Sammy Swindell has now won a total of 20 races at the historic Eldora Speedway after claiming his third King’s Royal crown on Saturday night and the $50,000 check that comes with it. The veteran Swindell is usually hard to rattle but even he had a hard time forgetting his 2011 King’s Royal heartbreak as he blew a tire on the last corner of the last lap to hand the win to Tyler Walker.
However, Swindell put all those bad memories in the back of his mind as he held off a late charge from Kerry Madsen to be crowned the champion of the 29th running of the King’s Royal which will be broadcast on Saturday, July 28th at 2 p.m. (Eastern) on Speed Channel. When the green flag dropped it was Daryn Pittman who jumped out to the lead but he was quickly passed by Paul McMahan who led the second and third laps. Pittman then battled back to regain the lead on the fourth circuit.
On the 11th lap Sammy Swindell would get around Pittman to capture the lead which he would hold onto for the rest of the race. Near the halfway point of the feature a great battle ensued between Pittman and a hard-charging Kerry Madsen for the second spot. After exchanging multiple slide jobs it was Madsen who claimed the second spot and set his sights on Swindell. With five laps to go Madsen caught Swindell and tried to drive by him on the low side of turns one and two. The move failed for Madsen as he lost ground to Swindell exiting turn two. Madsen gave it one last ditch effort to pass Swindell coming to the checkered flag but again Swindell pulled away to take the victory. After the race Madsen commented, “I didn’t really try a slide job, I just tried to run the middle and thought I could get a run to do a slide job a lap later and it completely backfired on me. I just lost too much ground.” Jac Haudenschild crossed the line in third followed by Justin Henderson in fourth and Kraig Kinser rounded out the top-five as he earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after starting in the 23rd position.
In victory lane Swindell said, “We came so close last year and had a great car and a great race going until the very last corner. That was in the back of my mind. Once I thought we were losing a left rear tire and I just told myself, ‘Don’t worry about it. Just hit your marks and keep going and whatever happens is going to happen.’ It would have been nice to be back to back. I was just trying to be as conservative as I could; to run hard where I needed to and be careful where I needed to. We pulled it off.” The World of Outlaws now head to Pennsylvania’s Lernerville Speedway to square off with the Pennsylvania Posse in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twins on Tuesday, July 17th. For more information on the World of Outlaws fans can visit www.woosprint.com.