Sammy Swindell Charges to Victory at Cedar Lake Speedway

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. – June 30, 2013 – Sammy Swindell is no stranger to victory lane at Cedar Lake Speedway, and on Sunday night he notched his seventh World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win at the track. Swindell slid passed Joey Saldana on a restart on lap 28 and never looked back.

Swindell was joined on the podium by Saldana who finished second and 20-time series champion Steve Kinser. Daryn Pittman collected fourth place after a starting 24th in the feature. Paul McMahan, who set quick time for the event in qualifying for the 10th time this season, rounded out the top five in the feature event.

“The whole Big Game Tree Stands team had a good car we didn’t have to do very much to it tonight, so maybe we’re getting on to what we need to do or where we need to be to win some of these races,” said the Germantown, Tenn., driver of the Big Game Tree Stands Eagle. “The set ups and the way you drive the car are so much different than what it’s been, and it’s probably taken me a bit longer to really figure that out.”

Until that point Saldana had led the race from the drop of the green flag, but was heavily challenged for the lead.

“I don’t know, I went to the top earlier and that was not the right place to be, so I went to the bottom and that was working,” admitted the Brownsburg, Ind., resident. “I went to the cushion probably sooner than what I should have, maybe I should have slid more, I don’t know, he definitely did his homework he’s a smart racer, Sammy. He didn’t make the same mistake after the third or fourth time. He got position of on me and won the race.”

Swindell, Kinser and Kemenah all rushed to throw a slide job at Saldana on each and every restart, but the first legitimate contender to arise was Donny Schatz.

Schatz picked his way through the field after starting fifth and by lap 19 was within striking distance. Schatz began working the bottom waiting for an opportunity to seal the pass. However, just as the chance came the caution flew. An incident in turn four collected three cars just ahead of the leaders, and claimed a fourth in Donny Schatz, who had to restart at the back because of his involvement in the wreck.

On the final restart of the event on lap 27, Swindell figured out the track and going into one through a slide job and after Saldana checked up, Swindell secured the position. Kinser closed and made one last effort at Saldana, but could not complete the pass.

Kinser earned his second podium finish in 10 days, with the first coming at River Cities Speedway.

“I had a good run and the car felt pretty good,” said the 20 time Outlaw champion “I’ve been struggling and I don’t know what the problem is… We’ve been slowly creeping up on it a little bit, but we’ve still got a long ways to go.”

Pittman, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship leader, had a rocky start to his night after qualifying eighth. Pittman was involved in the second wreck of heat two, with both incidents happening on the opening lap. Pittman flipped into turn three after contact with Bill Balog. Pittman would go to a backup car which would send him to the back of the Last Chance Showdown, and after earning a transfer spot, the back of the feature.

Also involved in a wreck on the same lap were Tim Kaeding and Ryan Wilson who tangled in turn one and two. They both walked away, but the incident ended both of their nights.

Schatz also had woes, but his came in the feature event. After being involved in a wreck while running for the lead, he flipped his car in turn four during the feature. Schatz repaired his machine, but ended up finishing 18th. The finish cost Schatz the second place in the championship standings as McMahan would inherit the position. McMahan trails Pittman by 130 points while Schatz sits another 11 behind McMahan going into the series next event.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series heads to Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, S.D. this Wednesday night. Next weekend the series moves on to Dodge City (Kans.) Raceway Park for the Boot Hill Showdown

NOTES – Paul McMahan was the fastest qualifier around high-banked, 1/3-mile oval with a time of 11.465 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Sammy Swindell (4 points), Wayne Johnson (3), Joey Saldana (2) and Bill Balog (1). … Chad Kemenah, Sammy Swindell, and Kerry Madsen won heat races. … The dash draw was a 6 for the 22nd time this year. … Chad Kemenah won the dash for the second time this year.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): David Gravel; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Sammy Swindell; STP ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; UNOH ($50 cash): Cody Darrah; American Racing Custom Wheels ($50 cash): Cody Darrah; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Superflow ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash): Wayne Johnson;KSE Racing Products ($100 certificate): Daryn Pittman; Penske Shocks ($100 certificate): Joey Saldana;Armor All (case of product): Bill Balog; Comp Cams ($50 certificate): Joey Saldana; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($200 certificates): Paul McMahan, Craig Dollansky, David Gravel; JE Pistons (set of rings): Wayne Johnson, Bill Rose.
World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Cedar Lake Speedway; New Richmond, Wis.; June 30, 2013

