical problems. The red replaced the green flag within seconds after the race resumed as Second Heat Race winner Cris Eash slid over the cushion in turn four, hit the outside guard rail and turned over. Swindell controlled the ensuing restart as Billy Pauch passed Steve Kinser for fifth place. Kinser collided with Pauch in turn two the next time around, and Dave Blaney followed Steve past Pauch as "Billy The Kid" battled to keep his car under control. Kinser and "The Buckeye Bullet" exchanged fifth place during the 11th and 12th laps. Lance Blevins slowed in the fourth corner late in lap 12. Blaney almost hit the guard rail as he tried to steer his #10 Vivarin J&J around Blevins, and lost six positions. After Blaney crossed the finish line, a fourth-corner collision sent Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Rookie of the Year candidate Donny Schatz flipping over the guard rail. Although Schatz was uninjured, he and his crew faced the task of building a new car before Saturday's feature program. Todd Shaffer hit the turn-four guard rail as the green flag replaced the red, forcing another restart. Haudenschild kept pace with Swindell as the race resumed, and almost drove the #22 Pennzoil Maxim into the lead with a low move in turn one early in the 13th lap. Mark Kinser, the 1995 National Open champion, caught Smith the next time around, and passed him for third place with a low move into turn three. Sammy increased his advantage during the final seven laps and was 2.18 seconds ahead of "The Wild Child" when he took the checkered flag. "I thank the Lord for this race team," Swindell said. "They have done a great job all year. That makes things easier for me. I can just show up at the track and do a couple of little things. "I've never had a car feel as good as this Channellock Gambler felt tonight. It was consistent all night long. It was really strong on the long runs. It was a joy to drive." Mark Kinser and Smith earned the second-row starting positions in Saturday's Vivarin Dash by finishing third and fourth. Completing the top 10 in the Preliminary Feature were Steve Kinser, Pauch, Craig Dollansky, Jeff Swindell, "B" Feature winner Fred Rahmer and 18th-starting Johnny Herrera. Although qualifying problems forced Andy Hillenburg to start outside the 12th row, he drove his #2 STP J&J past nine cars to finish 15th. Engine problems plagued former National Open champions Don Kreitz, Jr., and Lance Dewease. Kreitz, the 1993 winner, won the "C" Feature and finished 12th in the "B." Dewease, who swept the 1996 National Open feature races, qualified third-quick, but finished last in the "B" Feature. WoO 1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series 35th Annual Williams Grove National Open Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Friday, October 3, Preliminary Program Qualifications: 1. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 16.858 (new one-lap record); 2. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 16.872; 3. Lance Dewease, Dyer 461, 16.907; 4. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 16.934; 5. Jeff Shepard, Stewart 4J, 17.040; 6. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 17.104; 7. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 17.122; 8. Billy Pauch, Zemaitis 1Z, 17.203; 9. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88, 17.208; 10. Cris Eash, E&G Classics 17E, 17.217; 11. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10, 17.257; 12. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 17.361; 13. Craig Dollansky, Wahlie 1W, 17.408; 14. Fred Rahmer, Hamilton 77, 17.413; 15. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 17.441; 16. Kenny Jacobs, Ashworth 92, 17.481; 17. Tim Shaffer, Apple Motorsports 12, 17.498; 18. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 17.513; 19. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 17.522; 20. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 17.551; 21. Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 17.585; 22. