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Swanson sails to USAC Western Sprint
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Rescino out dragged pole sitter Tim Barber to lead the opening lap. Swanson meanwhile was flying on the high side of the track, gaining third spot on lap six from rookie Bradley Galedrige. One lap later – Swanson passed Barber on the back chute to earn second position. By lap ten Swanson was visibly gaining on the leader Rescino.
The two front runners were nose-to-tail in traffic by lap 17. Swanson nosed into the lead as the two cars crossed the stripe to complete lap 18. The Kingsburg, CA. 18-year-old then closed the deal on the high groove in the south turn, relegating Rescino to second.
“That kid can wheel a race car”, said Rescino immediately following the event. “I wasn’t going to give up easy but to come here and take a ‘second’ at a USAC race; I’m Happy.”
Swanson said after the race that he learned from his experience at Irwindale Speedway in November of last year. Leading the majority of the race on Thanksgiving – Swanson had little left to withhold a charge by Dave Steele in the closing laps. Steele won the Turkey Night sprint car race as Swanson faded to third.
“I just wanted to hang out up top at the beginning”, said Swanson. “Rescino was way away from us but I started catching him. I knew from Turkey Night that the only part of the race that mattered was the last couple laps. I had a lot of time and I kept thinking that.”
The race was halted on lap 25 after a three car pile up in turn one eliminated Darren Rusconi, Michael Trimble, and Ivan Worden. A 15 minute delay to remove cars served as an unexpected ‘half-time’.
As the race resumed Swanson sped off with Rescino in second. Tony Hunt methodically was picking off cars for position. He passed Mike Murgoitio on the restart to take third place. USAC rookie Nick Green made his presence known as he too passed Murgoitio. Rescino closed in on Swanson in deep traffic on lap 33 but just as soon as it looked like a lead battle might develop – Swanson stretched his advantage to four car-lengths on lap 36.
battle on the track became the fight for fifth between Murgoitio and
Shauna Hogg, Matt DeMartini, and Cody Veenstra won heat races. Murgoitio paced the field in time trials with a quick lap of 13.788 seconds on the paved 1/3-mile track. Veenstra earn the feature event ‘hard-charger award’ by advancing six positions to 13th from 19th starting.
USAC WESTERN SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:
1. Mike Murgoitio, 20, Hamilton-13.788; 2. Tony Hunt, 4, Kaiser-13.837; 3. Kody
Swanson, 75, KT-13.852; 4.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hogg, 2. Swanson,
3. Rescino, 4. Joe Helberg, 5. Murgoitio, 6. Galedrige, 7. Trimble, 8. Jessica
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. DeMartini, 2.
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Veenstra, 2. Hopper, 3. Kaiser, 4. Worden, 5. Clough, 6. Simone, 7. Iacobitti, 8. Rusconi. NT
FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2.
Nick Rescino Jr., 3. Tony Hunt, 4. Nick Green, 5.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Rescino, Laps 18-50 Swanson.
NEW WESTERN SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Hunt-130; 2-Rescino-127; 3-Murgoitio-118; 4-Swanson-114; 5-Green-105; 6-Galedrige-95; 7-McClish-92; 8-Pelk-78; 9-Geiszler-54; 10-Kaiser-46.
NEXT WESTERN SPRINT CAR RACE: May 13 –