Swindell Reverses Fortunes, Wins CHANNELLOCK Challenge By Richard Day BRISTOL, TN (June 10) -- What a difference 24 hours can make. Sammy Swindell appeared to have Friday's CHANNELLOCK ...
Swindell Reverses Fortunes, Wins CHANNELLOCK Challenge By Richard Day
BRISTOL, TN (June 10) -- What a difference 24 hours can make. Sammy Swindell appeared to have Friday's CHANNELLOCK Challenge Preliminary Feature won when a bout with the wall flattened his right rear tire. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' three-time champion came back with a vengeance Saturday and put his #1 CHANNELLOCK Stealth in victory lane at Bristol Motor Speedway. "The CHANNELLOCK car was awesome," Swindell said. "This place is awesome. This is a great place and I hope we get to come back. It's just so fast, but the faster they are the better I like it. If they built more places like this, I'd probably win every race." Swindell, who received the Vivarin Fast-Time Award for pacing the qualifying session both nights, put on a speed show for TNN's television cameras. He passed Steve Kinser during a 14th-lap restart and claimed the $20,000 first prize with .7 seconds to spare. Swindell won the First NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race, but his fourth- place finish in the Second CHANNELLOCK Dash put him outside the second row in the "A" Feature line-up. Outside pole-sitter Donny Schatz drove the #15 Parker Stores Maxim around Second CHANNELLOCK Dash winner Mark Kinser as the green flag fell in the 30-lap feature. Swindell, who passed Steve Kinser as the green flag fell, took second place from Mark with a high move into turn two early in the opening lap. Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Steve Kinser passed his cousin deep in turn one the next time around. Tyler Walker, who led the first two laps in Friday's Preliminary Feature, brought out the caution flag early in lap three when the #10 Ratbag sprint car hit the second-corner retaining wall. Steve Kinser relegated Swindell to third place with an inside move in turn one during the sixth lap. Second NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Stevie Smith raced around Mark Kinser high in the third corner three laps later. Schatz was .4 seconds ahead of his closest pursuers when he entered lapped traffic during lap 11. The 13th lap proved unlucky for Schatz, however. Donny surrendered first place when he drifted over the cushion between turns one and two, allowing "The King of the Outlaws" to pass him for the lead in the second corner and Swindell to get by him on the back straightaway. Schatz dropped out of the race with an engine malfunction after First CHANNELLOCK Dash winner Daryn Pittman stopped in turn four with a flat right rear tire. Swindell kept pace with Kinser as the green flag replaced the yellow, and took the lead with an inside move between the third and fourth corners. Smith started making a move toward the front midway through the race. With his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit turning laps .2 seconds faster than Swindell, Stevie challenged Kinser for second place. After almost passing him during a 19th-lap restart, he raced wheel-to-wheel with Kinser through turns one and two early in lap 22. Brian Paulus flipped the #28 Verdelli Farms Maxim in the second corner three laps later, setting up a five-lap dash to the checkered flag. Smith took the inside line through turns three and four to pass Kinser for second place as the green flag replaced the red. Stevie narrowed the gap quickly, but was unable to catch Swindell. Passing Kinser earned Smith the Luxaire "Cool Move of the Race" award. "We really wanted to make sure we could make it to the end of this one, so I took my time and tried to figure out just what I could do as far as keeping my tires under me and keeping the car straight," Sammy explained. "I knew Steve's car wasn't that good on starts, so I got a pretty good run on him there and we got by." Steve Kinser held off cousin Mark for third place. Dale Blaney finished fifth, ahead of NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winners Jac Haudenschild and Joey Saldana, Danny Wood, 22nd-starting Brooke Tatnell and Andy Hillenburg. Blaney, the third-fastest qualifier in the 47-car field, had problems during the Third NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race. He qualified for the main event by winning the "B" Feature, however, then passed 12 cars in the "A" Feature. Jason Meyers, who along with fellow Californian Brad Furr used Gumout Series provisionals to start the main event, raced into 16th place from outside the 13th row. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will invade Farmer City Raceway for the first time Tuesday, then sanction the Second Annual O'Reilly's Auto Parts Sunflower Shootout at Heartland Park Topeka Thursday through Saturday. TNN will provide tape-delayed coverage of Saturday's race beginning at midnight (EDT).