TX (March 19-20) -- Sammy Swindell will go down in the record books as
the first-ever feature winner in the newly formed Sprint Bandits
Series after winning Friday night's $2,500-to-win 25-lap feature at
Devil's Bowl Speedway. On Saturday, Swindell completed the event sweep
when he led all 30 laps in the $6,000-to-win feature race. The $8,500
will come in handy to repair Swindell's 410 sprint car after he
collided with another car on the race's cool-down lap. Thinking there
was still one to go, Zach Chappell collided with the slowing Swindell
causing the veteran and his ride to flip in turn four. Thankfully no
one was injured, but Swindell's car had to be towed to victory lane.
The Sprint Bandit Series is in its first season and was developed by
Chili Bowl Midget Nationals co-founder Emmett Hahn. The 24-race series
uses a Hoosier-only right rear tire-rule. Competitors can use either a
MEDIUM or HARD Hoosier 105/18.0-15 sprint tire.
MESQUITE, TX (March 19) -- Twenty-six cars were on hand for the
Sprint Bandit Series opening race. Series rules require heat races to
be run first with qualifying races held afterward. Heat race winners
included; Jason Martin, Jeff Day and Wayne Johnson. In qualifying
races, Tony Bruce, Jr., Daryn Pittman, and Kevin Ramey were winners.
In the 25-lap feature, per series rules, Jerrod Hull
earned the pole position as a result of earning the most passing
points in heat and qualifying races. But it was outside pole-sitter
Gary Wright taking the lead at the drop of the green flag. Wright led
until power plant woes ended his hopes for a win. As a result, Jerrod
Hull took over the race lead. But his time out front would last just
five circuits before third starting Sammy Swindell took over at the
point. Swindell led the remainder of the distance to capture the
series first feature win while pocketing $2,500.
Finishing in second place was seventh starting Aaron
Berryhill followed by 18th starting Daryn Pittman. Zach Chappell
finished fourth and Shane Stewart in fifth. Rounding out the top ten
were Danny Jennings, Steven King, Kelly Kinser, Terry McCarl and Danny
Smith in sixth through tenth, respectively.
MESQUITE, TX (March 20) -- Friday's top four finishers were locked
into the first four spots for Saturday's $6,000-to-win feature with
the remaining competitors fighting it out for their starting spot
through the heat and qualifying races.
Kelly Kinser, Travis Rilat, and Gary Wright each won
their respective heat races, while Foster Landon, Danny Jennings and
Danny Smith won qualifying races.
In the 30-lap feature, Sammy Swindell led wire-to-wire
en route to collecting the $6,000 winner's prize after starting on the
pole. Shane Stewart finished in second place after starting eighth in
the field. Zach Chappell finished in third followed by Daryn Pittman
and Wayne Johnson. Completing the list of top ten finishers were Terry
McCarl, Steven King, Danny Jennings, Jerrod Hull and Foster Landon.
As a result of his two victories, Sammy Swindell
stands alone atop the Sprint Bandits Series point standings with 300
points followed by three drivers all tied with 286 points each.
The next scheduled event is a no-points race at
Tennessee's Memphis Motorsports Park in a non-wing challenge versus
the USAC competitors.
For more information on the new and exciting Sprint
bandits Series visit their website at www.sprintbandits.com.