Sammy Swindell Finds Better Luck, Consistency in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (March 6, 2000) - During the opening weekend of the 2000 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series season in California, the only luck Sammy Swindell could find was bad luck. That changed for the better however, when his Channellock team...

LAS VEGAS (March 6, 2000) - During the opening weekend of the 2000 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series season in California, the only luck Sammy Swindell could find was bad luck. That changed for the better however, when his Channellock team visited Las Vegas Motor Speedway for three nights of racing on the fast, 1/2-mile dirt oval. Swindell was consistent on the track and was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time, finishing third in the Fourth Annual Silver State Shootout. Jac Haudenschild won Saturday's event while Stevie Smith finished second. "We got off to a bad start at the beginning of the race," Sammy said Saturday, "but as it turned out we were in the right place in order to finish. The track was really tough to pass on so avoiding the crash (that took out second-place runner, Steve Kinser, and fourth- place driver, Mark Kinser) was a big break for us. After the accident, we just tried to stay out of trouble and get a good finish. We've got to have those nights in order to be in the hunt for the championship." Swindell was fast every time out in the Silver State Shootout. He finished first, second or third all three nights in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Races and Channellock Dashes. A fifth-place finish in Thursday's opener set the stage for Friday's program, televised live on TNN. Swindell narrowly missed claiming the victory as he mounted a terrific late-race charge to pull even with winner Steve Kinser, only to come up a few car-lengths short at the flagstand. "I really thought we had a shot at the victory," Swindell said. "The longer the race went, the better the #1 Channellock Stealth seemed to get. We've been working with a new car I designed with Stealth Chassis. It's taking us a little while to get used to it, but I'm really pleased with what we have. I know in the long run it's going to be a great car for us." Swindell has been very pleased with the efforts of every member of his Channellock crew and is confident of continuing the same effort that has allowed the team to jump from 12th to fourth in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings. He is Looking forward to the 27th Annual Spring Nationals at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX. "I think we'll have a good chance in Texas," said Swindell, a 10- time "A" Feature winner at the 1/2-mile dirt oval. "I'm really happy with the Channellock crew's accomplishments. We've had to scramble at times to change motors and rear-ends and these guys have gotten things done without missing a beat on the race track. This type of commitment and performance are going to be a big key to the success of this Channellock program." Following the two-night program at the Devil's Bowl, the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will take a week off before racing on March 24-25 at Joplin 66 Speedway in Joplin, MO. WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Jac Haudenschild