Sammy Swindell, Jimmy Owens and Tim Fuller Win Friday's Features at PEAK World Finals
It was an action-filled night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte as Sammy Swindell, Jimmy Owens and Tim Fuller each claimed A-Feature wins Friday at the sixth annual PEAK Motor Oil World of Outlaws World Finals presented by NAPA Auto Parts.
Fans from 47 states, five Canadian provinces and three foreign countries packed the grandstands for the second night of the PEAK World Finals at the lightning-fast, four-tenths-mile clay oval. The three-day event brings together dirt racing's three premier divisions, the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, to end their seasons and crown their respective champions.
Craig Dollansky started on the pole for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car 30-lap A-Feature after winning the six-lap dash, while Swindell started in the second position. After a caution on Lap 5, Dale Blaney moved into the point position. Young gun Brian Brown closed on Blaney, and the two had an intense battle for the top spot, each leading several times. On Lap 24, Blaney had a flat tire and dropped out of the race, leaving Brown in the lead.
With just two laps to go, wily veteran Swindell, of Germantown, Tenn., powered his way past Brown, who had used up his car in the battle with Blaney. Swindell led the final two laps to capture his second victory at The Dirt Track. Brown finished second with Kraig Kinser, Paul McMahan and Jason Johnson rounding out the top five.
“It’s great to get a win down here. I just had to be patient and I didn’t want to use up the tires or the car. We worked it out just right.” said Swindell. “They only pay for the last lap, so that’s the only one I wanted to lead.”
The winners of the five eight-lap sprint car heat races were Brooke Tatnell, Lance Dewease, Blaney, Swindell and Johnson. Jack Sodeman Jr. took the C-Feature and Jac Haudenschild won the last chance showdown.
Donny Schatz secured the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship on Thursday, but did not make the feature race.
Newport, Tenn.,-native Owens picked up the win in the 50-lap barnburner World of Outlaws Late Model Series feature. Darrell Lanigan started at the point, but Rick Eckert caught him after a caution on Lap 5. The two battled for the lead for nearly 25 laps. Owens started ninth, but had made it up to fifth position by Lap 6 and took over the third spot on Lap 10. Owens took over the lead on Lap 30 and pulled away.
Eckert began to catch him, but ran out of time and had to settle for second. Lanigan held on to the third position followed by Scott Bloomquist and Dale McDowell.
Lanigan clinched the 2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship on Thursday.
The late model heat race winners for the night were Lanigan, Eric Wells, Eckert, Chris Madden, McDowell and Bloomquist. Steve Shaver, Tim Fuller and Chris Ferguson scored victories in the three B-Features.
World of Outlaws Late Model Series regular Fuller, of Edwards, N.Y., stole the win in the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modfied A-Feature.
Ryan Godown started on the pole for the 40-lap feature event, but after a caution on the first lap McCreadie, also a late model regular, moved into the lead. McCreadie held the point position until lap 28, when Fuller made his move to the lead. Fuller stayed out front in a race that had just one caution.
McCreadie settled for second as Brett Hearn, Godown and Gary Tomkins rounded out the top five.
Going into tomorrow night’s championship deciding event, Matt Sheppard holds a 60-point lead over Hearn and a 72-point lead over Jimmy Phelps.
The PEAK World Finals concludes tomorrow night with a full slate of feature races, wrapping up the seasons of all three series. A standing-room-only crowd is expected for Saturday night. Limited grandstand tickets are still available, but are going fast. Adult tickets are just $39 for adults and $15 for children 13 and under.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or go online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
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The unofficial results:
Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds
B-Main #1 (10 laps): 1. Matt DeLorenzo; 2. Rob Bellinger; 3. Vince Vitale; 4. Kevin Bates; 5. Bob McGannon; 6. Adam Roberts; 7. Dave Allen; 8. Billy VanInwegen; 9. Mike Turner; 10. Randy Chrysler; 11. Carey Terrance; 12. Tom Sears Jr.
B-Main #2 (10 laps): 1. Stewart Friesen; 2. Mike Bowman; 3. Dave Rauscher; 4. Michel Chicoine; 5. Rick Richner; 6. Matt Hulsizer; 7. Tyler Siri; 8. Matt Hitchcock; 9. Tim Hindley; 10. Roger Chrysler; 11. Jerry Shaffer.
