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.