Swindell "Plows" His Way To Eighth At Charlotte MEADVILLE, PA - May 30, 2001 - All things considered, the Memorial Day weekend went fairly well for Sammy Swindell and the Channellock Racing team as they dodged the North Carolina rains at the...
Swindell "Plows" His Way To Eighth At Charlotte
MEADVILLE, PA - May 30, 2001 - All things considered, the Memorial Day weekend went fairly well for Sammy Swindell and the Channellock Racing team as they dodged the North Carolina rains at the Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 25th and 26th to finish eighth in Saturday's Chip Thunder Outlaws Showdown Presented by Lance Snacks.
The two-night event began under threatening skies on Friday night. Swindell qualified the CHANNELLOCK BLUE® #1 Stealth 16th fastest, followed by a second-place finish in the fourth O'Reilly Heat Race of the evening.
Swindell had the car to beat during the Preliminary Feature race. After starting outside the eighth row, he was leaving competitors in the dust when the rains came and WoO officials had to call the race in the sixth lap. The race was scheduled to restart Saturday preceding the running of the A-Feature.
On Saturday's restart, Swindell once again tore up the track, making his way up to the third position and challenging defending WoO champion Steve Kinser for second place as they approached the checkered. Kinser held him off by a nose, leaving Swindell with a hard earned third-place finish.
Swindell's third-place finish in the Preliminary Feature ensured him that starting position in the Channellock Dash for the main event - a position he maintained through the eight-lap brawl.
After starting third, Swindell soon began to notice problems with the Channellock car. "The new motor we put in the car on Saturday ran real well, but I think we misread the track a little bit on tire stagger and air pressure," he commented. "Then shortly into the race, the nose wing blew out and stuck straight down, making the car hard to control. As the race went on I couldn't adjust the wing and tighten up the car because of the lost down force." The effect created by the bent nose wing could be compared to driving a truck through snow with a plow on the front. The increased resistance against the front of the car spoils the aerodynamic properties provided by the wing under normal conditions. Despite the slowed sprint car, Swindell managed to finish the A-Main in eight-place. Following the race, Swindell and the crew noticed another problem that could have made his night much worse: "We noticed when we were tearing things down that the steering spindle had broken too. Knowing that, we were just fortunate to even finish the race," he said.
Swindell and the Channellock Racing team will be on Pennsylvania dirt at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver on Friday, June 1st - just a two-hour drive from Channellock headquarters in Meadville. "We've had good luck at Lernerville. We always seem to do pretty well there," said Swindell. "I really look forward to putting on a good race for our friends at Channellock and the TNN cameras."
TNN, The National Network, will televise the race - a first for Lernerville Speedway - at 9:00 p.m. ET.