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.