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Post Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:33 pm

Sprint Car Champion Sammy Swindell Retiring Immediately

We remember when “The King” Richard Petty retired from NASCAR and we thought we’d never get used to not seeing him on the race track.

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.
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Post Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:33 pm

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I used to watch him at KC raceway in Chillicothe Ohio and Sharon Speedway sometimes. Sad to see him go but he deserves to enjoy retirement
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Post Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:35 pm

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WOW! That's definitely a quick decision. Wish him the best in his retirement.
I'm living my life the way I want to.... Tony Stewart
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Post Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:50 pm

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As if King Kinser retiring from WoO wasn't bad enough...Sammy has decide it's time too.
This sucks. :(
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Post Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:41 pm

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Enjoy the retirement Sammy! Sad to see you go!
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Post Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:53 pm

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I'm not even sure what to write or say, but this SUCKS!
Doug Wolfgang and now Sammy Swindell, WTH?
They're getting old and I realize dam so am I? :shock:
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Post Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:58 pm

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Kevin Swindell is running with a low funded team in NW, don't be fooled by the equipment he drives, this kid can run with the best of them! Cool Sammy is taking time for his son, Sammy was in the Truck Series as well as the Busch Series for awhile, but things never worked out well. Hope Kevin can get a decent ride or the team he is with becomes one, he has a lot of talent and i'm talking Larson talent!
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wolfgang wrote:I'm not even sure what to write or say, but this SUCKS!
Doug Wolfgang and now Sammy Swindell, WTH?
They're getting old and I realize dam so am I? :shock:


Time has its way of changing what we enjoy.
Jan Opperman, Rick Ferkel, both legends, are gone as well.

What we have to look forward to are the young lions....

Tom Abreu immediately comes to mind.

Yup, getting old ain't for sissy's :mrgreen:
1994 USAC Midget Champion ** 1995 USAC Midget Champion ** 1995 USAC Sprint Car Champion ** 1995 USAC Silver Crown Champion
1997 Indy Car Champion ** 2006 IROC Champion ** 2002 NASCAR Champion ** 2005 NASCAR Champion ** 2011 NASCAR Champion
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Post Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:03 pm

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14Smokem wrote:Yup, getting old ain't for sissy's :mrgreen: [/b][/color]

You got that chit right! :|
"I'll wreck my mom to win a championship. I'll wreck your mom to win a championship." - Tony Stewart, November 17, 2011

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Post Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:19 am

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I hope he enjoys working with his son. Glad to know he's still running the Chili Bowl though!
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