Swindell Dominates Lebanon Valley Feature
By Richard Day
WEST LEBANON, NY (June 2) - What a difference a year can
Last August, when Sammy Swindell won the Pennzoil World of
Outlaws Series "A" Feature at Lebanon Valley Speedway, it was his
eighth victory of the year. When Sammy won his eighth "A" Feature
of the 1997 season - Tuesday at Lebanon Valley - he put himself
two months ahead of last year's pace and increased his lead in
the point standings to 35 points.
Swindell, the only leader in last year's main event at
Lebanon Valley, led all 25 laps in Tuesday's caution-free feature
as well. The $10,000 victory was the third of Sammy's career at
the high-banked, 1/2-mile oval.
After recording the fifth-fastest qualifying lap in the 32-
car field, Sammy earned the right to start the main event on the
pole by winning the Vivarin Dash.
Swindell drove his #1 Channellock Gambler into the lead as
the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. Mark Kinser, the
Channellock Fast-Time Award winner, passed Dave Blaney for third
place with a low move through the first and second corners early
in lap two.
Mark, who won a World of Outlaws "A" Feature at Lebanon
Valley in 1994, challenged cousin Steve Kinser for the runner-up
spot as the leaders entered lapped traffic six laps into the
race. He made several more runs at "The King of the Outlaws"
before steering the #5M Wirtgen Maxim to the lowest point in turn
one to take over second place early in the 10th lap.
Blaney and Andy Hillenburg exchanged fourth place midway
through the race. Hillenburg won a back-straightaway drag with
"The Buckeye Bullet," only to have Blaney drive his #10 Vivarin
J&J back by him high in the fourth corner late in lap 12.
Swindell opened a half-straightaway lead during the 14th lap,
but Mark narrowed the gap in dense lapped traffic the next time
around. Kinser threatened to take over first place for three laps
before Sammy cleared the backmarkers and increased his advantage
to a full straightaway.
Swindell survived a close call as he headed toward the white
flag late in the 24th lap. He was behind "B" Feature winner Randy
Hannagan when the #83 Beef Packers Stealth hit the outside
retaining wall in turn four. Sammy dodged the 1995 World of
Outlaws Rookie of the Year and raced down the front straightaway
as Hannagan headed into the pits. Sammy took the checkered flag
as Mark Kinser raced through turn four.
"Traffic makes a big difference here," Swindell said in
victory lane, "but I seemed to catch the cars just right. My crew
told me I had a good lead, so I tried to be careful.
"There at the end, I was following the #83 when he got into
the wall. He about put me up there, too, but we kept her going.
"We were a little concerned about tires, but the Channellock
Gambler ran good tonight. I just hope we can keep it going for
the rest of the (New York) swing."
Blaney finished the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 25th
"A" Feature of the year in third place, ahead of Hillenburg,
Steve Kinser, Second Heat Race winner Stevie Smith, Jac
Haudenschild, Billy Pauch, Greg Hodnett and Johnny Herrera.
Rookie of the Year candidate Paul McMahan endured another
roller-coaster night in New York. He allowed the #75 Mopar
Stealth to hit the wall during his first qualifying run, and his
one lap at the end was only the 22nd-fastest in the field. He
came back strong in the main event, however, racing into 17th
place from outside the 11th row.
