Hodnett Completes Delta Bowl Speedway Sweep

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TUNICA, MS (October 18) – Tennessee’s Greg Hodnett showed how happy he was to be racing close to home Saturday as he completed his sweep of the O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series event before a record standing-room-only crowd at Delta Bowl Speedway.

Hodnett, who also won both the Preliminary and “A” Features of the Outlaws Showdown at The Dirt Track at Lowe’s Motor Speedway May 24-25, 2002, led all 30 laps from the pole to become the fifth driver to sweep a double-feature event during the O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series’ 25th Anniversary Season. Eighteen drivers have won “A” Features this season.

“This is really special to win like this in front of the hometown fans,” Hodnett said. “Last night, I saw a lot of people I hadn’t seen in a long time, some who haven’t seen me race in eight or 10 years. Maybe they’ll think I’ve learned something. My car owners were gracious enough to let us come down here and race. It’s a long way from (their) home, and they don’t sell cars here, but they do in York, PA.”

Hodnett won his fourth Dash Race of the season for the right to start the series’ 65th main event of the year on the pole. The 1993 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award winner drove the #12 Apple Motorsports Maxim into the lead as the green flag fell in the “A” Feature. Danny Lasoski, who started outside the front row, raced wheel-to-wheel with the leader through the first two corners, but Hodnett surged ahead in turn three.

Fourth Heat Race winner Donny Schatz won a back-straightaway drag race with Jeff Shepard to take over fifth place two laps later. The leaders were approaching lapped traffic late in the fourth lap when Joey Saldana spun in turn four.

O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series points leader Steve Kinser passed Danny Lasoski deep in the third corner and slid in front of him in turn four within a lap after the green flag replaced the yellow. “The Dude” regained the position on the front stretch a split-second later, only to have Kinser claim the runner-up spot with an inside move between the first and second corners the next time around.

Hodnett was 12 car-lengths ahead of “The King of the Outlaws” when they entered lapped traffic 10 laps into the race. Fast-qualifier Sammy Swindell exchanged fourth place with Schatz during the seventh and 15th laps. Schatz followed the three-time series champion past Lasoski deep in turn two early in lap 16. The 1997 Rookie of the Year claimed third place with an inside move past Swindell in the second corner four laps later.

Shepard drove C&W Motorsports’ #35 Eagle around Lasoski high in turn four for fifth place with 6¼ laps remaining. “The Dude” regained the position with an inside move in the fourth corner as they headed toward the checkered flag.

Kinser, who increased his points lead to 139 points over Lasoski with the second-place finish, was driving his #11 Quaker State Maxim through turn four as Hodnett took the checkered flag.

“I had to adjust the fuel in the cockpit to get the car to take off,” Hodnett said. “I was working that and not paying as much attention as I should have been getting into turn one, and Danny got a pretty good run on me. I just tried to keep the car straight and keep it moving, and it ended up working out for us. Haud (Jac Haudenschild) and I were side-by-side there a few times toward the end. He was working pretty good there, and once the rubber came in I knew it was going to be tough for anyone to get by me, so I just tried not to do anything stupid and ruin a good thing. If I would have heard or seen someone that I thought was on the lead lap, then I may have moved around a little more to try to block.”

Schatz finished in third place, ahead of Swindell, Lasoski, Shepard, Paul McMahan, Jason Johnson, Second Heat Race winner Jason Meyers and Mark Kinser.

McMahan won the Third Heat Race and drove the #11H Vivarin Maxim past eight cars to finish seventh.

Daryn Pittman’s 14th-place finish pushed him to within nine points of Saldana in their battle for third place in the O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series point standings.

Haudenschild lost fifth place when he spun midway through the Third Heat Race. “The Wild Child” raced back through the field and was just inches short of passing Aaron Berryhill for the final qualifying position for the main event. Haudenschild won the “B” Feature and finished 21st in the “A” Feature.

The O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series will run $51,600 events at Lone Star Speedway Friday and Houston Raceway Park Saturday.

