Doran Racing’s Swanson Finishes Fourth
In 500 Sprint Car Tour Race
At Berlin Raceway Saturday Night
MARNE, Mich., Sept. 12 — Doran Racing’s Kody Swanson qualified second, advanced three positions from where he started, came out on top of a rousing battle with Bobby Santos III, and finished fourth in the 500 Sprint Car Tour race Saturday night at Berlin Raceway.
The “Great Lakes Challenge” race presented by Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Part Stores was the track’s 2022 season finale.
Swanson, a native of Kingsburg, Calif., who now lives in Indianapolis, qualified second, just 0.132 off the 15.624-second lap set by Tyler Roahrig, the fastest qualifier and eventual race winner. The invert was an eight, so Swanson started seventh in the 19-car field for the 40-lap test on Berlin’s 7/16-mile asphalt oval.
Swanson was never out of the top five. Driving the Doran Racing No. 44 sponsored by Henry Repeating Arms, Glenn Farms and Duncan Oil and powered by a Binks-prepped Chevy engine, he got off to a great start and passed both Billy Wease, who started sixth, and Tony Main, who started fourth, on the first lap.
On lap three he moved into fourth by passing Taylor Ferns, who had started fifth.
He kept Roahrig behind him for a quarter of the race.
With 15 laps down the race’s only yellow flew after an accident involving Ferns, Wease and the lapped car of Jim Sheets in Turn 3. None of them were hurt but they were all done for the night. Swanson was right in front of the crash, but luckily he avoided involvement and restarted in fifth place, right behind Santos.
The battle between Santos and Swanson was one of the highlights of the event. Swanson passed Santos on lap 33 to regain fourth, but Santos passed him back on the next lap. On lap 37 Swanson once again powered by Santos, and he not only stayed in front of him until the checkered dropped, he was nearly 2 seconds ahead of him at the checkered. Swanson almost got third too, as he was only 0.206 behind Dakoda Armstrong when time ran out.
Roahrig had a 2.260-second lead over runner-up Kyle O’Gara at the finish. Armstrong was third, and Swanson and Santos rounded out the top five.
Swanson was second in the point standings going into Saturday’s event. Coming out of it he is still second to Armstrong, with 1,342 points to Armstrong’s 1,346.
Only two more races remain in the series’ inaugural season: Thursday, Oct. 6 at Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Ind., and Saturday, Oct. 22 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg, Ind.
All of the series’ races are streamed live by MAVTV on Flo Racing.
About Henry Repeating Arms:
Henry Repeating Arms is one of the leading rifle and shotgun manufacturers in the United States and a world leader in the lever action category. The company motto is “Made in America, or not made at all,” and its firearms come with a lifetime guarantee backed by award-winning customer service. The company is also known for its Guns For Great Causes charitable program, which focuses on assisting the families of sick children, children’s hospitals, military veteran organizations, Second Amendment advocacy groups, and wildlife conservation organizations. The company currently employs over 550 people and has over 330,000 square feet of manufacturing space in its Wisconsin and New Jersey facilities. The company is named in honor of Benjamin Tyler Henry, who invented and patented the Henry lever action rifle in 1860 – the first practical repeating rifle and America’s unique contribution to the international stage of firearms design. Visit Henry Repeating Arms online at henryusa.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/HenryRepeating, and @henry_rifles on Instagram.
About Doran Racing:
Doran Racing has prepared and fielded race cars in a wide variety of series
for many years, from Indy cars to NASCAR trucks. It is legendary for the many
championships and events it has won in IMSA sports car racing. Team owner Kevin Doran has won the prestigious Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona at Daytona International Speedway overall as a crew chief, a team owner, and even as a car manufacturer. Under his direction the Doran Racing-prepared MOMO Ferrari was the first team in U.S. history to win the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the Watkins Glen Six-Hour race in the same year. In recent years the team has focused on asphalt sprint car racing, the asphalt portion of the USAC Silver Crown series, and historic sports car events, continuing its tradition of excellence on and off the track.
For more information on Doran Racing, see DoranRacing.com.
The team also has a Facebook page.