Swindell in the 1980s
October 26, 1955 |
Bartlett, Tennessee, U.S.
|Achievements||1981, 1982, 1997 World of Outlaws Champion
1983 Knoxville Nationals Winner
1989, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2009 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals Winner
1992, 1999, 2012 Eldora Kings Royal Winner
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|2 races run over 2 years|
|Best finish||85th (1985)|
|First race||1985 Atlanta Journal 500 (Atlanta)|
|Last race||1991 Daytona 500 (Daytona)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|10 races run over 4 years|
|Best finish||55th (1993)|
|First race||1984 Goody's 300 (Daytona)|
|Last race||1993 Kroger 200 (IRP)|
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career|
|20 races run over 1 year|
|Best finish||12th (1995)|
|First race||1995 Copper World Classic (Phoenix)|
|Last race||1995 GM Goodwrench/Delco Battery 200 (Phoenix)|
|Champ Car career|
|3 races run over 2 years|
A.J. Foyt Racing
|Best finish||29th - 1985|
|First race||1985 Michigan 500 (Michigan)|
|Last race||1986 Domino's Pizza 500 (Pocono)|
Samuel Alan "Sammy" Swindell (born October 26, 1955 in Bartlett, Tennessee) is a American sprint car driver. Now retired, he is a three-time champion and four-time runner-up in the World of Outlaws series; he has also competed in NASCAR and Champ Car competition and attempted to qualify for the 1987 Indianapolis 500.
Swindell is a three-time World of Outlaws champion. He won his first two titles in 1981 and 1982 driving the famous Nance Speed Equipment #1n house car. He won his third title in 1997 driving his own Channel Lock sponsored #1 team car. Sammy has hundreds of A-main victories to his credit. He also competed in the CART series in 1985 and 1986 and failed to qualify for the 1987 Indianapolis 500 in a March-Pontiac.
Swindell made his debut in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in the 1985 Atlanta Journal 500; in 1991, he planned to move full-time to the Winston Cup Series, competing for Rookie of the Year for Moroso Racing, but he was fired by the team following several spins during Speedweeks and crashing again in qualifying for the second race of the year at Richmond International Raceway. Following his release returned to sprint car racing.
Swindell ran a limited schedule in the NASCAR Busch Series in 1993; the team closed mid-season, and he returned to sprint cars once more. Swindell also competed in a full season of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1995, driving for Akins-Sutton Motorsports; he finished 12th in points, scoring five top-ten finishes in the series' inaugural season.
In his career he has over 300 WoO feature wins. 2007 was his 35th consecutive year as a race car driver, racing beside his 18-year-old son Kevin. He's a five-time winner of the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, the only driver to win it more than three times, until his son Kevin won his fourth straight race in 2013. During the 2008 season he raced in northern California winning a main event in the California Civil War Series in Placerville and also at the famed Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California. Swindell is considered one of the best driver/setup men in the business. He is known for experimenting with innovative technology.
His father Sam, was a successful driver and his brother Jeff, is still an active and successful sprint car driver.
On August 25, 2014, Swindell announced he was retiring from racing, though he intends to race in the Chili Bowl Nationals.
Motorsports career results
World of Outlaws
- 1978 9th in points - 2 wins
- 1979 2nd in points - 11 wins
- 1980 5th in points - 10 wins
- 1981 Champion - 28 wins
- 1982 Champion - 14 wins
- 1983 3rd in points - 17 wins
- 1984 2nd in points - 13 wins
- 1985 7th in points - 14 wins
- 1986 11th in points - 12 wins
- 1987 12th in points - 6 wins
- 1988 2nd in points - 8 wins
- 1990 10th in points - 14 wins
- 1991 9th in points - 15 wins
- 1992 11th in points - 20 wins
- 1994 5th in points - 7 wins
- 1995 12th in points - 5 wins
- 1996 3rd in points - 11 wins
- 1997 Champion - 19 wins
- 1998 3rd in points - 7 wins
- 1999 5th in points - 8 wins
- 2000 2nd in points - 11 wins
- 2001 18th in points - 2 wins
- 2002 17th in points - 1 win
- 2003 11th in points - 1 win
- 2004 18th in points - 3 wins
- 2005 19th in points - 3 wins
- 2009 13th in points - no wins
- 2010 16th in points - 4 wins
- 2011 12th in points - 4 wins
- 2012 3rd in points - 13 wins
- 2013 6th in points - 3 wins
- 2014 14th in points - 2 wins
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Winston Cup Series
|NASCAR Winston Cup Series results|
|1985||Blue Max Racing||72||Pontiac||DAY||RCH||CAR||ATL||BRI||DAR||NWS||MAR||TAL||DOV||CLT||RSD||POC||MCH||DAY||POC||TAL||MCH||BRI||DAR||RCH||DOV||MAR||NWS||CLT||CAR||ATL
|† - Fired after first round qualifying and replaced by Bobby Hillin, Jr.|
|NASCAR Busch Series results|
|1984||Blue Max Racing||27||Pontiac||DAY
|1993||TMC Racing Team||26||Ford||DAY||CAR||RCH||DAR
|NASCAR SuperTruck Series presented by Craftsman results|
- Pyke, David (November 1, 1990). "Swindell's career path to be paved next year". The Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX). Retrieved 2013-09-22.
- Mackena, Joe (February 24, 1991). "Moroso fires Swindell, hires Hillin". Spartanburg Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, SC). p. D6. Retrieved 2013-09-22.
- Pyke, David (March 24, 1991). "Swindell returns to sprint cars with sweep at Springnationals". The Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX). Retrieved 2013-09-22.
- McKee, Sandra (June 5, 1993). "Sprint's Swindell has grand plans for switch to Grand National". The Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, MD). p. 13C. Retrieved 2013-09-23.
- Beattie, Leal (August 12, 1993). "Swindell plans sprint return for The Historical Big One". Dayton Daily News (Dayton, OH). p. 3D. Retrieved 2013-09-23.
- Kallmann, Dave (June 11, 1994). "Swindell back on feet with Outlaws". The Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, WI). p. 2B. Retrieved 2013-09-23.
- "Pickups enjoying super debut season". The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC). September 10, 1995. p. 7H. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
- Pearce, Al (November 22, 1994). "Auto Racing: Awards Given Out At Langley Banquet". Daily Press. Newport News, VA. Retrieved 2013-09-23.
- "Sammy Swindell Retiring From Full-Time Racing Effective Immediately". Inside Line Promotions. August 25, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
|World of Outlaws Champion
|World of Outlaws Champion