Memphis: Sammy Swindell preview

Sammy Swindell Likes His Chances at Big M Motorfest Memphis, TN -- April 28, 2004 -- Sprint car legend and Memphis native Sammy Swindell says he is ready to win the 410 Wingless Challenge, the Memphis USAC 100 and claim the $50,000 bonus at...

Sammy Swindell Likes His Chances at Big M Motorfest

Memphis, TN -- April 28, 2004 -- Sprint car legend and Memphis native Sammy Swindell says he is ready to win the 410 Wingless Challenge, the Memphis USAC 100 and claim the $50,000 bonus at the Big M Motorfest presented by Brim's Snack Foods May 7th and 8th at Memphis Motorsports Park.

"It is a good incentive," smiled Swindell. "$50,000 would make a nice payday."

To claim the $50,000, the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits points leader will have to win Friday's 410 Wingless Challenge and win Saturday's Memphis USAC 100.

"Because of the bonus to the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits, if we can win the 410 Wingless Challenge that it would be an extra $5,000," stated Swindell. "We will take the Beaver Drill and Tool 12x sprint car, make a few changes and be ready to go."

The Germantown native has not driven a non-winged sprint car in several years. He returns to his home track for the first time since the mid 90's.

On Saturday, Swindell will climb into the #191 Ronnie McDowell Special/ Spirit of Knoxville for the Memphis USAC 100. Scott Benic and Keith Lani will crew the car for Swindell. Team Manager Chris Santucci will oversee the #191 team and the #35 of Boston Reid.

Both Lani and Santucci worked with Swindell for several years prior to coming to work for R.E. Technologies Racing.

"Scott has worked with Jeff, Sammy's brother, and Keith and I have worked with him for several years," stated Santucci. "Because of our sprint car backgrounds, we use the same terminology that he uses. We know his style of driving and that he is definitely going to gas it."

"Chris and Keith are some good people," stated Swindell. "I know they will have a good race car there for me on race day. If we can have a good day and everything goes right, I don't see any reason why we can't win."

FAMILY REUNION

"I expect this weekend to be like a family reunion," said Swindell. "I haven't ran around this area for quite a while. It is always good to get back here and see some of the people that we don't ever get to see."

The homecoming for the Swindell's will also be special for the R.E. Technologies Racing team, which is also based in Memphis. Sammy is planning on having the famous Channellock #1 sprint car on display and will be selling t-shirts, hats and souvenirs.

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Series Sprint , USAC
Drivers Sammy Swindell , Boston Reid