Dirt car legend Sammy Swindell has decided to retire from full-time racing effective immediately. Swindell released a statement Monday afternoon saying that his 43 year full-time racing career has come to a close.
"After the last two weeks of our break from racing I have decided to retire from racing. I would like to still drive my midget at the Chili Bowl. I have been thinking a lot about this for the last three months. It has been a hard decision to make. I always knew when the time came to retire it would be clear. I've had a long and very successful career. Part of the reason for the timing now is I've spent the last two weekends with my son, Kevin, racing. I haven't had any time to spend with his racing the last four years. He will drive a (NASCAR) Nationwide car for the rest of the year and I want to be there to support him. I was going to do a limited schedule next year or retire at the end of this year. I've had a long talk with (Big Game Treestands Founder) Tod Quiring and we both agreed that this is the best for me.
"Amy and I would like to thank Tod and everyone at Big Game Treestands for the last four seasons. We would also like to thank everyone who has helped or been a part of my career, my fans and the friends that I have met over the last 43 years."
Swindell's name has been synonymous with dirt car racing and his resume speaks for itself. The 59-year-old driver has won every big race there is to win in Sprint Car racing and is second all-time on the World of Outlaw Sprint Car wins list with 259. Swindell is the only driver in history to win two World of Outlaw features on the same day and was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2006. Swindell also holds the record for most wins in the Chili Bowl, winning the premier event six times.
Sammy's son Kevin, is on the NASCAR Nationwide Series entry list for this weekend's Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Swindell will drive the #93 Dodge for JGL Racing.
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