PENSACOLA, Fla. — Tanner Swanson raced from the pole to earn his first TRUFUEL Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series victory at Friday night at Five Flags Speeday.
The win was worth $3,000 for the California driver who lead wire to wire. The event was night one of the Royal Oak Southern Shoot Out. The event was the first time since 1992 that 410 winged asphalt sprint cars have raced in the state of Florida.
Swanson was making his first career MSRXSS start and the first time ever in a winged asphalt sprint car. Swanson explained in victory lane that it was anything but easy.
“The tough part is without having any radios you never know how big a lead you have,” he said. “Every yellow I got hand signals from the crew telling me how big a lead I had. I worked my butt off to make sure I ran a good line. Right there at the end I know McCune had gotten up to second and I didnt know what kind of car he had.”
Swanson was turning 13.9-second laps twenty-four out of thirty laps in the feature. Jimmy McCune, Mickey Kempgens, Todd Fayard and Jacob Wilson rounded out the top five.
Twenty-five cars took time during qualifications. Jason Cox set a track record when he turned a lap of 13.780 seconds around the half-mile high-banked oval.
Tanner Swanson, Jimmy McCune, Mickey Kempgens, Todd Fayard, Jacob Wilson, Brian Olson, Mike Larrison, Jerry Caryer, Jim Sheets, Aaron Pierce, Dave Baumgartner, Billy Wease, Brian Gingras, Hank Lower, Collin Cabre, Tim Cox, Shane Morgan, JoJo Helberg, Kody Swanson, Jason Cox.BREAKING NEWS: SPEED SPORT is back in print with a new monthly format! Subscribe for just $24.95. Special offer for former subscribers.