TULSA, Okla. — Sammy Swindell was dominant again, leading all 25 laps of Wednesday night’s U.S. Fleet Tracking feature during the second night of the 27th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals at Tulsa Expo Raceway.
With a familiar half grin, the crafty veteran spoke of his win by saying, “when you are this old, it doesn’t get old.”
Swindell was never challenged en route to his seventh Chili Bowl prelim victory while being chased across the line by 2008 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl champion Damion Gardner.
With the pair jumping into the one, two positions from the start, the race for third occupied most of the attention as the Loyet Motorsports No. o5t of Gary Taylor traded the show position with the Indy Race Parts No. 71 of Jac Haudenschild who grabbed the spot with nineteen laps remaining until the caution forced the field to the last fully completed lap.
With the majority of the field on the cushion, the race resumed with Swindell racing into the back of the field by lap 14.
Mired in slower traffic, the Swindell advantage would remain unchallenged as Gardner continued to pace in the runner up spot with Taylor holding third while Haudenschild worked to hold off Darren Hagen, Shane Golobic and Mike Spencer as spots fourth through seventh where up for grabs prior to the races final caution on lap 15.
Getting the pass for third on lap 19, Haudenschild joined Gardner as the pair continued their pursuit of the Super Shox No. 1, but Swindell was too strong.
Asked about his pass for third, Haudenschild replied, “I got around [Gary Taylor] early there and they put a yellow out and they put him back around me. We banged a little bit getting through it but that looks like the way you’ve got to do it here.”
Gary Taylor and Shane Golobic held on to fill out the top five.