Sammy Swindell has decided to retire from his very successful sprint car racing effective immediately!
Swindell, who has driven for Big Game Motorsports the past four years of his 40-plus year career, isn’t planning to race again outside of the Chili Bowl Nationals.
Here are his words to the fans:
“After the last two weeks of our break from racing I have decided to retire from racing. I would like to still drive my midget at the Chili Bowl. I have been thinking a lot about this for the last three months. It has been a hard decision to make. I always knew when the time came to retire it would be clear. I’ve had a long and very successful career. Part of the reason for the timing now is I’ve spent the last two weekends with my son, Kevin, racing. I haven’t had any time to spend with his racing the last four years. He will drive a (NASCAR) Nationwide car for the rest of the year and I want to be there to support him. I was going to do a limited schedule next year or retire at the end of this year. I’ve had a long talk with Big Game Treestands Founder, Tod Quiring, and we both agreed that this is the best for me.”
“Amy and I would like to thank Tod and everyone at Big Game Treestands for the last four seasons. We would also like to thank everyone who has helped or been a part of my career, my fans and the friends that I have met over the last 43 years.”
Swindell has one of the most well-rounded racing careers at any level. While he had stints in NASCAR and IndyCar, Swindell made a name for himself on dirt race tracks all across the USA.
“Slammin’ Sammy” earned three World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championships, and he ranks second in career wins with 294 in the premier sprint car touring series.
Swindell has also claimed almost every major sprint car event, including the Knoxville Nationals, Gold Cup Race of Champions, Kings Royal, Williams Grove National Open, Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup, Selinsgrove Open, Western World Championships and Syracuse Super Nationals to name a few.
Additionally, Swindell won an unprecedented two World of Outlaws features on the same day in 1991, and he picked up victories at Bristol Motor Speedway when it was covered in dirt in 2000-01.
Also, his five (5) Chili Bowl victories are the most for any driver at that famed midget event.
Swindell, who was elected into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2006, started racing when he was 15 years old. Two years later he began a sprint car career that has culminated in more than 600 feature victories and at least one win in every season.
His career during the past 40-plus years of chasing races from state to state and coast to coast is legendary. Now he will focus on another career – that of his son, Kevin, who is the youngest driver to win a World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series main event, is the only driver to win four consecutive Chili Bowl titles and is embarking on an opportunity in NASCAR.
The sprint car world, and in particular, the World of Outlaws will really miss Swindell and his hard charging racing persona!
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!