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Swindell’s Aggressive Move Wins Kasey Kahne Challenge

He maintains a slim championship lead over runner-up Joey Saldana

SEDALIA, Mo. — April 20, 2012 — Friday was a night of attrition as the cream rose to the top in the opening round of the Kasey Kahne Challenge.

Sammy Swindell and Joey Saldana, who entered the $10,000-to-win World of Outlaws event at Missouri State Fair Speedway within five points of each other for the championship lead, put on an electric show on a crisp night in front of a stellar crowd at the fairgrounds.

The duo nearly took each other out on a restart with three laps remaining as they made contact entering turn one on the half-mile oval. Instead, Swindell held on to the top spot after an aggressive move to get to the bottom of the track and he pulled away to pick up his first World of Outlaws win at Missouri State Fair Speedway since 1985.

“We’re not just driving around people so you’ve got to use every bit that you have and you’ve got to take advantage of it,” said Swindell, who also won with the Outlaws in Sedalia in 1982.

“The main thing is to put yourself in the right position. When we’re in front we had control of the first corner. Once it was like that and you get out there running, the guy has to run behind you in the dirty air and if theirs were like mine, it wasn’t much fun.”

It was a bittersweet night for Saldana, who is only eight points behind Swindell after a runner-up finish.

“When you’re racing guys like Sammy Swindell, Steve Kinser, Donny Schatz, they’re champions (and) have won a lot of races,” Saldana said. “You’ve got to learn from your mistakes and hope that you don’t do it again. We were in position. I just had to put my car in a better spot and I think we could have won the race.”

The drivers battled throughout several aggressive restarts, including one on lap 15 when the duo made it three wide with leader Cody Darrah getting stuck in the middle. Swindell capitalized on momentum in the outside lane to rocket into the lead off turn two as Saldana catapulted off the bottom lane to move into a close second.

Missouri native Brian Brown maneuvered from sixth to third on the same restart as the trio pulled to a sizeable advantage. Darrah, who was running fourth, brought out a caution with three laps remaining when he stopped in turn four with a broken U-joint.

Swindell chose the outside lane on the double-file restart and Saldana entered turn one side by side for the lead. They exited turn two in a tight battle before the final caution waved as NASCAR star Tony Stewart sustained a flat right rear tire while running fifth.

Swindell again picked the outside lane, which set up a drag race to turn one. In what looked like a dead heat, Swindell edged Saldana to the inside groove in turn one as their cars touched. Saldana lost momentum as Swindell cleared him for the lead.

“The way he raced me going into (turn) one, I should have raced him a little harder going into (turns) three and four,” Saldana said. “I had position on him there and I let it go. I just should have raced him harder because of the way he raced me earlier in that lap.

“I was just trying to race my car really clean. You get to a point like that and you kind of have to throw that out of the window if you’re going to win an Outlaws show. Tonight I think I just drove my car a little too easy.”

Brown closed within two car lengths of Saldana before his car began to show signs of running out of fuel, forcing Brown to race conservatively the last two laps.

“When you run a top three anywhere, it’s good, especially with the Outlaws,” he said. “With two to go, I was running out of fuel or I thought we may have had something for them. Hats off to Sammy and Joey. They’re at the top of their game right now and to run third to those guys is an honor.”

Donny Schatz earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after driving from 19th to fourth, which kept him third in the championship standings – only 20 points behind Swindell. Jason Sides, who started 14th, rounded out the top five.

Kerry Madsen drove from 12th to sixth with Kraig Kinser finishing seventh. Brady Bacon was eighth and Craig Dollansky placed ninth after violently flipping on the first lap of the dash. David Gravel charged from 17th to round out the top 10.

Stewart, outside polesitter and Missouri native Danny Lasoski, and Swindell each claimed a heat race. Brown won the Last Chance Showdown and Dollansky was the fast qualifier with a time of 15.975 seconds.

Round 2 of the Kasey Kahne Challenge is Sunday, May 20, at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, Md.

Kasey Kahne Challenge Round 1 Notebook

CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Sammy Swindell; Comp Cams ($50 certificate): Sammy Swindell; Armor All (case of product): Paul McMahan; STP ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; UNOH ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Gravely Tractors ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; VP Racing Fuel ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Steve Kinser; JE Pistons (set of rings): Terry McCarl; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Steve Kinser; Wix Filters ($50 cash): Lucas Wolfe; Superflow ($50 cash): Lucas Wolfe; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Bill Rose; JE Pistons (set of rings): Lucas Wolfe; MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Stevie Smith.

