WEST LEBANON, N.Y. — It took an extra night, but Sammy Swindell was one happy driver Monday night.
Swindell and the rest of the field in the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions feature race had to wait a day to race at Lebanon Valley Speedway because of inclement weather. Once Swindell took to the oval, he took command.
Swindell and Dale Blaney were at the front of the pack at the green flag. Blaney took an early lead. Two race stoppages saw Swindell take advantage of the restart to pass Blaney on the outside. While Swindell never pulled away, nobody was able to catch him.
"It was ... the start," Swindell said in Victory Lane. "My car responded so much better than [Blaney's], so I could draw away from him."
Blaney ran into some problems of his own. Gambling on a second yellow to change a tire with an air leak, Blaney went into the pits. His pit crew had some issues, and when the pit exit closed, Blaney was stuck for the rest of the race.
Kraig Kinser finished second with Chad Kemenah third.
Kenny Tremont Jr. won his seventh Small Block Modified feature of the season. He won the second heat which put him on the inside of row one next to Peter Carlotto of Stockbridge.
Tremont, who was allowed to remove 50 pounds of success ballast from his car, passed Carlotto on the 10th lap, and held off the field.
Milton Cat/Trustco Bank Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions Feature (24 laps) — 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Kraig Kinser, 3. Chad Kemenah, 4. Tim Shaffer, 5. Cap Henry, 6. Steve Kinser, 7. Sheldon Haudenschild, 8. Caleb Helms, 9. Danny Smith, 10. Matt Tanner, 11. Joe Kata, 12. Dale Blaney, 13. Stewart Friesen, 14. Bradley Howard, 15. John Garvin, 16. Hunter Mackinson, 17. Jordan Mackinson, 18. Danny Holtgraver, 19. Andrew Palker, 20. Shawn Donath, 21. Justin Barger, 22. Aaron Ott, 23. Cory Sparks, 24. Brandon Matus.
Small Block Modified Feature (24 laps) — 1. Kenny Tremont Jr., 2. Wayne Jelley, 3. Peter Carlotto, 4. Brett Haas, 5. Demetrios Drellos, 6. Frank Hoard, III, 7. Brian Peterson, 8. Olden Dwyer, 9. Ryan Darcy, 10. Kim LaVoy, 11. Jason Herrington, 12. J.R. Heffner, 13. Chad Jeseo, 14. Alan Houghtaling, 15. Ricky Davis, 16. Steve Hough, 17. David Schilling, 18. Ryan Charland, 19. Craig Seeley, 20. Kenny Aanonsen, Jr., 21. Frank Harper, 22. Jeff Kelley, 23. Brian Sandstedt, 24. Chad Pierce, 25. Mark Pullen, 26. Ray Hall, Jr.