MIDDLETOWN, NY (July 29, 2017) – Adding to his already illustrious career, Germantown, Tennessee’s Sammy Swindell became the first Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions main event winner at Orange County Fair (NY) Speedway on Saturday night, leading all 25 circuits around “The Legendary House of Power” to score $10,000, as well as a 26th career Arctic Cat All Star main event victory. The pilot of the Jared Zimbardi-owned/Bundle of Warmth/Performance Powder Coating/No. 35s nearly swept the evening program; setting the fastest time of the night during Lincoln Electric Time Trials, as well as earning JE Pistons Dash and A-main victories.
“This car was a pleasure to drive. We learned some things last night and capitalized on them today,” Sammy Swindell said. “With a deal like tonight, all you can do is drive as straight as you can and keep the tires underneath you. Luckily for us, we were able to hang on. We hope to continue this trend tomorrow at Lebanon Valley.”
Swindell withstood four cautions during his campaign at the front of the running order, and unfortunately for those involved, all four cautions included competitors racing within the top-ten; Tyler Esh, Justin Barger, and Arctic Cat All Star point leader, Chad Kemenah, to name a few. Esh was racing second when his right rear tire went flat, erasing a potential career high finish with “America’s Series.”
Findlay, Ohio’s Caleb Helms, who started ninth on the main event grid, gave Swindell is only true challenge during the 25-lapper, actually driving around the former World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion at the entrance of turn one on lap 22. The pass was ultimately negated due to a full lap not being completed. Swindell returned to the point position and remained there for the final four circuits with Helms in tow.
Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Rookie of the Year contender, Brandon Spithaler, worked his way forward from tenth to finish third during his first ever Orange County Fair Speedway start, followed by Paulie Colagiovanni and Stewart Friesen. Friesen was also a victim of tire issues, restarting at the back of the field after coming to a stop with nine laps in the books.
Capping off their three-race weekend in the Empire State, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will now make the tow to Upstate New York, set to invade Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon on Sunday evening, July 30. Dubbed as “The Valley of Speed,” Lebanon Valley Speedway will award a $7,000 winner’s share, also guaranteeing a minimum of $1,000 to each main event starter. The combined event purse is a staggering $39,450.
Lebanon Valley Speedway will open pit gates at 3:00pm on Sunday afternoon. The Arctic Cat All Star drivers meeting will take shape at 5:00pm, followed by hot laps at 5:45pm. Those who are seeking additional news and notes should visit Lebanon Valley Speedway live on the Web at www.lebanonvalley.com.
A-Main (25 Laps)
1. 35s-Sammy Swindell ; 2. 17-Caleb Helms ; 3. 22-Brandon Spithaler ; 4. 10c-Paulie Colagiovanni ; 5. 1Z-Stewart Friesen ; 6. 747-Davey Sammons ; 7. 33mm-Mike Mahaney ; 8. 8M-TJ Michael ; 9. 59-Ryan Smith ; 10. 91-Anthony Fiore ; 11. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 12. 5-Justin Barger ; 13. 51-John Garvin ; 14. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 15. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 16. 10-Joe Kata ; 17. 33M-Max Stambaugh ; 18. 7K-Dan Shetler ; 19. 1-Scott Flammer ; 20. 35-Tyler Esh ; 21. 2-Jimmy Seger ; 22. 13-Brandon Matus ; 23. 14c-Coleman Gulick ; 24. 1080-Jordan Mackison  Lap Leaders: Sammy Swindell [1-25]