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Outlaws: 3-time champ Sammy Swindell retires from full-time racing

Aug 25, 2014, 5:15 PM EST

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After four decades of racing, three-time World of Outlaws champion Sammy Swindell has announced that he is retiring from full-time racing, effective immediately.

In a statement, Swindell indicated that he would like to continue driving in the prestigious Chili Bowl Nationals but wanted more time to be with his son, Kevin, as he competes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

“Part of the reason for the timing now is I’ve spent the last two weekends with my son, Kevin, racing,” the elder Swindell said. “I haven’t had any time to spend with his racing the last four years. He will drive a Nationwide car for the rest of the year and I want to be there to support him.”

Sammy also said that he was planning on either retiring or running a limited 2015 schedule before he made his final decision.

He will finish his Outlaws career with 294 victories, which makes him No. 2 all-time on the series’ win list. Among Sammy’s wins are some of sprint car racing’s biggest events, including the Kings Royal, the Knoxville Nationals, and the aforementioned Chili Bowl, where he’s won five times – the most out of any driver.

He was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2006.

Sammy also had limited runs in NASCAR and IndyCar racing across the 1980s and 1990s. He ran two Sprint Cup events, one in 1985 and another in 1991. On the open-wheel side, he ran three CART races in 1985 and 1986 but failed to qualify for the 1987 Indianapolis 500.

As for Kevin Swindell, he too has done well for himself in sprint car racing as the youngest driver ever to win an Outlaws main event and the only driver to win the Chili Bowl four consecutive times.

He has competed in three Nationwide Series races so far this year for JGL Racing alongside NASCAR veteran J.J. Yeley. The team is one of several in the series that run Dodge Challengers without factory support.

  1. dzldick - Aug 25, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    “Sammy also had limited runs in NASCAR and IndyCar racing across the 1980s and 1990s. He ran two Sprint Cup events, one in 1985 and another in 1991.”
    Sammy never raced one “Sprint Cup” event. They were Winston Cup events back then.This is one of the main reasons I don’t care for NASCRAP today after being a fan since I was about 5. Why is it so politically incorrect to mention Winston Cup? If it weren’t for Winston, racing would not be where it is today, even if it is in shambles. Every driver that raced when it was Winston Cup is proud of that heritage & they should not have to be so PC.
    Rock on, Sammy. Thank you for everything you did for World of Outlaws Sprint car racing!

    • manik56 - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      I believe the author is being accurate (since that is the current name) and as a result just making the people who pay for the sport happy. It really isn’t about being politically correct the series is called the Sprint Cup Series. It is not like they are going all Josef Stalin and editing all the videos and photos from years past to say “Sprint” instead of “Winston”.

      Be that as it may, I cut out sponsors as much as possible when it comes to all the tacky names. NASCAR’s top series is Cup, the Indians play in Jacobs Field, and the Bowl Game in Atlanta is, and always was, the Peach Bowl.

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