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Swindell in Victory Lane

Posted May 1, 2011


     Haubstadt, In - April 30, 2011.  Sammy Swindell of Germantown, TN, captured the World of Outlaws feature Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway.  Swindell’s victory was his third of the 2011 season on the WoO trail and fifth at the track in World of Outlaws competition.  The race paid $10,000 to win!
     Swindell was driving the Big Game Tree Stands Maxim with an engine built by Al Parker.  In victory lane Sammy was quick to thank his crew and the people who support their entire racing effort.  He attributed some of his recent success with the outlaws to relocating the operation.  “We moved down to my shop in Tennessee.  It is back to the way it was in the past when I was racing.”  That past includes wins at Tri-State Speedway as early as the seventies!  “We are racing a brand new car.  We brought out a new Maxim and a new motor.  With the set-up, I knew the car was going to be good the last half of the race.”     
  Sammy started outside the second row for the 40 lap feature and took the lead on lap 18 by passing leader and top qualifier Joey Saldana.  Paul McMahan took advantage of a late race restart with just 5 laps remaining to take second.  Points leader Joey Saldana would finish third with Kraig Kinser and Craig Dollansky rounding out the top five.
     Steve Kinser moved up to sixth after starting fifteenth in the 24 car field.  Rookie of the Year contenders Bill Rose and Cody Darrah were next across the finish line followed by Chad Kemenah and Paul May in completing the top ten.
     Fifteen cars finished the race which was slowed five times following yellow flag incidents and red flagged once with 9 laps on the board when Jason Sides flipped along the guard rail in turn one.  Donny Shatz restarted the feature at the tail of the field after being involved in two incidents but still managed to finish eleventh.  He was in the top 5 when he tangled with Brad Sweet coming off turn two in traffic on a restart.  Another driver enduring hard luck was Jason Meyers who pitted with a flat tire on lap 19.  Meyers who was third in points entering the event would place twelfth.  
     In preliminary action Jason Sides won the first heat while Donny Shatz and Kraig Kinser claimed victories in heats two and three.  Paul McMahan won the 10 car dash to earn the pole position for the feature.  The program did not require a B-Main to be held. 
     In UMP Open Wheel Modified action Levi Kissinger dominated the event.  Kissinger led the entire 25 lap feature after winning the first qualifying heat race to start on the pole.  He completed the night by saluting the crowd exiting the speedway with a 360 victory loop with his modified along the backstretch and into the infield.  “I am pumped to win up here,” he exclaimed as he exited the car.  “The car was really good around the top.”  And the top was what he used to maintain a comfortable lead on the pack. 
     Trent Young passed Zach Fair on lap sixteen to claim second in the mod feature.  Fair held third with Brandon McDowell and Mike Harrison rounding out the top five.  Bradley Sterrett won the second heat and Fair took the third heat.  Sterrett exited the feature early in a cloud of smoke after apparently losing an engine.  Kyle Decker won the B-Main in which a 12 car field was narrowed to three finishers before the action was over!
     The next event scheduled at Tri-State Speedway will be held on Saturday May 21st.  It will be will be the Haubstadt Hut 100 for the USAC and POWRi Midgets plus the POWRi 600 c.c. Micro Sprints.                                        


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