SWINDELL HEATS UP A COOL CONCORD WITH SECOND O'REILLY USCS WIN CONCORD, NC - Third-generation driver 16-year-old Kevin Swindell of Bartlett, TN warmed up a blustery evening by winning his second O'Reilly United Sprint Car...
SWINDELL HEATS UP A COOL CONCORD WITH SECOND O'REILLY USCS WIN
CONCORD, NC - Third-generation driver 16-year-old Kevin Swindell of Bartlett, TN warmed up a blustery evening by winning his second O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series Asphalt Thunder Tour main event Saturday night at Concord Motorsport Park driving the York Excavating/Wirtgen America Maxim/Kistler wrenched by his father Sammy Swindell.
Swindell was also the SpeedMart Young Gun of the Race, and the Rookie of the Race. Thanks to a straight-up start draw by his uncle, four-time and defending O'Reilly USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN, Swindell got the K&N Filters Pole Award, and led all 35-laps enroute to the win, that also garnered his the Outlaw Brakes Fast Brake of the Race Award.
Swindell was the C&B Mushrooms fast qualifier with a lap around the ½-mile paved tri-oval in 13.402 seconds for an average speed of 134.308 miles per hour. It was Swindell's third quick time of the season.
Wayne Reutimann Jr. of Zephyrhills, FL, who was one of three drivers tied for the point lead coming into the event, drove his Case Constructing Hurricane/Snyder to a second-place finish to leave Concord with the O'Reilly USCS point lead.
Ryan Myers of Eldorado, OH, another co-point leader coming into the race, finished third in the Garrett Myers Farms Domelt/Garrett-Myers for his third straight top five finish. Myers picked up the K&N Filters Third-Place Award. The 18-year-old Myers now trails Reutimann by just two points. Myers is also the SpeedMart Young Guns point leader.
Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL took the fourth spot in the Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott, and also won the ButlerBuilt second eight-lap heat race, plus the five-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash. Wayne Reutimann Sr. of Zephyrhills, FL rounded out the top five in the Case Constructing Avenger/Snyder, and earned the SpeedMart Top Five Award.
Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL overcame magneto problems during the preliminary events to finish seventh in the Martin Structures, Inc. Shaw/ZRE after starting 13th. The 18-year-old driver earned the Huggins Cams Hard Charger of the Race Award.
Gray brought his Goodson Farms/Wendy's Maxim/Wesmar home in the seventh spot. Gray also won the Engler Machine and Tool first eight-lap heat race. That gave Gray the honors of making the draw that put his nephew on the pole position for the feature race. Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC was eighth in the Stainless Fabricators ERI-Raptis/Gaerte.
O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year Candidate Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL took the ninth spot in the Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott, and earned the FSR Performance Award. Brian Thomas of Auburn, GA rounded out the top ten in the Saligoe Metal Works Saligoe/Broome Performance.
Despite cold temperatures and high winds, Swindell scorched the asphalt by bolting into the lead at the drop of the green flag, and never looked back. The only thing that slowed the quick teenager down were two caution flags.
The first yellow flag came out on lap 13 when Lance Moss of Cherryville, NC hit the turn two wall in the J&J Race Cars J&J/Taggart. The field was slowed once again on lap 28 when O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year candidate Matt Tiffany of Daytona Beach, FL hit the front stretch wall in his Independent Printing Hurricane/Ott while running in the top five. Tiffany took the Weld Racing Hard Luck Award. Neither driver was injured in the respective incidents.
Another O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year Candidate had trouble during qualifying when Stephen Darvalics of Venice, FL hit the third turn wall, and destroyed his CineMoves Shaw/Gaerte, but walked away uninjured.
The next event for the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour will be at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Cecil, GA on Saturday night, April 9. For ticket information visit the South Georgia Motorsports Park web site at www.sgmpracing.com. For more information about the O'Reilly USCS, visit the series web site at www.uscsracing.com.