SWINDELL AWARDED O'REILLY USCS HICKORY WIN AFTER ADAMS IS PENALIZED HICKORY, NC - Kevin Swindell of Bartlett, TN was awarded the victory in the 40-lap O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series feature race Thursday night at Hickory...
SWINDELL AWARDED O'REILLY USCS HICKORY WIN AFTER ADAMS IS PENALIZED
HICKORY, NC - Kevin Swindell of Bartlett, TN was awarded the victory in the 40-lap O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series feature race Thursday night at Hickory Motor Speedway after apparent winner Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL was penalized for an improper tire change during a red flag period.
The 16-year-old third-generation driver picked up his third O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour win of the season driving the York Excavating/Wirtgen America Maxim/Kistler. Swindell took the lead from Will Ragsdale of Easley, SC on lap 21, just before a bizarre red flag that ended up changing the outcome of the race after the checkered flag fell.
The yellow and then red flag came out on lap 22 when the Hickory Motor Speedway flagman was hit in the head by debris from the track and knocked unconscious. O'Reilly USCS officials used RACEceiver one-way communication to the drivers to slow them down, apprise them of the situation, and get them stopped, so the official could receive medical attention.
The official regained consciousness when track medical personnel arrived at the flagstand, and he was treated and released at the track.
Adams was running fifth at the time of the red flag, and during the stoppage in the action; his crew brought his Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott to the pit area, and made several changes to the car. Adams came back out on the track, and restarted from the back of the pack. Adams charged back through the field, caught Swindell on the last lap, and passed him for the point in turn one.
During the post-race inspection, O'Reilly USCS officials discovered an unmarked tire on the right-rear of Adams' race car. The rules state competitors must use the same marked right-rear tire they qualify on in the feature race. The rule states the only time a tire can be changed is "due to a wreck or flat tire before completion of the A-Main event."
The marked tire removed from Adams' car during the red flag period was neither wrecked, nor flat after being inspected by the O'Reilly USCS officials after the race. Adams was credited with completing 21 laps of the race, and placed back in the 17th position.
O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour point leader Wayne Reutimann Jr. of Zephyrhills, FL finished second in the Case Contracting/Revere GMC Hurricane/Snyder, and Ryan Myers of Eldorado, OH was third in the Garrett-Myers Farms Domelt/Garrett-Myers. Reutimann now holds a six-point lead over Myers in the Asphalt Thunder points chase.
Wayne Reutimann Sr. of Zephyrhills, FL took the fourth spot in the Case Contracting/Revere GMC Hurricane/Snyder, and Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL rounded out the top five in the Martin Structures, Inc. Shaw/ZRE. Matt Tiffany of Daytona Beach, FL debuted a new Independent Printing Hurricane/Ott with a sixth-place effort, and Shane Butler of Bushnell, FL was seventh in the Katz Well Drilling Hurricane/Dowker.
The defending and four-time O'Reilly USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN finished eighth in the Goodson Farms/Wendy's Maxim/Wesmar. Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL was ninth in the Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott, and Chad Allum of Kannapolis, NC rounded out the top ten in the ButlerBuilt Prowler/Chrisco.
K&N Filters Pole Award winner Ragsdale took the early lead in the Martin Printing Shaw/ERI, followed by outside front row starter Martin, and Swindell, who charged up from the sixth starting spot. Ragsdale pulled away early in the race, but by lap ten, Martin and Swindell closed in while negotiating heavy lapped traffic.
Swindell got by Martin for the second spot on lap 15, and then took off after Ragsdale. Martin was then trying to hold off Reutimann Jr. and Myers. Swindell caught Ragsdale in lapped traffic on lap 21 to take the lead, just before the red flag period on lap 22. Swindell led Ragsdale, Reutimann, Martin, and Myers down for the restart.
In turn one after the restart, C.J. Miller of Mooresville, NC tagged the wall, and rode several feet on top of it, before coming down the track, collecting Doug Gold of Concord, NC, and Dave Thorman of Greenville, SC. Miller's SFIdocks.com Maxim/Jay's Automotive, and Gold's Gold Racing Gold/Jerico were done for the night. Thorman restarted, but retired his Taylor Automotive J&J/Taylor before completing another lap.
When the field went back to green, Reutimann got by Ragsdale for second on lap 27, and Myers passed Ragsdale for third on lap 28. Ragsdale's night came to an end on lap 35, when he grinded to a halt on the front straightaway with front suspension damage to bring out the caution flag. Ragsdale picked up the Outlaw Racing Disc Brakes Fast Brake Award, as well as the Weld Racing Hard Luck Award.
Swindell was the SpeedMart Young Gun of the Race, and the Robison Racing Products Rookie of the Race. Swindell also out-timed the 26-car field during qualifications with a lap around the historic 3/8-mile paved oval in 12.112 seconds, for an average speed of 111.460 miles per hour.
Charles Ladner of Brandon, FL was the Huggins Cams Hard Charger of the Race after starting the AutoCraft Hurricane/AutoCraft 21st and finishing 12th. Adams won the six-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash, and the Koolbeans Trophies third ten-lap heat race.
Gray won the ten-lap Engler Machine and Tool first ten-lap heat race, and Butler won the ButlerBuilt second ten-lap heat race. The 12-lap B-main was won by Brian Thomas of Auburn, GA in the Saligoe Metal Works Saligoe/Broome Performance. The O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour now travels to Florence Motor Speedway in Florence, SC for their next show this Friday night.