The World of Outlaws will take Steve Kinser's birthday off
before running the final two legs of its annual tour of New York
Wednesday at Rolling Wheels Raceway and Thursday at Canandaigua
1997 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series
Lebanon Valley Speedway, West Lebanon, NY
Monday, June 2, Feature Program #25
Qualifications: 1. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 17.238; 2. Stevie
Smith, Smith 19, 17.449; 3. Dave Blaney, Blaney/Hylton 10,
17.483; 4. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 17.609; 5. Sammy
Swindell, Swindell 1, 17.621; 6. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 17.645;
7. Jac Haudenschild, Elden 22, 17.659; 8. Billy Pauch, Zemaitis
1Z, 17.778; 9. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 17.801; 10. Randy
Hannagan, Roth 83, 17.816; 11. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 17.890;
12. Danny Lasoski, Wahlie 1W, 17.949; 13. Joe Gaerte, Gaerte 3G,
17.954; 14. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 17.964; 15. Donnie
Kreitz, Jr., Kreitz 69K, 18.057; 16. Todd Shaffer, Beam 88,
18.112; 17. Lance Blevins, Blevins 21, 18.196; 18. Donny Schatz,
Schatz 15, 18.406; 19. Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 18.547; 20. George
Su***, Su*** 87, 18.665; 21. Dave Ely, Ely 77E, 18.839; 22.
Paul McMahan, Stanton 75, 18.972; 23. Chuck Roan, Roan 22R,
19.380; 24. Denny Soltis, Soltis 1x, 19.578; 25. Scott Holcomb,
Holcomb 91, 19.654; 26.*** Spadero, Spadero 29, 19.703; 27. Bob
Bennett, Mickle 3, 19.725; 28. Christine Karns, Karns 65.5,
19.883; 29. Lance Yonge, Yonge 17, 20.195; 30. Dave Balton,
Balton 22B, 20.663; 31. Rick Lucia, Lucia 86, 20.837; 32. Rick
Hart, Hart 21H, 21.726.
First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Jac
Haudenschild, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Todd Shaffer, 5. Andy Hillenburg,
6. Dion Hindi, 7. Randy Hannagan, 8. Scott Holcomb, 9. Christine
Karns, 10. Rick Lucia, 11. Paul McMahan. (first six qualified for
the "A" Feature)
Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Billy
Pauch, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Lance Blevins, 5. Sammy Swindell, 6.
Johnny Herrera, 7. Chuck Roan, 8. George Su***, 9. Lance Yonge,
10.*** Spadero, 11. Rick Hart. (first six qualified for the "A"
Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Donnie
Kreitz, Jr., 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Greg Hodnett, 5. Steve Kinser,
6. Danny Lasoski, 7. Dave Ely, 8. Denny Soltis, 9. Dave Balton,
10. Bob Bennett. (first six qualified for the "A" Feature)
Vivarin Dash (five laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Steve
Kinser, 3. Dave Blaney, 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6.
Stevie Smith, 7. Jac Haudenschild, 8. Billy Pauch. (finish
determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature)
B Feature (12 laps): 1. Randy Hannagan, 2. Dave Ely, 3. Paul
McMahan, 4. George Su***, 5. Chuck Roan, 6. Bob Bennett, 7.
Lance Yonge ($200); 8.*** Spadero ($180); 9. Christine Karns
($150); 10. Rick Lucia ($110); 11. Rick Hart ($90); 12. Denny
Soltis ($80); 13. Dave Balton ($60). (first six qualified for the
A Feature (25 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell ($10,000); 2. Mark
Kinser ($5,000); 3. Dave Blaney ($3,000); 4. Andy Hillenburg
($2,500); 5. Steve Kinser ($2,300); 6. Stevie Smith ($2,200); 7.
Jac Haudenschild ($2,100); 8. Billy Pauch ($2,000); 9. Greg
Hodnett ($1,700); 10. Johnny Herrera ($1,600); 11. Joe Gaerte
($1,200); 12. Danny Lasoski ($1,150); 13. Donnie Kreitz, Jr.
($1,100); 14. Jeff Swindell ($1,050); 15. Todd Shaffer ($1,000);
16. Donny Schatz ($700); 17. Paul McMahan ($620); 18. Lance
Blevins ($500); 19. Dion Hindi ($500); 20. George Su*** ($520);
21. Dave Ely ($520); 22. Chuck Roan ($520); 23. Randy Hannagan
($520); 24. Bob Bennett ($520).
Lap leader: Sammy Swindell 1-25
Channellock Fast-Time Award winner: Mark Kinser