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Sammy Swindell

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Sammy sweeps Eldora, earns RRS points - Rossburg, OH — April 8, 2006 — By Chris Dolack, VP Public Relations ...One night after Sammy Swindell had just about everything go wrong that could go wrong and still result in a preliminary feature victory at Eldora Speedway, he drove off Saturday to a smooth and dominating win at the intimidating high-banked oval to complete a weekend sweep. In an event presented by McDonald’s that featured the World of Outlaws Mean 15 racers against the stars from the All Star Circuit of Champions, it was Swindell who once again showed the other 40 drivers what it takes to win at Eldora by running mere inches from the infamous wall and leading all 30 laps of the main event in cool and clear conditions. It marked the second consecutive night Swindell motored to the RacinSoles Victory Lane, capturing the checkered flag in the Guy Forbrook-owned Mopar-powered Volcano Joe’s Coffee/Wirtgen Maxim. (Read it all)

Sammy sizzles in Eldora WoO prelim - By Chris Dolack - April 7, 2006 - Rossburg, OH. - Experience always figures to be a key part of any victory at Eldora Speedway, and Friday night it was no different. In an event pitting the stars of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series against the racers from the All Star Circuit of Champions, it was Sammy Swindell who stole the show when he shot from third to the front on the first lap of the preliminary feature and held on to capture the checkered flag despite running the final five laps with no brakes and a throttle stuck open. It marks the second time this season Swindell has driven the Forbrook Motorsports Mopar-powered Volcano Joe’s Coffee/Wirtgen Maxim to Victory Lane with the World of Outlaws after he won last month in Las Vegas on a night with remarkably similar cold and windy conditions. With 45 cars in the pits, Swindell, a three-time World of Outlaws champion from Germantown, Tenn., needed every bit of his know-how to earn the $5,000 victory. Danny Lasoski in the Roth Motorsports Eagle chased Swindell to the finish as World of Outlaws championship points leader Donny Schatz in the ParkerStore J&J and Tim Kaeding in the Slick 50 Maxim completed the top four and will be locked into the dash that will set the top six positions for the Racer's Racing Series points earning main event Saturday night at the intimidating high-banked, half-mile oval. (Read it all)

Sammy Swindell scores WoO win at Vegas, earns top RRS points - HD Staff - March 10, 2006 - Las Vegas, NV. ...Driving Guy Forbrook's #5, Sammy Swindell won the Friday night feature event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In front of many NASCAR cup fans, Swindell started on the pole and lost the lead only once briefly to Jac Haudenschild. Donny Schatz finished second followed by Terry McCarl and Randy Hannagan. Joey Saldana was fifth. (Summary)

Swindell, Sills head 2006 Hall of Fame class - By Tom Schmeh - February 23, 2006. - Knoxville, IA. ...Three-time World of Outlaws (WoO) and 1983 Knoxville Nationals champion Sammy Swindell leads the induction ‘class of 2006’ into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. Thirteen individuals will be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon, June 3, during the seventeenth annual ceremonies on the Marion County Fairgrounds in Knoxville, Iowa. Those elected by the National Induction Committee are: Drivers: Johnny Hannon, Rickey Hood, Lee Kunzman, Francis Quinn, Jimmy Sills, Sammy Swindell, Granville “Buster” Warke. Owners-Mechanics-Builders-Manufacturers-Car Sponsors: Bob Pankratz, Jud Phillips, Taylor “Pappy” Weld. Promoters-Officials-Media Members-Event/Series Sponsors: Lanny Edwards, Newton “Buzz” Rose, Ted Wilson. (Read it all)

