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Swindell Holds Off Kaeding in World of Outlaws Debut at Merced Speedway

Sammy Swindell added to his many accomplishments on the World of Outlaws circuit as he picked up the inaugural win at Merced Speedway.


Courtesy: WoO Sprint Car Series Media Relations

MERCED, Calif. — April 1, 2011 — Sammy Swindell is one of the most accomplished
Sprint Car drivers anywhere. At the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series inaugural
event Friday night at Merced Speedway, Swindell used lessons learned from an
off-season of racing in Australia to hold off a late charge from California native
Tim Kaeding.

“I drew from a lot of knowledge from racing down there (Australia) tonight,” said
Swindell, who won for the second time this season in his Big Game Treestands Maxim.
“We’ve been a consistent top-five car all year long and tonight I just used my
experience and put it to good use with the awesome car we had.”

Swindell was indeed the class of the field, posting the fastest time in time trials
to kick off the evening. Kaeding was on the pole for the main event after an
impressive performance in the dash that had the Roth Motorsports driver feeling
confident, but it was Kasey Kahne Racing’s Joey Saldana who used a quick jump to get
around the polesitter and lead lap the first lap. Swindell, who started fourth,
worked his way around Saldana to lead the second lap and he never looked back.   

“Sammy was just the class of the field tonight,” said eventual runner-up Kaeding,
who resides in San Jose, Calif. “You always hate to finish second but we had a great
battle and if you have to finish second, it better be to one of the best.”

Jason Sides wound up third with Jonathan Allard and four-time World of Outlaws
Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz rounding out the top five.

Kaeding and the rest of the field had a few chances to reel in Swindell. First was a
red flag for a violent flip in Turn 2 that resulted in Trey Starks’ car landing on
its side near a concrete barrier. Track and series officials worked fast to remove
Starks. On the restart, which was single-file on the small quarter-mile oval,
Saldana and Jason Sides mounted a charge. The drivers duked it out with Swindell for
the top spot until the field was slowed again for an incident involving Saldana.
Lapped traffic was the culprit as Saldana’s Red Bull Maxim made contact with
Californian Justin Sanders’ car. The damage was extensive to Saldana’s machine but
the crew, led by Kale Kahne, managed to get Saldana back on track.

After a quick restart and spin by Kerry Madsen, the field strung out during a
prolonged green flag period. A spin by Chad Kemenah prompted a restart with just 11
laps to go. Kaeding mounted one final charge as the white flag flew. He and Swindell
raced side-by-side but Swindell powered up off of Turn 2 and held on to take the
checkered flag.

Saldana, who was tied with Steve Kinser atop the World of Outlaws championship
standings entering the night, rallied to finish 16. Saldana added three points for
his qualifying effort, but Kinser raced to a 10th-place finish to retake the points
lead.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns on Saturday night for the first time
since 2007 to Calistoga Speedway, where it will wrap up its California Spring Break
tour. The ‘Greatest Show on Dirt’ will then head back to the Midwest for events on
Friday, April 15, at Paducah (Ky.) International Raceway followed Saturday, April
16, by series first race of the season at high-banked of I-55 Raceway in Pevely,
Mo., just south of St. Louis.

MERCED SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK
QUICK TIME – Sammy Swindell was the night’s fastest qualifier on the Merced
quarter-mile by turning a lap in 11.238 seconds at 80.085 mph, earning five more
championship points. Jonathon Allard, Joey Saldana, Jason Sides and Jason Meyers
also earned qualifying points.

WINNERS - There have been 10 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series races completed in
2011. The winners include: Steve Kinser – 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 11 and
12, Pike County Raceway on Feb. 25, the Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 4), Joey
Saldana – 2 (Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 3, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 19),
Sammy Swindell – 2 (Royal Purple Raceway on Feb. 26, Merced Speedway on April 1),
Craig Dollansky – 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 12), Jason Sides – 1 (Volusia
Speedway Park on Feb. 13).

NEW ONLINE HOME – Make sure to check out the all-new WorldofOutlaws.com every day of
the week for the latest news and results, plus exclusive driver interviews, video
and pictures. Also listen to every event live at DIRTVision.com.

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Merced (Calif.) Speedway;
April 1, 2011
A-Main - (40 Laps) - 1. 1-Sammy Swindell[4][$10,000]; 2. 83JR-Tim
Kaeding[1][$5,500]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides[6][$3,200]; 4. O-Jonathan Allard[3][$2,800];
5. 15-Donny Schatz[7][$2,500]; 6. 83-Paul McMahan[8][$2,300]; 7. 21-Tommy
Tarlton[9][$2,200]; 8. 14-Jason Meyers[11][$2,100]; 9. 99-Kyle Larson[21][$2,050];
10. 11-Steve Kinser[14][$2,000]; 11. 7-Craig Dollansky[10][$1,500]; 12. 5W-Lucas
Wolfe[12][$1,200]; 13. 83SR-Jac Haudenschild[13][$1,100]; 14. 91-Cody
Darrah[25][$1,050]; 15. 6R-Bill Rose[16][$1,000]; 16. 9-Joey Saldana[2][$900]; 17.
29-Bud Kaeding[18][$800]; 18. OO-Jason Statler[23][$800]; 19. 6-Kraig
Kinser[20][$800]; 20. OOx-Cory Eliason[17][$800]; 21. 63-Chad Kemenah[15][$800]; 22.
92-Kerry Madsen[5][$800]; 23. 17-Justin Sanders[24][$800]; 24. 69-Brent
Kaeding[22][$800]; 25. 55-Trey Starks[19]. Lap Leaders: Joey Saldana 1, Sammy
Swindell 2-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 99-Kyle Larson

