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Kevin Swindell | ARCA Racing Series Advance
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Fla.
February 12, 2011
Kevin Swindell will return to the ARCA Racing Series at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 12, 2011 for the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200. Driving the No. 98 Curb Records Eddie Sharp Racing Toyota Camry, Swindell looks to make his first start at the 2.5-mile track.
Chili Bowl Victor: In January, Swindell competed in the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. The event came down to the last lap, where the 21-year-old driver held off his father, Sammy Swindell, for the championship. The younger Swindell became the first driver in 25 years to win back-to-back championships. In 2010, the then-20-year-old driver became the youngest winner in Chili Bowl history. The Swindell duo has contributed to the last three Chili Bowl titles, with Sammy collecting his fifth title in 2009. He also won in 1989, 1992, 1996 and 1998.
Last Season: Swindell made waves in 2010 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, competing in all 10 events. He collected two pole awards, one top-five and four top-10 finishes. At the end of the season, Swindell finished seventh in the points standings. He also made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut and competed in three events in the series. Swindell competed in one ARCA Racing Series event last season and looks to continue his success in 2011.
ARCA History: Swindell has competed in five events in the ARCA Racing Series in his career. He made his debut in the series in 2006 and competed in four races that season. In 2010, Swindell competed with ESR at Rockingham Speedway, where he took the pole award and finished second in the event.
Racing Experience: Swindell began racing karts at the age of five, before he could even ride a bicycle. Success came early, and Swindell moved to Quarter Midgets. He won World Karting Association Divisional races his first year. By the time he was twelve, he won multiple dirt and pavement kart races and moved up to WKA National competitions. He picked up two National Championships, a Grand National win and seven National race wins in two years. In 2006, Swindell became the youngest driver to win a World of Outlaws main event at 17 years old at the Charlotte Dirt Track and won the 2006 National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year. He teamed up with Kasey Kahne Racing in 2007 to run the USAC Sprint and Midget National Series and finished sixth in the points. In 2010, Swindell won his first Chili Bowl Nationals championship, followed with his back-to-back victory in 2011.
Follow the Action: Get live updates from the track throughout the weekend at www.facebook.com/teamesrand www.twitter.com/TeamESR. Follow Kevin at www.facebook.com/KevinSwindellRacing.com and www.twitter.com/KevinSwindell.
Tune-In: The Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 will be broadcast live on SPEED at 4:30 p.m. EST on Feb. 12, 2011. Fans can also catch the audio broadcast locally on WNDB 1150 AM in Daytona Beach, Fla. Live scoring, timing and audio will also be available on ARCARacing.com throughout the week.
Swindell on momentum going into Daytona: “I’m just coming off the Chili Bowl win a couple of weeks ago, which is a pretty big deal as it is one of the biggest short track races these days. To win it two years in a row means a lot to me, especially since no one has ever won it back-to-back. Only a few people have won in more than once, so I think it is good momentum going into Daytona."
On the challenges of Daytona: "I feel like going to the ARCA test is definitely going to help with the race at Daytona. You get to run through a lot of changes, and you get used to the system this is different racing than anyone is used to. The biggest challenge seems to just be survival. It tends to be just getting to the end and being in the right place at the right time."