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Oklahoma scene: Kevin Swindell wins fourth consecutive Chili Bowl championship

Swindell's father, sprint car legend Sammy Swindell, finishes second for a third straight year.
BY YOUR NAME Staff Writer Published: January 13, 2013

Kevin Swindell continued his domination of the Chili Bowl Midget Sprint Nationals. The Germantown, Tenn., resident took the lead on the 18th of 55-scheduled laps and won an unprecedented fourth-straight championship late Saturday night at Tulsa Expo Raceway. And for the third consecutive year, Swindell outlasted a familiar runner-up — his father, sprint car legend Sammy Swindell.

“I'm the one putting the cars together,” Sammy Swindell joked about his son's ongoing record of consecutive feature victories. Sammy Swindell, who has won five Chili Bowls in 26 years, called his son's achievement “remarkable.” Brad Sweet, Tim McCreadie and Dave Darland rounded out the top-five finishers.

A total of 268 drivers from 32 states, Canada, Australia and Finland competed during the week-long event. NASCAR champion Tony Stewart was in the field and finished Saturday's main event in 14th place. Broken Arrow resident Brady Bacon made the feature race by did not finish.


Central Oklahoma beat Wisconsin-Parkside 26-12 to win the consolation championship Sunday at the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division II Duals in Springfield, Ill. Casy Rowell's major decision at 133 pounds started a seven-match win streak for the No. 3-ranked Bronchos, who missed the title match after losing to Notre Dame of Ohio 19-13 in the semifinals Sunday.

Rowell won all four of his matches over the weekend. He has won 13 straight overall.

“I'm glad we came back and got third, that's what we should do after a loss,” UCO coach David James said. “It was a pretty successful weekend for us and we did a lot of good things, but there was also some disappointment that we didn't win the event.”

UCO (4-1) will wrestle next at 7 p.m. Thursday against Nebraska-Kearney.