Eldora Saturday Finale report 2006-04-08

Sammy Swindell Completes Eldora Sweep With World of Outlaws Rossburg, OH -- April 8, 2006 -- One night after Sammy Swindell had just about everything go wrong that could go wrong and still result in a preliminary feature victory at Eldora ...

Sammy Swindell Completes Eldora Sweep With World of Outlaws

Rossburg, OH -- April 8, 2006 -- One night after Sammy Swindell had just about everything go wrong that could go wrong and still result in a preliminary feature victory at Eldora Speedway, he drove off Saturday to a smooth and dominating win at the intimidating high-banked oval to complete a weekend sweep.

In an event presented by McDonald's that featured the World of Outlaws Mean 15 racers against the stars from the All Star Circuit of Champions, it was Swindell who once again showed the other 40 drivers what it takes to win at Eldora by running mere inches from the infamous wall and leading all 30 laps of the main event in cool and clear conditions.

It marked the second consecutive night Swindell motored to the RacinSoles Victory Lane, capturing the checkered flag in the Guy Forbrook-owned Mopar-powered Volcano Joe's Coffee/Wirtgen Maxim. Swindell had to hang on Friday night with a stuck throttle and no brakes. The only trouble he encountered Saturday en route to his second World of Outlaws A-feature victory this season was making sure he picked the right line through traffic.

A three-time World of Outlaws champion from Germantown, Tenn., Swindell started on the pole at the historic speedplant and quickly opened a big lead. With his machine working anywhere it needed, Swindell showcased his experience as he cruised into the RacinSoles Victory Lane for a $12,000 payday, giving him a total of $17,000 for the event.

Tim Kaeding gave chase in the Slick 50 Maxim to finish second while Danny Lasoski held on for a third-place run in the Roth Motorsports Eagle. One night after a scary flip in the preliminary feature, Jac Haudenschild motored his Wright One Contstruction Maxim from 17th to fourth with Joey Saldana picking up a fifth-place finish in the Kasey Kahne-owned Mopar-powered Central Merchant Services JEI.

World of Outlaws championship points leader Donny Schatz grabbed sixth in the ParkerStore J&J while Paul McMahan in the Bass Pro Shops Eagle, Shane Stewart in the Rudeen Racing Maxim, Craig Dollansky in the Karavan Trailers Maxim and Brooke Tatnell in the Garlic Jim's Pizza/Castrol Eagle rounded out the top 10.

"You got to do whatever it takes," said Swindell, who credited years of experience at the track as a major factor in his weekend sweep. "A lot of guys can run good on some of the smaller or slower tracks but running well at high-speed tracks has always been something I've always been able to do. The faster the place is, it seemed like the more of an advantage I can get at times. I really like the speed. I think a lot of guys get intimidated by running up close to the wall but I've got a lot of laps in here and I'm more comfortable running right up next to the wall than being away from it. I figure if something breaks then I won't hit it very hard. I'd rather be right up next to it rather than be down a ways. Definitely if it's fast, I'll be the first one up there."

It didn't take long for Swindell to power his way around the half-mile to catch the rear of the field. The easiest lane through the traffic often meant making passes at the very top of the track.

"I was really surprised how quickly I caught the field," Swindell said. "I think they said it was on Lap 3 when I already caught the tail end. The track really got to where there was one really good lane. The rest was kind of dusty, or some stuff sitting on top of it. You really couldn't get off that lane. On Friday you could move around a little more and it was easier to pass people. Tonight the track was faster, but it was narrower where you were able to run."

Car owner Forbrook wasn't worried about Swindell putting his machine up against the wall because he knew Swindell is one of the few drivers comfortable racing in that groove.

"As long as he was away from everybody else and nobody was throwing anything at him, this place is just so fast and if the cushion has anything on it at all and they start throwing it, it'll rip the body right off the car," Forbrook said. "I could tell that the tires were starting to give up and I could tell he was kind of getting back off of them, but I knew Kaeding couldn't catch him. We learned a lot this weekend. I think the motor I had in last night was better than this one. We won Vegas with this one, though, so it's got two races on it, the final night at Vegas and the final night at Eldora."

