HURON, SOUTH DAKOTA (June 20, 2015) – The line for the tickets weaved back through as fans patiently waited to get up to the ticket window located under the big “STATE FAIR” sign to buy their seat for the evening of racing. When the races were finally set to begin there was an absolutely huge crowd under the covered grandstands at Dakota State Fair Speedway to see Sammy Swindell in the JJR #41 and the World of Outlaw (WoO) travelers. There were 28 cars in the pit area that would be trying to secure one of the 24 spots in the A-Main event at the 3/8 mile oval located in the beautiful upper Midwest.
Sammy Swindell climbed into the cockpit of the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Weld Racing #41 Maxim for time trials as he prepared to push off for the individual performance portion of the show. Seventeen cars finished their lap before he hit the track, but when he did he was looking to transfer his Kistler Engines power to the track so he could speed around the dirt oval. His quickest lap time was 15.282 seconds, which was 15th quick on the night.
When the heat race lineups were posted on the board in the pit area, the #41 was written in under the third heat race where he would start from the inside of row three. The JJR guys went to work to get their Maxim ready for eight laps of high speed action. The Germantown, Tennessee resident climbed aboard the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Waco Metal machine and pulled into line to ready himself for some green flag racing action. Tim Kaeding and Dusty Zomer brought the talented field of competitors down the front straightaway as Sammy settled into the fifth spot in the running order. He would hold that spot throughout the event and lock into the final transfer spot to the A-Main as he crossed the finish line behind Donny Schatz, Kaeding, Daryn Pittman and Zomer.
For the 30 lap feature event, Swindell would start from the fifteenth starting spot with Mark Dobmeier to his right. The fans in the stands were excited for the high speed action WoO style, and when Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet powered down the front straightaway things got exciting quick. Unfortunately, the red flag was displayed quickly as Dave Glennon flipped wildly coming out of turn four ripping the fence down. After about a one hour delay and open red to fix the fence racing resumed with Pittman showing the way for the first nine laps before surrendering it to Donny Schatz. Swindell was searching high and low to try to find some traction and speed in the Fischer Body Shop/Pro Powder Coating Maxim. When Schatz crossed under the checkered flag for his sixteenth win of the season, Swindell brought home a 14th place finish to cap off a consistent weekend of finishes in the Jason and Bobbi Johnson owned JJR entry.