AVON, Ind. – The biggest winged sprint car race of the season will feature one of the most famed father-son pairings in the sport.
Announced Wednesday afternoon, Sammy Swindell will pilot the No. 39 Swindell SpeedLab sprint car for Kevin and Jordan Swindell during the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals at Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway, Aug. 7-10.
The news comes after the recent announcement that the pairing will compete together during this weekend’s Kings Royal, July 17-20 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
“It’s kind of an honor that Kevin called me about doing this,” the elder Swindell said. “We talked about it maybe a month or so ago. It will be special. If we wound up winning this it’d be really special. Not too many father and sons get to do that.”
Sammy Swindell has impressive statistics throughout his career at the Knoxville Nationals.
The three-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion has made 34 A-main starts – only one behind Steve Kinser for the most all time – during the prestigious event, including winning it in 1983.
He has also recorded eight podiums, 14 top fives and 20 top 10s since his first Knoxville Nationals A-main in 1976.
Sammy Swindell also ranks sixth in career Nationals laps led, with 89, and he’s one of only six drivers to earn the pole position at least three times.
“I was able to be there a few weeks ago,” he said of racing at Knoxville Raceway. “We had a good car and the results didn’t show what the car was capable of. Some things went wrong during the night that messed us up. I thought that the car drove really well there.
“That car is the same car as Kevin, has so it’s something we can compare notes on and go from there.”
The Swindell SpeedLab team is fresh off its first win of the season, which came with Christopher Bell behind the wheel at Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway on July 3.
“We’re looking forward to racing with (my) dad,” Kevin Swindell said. “We ran the Kings Royal finale together and made the A-main last year, and we ran a race together the previous year. I think we have all the pieces to be strong from the start.”