Swindell Wins Battle, War at Husets Speedway
By Richard Day
BRANDON, SD (July 6) Sammy Swindell won the battle and the war Tuesday at Husets 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 Husets 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 didnt used to be that all those guys who couldnt 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 Husets, 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 Joes 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 Forbrooks #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 didnt have to gamble with anything," Swindell said. "Its tougher if you have to try to come from the back. We were 50 pounds over (the minimum weight limit), but we shouldnt 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 well 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.
Pittmans 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 Caseys 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. WoO
World of Outlaws
Qualifying: 1) Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 10.833 2) Mark Kinser, Roth 83, 10.835 3) Paul McMahan, Helm 11H, 10.861 4) Joey Saldana, Woodward 2, 10.893 5) Craig Dollansky, Karavan 7, 10.970 6) Sammy Swindell, Vielhauer 12X, 11.028 7) Jason Meyers, Elite Racing Team 14, 11.037 8) Kraig Kinser, Kinser 11K, 11.045 9) Danny Lasoski, Stewart 20, 11.048 10) Tim Kaeding, Roth 83JR, 11.102 11) Daryn Pittman, Woodburn 21, 11.103 12) Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 11.105 13) Kerry Madsen, VerMeer 55, 11.121 14) Brooke Tatnell, Grandstaff 66, 11.123 15) Jac Haudenschild, Forbrook 5, 11.150 16) Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 11.183 17) Erin Crocker, Woodring 16, 11.185 18) Tim St. Arnold, Kinnsey 8S, 11.185 19) Chad Meyer, Julius 1W, 11.212 20) Brandon Wimmer, Two Winners Racing 7TW, 11.215 21) Brian Paulus, Pender 28, 11.216 22) Clint Garner, Garner 40, 11.262 23) Jason Solwold, Carnahan R19, 11.262 24) Jason Sides, Sides Motorsports 7S, 11.265 25) Micah Schliemann, Schliemann 9, 11.271 26) Tim Shaffer, Parsons 6, 11.292 27) Lynton Jeffrey, Jeffrey 4K, 11.328 28) Travis Cram, Cram 92, 11.353 29) Gary DeWall, DeWall 16X, 11.375 30) John Lambertz, Lambertz 12, 11.399 31) Brian Carlson, SC Motorsports 18, 11.436 32) Mark Dobmeier, Dobmeier 13, 11.451 33) Jesse Gianetto, Dago Motorsports D1, 11.468 34) Larry Ball, Jr., McCarl 7X, 11.490 35) Robert Bell, Bell 71, 12.230 36) Chuck McGillivray, McGillivray 101, 12.260 37) Bob Bennett, ACME 3, 12.634
First Heat Race (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)--1) Jason Sides 2) Terry McCarl 3) Steve Kinser 4) Tim St. Arnold 5) Danny Lasoski 6) Kraig Kinser 7) Gary DeWall 8) Jesse Gianetto 9) Micah Schliemann 10) Bob Bennett
Second Heat Race (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)--1) Erin Crocker 2) Jac Haudenschild 3) Jason Solwold 4) Jason Meyers 5) Mark Kinser 6) Tim Kaeding 7) Tim Shaffer 8) Larry Ball, Jr. 9) John Lambertz
Third Heat Race (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)--1) Chad Meyer 2) Sammy Swindell 3) Brooke Tatnell 4) Paul McMahan 5) Daryn Pittman 6) Lynton Jeffrey 7) Robert Bell 8) Clint Garner 9) Brian Carlson
Fourth Heat Race (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)1) Brian Paulus 2) Brandon Wimmer 3) Donny Schatz 4) Craig Dollansky 5) Kerry Madsen 6) Joey Saldana 7) Mark Dobmeier 8) Travis Cram 9) Chuck McGillivray
First Dash (7 laps, finishing order determined inside first 8 rows of A-feature)--1) Sammy Swindell 2) Danny Lasoski 3) Steve Kinser 4) Paul McMahan 5) Brooke Tatnell 6) Donny Schatz 7) Terry McCarl 8) Erin Crocker
Second Dash (7 laps, finishing order determined outside first 8 rows of A-feature)1) Jason Meyers 2) Mark Kinser 3) Daryn Pittman 4) Craig Dollansky 5) Kerry Madsen 6) Jac Haudenschild 7) Chad Meyer 8) Tim St. Arnold
B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)1) Joey Saldana 2) Kraig Kinser 3) Tim Shaffer 4) Tim Kaeding 5) Lynton Jeffrey 6) Travis Cram 7) Gary DeWall 8) Micah Schliemann 9) Mark Dobmeier 10) John Lambertz 11) Jesse Gianetto 12) Brian Carlson 13) Larry Ball, Jr. 14) Bob Bennett 15) Robert Bell 16) Chuck McGillivray 17) Clint Garner (DNS)
A-main (35 laps)--1) Sammy Swindell 2) Jason Meyers 3) Danny Lasoski 4) Steve Kinser 5) Craig Dollansky 6) Brooke Tatnell 7) Daryn Pittman 8) Terry McCarl 9) Kerry Madsen 10) Erin Crocker 11) Kraig Kinser 12) Tim Shaffer 13) Tim Kaeding 14) Joey Saldana 15) Donny Schatz 16) Brandon Wimmer 17) Mark Kinser 18) Paul McMahan 19) Brian Paulus 20) Tim St. Arnold 21) Jac Haudenschild 22) Jason Sides 23) Chad Meyer 24) Jason Solwold
Lap leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-35
Nordstrom's Late Model Stock Cars
Heat #1: 1. Howard Baartman, Sioux Falls; 2. Chad Schettler, Brandon; 3. Gary Brown Jr, Sioux Falls; 4. Justin Glaser, Sioux Falls; 5. Jesse Akkerman, Luverne, Minn.; 6. Jeremiah Jordahl, Madison.
Heat #2: 1. Dale Furby, Sioux Falls; 2. Kent Plimpton, Lennox; 3. Matt Steuerwald, Madison; 4. Lee Schlumbohm, Sioux Falls; 5. Scott Freet, Madison; 6. Scott Overgaard, LuVerne, Minn..
Heat #3: 1. Perry Tschetter, Bridgewater; 2. Don Bickett, Ramona; 3. Rick Vander Weide, ioux Falls; 4. Rick Goth, Madison; 5. Jeff Kroger, Canton.
A Feature: 1. Rick Goth, Madison; 2. Gary Brown Jr, Sioux Falls; 3. Dale Furby, Sioux Falls; 4. Howard Baartman, Sioux Falls; 5. Chad Schettler, Brandon; 6. Kent Plimpton, Lennox; 7. Lee Schlumbohm, Sioux Falls; 8. Rick Vander Weide, Sioux Falls; 9. Don Bickett, Ramona; 10. Jesse Akkerman, Luverne, Minn.; 11. Matt Steuerwald, Madison; 12. Justin Glaser, Sioux Falls; 13. Jeremiah Jordahl, Madison; 14. Scott Overgaard, LuVerne, Minn.; 15. Scott Freet, Madison; 16. Perry Tschetter, Bridgewater; 17. Jeff Kroger, Canton.