Sprint Car driver Kevin Swindell was released from Des Moines Mercy Hospital Friday afternoon. Swindell was hospitalized for eight days following a serious crash last Thursday at Knowxville Raceway in a heat race for the Knoxville Nationals.
The Swindell family released the following statement:
“The doctors and staff at Des Moines Mercy have been generous to us, both in their care for Kevin and their patience and understanding to all of us throughout our time here. We will forever be grateful to them. We cannot begin to thank everyone in the racing community for the support that you’ve shown to Kevin. The thoughtfulness of all of you is seen and felt and we feel stronger each day because of you. Kevin feels the power of your prayers and they are working. Our motto is: ‘God showed up and showed out’.”
“We’re also grateful for the donations that have come in and the continued fundraisers that race fans, organizations and tracks have started to help Kevin. We know there is a long road ahead for him and the donations will help ease the burden of the medical expenses we’ll have and allow Kevin to focus solely on his health.”
Swindell, a four-time Chili Bowl Midget Nationals Champion, underwent two surgeries for fractures in his back and was also diagnosed with a spinal cord injury.
An account has been set up at Bank of America for donations towards Swindell’s recovery. To donate checks can be made out to Kevin Swindell and write “Recovery Fund” on the memo line. Mail check to:
Kevin Swindell Recovery Fund
c/o Spire Sports + Entertainment
PO Box 638
Cornelius, NC 28031
Otherwise donations can be made online at stevekindfoundation.org. Type “Kevin Swindell Recovery Fund” in the comment section to have your donation go to Kevin.
-By Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Editor - Photo credit: DB3 Imaging