Hannagan Ends Winless Streak

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Family has always been a vital part of Randy Hannagan’s racing career. His biggest fan was his mother Margie, who passed away late last year, and he wanted nothing more than to win a race for her in 2009. With his father Jim in attendance, Hannagan was able to do that on Friday night, scoring a thrilling victory in the first of two nights for the World of Outlaws at Thunderbowl Raceway in his home state of California.

The win was the second for Hannagan in his career with the World of Outlaws and his first with the series since 2001. It was his third career win at Thunderbowl Raceway and ironically the second consecutive event that he has edged three-time World of Outlaws champion Sammy Swindell for a victory at the high-banked bullring, also accomplishing that in last year’s Trophy Cup.

“It certainly has been a while, but you have to start somewhere and what better place than in California,” Hannagan said. “I’m really happy to get this win for my mom, who passed away in December. She was riding with me tonight.”

Hannagan started fourth in the 35-lap contest and got around Swindell on the opening lap, before working on Jason Solwold for a number of laps. He was able to power his way around Solwold on the 10th lap and set his sights on early race leader Peter Murphy who led from the outset.

Hannagan was able to work his way around Murphy on the high side of turn on the 11th lap, following a restart one lap earlier. He quickly began to pull away before the caution flag flew two laps later. The 1995 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year used another strong restart to jump out to a sizeable lead on Murphy and Solwold, who would battle Swindell for a number of laps after they both got around Murphy to move into second and third.

“The car was really good,” noted the winner. “I was able to go around him on a restart and I just had to go where they weren’t. It just paid off really good.”

Hannagan found himself in heavy lapped traffic as the laps wore on. Swindell tried a slide job off turn four and nearly took the lead on the 22nd lap prior to a red flag coming out for a Kyle Hirst flip.

On the ensuing restart, Swindell looked low in turns one and two on Hannagan and again in three and four. The next lap was a mirror image as he again looked for a way around the leader. The final caution of the night came out on lap 25, setting up a 10-lap shootout between Hannagan and Swindell.

Hannagan used a strong restart again to retain the lead, with Swindell methodically chipping away at his lead. With seven laps to go the pair was in lapped traffic and Hannagan split two slower machines to put a little gap between himself and Swindell.

With two laps remaining, Swindell was right on Hannagan and drew even with him in turns three and four. On the white flag lap, they were ran side by side in turns one and two, with Hannagan charging down the back straightaway to keep the lead. Swindell went high off turns three and four, with the pair drag racing down the front straightaway, with Hannagan taking the checkered flag by just 0.134 second in the Central Valley Meat Company Maxim.

“I knew he was there,” Hannagan said of Swindell in the closing laps. “He stuck his nose down on me in (turns) one and two on a restart. It just made me get my arms up a little higher and run a little harder.”

Swindell wound up second for the second time this season as he closes in on his first World of Outlaws win of the year aboard the Tom Rolfe Trucking Maxim. The runner-up finish was Swindell’s third Top-Five finish of the season and vaulted him into fourth in the series championship standings.

“We’ve been close since we were in Vegas,” said Swindell. “We have been right up in there almost every single night. We have been qualifying good as well. We have been able to fine tune a few things and catch up on some things also. We are still learning these cars and the motors, but we are getting it awful close. It will just be a matter of time before we start pulling off some wins here.”

Jason Solwold finished third in his first start aboard the No. 83JR for Dennis Roth as a teammate to Tim Kaeding. The Washington native started second and ran in the Top-three for the majority of the race, though he fell back to fourth for a few laps, before working his way back to third, to score his best finish of the season in just his third start.

“We were pretty good in traffic,” said Solwold. “Peter (Murphy) was in front of us for a bit and then (Randy) Hannagan got by and kind of set the pace. I followed Pete for too long and then Sammy (Swindell) got by. All in all we had a pretty good car. I just need a few more laps to get used to this. We have a really good fast race car. We had a new motor in there tonight and it was working really well. We just ran out of laps tonight.”

Tyler Walker also picked up his best finish of the season coming home fourth in the NMI Industrial Contractors JEI. Jac Haudenschild was fifth in the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Maxim, with Jason Meyers sixth in the GLR Investments KPC. Terry McCarl was seventh in the Big Game Treestands Maxim after beginning the night by setting a new track record in time trials, with Tim Kaeding eighth in the DTR Transport KPC. Peter Murphy wound up ninth in the Pro Signs Maxim after leading the first 10 laps of the event, with Joey Saldana in 10th aboard the Budweiser Maxim.

Donny Schatz, the three-time and defending series champion and current point leader, did a 360-spin on the fifth lap and kept the car going, though he fell from the sixth to 10th when that happened and wound up 12th. He retains a 21-point advantage in the championship standings over Jason Meyers, who moved into the second spot.

The World of Outlaws wrap up their swing through California on Saturday night with another $10,000-to win event at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare.

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