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Wingless Sprint Series Anticipating GHR...

Wingless Sprint Series Anticipating GHR...

5/27/2016 -
Elma, WA - The Wingless Sprint Series pay their first visit of 2016 to Grays Harbor Raceway this Saturday May 28th. This will be the third different facility the tour has visited and the first trip to the state of Washington. It
Washington Modified Tour Storms into Gra...

Washington Modified Tour Storms into Gra...

5/24/2016 -
Elma, WA – The second of five Washington Modified Tour events rolls into the lightning quick Grays Harbor Raceway this weekend with as many questions are there are answers. A whopping 52 drivers have competed under the WMT banner
No Sweat for Sweatman on Cold Night

No Sweat for Sweatman on Cold Night

5/16/2016 -
Mother Nature decided to play fair with Grays Harbor Raceway on Saturday night, with a few rain showers early in the day, the evening was dry, and the dirt was flying around the 3/8 banked clay oval as the 360 Sprint Cars, Cut Rat
Full Night of Action Ahead at GHR

Full Night of Action Ahead at GHR

5/13/2016 -
A full night of racing is on the docket for Grays Harbor Raceway as tomorrow night, 360 Sprint Cars, Modifieds, Street Stocks and Tuners will all take on the 3/8 mile oval for the third event of the season. Spectator Gates open a
Beaulieu Wins Washington Modified Tour F...

Beaulieu Wins Washington Modified Tour F...

5/7/2016 -
The sun was shining bright, and temperatures were in the low 80's for race two of the 2016 season at Grays Harbor Raceway. On tap on Saturday was the Washington Modified Tour, Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks, Sportsman Sprints,
Tickets
  • 32 Elma McCleary Road
  • Elma, WA 98541
  • 360-482-4374

Driver Profile

Quick Info

HometownGermantown, TN
Birthday10/26
WebsiteVisit Website

Classes

410 Sprints - Winged
360 Sprints - Winged
410 Sprints - Non-Winged
Midgets

Driver Bio

Sammy Swindell

About Sammy

3-time WoO Champion
5-time Chili Bowl winner

Background

One of the most recognized names in American motorsports, Sammy Swindell grew up watching his father behind the wheel at many of their local Memphis, Tennessee dirt tracks. In 1971, at the age of fifteen, Sammy took to the dirt at Riverside Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas. In his rookie season, the oldest of two racing Swindell brothers won eleven feature events.

His background is engineering and is mostly self-taught. Although he spent two years in college studying physics and engineering, his race winnings were what paid the bills, but to be successful in racing took a lot of preparation time. "I found myself in a "catch 22" situation. I didn't have the money to go to college without racing and racing took up too much time to go to college. I had some successes in racing, so I decided to stay focused in racing and learn along the way. I don't ever regret making that choice though."

Inherently, Swindell is a shy and private person. Over the years he has earned the reputation of being "all business" at the race track, and much of that reputation can be attributed to a very focused approach to his chosen profession. The best description of Sammy may have come from legendary sprint car owner, LaVerne Nance, the man with whom Sammy won two "World of Outlaws" championships. "When he's at the track or working on the car, it's a living to him and he takes it real seriously. A lot of people don't understand that. He has worked hard all of his life to be successful in racing."

Away from his job, Sammy can relax and chat away for hours on a variety of different subjects. That's a side that most people will never get to see. It's the side where he and his son, Kevin, work on Kevin’s cars or he and close friends just sit and chat away about racing. Also from a racing family, his wife Amy has been a companion since they grew up together around the dirt tracks of Memphis. Amy has been through the exciting times and also the heartbreaks that take place in a successful racing career.

When it's time to race, though, Sammy has an uncanny ability to block out the world and focus on the job at hand. He's always had a hand in preparing and fine tuning his race cars, so it's very common to see him bent over the engine or personally changing the shocks.

From an engineering standpoint, he's been on the leading edge for years. His driving record speaks for itself. Few people demonstrate excellence at either skill, but Sammy Swindell combines the two like a director. It is a very unique talent!

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