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Cotton Classic Midget Race a Surprise Bonus for K&N Sponsored Racer

Cody Swanson really wanted to grab his third win in a row driving his Goodwine glass, K&N Engineering Lucas Oil Ford Focus Midget at Kings Speedway in Hanford, California. Unfortunately his USAC race was cancelled.

Cousins battle it out in the Cotton Classic Midget race on the Kings Speedway track in Hanford, California
Cousins battle it out in the Cotton Classic Midget race on the Kings Speedway track in Hanford, California

K&N sponsored racer Cody Swanson made his Western States USAC midget debut at Kings Speedway in California
K&N sponsored racer Cody Swanson made his Western States USAC midget debut at Kings Speedway in California
Swanson loves to race and planned to go there anyway to help his younger cousin Jake Swanson in the Western States USAC midget race. At the last minute, Tres and Stewart Van Dyne asked Cody Swanson to drive the Van Dyne, QTM brakes, Edmunds Auto Research No. 5 car with K&N oil filters in the Cotton Classic midget race.
Ford Focus Midget racer and K&N sponsored driver Cody Swanson hopes to secure 2nd place in year end points in Ventura, California
Ford Focus Midget racer and K&N sponsored driver Cody Swanson hopes to secure 2nd place in year end points in Ventura, California

Ventura Speedway in California is next for the Swanson Motorsports K&N Filters, No 71 Lucas Oil Car Ford Focus car
Ventura Speedway in California is next for the Swanson Motorsports K&N Filters, No 71 Lucas Oil Car Ford Focus car

“I couldn’t say yes fast enough,” said the K&N sponsored teen. “I have been testing with the Van Dynes and their pavement car in preparation to race it, but this was a surprise.”

Swanson qualified in 13th place in the 21 car field at Hanford. During the heat race he quickly learned the Western States drivers are very aggressive. “I started on the pole with my cousin Jake in 2nd place,” said Swanson. “Jake quickly jumped to the lead and held it to the finish. My car was loose and I would slide up the track and get passed. I finished in 5th position.”

A USAC rule for rookies forced Cody Swanson to start the feature in last position. There were two cautions which allowed time for adjustments on the car. On lap 12 the car jumped the cushion and Swanson’s race was over.

Swanson’s next Ford Focus race will be October 17 at Ventura Speedway in California. He hopes to secure 2nd place in year end points in the NO. 71 Goodwine, K&N Filters, Lucas Oil Ford Focus Midget.

Swanson Motorsports uses K&N products. “K&N protects our engines and allows them to breathe,” said Swanson. “Dirt is never a problem on the track with K&N.”

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