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Blaney Survives Weather, Attrition to Claim Commonwealth Clash

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Blaney Survives Weather, Attrition to Claim Commonwealth Clash

SARVER, Pa. - Sept. 22, 2012 - Patience was key on a late, chilly and wet Saturday night at Lernerville Speedway.

 

Following a lengthy delay to the Commonwealth Clash, in which the program had to restart after weather postponed the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event during qualifying, a patient Dale Blaney was credited with his first Outlaws victory of the season as attrition took its toll on the frontrunners.

 

"I knew it was going to be tough for them to get it in," he said. "We just put ourselves in good position and were fortunate enough to win one."

 

Blaney inherited the lead with three laps remaining when polesitter Craig Dollansky, who led the first 32 laps, slowed dramatically down the frontstretch as his engine began to expire. Dollansky then putted around the 4/10-mile track to finish 11th.

 

He wasn't the only driver to sustain a problem down the stretch. Fast qualifier Paul McMahan exited the track with five laps remaining with apparent engines woes while he was only a couple of car lengths behind Dollansky for the race lead.

 

Those two issues moved Blaney from third place to the lead to earn his second career World of Outlaws victory at Lernerville Speedway and the seventh of his career.

 

"We were fortunate," he said. "No doubt about it. (If) those two guys don't break, they probably run first and second, and we run third."

 

Runner-up Donny Schatz overcame a shaky start and a late error to record his 11th consecutive top five.

Schatz nearly collided with Joey Saldana and Jason Sides in the opening laps, which dropped the World of Outlaws championship points leader to sixth. After working his way back to podium contention, Schatz nearly drove off the track in turn two in the final laps. However, he got on the brakes and didn't lose a position.

 

"There was a lot of things going on," said Schatz, who increased his championship advantage to 114 points over Dollansky. "We had a decent finish. It was a very demanding race track, a very unforgiving night for everyone and I'm glad the fans stuck it out."

 

Sides also benefitted from the late attrition to finish third - his 17th top five of the season.

"It's one of those nights where you're happy that you do what you do," he said. "Sometimes when it gets like this, when you have to wait out the rain, it makes for a long night, but still it's better than a real job. We get to come out here and race in front of these fans and have a good night and put on a good show."

 

Saldana finished fourth and Jac Haudenschild charged from 15th to fifth. Sammy Swindell was sixth and Cody Darrah earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after maneuvering from 21st to seventh. Chris Bell drove from 18th to eighth, Kraig Kinser ended ninth and Kerry Madsen rounded out the top 10.

 

The event started off under bright sun only to be shadowed by severe weather. At approximately 7:25 p.m., a violent storm hit the track and halted qualifying while Sam Hafertepe Jr. - the 19th of 31 cars - was in his attempt.

 

While the strength of the storm ceased around 8:10 p.m., it rained off and on for more than an hour. The first car back on the track occurred at 10:28 p.m. with the first car out for qualifying at 11:30 p.m. The green flag for the feature was waved at 1:20 a.m.

 

Commonwealth Clash Notebook

 

NOTES - Paul McMahan earned his first quick time of the season. … Jason Sides claimed his fifth heat race win, Craig Dollansky his 14th and Sammy Swindell his series-leading 19th. … Dollansky won his sixth dash. … David Gravel became the 41st different Last Chance Showdown winner.

 

CONTINGENCY WINNERS - Penske Shocks ($100 certificate): Bill Rose; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Comp Cams ($50 certificate): Donny Schatz; Armor All (case of product): Jason Sides; STP ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; UNOH ($50 cash): Jac Haudenschild; Gravely Tractors ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; VP Racing Fuel ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; JE Pistons (set of rings): Bill Rose; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Bill Rose; Wix Filters ($50 cash): Steve Kinser; Superflow ($50 cash): Bill Rose; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Lucas Wolfe; JE Pistons (set of rings): Ed Lynch Jr.; MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Ed Lynch Jr.; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash): Lucas Wolfe.

 

TIME TRIALS - Paul McMahan was the fastest qualifier around the 4/10-mile oval with a time of 12.686 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Ed Lynch Jr. (4 points), Saldana (3), Schatz (2) and Dale Blaney (1).

