World of Outlaws 25th Anniversary Season Opener
Kings Speedway, Hanford, CA.
TONIGHT! Friday, February 22, 2002.
We are receiving live reports via cell phone from our main man, Steve Gomez, and HammerDown! columnist, BF. We will post news and results as soon as we get the call.
BF reports at 10:00 PM
A-Main is over. The results: 1. Lasoski, 2. Shaffer (made some moves but got beat in traffic). 3. Steve Kinser (from ninth) 4. Mark Kinser, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Jac Haudenschild, 7. Sammy Swindell, 8. Jason Meyers, 9. Donny Schatz, 10. Joey Saldana 11. Randy Hannagan, 12. Brian Paulis
- Lap 1 Furr - flat tire
- Lap 4 Pittman spins - two laps later he exited the track.
- Lap 10 - Schild stopped.
- It got good in the middle of the race, but the track had gone away.
Steve reports at 9:40 PM
- A-Main Running: Yellow flag on lap 10. Running order, 1. Lasoski, 2. Shaffer, 3. Smith, 4. Haudenschild, 5. M. Kinser, 6. S. Kinser, 7. Meyers, 8. Paulis, 9. Swindell, 10. Saldana, 11. Hannagan
- Pittman was running 5th when he spun out.
- Saldana 17th to 12th on opening lap.
Steve reports at 9:22 PM
- The A-main is lining up on the track.
- B-Main Results: 1. Saldana 2. Coelho, 3. McCarl, 4. Dollansky
- Donny Schatz did not race in his dash.
- Steve says Stevie Smith is his favorite for the feature - "he was movin' in the dash".
- Crowd is standing room only, long lines at concession.
- Peter Murphy, and Edlund were unhurt.
Steve reports at 9:01 PM
- B-Main is running. It was invert 4.
- Saldana is leading on lap 7
- Craig Dollansky had to run a spare car so he started in the back of the B.
- Pete Murphy & Lawrence Edlund flipped on the first lap of the B-main.
- Steve Kinser has won the most WoO A-Mains at Kings Speedway. His 7 feature wins lead Sammy Swindell's 3 wins.
Feature line-up: (first 5 rows)
- Row 1 - Lasoski - Haudenschild
- Row 2 Shaffer - Pittman
- Row 3 Smith - M. Kinser
- Row 4 Furr - Meyers
- Row 5 S. Kinser - Hannagan
BF reports at 8:42 PM
- Dash 2 Results: 1. Haudenschild, 2. Pittman, 3. M. Kinser, 4. Meyers, 5. Hannagan, 6. Wood, 7. Tarlton, 8. M. Faria
BF reports at 8:34 PM
- Dash 1 Results: 1. Lasoski, 2. Shaffer, 3. Smith, 4. Furr, S. Kinser
- Sammy Swindell broke on first lap.
- Lasoski is on the pole of the A-Main.
- Lasoski and Haudenschild on poles of dashes.
- Haudenschild is back with Guy Forbrook.
- Lasoski won at Hanford in WoO action on Feb. 19th 1999.
- Jac Haudenschild has had great success in the Golden State but has never won a WoO A-feature at Hanford.
BF Reports at 8:16 PM
- 4th Heat Results : 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Jon Allard, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Randy Hannagan, 5. Andy Forsberg
- Only 5 cars finished the 4th heat
- Haud passed Allard on the last lap for the win.
BF reports at 8:01 PM
- Heat 3 Results: 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Toni Lutar, 3. Mike Faria, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Kyle Schild
- Terry McCarl controled the entire heat race until he broke on the last lap.
- Craig Dollansky "blowed up" on lap 4 of heat 3. That means his engine broke.
- High Fives at Schild Motorsports.
BF reports at 7:57 PM
- HEAT 2 Results: 1. Daryn Pittman,. 2. Danny Wood, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Brian Paulis, 5. Mark Kinser
- There were only six cars running at end.
- The "other car" involved in the start crash was Lawrence Edlund.
Steve reports at 7:47 PM
- Currently: Under caution, after a carsh at the original start of Heat 2. Mark Kinser, Brian Paulis and another car. Daryn Pittman goes third row to pole.
- Heat 2 started with a red flag to move people who were standing too close to the track.
- Sammy 'checked out' in the first heat.
BF reports at 7:35 PM
- 1st heat results 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Tommy Tarlton, 3. Brad Furr, 4. Jason Meyers, 5. Tim Shaffer, 6. Joey Saldana -
- Saldana missed the top five transfer and can now start 17th at best in the A-Main, if he transfers through the B. Had he transfered, he would have been on the pole of the 1st Dash.