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G, 17.635; 23. Ed Lynch, Jr., Lynch 2L, 17.639; 24. Steve Siegel, Scarpitta 59, 17.649; 25. Tim Kuhn, Kuhn 2$, 17.690; 26. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 17.700; 27. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 17.713; 28. Scott Jones, Jones 13, 17.764; 29. Mike Wagner, Wagner 55, 17.815; 30. Dave Ely, Ely/Gilbert 77E, 17.818; 37. Rod George, Bomberger 5G, 17.831; 32. Len Thompson, Thompson 10T, 17.833; 33. Alan Cole, Cole 17, 17.915; 34. Bobby Allen, Allen 1a, 17.942; 35. Kevin Gobrecht, Gobrecht 92x, 17.952; 36. Randy Wolfe, Williams 5W, 18.028; 37. Jess Thomas, Thomas 77T, 18.106; 38. Cliff Brian, Brian 16, 18.151; 39. Dave Haight, Tanger 07, 18.163; 40. Don Kreitz, Jr., Kreitz 69K, 18.185; 41. Shawn Keen, Keen 53, 18.383; 42. Judi Bates, Mourer 121, 18.566; 43. Christine Karns, Karns 65.5 19.138; 44. William Kiley, Kiley 4K, 19.158; 45. Scott Karl, Karl 17K, 19.571; 46. Ron Moss, Moss 8M, no time; 47. John Smith, Smith 17S, no time; 48. Becca Anderson, Anderson A18, no time. First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Tim Shaffer, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Paul McMahan, 4. Todd Shaffer, 5. Craig Dollansky, 6. Jeff Shepard, 7. Tim Kuhn, 8. Mike Wagner, 9. Alan Cole, 10. Jess Thomas, 11. Shawn Keen, 12. Scott Karl. 2:21.6 (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Cris Eash, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Fred Rahmer, 7. Andy Hillenburg, 8. Bobby Allen, 9. Dave Ely, 10. Judi Bates, 11. Cliff Brian, 12. Ron Moss. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Ed Lynch, Jr., 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Dave Blaney, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Jeff Swindell, 5. Rod George, 6. Lance Dewease, 8. Dion Hindi, 9. Christine Karns, 10. Dave Haight, 11. John Smith. DNS - Kevin Gobrecht. 2:25.4 (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Billy Pauch, 2. Steve Siegel, 3. Mark Kinser, 4. Kenny Jacobs, 5. Donny Schatz, 6. Lance Blevins, 7. Scott Jones, 8. Randy Wolfe, 9. Len Thompson, 10. William Kiley, 11. Don Kreitz, Jr. DNS - Becca Anderson. 2:22.5 (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Billy Pauch, 6. Mark Kinser, 7. Cris Eash, 8. Todd Shaffer. 1:29.9 (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the Preliminary Feature) C Feature (eight laps): 1. Don Kreitz, Jr., 2. Jeff Thomas, 3. Cliff Brian, 4. Shawn Keen ($100); 5. Judi Bates ($80); 6. Christine Karns ($60); 7. Scott Karl ($50); 8. Williams Kiley ($40); 9. Ron Moss ($30); 10. Dave Haight ($25); 11. John Smith ($25). DNS - Kevin Gobrecht. Becca Anderson. (first three qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Fred Rahmer, 2. Lance Blevins, 3. Andy Hillenburg, 4. Jeff Shepard, 5. Tim Kuhn ($150); 6. Rod George ($125); 7. Mike Wagner ($100); 8. Dion Hindi ($75); 9. Scott Jones ($60); 10. Dave Ely ($50); 11. Bobby Allen ($40); 12. Don Kreitz, Jr. ($60); 13. Alan Cole ($40); 14. Len Thompson ($40); 15. Cliff Brian ($60); 16. Jess Thomas ($60); 17. Randy Wolfe ($40); 18. Lance Dewease ($40). 3:47.9 (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (20 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($4,500); 2. Jac Haudenschild ($2,500); 3. Mark Kinser ($1,700); 4. Stevie Smith ($1,500); 5. Steve Kinser ($1,350); 6. Billy Pauch ($1,250); 7. Craig Dollansky ($1,200); 8. Jeff Swindell ($1,100); 9. Fred Rahmer ($1,095); 10. Johnny Herrera ($1,050); 11. Greg Hodnett ($1,000); 12. Dave Blaney ($800); 13. Kenny Jacobs ($700); 14. Tim Shaffer ($630); 15. Andy Hillenburg ($420); 16. Todd Shaffer ($400); 17. Paul McMahan ($300); 18. Joe Gaerte ($300); 19. Ed Lynch, Jr. ($300); 20. Donny Schatz ($300); 21. Lance Blevins ($320); 22. Cris Eash ($300); 23. Jeff Shepard ($320); 24. Steve Siegel ($300). 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 , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Kenny Jacobs , Paul McMahan , Billy Pauch , Becca Anderson , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell
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