Swindell to make Sprint Cup debut with Swan
September 19, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Swan Racing looks to the younger drivers to fill the No. 30 seat
Swindell posted a photo to his Instagram feed of the No. 30 with his last name on the strip across the top of the front windshield, and a team representative later confirmed the four-time Chili Bowl winner would be in the car at Loudon.
Swan Racing owner, Brandon Davis, parted ways with former driver, David Stremme, after the event two weeks ago at Richmond, and said then he'd be looking at younger drivers the rest of the season with an eye toward filling the seat permanently for next year.
“I’m not looking for someone who can bring me money. I’m looking for somebody who can drive. That’s the priority,” Davis said. “… A young driver is what we’re looking for. We want someone we can grow with over a period of time. … I would like to bring someone in and work with someone that is in their youth as we grow as a team. I’m 34, and if I’m going to have a driver, I’d like him to be younger than me for a lot of reasons, but the biggest one is the marketability of our race team, and what we’re all about."
Cole Whitt, 22, drove the Swan Racing car last weekend at Chicagoland, and he finished 39th after being involved in a fiery wreck. Swindell, 24, has made 31 combined starts in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck series, and his two best career finishes -- second and third, both in a truck -- have come at the Magic Mile.
A native of Germantown, Tenn., Swindell has won 77 races in various dirt series. He has made 10 starts this season on the Nationwide tour driving the No. 98 of Biagi-DenBeste Racing, with a best finish of eighth at Indianapolis.