Sammy Swindell Overcomes Recent Bad Luck, Wins Knight Before the Kings Royal

Earns 294th career win and second of the season; bests non-Outlaw Tim Shaffer

ROSSBURG, Ohio — July 11, 2014 — After a string of near wins and some bad luck, three-time champion Sammy Swindell forged ahead Friday night, battling non-Outlaw Tim Shaffer and winning the Knight Before the Kings Royal, his second World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win of the season.

“It’s great – after the year we’ve had… We’ve been right there the last few races, just couldn’t pull it off at the end and tonight the car just got better and better,” Swindell said. “The Big Game Treestands car and team did an awesome job.”

Swindell has led at least part of three of the last four races – including the last Outlaws event at the Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park, where he dominated early but fell off toward the end of the event. At the first night of the Boot Hill Showdown in Dodge City, Kan., Swindell picked up the pole for the A main, but had his night ended in the first turn of the first lap, after Paul McMahan made contact with him and Swindell flipped.

Friday night at Eldora, Swindell put all of that behind him.  

Shaffer, who sat on the pole, jumped out to an early and dominate lead after a short battle with Swindell to begin the A main.

“We were a little bit too tight at the start, let Shaffer get away,” Swindell said.

By lap five, Shaffer hit the first lapped traffic in his Canton Electric car but pushed through undeterred. Swindell however was in hot pursuit and by lap 13 had caught Shaffer. Swindell made the pass in his Big Game Treestands car through turns three and four and drag raced Shaffer into one and two. By the time the two cars hit the backstretch, Swindell firmly had the lead.

“Once I got in the front I was just trying to pace myself,” Swindell said. “I didn’t hear anybody or see anybody – I was just running some nice laps and then trying to keep the car under me.”

The first yellow flag in what would become a series in the middle of the feature fell on lap 16 after Joey Saldana’s right rear tire shredded. Once the green flag again flew, only two laps passed before contact between fourth-place Kerry Madsen and fifth-place David Gravel left Gravel at the bottom of the front stretch. Another short green with 18 complete, ended before the first lap could be completed with Brandon Wimmer on his roof after flipping.

The green flag flew for the final time with 18 complete. The final 12 laps saw battles between Kerry Madsen and Jac Haudenschild, and Madsen and Pittman, as Shaffer looked for one last chance.

Swindell took the checkered flag, scoring his 36th all-time win at Eldora.

“It was really awesome here tonight… Everything fell in place,” Swindell said. “If we can keep that up, we might win a couple more.”

Shaffer, who was pulling double duty Friday night, competing with the Outlaws and in a separate 360 sprint car, said running as well as he did felt great.

“I screwed up in lapped traffic,” Shaffer said. “I got there and I got my timing wrong. I was trying too early and I know better. Hopefully we learned a few things for tomorrow. It feels great to be up there in second.”

In victory lane, Swindell thanked his supporters.

“I’ve just got to thank everyone that’s been helping me and been behind me – all the guys, Pete and Tony; my wife Amy,” Swindell said. “Everybody knows that helps me.”

In the midst of all the excitement, two people Swindell forgot to thank were his longtime team owners Tod and Lisa Quiring. Swindell often credits the Quirings as his biggest and most strident supporters.

Swindell heads into the Kings Royal on Saturday night as a three-time winner of the event and looks to become the first winner of both the ‘Knight Before’ and the Kings Royal since 20-time champion Steve Kinser did it in 2003.   

Kerry Madsen drove his American Racing Custom Wheels car to a third place finish – his sixth podium finish in a row. He said he had a really good car all night, but struggled on the restarts. Tempers flared on track and off between Madsen and Gravel, and Madsen and Pittman in the closing laps as the three drivers battled for position.

“There at the end of that run I had a quicker car than the two cars ahead but there really wasn’t much I could do unless they made a mistake in front,” Madsen said. “And then when someone made a mistake you had to commit to it and go for it – that’s part of racing at Eldora.”

“Just trying to bring it home every night – that was a tough battle.”

The battle for the championship continues to tighten as Donny Schatz’s points lead shrunk again over Pittman to 66. Paul McMahan remains in third, 85 points out of the lead.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series returns to Eldora Speedway Saturday night for the Kings Royal. The Outlaws return to Pennsylvania next week for a four race swing that will take them to Lernerville Speedway, Lincoln Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway.

ELDORA SPEEDWAY NOTES: Sammy Swindell notched his 294th career World of Outlaws STP Sprint Series win… Joey Saldana scored his 17th quick time of the season… This was Kerry Madsen’s sixth podium finish in a row… Donny Schatz was tonight’s KSE Hard Charger, advancing 10 positions.