Did Not Start: Tim Currier
A-Main (40 laps): 1. Tim Fuller; 2. Tim McCreadie; 3. Brett Hearn; 4. Ryan Godown; 5. Gary Tomkins; 6. Peter Britten; 7. Justin Haers; 8. Kenny Tremont Jr.; 9. Jimmy Phelps; 10. Danny Johnson; 11. Stewart Friesen; 12. Matt Sheppard; 13. Billy Decker; 14. Billy Dunn; 15. Dave Rauscher; 16. Rich Scagliotta; 17. Tom Sears Jr.; 18. Tyler Siri; 19. Michel Chicoine; 20. Mike Bowman; 21. Rob Bellinger; 22. Kevin Bates; 23. Bob McGannon; 24. Billy VanInwegen; 25. Dan Vauter; 26. Matt DeLorenzo.
Did Not Start: Tim Kerr, Vince Vitale
World of Outlaws Late Model Series
Heat Race #1 (10 laps): 1. Darrell Lanigan; 2. Steve Francis; 3. Gregg Satterlee; 4. Steve Shaver; 5. Eddie Carrier Jr.; 6. Jerry Bowersock; 7. Josh Richards; 8. Chris Farrell; 9. Chad Hollenbeck; 10. Duane Chamberlain; 11. Justin Coulter; 12. Morgan Bagley.
Heat Race #2 (10 laps): 1. Eric Wells; 2. Jason Feger; 3. Tim McCreadie; 4. Ray Cook; 5. Dennis Erb Jr.; 6. Brandon Sheppard; 7. Pat Doar; 8. Andrew Reaume; 9. Kenny Moreland; 10. Brett Miller; 11. Coleby Frye; 12. Brian Ledbetter.
Heat Race #3 (10 laps): 1. Rick Eckert; 2. Jimmy Owens; 3. Kent Robinson; 4. Tim Fuller; 5. Zack Dohm; 6. Dan Stone; 7. Jay Sessoms; 8. Matthew Sponaugle; 9. Timothy Culp; 10. Denny Fenton; 11. R J Conley; 12. Billy Decker.
Heat Race #4 (10 laps): 1. Chris Madden; 2. Earl Pearson Jr.; 3. Bub McCool; 4. Jonathan Davenport; 5. John Mason; 6. Bob Gordon; 7. Eric Jacobsen; 8. Josh McGuire; 9. Kerry King Sr.; 10. Corey Weaver; 11. Randy Sterling; 12. Walker Arthur.
Heat Race #5 (10 laps): 1. Dale McDowell; 2. Don Oneal; 3. Shane Clanton; 4. Jared Landers; 5. Chub Frank; 6. Dennis Franklin; 7. Jerry Lierly; 8. Rich Bell; 9. Joe Ramey; 10. Rod Conley.
Did Not Start: Brian Force, Don Gordon
Heat Race #6 (10 laps): 1. Scott Bloomquist; 2. Vic Coffey; 3. Ross Camponovo; 4. Austin Hubbard; 5. Chris Ferguson; 6. Ron Davies; 7. Pancho Lawler; 8. Dustin Mitchell; 9. Jacob Hawkins; 10. Dale Holledge; 11. Clint Smith; 12. BJ Robinson.
B-Main #1 (12 laps): 1. Steve Shaver; 2. Brandon Sheppard; 3. Dennis Erb Jr.; 4. Josh Richards; 5. Ray Cook; 6. Eddie Carrier Jr.; 7. Pat Doar; 8. Kenny Moreland; 9. Duane Chamberlain; 10. Jerry Bowersock; 11. Chad Hollenbeck; 12. Andrew Reaume; 13. Chris Farrell; 14. Justin Coulter; 15. Brian Ledbetter.
Did Not Start: Brett Miller, Coleby Frye, Morgan Bagley
B-Main #2 (12 laps): 1. Tim Fuller; 2. Zack Dohm; 3. Jonathan Davenport; 4. Timothy Culp; 5. Dan Stone; 6. Walker Arthur; 7. Eric Jacobsen; 8. John Mason; 9. R J Conley; 10. Josh McGuire; 11. Bob Gordon; 12. Jay Sessoms; 13. Denny Fenton; 14. Corey Weaver.
Did Not Start: Matthew Sponaugle, Kerry King Sr., Randy Sterling, Billy Decker
B-Main #3 (12 laps): 1. Chris Ferguson; 2. Jared Landers; 3. Chub Frank; 4. Dennis Franklin; 5. Ron Davies; 6. Jerry Lierly; 7. Rod Conley; 8. Clint Smith; 9. Austin Hubbard; 10. Rich Bell; 11. Dustin Mitchell; 12. Dale Holledge; 13. Joe Ramey; 14. Pancho Lawler.
