Pinellas Park, FL — Defending “Dave Steele World Non Wing Sprint Car Championship 125” winner Kody Swanson today announced he will participate in the weekend’s 125-lap $5,000-to-win event. Until today, it was uncertain if he would attempt to defend his title.
Swanson has been busy this month to say the least. He had been competing in Super and Pro Late Model events at New Smyrna Speedway as part of its annual World Series. Swanson picked up a Pro Late Model feature victory and captured the Pro Late Model World Series championship. Until recently, Swanson wasn’t sure if he would be able to participate in this weekend’s event. He and his Doran Enterprises Racing team have been thrashing to get the car ready to head to Florida.
“The Winter always goes by faster than you’d like” explained Swanson. “Getting some parts back and things like that, that maybe didn’t fit quite like you planned, or just little things that snowball, set us behind. Hopefully by now we have all that addressed and get down there and have a good weekend”.
With getting a late start on this year’s event, Swanson knows track time for him will be limited until racing begins Friday night. ”It would be great to have more track time, with the way things unfolded, we didn’t have a chance to get down there like maybe we would have liked to do. What is nice is we have good notes from last year. We have a little bit of experience from last year. It seems like the track down there can fluctuate a little bit. Hopefully, we’ll have a decent starting spot”.
On Monday night veteran Florida car owner and the late Dave Steele’s father, Mac, announced that he and his wife Carol will be awarding a $500 bonus to the fast qualifier of Saturday’s 125-lap finale. Swanson was unaware of this announcement until told by Pavement Pounders on Tuesday. “Dave is somebody obviously I looked up to as a competitor. We were friends and teammates at one point in time. Its great to have support from Mac and Carol for an event like this and speaks volumes about them. They continue to make efforts to give back to the racers. That’s really cool. I’m really looking forward to coming down and being a part of the event”.
Swanson will be piloting the potent Doran Enterprises Racing #77 BEAST chassis powered by a Bill Tranter built V-6 engine. To date, this is the only V-6 entered in this year’s event. This is the same car Swanson captured last year’s event with.
The event kicks off with a preliminary event Friday night that will include 8-lap heat races and a 30-lap feature.
Showtime Speedway today amended one item in the 2020 Little 500 rules that this weekend’s event is being governed by. The current rule off offset on the right side of the car measured from the cent of the rear end to the outside of the right rear tire is 43 inches. Showtime Speedway will give an additional inch which now makes it 44 inches.
Saturday’s “Dave Steele World Non Wing Sprint Car Championship 125” will be available to watch with a monthly or yearly subscription on www.speed51.tv.
-Showtime Speedway Press Release
-Photo Credit: David Sink