Dramatic Last Lap Pass Gives Swindell Eldora Win ROSSBURG, OH (August 6, 2004)-Sammy Swindell used a dramatic last corner pass to steal the 30 lap World of Outlaws A-feature from Mark Kinser Friday night at Eldora Speedway. Swindell's ...
Dramatic Last Lap Pass Gives Swindell Eldora Win
ROSSBURG, OH (August 6, 2004)-Sammy Swindell used a dramatic last corner pass to steal the 30 lap World of Outlaws A-feature from Mark Kinser Friday night at Eldora Speedway. Swindell's third Outlaw win of the season came in a self-owned car that he assembled earlier in the week.
"We had some good runs in other cars, but we also had some problems so we decided to put our own deal together," Swindell said after the race. "This thing came together in about a week, and my son Kevin and Andy (McElhannon) and some friends of ours from back home worked pretty hard and were a big help. I had some ideas about some stuff, and I knew I just had to get a car that I could keep under me."
Mark Kinser and Chad Kemenah raced side by side into turn one at the start of the race, but behind them Todd Kane tangled with another car and flipped wildly down the frontstretch to bring out the red flag. Kane was uninjured, but his second accident of the evening was enough to keep him from restarting the race. (Kane was involved in a triple flip on the opening lap of the second dash that also involved Dean Jacobs and Rob Chaney, severely damaging their cars and forcing them to scratch from the A-feature. Alternates Brandon Wimmer and Tim Shaffer were added to the field after the B-main.)
Mark Kinser took the lead on the restart, with Swindell passing Chad Kemenah for second on the low side in turn one.
World of Outlaws point leader Steve Kinser, who started 18th after winning the B-main, moved into the top ten on lap 4, passing Paul McMahan on the bottom exiting turn four.
Leader Mark Kinser and Swindell were nose to tail as they entered traffic on lap 8, with Danny Lasoski briefly taking fifth form Randy Hannagan in turn two before Hannagan returned the favor in turn four. Two laps later, Swindell moved by Kinser for the lead low in turn one, but before he could complete the lap, the caution flag flew for Donny Schatz, who stopped on the frontstretch with mechanical problems. Schatz was unable to return to action, and his second 24th place finish in the last five races dropped him from third to fourth in the series standings.
"That caution flag (for Donny Schatz) came out too soon for us," Swindell said, "or I think we could've breezed through this thing pretty easy, but I just let him go on the restart, and tried to keep my tires under me. I knew I wouldn't have a chance to pass him on an open track anyway."
Danny Lasoski, who won his first Eldora Speedway World of Outlaws A-feature on June 5th, got by Randy Hannagan for 5th on lap 13, while Kinser extended his lead over Swindell to 15 carlengths.
World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year leader Kraig Kinser found the low groove in turn four on lap 16, getting by both Jac Haudenschild and Randy Hannagan to move to 6th.
Lapped traffic allowed Swindell to close to within five carlengths of Mark Kinser on lap 17. Kraig Kinser's charge continued on lap 20 when he passed Lasoski for 5th, then got by Greg Hodnett for 4th on the top in turn four two laps later.
With the checkered flag in sight of the leaders, Swindell drove around Mark Kinser exiting the final corner to nail down his 263rd career World of Outlaws main event.
"The groove got pretty narrow there, and you had to stay in it to stay fast. Mark didn't-he moved down and moved out of the way, so. . .Thanks, Mark!"