WINNERS – Tim Kaeding – 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 16 and The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8); Joey Saldana – 2 (Paducah International Raceway on April 13 and Perris Auto Speedway on March 10); Donny Schatz – 2 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 23 and Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Sammy Swindell – 2 (Missouri State Fair Speedway on April 20 and Merced Speedway on March 30); Craig Dollansky – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Danny Lasoski – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 18).

TIME TRIALS – Craig Dollansky was the fastest qualifier around the half-mile oval with a time of 15.975 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Chad Kemenah (4 points), Steve Kinser (3), Kraig Kinser (2) and Joey Saldana (1).

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Kasey Kahne Challenge Round 1 Statistical Report; Missouri State Fair Speedway; Sedalia, Mo.; April 20, 2012

A-Main – (25 Laps) – 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [3] [$10,000]; 2. 9-Joey Saldana [5] [$5,500]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [11] [$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [19] [$2,800]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [14] [$2,500]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [12] [$2,300]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8] [$2,200]; 8. 99-Brady Bacon [7] [$2,100]; 9. 7-Craig Dollansky [9] [$2,050]; 10. 89G-David Gravel [17] [$2,000]; 11. 33-Danny Lasoski [2] [$1,500]; 12. 11-Steve Kinser [25] [$400]; 13. O1-Paul McMahan [15] [$1,100]; 14. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [16] [$1,050]; 15. 18-Tony Bruce Jr [18] [$1,000]; 16. 4S-Danny Smith [23] [$900]; 17. 6-Bill Rose [20] [$800]; 18. 4-Cody Darrah [1] [$800]; 19. 14-Tony Stewart [4] [$800]; 20. 63-Chad Kemenah [6] [$800]; 21. 24-Terry McCarl [22] [$800]; 22. 44W-Austin Wheatley [24] [$800]; 23. 54-Cap Henry [21] [$800]; 24. 19-Stevie Smith [10] [$800]; 25. 49-Brad Sweet [13] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Cody Darrah 1-14, Sammy Swindell 15-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz [+15].

Qualifying – 1. 7-Craig Dollansky, 15.975; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah, 16.002; 3. 11-Steve Kinser, 16.055; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 16.064; 5. 9-Joey Saldana, 16.071; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell, 16.072; 7. 14-Tony Stewart, 16.087; 8. 33-Danny Lasoski, 16.107; 9. 4-Cody Darrah, 16.109; 10. 21-Brian Brown, 16.114; 11. 99-Brady Bacon, 16.153; 12. 19-Stevie Smith, 16.165; 13. 29-Kerry Madsen, 16.226; 14. 49-Brad Sweet, 16.242; 15. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.243; 16. O1-Paul McMahan, 16.254; 17. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 16.256; 18. 89G-David Gravel, 16.339; 19. 18-Tony Bruce Jr, 16.415; 20. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.417; 21. 6-Bill Rose, 16.417; 22. 54-Cap Henry, 16.447; 23. 28-Brian Paulus, 16.500; 24. 24-Terry McCarl, 16.520; 25. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 16.563; 26. 4S-Danny Smith, 16.631; 27. 41-Jason Johnson, 16.654.

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 14-Tony Stewart [2]; 2. 7-Craig Dollansky [4]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [5]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 5. 18-Tony Bruce Jr [7]; 6. O1-Paul McMahan [6]; 7. 44W-Austen Wheatley [9]; 8. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 9. 54-Cap Henry [8].

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 33-Danny Lasoski [2]; 2. 99-Brady Bacon [1]; 3. 9-Joey Saldana [3]; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [6]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [7]; 6. 63-Chad Kemenah [4]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 8. 28-Brian Paulus [8]; 9. 4S-Danny Smith [9].

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [3]; 2. 19-Stevie Smith [1]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [5]; 4. 89G-David Gravel [6]; 5. 4-Cody Darrah [2]; 6. 24-Terry McCarl [8]; 7. 6-Bill Rose [7]; 8. 11-Steve Kinser [4]; 9. 41-Jason Johnson [9].

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 4-Cody Darrah [1]; 2. 33-Danny Lasoski [2]; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell [4]; 4. 14-Tony Stewart [3]; 5. 9-Joey Saldana [5]; 6. 63-Chad Kemenah [7]; 7. 99-Brady Bacon [9]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]; 9. 7-Craig Dollansky [8]; 10. 19-Stevie Smith [10].

