Swindell returns to Lernerville

MEADVILLE, PA - September 24, 2001 - Just two months after a freak accident seriously injured Sammy Swindell and nearly ended his racing career, the three-time World of Outlaws series champion will return to competition at the track where his ...

MEADVILLE, PA - September 24, 2001 - Just two months after a freak accident seriously injured Sammy Swindell and nearly ended his racing career, the three-time World of Outlaws series champion will return to competition at the track where his accident occurred - Lernerville Speedway - on Tuesday, September 24th.

Swindell's Channellock #1 sprint car struck the rear of a push truck on the front straightaway as he completed the first of two qualifying laps during the July 24th race. He sustained fractured fingers, a broken kneecap, and contusions to his left hand, head and groin area as well.

His younger brother Jeff filled-in for Sammy during the Eldora Speedway races on August 3rd and 4th, but the elder Swindell was back in the Channellock car within two weeks of the accident, just in time for the Knoxville Nationals. He has utilized a number of modifications designed to accommodate his injuries since returning to competition.

Swindell says he's ready to take on Lernerville again, though he admits it will be a bit different the first time around the oval. "I've raced this track for years and had good luck there in the past. The accident was one that you could never anticipate, so I'm not nervous about running it. It will just bring back some bad memories the first time I run on the track alone," he said.

Following the race at Lernerville Speedway, Swindell will follow the 'Outlaws to Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA on September 28th and 29th. Then it's on to Charlotte, NC for a two-night event on October 5th and 6th.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Sammy Swindell
Teams Williams