SEASON WINNERS: Daryn Pittman – 9 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Calistoga Speedway on April 6, Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 19, Williams Grove Speedway on May 16 and May 17, Orange County Fair Speedway, May 18, New Egypt Speedway, May 20 and Dodge City Raceway Park on July 4 and 5); Donny Schatz – 8 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 6, Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 19, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 27, I-96 Speedway on May 31, River Cities Speedway on June 20, 34 Raceway on June 27 and Cedar Lake Speedway on June 29); Joey Saldana – 5 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 12, Salina Highbanks on April 25, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 23, I-80 Speedway on June 6 and Jackson Speedway on June 13); Brad Sweet– 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Tucson International Raceway on March 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 5, Knoxville Raceway on June 14 and Beaver Dam Raceway on June 28); David Gravel – 3 (Merced Speedway on March 28, Eldora Speedway on May 3, and Wilmot Raceway on May 9); Kerry Madsen – 3 (Stockton Dirt track on March 22, El Paso Speedway Park on April 15 and Lakeside Speedway on June 7); Paul McMahan – 3 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 5, Tri-State Speedway on May 10 and Limaland Motorsports Park on July 9); Rico Abreu – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 15); Sammy Swindell – 2 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on April 26 and Eldora Speedway on July 11); Dale Blaney – 1 (Attica Raceway Park on May 30); Christopher Bell – 1 (Jacksonville Speedway on May 7); Roger Crockett – 1 (I-94 Speedway on June 21); Cody Darrah – 1 (Kings Speedway on April 11); Mark Dobmeier – 1 (Huset’s Speedway on July 2); Steve Kinser – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 16); Stevie Smith – 1(Lincoln Speedway on May 14); Shane Stewart – 1 (Eldora Speedway on May 2).

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Eldora Speedway; Rossburg, Ohio; July 11, 2014

A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [2] [$10,000]; 2. 45-Tim Shaffer [1] [$5,500]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [3] [$3,200]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [6] [$2,800]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [5] [$2,500]; 6. 51-Paul McMahan [11] [$2,300]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [17] [$2,200]; 8. 9W-Jac Haudenschild [10] [$2,100]; 9. 11-Steve Kinser [9] [$2,050]; 10. 49-Brad Sweet [13] [$2,000]; 11. 24-Rico Abreu [12] [$1,500]; 12. 11N-Randy Hannagan [20] [$1,200]; 13. 1s-Logan Schuchart [21] [$1,100]; 14. 10H-Danny Holtgraver [18] [$1,050]; 15. 40-Caleb Helms [19] [$1,000]; 16. 4-Cody Darrah [14] [$900]; 17. 63-Chad Kemenah [8] [$800]; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser [24] [$800]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [25] [$]; 20. 83-David Gravel [7] [$800]; 21. W20-Greg Wilson [15] [$800]; 22. 24H-Brandon Wimmer [23] [$800]; 23. 5T-Travis Philo [22] [$800]; 24. 49X-Cole Duncan [16] [$800]; 25. 71M-Joey Saldana [4] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Tim Shaffer 1-13, Sammy Swindell 14-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz [+10]

Qualifying – 1. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.069; 2. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.082; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.095; 4. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.205; 5. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.230; 6. 45-Tim Shaffer, 13.234; 7. 83-David Gravel, 13.237; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.258; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.259; 10. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.302; 11. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.337; 12. 82-Roger Crockett, 13.348; 13. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.352; 14. 49X-Cole Duncan, 13.364; 15. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.375; 16. 9W-Jac Haudenschild, 13.384; 17. 10H-Danny Holtgraver, 13.411; 18. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.425; 19. 40-Caleb Helms, 13.429; 20. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.432; 21. 11N-Randy Hannagan, 13.452; 22. 1s-Logan Schuchart, 13.452; 23. 14K-Dale Blaney, 13.462; 24. 21-Brian Brown, 13.473; 25. 81-Lee Jacobs, 13.479; 26. 71-Kevin Swindell, 13.508; 27. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.513; 28. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.514; 29. 24H-Brandon Wimmer, 13.516; 30. 83X-Jason Meyers, 13.530; 31. 3G-James McFadden, 13.568; 32. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.582; 33. 59-Tim Kaeding, 13.599; 34. 19M-Brent Marks, 13.601; 35. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.627; 36. 9X-Rob Chaney, 13.628; 37. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 13.711; 38. 21M-Dallas Hewitt, 13.713; 39. 19-Paige Polyak, 13.757; 40. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.760; 41. 60-Kory Crabtree, 13.840; 42. 33H-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.860; 43. 28-Brian Paulus, 13.952; 44. 16-Danny Mumaw, 13.968; 45. 40DD-Caleb Griffith, 14.024; 46. 2M-Dustin Daggett, 14.025; 47. 2X-Nathan Skaggs, 14.026; 48. 46AU-Stuart Williams, 14.061; 49. 59P-Chris Jones, 15.244