B-Main – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 21-Brian Brown [2] [-]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [3] [-]; 3. 54-Cap Henry [5] [-]; 4. 6-Bill Rose [4] [-]; 5. 4S-Danny Smith [8] [-]; 6. 44W-Austen Wheatley [7] [-]; 7. 28-Brian Paulus [6] [$200]; 8. 11-Steve Kinser [1] [$180].

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Top 20 Championship Standings










Sammy Swindell








Joey Saldana








Donny Schatz








Kraig Kinser








Jason Sides








Steve Kinser








Craig Dollansky








Cody Darrah








Chad Kemenah








Lucas Wolfe








Kerry Madsen








Bill Rose








Terry McCarl








Jason Meyers








Jac Haudenschild








Sam Hafertepe Jr.








Austen Wheatley








Tim Kaeding








David Gravel








Brian Brown















The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Armor All (Official Car Care Products), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Goodyear Tires (Official Tire), Gravely Tractors (Official Lawn Equipment), University of Northwestern Ohio, VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), Vicci (Official Apparel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, MSD Ignitions, Penske Shocks, Superflow Dynos and Wix Filters; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Astro Titanium, Fuel Safe, Intercomp, J&J Auto Racing, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.

(Jimmy Jones/Jones Sports Media)

Kasey Kahne Challenge: Swindell Claims Round 1

(11:23 p.m.) Here are the official results:

1, Sammy Swindell. 2, Joey Saldana. 3, Brian Brown. 4, Donny Schatz. 5, Jason Sides. 6, Kerry Madsen. 7, Kraig Kinser. 8, Brady Bacon. 9, Craig Dollansky. 10, David Gravel. 11, Danny Lasoski. 12, Steve Kinser. 13, Paul McMahan. 14, Lucas Wolfe. 15, Tony Bruce Jr. 16, Danny Smith. 17, Bill Rose. 18, Cody Darrah. 19, Tony Stewart. 20, Chad Kemenah. 21, Terry McCarl. 22, Austen Wheatley. 23, Cap Henry. 24, Stevie Smith. 25, Brad Sweet.

(11:12 p.m.) Sammy Swindell held off Joey Saldana to pick up the victory. Brian Brown was third with Donny Schatz fourth and Jason Sides fifth.

Complete results will be posted after Victory Lane.

(11:08 p.m.) Caution on the restart for Tony Stewart, who stopped in turn two with a flat right rear tire.

(11:06 p.m.) Cody Darrah was running fourth and stopped in turn four on lap 23. Sammy Swindell leads Joey Saldana, Brian Brown, Brady Bacon and Tony Stewart.

(10:59 p.m.) Chad Kemenah was charging for the lead and dove underneath leader Cody Darrah entering turn three on lap 15 when Kemenah hit an infield tire and stopped in turn two.

Darrah leads with Sammy Swindell, Tony Stewart, Joey Saldana and Brady Bacon rounding out the top five, respectively.

(10:53 p.m.) Austen Wheatley stopped in turn four on lap seven to bring out another caution. Cody Darrah is the leader with Sammy Swindell, Tony Stewart, Joey Saldana and Danny Lasoski rounding out the top five, respectively.

(10:45 p.m.) Brad Sweet is finished for the night. It will be a complete restart.

(10:41 p.m.) Brad Sweet spun after what looked like contact with another car entering turn one on the opening lap. Sweet’s car then flipped a couple of times. He is ok and they are taking the car to the work area.

(10:40 p.m.) One lap to go before the green flag is waved.

(10:39 p.m.) Stevie Smith has pulled into the pits and it looks like his night is finished.

(10:35 p.m.) The cars have fired and Stevie Smith has gone to the work area.

(10:25 p.m.) The feature cars are being pushed onto the track.

(10:19 p.m.) Cars are headed toward staging.

(9:58 p.m.) Here is the lineup for the 25-lap feature:

1, Cody Darrah. 2, Danny Lasoski. 3, Sammy Swindell. 4, Tony Stewart. 5, Joey Saldana. 6, Chad Kemenah. 7, Brady Bacon. 8, Kraig Kinser. 9, Craig Dollansky. 10, Stevie Smith. 11, Brian Brown. 12, Kerry Madsen. 13, Brad Sweet. 14, Jason Sides. 15, Paul McMahan. 16, Lucas Wolfe. 17, David Gravel. 18, Tony Bruce Jr. 19, Donny Schatz. 20, Bill Rose. 21, Cap Henry. 22, Terry McCarl. 23, Danny Smith. 24, Austen Wheatley. 25, Steve Kinser.

