GREENWOOD, NEBRASKA (June 5, 2015) – After a 650 mile trek from Kokomo, Indiana to the Cornhusker state, Sammy Swindell and the Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) team were ready to get back at it in the Priority Aviation Services/Waco Metal #41 Maxim at I-80 Speedway. The World of Outlaws (WoO) were in town for the NAPA Auto Parts Outlaw Showdown.
There were 26 very competitive cars in the pit area under blue and sunny skies. Sammy climbed into the cockpit of the Dissolvalloy Frac Ball Revolution/Shell Shock machine and was the sixteenth speed demon pushed out onto the 4/10 mile, semi-banked oval for his time trial run. He circle the beautiful facility on his first lap in 11.778 seconds. He followed that up with an even quicker lap the second go around in 14.758 seconds. The quicker of his two laps ended up sixteenth quick overall when the air quieted after the last competitor finished time trials.
When the heat race lineups were posted, Slammin’ Sammy was slated to start from the sixth starting spot in heat number one with Donny Schatz to his inside. The list of competitors he would have to contend with in this heat race was pretty impressive. Logan Schuchart and Daryn Pittman made up row one with Danny Lasoski and Joey Saldana in row two. When the green flag waved, the engines filled the country air with the sweet sound of sprint cars. Schatz and Swindell were working in tandem as they searched for opportunities to advance their position over the eight lap event. Lasoski would take the win over Pittman, Saldana, and Schatz with Sammy bringing the JJR/Valvoline entry home in the fifth position to earn a spot in the A-Main.
The grandstands at I-80 Speedway were absolutely packed with fans as they anxiously awaited the WoO’s Greatest Show on Dirt. The feature lineup was set and the three-time WoO champion would start from the outside of row eight in the Pro Powder Coating/Wilwood Disc Brakes entry. The front row of Danny Lasoski and Kerry Madsen brought the capacity crowd to their feet as they roared down the front straightaway. The green flag was quickly replaced by the red flag on the initial start as James McFadden climbed the right rear tire of Ryan Bunton in turn one and flipped wildly. When racing resumed, the Bartlett, Tennessee racing legend was on the move early as he took over the fifteenth spot and then quickly grab another position. His climb up the scoring pylon was just beginning. He kept his right foot planted and by the midway point of the race found himself holding down the last spot in the top ten. Not content, he kept calling for the power from his Kistler Engine and was now flexing his muscles as he moved as far up as the seventh position. A late race caution was replaced by a competition red for a fuel stop with four laps to go. Swindell was running seventh at the time, but when the two minute horn sounded the Destiny Motorsports team and JJR team were both penalized two spots in the restart running order for having crew members still working on the cars when the horn sounded. Swindell restarted ninth and over the last four laps slipped backed to finish in 11th place as Danny Lasoski took the victory over Schatz in an exciting finish.
Another solid run for this new driver and team combination as they prepare to head to Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas on Saturday night looking to improve their good fortunes and finishes as a team. Come out and catch up with the JJR team – Sammy, Jason, Bobbi, Jaxx, Philip and Cole – at the track!