SWINDELL DOMINATES TOYOTA NIGHT BEFORE THE 500 GIVES KASEY KAHNE RACING TOYOTA CHALLENGE LEAD INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.. (May 26, 2007) -- Kevin Swindell took the lead on the green flag and led wire-to-wire to win the 62nd annual...
SWINDELL DOMINATES TOYOTA NIGHT BEFORE THE 500
GIVES KASEY KAHNE RACING TOYOTA CHALLENGE LEAD
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.. (May 26, 2007) -- Kevin Swindell took the lead on the green flag and led wire-to-wire to win the 62nd annual Toyota Night Before the 500 at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis and give Kasey Kahne Racing the lead after the second of three Toyota Challenge events.
Not only did the #79 Kasey Kahne team take over the Toyota Challenge lead on the strength of Swindell's victory, but with teammate Brady Bacon's sixth-place finish, the #99 Kahne entry moved into second-place, with just six points separating the two team cars, 107-101. Third-place is shared by Nine Racing's #91 and the #11 of Wilke-Pak Racing with 88 points.
"The Toyota Challenge would be a really big thing to win," said Swindell, the son of sprint car champion Sammy Swindell. "We're looking to coming back to Indianapolis in a few weeks (for the June 16 Toyota USAC Racing Classic) and be at least be as good as we were tonight, maybe even better. Kasey (Kahne) started this team in November and we've worked hard to get here in such a short amount of time."
The Toyota Challenge is a three-event "championship within a championship" that will award a $25,000 prize fund. Included in the prize fund will be a $15,000 award to the Toyota Challenge champion. Keith Kunz Motorsports won the inaugural Toyota Challenge last season.
It appeared that the Toyota-powered #19 Nine Racing/Toyota Oakley/PRI/Beast of rising young star Kody Swanson might be the only car in the field capable of giving Swindell a run for the victory. The 2006 Western States sprint car champion climbed up to second-place with just two laps to go before an engine problem sidelined an otherwise impressive drive and curtailed his hopes for victory after earlier registering the second-fastest time in qualifying.
Swanson's Nine Racing teammate Dave Darland would eventually finish as the highest-placing Toyota with a 10th, one spot ahead of Dave Steele in the third Nine Racing entry. Josh Wise made the most of a difficult day that saw him log just one practice lap in the #75 Cruz Pedregon Racing Toyota. Wise salvaged a spot in the feature race by winning the second semi and then raced his way to a 15th-place showing.
Competitors won't have to travel far for the third and final round of the Toyota Challenge, which will conclude on June 16 with the Toyota USAC Racing Classic, also at ORP. <pre> Toyota Challenge Standings Top-10 after two events
1. #79 Kasey Kahne Racing 107 2. #99 Kasey Kahne Racing 101 3. #91 Nine Racing 88 4. #11 Wilke-Pak Racing 88 5. #21 Tony Stewart Racing 87 6. #67 Keith Kunz Motorsports 83 7. #4 Klatt Enterprises 81 8. #32 RFMS Racing 79 9. #43 Quin Motorsports 78 10. #7 Carter Racing 74
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