(9:53 p.m.) Brian Brown led all 10 laps to win the Last Chance Showdown. Brad Sweet, Cap Henry, Bill Rose, Danny Smith and Austen Wheatley also earned transfers to the feature. Here are the results:

1, Brian Brown. 2, Brad Sweet. 3, Cap Henry. 4, Bill Rose. 5, Danny Smith. 6, Austen Wheatley. 7, Brian Paulus. 8, Steve Kinser (DNS). 9,
Jason Johnson (DNS).

(9:45 p.m.) In his first appearance at the track, Cody Darrah outlasted Danny Lasoski to win the dash and earn the pole for the 25-lap feature. Here are the dash results:

1, Cody Darrah. 2, Danny Lasoski. 3, Sammy Swindell. 4, Tony Stewart. 5, Joey Saldana. 6, Chad Kemenah. 7, Brady Bacon. 8, Kraig Kinser. 9, Craig Dollansky. 10, Stevie Smith.

(9:41 p.m.) Kraig Kinser won’t return for the dash. Also, Jason Johnson has scratched from the Last Chance Showdown.

(9:32 p.m.) Kraig Kinser, Craig Dollansky and Stevie Smith crashed on the frontstretch of the opening lap of the dash. Kinser tipped on his side and Dollansky flipped. All drivers are ok.

Kinser is headed to the work area. Dollansky and Smith are done for the dash and will line up ninth and 10th, respectively, in the feature.

(9:25 p.m.) The eight was drawn for the dash inversion so fast qualifier Craig Dollansky will start on the outside of the fourth row. Here is the lineup:

1, Cody Darrah. 2, Danny Lasoski. 3, Tony Stewart. 4, Sammy Swindell. 5, Joey Saldana. 6, Kraig Kinser. 7 Chad Kemenah. 8, Craig Dollansky. 9, Brady Bacon. 10, Stevie Smith.

(9:22 p.m.) Steve Kinser and Brian Brown are slated to start on the front row of the Last Chance Showdown, which has been changed to 10 laps. Here is the lineup:

1, Steve Kinser. 2, Brian Brown. 3, Brad Sweet. 4, Bill Rose. 5, Cap Henry. 6, Brian Paulus. 7, Austen Wheatley. 8, Danny Smith. 9, Jason Johnson.

(8:59 p.m.) Sammy Swindell passed Stevie Smith exiting turn two on the restart to win the third-and-final heat. Here are the results:

1, Sammy Swindell. 2, Stevie Smith. 3, Jason Sides. 4, David Gravel. 5, Cody Darrah. 6, Terry McCarl. 7, Bill Rose. 8, Steve Kinser. 9, Jason Johnson.

(8:54 p.m.) Caution on lap 7 of the third heat race. Steve Kinser, who was running fourth, lost power on the backstretch. Stevie Smith leads with Sammy Swindell, Cody Darrah, Jason Sides, David Gravel, Terry McCarl and Bill Rose in that order.

Jason Johnson pulled into the pits early in the race.

(8:47 p.m.) Danny Lasoski claimed the second heat race with Brady Bacon finishing second. Here are the results:

1, Danny Lasoski. 2, Brady Bacon. 3, Joey Saldana. 4, Lucas Wolfe. 5, Donny Schatz. 6, Chad Kemenah. 7, Brad Sweet. 8, Brian Paulus. 9, Danny Smith.

(8:40 p.m.) Tony Stewart held off fast-timer Craig Dollansky to win the first heat race. Here are the results:

1, Tony Stewart. 2, Craig Dollansky. 3, Kraig Kinser. 4, Kerry Madsen. 5, Tony Bruce Jr. 6, Paul McMahan. 7, Austen Wheatley. 8, Brian Brown. 9, Cap Henry.

(8:36) Caution on lap 7 of the first heat when leader Brian Brown went up in smoke. Speaking of smoke, Tony Stewart is leading. Craig Dollansky is second, followed by Kraig Kinser, Kerry Madsen, Tony Bruce Jr., Paul McMahan and Austen Wheatley.

Cap Henry is in the pits.

(8:31 p.m.) Cars are on the track. The first heat is about to line up.

(8:22 p.m.) The first heat is headed toward staging.