 

A-Main - (35 Laps) - 1. 2-Dale Blaney [2] [$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [5] [$5,500]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [6] [$3,200]; 4. 9-Joey Saldana [3] [$2,800]; 5. 59-Jac Haudenschild [15] [$2,500]; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell [7] [$2,300]; 7. 4-Cody Darrah [21] [$2,200]; 8. O-Chris Bell [18] [$2,100]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14] [$2,050]; 10. 29-Kerry Madsen [9] [$2,000]; 11. 7-Craig Dollansky [1] [$1,500]; 12. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [17] [$1,200]; 13. 11-Steve Kinser [22] [$1,100]; 14. 6-Bill Rose [24] [$1,050]; 15. 22-Brandon Spithaler [20] [$1,000]; 16. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [12] [$900]; 17. 51-Paul McMahan [4] [$800]; 18. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [19] [$800]; 19. 89G-David Gravel [13] [$800]; 20. 19-Stevie Smith [11] [$800]; 21. 29X-Shane Stewart [23] [$800]; 22. 83-Tim Shaffer [16] [$800]; 23. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr. [8] [$800]; 24. D4-Danny Holtgraver [10] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Craig Dollansky 1-32, Dale Blaney 33-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 4-Cody Darrah [+14].

 

Qualifying - 1. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.686; 2. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr., 12.694; 3. 9-Joey Saldana, 12.735; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.739; 5. 2-Dale Blaney, 12.776; 6. 19-Stevie Smith, 12.826; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 12.840; 8. 7-Craig Dollansky, 12.870; 9. 1-Sammy Swindell, 12.882; 10. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.897; 11. 29-Kerry Madsen, 12.907; 12. D4-Danny Holtgraver, 12.920; 13. 89G-David Gravel, 12.954; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.971; 15. 59-Jac Haudenschild, 12.997; 16. 83-Tim Shaffer, 13.015; 17. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.027; 18. O-Chris Bell, 13.048; 19. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.051; 20. 22-Brandon Spithaler, 13.079; 21. 6-Bill Rose, 13.106; 22. 29X-Shane Stewart, 13.124; 23. 21N-Andy Priest, 13.140; 24. 20E-Brian Ellenberger, 13.211; 25. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.272; 26. 7E-Eric Williams, 13.283; 27. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.300; 28. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.307; 29. O8-Dan Kuriger, 13.349; 30. 1R-Gale Ruth, 14.666; 31. 4K-William Kiley, 15.546.

 

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 4. 83-Tim Shaffer [6]; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [7]; 6. 4-Cody Darrah [9]; 7. 89G-David Gravel [5]; 8. 29X-Shane Stewart [8]; 9. 63-Chad Kemenah [10]; 10. 4K-William Kiley [11]; 11. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [2].

 

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [2]; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen [1]; 3. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr. [4]; 4. 2-Dale Blaney [3]; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [6]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 7. 22-Brandon Spithaler [7]; 8. 21N-Andy Priest [8]; 9. O8-Dan Kuriger [10]; 10. 7E-Eric Williams [9].

 

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [2]; 2. D4-Danny Holtgraver [1]; 3. 9-Joey Saldana [4]; 4. 19-Stevie Smith [3]; 5. 59-Jac Haudenschild [5]; 6. 11-Steve Kinser [9]; 7. 20E-Brian Ellenberger [8]; 8. O-Chris Bell [6]; 9. 6-Bill Rose [7]; 10. 1R-Gale Ruth [10].

 

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) - 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [1]; 2. 2-Dale Blaney [2]; 3. 9-Joey Saldana [4]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [6]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [8]; 7. 1-Sammy Swindell [7]; 8. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr. [5]; 9. 29-Kerry Madsen [9]; 10. D4-Danny Holtgraver [10].

 

B-Main - (12 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 89G-David Gravel [2] [-]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [1] [-]; 3. 22-Brandon Spithaler [4] [-]; 4. O-Chris Bell [3] [-]; 5. 29X-Shane Stewart [6] [-]; 6. 6-Bill Rose [5] [-]; 7. 20E-Brian Ellenberger [8] [$200]; 8. 63-Chad Kemenah [10] [$180]; 9. 7E-Eric Williams [9] [$175]; 10. 4K-William Kiley [13] [$160]; 11. 21N-Andy Priest [7] [$150]; 12. 1R-Gale Ruth [12] [$150]; 13. O8-Dan Kuriger [11] [$150].

 

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Armor All (Official Car Care Products), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Goodyear Tires (Official Tire), Gravely Tractors (Official Lawn Equipment), University of Northwestern Ohio, VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), Vicci (Official Apparel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, JE Pistons, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, KSE Racing Products, MSD Ignitions, Penske Shocks, Superflow Dynos and Wix Filters; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Astro Titanium, ButlerBuilt, Fuel Safe, Intercomp, J&J Auto Racing, Jake's Carts, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.

 

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