NORWAY, Mich. (August 11, 2012) – Before Saturday night James Swan was the only ASA Midwest SCAG Truck Tour driver to race at Norway Speedway. A little experience will go a long way.
Swan dashed to the lead of the 40-lap feature event presented by DOC 360 on a restart just past the midway point and did not look back through a massive series of caution laps.
After several strong runs, and carrying the point lead into the event, the win was Swan’s first in ASA Midwest Truck Tour action.
“I figured we had a shot. We changed some stuff in the truck and it was amazing, we still have a little work to do to get it even better,” Swan said.
Jacob Van Wazer and Darrell Peterson paced the field to the green flag. Van Wazer inherited an early lead and set the early tone by logging laps in the top spot.
Van Wazer’s challenger arrived on lap four when Dann Barber jumped to the outside and took the lead. Barber began to stretch the lead out as some of his quicker counterparts deeper in the field picked their way to the front.
After setting fast time Swan was placed eighth in the invert. He quickly vaulted to fifth by lap six and fourth just two laps later.
The first caution of the race fell on lap eight when Peterson spun off the track in turn four. On the restart Barber aligned alongside Bill Collins in the front row with Van Wazer and Swan in the second row.
Barber jumped back to the lead and Swan went to work on Van Wazer. Using a strong run on the outside, Van Wazer repeatedly turned back Swan. However, Swan proved too strong and grabbed third before the next caution fell for a John Wood spin.
On the lap-21 restart Swan utilized the outside line and powered past Barber for the lead. The two eventually scrapped on a few more restarts that were hotly contested.
“Dann Barber drove me for every piece of paint I got, but that was fun,” Swan said after the race.
Yellow began to be the popular color on lap 24 when Jerry Wood made contact with Jacob Van Wazer, sending him spinning. The two were placed at the tail of the field, and again Swan broke away on the restart.
Just six laps later Van Wazer and Jerry Wood met again with the same result. When the green fell again, Swan jumped to the lead and built a healthy advantage.
The final caution proved two cautions proved to be lengthy. Barber spun just after the restart on lap 30 with some fluid left on the track to be cleaned up. On the next restart Dave Hatcher and Bill Collins collided. Drivers burned several extra laps disputing their restart position on the track.
All the while, Swan knew exactly where he was placing and that the feature was in hand. He just had to hope for a run to the checkered.
“That was getting pretty tough. I didn’t know what was going on with those restarts,” Swan said. “You just have to be calm and patient. Normally we race better than that.”
The next event for the ASA Midwest SCAG Truck Tour is next Saturday, August 18 at Marshfield (Wis.) Motor Speedway.
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