(8:11 p.m.) Here are the lineups for the eight-lap heat races:

Heat #1: 1, Brian Brown. 2, Tony Stewart. 3, Kraig Kinser. 4, Craig Dollansky. 5, Kerry Madsen. 6, Paul McMahan. 7, Tony Bruce Jr. 8, Cap Henry. 9, Austen Wheatley.

Heat #2: 1, Brady Bacon. 2, Danny Lasoski. 3, Joey Saldana. 4, Chad Kemenah. 5, Brad Sweet. 6, Lucas Wolfe. 7, Donny Schatz. 8, Brian Paulus. 9, Danny Smith.

Heat #3: 1, Stevie Smith. 2, Cody Darrah. 3, Sammy Swindell. 4, Steve Kinser. 5, Jason Sides. 6, David Gravel. 7, Bill Rose. 8, Terry McCarl. 9, Jason Johnson.

The top two go to the dash and top six to the feature.

(8:05 p.m.) Craig Dollansky was the fastest in qualifying and the only driver in the 15-second bracket with a lap of 15.975 seconds. Chad Kemenah was second at 16.002, Steve Kinser third (16.055), Kraig Kinser fourth (16.064) and Joey Saldana rounds out the top five (16.071).

(7:44 p.m.) The first car out for qualifying — Brady Bacon — is on the track.

(7:38 p.m.) Qualifying is next. The track record of 15.676 seconds was established by Craig Dollansky on March 23, 2001.

(7:38 p.m.) Steve Kinser was the quickest in the third-and-final session and overall with a lap of 16.067 seconds.

(7:32 p.m.) Brian Brown was the quickest in the second hot-lap session with a lap of 16.157 seconds.

(7:27 p.m.) Tony Stewart was the quickest in the first hot-lap session with a lap of 16.137 seconds.

(7:22 p.m.) Tony Stewart arrived by helicopter just in time for his hot-lap session, which was the first.

(7:05 p.m.) They are just putting a light coating of water on the track before the sprint car hot laps.

(6:56 p.m.) Late model hot laps just started. Sprint car hot laps are next and then qualifying.

(6:48 p.m.) The sprint car drivers are now starting to put heat in their engines.

(6:27 p.m.) The meeting just wrapped up. The drivers are set to put heat in their engines in 10 minutes and hot lap after the late models, which are supposed to hot lap at 6:45 p.m.

(6:19 p.m.) The drivers meeting started a couple of minutes and the sun is making an appearance.

(5:45 p.m.) The drivers meeting is in a half hour. There are 27 cars here, so each will get two laps in qualifying. There will be three, eight-lap heat races that transfer the top six to the 25-lap feature. The heats are inverted by four, meaning the fast qualifier starts fourth in the first heat, the second quickest starts fourth in the second heat, etc.

The top two in each heat plus the next four fastest in qualifying who advanced to the feature through their heat race make it to a six-lap dash, which will be inverted by either four, six or eight based on a random draw.

The drivers who didn’t advance to the feature will compete in a 12-lap Last Chance Showdown, which transfers the top six to the feature. The top four get their qualifying time back.

(5:22 p.m.) Here is the qualifying order, which will also serve as a roster:

99 — Brady Bacon

14 — Tony Stewart

4 — Cody Darrah

28 — Brian Paulus

01 — Paul McMahan

9 —  Joey Saldana

44w — Austen Wheatley

7s — Jason Sides

63 — Chad Kemenah

4s — Danny Smith

41 — Jason Johnson

19 — Stevie Smith

33 — Danny Lasoski

11k — Kraig Kinser

89g — David Gravel

49 — Brad Sweet

21 — Brian Brown

18 — Tony Bruce Jr.

5w — Lucas Wolfe

15 — Donny Schatz

7 — Craig Dollansky

6 — Bill Rose

1 — Sammy Swindell

29 — Kerry Madsen

24 — Terry McCarl

11 — Steve Kinser

54 — Cap Henry

(3:16 p.m.) There are 20 sprint cars in the pits as of right now, including Tony Stewart and Brad Sweet.

(2:08 p.m.) It’s been quite a temperature drop here in Sedalia, Mo., for the first event of the Kasey Kahne Challenge. It’s in the low 50s with a strong breeze, but we are racing at Missouri State Fair Speedway tonight.

There are about a dozen sprint cars in the pits right now with a few others lined up to get in. I’d estimate that we’ll be around 30 in a car count, but that’s a complete guess.

The front gate opens at 4 p.m. with hot laps scheduled for 7 p.m.

Here is our prerace video:


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