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Swindell dominates Outlaws

May 21, 2001

Swindell dominates Outlaws



Sammy Swindell, of Cordova, Tenn., demolished the competition Saturday night for his first win of the season in the 30-lap Pennzoil World of Outlaws feature before a record-breaking crowd at Hagerstown Speedway.

Rodney Franklin, of White Post, Va., held off Doug Burkholder for his first win in the ITSI 25-lap late model main event.

Swindell started fourth in the 26-car field as Joey Saldana grabbed the early lead from the pole. On the third lap, Saldana drifted high enough for Swindell to slip by to take the lead. Once in front Swindell had no challengers. Three laps after taking the lead, Swindell was putting slower cars a lap down.

"Its been a big problem qualifying better," said Swindell, who earned $10,000 with the win. "It makes a difference where you start. Joey (Saldana) didn't go in low enough so we went underneath of him to get the lead. The car ran great the rest of the way."

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Mark Kinser finished fourth, moving him to the top of the World of Outlaws points standings, just ahead of fifth-place finisher Danny Lasoski.

Franklin started 12th in the late model feature but had worked his way into the fifth spot after just five laps. He moved past Roy Deese Jr. for second place after a lap 7 restart and took the lead on lap 10, sliding underneath James Adkins.

Deese briefly assumed the lead from Franklin on lap 16 before he was slowed by mechanical problems. Franklin battled with Doug Burkholder the rest of the way, with Franklin holding off the challenge at the finish.

The Mid-Atlantic Championship Series returns to the speedway Saturday at 7 p.m. for the Richard "Boney" Bonebrake Memorial. The program will also include spring championships for the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic late model sportsman, Ernie's Salvage Yard pure stocks and the 4-cylinder pure stocks.

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