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 9W-Jac Haudenschild [1]; 2. 4-Cody Darrah [2]; 3. 45-Tim Shaffer [3]; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 5. 9X-Rob Chaney [8]; 6. 71-Kevin Swindell [6]; 7. 11N-Randy Hannagan [5]; 8. 3G-James McFadden [7]; 9. 2M-Dustin Daggett [10]; 10. 60-Kory Crabtree [9]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 83-David Gravel [3]; 2. 10H-Danny Holtgraver [1]; 3. 1s-Logan Schuchart [5]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]; 5. 82-Roger Crockett [2]; 6. 33H-Sheldon Haudenschild [9]; 7. 44W-Austen Wheatley [8]; 8. 2X-Nathan Skaggs [10]; 9. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 10. 5T-Travis Philo [6]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 11-Steve Kinser [1]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [3]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson [2]; 5. 14K-Dale Blaney [5]; 6. 59-Tim Kaeding [7]; 7. 21M-Dallas Hewitt [8]; 8. 28-Brian Paulus [9]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 10. 46AU-Stuart Williams [10]

Heat 4 – (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 2. 24H-Brandon Wimmer [6]; 3. 40-Caleb Helms [1]; 4. 49X-Cole Duncan [2]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [5]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [4]; 7. 19M-Brent Marks [7]; 8. 19-Paige Polyak [8]; 9. 59P-Chris Jones [10]; 10. 16-Danny Mumaw [9]

Heat 5 – (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 63-Chad Kemenah [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 4. 1-Sammy Swindell [4]; 5. 81-Lee Jacobs [5]; 6. 48-Danny Dietrich [7]; 7. 83X-Jason Meyers [6]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [8]; 9. 40DD-Caleb Griffith [9]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 45-Tim Shaffer [1]; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell [2]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [3]; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [7]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [6]; 7. 83-David Gravel [5]; 8. 63-Chad Kemenah [10]; 9. 11-Steve Kinser [9]; 10. 9W-Jac Haudenschild [8]

C-Main – (10 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the Last Chance Showdown) – 1. 44W-Austen Wheatley [1] [-]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [4] [-]; 3. 21M-Dallas Hewitt [2] [$125]; 4. 19-Paige Polyak [3] [$125]; 5. 2M-Dustin Daggett [10] [$125]; 6. 2X-Nathan Skaggs [11] [$100]; 7. 28-Brian Paulus [7] [$100]; 8. 59P-Chris Jones [13] [$100]; 9. 60-Kory Crabtree [5] [$100]; 10. 33H-Sheldon Haudenschild [6] [$100]; 11. 16-Danny Mumaw [8] [$100]; 12. 40DD-Caleb Griffith [9] [$100]; 13. 46AU-Stuart Williams [12] [$100]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 51-Paul McMahan [1] [-]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu [2] [-]; 3. 11N-Randy Hannagan [4] [-]; 4. 5T-Travis Philo [9] [-]; 5. 14K-Dale Blaney [5] [$200]; 6. 82-Roger Crockett [3] [$180]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [10] [$175]; 8. 3G-James McFadden [12] [$160]; 9. 71-Kevin Swindell [8] [$150]; 10. 48-Danny Dietrich [15] [$150]; 11. 9X-Rob Chaney [16] [$150]; 12. 83X-Jason Meyers [11] [$150]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen [18] [$150]; 14. 19M-Brent Marks [14] [$150]; 15. 21-Brian Brown [6] [$150]; 16. 81-Lee Jacobs [7] [$150]; 17. 44W-Austen Wheatley [17] [$150]; 18. 59-Tim Kaeding [13] [$150]

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos.

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5’s

Top 10’s

QT

1

15

Donny Schatz

6680

0

8

30

41

5

2

9

Daryn Pittman

6614

-66

9

26

40

2

3

51

Paul McMahan

6595

-85

3

26

42

8

4

71M

Joey Saldana

6475

-205

5

24

32

17

5

29

Kerry Madsen

6455

-225

3

23

39

2

6

49

Brad Sweet

6314

-366

5

18

33

1

7

4

Cody Darrah

6071

-609

1

10

28

2

8

11

Steve Kinser

6066

-614

1

8

25

0

9

11k

Kraig Kinser

5869

-811

0

2

18

0

10

1

Sammy Swindell

5840

-840

2

11

19

1

11

7s

Jason Sides

5395

-1285

0

2

7

0

12

83

David Gravel

5351

-1329

3

10

25

5

13

1S

Logan Schuchart

4956

-1724

0

2

7

0

14

1A

Jacob Allen

4212

-2468

0

0

1

0

15

59

Tim Kaeding

3024

-3656

0

3

13

0

16

21

Brian Brown

2492

-4188

0

2

7

0

17

77X

Wayne Johnson

2297

-4383

0

0

0

0

18

1Z

Lucas Wolfe

2231

-4449

0

1

4

0

19

W20

Greg Wilson

2081

-4599

0

0

1

0

20

24

Terry McCarl

1825

-4855

0

4

9

1

 

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