Outlaws at Pike County Speedway Report, 2000-04-05
Smith Wins Pike County Feature From Fourth Row By Richard Day MAGNOLIA, MS (April 5) -- Stevie Smith couldn't have been much happier Wednesday when he won his first Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" ...
Smith Wins Pike County Feature From Fourth Row By Richard Day MAGNOLIA, MS (April 5) -- Stevie Smith couldn't have been much happier Wednesday when he won his first Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature of the new millennium. "It feels like we won the Amoco Knoxville Nationals tonight," Smith said after racing to victory at Pike County Speedway. "This team has worked so hard. I wasn't sure we were ever going to win again, the way we've been running lately. It's a lot more fun to pass cars than to have them pass you." Smith, who led the series with 13 main event victories two years ago, hadn't visited victory lane since last October 10th at Route 66 Raceway. He drove his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit to the lowest point in the third corner to pass Steve Kinser for the lead late in the 11th lap and held off Mark Kinser for the $10,000 victory. Smith moved into a tie with the defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion for fourth place in the point standings. "Our car was so good early, I was able to run a little higher than everyone else," Stevie explained. "We timed 24th, but with this new format, you're not out of it after one bad time trial lap. The competition's just so tough out here, I'm not sure we'll be able to win as many races as we did two years ago. After coming from eighth to win tonight, I feel much better about our chances." Smith finished third in the Fourth NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race and fourth in the Second CHANNELLOCK Dash for the right to start the 30-lap "A" Feature outside the fourth row. He raced past Mark Kinser and Jac Haudenschild while front-row starters Steve Kinser and Craig Dollansky battled for first place during the first lap. "The King of the Outlaws" drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim into the lead in turn two. Hodnett, who started outside the third row, passed Danny Lasoski and Fourth NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Dale Blaney early, then took second place from Dollansky with a high move into the fourth corner late in the opening lap. Blaney surrendered third place when the engine in DB Racing's #93 Amoco Maxim lost power on the front straightaway late in the second lap. Mechanical problems in the #21 PC Joey J&J put Lance Blevins in the pits with Blaney. Smith used an inside move between turns one and two to pass Hodnett for third place as the green flag replaced the yellow. Mark Kinser steered the #5M Mopar Maxim into the low groove in the fourth corner to pass Haudenschild and Lasoski late in laps six and seven. Smith was three car-lengths behind Steve Kinser when they entered lapped traffic during lap eight, then took the lead three laps later. The 13th lap proved to be unlucky for 13th-starting Donny Schatz, who took the #15 Parker Stores Maxim for a spin in the second corner. The evening wasn't a total loss for Schatz, however. He received his first Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the season for breaking Pike County Speedway's single-lap record with a 13.701-second, 98.533-m.p.h., lap around the high-banked, 3/8-mile oval. Smith raced away from the field as the race resumed and was a half-straightaway ahead of his closest pursuers when he caught the backmarkers again six laps later. Hodnett and Mark Kinser caught "The King of the Outlaws" midway through the 21st lap. They raced nose-to-tail down the back stretch as they battled for second place. Mark stayed in the low groove in turns one and two to pass Hodnett and his cousin early in laps 22 and 23. The fierce battle for the runner-up spot allowed Smith to open a comfortable advantage. He took the checkered flag with eight car- lengths to spare. "We had a brand new RPM engine in and the Goodyear tires were flawless tonight," Smith said. Steve Kinser finished third, ahead of Hodnett, Sammy Swindell, Dollansky, Lasoski, Haudenschild, Tim Shaffer and Andy Hillenburg. Hillenburg's crew replaced the engine in the #2 Luxaire J&J after the hot lap session. He missed his turn in time trials and qualified 27th- quick, but a fifth-place finish in the First CHANNELLOCK Dash gave him the ninth starting position the "A" Feature. Daryn Pittman flipped over the guard rail in turn three during the Fourth NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race. He was uninjured, but the engine in his #3 J&J wouldn't fire when the green flag fell in the "B" Feature. He used a provisional and passed 13 cars on his way to a 12th-place finish in the main event. WoO
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