The Dirt Track Walk of Fame to Induct Swindell
Swindell, a 47-year-old resident of Germantown, Tenn., has been a dominant force in sprint car racing for nearly 30 years. A second-generation racer, Swindell grew up watching his father battle on the dirt tracks near their home in Memphis, Tenn.
Climbing behind the wheel for the first time at age 15, Swindell recorded an amazing 11 B-modified feature wins during the 1971 season at Riverside Speedway in West Memphis, Ark.¿and he¿s been visiting victory lane ever since.
Swindell¿s résumé includes:
¿Three O¿Reilly World of Outlaws championships (1981, 1982 & 1997).
¿259 career World of Outlaws A-feature victories.
¿1983 Knoxville Nationals champion.
¿Four-time winner of the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.
¿Two-time winner of the Kings Royal.
¿Winner of the first race at The Dirt Track @ Lowe¿s Motor Speedway (2000).
In addition to his sprint car exploits, Swindell has also raced Indy Cars and stock cars. In fact, he will be the first driver inducted into The Dirt Track Walk of Fame who has also competed at Lowe¿s Motor Speedway. Driving for legendary drag racer Raymond Beadle, Swindell ran four NASCAR Busch Series races at the 1.5-mile superspeedway in 1984 and 1985.
¿Sammy Swindell has been a star with the World of Outlaws since the organization ran its first race in 1978,¿ said H.A. ¿Humpy¿ Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe¿s Motor Speedway. ¿Every racing series must have its marquee stars in order to attract fans, and Sammy Swindell has been bringing them through the turnstiles for more than a quarter century. He is a most-deserving inductee into our Walk of Fame.¿
The Dirt Track Walk of Fame is patterned after a similar Court of Legends in front of Smith Tower at Lowe¿s Motor Speedway where such legendary motorsports figures as Richard Petty, David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip, Junior Johnson, Alan Kulwicki and Tim Flock have been honored.
Swindell will join 17-time World of Outlaws sprint car champion Steve Kinser, late model stock car veteran Mike Duvall, DIRT modified legend Bob McCreadie and the late flat-track motorcycle racing star Will Davis in The Dirt Track Walk of Fame.
As part of the induction ceremony, Swindell¿s signature and foot print will be immortalized in concrete in The Walk of Fame area behind the main grandstand at The Dirt Track @ Lowe¿s Motor Speedway. Fans will be able to attend the induction ceremony prior to the start of practice for the Charlotte Outlaw Showdown on Friday evening, May 23.
The Charlotte Outlaw Showdown is run in conjunction with the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Winston Cup weekend at Lowe¿s Motor Speedway.
Adult tickets for the Friday night preliminary program start at just $15 in advance with Saturday night tickets available in advance for $20.
Continuing a tradition of value-priced family entertainment, all children¿s tickets for the Charlotte Outlaw Showdown are available for just $10. Children 12 and under will be admitted to either the reserved or unreserved sections of the frontstretch grandstand for both the preliminary and final nights of the sprint car racing doubleheader for the same low price.
Tickets for the Charlotte Outlaw Showdown can be purchased by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.