Swindell Waits, Watches And Wins
CONCORD, N.C. — Sammy Swindell won the best sprint car race in the history of The Dirt Track at Charlotte Friday night during the PEAK Motor Oil World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Swindell started on the front row and quickly fell back, watching Dale Blaney and Brian Brown stage a wild battle for the lead during the middle stages of the 30-lap race on the four-tenths-mile.
“I knew the track was going to get better in the second half of the race, so I didn’t really worry about it too much,” said Swindell, who won his 13th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature of the season. “I tried to bide my time and tried to learn where I needed to be on the race track.”
And learn he did.
Blaney took the lead on lap five and set the pace until Brown moved out front on lap 16. Blaney regained the point on lap 18. Brown led lap 19, and Blaney led lap 20. But as Brown charged under Blaney on lap 21, Blaney cut a right-rear tire and the yellow flag waved for the second time in the race.
Brown protected the bottom on the restart and kept Swindell at bay until the final two laps. Swindell used what he had learned to get along side Brown on lap 28 and as the pair raced to the white flag, Swindell completed the pass.
From there he was gone and Brown, who finished second in this year’s Knoxville Nationals, was still looking for his first career WoO triumph.
“If you folks didn’t like that race, you don’t like sprint car racing,” Brown said to the crown after holding off Kraig Kinser to finish second despite a tire that was losing air on the final lap.
Kinser finished third with Paul McMahan romping from 13th to finish fourth and Jason Johnson taking fifth.
Soon-to-be-crowned five-time WoO champion Donny Schatz failed to qualify for the feature and was out of provisional starting spots for the season.