Swindell Dominates World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars at Skagit

 

Earns third victory of the season, first win at Washington track since 1979

 

ALGER, Wash. – Aug. 30, 2013 – Sammy Swindell dominated the opening round of the Monster Meltdown Friday night at Skagit Speedway to earn his third World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory of the season and his first win at the Washington bullring since 1979.

 

Kerry Madsen was the runner-up for his third consecutive podium finish as Paul McMahan, Joey Saldana and World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship leader Daryn Pittman rounded out the top five with the series embarking on its west coast Gold Rush Tour of nine races in 10 nights.

 

Swindell, a three-time series champion, started the 25-lap A-main from the pole position and controlled it through three stoppages, two reds and a caution, by a using his track position on each restart to control the pace coming back to green.

“Well I know how to make them take off,” said Swindell, of Germantown, Tenn. “That was good to start up front, this Big Game Treestands Maxim was just rolling. We had a different Parker motor in there tonight that would just take off from a crawl. We finally hit it right, started in the right spot and had a good car to keep us up there.”

 

Madsen finished second in his Keneric Racing EarthEx KPC to complete a game of podium bingo after running first and third last weekend while the series was in Edmonton.

 

“I actually butchered the original start and lost some spots, but pushed really hard on the following restarts and had a good car there at the end,” said Madsen, of St. Marys, N.S.W., Australia. “The car was fantastic and we had a great run. The cushion was as heavy as I’ve ever seen it here and it took me half the race to figure out to keep the right rear off of it, and once I started cheating it I ran a lot faster and was running those guys down.”

 

McMahan drove his CJB Motorsports car to a third-place finish, the same spot he is running in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship.

 

“We were good on the bottom and that was going to be my only shot at them,” said McMahan, of Nashville, Tenn. “Every time we would get to lapped traffic a red would come out and it wouldn’t give us that shot. Double file restarts weren’t our friend tonight, Sammy’s motors take off really well and we have a stumble in ours. He can chug you down really slow and his motors take off and ours weren’t. I can tell you why Sammy starts off really slow, because everybody else’s doesn’t take off and his does.”

 

Up front Swindell was untouchable after starting from the pole. McMahan ran second much of the event with Madsen running in the top five most of the race. Kraig Kinser fell to the sixth spot after starting second in the feature event, one spot ahead of father, Steve, who started 15th in the field.

 

West coast native and fan favorite Tim Kaeding earned the heard Charger award with a 10th-place finish after starting 19th in the feature.

 

Five-time series champion, Donny Schatz struggled most of the night. After qualifying outside the inversion, he missed a transfer position to the feature in his heat race. Schatz started on the pole of the Last Chance Showdown and won the event. He struggled most of the feature falling back from the 16th starting position before a late-race charge earned him an 11th-place finish. It was the first time since July 12 – a span of 16 races – Schatz missed a podium finish, ending a remarkable stretch that saw Schatz close quickly on championship leader Pittman. The result helped Pittman expand his lead to 41 points in the championship battle.

SKAGIT SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK

NOTES – Daryn Pittman was the fastest qualifier around the high-banked 3/10-mile oval with a time of 10.718 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Brad Sweet (4 points), Joey Saldana (3), Paul McMahan (2) and Chad Kemenah (1). … Craig Dollansky, Bill Rose, Sammy Swindell won heat races. … The dash draw was a 8 for the 13th time this years… Sammy Swindell won the dash for the third time this year.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Jonathan Allard; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Sammy Swindell; STP ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah UNOH ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; American Racing Custom Wheels ($50 cash): Steve Kinser; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Cody Darrah; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Tim Kaeding; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Superflow ($50 cash): Brandon Wimmer; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash): Bill Rose; KSE Racing Products ($100 certificate): Tim Kaeding; Penske Shocks ($100 certificate): Bill Rose; Armor All (case of product): Brandon Wimmer.; Comp Cams ($50 certificate): Sammy Swindell; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($200 certificates): Joey aSaldana, Jason Sides, Jonathan Allard; JE Pistons (set of rings): Austin Wheatley, Jonathan Allard

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Skagit Speedway; Alger, Wash.; Aug. 30, 2013

A-Main – (25 Laps): 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [1] [$8,000]; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen [3] [$4,000]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [4] [$2,500]; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana [5] [$2,200]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [8] [$2,100]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2] [$2,000]; 7. 11-Steve Kinser [15] [$1,800]; 8. 4-Cody Darrah [11] [$1,600]; 9. 63-Chad Kemenah [6] [$1,500]; 10. 83-Tim Kaeding [19] [$1,300]; 11. 15-Donny Schatz [16] [$1,200]; 12. 26-Sam Hafertepe Jr [14] [$1,100]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [18] [$1,000]; 14. 9W-Brandon Wimmer [12] [$700]; 15. 49-Brad Sweet [7] [$600]; 16. 44W-Austen Wheatley [23] [$600]; 17. 6-Bill Rose [10] [$600]; 18. 88-Jesse Whitney [20] [$600]; 19. 7-Craig Dollansky [9] [$600]; 20. 77-Shane Stewart [22] [$600]; 21. 18-Travis Jacobson [17] [$600]; 22. 55-Trey Starks [13] [$600]; 23. 39C-Travis Rilat [24] [$600]; 24. O-Jonathan Allard [21] [$600]. Lap Leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 83-Tim Kaeding [+9]

