Smith Takes Texas Shootout Preliminary By Richard Day BAYTOWN, TX (April 7) -- Stevie Smith continued his winning ways Friday when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws opened the Inaugural Texas Shootout...
Smith Takes Texas Shootout Preliminary
By Richard Day
BAYTOWN, TX (April 7) -- Stevie Smith continued his winning ways Friday when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws opened the Inaugural Texas Shootout at Houston Raceway Park's new dirt racing facility. Smith, who won his first "A" Feature of the season two nights earlier at Pike County Speedway, led the final 24 laps in the Preliminary Feature to claim the $5,000 first prize. The victory pushed Smith into third place in the series' point standings. "When you're handling as well as we were tonight, the new track doesn't make that much difference," Stevie said. "This place reminds me of the Devil's Bowl (in Mesquite, TX). It has same kind of dirt, long straightaways and tight corners." Smith, the 11th-fastest qualifier in the 34-car field, won the Third NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race and the First CHANNELLOCK Dash for the right to start the Preliminary Feature on the pole. Daryn Pittman, who also won his CHANNELLOCK Dash race from outside the front row, raced wheel-to-wheel with Smith into the first corner as the green flag waved in the evening's main event. Pittman surged ahead as they entered turn two and led the opening lap. Smith caught Pittman early in the second lap and won a back- straightaway drag race to take over first place. Stevie increased his lead several laps later as First NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Andy Hillenburg challenged Pittman for second place. Smith was .8 seconds ahead of his closest pursuers when he entered lapped traffic during the seventh lap. Smith, Pittman and Hillenburg raced three-abreast through the first and second corners the next time around, but each driver maintained his running position. Smith was .6 seconds ahead late in the 15th lap when the engine in Pittman's #3 J&J lost power. Unable to continue racing, Pittman settled for a 24th-place finish. Steve Kinser, who started outside the fourth row, used an inside move between the first and second corners to pass Second NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Johnny Herrera for third place early in lap 17. Jac Haudenschild stopped the #22 Elden Racing Maxim on the back stretch with a flat left rear tire the next time around. Kinser steered his #11 Quaker State Maxim deep in the first corner to pass Hillenburg for second as the green flag replaced the yellow. Gary Wright, from Hooks, TX, passed 18th-starting Lance Blevins for sixth place low in turn four late in the 20th lap. Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Danny Lasoski used an inside move into the second corner to pass Blevins for seventh the next time around. Smith was 1.6 seconds ahead of Kinser when they caught the backmarkers again with two laps remaining. Kinser narrowed the gap, but was .9 seconds behind when Smith took the checkered flag. "My crew did a great job tonight," Stevie said graciously. "It's been really good the last couple of nights, but that can change in a hurry the way it is out here. Running in the top four and getting locked in for tomorrow night is just as important as the win tonight. I want to thank Ingersoll-Rand and RPM engines." Hillenburg and Herrera earned the second-row starting positions in Saturday's Second CHANNELLOCK Dash by finishing third and fourth, respectively. Dale Blaney finished in fifth place, ahead of Wright, Lasoski, Blevins, Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Mark Kinser and Craig Dollansky. Mark Kinser received his second Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the year after pacing the qualifying session with a 13.777-second lap around the semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval. Jason Johnson, one of Steve Kinser's former crew members, replaced Greg Hodnett in the Preliminary Feature after the #V12 Wirtgen Maxim blew its second engine of the program during the First CHANNELLOCK Dash. Johnson drove his #41 into 23rd place in the feature. WoO
