Granite City, Ill. (October 8, 1988) - Sammy Swindell completed a sweep of Shaheen's Super Weekend, winning features Friday, October 7 at Godfrey, Ill., and Saturday, October 8 at Tri-City Speedway. Swindell took home an additional $1,000 bonus for the sweep, bring his two-day earnings to more than $6,000.
Swindell set a new track record in qualifying with a scorchering 10.76 seconds and won the 40-lap sprint car feature to dominate the first round on Friday night at Godfrey. Donnie Beechler led the first half of the main event despite two restarts and the persistent challenges of Jim Moughan and Joe Gaerte. However, Beechler saw his half-lap lead disintegrate midway through the battle when his drive line gave way, eliminating him.
Swindell, who had been running fourth, shot into the lead on the restart and then held off Robbie Stanley's late charge to secure the win. Stanley, Gaerte, Mike Thurman and Moughan would round out the top five. Moughan won the B main while Beechler took C main honors. Terry Sheperd, Chuck Amati, Rodney Duncan and Ron Standridge were heat winners.
Danny Lasoski would take the top spot to start Saturday's 30-lap affair at Granite City, and Lasoski opened up a commanding lead before Swindell would close the gap 7 laps into the battle. After a caution bunched the field, Swindell took to the low groove and overhauled Lasoski to gain the upper hand with 20 circuits remaining.
Swindell wold lead the remaining distance, with Lasoski holding off Andy Hillenburg to nail down second place. Robbi Stanley finished fourth and Joe Gaerte took fifth. Lasoski won the B main and Tracy House score the victory in the C main. Swindell, who also set fast time, joined Randy Smith, Gaerte and Rodney Duncan as heat winners.
So much racing history has been made through the years right here in the Midwest.
From the rich dirt ovals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska to the paved short tracks in Minnesota and Wisconsin, some of the best drivers ever to get behind the wheel of a race car competed right here in the heartland.
We all have our own story to share about our favorite driver who thrilled us everytime they rolled onto the track or that one particular race that still stands out as the greatest they ever saw.
We'll go back in history, 10, 20, 30, 40, even 50 years ago (even more) and reminisce about what has made racing in the Midwest so special for us.