Sammy sizzles at Thunderbowl - Tulare, CA — Oct. 15, 2005 — By Chris Dolack, WoO Sprint Series Public Relations Director ...While the action behind him was fast and furious, Sammy Swindell kept his poise on the point and led all 35 laps Saturday night at Thunderbowl Raceway to capture his third World of Outlaws Sprint Series A-feature event of the season. In a race that included four cautions and two red flags, Swindell hit his marks on the restarts and pulled away in the Wirtgen/Jackpot Junction Maxim, then navigated smoothly through traffic to earn the first victory of his legendary career at the Tulare, Calif., 1/3-mile high-banked oval. It also was the 266th World of Outlaws A –feature victory of his career, second only to Steve Kinser. Behind Swindell, Steve Kinser in the Quaker State Maxim and Donny Schatz in the ParkerStore J&J staged an epic duel, trading the lead in nearly every corner during one five-lap run before Schatz’s right rear tire, which had been plugged during a red flag with 20 laps complete, began to go down again. On the final restart with nine laps to go, Swindell quickly opened a lead on the top as Kinser dove to the inside of Schatz in Turn 1. Schatz regained second off of Turn 4 two laps later but Kinser motored back to swipe second for good. As that battle waged for second, Kraig Kinser in the Remy Maxim charged from sixth to fourth and Jonathan Allard in the GT Trends/Katie’s Country Kitchen Maxim secured fifth. (Read it all)

Sammy wins Eldora prelim - HD Staff - April 8, 2005 - Rossburg, OH. - ...Sammy Swindell passed Jason Solwold to win the World of Outlaws preliminary sprint car feature event Friday night at Eldora Speedway. Solwold held on for second and Steve Kinser was third. Chad Kemenah and Tim Kaeding were fourth and fifth. (Notes & summary)

Sammy teams with Forbrook for 2005. - HD Staff - December 24, 2004 - ...Car owner Guy Forbrook announced that he has hired Sammy Swindell, the three-time World of Outlaw Champion, from Bartlett, TN, as the driver of the #5 Wirtgen America, Mopar-powered Maxim. Forbrook is going to run Hoosier Tires in 2005. They plan on running a 50-race schedule with the World of Outlaws beginning at Eastbay in Florida on February 2, 2005.

...News arrived that Sammy Swindell won the opening Sprint Bandits feature at Devils Bowl, in Mesquite, TX.

Sammy was driving the Vielhauer #12x. Sammy Swindell in joined by car owner Bob Vielhauer in victory lane after winning the inagural Sprint Bandits race at the Devil's Bowl Speedway on Friday night. (Doug Johnson Photos)

...The new sprint car series is of the winged variety, and mandates a special Brodix head that is said to be less expensive than the engines of the rest of the 410 sprint car world. Emmett Hahn, who is a Real Deal businessman is the brains behind the deal, and he has the support of O'Reilly Auto Parts.


Sammy Swindell won the Zimmerman Challenge at Knoxville on the opening night of the Nationals. The 14-car non-wing event was fun to watch. It included J.J. Yeley, Dave Darland, Damion Gardner, Cory Kruseman, and many more. (Doug Johnson photo)

Sammy Swindell Silver Cup Star - HD Staff - 07/20/04 - Sarver, PA. ...Sammy Swindell took home one of sprint car racing's biggest top prizes Tuesday night at Lernerville Speedway. In winning the World of Outlaws sanctioned Silver Cup, Swindell earned $30,000 and maximum points in the Racer's Racing Series. (More)

Sammy Hustles at Husets - HD Staff - July 6, 2004 - ...Sammy Swindell earned 70 Racers Racing Series points with his start-to-finish domination of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series feature event at Huset Speedway, Tuesday night. Jason Meyers finished second. Danny Lasoski, Steve Kinser, and Craig Dollansky rounded out the top five. (MORE)

Sammy Swindell and Son Kevin Set to Race at East Bay - Tampa, FL…..2/6/04…..Veteran World of Outlaw Sprint car driver Sammy Swindell and his son Kevin submitted entries for the 28th Annual Sprint Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park set to run Wednesday through Saturday, February 11-14, 2003.; Sammy's entry is for the 410 Sprints and Kevin will race with the Florida Mini Sprints. (more)

