Getting used to NOT seeing Sammy Swindell whenever the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars hit the track will be just as difficult.
In a surprise move, Swindell announced today that he has retired, effective immediately, ending an incredibly successful 40-year racing career. He plans to still race a midget in the Chili Bowl but otherwise will put his energies behind supporting his son Kevin, who is trying to make a go in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series
“After the last two weeks of our break from racing I have decided to retire from racing,” Swindell explained. “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 retires as the second-winningest driver in the WoO Sprint Car racing series with 294 victories. He’s also a three-time champion in the series, but you may not know he’s also a veteran racer in NASCAR and CART, which merged with Indy Car a few years ago.
We wish Slammin’ Sammy nothing but the best in his retirement–he’s certainly earned it.