Swan Flies to Truck Series Victory
Photos Courtesy Jess Reidner
James Swan led wire to wire to pick up the 30 lap feature for the Midwest Truck Series.
The twenty-one truck field was paced to the green flag by Danielle Behn and Swan. Swan quickly grabbed the top spot with Jeff Holtz and Rick Corso joining him. On lap 4 Kevin Knuese pulled to the inside of Corso racing for the third position with Carson Kvapil up to fifth.
Out front Swan and Holtz had built up a sixth truck length advantage over Corso and the rest of the field with ten laps completed. Swan was able to increase his lead over Holtz to three truck lengths at the half-way mark. On lap 17 Knuese moved past Corso for third. Three laps later the first caution flag of the race came out when Reagan May spun coming out of turn two.
Swan maintained on the restart with Holtz applying heavy pressure with Knuese close behind in third. Two laps later the caution flag waved again when the truck of Brad Gajewski went around coming out of turn two.
After the green flag waved again, Swan continued to show the way with Holtz and Knuese still running second and third, but neither driver would be able to catch the speedy Swan who took home the green flag. Rounding out the top five were Rick Corso and Carson Kvapil. Fast qualifier Todd Kluever finished in sixth followed by Luke Fenhaus, Mike Corvo, Tommy Pecaro, and Chester Ace.
“This was anything but easy with all the great competition out here today,” said Swan from victory lane.
Todd Kluever was fast qualifier for the Midwest Trucks with a lap of 18.962 (94.927 mph). Heat races were won by Parker Retzlaff, Kyle Chwala, and Levon Van Der Geest.
30 Lap Feature: (1-10) James Swan, Jeff Holtz, Kevin Knuese, Rick Corso, Carson Kvapil, Todd Kluever, Luke Fenhaus, Mike Corvo, Tommy Pecaro, Chester Ace (11-21) Danielle Behn, Levon Van Der Geest, Parker Retzlaff, Jerry Wood, Kyle Chwala, Danny Darnell, Kyle Lockington, Mark Hartline, Brad Gajewski, Dan Calhoun, Reagan May
8 Lap Heat #1: (1-7) Parker Retzlaff, Dan Calhoun, Danny Darnell, Mark Hartline, Jerry Wood, Brad Gajewski, Kyle Lockington
8 Lap Heat #2: (1-7) Kyle Chwala, Tommy Pecaro, James Swan, Reagan May, Chester Ace, Danielle Behn, Dave Edwards
8 Lap Heat #3: (1-8) Levon Van Der Geest, Jeff Holtz, Rick Corso, Luke Fenhaus, Kevin Knuese, Todd Kluever, Mike Corvo, Carson Kvapil
Qualifying: (1-10) Todd Kluever, Carson Kvapil, Mike Corvo, Kevin Knuese, Luke Fenhaus, Rick Corso, Levon Van Der Geest, Jeff Holtz, Chester Ace, James Swan
(11-20) Dave Edwards, Danielle Behn, Tommy Pecaro, Kyle Chwala, Reagan May, Jerry Wood, Danny Darnell, Mark Hartline, Brad Gajewski, Dan Calhoun
(21-22) Parker Retzlaff, Kyle Lockington