With all the hassles on Friday night, most of them the result of a chunk of mud that knocked in the radiator and caused various engine troubles in addition to his throttle and brake problems, Forbrook still was confident in Swindell's ability to put his car into the winner's circle.

"I knew he could be good here because he's always been good here," Forbrook said. "I've had a lot of good cars that should have swept here but never did. Look at last night, knocking the radiator out of the car, blowing the engine up and all that kind of stuff. Anything can happen here. I've led a lot of races here and until you see the checkered flag here you never know what could happen."

For Kaeding, who had to deal with heavy lapped traffic -- including Kevin Swindell's machine, which was keeping the same quick pace as his father's car -- before he could even consider taking a shot at Sammy Swindell, a runner-up finish was his fourth top-five at Eldora in the past two seasons.

"A lot of seconds here for me," said Kaeding, of San Jose, Calif. "I'm getting tired of second place here. Hopefully I can get the monkey off my back some time. Everybody at SKR gave me a great racecar. Next time will be a whole new ballgame.

"It's a fun racetrack. I'm used to the short tracks back home and everybody told me growing up, if you ever go to Eldora you better take six cars with you because you're going to tear every one of them up. I just come here every time to prove everybody wrong and drive the wheels off this racecar. A third Friday night and a second tonight is great for this SKR team. I think we've only run six or seven races this year and we haven't finished outside the top six yet."

A third-place run on the Tony Stewart-owned high-banked oval was satisfying to Lasoski. He was keeping pace, but a caution with six laps down bunched the field and gave Kaeding a chance roll up on his tail and make a move to second only four laps later.

"On the second day of a two-day Outlaws race, it's up against the fence," said Lasoski, of Dover, Mo. "We weren't as fast as Sammy, but we were holding our own pretty good until that caution. I don't know what happened, but when that happened all I did was spin. I just started spinning. The car was up and then it started laying a patch of rubber and I got really tight and couldn't turn it. I just slowed down.

"Any time that we can come out of Eldora and roll this Dennis Roth Motorsports Eagle into the trailer, it's a pretty good weekend. To run good here, you have to run like Sammy Swindell did. You have got to be able to attack the wall and just run it, run it, run it. That's what he did. They had the best car all weekend and they did the best job. He did the best job driving so my hat's off to him."

Haudenschild, who is no stranger to winning at Eldora, including a victory last August, rebounded from a scary flip on Friday to charge on the top from 17th to fourth in the main event on Saturday night.

"You just want to make up for a bad night so you try even harder," said Haudenschild, of Wooster, Ohio. "The car felt good. We started deep and our goal was to get in the top 10. We got going and got better than that.

"Everybody is up on the top and you just have to get hooked up in the middle and be able to move all over."

Saldana is another racer with a career of experience at Eldora, proving that drivers with the most seat time at Eldora will eventually work their way to the front pack. He came from ninth to post another top-five and remain a strong contender to capture his first World of Outlaws championship.

"The race was going to be a really good race until it laid a little bit of rubber," Saldana said. "If it would have stayed like normal, and as cold as it is, I never dreamed it would lay rubber off the top like that. It was a good race, but the last five laps it just got so tight. We're consistently running good, but when you start ninth and expect to beat Sammy Swindell or whoever, it's tough."

Following the two-night show at historic Eldora Speedway, the World of Outlaws will begin Quarter-Mile Mania with events April 15 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., and April 21 in the City of Lawrenceburg Sprint Nationals at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway near Cincinnati. The series closes out the month with races April 29 at legendary Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, and April 30 at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Series is brought to the fans across the country by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Hoosier Racing Tire and The Outdoor Channel. Promotional Partners include AMB i.t., Choice Hotels and The University of Northwestern Ohio. Contingency sponsors include DART Machinery, MSD Ignitions, Wrisco Industries and RacinSoles.


