Kevin Swindell Starts Season At 81 Speedway

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Kevin Swindell continues to recover from a back injury suffered in August at Knoxville Raceway. (DB3 Imaging Photo)
Swindell starts his season off Saturday at 81 Speedway. (DB3 Imaging photo)
Swindell starts his season off Saturday at 81 Speedway. (DB3 Imaging photo)

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. – Kevin Swindell will make his winged sprint car season debut this Saturday at 81 Speedway.

Swindell is set to drive for Jeff Smith at the 3/8-mile track located in Park City, Kan., during the 5th annual Air Capital Shootout with the NCRA. The event pays a series-record $6,000 to win.

“It’s always fun to climb back into a sprint car and turn some laps,” he said. “I haven’t been able to drive one very often the last few years, but it always feels like it’s a pretty quick transition to get caught up to speed.”

Swindell, who has been focused on NASCAR in recent years, has only competed in a sprint car approximately one-to-two dozen times each season during the past few years. However, he has registered a sprint car feature victory during each of the past four years, including one at 81 Speedway last season.

“We had a solid night there last year,” he said. “Tire wear was a big issue during the feature so we had to play it safe until the end. Luckily we put ourselves in a good position and we were able to capitalize with a win.”

Swindell has a pair of top-fives and three top-10s in a trio of races on dirt this year during the Chili Bowl Nationals in January.