BRANDON, SD (May 7, 2000) - Channellock's Sammy Swindell continued his 2000 season trend of consistency this past weekend. Two third-place finishes on Friday and Saturday nights at I-80 Speedway in Nebraska, combined with a tenth-place...
BRANDON, SD (May 7, 2000) - Channellock's Sammy Swindell continued his 2000 season trend of consistency this past weekend. Two third-place finishes on Friday and Saturday nights at I-80 Speedway in Nebraska, combined with a tenth-place finish on Sunday at Huset's Speedway near Sioux Falls, SD, moved the Bartlett, TN driver into fourth position in the World of Outlaw point standings.
On Friday, Swindell qualified the Channellock #1 Stealth 12th in the field of 28 cars. Second place finishes in both his heat race and the Channellock Dash enabled Swindell to start the 25-lap Preliminary Feature in the fourth position. Swindell raced with Joey Saldana in the early stages of the race, and after running a solid race he finished third, locking the #1 team into Saturday's Channellock Dash.
Swindell took advantage of being locked into the final program for the second consecutive weekend by moving up from third to second in the Channellock Dash. He started the Channellock Stealth #1 on the outside of row one and followed pole-sitter Saldana for the first 13 circuits, actually closing within a few car lengths on Saldana. Swindell then battled Danny Lasoski for the next eight laps exchanging second place more than once. A start with ten laps to go cost Swindell his chance for the victory as eventual winner, Danny Lasoski, and runner-up, Steve Kinser, were able to get by the Channellock #1. He was able to pass Saldana with two laps to go to claim the third position.
In Sunday's race at Huset's, Swindell qualified 12th and finished third in the fourth Heat Race. The three-time WoO Champion finished sixth in the second Channellock Dash earning him the 12th starting spot in the 30-lap "A" Feature. Passing was very difficult during the feature, as the track became one-lane around the bottom. Swindell was able to move past two cars and finished 10th for his eighth consecutive top-ten finish.
"We started the weekend really well by qualifying right where we wanted to," said Swindell. "The 12th spot put us on the front row of our heat, and this year you have to start up front to have a chance. We were up front both nights at I-80, and I really felt like we had a shot at the victory on Saturday night. We've been consistent all year, and the Channellock car has been great, but we're still struggling with our tires. We need to win some races instead of running behind these guys every week."
This week Swindell and the Channellock team will compete at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway in Western Kentucky before racing on Friday and Saturday at the Terre Haute Action Track. Saturday's program will be shown live on TNN Sports beginning at 9 PM (ET). Following Terre Haute, Swindell and crew will be joining several of their World of Outlaw counterparts at Channellock Race Day in Meadville, PA. Each year Swindell's sponsor invites several stars of the World of Outlaws and NASCAR to join them at Channellock's home office as part of a special day to commemorate the company's commitment to major motorsports. This year's event will be held on Monday, May 15th.