Kevin Swindell Undergoes Second Surgery

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Kevin Swindell was injured during a crash at Knoxville Raceway last August and insurance coverage was a big issue. (Mark Funderburk Photo)
Kevin Swindell, seen here driving the Indy Race Parts No. 71 Thursday at Knoxville Raceway, has undergone a second surgery to address injuries suffered at Knoxville Raceway. (Mark Funderburk Photo)
Kevin Swindell, seen here driving the Indy Race Parts No. 71 Thursday at Knoxville Raceway, has undergone a second surgery to address injuries suffered at Knoxville Raceway. (Mark Funderburk Photo)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Third-generation racer Kevin Swindell continues his recovery from significant injuries suffered Thursday night at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway.

Swindell underwent a second surgery on Monday at Des Moines Mercy Hospital and is making progress in his recovery. His father, hall of fame sprint car racer Sammy Swindell, posted the following statement on Twitter:

“Kevin underwent a second surgery today at Des Moines Mercy Hospital to address one of two fractures suffered in his back following last week’s accident at Knoxville Raceway. Both surgeries have been successful and the doctors are heartened by his progress.

“The doctors are also running tests on and monitoring a spinal cord injury that Kevin received during the accident.

“We realize there is a long battle ahead, but Kevin has remained positive throughout the process and is prepared to fight to regain his health. We’re all hopeful for a Friday discharge and the next steps in recovery.”

The statement continued, thanking the hospital staff who is treating Kevin Swindell and the fans who have shown support for the four-time Chili Bowl Midget Nationals winner:

“We would like to especially thank the doctors, nurses and the staff at Des Moines Mercy Hospital for their outstanding work and the care they have provided Kevin. Additionally, we want to let the sprint car community and all of the fans who have reached out to the three of us know that we are grateful for your ongoing support, prayers and donations.

“We remain optimistic about Kevin’s progress and will provide updates as they become available.”