- Top 16 in qualifying:
- 1. #17 Joey Saldana
- 2. #20 Danny Lasoski
- 3. #7 Craig Dollansky,
- 4. #5 Jac Haudenschild
- 5. #83 Tim Shaffer
- 6. #21 Daryn Pittman
- 7. #11h Stevie Smith
- 8. #1x Randy Hannagan
- 9 #2f Brad Furr
- 10 #5m Mark Kinser
- 11 #11 Steve Kinser
- 12 #0 Peter Murphy
- 13 #14 Jason Meyers
- 14. #28 Brain Paulis
- 15. #4 Mike Faria
- 16. #5c Brian Coleho.
Steve reports at 7:16 PM
- Qualifying is over. Quick time to Joey Saldana 12.779, 2. Lasoski 12.780,
- Sammy did get his one lap at the end.
- The National Anthem is being sung.
- Joey drew the zero pill. The dashes will start straight up.
BF reports at 7:03 PM
- Late in qualifying: Tops guys so far are: Saldana, Lasoski,
- Danny Lasoski was good in time trials, turning a 12.7
- The Crowd Pleaser, Craig Dollansky went 12.8.
- The air is good, Dollansky's motor sounds strong.
- Jac Haudenschild was good in qualifying, turning a 12.8 lap.
- Tim Shaffer was 12.9
BF Reports at 6:50 PM
- 15 cars into qualifying
- Quick time so far Joey Saldana 12.759
- Daryn Pittman is 2nd quick so far
- Brad Furr is 3rd so far.
- Sammy Swindell broke (ignition?) on his first qualifying lap.
BF Reports at 6:39 PM
- First car for qualifying is coming out now. The track is slow early. Brian Coelho was first car to time-in. Brad Furr was second car out.
- Donny Schatz, Danny Lasoski, and Stevie Smith were the fastest cars in hot laps.
HammerDown Editor Notes:
- Kings Speedway is a fast 1/3 mile, dirt track, located on the California State Fairgrounds in Hanord. The track is called Kings Speedway because it resides in Kings County. The current version of the track opened in 1983.
- There has been racing in Hanford, CA. since 1917. Originally, a one-mile dirt track was used. ...From 1951-59, there was a 1/2 mile at the Fairgrounds.
- This track is not to be confused with the paved, Hanford Motor Speedway, which ran NASCAR Grand National, and USAC Indy Car races. "HMS" was a 1.3 mile oval that lived from 1960-68. *** Source: The History of America's Speedways - Allan E. Brown
Steve reports 6:16 PM
- The World of Outlaws format has changed. There will be 4 heats, lined up with six cars inverted by times. The top five finishers in each heat go to the A-Main. Of those 20 cars qualified for the feature, the top 16 by qualifying times will be split into two 8 car dashes. The fastest qualifier will draw a pill to determine the inversion of the dashes. Either, 1 zero, 2 fours, 1 six. The dash finish will determine the first 8 rows of the A-Main.
- Brian Paulis is here. Big crowd. Parking lot is jammed. $37 Reserved seat.
BF reports at 5:40 PM
- 32 cars.
- The Yak Vinyl Graphics showpiece pavement sprint car is on display in the pits.
- Terry Mcarl is in his own #24, No Andy Hillenburg. No Paul McMahan. No BK, no Pylant, no Statler.
- Randy Hannagan is ready to race. So are Andy Forsberg, Lawrence Edlund, Kyle Schild, Ernest McAfee, Jaime Barnes and 'former President' Jimmy Carter.
- ...Starting to fire engines. Track is in tip-top condition.
- New temporary Musco lights are lighting up the track "like a christmas tree".
Steve reports at 5:00 PM
Overcast skies. Warm.
HammerDown! Staff notes:
- Kings Speedway is about a half-hour drive from Fresno, CA. The largley agricultural area is in the heart of California's central valley. This is a "home game" for Jason Meyers, The Beef Packers Team (Sammy Swindell, & Tim Shaffer), Dave Helm's #11h (Stevie Smith), Brian Coelho, Tommy Tarlton, and Mike Faria.
- Last year's season opener was won by Andy Hillenburg.
- The track hosted the Trophy Cup in 2001, which was won by Craig Stidham. Stidham is also the Rebel Cup 360 sprint champ. The Rebel Cup's home track is Kings Speedway.
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