MEADVILLE, PA - August 7, 2001 - Sammy Swindell, driver of the Channellock ...
MEADVILLE, PA - August 7, 2001 - Sammy Swindell, driver of the Channellock #1 Stealth sprint car in the World of Outlaws series will drive at the Amoco Ultimate Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville, Iowa this week.
This is big news due to the fact that Sammy sustained broken fingers, a broken kneecap and numerous contusions in a freak accident with a push truck at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, PA on Tuesday, July 24th.
Sammy says his injuries are healing well, and that he enjoys more movement and less pain every day.
"I've decided I'm going to try to run this week at the Nationals," said Swindell in a phone interview. "My left hand is probably about 95% and my right hand is about 65%. My knee's quite a bit better. I can get around pretty good on it. We've just got to work on making me some splints that will work with the steering wheel. We've done a number of things to make the driving a little easier on me. Hopefully we'll have a good weekend."
Sammy's younger brother Jeff, himself a 20-year veteran of World of Outlaws sprint car competition, has been filling Sammy's shoes as driver of the CHANNELLOCK BLUE® #1 sprint car since last weekend.
Jeff competed at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH on August 3rd and 4th. He finished 15th on Friday and 14th on Saturday night. "Jeff did pretty good for us last weekend," commented Sammy. "He had fast time Saturday night and ran most of the race in sixth or better. The track just sort of went away toward the end of the A-Main, and he lost quite a few spots. But he did a good job all around and we kept all of our equipment together for this weekend. That was important."
Sammy's injuries are expected to take about another month to heal enough to return to regular competition. Jeff is scheduled to resume his duties as Sammy's substitute at Gray's Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA on August 17th and 18th.