BRANDON, SD (July 6) -- Sammy Swindell won the battle and the war Tuesday at Huset's Speedway. The three-time World of Outlaws Sprint Series champion beat the tire-eating racing surface as well as the series' scales -- which had disqualified him...
BRANDON, SD (July 6) -- Sammy Swindell won the battle and the war Tuesday at Huset's Speedway.
The three-time World of Outlaws Sprint Series champion beat the tire-eating racing surface as well as the series' scales -- which had disqualified him in two of the previous three events -- to claim his first victory of the year. Swindell led all 35 laps in his sixth victory at Huset's Speedway and the 261st of his career. "Slammin' Sammy" is the 15th driver to win a World of Outlaws Sprint Series main event in 2004.
"I was worried at the end with all the extra (caution) laps we ran," Swindell said. "It didn't used to be that all those guys who couldn't make their tire go the full race could go in and change it. It just means more time and more that we have to run around out there under caution." Eight drivers, including Mark Kinser, Paul McMahan, Donny Schatz and Jac Haudenschild who raced among the top 10 for more than half of the main event, lost valuable positions due to flat tires.
Swindell and Jason Meyers won their third Dash Races of the season for the privilege of starting the "A" Feature on the front row. Sammy drove the #12X Beaver Drill & Tool Maxim into the lead as the green flag fell in the series' 30th main event of the season.
Kinser, a nine-time winner at Huset's, drove the #83 Beef Packers Maxim around three-time track champion Danny Lasoski between turns three and four late in the second lap. "The Dude" regained third place with an inside move in the same spot one lap later, just seconds before Tim Shaffer, Jason Solwold and Heat Race winners Brian Paulus and Jason Sides crashed on the front straightaway.
Swindell controlled the ensuing restart, and was two car-lengths ahead of Meyers when they entered lapped traffic 10 laps into the race. Smoke started billowing from the cars' right rear tires two laps later.
Tim Kaeding, who won the World of Outlaws Sprint Series 2003 season opener at Kings Speedway, took the leaders out of lapped traffic late in lap 23 when his flat right rear tire forced him into the back-stretch retaining wall. "B" Feature winner Joey Saldana coasted into the work area during the caution period so his crew could replace the flat right rear tire on the #2 Volcano Joe's Coffee Maxim.
"Slammin' Sammy" raced away from the field as the green flag replaced the yellow, and opened a six-car-length advantage within three laps. Kinser surrendered fifth place, Schatz seventh place and McMahan eighth place when they stopped with flat right rear tires during lap 28.
Swindell was a straightaway ahead of Meyers and approaching lapped traffic four laps later when Third Heat Race winner Chad Meyer stopped on the back straightaway with a flat right rear tire. Haudenschild, making his 2004 debut in Guy Forbrook's #5 Wirtgen/MPD Hand Controls Maxim, lost seventh place when he pitted to replace his flat right rear tire during the caution period.
Swindell was two-thirds of a lap from the checkered flag when Paulus stopped the #28 Arnold Transportation Maxim on the back straightway with a flat right rear tire, setting up a two-lap dash to the finish line.
Meyers was unable to keep pace with "Slammin' Sammy" when the race resumed, and was a half-straightaway behind when Swindell took the checkered flag.
"Starting up front meant that we didn't have to gamble with anything," Swindell said. "It's tougher if you have to try to come from the back. We were 50 pounds over (the minimum weight limit), but we shouldn't have to worry about burning all that fuel. I had the car leaned way down under the cautions, and I had to keep riding to brake to keep from hitting the pace car. We made some changes with some things and got it right tonight, and hopefully we'll go out and win a few more now."
Lasoski gained two points on Steve Kinser in their battle for the lead in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series standings by finishing in third place, one position ahead of "The King of the Outlaws." Craig Dollansky beat Australian Brooke Tatnell across the finish line by less than a car-length for fifth place. Daryn Pittman finished seventh, ahead of Terry McCarl, Kerry Madsen and Erin Crocker.
Pittman's 19th top-10 finish of the season pushed him past Shaffer and Saldana into seventh place in the point standings.
Crocker put together the most outstanding event of her rookie season, driving the #16 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to victory in the Second Heat Race and passing five cars for her second straight 10th-place finish in the "A" Feature.
Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year leader Kraig Kinser raced past seven cars to finish in 11th place.
Shaffer, who started outside the 12th row, drove the #6 Casey's General Stores Maxim through the field to finish 12th. Kaeding raced into 13th place from inside the 10th row.
Steve Kinser paced the qualifying session with a 124.619-M.P.H. lap, just .002 seconds faster than second cousin Mark Kinser. Only 1.801 seconds separated the 37 cars in time trials.