CONCORD, NC (October 4) - For competitive people second place isn't good enough. Sammy Swindell, driver of the Channellock ...
CONCORD, NC (October 4) - For competitive people second place isn't good enough. Sammy Swindell, driver of the Channellock #1 World of Outlaws sprint car, currently holds second place in the WoO standings, is second in earnings, and has the second most fast-time awards. The Memphis, TN native holds the lead in number of Channellock Dash wins and was the first driver to win at The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway in late May. Swindell is hoping to return to victory lane on Thursday and Friday when the Outlaws compete in the TALK.com Outlaw Championship.
"There have been a lot of nights this year that we've been right where we want to be," said Swindell, referring to his series leading 17 total victories which includes 9 "A" Feature wins and eight prelims. "When you're in a point chase, everything has to go your way. We crashed out of the lead a number of times this year and that just killed us."
With only six full points paying events remaining in the 2000 WoO season, Swindell realistically cannot catch Steve Kinser for the championship. Entering this weekend, Swindell leads Mark Kinser by 27 points in the battle of second and both drivers won races at the new dirt track in the Wix Filters Showdown last May. Swindell won the prelim and Mark Kinser took the "A" Feature the following evening.
"We ran pretty well the first time we were here," said Swindell, who led all 30 laps in the opener and led the first 19 laps the following night. "On the second night, we had a nice lead, but got caught behind some lapped cars that really ended up costing us the win. We were able to hold on for fourth, but we felt like that was one that got away from us."
Since the Outlaws left California two weeks ago, Swindell and his Channellock team have been running very consistent. A preliminary victory at I-80 in Nebraska was followed by a charge from 14th to fourth in the Circuit City Shootout "A" Feature at I-80 Speedway. Last week, Swindell finished second at Lernerville and won his fifth career "A" Feature at Hagerstown (MD) Speedway before consecutive seventh place finishes in the Williams Grove National Open on Friday and Saturday.
"We started last week off pretty strong with the win at Hagerstown and a second at Lernerville, but we weren't happy with the seventh place finishes at Williams Grove," said Swindell. "We want to finish the season as strong as we can, and I really like those SMI facilities. I had so much fun winning the Channellock Challenge at Bristol, and racing in Charlotte gives us a chance to get some great exposure for Channellock. We still feel like we've got something to prove down here."