LEE, N.H. – Three time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Sammy Swindell invaded the Northeastern Midget Ass’n Saturday night at Lee USA Speedway and took down the victory in convincing style.
Swindell won by nearly four seconds over teammate and points leader Avery Stoehr, keeping alive what is to believed to be the longest winning streak of any American race car driver in motorsports history in the process.
He has now won at least one race in 49 consecutive seasons.
Meanwhile, in the NEMA Lites portion of the event, PJ Stergios parked in victory lane.
In the NEMA feature, an oiled down track made for a difficult first lap as the cars headed into turn one. Alan Chambers shot into the lead off of turn two, with fourth-starting Swindell in tow and teammate Todd Bertrand following around the outside.
On lap three, Swindell drove to the outside of Chambers in turns three and four, and completed the pass entering turns one and two.
A lap later, Bertrand took second, and the chase was on.
As the field neared the halfway point, the smooth and consistent Swindell opened up his lead to nearly a straightaway over Bertrand.
With five to go, Swindell had opened up his lead to nearly a half track over the field, and Bertrand was fading, after having to pit before the green flag with a flat tire and also fighting stagger issues.
Swindell went on to take down the well-celebrated victory over teammates Avery Stoehr, Alby Ovitt and Bertrand.
Jim Chambers finished fifth, followed by Randy Cabral, Paul Scally, Alan Chambers, Andy Lunt and Lanson Fornoro.
“Wow, I really need to thank Tim and the Bertrand crew for tonight. We had it all going perfect tonight, and its just great to win here at Lee and keep the win streak alive,” said Swindell. “This is a fun, racy place and we had come here a few weeks back so it was nice to be able to come back and finish it off. Thanks to the track for having us.”
In the Lites feature, Chase Locke jumped out from the pole into the lead. Locke began to set a torrid pace, after setting the Lites track record of 13.7 seconds earlier in the evening.
However, disaster struck for Locke on lap eight, as he came into contact with the turn two wall, ending his night. Locke had the fastest lap of the feature at 13.9 seconds.
When the green flag flew again, Stergios vaulted into the lead, with Richie Coy in tow. As the laps counted down, Stergios poured on the heat, pulling away from the field.
Stergios, consistently running laps in the 14.0-second range, went on to take down the victory over Coy by a margin of four seconds.
Following them across the line were Matt Merry, who later failed a width inspection, Ryan Locke, Randy Cabral, Paul Scally, Chris Vose, Kyle Valeri, Jim Cataldo and Drew Eldridge.
“With the weather so cold, we made some major adjustments to the car before the feature event, and it worked out really well to get the Oktoberfest monkey off our back,” said Stergios. “I hated to see Chase get into the wall. I’d rather finish second than to win this way. He was real fast.”