Friday, April 15, 2022

1983 - Swindell tops 'Outlaws' field at Lakeside

Sammy Swindell

Kansas City, Kan. (April 15, 1983) – Sammy Swindell of Bartlett, Tenn., became the first repeat winner of the World of Outlaws National Challenge Series Friday night at Lakeside Speedway.

Swindell bounced the Raymond Beadle/Old Milwaukee #1 sprinter over the rutted half-mile oval in a real “rib-cage rattler” of a win over Keith Kauffman o Mifflintown, Penn., who was expertly driving the Stanton #75.

Due to the track conditions of the first and second turns, the feature was shortened to 20 of the scheduled 25 laps. World of Outlaws officials made the decision after five cars became airborne in the first and second turns during preliminary action.

Swindell’s win came from advancing from an outside second row starting spot. The two-time World of Outlaws’ champion gained the lead on lap 9 from early pacesetter Doug Wolfgang. Wolfgang went on to finish third in the event ahead of current National Challenge Series point leader Steve Kinser.

Jeff Swindell crossed the finish line fifth, but the lead-footed lad had jumped a position on a restart and was penalized tow spots. Jac Haudenschild and Bobby Allen were awarded fifth and sixth respectively, while the younger Swindell reluctantly settled for seventh.

Brad Doty broke the World of Outlaws jinx, that being the fast qualifier crashing. Doty established fast time in qualifying, touring the half-mile in 18.62 seconds for the evening. Although he didn’t crash, Doty didn’t stop his car to avoid one of the turn one melees and was restarted at the rear of the tail.

Results –

1. Sammy Swindell
2. Keith Kauffman
3. Doug Wolfgang
4. Steve Kinser
5. Jac Haudenschild
6. Bobby Allen
7. Jeff Swindell
8. T.J. Giddings
9. Rick Hood
10.Brad Doty
11.Tim Gee
12.Rick Ferkel
13.Cliff Woodward
14.Danny Lasoski
15.Danny Smith
16.Jerry Richert
17.Tod Bishop
18.Shane Carson
19.Randy Smith
20.Junior Parkinson
21.Ron Shuman
22.Jack Hewitt

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