Swindell Dominates in Outlaws Debut at Autodrome Granby!
Swindell Dominates in Outlaws Debut at Autodrome Granby
He leads all 25 laps to pick up his eighth World of Outlaws feature victory of the season
GRANBY, Quebec – July 27, 2012 – Uh oh.
Sammy Swindell recently found the problem for his so-called slump and he answered it with an emphatic victory on Friday during the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series inaugural visit to Autodrome Granby.
“We’ve kinda been struggling a bit, but we found out we had a car from some of those little skirmishes that we had was a little twisted so our setup wasn’t where it was supposed to be,” he said. “It’s nice to be back in a car that you can just run hard.”
Swindell did just that to dominate for his series-leading eighth feature win of the season in the Outlaws first of six races in Canada this season. He set a blistering pace while claiming the dash and then led all 25 laps of the main event, although it wasn’t decided until the checkered flag.
The fifth-and-final caution of the race came while Swindell was exiting turn four on the final lap, signifying a green-white-checkered finish and erasing nearly a half-a-lap lead.
“I thought well maybe they’d thrown the checkered and I kept looking,” Swindell said. “When I got there it was another yellow, so you have to endure that again. I’ve been bit a few times on that.”
He choose the outside lane and rocketed into a sizeable lead over Joey Saldana, who charged from sixth to second during the first nine laps.
“We chose a pair of 100 tires,” he said. “Sammy had a 200 on the right rear. I would say the longer the race went, the better he got. Early on to get from sixth to second, the 100s got me there and then they fell off at the end.”
There were four cautions, including two red flags, during the opening dozen laps to slow the pace of the main event. Donny Schatz stopped on the backstretch while running in the top 10 on the second lap. After a quick pit stop, he restarted last – 24th – and later finished 10th .
Rick Wilson brought out the second caution of the race on lap eight when he stopped in turn four. Three laps later Kerry Madsen spun in turn two while running 10th and fast qualifier Kraig Kinser tipped over in turn three as the caution started to be displayed, prompting the initial red flag of the event.
The second red flag happened after Alain Bergeron crashed into the frontstretch wall on the restart. Bergeron didn’t flip, but the fuel window was reached and all the teams were able to make changes during the red flag.
Swindell quickly sailed to a large lead on each restart while Saldana held off Cody Darrah for the runner-up position. Steve Kinser found grip on the bottom in the closing five laps and rallied to finish third.
“I was terrible at the beginning of the race,” he said. “I was just too tight. When you’re tight you can’t get no speed up going into (turn) one and lose a position every time. I made it all back up at the end, but not a good way to do it starting on the front row.”
Darrah was fourth and Dollansky placed fifth. Lucas Wolfe was sixth, James McFadden seventh, Chad Kemenah eighth, Jessica Zemken ninth and Schatz rounded out the top 10.
Autodrome Granby Notebook
NOTES – Kraig Kinser established quick time in qualifying for the fourth race this season. … Joey Saldana claimed his ninth heat race victory, Chad Kemenah his 10th and Donny Schatz his seventh of the season. … Sammy Swindell won his series-leading fourth dash of the year. … Swindell has led a series-best 213 feature laps this season.
WINNERS – Sammy Swindell – 8 (Autodrome Granby on July 27, Eldora Speedway on July 14, Lakeside Speedway on June 30, Red River Valley Speedway on June 16, Eldora Speedway on May 5, Knoxville Raceway on April 28, Missouri State Fair Speedway on April 20 and Merced Speedway on March 30); Craig Dollansky – 6 (Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 22, Lernerville Speedway on July 17, I-96 Speedway on June 2, Hagerstown Speedway on May 20, Tri-State Speedway on April 21 and Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Kraig Kinser – 4 (Beaver Dam Raceway on July 7, Dodge City Raceway Park on June 23, River Cities Speedway on June 15 and Kokomo Speedway on June 5); Joey Saldana – 4 (Eldora Speedway on July 13, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 25, Paducah International Raceway on April 13 and Perris Auto Speedway on March 10); Tim Kaeding – 3 (Cedar Lake Speedway on July 6, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 16 and The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8); Steve Kinser – 3 (Dodge City Raceway Park on June 22, Orange County Fair Speedway on May 19 and Williams Grove Speedway on May 12); Kerry Madsen – 3 (Limaland Motorsports Park on July 11, Belleville High Banks on June 29 and Knoxville Raceway on June 9); Donny Schatz – 3 (Farmer City Raceway on April 25, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 23 and Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Chad Kemenah – 2 (Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 28 and Eldora Speedway on May 4); Cody Darrah – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 21); Danny Dietrich – 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 10); Mark Dobmeier – 1 (Huset’s Speedway on July 3); Danny Lasoski – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 18); Paul McMahan – 1 (Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on May 16); Fred Rahmer – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 11); Tony Stewart – 1 (Lernerville Speedway on July 17) and Brad Sweet – 1 (Clay County Fairgrounds on June 8).
TIME TRIALS – Kraig Kinser was the fastest qualifier around the half-mile oval with a time of 16.040 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Steve Kinser (4 points), Lucas Wolfe (3), Sammy Swindell (2) and Cody Darrah (1).
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Autodrome Granby Statistical Report; Granby, Quebec; July 27, 2012
A-Main – (25 Laps) – 1. 1-Sammy Swindell  [$10,000]; 2. 9-Joey Saldana  [$5,500]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser  [$3,200]; 4. 4-Cody Darrah  [$2,800]; 5. 7-Craig Dollansky  [$2,500]; 6. 5W-Lucas Wolfe  [$2,300]; 7. 55X-James McFadden  [$2,200]; 8. 63-Chad Kemenah  [$2,100]; 9. 1Z-Jessica Zemken  [$2,050]; 10. 15-Donny Schatz  [$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser  [$1,500]; 12. 29-Kerry Madsen  [$1,200]; 13. 25-Michael Parent  [$1,100]; 14. 6-Bill Rose  [$1,050]; 15. 3-Dale Gosslin  [$1,000]; 16. 36-Mike Stelter  [$900]; 17. 24K-Devin Caron  [$800]; 18. 15AW-April Wilson  [$800]; 19. 84-Tyler Rand  [$800]; 20. 8B-Alain Bergeron  [$800]; 21. 46-Kayle Robidoux  [$800]; 22. 42W-Rick Wilson  [$800]; 23. X2-Curtis Bradshaw  [$800]; 24. 422-Etienne Girard  [$800]. Lap Leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 3-Dale Gosslin [+8].