Sprint Car driver Kevin Swindell underwent a second surgery on Monday afternoon after a serious crash in a heat race for the Knoxville Nationals at Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway on Thursday night.  After the surgery, his father, five-time Chili Bowl winner Sammy Swindell, said in a statement that the doctor’s are “heartened by his progress.”


Swindell, a four-time Chili Bowl Midget Nationals champion, has had two surgeries on his back since the crash on Thursday night.  Swindell’s car flipped twice at the exit of turn four and then landed hard on its wheels.  Swindell was airlifted to Iowa’s Des Moines Mercy Hospital.


The full statement released on Sammy Swindell’s twitter said:


“Kevin underwent a second surgery today at Des Moines Mercy Hospital to address one of two fractures he suffered in his back following last week’s accident at Knoxville Raceway.  Both surgeries have been successful and the doctors are heartened by the progress.


The doctors are also running tests on and monitoring a spinal cord injury that Kevin received during the accident.


We realize there is a long battle ahead, but Kevin has remained positive throughout the entire process and is prepared to fight to regain his health.  We’re all hopeful for a Friday discharge and the next steps to recovery.”


The family has said that they will continue to provide updates when they become available.  Many drivers, most notably fellow Sprint Car racer Rico Abreu, have offered their support to Swindell in recent days.


-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount

-Photo Credit: DB3 Imaging

Doctors “Heartened” By Swindell’s Recovery After Crash