Man of few words, Sammy Swindell, ready for Knoxville KNOXVILLE, IOWA (June 4, 2003) - Knoxville director of racing Ralph Capitani felt obliged to call Sammy Swindell, who had previously accepted the track's special 50th ...
Man of few words, Sammy Swindell, ready for Knoxville
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (June 4, 2003) - Knoxville director of racing Ralph Capitani felt obliged to call Sammy Swindell, who had previously accepted the track's special 50th anniversary challenge to start this week's feature in 25th place in order to earn a $25,000 bonus, to tell Swindell that he may face more competition on Saturday night than previously expected. According to Capitani, "I wanted to be fair and let Sammy know that we've received calls from a number of the top outlaw teams that have indicated their desire to win our anniversary race and gain some track time prior to the Speed Channel's live telecast of the Nationals. And, in his usual brevity, Sammy replied in just four words-- 'the more, the merrier.' That kind of confidence has made Sammy the champion that he is-- and it makes us proud to have invited him back to Knoxville this weekend to help us celebrate our 50 years of weekly racing with the Gold Rush Challenge!"
1983 Knoxville Nationals champion Sammy Swindell of Germantown, Tennessee, has accepted the first-ever "Knoxville Gold Rush Challenge" in order to claim $25,000 on Saturday night. That is when the famed half-mile dirt track is celebrating its 50th consecutive season of weekly racing with a 25-lap 410-cubic-inch sprint feature paying the winner $5,000. However, Swindell has elected to start scratch on the feature field (25th) in order to win a special purse of $25,000 for himself!
Fans will benefit as the June 7 DeVore Motors Night will still feature the regular ten-dollar general admission price. Knoxville's weekly 410 c.i. sprint car racers, as well as any outlaw invaders, will also benefit as the 25-lapper will pay $2,000 more to win than a regular feature purse. And the 360-cubic-inch sprint car division will also be in competition that evening.
Sammy Swindell will be competing in the Dennis Roth-owned Ore-Cal/Beef Packers number 1 J&J Auto Racing sprinter. For more information on the DeVore Motors 50th anniversary "Knoxville Gold Rush Challenge", individuals are urged to visit the track's web-site at www.knoxvilleraceway.com.