AUS: Kevin Swindell Down Under II summary

Kevin Swindell Wows Them Down Under Memphis, Tenn. -- Kevin Swindell made his mark in his first trip with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series to Australia. The fifteen-year-old turned heads when he became the youngest driver in World of...

Kevin Swindell Wows Them Down Under

Memphis, Tenn. -- Kevin Swindell made his mark in his first trip with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series to Australia. The fifteen-year-old turned heads when he became the youngest driver in World of Outlaws Sprint Series history to record a top six finish in an A Main event. Swindell also made memories when he shared the podium with his father on January 5th. Kevin finished 3rd, his father won that event.

Prior to coming to Australia to race, the younger Swindell had only run two sprint car races with a 410 engine. On January 2nd, the third generation driver finished 5th, passing seventeen cars in the $50,000 to win event. Three nights later, Kevin "Bulldog" Swindell passed thirteen cars to finish 3rd for his first podium finish in Australia. He was joined on the podium by the winner of the event, his father, Sammy Swindell. Sammy beamed with pride in the winners circle as father and son shared the special moment together. Three nights later, Kevin Swindell scored a 5th place finish while his dad won again.

"Kevin did an incredible job," smiled Sammy Swindell. "Each time we have moved him to the next level, he has handled it without any problem."

The next level would come ten days later when Kevin Swindell took his Barry Gram owned Richard Perry Driving Experience No. 41 Maxim to Parametta Speedway and the "Outlaw's Down Under II."

In his first time out with the WoO, the son of three-time World of Outlaws Sprintcar Champion Sammy Swindell, qualified 19th out of 72 cars. The youngster transferred through heat to A Main, finishing 14th.

The following evening the Bulldog was on the loud pedal qualifying second quick and impressing the crowd. During the A Main, Swindell was involved in an incident that took him out of the race.

"The people in Australia were great," said Kevin Swindell. "They followed us closely. Even though I wrecked, I got out of the car and I got a cheer from everybody."

On the final night of "Outlaw's Down Under II," Kevin Swindell made World of Outlaws history. The Bulldog battled fierce competition in his heat race to claim 4th, securing a starting spot in the A Main. When the green flag fell, the No. 41 passed ten cars, six in the final eights laps in the middle of a slick track, to finish 6th. The impressive finish secured Swindell's spot as the youngest driver in World of Outlaw's history to score a top six finish in an A main event.

"It was great to run with the WoO drivers," said Swindell. "They are one of the top open wheel organizations and their drivers show it. Running against guys like my dad (Sammy Swindell) and Steve Kinser. It was just fun."

"After his great 6th place run in the World of Outlaws finale, my expectations were far exceeded," interjected Sammy Swindell. "He just has that ability to feel the car and know what it needs. It's really amazing to watch just how good he is already."

"Finishing in the six ten and the youngest to do that was good but I want to be the youngest to win a WoO event now," smiled the younger Swindell.

NEXT RACE

Kevin Swindell's next challenge will come at East Bay Raceway and Volusia Speedway in Florida next month.

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For the latest news, information and photos on Kevin and Sammy Swindell, log on to www.racingeclipse.com and click on the Swindell Motorsports link.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Kevin Swindell , Sammy Swindell