Doran Racing’s Swanson wins the 500 Sprint Car Tour race at Plymouth

Doran Racing and Kody Swanson will go into the record books as winners of the first paid race in the new 500 Sprint Car Tour presented by Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores.

Although the Lucas Oil Little 500 at Anderson, Ind., Speedway on May 28 was the first race in the new series, Friday night’s 75-lap race on Plymouth Motor’s three-eighths-of-a-mile asphalt oval Speedway was the first to award points. Swanson, a native of Kingsburg, Calif., who now lives in Indianapolis, and Doran Racing, who is based in Lebanon, Ohio, took advantage by winning both pole and the main event with Henry Repeating Arms No. 44.

After the inversion, Swanson took the green flag in fourth place in No. 44, which is powered by a Dan Binks-prepared Chevy engine.

He passed Tyler Roahrig on the first lap to take third place behind pole sitter Billy Wease and Derek Bischak.

It felt like he turned on his afterburners on lap 10, though. It was then that he passed Bischak and Wease to take the lead, setting the fastest lap of anyone in the race simultaneously with a time of 12.527 seconds. He had taken pole earlier in the day with a time of 12.386.

Swanson was able to quickly take a nearly one-second lead over Wease at the start, but on lap 34 Wease was right behind Swanson’s blue number 44.

Swanson had to survive two bookings which provided Wease with additional opportunities to pass. One beckoned on Lap 45 after Taylor Ferns stopped in the infield of Turn 2. Another occurred on Lap 49 after Davey Hamilton Jr. stopped on the inside of the turn 1. Swanson was up to the task in both restarts, however, and never gave up his lead.

On lap 57, Roahrig passed Wease for second and he chased Swanson the rest of the way, but Swanson took the checkered flag with a huge margin of victory of 3.340 seconds. Wease finished third followed by Dakota Armstrong and Bobby Santos III. Nine of the 18 starters completed the 75 laps.

“I’m thrilled to get a win for this Doran Racing team, and for Henry USA, Glenn Farms and Dan Binks Engines,” Swanson said.

“Plymouth was a tricky little place, but our car looked pretty good from first practice. Kevin and the team did a great job of continuing to make small adjustments and made us better every time we went to the circuit. .

“I was happy to have set a fast time, but I was a little nervous about starting fourth with the inversion and having to pass very strong cars. Our car was really good at the start of the race , and I felt like I had to capitalize on the opportunity to take the lead, and I had to see how it goes from there.

“Late in the race I was worried that we would lose grip and slip, but it seems like that happened to almost everyone as all of our tires started to wear out. This track had certain characteristics of a few dirt tracks so it was fun to get around, changing lines and trying to find the best place to be throughout the race.

“God has blessed me with great people in my life, and I am grateful to everyone who is part of this Doran Racing team. We have great product partners and sponsors who support us, and a team and a crew who put in incredible effort to give us the chance to win, and I’m grateful to be part of this team!

The race was broadcast live on MAVTV Plus.

The team’s next race is another 500 Sprint Car Tour event today, Saturday, June 11, at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan.

For more information on Doran Racing, visit DoranRacing.com and follow the team on Facebook.

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