Another Day, Another Swindell Victory

Kevin Swindell currently leads the National Midget Driver of the Year standings. (Frank Smith photo)
Kevin Swindell posted another victory Thursday night at the Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. (Frank Smith photo)

TULSA, Okla. — Three-time defending Chili Bowl Nationals champion Kevin Swindell continued his dominance at Tulsa Expo Raceway, leading all 25 laps on Christner Trucking Qualifying Night at the 27th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals.

Pacing alongside Jerry Coons Jr., the Super Shox No. 39 left nothing to the imagination; jumping to a half straightaway advantage before the caution flag waved on lap six for the flipped No. 25b of Steve Buckwalter.

At speed, Coons made his bid for the race lead. Diving to the hub of turn one, Coons pulled the Dooling Machine No. 63 even with Swindell for the next pair of laps with Swindell holding the lead by inches.

“I was OK and I just went back a little conservative after the restart,” said Swindell. “I didn’t get a good one and two, or three and four, and I knew it would kind of go away. On the next yellow, Dad walked out and said you are doing fine, keep doing what you are doing.”

Pacing again under caution for the spun No. 67 of Rico Abreu, nine laps had passed as the field resumed with Swindell pulling to a sizable advantage as Coons was left to contend with Cole Whitt.

Charging from 15th, Tim McCreadie began his climb through the running order, breaking the top ten before the 11nth circuit in the Andy Bondio No. 47x. Pacing around the bottom berm, the 2006 Chili Bowl Champion held pace between sixth and 10th as attention turned again to the race for the runner up spot.

Brad Sweet took third from Whitt on lap 11 and grabbed second the following circuit of the quarter-mile oval.

Describing the preferred high line as “treacherous,” Sweet referred to mistakes made during his feature, “The car was really good when I’d hit it right but there was just so many spots on the cushion at the exit of four that it was just so big and ledgy and it was just easy to get tripped up on it.”

McCreadie finished third.

“Our whole night was behind,” said McCreadie. “I’ve been here a few years and my success hasn’t been as good as my failures lately. I’m just happy to be up here with these guys.”

Coons and Tracy Hines rounded out the top five.