2003 O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series
Delta Bowl Speedway, Tunica, MS
Saturday, October 18, Feature Program #65

Qualifying: 1. Sammy Swindell, Roth 1, 12.483; 2. Jason Johnson, Harrison 22, 12.565; 3. Jonathan Allard, Wright 35W, 12.624; 4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Stenhouse 40R, 12.696; 5. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 12.715; 6. Jeff Shepard, C&W Motorsports 35, 12.715; 7. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 12.746; 8. Brian Brown, Parsons 6, 12.750; 9. Danny Wood, Grandstaff 66, 12.858; 10. Erin Crocker, Woodring 16E, 12.859; 11. Kelly Kinser, Kinser 4K, 12.900; 12. Jason Sides, Sides Motorsports 7S, 12.926; 13. Danny Smith, Smith 4S, 12.930; 14. Paul McMahan, Helm 11H, 12.943; 15. Jason Meyers, Karavan Motorsports 7, 12.965; 16. Craig Keel, Potorff 9, 12.969; 17. Mike Ward, Ward 88, 12.980; 18. Daryn Pittman, Woodburn 21, 12.992; 19. Aaron Berryhill, Walden 97, 13.071; 20. Brian Carlson, Carlson 18, 13.122; 21. Johnny Herrera, Forbrook 5, 13.154; 22. Dale Blaney, Andrews 72, 13.154; 23. Jeremy Campbell, Campbell 10C, 13.165; 24. Joey Saldana, Saldana 17, 13.171; 25. Kraig Kinser, Kinser 11K, 13.198; 26. Greg Wilson, Hampshire 63, 13.281; 27. Jac Haudenschild, Woodward 4, 13.341; 28. Ryan Coniam, Coniam 6C, 13.391; 29. Brian Paulus, P and P Motorsports 28, 13.404; 30. Bob Bennett, Acme Trailers 3, 13.517; 31. Tom Busch, Busch 4B, 13.563; 32. Kevin Briscoe, Briscoe 5K, 13.564; 33. Jan Howard, Howard 46, 13.750; 34. Ernie Ainsworth, Ainsworth 8, 14.658.

Finishing 1-4 in Friday’s Preliminary Feature qualified Greg Hodnett, Apple Motorsports 12; Danny Lasoski, Stewart 20; Steve Kinser, Kinser 11; and Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, for the first four starting positions in the Dash Race

First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Craig Keel, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Danny Wood, 4. Brian Brown, 5. Johnny Herrera, 6. Mike Ward, 7. Kraig Kinser, 8. Brian Paulus, 9. Jan Howard. (first four qualified for the “A” Feature)
Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jason Meyers, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Jason Johnson, 4. Dale Blaney, 5. Daryn Pittman, 6. Erin Crocker, 7. Greg Wilson, 8. Bob Bennett. (first four qualified for the “A” Feature)
Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Paul McMahan, 2. Jeff Shepard, 3. Kelly Kinser, 4. Aaron Berryhill, 5. Jac Haudenschild, 6. Jeremy Campbell, 7. Tom Busch, 8. Jonathan Allard. (first four qualified for the “A” Feature)
Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Danny Smith, 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Jason Sides, 5. Ryan Coniam, 6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 7. Brian Carlson. (first four qualified for the “A” Feature)

Dash Race (five laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Jeff Shepard, 6. Jason Johnson, 7. Donny Schatz, 8. Mark Kinser. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the “A” Feature)

B Feature (12 laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Daryn Pittman, 3. Jeremy Campbell, 4. Mike Ward, 5. Kraig Kinser ($200); 6. Johnny Herrera ($175); 7. Brian Paulus ($150); 8. Erin Crocker ($100); 9. Ryan Coniam ($90); 10. Jan Howard ($80); 11. Brian Carlson ($60); 12. Greg Wilson ($50); 13. Tom Busch ($50); 14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ($50); 15. Jonathan Allard ($50); 16. Bob Bennett ($50). (first four qualified for the “A” Feature)

A Feature (30 laps): 1. Greg Hodnett [1] ($12,000); 2. Steve Kinser [3] ($6,000); 3. Donny Schatz [7] ($4,000); 4. Sammy Swindell [4] ($3,500); 5. Danny Lasoski [2] ($3,300); 6. Jeff Shepard [5] ($3,100); 7. Paul McMahan [15] ($3,000); 8. Jason Johnson [6] ($2,500); 9. Jason Meyers [16] ($2,100); 10. Mark Kinser [8] ($2,050); 11. Stevie Smith [9] ($2,000); 12. Kelly Kinser [12] ($1,600); 13. Aaron Berryhill [20] ($1,500); 14. Daryn Pittman [19] ($1,220); 15. Danny Smith [14] ($1,100); 16. Brian Brown [10] ($1,000); 17. Dale Blaney [21] ($900); 18. Danny Wood [11] ($800); 19. Joey Saldana [23] ($800); 20. Jeremy Campbell [22] ($820); 21. Jac Haudenschild [24] ($820); 22. Mike Ward [18] ($820); 23. Jason Sides [13] ($800); 24. Craig Keel [17] ($800).
Lap leader: Greg Hodnett 1-30

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