Swindell Wins Again at Brigeport Speedway By Richard Day BRIDGEPORT, NJ (October 5) – Sammy Swindell won his fifth “A” Feature at Bridgeport Speedway Sunday, leading all 25 laps as the O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series returned to the semi-banked, 5/8-mile oval for the first time in eight years. The $10,000 victory was the second of the season for the three-time series champion, who recorded the first clean sweep in O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series history at Bridgeport Speedway on August 7, 1995. Swindell set a record for the facility by winning Sunday’s caution-free main event in 8:25.53. “We’ve run pretty good here,” Swindell said. “I think I’m still undefeated here. This is just a big old track, and you just have to keep your momentum up and keep the car straight, and that’s what we were able to do. I just have to thank Ray Brooks and my guys and Les and Linda Stewart for helping us out here tonight. (read more)

...Sammy and Amy Swindell's son, Kevin, recorded his second straight National Karting championship. The paved oval series is the playground for Kevin who makes me feel old now that he is a high school freshman.

...Sammy Swindell was strong at the Nationals. The three-time World of Outlaws champion finished fourth after racing past four cars.

Sammy Swindell #1 races with Jason Meyers #7 in recent World of Outlaws racing at Cedar Lake Speedway in Somerset, WI. (Doug Johnson Photo)

Swindell Wins Eldora Finale as Kinser is DQ'd By Richard Day ROSSBURG, OH (April 19) – Steve Kinser, Craig Dollansky and Chad Kemenah were the first, fourth and fifth drivers to cross the finish line at Eldora Speedway Saturday. Unfortunately, their cars failed to meet the O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series 1,375-pound weight limit, so they were disqualified. Ironically, Sammy Swindell, the first victim of the weight rule the series instituted at the beginning of the season, was declared the winner and received the $12,000 first prize. Swindell led laps 14-34 before Kinser passed him between the first and second corners early in the final lap. “The Ore-Cal/Beef Packers car has been running good all year long,” Swindell said. “I just made some mistakes there at the end and got behind some guys who were racing side-by-side and slowed me down, and one hit the wall right in front of me. “I had this (weight) problem at Las Vegas – they said my car weighed light – so what comes around goes around I guess. I just know that we’ve made weight every time since then. We ran pretty hard tonight. I know Steve seems to get his elbows up a little bit when he sees me out there, and I probably do the same. Hopefully, we’ll be able to win another one of these races real soon.” (read it all)

2002 Nationals. ...Sammy Swindell passed seven cars, going from 18th to 11th to earn hard charger honors.

Sammy Swindell drove the Jason Roth owned #83jr from 21st to 5th Friday night. The classic Swindell performance was a picture of determination and hard driving.

Sammy Sizzles at Cedar Lake - HD Staff, July, 8, 2002. Somerset, WI. ...Three-time World of Outlaws champion, Sammy Swindell, showed his championship form by winning the A-Main Monday night at Cedar Lake Speedway. Driving the Dennis Roth owned #83jr., Sammy started on the pole after winning the first O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash. Swindell led a top five that included, runner-up, Mark Kinser, 3rd place Steve Kinser, 4th Craig Dollansky, and 5th Joey Saldana. (summary)

Sammy Swindell steers the Beef Packers #83Jr. at the Eagle Nationals (Doug Johnson)

Swindell Posts Calistoga Win with Dramatic Last Lap Pass - Calistoga, CA. 05/25/02 ...Visiting Tennessee pilot, Sammy Swindell took advantage of a yellow flag with a half-lap remaining in the 25-lap A-main at Calistoga Speedway Saturday night, to close up on leader, Tim Kaeding. On the restart, Swindell moved around Kaeding to steal a victory from the third generation California driver. Swindell, driving Dennis Roth's #83 JR., Eagle / Gaerte, didn't look to be in the mix for a win. He was trailing Kaeding by several car-lengths after both had accepted the original white flag. However, as Kaeding raced off turn two on the final lap, the caution came out, forcing a 'green-white-checkered', two-lap dash. Kaeding could not hold back the three time World of Outlaws champion on the 26th lap. (More)

Sammy Swindell - HammerDown!

2002: Three-time World of Outlaws Champion Sammy Swindell made his first USAC Silver Crown appearance in six years at Nazareth.

Sammy Swindell drives the Jenkins Chassis #1 at the 1994 Knoxville Nationals. (Photo by Jim Fleming)