A-Main – (35 Laps): 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [4] [$10,000]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [2] [$5,500]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [14] [$3,200]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [24] [$2,800]; 5. 51-Paul McMahan [8] [$2,500]; 6. 17B-Bill Balog [3] [$2,300]; 7. 4-Cody Darrah [15] [$2,200]; 8. 82-Jason Solwold [11] [$2,100]; 9. 63-Chad Kemenah [1] [$2,050]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides [12] [$2,000]; 11. 55X-James McFadden [20] [$1,500]; 12. 29-Kerry Madsen [9] [$1,200]; 13. 21-Brian Brown [13] [$1,100]; 14. 7-Craig Dollansky [7] [$1,050]; 15. 18-Ian Madsen [18] [$1,000]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [16] [$900]; 17. 77X-Wayne Johnson [6] [$800]; 18. 15-Donny Schatz [5] [$800]; 19. 97-Alan Gilbertson [23] [$800]; 20. 24-Rico Abreu [10] [$800]; 21. 55-R.J. Johnson [22] [$800]; 22. 6R-Bill Rose [17] [$800]; 23. 4K-Kris Spitz [21] [$800]; 24. 6-David Gravel [19] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Joey Saldana 1-27, Sammy Swindell 28-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-Daryn Pittman [+20]

Qualifying: 1. 51-Paul McMahan, 11.465; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell, 11.505; 3. 77X-Wayne Johnson, 11.533; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana, 11.599; 5. 17B-Bill Balog, 11.619; 6. 82-Jason Solwold, 11.645; 7. 63-Chad Kemenah, 11.657; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.657; 9. 29-Kerry Madsen, 11.663; 10. 7-Craig Dollansky, 11.682; 11. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.686; 12. 24-Rico Abreu, 11.695; 13. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.697; 14. 21-Brian Brown, 11.702; 15. 11-Steve Kinser, 11.710; 16. 4-Cody Darrah, 11.718; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.718; 18. 6R-Bill Rose, 11.733; 19. 56-David Heskin, 11.750; 20. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.787; 21. 6-David Gravel, 11.848; 22. 55X-James McFadden, 11.853; 23. 83-Tim Kaeding, 11.859; 24. 4K-Kris Spitz, 11.999; 25. 55-R.J. Johnson, 12.063; 26. 19-Ryan Wilson, 12.422; 27. 97-Alan Gilbertson, 12.670

Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 63-Chad Kemenah [2]; 2. 7-Craig Dollansky [1]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [3]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [5]; 5. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 6. 4-Cody Darrah [6]; 7. 55X-James McFadden [8]; 8. 56-David Heskin [7]; 9. 55-R.J. Johnson [9]

Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [4]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [7]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog [3]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [5]; 7. 19-Ryan Wilson [9]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 9. 83-Tim Kaeding [8]

Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [2]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu [1]; 3. 77X-Wayne Johnson [4]; 4. 82-Jason Solwold [3]; 5. 11-Steve Kinser [5]; 6. 6-David Gravel [7]; 7. 6R-Bill Rose [6]; 8. 4K-Kris Spitz [8]; 9. 97-Alan Gilbertson [9]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature): 1. 63-Chad Kemenah [1]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [3]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog [2]; 4. 1-Sammy Swindell [5]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [9]; 6. 77X-Wayne Johnson [4]; 7. 7-Craig Dollansky [8]; 8. 51-Paul McMahan [6]; 9. 29-Kerry Madsen [7]; 10. 24-Rico Abreu [10]

Last Chance Showdown – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 55X-James McFadden [3] [-]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [7] [-]; 3. 6R-Bill Rose [1] [-]; 4. 4K-Kris Spitz [4] [-]; 5. 55-R.J. Johnson [5] [-]; 6. 97-Alan Gilbertson [6] [-]; 7. 56-David Heskin [2] [$200]; 8. 83-Tim Kaeding [8] [$180]; 9. 19-Ryan Wilson [9] [$175]