Kevin Swindell, ARCA Racing Series driver and son of legendary sprint car driver Sammy Swindell, captured his fourth-straight “Golden Driller” in winning the Chili Bowl Nationals on Saturday, January 12th in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Combined with his father, who finished behind him in second, the Swindells have racked up nine wins in the premier indoor midget racing event.
The Swindells drew positons one (Sammy) and two (Kevin) for the A-Feature, followed by 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champ Kyle Larson, Chad Boat (son of IndyCar driver Billy Boat) and Nationwide Series driver Brad Sweet. Larson and the Swindells battled for much of the early portion of the 55-lap race until Lap 18 when Larson spun. Larson returned to the track, but spun again on Lap 30, ending his chances.
“That was fun” said Kevin of the battle with Larson on ChiliBowl.com. “We’ve been friends a long time and we’ve raced a lot of Sim racing and battled it out but I don’t think we’ve ever got to race, you know, real race and battle it out like that. We both have a lot of respect for each other so I think it showed that we were at least clearing each other. ”
In the end, youth prevailed over wisdom, with the younger Swindell beating his father to the checkered flag, followed by Sweet and Watertown, New York’s Tim McCreadie, son of well-know dirt modified driver “Barefoot Bob” McCreadie. Dave Darland completed the top five.
Other finishes of note included Bryan Clauson (eighth), Tony Stewart (15th), Jac Haudenschild (16th), J.J. Yeley (19th), Larson (21st) and Boat (23rd).
Get the complete rundown on the Chili Bowl Nationals at www.chilibowl.com.
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