Did Not Start: Jacob Hawkins, Brian Force, Don Gordon, BJ Robinson
A-Main (50 laps): 1. Jimmy Owens; 2. Rick Eckert; 3. Darrell Lanigan; 4. Scott Bloomquist; 5. Dale McDowell; 6. Eric Wells; 7. Earl Pearson Jr.; 8. Steve Francis; 9. Chris Madden; 10. Don Oneal; 11. Brandon Sheppard; 12. Jason Feger; 13. Josh Richards; 14. Tim McCreadie; 15. Gregg Satterlee; 16. Vic Coffey; 17. Tim Fuller; 18. Steve Shaver; 19. Bub McCool; 20. Shane Clanton; 21. Clint Smith; 22. Chub Frank; 23. Zack Dohm; 24. Jared Landers; 25. Kent Robinson; 26. Ross Camponovo; 27. Chris Ferguson.
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
Heat Race #1 (8 laps): 1. Brooke Tatnell; 2. Joey Saldana; 3. Daryn Pittman; 4. Kerry Madsen; 5. Tim Shaffer; 6. David Gravel; 7. Stevie Smith; 8. Ryan Smith; 9. Brad Wickam; 10. Eric Riggins Jr.
Heat Race #2 (8 laps): 1. Lance Dewease; 2. Brian Brown; 3. Paul McMahan; 4. Jason Sides; 5. Chad Kemenah ; 6. Kory Crabtree; 7. Jim Perricone; 8. Shane Stewart; 9. Dean Jacobs; 10. Bryan Sebbetto.
Heat Race #3 (8 laps): 1. Dale Blaney; 2. Sam Hafertepe Jr.; 3. Danny Holtgraver; 4. Kraig Kinser; 5. Logan Schuchart; 6. Brian Paulus; 7. Jack Sodeman Jr.; 8. Caleb Helms; 9. Michael Parent; 10. Bobby Howard.
Heat Race #4 (8 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell; 2. Ed Lynch Jr.; 3. Lucas Wolfe; 4. Greg Wilson; 5. Greg Hodnett; 6. Jac Haudenschild; 7. Jessica Zemken; 8. Danny Mumaw; 9. Jimmy Seger; 10. Mark Cole.
Heat Race #5 (8 laps): 1. Jason Johnson; 2. Craig Dollansky; 3. Terry McCarl; 4. Steve Kinser; 5. Cody Darrah; 6. Donny Schatz; 7. Randy Hannagan; 8. Wayne Johnson; 9. Glenn Styres; 10. Bill Rose.
B-Main (12 laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild; 2. Bryan Sebbetto; 3. Stevie Smith; 4. Greg Hodnett; 5. Chad Kemenah; 6. Donny Schatz; 7. Cody Darrah; 8. David Gravel; 9. Logan Schuchart; 10. Brian Paulus; 11. Dean Jacobs; 12. Randy Hannagan; 13. Jessica Zemken; 14. Tim Shaffer; 15. Caleb Helms; 16. Ryan Smith; 17. Danny Mumaw; 18. Jack Sodeman Jr.
C-Main (10 laps): 1. Jack Sodeman Jr.; 2. Danny Mumaw; 3. Wayne Johnson; 4. Bill Rose; 5. Kory Crabtree; 6. Jimmy Seger; 7. Michael Parent; 8. Glenn Styres; 9. Brad Wickam; 10. Bobby Howard; 11. Mark Cole; 12. Jim Perricone.
Did Not Start: Shane Stewart, Eric Riggins Jr.
Dash (6 laps): 1. Craig Dollansky; 2. Sammy Swindell; 3. Dale Blaney; 4. Kraig Kinser; 5. Brian Brown; 6. Daryn Pittman; 7. Lance Dewease; 8. Joey Saldana; 9. Sam Hafertepe Jr.; 10. Ed Lynch Jr.; 11. Brooke Tatnell; 12. Jason Johnson.
A-Main (30 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell; 2. Brian Brown; 3. Kraig Kinser; 4. Paul McMahan; 5. Jason Johnson; 6. Bryan Sebbetto; 7. Sam Hafertepe Jr.; 8. Jac Haudenschild; 9. Daryn Pittman; 10. Lucas Wolfe; 11. Kerry Madsen; 12. Craig Dollansky; 13. Jason Sides; 14. Chad Kemenah; 15. Joey Saldana; 16. Danny Holtgraver; 17. Cody Darrah; 18. Terry McCarl; 19. Steve Kinser; 20. Brooke Tatnell; 21. Stevie Smith; 22. Greg Wilson; 23. Dale Blaney; 24. Ed Lynch Jr.; 25. Lance Dewease.
Did Not Start: Greg Hodnett