Qualifying: 1. 9-Daryn Pittman, 10.718; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.787; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana, 10.821; 4. 51-Paul McMahan, 10.867; 5. 63-Chad Kemenah, 10.875; 6. 4-Cody Darrah, 10.875; 7. 29-Kerry Madsen, 10.881; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.887; 9. 1-Sammy Swindell, 10.893; 10. 7-Craig Dollansky, 10.898; 11. 6-Bill Rose, 10.920; 12. 9W-Brandon Wimmer, 10.944; 13. 55-Trey Starks, 10.947; 14. 26-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 10.951; 15. 11-Steve Kinser, 10.963; 16. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.972; 17. 18-Travis Jacobson, 10.983; 18. 7S-Jason Sides, 10.992; 19. 83-Tim Kaeding, 11.028; 20. 88-Jesse Whitney, 11.085; 21. O-Jonathan Allard, 11.095; 22. 77-Shane Stewart, 11.103; 23. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 11.114; 24. 5D-Josh Dewitt, 11.191; 25. 39C-Travis Rilat, 11.261; 26. 7X-Kevin Smith, 11.292; 27. 2J-Jonathan Jorgenson, 11.335; 28. 5R-Robby Vaughn, 11.425; 29. TI64-Alex Pettas, 11.468; 30. O8-Steve Vague, 11.739.

Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [1]; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen [2]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [3]; 5. 83-Tim Kaeding [7]; 6. 55-Trey Starks [5]; 7. 77-Shane Stewart [8]; 8. 39C-Travis Rilat [9]; 9. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 10. 5R-Robby Vaughn [10].

Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 6-Bill Rose [1]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 3. 26-Sam Hafertepe Jr [5]; 4. 63-Chad Kemenah [3]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 6. 18-Travis Jacobson [6]; 7. 7X-Kevin Smith [9]; 8. 44W-Austen Wheatley [8]; 9. 88-Jesse Whitney [7]; 10. TI64-Alex Pettas [10].

Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [2]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 3. 9W-Brandon Wimmer [1]; 4. 11-Steve Kinser [5]; 5. 4-Cody Darrah [3]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 7. 5D-Josh Dewitt [8]; 8. 2J-Jonathan Jorgenson [9]; 9. O8-Steve Vague [10]; 10. O-Jonathan Allard [7].

Dash – (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature): 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [1]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [3]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [5]; 5. 71M-Joey Saldana [6]; 6. 63-Chad Kemenah [4]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [7]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman [8]; 9. 7-Craig Dollansky [9]; 10. 6-Bill Rose [10].

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1] [-]; 2. 77-Shane Stewart [4] [-]; 3. 88-Jesse Whitney [2] [-]; 4. O-Jonathan Allard [3] [-]; 5. 44W-Austen Wheatley [5] [-]; 6. 39C-Travis Rilat [7] [-]; 7. 5D-Josh Dewitt [6] [$200]; 8. 5R-Robby Vaughn [10] [$180]; 9. 2J-Jonathan Jorgenson [9] [$175]; 10. 7X-Kevin Smith [8] [$160]; 11. TI64-Alex Pettas [11] [$150]; 12. O8-Steve Vague [12] [$150].

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos. Driver Total Diff Wins Top 5’s Top 10’s QT
1 Daryn Pittman 8027 0 8 37 47 12
2 Donny Schatz 7986 -41 17 36 49 2
3 Paul McMahan 7828 -199 3 27 45 13
4 Craig Dollansky 7551 -476 6 17 35 1
5 Sammy Swindell 7505 -522 3 15 36 4
6 Joey Saldana 7491 -536 0 15 34 5
7 Cody Darrah 7259 -768 2 11 23 2
8 Steve Kinser 7142 -885 2 7 25 0
9 Kerry Madsen 7133 -894 3 12 29 1
10 Chad Kemenah 7062 -965 0 12 21 2
11 Jason Sides 7051 -976 0 10 28 1
12 Kraig Kinser 7024 -1003 1 8 26 0
13 David Gravel 6749 -1278 1 7 24 1
14 Tim Kaeding 5646 -2381 7 21 27 0
15 Bill Rose 3603 -4424 0 0 1 0
16 Sam Hafertepe Jr. 3336 -4691 0 1 6 1
17 Brian Brown 3136 -4891 0 5 12 0
18 Brad Sweet 2991 -5036 1 9 12 2
19 Greg Wilson 2842 -5185 0 1 3 0
20 Wayne Johnson 2617 -5410 0 0 2 0

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), KMC (Official Custom Truck Wheel), University of Northwestern Ohio, VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), Vicci (Official Apparel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Bruce High Performance Transporters, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, KSE Racing Products, MSD Ignitions, Penske Shocks and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: ButlerBuilt, Fuel Safe, Intercomp, J&J Auto Racing, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo, TNT Rescue and Winters Performance.