* FAST QUALIFIER: Paul McMahan paced the 41-car field in the Bass Pro Shops Eagle with an AMB i.t.-timed lap around the 1/2-mile oval in 13.072 seconds at 137.699 mph. Because it was a multi-day event with four drivers locked into the dash, no time trial points were awarded. Craig Dollansky established the track record on April 13, 2002, when he turned a lap around Eldora in 12.707 seconds.

* LOCKED IN: After finishing in the top four in Friday night's preliminary feature, Sammy Swindell, Danny Lasoski, Donny Schatz and Tim Kaeding were locked into the dash on Saturday that determined the top six starting positions for the main event. Swindell raced to victory in the dash to start on the pole in the feature.

* SIGNING DAY: Several racers spent Saturday meeting with fans, signing autographs and posing for pictures. At the Midwest Auto Racing Charities Injured Driver's Benefit in the afternoon, Chad Kemenah, Daryn Pittman, Jason Martin and Paul McMahan met with fans at the Eldora Ballroom. Later in the afternoon Terry McCarl, Brian Carlson, Randy Hannagan and Justin Henderson were joined by Fast Track to Indy racer Geoff Dodge to welcome fans and sign autographs at the top of the grandstands.

* MAIN-EVENT WINNERS: Sammy Swindell's victory Saturday night at Eldora Speedway was his second World of Outlaws A-feature victory this season. He also has a preliminary feature victory. There have been six different racers in 10 events to visit the RacinSoles Victory Lane with the World of Outlaws this season. In addition to Swindell's win Saturday night, he also won March 10 at Las Vegas. The win list also includes Donny Schatz (March 9 at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 31 at Batesville Speedway and April 1 at I-55 Raceway), Paul McMahan (March 4 at USA Race Park), Danny Lasoski (March 3 at Manzanita), Joey Saldana (Feb. 10 at Volusia) and Chad Kemenah (Feb. 9 at Volusia).

* HALF-MILE WINNERS: Eldora Speedway is a high-speed, half-mile oval. The World of Outlaws Sprint Series has now raced seven times this season on half-mile ovals, including preliminary features. Winners include Chad Kemenah (Volusia), Joey Saldana (Volusia), Danny Lasoski (Manzanita), Donny Schatz (Las Vegas), and Sammy Swindell (Las Vegas and twice at Eldora Speedway twice).

* PRELIM WIN: Sammy Swindell on Friday night at Eldora Speedway captured the World of Outlaws first preliminary feature event of the season. The next preliminary feature is slated for May 26 on the first of back-to-back race nights at Williams Grove Speedway.

* QUALIFYING EVENTS: Sammy Swindell motored to victory in the dash. -- Terry McCarl captured the B-main for the second consecutive night as Rob Chaney raced from 12th to the fourth and final transfer spot to the A-main. -- Heat race winners included Shane Stewart, Chad Kemenah, Daryn Pittman and Butch Schroeder.

* ON TELEVISION: The Outdoor Channel will air at 8 p.m. (ET) on April 12 the World of Outlaws Friday night event from Eldora Speedway. The Saturday night World of Outlaws event will air on April 19. The Outdoor Channel is available nationwide through the DISH Network (Channel 153) and DIRECTV (Channel 606).

* ON THE WEB: The Official World of Outlaws Sprint Series Web site is at www.dirtmotorsports.com/sprint. Among the features are updated driver biographies with individual statistics and pictures, race-by-race statistics, detailed track information and race coverage, series news and team press releases. Also, links to the Media Guide and 2006 Official Rulebook can be found at the bottom of the home page.

* UP NEXT: Following the two-night show at historic Eldora Speedway, the World of Outlaws will begin Quarter-Mile Mania with events April 15 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., and April 21 in the City of Lawrenceburg Sprint Nationals at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway near Cincinnati. The series closes out the month with races April 29 at legendary Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, and April 30 at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D.


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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kevin Swindell , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Brian Carlson , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart , Geoff Dodge , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Tim Kaeding
Teams Williams