NSL: He’s Still Got It; Sammy Swindell Wires Night One of the Jackson Nationals

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JACKSON, Minn. — official series release — Doug Johnson photo —

Sammy Swindell swept night one of the 37th annual Jackson Nationals at Jackson Speedway Friday night.

The win assured him of a spot in the $25,000-to-win Jackson Nationals Saturday night. The Germantown, Tenn. driver led every lap of the FVP National Sprint League A-Main and survived a late scrap with Brian Brown to secure the win.

“We got together at the end,” said Swindell of his contact with Brown.  “It wasn’t all my fault and it wasn’t all his fault, but it happened. That’s the way it goes. This is an awesome car to drive.  We didn’t have to do too much to it all night.  Awesome things are going to happen with Big Game Treestands back on board.”

He also set a one-lap track record during qualifying at 15.491 seconds, breaking Sam Hafertepe Jr.’s four-year-old mark of 15.601.

Swindell shot from his starting spot outside row two to hit the high side and edge the polesitter, Brown, for the early lead.  With three laps down, the first caution of the race came out for Tasker Phillips, who spun and collected Paige Polyak.  The restart saw Swindell leading Bronw, Ian Madsen, Lynton Jeffrey and Bryan Clauson.

Brown stayed with the leader after the restart, hitting the high side of one and two, while Swindell used the low groove.  While the pair battled up front, Craig Dollansky took fifth from Clauson.  Danny Lasoski began a charge at that point, outing both Clauson and Dollansky for a top-five spot.

Swindell moved through traffic with ease, and opened up a half straightaway lead before Mark Dobmeier hopped the turn one cushion and took a ground pounder after some serious airtime.  He would walk away.  Brown hit the middle of turns one and two on the restart and edged in front of Swindell coming off turn two.  The two cars contacted and Brown bobbled.

Madsen took a shot at both of the leaders in turn three, but Brown regained second and followed Swindell to the stripe.  Behind Swindell, Brown and Madsen, were Lasoski and Jeffrey.

“It was a good run for us,” said runner-up Brown.  “We’ve been struggling a little bit this year. To get up there and run with Sammy and contend for the win was good. Like he said, it probably wasn’t all his fault, or my fault.  It was two guys going for the win.”


RESULTS: FVP National Sprint League; Jackson Nationals; Jackson Speedway; September 4, 2015

FVP A Main (20 laps): 1. 1, Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN [4]; 2. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO [1]; 3. 18, Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. [6]; 4. 2, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO [5]; 5. 12, Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, IA [2]; 6. 2KS, Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN [3]; 7. 17w, Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, IN [8]; 8. 24, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA [13]; 9. 16, Travis Whitney, Blaine, MN [14]; 10. 3, Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA [20]; 11. 17B, Bill Balog, Brookfield, WI [7]; 12. 17A, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA [11]; 13. 23w, Scott Winters, Butterfield, MN [16]; 14. 55, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust. [12]; 15. 96, Bronson Maeschen, Pleasantville, IA [19]; 16. 09, Matt Juhl, Tea, SD [18]; 17. 35, Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, MN [22]; 18. 25, Dylan Peterson, Sioux Falls, SD [21]; 19. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA [15]; 20. 17, Ryan Bickett, Ramona, SD [23]; 21. 7D, Dustin Selvage, Indianola, IA [17]; 22. 15, Joe Riedel, Ramona, SD [24]; 23. 13, Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND [10]; 24. 19P, Paige Polyak, Tiffin, OH [9].

Lap Leader: Sammy Swindell 1-20.

KSE Hard-charger: Tim Kaeding (+10)

CREDIT: FVP National Sprint League

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