BEAVER DAM, WISCONSIN (June 27, 2015) – Sammy Swindell and the JJR team headed to Dodge County in Wisconsin to race at Beaver Dam Raceway in the Jim Boyd “JB” Memorial event for the last time as a team on Saturday night. The motorsports legend and three-time World of Outlaw (WoO) champion has been co-piloting the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Fischer Body Shop #41 Maxim while Jason recuperated from injuries sustained at Placerville Speedway back on April 8th. With the Ragin’ Cajun healed and ready to climb back into his ButlerBuilt Professional Seat System on Wednesday night at Lakeside Speedway the team wanted to send Sammy and his wife Amy off in style as a thank you for all they have done with since joining the team in early June.
The town of Beaver Dam is nestled around the beautiful 6,000 acre Beaver Dam Lake in central Wisconsin. The race track sits just outside the small town and all the race fans came out on a beautiful evening to watch 26 cars compete on the 1/3 mile, semi-banked clay oval. Beaver Dam Raceway is a racy place and when Slammin’ Sammy pushed off in the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Waco Metal machine for time trials he took flight and turned a 12.010 second lap his first round. His second lap was a little slower at 12.100 seconds, but his quickest lap of the night was good for 6th quick overall.
Starting from the third position in heat three, the Tennessee racer pulled the JJR forty one to the inside of Paul McMahan’s CJB Motorsports #51 in row two. Logan Schuchart and Jason Sides made up row one. When the green flag waved they aligned perfectly, nose-to-tail in the same running order as they started. Schuchart was in the lead with Sides, Swindell and McMahan right behind. They would end in that exact same order with Scotty Thiel and Jeremy Schultz crossing the finish line in the fifth and sixth spots respectively.
With the feature lineup set, Sammy would take flight from the ninth starting position aboard the Priority Aviation Services/Weld Racing #41. Donny Schatz would share row five with him as Kerry Madsen and Shane Stewart paced the field from the front row. There were 40 laps of racing ahead for the 24 car field. The green lights around the speedway illuminated simultaneously to the green flag being shown to the field as the engines roared around Beaver Dam Raceway. The sweet sound of racing filled the air as Stewart led early. Sammy had his elbows up and his right foot planted in the accelerator in the cockpit of the JJR Maxim. His Kistler Engine was producing the horsepower needed to propel him forward around the oval. The action was fast and furious with things happening quickly everywhere. Sammy was running in the top ten and at the front of the pack Kerry Madsen wrestled away the lead from Stewart before surrendering it to Daryn Pittman on lap 27. Swindell kept battling aboard the Dissolvalloy Frac Ball Revolution #41 as he held his ground each and every lap. Schatz was on the move and took the race lead from Pittman in lapped traffic on lap 34. Schatz would go on to win his 17th checkered flag of the season as Swindell came home in the 10th position. A good solid run for the forty one.
After the race, Jason commented, “It was a solid run for our team tonight.” He continued, “Sammy has been great for our team and we can’t thank him enough.” During his time in the JJR Maxim during the month of June, Sammy set quick time and a new track record at Granite City Speedway, made five Dash events, had four top ten finishes and a number of solid runs in almost every event. He was a friend, teacher and all-around great teammate and driver for the JJR team. Jason concluded by explaining, “I respect Sammy tremendously as a driver and a person and really appreciated getting to know him better. I appreciate him joining and helping our team at a time when we needed it most.” He continued, “Both Sammy and Amy became part of JJR and we are very appreciative and thankful.” Thank you Sammy for making a positive difference for our team. We greatly appreciate it!