2000 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Inaugural Texas Shootout Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, TX Friday, April 7, Preliminary Program Vivarin qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 13.777 (single-lap record); 2. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 13.782; 3. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 13.845; 4. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.890; 5. Danny Wood, Woodburn 21W, 14.012; 6. Johnny Herrera, DOCC Motorsports 20, 14.013; 7. Dale Blaney, DB Racing 93, 14.028; 8. Paul McMahan, Johnson U2, 14.037; 9. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.149; 10. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 14.163; 11. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 14.193; 12. Daryn Pittman, Pittman 3, 14.194; 13. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 14.213; 14. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 14.232; 15. Brooke Tatnell, Parsons 6, 14.233; 16. Gary Wright, Wright 9, 14.298; 17. Joey Saldana, Saldana 17, 14.306; 18. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 14.382; 19. Travis Rilat, Archer 1A, 14.461; 20. Craig Dollansky, Karavan Racing 7, 14.489; 21. Greg Hodnett, Millennium Racing V12, 14.500; 22. Randy Hannagan, Holbrook 8H, 14.526; 23. Ronald Laney, Laney 52, 14.573; 24. Jason Johnson, Row 41, 14.606; 25. Scott Young, Young 8, 14.650; 26. John Bankston, Bankston 8J, 14.709; 27. Brad Furr, Furr 2F, 14.958; 28. Christi Passmore, GAP Roofing 1AC, 15.442; 29. Larry Hartwell, Hartwell 10, 15.772; 30. Travys Mize, Phantom Racing 29M, 16.125; 31. Earl Whatley, Jr., Whatley 27, 16.189; 32. Tony Biggert, Biggert 23B, 17.393; 33. Dan Oswalt, Oswalt D1, no time; 34. Greg Rilat, Rilat 35, no time. First NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Danny Wood, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Greg Hodnett, 6. Joey Saldana, 7. Scott Young, 8. Larry Hartwell. (first five qualified for the First CHANNELLOCK Dash) Second NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Johnny Herrera, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Lance Blevins, 4. Tim Shaffer, 5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Randy Hannagan, 7. John Bankston, 8. Travys Mize. (first five qualified for the Second CHANNELLOCK Dash) Third NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Dale Blaney, 3. Brooke Tatnell, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Travis Rilat, 6. Ronald Laney, 7. Brad Furr, 8. Earl Whatley, Jr., 9. Dan Oswalt. (first five qualified for the First CHANNELLOCK Dash) Fourth NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Daryn Pittman, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Gary Wright, 4. Paul McMahan, 5. Craig Dollansky, 6. Jason Johnson, 7. Christi Passmore, 8. Greg Rilat, 9. Tony Biggert. (first five qualified for the Second CHANNELLOCK Dash) First CHANNELLOCK Dash (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Andy Hillenburg, 3. Dale Blaney, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Danny Wood, 6. Brooke Tatnell, 7. Mark Kinser, 8. Sammy Swindell, 9. Travis Rilat, 10. Greg Hodnett ($150). (first six qualified for first six inside rows in the Preliminary Feature) Second CHANNELLOCK Dash (eight laps): 1. Daryn Pittman, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Gary Wright, 4. Steve Kinser, 5. Lance Blevins, 6. Craig Dollansky, 7. Paul McMahan, 8. Danny Lasoski, 9. Donny Schatz, 10. Tim Shaffer. (first six lined up in first six outside rows in the Preliminary Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Joey Saldana, 2. Randy Hannagan, 3. Ronald Laney, 4. Brad Furr, 5. Jason Johnson, 6. Scott Young ($125); 7. John Bankston ($100); 8. Christi Passmore ($75); 9. Larry Hartwell ($60); 10. Tony Biggert ($50); 11. Earl Whatley, Jr. ($40); 12. Travys Mize ($40); 13. Dan Oswalt ($40); 14. Greg Rilat ($40). (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature) Preliminary Feature (25 laps): 1. Stevie Smith ($5,000); 2. Steve Kinser ($3,000); 3. Andy Hillenburg ($1,800); 4. Johnny Herrera ($1,600); 5. Dale Blaney ($1,400); 6. Gary Wright ($1,300); 7. Danny Lasoski ($1,250); 8. Lance Blevins ($1,200); 9. Mark Kinser ($1,100); 10. Craig Dollansky ($1,050); 11. Danny Wood ($1,025); 12. Sammy Swindell ($1,000); 13. Brooke Tatnell ($900); 14. Paul McMahan ($700); 15. Donny Schatz ($600); 16. Joey Saldana ($570); 17. Brad Furr ($570); 18. Randy Hannagan ($570); 19. Tim Shaffer ($550); 20. Ronald Laney ($570); 21. Travis Rilat ($550); 22. Jac Haudenschild ($550); 23. Jason Johnson ($570); 24. Daryn Pittman ($550). DNS - Greg Hodnett; replaced by Jason Johnson Lap leaders: Daryn Pittman 1, Stevie Smith 2-25 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser WoO