Qualifying - 1. 1-Sammy Swindell, 11.238; 2. O-Jonathan Allard, 11.281; 3. 9-Joey
Saldana, 11.416; 4. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.464; 5. 14-Jason Meyers, 11.509; 6. 5W-Lucas
Wolfe, 11.531; 7. 83SR-Jac Haudenschild, 11.533; 8. 11-Steve Kinser, 11.589; 9.
92-Kerry Madsen, 11.624; 10. 83JR-Tim Kaeding, 11.636; 11. 83-Paul McMahan, 11.637;
12. 63-Chad Kemenah, 11.648; 13. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.662; 14. 7-Craig Dollansky,
11.667; 15. 6R-Bill Rose, 11.691; 16. 21-Tommy Tarlton, 11.731; 17. OOx-Cory
Eliason, 11.731; 18. 29-Bud Kaeding, 11.753; 19. 55-Trey Starks, 11.786; 20.
28X-Billy Strange, 11.814; 21. 6-Kraig Kinser, 11.823; 22. 2B-Ben Gregg, 11.824; 23.
33E-Evan Suggs, 11.835; 24. 91-Cody Darrah, 11.853; 25. 99-Kyle Larson, 11.863; 26.
44W-Austen Wheatley, 11.905; 27. 25-Bobby McMahan, 11.907; 28. 5D-Josh Dewitt,
11.920; 29. 19-Art McCarthy, 11.949; 30. 69-Brent Kaeding, 12.043; 31. OO-Jason
Statler, 12.111; 32. 17-Justin Sanders, 12.143; 33. 26-Sean McMahan, 12.286

Heat 1 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 92-Kerry
Madsen[2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz[1]; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell[4]; 4. 14-Jason Meyers[3]; 5.
OOx-Cory Eliason[5]; 6. 6-Kraig Kinser[6]; 7. 19-Art McCarthy[8]; 8. 26-Sean
McMahan[9]; 9. 99-Kyle Larson[7].

Heat 2 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 83JR-Tim
Kaeding[2]; 2. 7-Craig Dollansky[1]; 3. O-Jonathan Allard[4]; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[3];
5. 69-Brent Kaeding[8]; 6. 29-Bud Kaeding[5]; 7. 2B-Ben Gregg[6]; 8. 44W-Austen
Wheatley[7].

Heat 3 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 9-Joey
Saldana[4]; 2. 83-Paul McMahan[2]; 3. 83SR-Jac Haudenschild[3]; 4. 6R-Bill Rose[1];
5. OO-Jason Statler[8]; 6. 25-Bobby McMahan[7]; 7. 55-Trey Starks[5]; 8. 33E-Evan
Suggs[6].

Heat 4 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 7S-Jason
Sides[4]; 2. 21-Tommy Tarlton[1]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser[3]; 4. 63-Chad Kemenah[2]; 5.
17-Justin Sanders[8]; 6. 91-Cody Darrah[6]; 7. 28X-Billy Strange[5]; 8. 5D-Josh
Dewitt[7]

Dash - (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature
- 1. 83JR-Tim Kaeding[1]; 2. 9-Joey Saldana[4]; 3. O-Jonathan Allard[5]; 4. 1-Sammy
Swindell[6]; 5. 92-Kerry Madsen[2]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides[3]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz[8]; 8.
83-Paul McMahan[7]; 9. 21-Tommy Tarlton[10]; 10. 7-Craig Dollansky[9]

B-Main - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 29-Bud
Kaeding[1] [-]; 2. 55-Trey Starks[2] [-]; 3. 6-Kraig Kinser[4] [-]; 4. 99-Kyle
Larson[8] [-]; 5. 91-Cody Darrah[7] [$200]; 6. 44W-Austen Wheatley[9] [$180]; 7.
26-Sean McMahan[13] [$175]; 8. 19-Art McCarthy[12] [$160]; 9. 28X-Billy Strange[3]
[$150]; 10. 2B-Ben Gregg[5] [$150]; 11. 5D-Josh Dewitt[11] [$150]; 12. 25-Bobby
McMahan[10] [$150].

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Top 20 Championship Standings (Following Merced
Speedway, 4-1-11)
Pos.        Driver        Total        Diff        W        T5        T10        QT
1.        Steve Kinser        1410                4        5        9        1
2.        Joey Saldana        1401        -9        2        7        8        2
3.        Jason Meyers        1361        -49        0        3        8        1
4.        Donny Schatz        1357        -53        0        6        6        1
5.        Sammy Swindell        1349        -61        2        6        6        2
6.        Jason Sides        1333        -77        1        5        7        1
7.        Paul McMahan        1299        -111        0        2        6        3
8.        Cody Darrah        1289        -121        0        4        4        0
9.        Craig Dollansky        1281        -129        1        3        5        0
10.        Lucas Wolfe        1256        -154        0        0        5        0
11.        Kraig Kinser        1237        -173        0        1        3        0
12.        Chad Kemenah        1204        -206        0        1        2        0
13.        Bill Rose        1101        -309        0        0        0        0
14.        Ben Gregg        1014        -396        0        0        0        0
15.        Lance Dewease        854        -556        0        0        2        0
16.        Terry McCarl        804        -606        0        0        1        0
17.        Danny Lasoski        647        -763        0        1        3        0
18.        Sam Hafertepe Jr.        630        -780        0        0        3        0
19.        Jac Haudenschild        622        -788        0        1        2        0
20.        David Gravel        524        -886        0        1        1        0

  


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