30th Anniversary "catching up with..." 2008-08-05

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series 30th Anniversary Celebration: Catching up with Sammy Swindell Concord, NC-- August 5, 2008-- As part of the 30th Anniversary of the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series ...

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series 30th Anniversary Celebration: Catching up with Sammy Swindell

Concord, NC-- August 5, 2008-- As part of the 30th Anniversary of the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series celebration, a number of different individual involved in the inaugural season of 1978 will be highlighted over the course of the 2008 campaign in a series entitled "Catching up with."

Drivers, car owners, promoters and crew members who were instrumental in helping the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series become what it is today will also stop by a number of races and tracks throughout the season, to visit with fans and share their memories of the 1978 season, as they traveled from coast-to-coast with the newly formed series.

This week, three-time Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Sammy Swindell will be featured. The native of Germantown, Tennessee won his first of three World of Outlaws championships in 1981, on the strength of 28 A-Feature wins. He followed that up in 1982 with another title, and also won a title in 1997. He made history with his third World of Outlaws title, becoming the first owner/driver to win a championship with the series. In his career, Swindell finished in the Top-10 in the series championship standings 17 times.

The Hall of Fame driver is second all-time on the World of Outlaws win list with 268 A-Feature victories. He has won A-Feature events with the series in 28 different seasons. Among his biggest wins are the 1983 Knoxville Nationals, the 1992 and 1999 Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway, the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway in Pennsylvania on three occasions, the 1981 Gold Cup Race of Champions and the1997 National Open at Williams Grove Speedway. In his career, Swindell has won A-Feature events at 88 tracks with the World of Outlaws, in 29 states and one Canadian province.

Swindell became the only driver in history to win two World of Outlaws races on the same, accomplishing that feat at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse and Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, New York on October 12, 1991. He also was the first driver to "Sweep" a World of Outlaws event, setting fast time, winning a heat race, winning the Crane Cams Dash and winning the A-Feature, at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey on August 7, 1995.

To view the entire "Catching up with Sammy Swindell" feature which contains an interview, as well as a number of photos from his career, visit: www.worldofoutlaws.com/sprint/news/2008/august/080508_sp_catchingup.aspx

Also part of the 30th Anniversary celebration is a Media Gallery which contains photos and videos. To view the 30th Anniversary Media Gallery visit: www.worldofoutlaws.com/sprint/Media/30th_Anniversary_Sprints/Media.aspx.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Sammy Swindell
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