Swindell Enters 360 Knoxville Nationals

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Sammy Swindell has entered the 360 Knoxville Nationals this weekend. (Julia Johnson photo)
Sammy Swindell has entered the 360 Knoxville Nationals this weekend. (Julia Johnson photo)
Sammy Swindell has entered the 360 Knoxville Nationals this weekend. (Julia Johnson photo)

KNOXVILLE, Iowa – Big Game Motorsports driver Sammy Swindell has elected to contend for the 360 Knoxville Nationals title this weekend.

Swindell and the Big Game Treestands team will compete in preliminary action on Friday at Knoxville Raceway prior to Saturday’s $10,000-to-win event during the 24th annual Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals.

“Al Parker has been nice enough to put us a new motor together to run there,” he said. “It’ll make it easier to transition into (the 54th annual FVP Knoxville Nationals Presented by Casey’s General Stores) next week.”

This will mark the first time since 2011 that Swindell will compete for the crown.

“Everything has to go right for you,” he said. “You can’t have any hiccups along the way. It’s just like in the 410s; you have to be ready, be on it and have things go right.”

Swindell claimed Rookie of the Year honors at the 360 Knoxville Nationals in 2010 when he charged from 21st to fourth during his preliminary feature before finishing second in the finale.

He won his preliminary night in 2011 en route to a third-place result during that year’s prestigious feature.

This weekend, which will be capped on Sunday when the Big Game Treestands team competes in the Capitani Classic at the half-mile oval, also provides one final opportunity for Swindell to test prior to the $150,000-to-win FVP Knoxville Nationals the following week.

“We’ve tried a bunch of different combinations the last couple of weeks,” he said. “Hopefully we can roll it all together. We have a lot of information to go on over the last couple of weeks. Now is the time to put it all together.”