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Swindell Slides to Fifth World of Outlaws Feature Victory of Season
Kemenah a close second in first Outlaws race at Red River Valley since 2009

FARGO, N.D. – June 16, 2012 – Sammy Swindell parked his dust-covered sprint car next to the grandstands and hopped onto the rear bumper, waving five fingers in the air to the roar of the crowd located only a couple feet away.
Victory Lane was almost as close as the racing on Saturday at Red River Valley Speedway, where the near-capacity crowd was treated to a handful of slide jobs in the final 10 laps and side-by-side racing throughout the first World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature at the 3/8-mile track since 2009.

“We were real close, but we weren’t roughing each other up,” Swindell said. “It was just good, clean fun. Even if I hadn’t have won, it still would have been fun because we did race each other hard and close and clean. I look forward to doing that every night if I can.

“As far as racing wheel to wheel that was definitely the best race.”

Swindell led the first eight and the final eight of the 30-lap feature en route to his fifth Outlaws victory of the season and 281st of his career. It’s the most World of Outlaws wins Swindell has earned in a season since 2000.

However, his road to victory was anything but smooth and Chad Kemenah made sure of it.

After starting eighth, Kemenah maneuvered into the third place by the fifth lap. On lap seven he passed Joey Saldana for second and two laps later, Kemenah drove around Swindell for the lead exiting turn two.

Kemenah entered traffic on lap 10 and set a blistering pace. He put a handful of cars and nearly a straightaway between himself and Swindell before a caution on lap 19 for a spin by Greg Nikitenko in turn two brought the field back together.

“When they dropped the green flag I knew we were pretty good,” Kemenah said. “It seemed like I could run in underneath them and get to what little cushion that was there. I was using it all up.”

Swindell took the lead on the restart only to have it negated when sixth-running Steve Kinser, who entered the race with a series-best nine victories in 30 World of Outlaws features at Red River Valley Speedway, stopped on the backstretch with apparent mechanical issues. Kinser went to the pits and was credited with a 19th-place finish.

Kemenah capitalized on the redo and rocketed to the lead with Donny Schatz sliding into second on the ensuing restart. Kaley Gharst then brought out a caution with 10 laps remaining to set up an epic finish.

Swindell, who restarted third, slid by the front row of Kemenah and Schatz as they entered the first turn. Kemenah rallied back into the lead by turn two, but Swindell was a close second. The duo then slid each other for the lead the next three times they entered a corner before Kyle Fedyk’s flip on lap 24 forced the final caution.

“That’s the fun part, being able to go out here and race real close,” Swindell said. “There were a few times with Chad we were only inches apart in a nice drift. I wasn’t trying to give and he wasn’t either, but we weren’t really pushing each other around. It’s fun to have that kind of respect and race like that.”

Swindell restarted in the lead and narrowly held off Kemenah for the final seven laps.

“It was really, really close and he raced me really, really clean,” Kemenah said. “That makes it so much better for the fans when we get to slide each other. I don’t know how many times it was, but I think we put on a really good show here for these fans who came out to support this deal.”

Schatz, whose split time working as the race promoter because his family owns Red River Valley Speedway, ended third. It was his best finish in the past seven races and was good enough to regain the World of Outlaws championship points lead.

“It’s a very difficult night trying to play driver and promoter, track prep and a little bit of everything,” Schatz said. “It was a great capacity crowd here tonight and I’m glad to be a part of this event.

“Promoter is a lot tougher job than anybody thinks. At the end of the day when you hear the cheers of the fans and the roar of the crowd when the racing is going on, it’s well worth it.”

Jason Sides was fourth and Kraig Kinser finished fifth. Craig Dollansky placed sixth and fast qualifier Saldana was seventh. Kerry Madsen worked from 17 th to eighth and Chris Shirek earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after driving from 19th to ninth. Cody Darrah rounded out the top 10.

Kemenah, Kraig Kinser and Austen Wheatley each claimed a heat race, and Bob Martin won the Last Chance Showdown.

Red River Valley Speedway Notebook

NOTES – Joey Saldana set fast time in qualifying for the fifth time this season and the third time in the last four races. … Chad Kemenah and Kraig Kinser each picked up their fifth heat race win of the season and Austen Wheatley won his second. … Sammy Swindell won his second dash of the season. … Bob Martin claimed the Last Chance Showdown for the second straight race. … This is the fifth different state that Swindell has won a feature in this season. … The top five drivers in the championship standings are separated by only 72 points.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS – Penske Shocks ($100 certificate): Chris Shirek; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Sammy Swindell; Comp Cams ($50 certificate): Sammy Swindell; Armor All (case of product): Jason Sides; STP ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; UNOH ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Gravely Tractors ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; VP Racing Fuel ($50 cash): Chris Shirek; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Lucas Wolfe; JE Pistons (set of rings): Lucas Wolfe; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Bill Rose; Wix Filters ($50 cash): Austin Pierce; Superflow ($50 cash): Austin Pierce; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Kaley Gharst; JE Pistons (set of rings): Lee Grosz; MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Casey Mack; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash): Bob Martin.

