Two Straight For Jeff Swindell
SAPULPA, Okla. — Jeff Swindell won his second consecutive Lucas Oil ASCS Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek feature Thursday night at Creek County Speedway, holding off a last-lap charge by Tony Bruce Jr.
“I don’t blame him,” chuckled Swindell of the slide job.
Saying he really felt like he did not have a first place car, Swindell explained, “I thought I had a flat tire there those first couple of starts. I could beat Jason [Johnson] on the start in the tacky stuff, but as soon as we hit the slick I was junk. Patience and persistence, I guess, pays off.”
Reflecting further on the move by Bruce, the Tennessee veteran said he could feel it coming.
“I heard him to close too many times and all you can do is lay the right rear in the cushion hard, and be ready if someone does come across,” Swindell said. “Be ready to turn it back underneath them.”
Starting outside the front row, three starts yielded cautions in two and red in one before the field came to life with pole sitter Jason Johnson taking off with the lead while Swindell slipped to third behind fifth-starting Christopher Bell.
Into slower traffic by lap five, the red flag was displayed as fifth-running Zach Pringle ended up tipping in turn one.
Back into slower traffic a short five laps later, Bell gave Jason Johnson all he could handle.
Going side by side with the MVT No. 41 on lap 10, Bell would be credited with leading by inches. Taking the point back, Johnson would not be rid of the Norman, Okla. driver as Bell again mounted a charge for the lead in the Baytown Ford No. 31b.
Setting up for the pass to complete lap 15, the pair would make contact exiting turn four, sending Bell spinning to a stop with damage and destroying the front suspension on Johnson’s mount. Incidentally, Bell led the lap, but a work area visit relegated the No. 31b to the tail.