Swindell Seeks to Remain Undefeated at Merced on Friday Night

 

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars set to invade central California bullring

 

MERCED, Calif. – March 24, 2014 – Sammy Swindell will attempt to remain undefeated in World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series competition at Merced Speedway when the Greatest Show on Dirt invades the central California bullring on Friday night.

Swindell, a three-time champion with 292 victories, is the only driver who has finished in the top five in all three previous Outlaw events at Merced. However, Swindell will have his hands full with not only the Outlaws but also an impressive array of California racers, including Rico Abreu, who beat the Outlaws two weekends ago in Tulare, Calif.

 

 

Championship points leader Paul McMahan, who was fifth last season at Merced, was raised in California and would love nothing more than to post his second victory of the season on Friday night. Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet, another California native who is competing for the championship for the first time, is a two-time winner this season and looking to keep the pressure on McMahan.

 

After Swindell, two other drivers have fared well at Merced. Jason Sides has a pair of third-place finishes while California superstar Tim Kaeding has run second and third. Kaeding no doubt would love nothing more than to get his first win of the season on Friday night.

 

Tony Stewart Racing’s Donny Schatz, a two-time winnerthis season, was narrowly edged out on Saturday night in Stockton by Kerry Madsen in a race nobody will soon forget. Schatz has one top-five run at Merced but is the only driver with seven top-five’s to start this season in his quest for a sixth World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship.

 

Last year’s runner-up Daryn Pittman was the eventual series champion last year. With a win on the same weekend as Abreu’s at Thunderbowl Raceway, Pittman and his Kasey Kahne Racing crew is hitting on all cylinders.

 

Friday night’s event will also mark the final time Steve Kinser races during his “Salute to the King” tour at Merced in his quest for a 21st championship. Kinser’s average finish at Merced is 11th, with a best of seventh in 2012. This season has been somewhat magical for Kinser. He’s fifth in the championship entering this weekend with a highly emotional victory in Florida and a series of podium finishes that kicked off the west coast swing.

 

For tickets and more information about Friday night’s race, click www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

 

Previous World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series winners at Merced Speedway include:

2013 – Sammy Swindell on March 29

2012 – Sammy Swindell on March 30

2011 – Sammy Swindell on April 1

 

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos.

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5’s

Top 10’s

QT

1

Paul McMahan

1278

0

1

4

8

3

2

Donny Schatz

1272

-6

2

7

7

0

3

Daryn Pittman

1258

-20

1

4

7

1

4

Kerry Madsen

1257

-21

1

5

8

0

5

Steve Kinser

1248

-30

1

4

7

0

6

Brad Sweet

1220

-58

2

5

7

0

7

Joey Saldana

1180

-98

0

3

6

4

8

Tim Kaeding

1172

-106

0

1

5

0

9

Kraig Kinser

1123

-155

0

0

3

0

10

Cody Darrah

1117

-161

0

1

5

0

11

Sammy Swindell

1098

-180

0

1

3

0

12

Jason Sides

1039

-239

0

1

2

0

13

Terry McCarl

1029

-249

0

2

4

1

14

Rico Abreu

976

-302

1

1

2

0

15

Logan Schuchart

933

-345

0

1

2

0

16

Lucas Wolfe

802

-476

0

0

0

0

17

Danny Lasoski

678

-600

0

0

0

0

18

Jacob Allen

675

-603

0

0

0

0

19

Jason Meyers

649

-629

0

2

3

0

20

Jac Haudenschild

626

-652

0

0

1

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), Lincoln Welders (Official Welder), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Bruce High Performance Transporters, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, MSD, Sweet Manufacturing, and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: ButlerBuilt, Intercomp, J&J Auto Racing, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.