WINNERS – Sammy Swindell – 5 (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 – 4 (I-96 Speedway on June 2, Hagerstown Speedway on May 20, Tri-State Speedway on April 21 and Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Joey Saldana – 3 (The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 25, Paducah International Raceway on April 13 and Perris Auto Speedway on March 10); Donny Schatz – 3 (Farmer City Raceway on April 25, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 23 and Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Tim Kaeding – 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 16 and The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8); Chad Kemenah – 2 (Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 28 and Eldora Speedway on May 4); Kraig Kinser – 2 (River Cities Speedway on June 15 and Kokomo Speedway on June 5); Steve Kinser – 2 (Orange County Fair Speedway on May 19 and Williams Grove Speedway on May 12); Danny Dietrich – 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 10); Danny Lasoski – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 18); Kerry Madsen – 1 (Knoxville Raceway on June 9); Paul McMahan – 1 (Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on May 16); Fred Rahmer – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 11); Brad Sweet – 1 (Clay County Fairgrounds on June 8).

TIME TRIALS – Joey Saldana was the fastest qualifier around the 3/8-mile oval with a time of 12.566 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Craig Dollansky (4 points), Casey Mack (3), Cody Darrah (2) and Justin Henderson (1).

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Red River Valley Speedway Statistical Report; Fargo, N.D.; June 16, 2012

A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [1] [$10,000]; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah [8] [$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [11] [$3,200]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [7] [$2,800]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9] [$2,500]; 6. 7-Craig Dollansky [3] [$2,300]; 7. 9-Joey Saldana [4] [$2,200]; 8. 29-Kerry Madsen [17] [$2,100]; 9. 1K-Chris Shirek [19] [$2,050]; 10. 4-Cody Darrah [5] [$2,000]; 11. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [12] [$1,500]; 12. 6-Bill Rose [16] [$1,200]; 13. 82-Justin Henderson [2] [$1,100]; 14. 44W-Austen Wheatley [10] [$1,050]; 15. 2-Austin Pierce [14] [$1,000]; 16. 91K-Kyle Fedyk [22] [$900]; 17. 10TRB-Bob Martin [20] [$800]; 18. 6C-Kaley Gharst [24] [$800]; 19. 11-Steve Kinser [13] [$800]; 20. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [21] [$800]; 21. 19-Lee Grosz [15] [$800]; 22. 17M-Todd Mickelson [18] [$800]; 23. 8-Casey Mack [6] [$800]; 24. 92-Mitch Mack [23] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-8, 23-30; Chad Kemenah 9-22. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1K-Chris Shirek [+10].

Qualifying – 1. 9-Joey Saldana, 12.566; 2. 7-Craig Dollansky, 12.728; 3. 8-Casey Mack, 12.731; 4. 4-Cody Darrah, 12.735; 5. 82-Justin Henderson, 12.825; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell, 12.842; 7. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.875; 8. 63-Chad Kemenah, 12.879; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.908; 10. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 12.999; 11. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.030; 12. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.069; 13. 6C-Kaley Gharst, 13.097; 14. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.121; 15. 2-Austin Pierce, 13.152; 16. 19-Lee Grosz, 13.153; 17. 6-Bill Rose, 13.186; 18. 27-Chris Ranten, 13.193; 19. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.285; 20. 17M-Todd Mickelson, 13.375; 21. 16-Rayce Martin, 13.409; 22. 1K-Chris Shirek, 13.420; 23. 10TRB-Bob Martin, 13.547; 24. 6N-Greg Nikitenko, 13.562; 25. 91K-Kyle Fedyk, 13.769; 26. 92-Mitch Mack, 13.845; 27. 2K-Kevin Ingle, 14.643.

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 44W-Austen Wheatley [1]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 3. 4-Cody Darrah [3]; 4. 9-Joey Saldana [4]; 5. 19-Lee Grosz [6]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [7]; 7. 1K-Chris Shirek [8]; 8. 91K-Kyle Fedyk [9]; 9. 6C-Kaley Gharst [5].

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 63-Chad Kemenah [2]; 2. 7-Craig Dollansky [4]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 4. 11-Steve Kinser [5]; 5. 82-Justin Henderson [3]; 6. 6-Bill Rose [6]; 7. 10TRB-Bob Martin [8]; 8. 17M-Todd Mickelson [7]; 9. 92-Mitch Mack [9].

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell [3]; 3. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [1]; 4. 2-Austin Pierce [5]; 5. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [8]; 6. 8-Casey Mack [4]; 7. 27-Chris Ranten [6]; 8. 16-Rayce Martin [7]; 9. 2K-Kevin Ingle [9].

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [1]; 2. 82-Justin Henderson [2]; 3. 7-Craig Dollansky [5]; 4. 9-Joey Saldana [6]; 5. 4-Cody Darrah [3]; 6. 8-Casey Mack [4]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 8. 63-Chad Kemenah [8]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9]; 10. 44W-Austen Wheatley [10].

B-Main – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 10TRB-Bob Martin [6] [-]; 2. 1K-Chris Shirek [5] [-]; 3. 91K-Kyle Fedyk [7] [-]; 4. 17M-Todd Mickelson [3] [-]; 5. 92-Mitch Mack [8] [-]; 6. 6C-Kaley Gharst [1] [-]; 7. 27-Chris Ranten [2] [$200]; 8. 16-Rayce Martin [4] [$180]; 9. 2K-Kevin Ingle [9] [$175].