FT. WORTH, TX (April 2) - Sammy Swindell has probably seen it all during his 28 year sprint car racing career however, Swindell's Channellock team experienced a weekend of highs and lows in the World of Outlaws debut at the new Texas Motor...
FT. WORTH, TX (April 2) - Sammy Swindell has probably seen it all during his 28 year sprint car racing career however, Swindell's Channellock team experienced a weekend of highs and lows in the World of Outlaws debut at the new Texas Motor Speedway that's always hard to get used to. Swindell finished eighth in Thursday's prelim and 14th in Friday's "A" Feature, but managed to move from fourth to third in the Series' standings behind Danny Lasoski, who won Friday's "A" Feature, and Steve Kinser.
"The Channellock team had a pretty tough weekend," said Swindell. "They (TMS) built a great facility here, but the racing surface went from one extreme to the other. Thursday night the track was pretty wet and it provided one racing line. We passed some cars, but when we got close to the front, the guys up there didn't make any mistakes."
Swindell was the fastest qualifier in Thursday's Southern Bleacher Classic Opener, but the Channellock #1 lost an engine during the first heat race forcing Swindell to the "B" Feature. He won the "B" Feature and started the "A" Feature in the 11th spot. After a terrific start grabbing three positions, Swindell wasn't able to move any further and settled for the eighth position.
"On Friday, the track was so hard we were grinding tires off before qualifying," said Swindell. "We were fortunate enough to qualify The Channellock car fifth, but the next Goodyear guy was 18th so that tells you we're fighting an uphill battle. We won our heat which put us in the Channellock Dash, but we went the wrong way with the car and dropped back. In the feature, I got a little loose one time and it cost me about six spots. We ended up having to follow everyone around the bottom after that, which isn't very good racing."
Swindell and the Channellock #1 crew begin a busy week of racing on Wednesday night at Pike County Raceway in Magnolia, MS before returning to Texas for two nights of racing at Houston Raceway Park on Friday and Saturday.
"We've won some races at Pike County and led there a bunch of times," said Swindell. "I'm not sure what to expect at Houston, but I know the entire Channellock Team will do their best to put us in a position to win."