Kody Swanson shows off gifts in
dash, I had a chance to pass on the outside but I saved it for the
Swanson, a two-time Visalia Plaza Park Mini-Sprint Champion, started outside row three in the 40-lap Casey Diemert Memorial. The paved 3/8-mile oval hosted 20 sprint cars – with an A-Main front row of Chad Nichols, and Hunt. The jump went to Hunt in the Kaiser Construction #94. Nichols had mechanical problems and retired early on lap three. Five laps into the feature, the top three of Hunt, Tim Barber, and Swanson pulled away from the pack. 20th starting Mike Murgoitio made his way through the field to earn ninth place by lap seven.
became very intense on lap nine when Swanson mirrored Barber all the way around
the track, trying to overtake the Ken Pierson #14 pilot with a high-side
maneuver. Meanwhile a three-way battle for fourth was engaged by Brad
Four laps of
racing in traffic was interrupted by a lap 18 caution for McClish who stopped
at the exit of turn four. On the restart, Swanson again tried to pass Barber on
the upper groove but Barber held his ground. Quick qualifier Jeff Montgomery of
By lap 24 Hunt and Swanson were running inches apart with Barber on their tails. The leaders hit traffic with ten laps to go. Hunt and Swanson quickly cleared a backmarker when Swanson pulled even with Hunt on the backchute on lap 31. Swanson then drove his family #75 underneath Hunt into turn three to take the lead. Swanson was never headed and beat Hunt and Barber to the checkered flag, just ahead of rain drops. Swanson’s win lifted him to the points lead after three of 12 races this season.
finished fourth just ahead of Trimble. Murgoitio stormed to sixth. The top-ten
was completed by
Western States Sprint Car series moves to Redwood Acres in
VALVOLINE USAC WESTERN SPRINT CAR
SERIES RACE RESULTS:
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jeff Montgomery, 37,
LeJenne-14.385; 2. Kody Swanson, 75, Swanson-14.443; 3.
Michael Trimble, 15, CTR-14.659; 11.
Rick Brown, 98, Marquardt-14.793; 12. Andrew Alberding, 99, Diemert-14.797; 13.
Randy DuBois, 79, DuBois-14.837; 14. Robert Beck, 03, Beck-14.840; 15. Shauna
Hogg, 5, Hogg-14.905; 16.
DASH: (4 laps) 1. Murgoitio, 2. Swanson,
3. McClish, 4.
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Geiszler, 2.
Hendrix, 3. DuBois, 4. Trimble, 5. Hunt, 6.
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Petersen, 2.
Brown, 3. Beck, 4. Barber, 5. Swanson, 6. Veenstra, 7.
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hogg, 2. Nichols, 3. McClish, 4. Bumgarner, 5. Gobel, 6. Alberding. NT
FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2.
Tony Hunt, 3. Tim Barber, 4. Brad Bumgarner, 5. Michael Trimble, 6. Mike
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Hunt, Laps 31-40 Swanson.
NEW USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Swanson-191; 2-Bumgarner-180;
3-Hunt-179; 4-Barber-175; 5-Murgoitio-137; 6-Hogg-127; 7-McClish-126; 8-Michael Lewis-122; 9-Trimble-121; 10-Veenstra-95.
USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: June 11