Couple tough days for dirt racing: Kevin Swindell significantly injured in Iowa; another driver killed in Pennsylvania

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It’s been a couple tough days for the dirt racing community, with one serious and one fatal accident occurring at two of the nation’s most iconic dirt tracks.

Thursday night, sprint car star Kevin Swindell (pictured) was injured in a qualifying heat race for this weekend’s Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Speedway.

Per a USA Today report,Swindell’s car flipped and landed hard on its wheels after tangling with other cars. He was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Kevin Swindell wrote on Twitter after the accident, “Thanks everyone for the love. Long road ahead. Enjoy every minute you got.”

Father Sammy Swindell wrote an update on late Friday night: “Our son Kevin has emerged from surgery & we can confirm he has suffered a significant injury. He has another surgery scheduled for MON AM. We pray for his continued recovery. Thank you to the amazing staff at DesMoines Mercy. We will have an update Monday PM.

Kevin Swindell, 26, is a past Knoxville Nationals and Chili Bowl nationals race winner. He’s also embarked on a handful of NASCAR races in both the Sprint Cup and Xfinity ranks.

As an update, rising sprint car star Rico Abreu – who won this year’s Chili Bowl – will start-and-park tonight.

Meanwhile Friday night there was a fatality at Williams Grove Speedway, with James Campbell Jr. killed in a crash at the Mechanicsburg, Pa. oval.

Per the AP, Campbell was killed upon wall impact on the warm-up laps, and the remainder of the evening’s program was canceled.