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Topic: SWINDELL WINS WORLD OF OUTLAW BATTLE AT BRISTOL
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posted June 10, 2001 08:44 PM
SWINDELL WINS WORLD OF OUTLAW BATTLE AT BRISTOL
Upperco Maryland's Jeff Shepard and Sammy Swindell dueled in one of the
most memorable races in World of Outlaw history Saturday night with Swindell
edging out the former local racer by a mere half-second to win the Second
Annual Battle of Bristol at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN.
Officially there were six lead changes during the 30 lap classic, with many
more not making the official lap leader board as Swindell took the lead for
good from Shepard with four laps to go.
"That was a lot of fun!" said a victorious Swindell in victory lane in
front of a national television audience. "Jeff and I rode motorcycles about
100 miles through the mountains today...he was on a slower bike, so I had to
let him lead a little bit."
"He gave me a lot of room, and I gave him room, and that's the way racing
should be. There aren't a whole lot of guys you can race like that, but
Jeff Shepard is a class act."
Western Pennsylvania racer Tim Shaffer finished third, followed by Steve
Kinser in fourth, and Preliminary night winner Donny Schatz in fifth.
Schatz turned adversity into triumph Friday night when the Pennzoil World
of Outlaws opened the Second Annual Battle of Bristol at Bristol Motor
The 1997 Rookie of the Year discovered a mechanical malfunction before
Friday night's the Dash, but lost his spot in the race when he went to his
trailer rather than the work area to fix the problem. But Schatz was still
able to race to victory from outside the fifth row in the 25-lap Preliminary
Feature for the win.
Shepard finished second with Swindell third, polesitter James Chesson
fourth, and Craig Dollansky fifth.