Dirt racing ace, Kevin Swindell took the checkers at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Sunday in Springfield, IL. Swindell, the 25 year old sprint and midget star earned his second ARCA win while subbing for the injured John Wes Townley in the #15 Zaxby’s Toyota.
The one mile dirt oval in Springfield is one of two dirt tracks the ARCA Racing Series runs each year. The track has hosted some great races in recent years and this was no exception. Points contenders, Mason Mitchell and Grant Enfinger vied for the top spot for much of the afternoon until Swindell took the lead on lap 89 of the 100 lap event. Mason Mitchell was able to keep his points lead after an impressive late race surge. Mitchell was able to charge from seventh to second in the final laps. Grant Enfinger lead the most laps in the race but settled for forth. The Kimmels, Frank and Will rounded out the top 5.
So the substitute role for Swindell proved to be a successful one. Kevin didn’t even think he would be racing until he got the call from Venturini motorsports owner, Bill Venturini gave him a call Tuesday. The #15 Zaxby’s Toyota is usually driven by John Wes Townley but after his hard crash during practice in Pocono, he has been on the sidelines ever since. Swindell’s usual ride this year has been in the NASCAR Nationwide series some this year driving for JGL Racing in the #93 Dodge. This weekend however, that ride was taken by road racing ringer, Tomy Drissi so Swindell was free to drive in Springfield.
Unlike this race in Springfield, next week’s ARCA race will be televised live on CBS Sports Network at 2 p.m. CT Sunday.