FORT WORTH-DALLAS (September 7, 2001) - Sammy Swindell is looking for positive points to his 2001 Pennzoil World of Outlaws sprint car season. The three-time series champion is hoping the O'Reilly Texas Showdown at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt ...
FORT WORTH-DALLAS (September 7, 2001) - Sammy Swindell is looking for positive points to his 2001 Pennzoil World of Outlaws sprint car season. The three-time series champion is hoping the O'Reilly Texas Showdown at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track Friday and Saturday nights, September 14-15 helps change the direction of his season with a trip to victory lane.
Swindell struggled during the first half of the season with his Channellock Stealth before suffering multiple injuries July 24 at Pennsylvania's Lernerville Speedway when he struck a push truck during a qualifying effort. Swindell suffered a broken left kneecap and broken bones in both hands in the devastating incident.
He returned to competition at the Amoco Ultimate Knoxville Nationals in August before competing in selected Pennzoil World of Outlaws West Coast events the past three weeks. Swindell is confident that the $17,000 up for grabs in Saturday night's main event on the four-tenths mile clay oval may be his.
"We have really started making progress lately," said Swindell. "We have been in the top five lately. The wreck set us back some. We have found problems that our team has made improvements in.
"Goodyear is starting to get some equal footing with their tires (competing against Hoosier Tires). They have made adjustments lately and have come up with good tires for us.
"I'm getting a little better but I'm still quite a way from being right," said Swindell of his physical condition. "I got the pins out of my left hand recently and hopefully that will help some. I have more range in my right hand and more strength in my fingers.
"Texas is a little different with the tunnel to exit the track, the surface is a little different than any other place we go. The track has a unique size and shape, it is challenging."
Mark Kinser and Danny Lasoski will carry their year-long battle for the Pennzoil World of Outlaws championship to Texas for the O'Reilly Texas Showdown. Lasoski won the first World of Outlaws race at the speedway in 2000 while Mark Kinser swept both nights of this spring's Southern Bleacher Classic. Steve Kinser, winner of the inaugural O'Reilly Texas Showdown in 2000, will also be among the field.
Full sprint car programs including qualifications, O'Reilly heat races, a Channellock Dash along with B and A features will be presented nightly. Spectator gates open at 5:00 p.m. each evening with warmups beginning at 5:15 p.m. The first O'Reilly heat race is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. nightly.
Reserved seats for both programs are on sale daily at the speedway ticket office, by calling (817) 215-8500, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com and at Ticketmaster locations. Special general admission seats priced at $25 each, which includes a pit pass to that evening's race, are on sale at Fort Worth-Dallas area O'Reilly Auto Parts stores.