Swindell Sweeps All Stars
BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Sammy Swindell scored his second-straight win against the All Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars on a record-breaking night at Volusia Speedway Park Thursday.
The 55-year-old World of Outlaws veteran from Germantown, Tenn., started fourth, was second by lap 10 and then drove by Stevie Smith in lapped traffic with 10 laps remaining in the 30-lap contest.
“I have a great car and race team,” Swindell said. “This was a totally different track than it was the other night. To be able to come out and win back-to-back shows that we can be versatile. We had to change the set-up a bit. We had a car that I knew was going to be good in the last half, if I could hang on in the first part.”
The track surface was very fast thanks to heavy morning rain and cool temperatures. A total of 27 drivers broke the track record in time trials. Paul McMahan, who came out last, set fast time with a lap of 12.569 seconds at 143.209 mph. The old mark was 12.948.
Pennsylvania’s Cody Darrah started on the pole and shot into the early lead. Spud Guston’s fourth turn flip brought the race to halt before a lap was completed. Darrah got the lead again, but it was second place starter Smith driving by off turn four to lead the second lap.
Smith pulled away as Swindell moved by Darrah for third. The leaders were in heavy lapped traffic and Swindell would take the lead from Smith in the second turn and go on to the $5,000 win.
Smith, Darrah, Dale Blaney and Kraig Kinser completed the top five.