SWINDELL WINS AGAIN IN FLORENCE O'REILLY USCS ASPHALT THUNDER RACE FLORENCE, SC - Kevin Swindell of Bartlett, TN won his second straight O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series feature race Friday night at Florence Motor Speedway ...
SWINDELL WINS AGAIN IN FLORENCE O'REILLY USCS ASPHALT THUNDER RACE
FLORENCE, SC - Kevin Swindell of Bartlett, TN won his second straight O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series feature race Friday night at Florence Motor Speedway driving the York Excavating/Wirtgen America Maxim/Kistler. The 16-year-old driver has won four out of the last five O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour events he has entered.
Swindell also earned bragging rights at the family reunion, as he out ran his Uncle, the defending and four time O'Reilly USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN. Gray had to settle for second in the Goodson Farms/Wendy's Maxim/Wesmar. Swindell also tied Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL for the most series wins this season at four.
Adams finished third in the Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott, followed by Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL in the Martin Structures, Inc. Shaw/ZRE, and O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour point leader Wayne Reutimann Jr. of Zephyrhills, FL rounded out the top five in the Case Contracting/Revere GMC Hurricane/Snyder.
Ryan Myers of Eldorado, OH drove the Garrett Farms Domelt/Garrett-Myers to a sixth-place finish, and Matt Tiffany of Daytona Beach, FL took the seventh spot in the Independent Printing Hurricane/Ott. Shane Butler of Bushnell, FL was eighth in the Katz Well Drilling Hurricane/Dowker.
Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL finished ninth in the Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott, and R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN rounded out the top ten in the Tinsley Engineering J&J/ZRE.
At the drop of the green flag, Swindell was in a hurry to get to the front from his third starting hole. Swindell passed the K&N Filters Pole Award winner Tiffany in turn three on the opening tour of the 35-lap feature race, and then went around the outside of Gray coming off the fourth turn to lead the first lap.
Johnny Bridges of Cherryville, NC brought out the first of three caution flags, when the axle snapped on his Bridges Motorsports J&J/Bridges coming down the front straightaway on lap eight. Swindell led Gray, Tiffany, Myers, Martin, Adams, and Reutimann down for the restart. Martin got by Myers for the fourth spot on lap 10, and Adams passed Myers for fifth on lap 16.
A caution for debris on lap 17 once again bunched up the field, with Swindell leading Gray, Tiffany, Martin, Adams, Myers and Reutimann down for the restart. Martin put a move on Tiffany on lap 17 to take over the third spot. When Swindell reached lapped traffic after the restart, Gray and Martin began to close in.
The third and final caution flag came out on lap 22 when Brian Thomas of Auburn, GA and Wayne Reutimann Sr. of Zephyrhills, FL spun in turn three. Thomas retired the Saligoe Metal Works Saligoe/Broome Performance for the evening, and Reutimann Jr. also parked his Case Contracting/Revere GMC Hurricane/Snyder in the pits.
Adams got past Tiffany for the fourth position on the restart, and joined the caboose of the four-car lead train. The lead pack tightened up in lapped traffic, but Swindell kept everyone behind him all of the way to the checkered flag. Adams passed Martin for third spot with two laps to go.
Swindell picked up several other awards in addition to the first-place prize money. Swindell was the Robison Racing Products Rookie of the Race, the SpeedMart Young Gun of the Race, and the Outlaw Racing Disc Brakes Fast Brake of the Race Award. The third-generation driver also was the fast qualifier among the 22 entrants, turning a lap around the 4/10-mile paved oval in 13.798 seconds for an average speed of 104.363 miles per hour.
Dave Retzlaff of Tampa, FL was the Huggins Cams Hard Charger of the Race after starting 21st and finishing 15th. Tiffany won the six-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash, and Reutimann Jr. won the Engler Machine and Tool first 10-lap heat race. Adams won the ButlerBuilt second 10-lap heat race, and Reutimann Sr. won the Koolbeans Trophies third 10-lap heat race.
The O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour now moves to Southern National Speedway in Kenly, NC on Saturday night for the third event of a triple-header Carolina weekend