Most notorious car race in the history: the Outlaw & its living legend - Sammy Swindell


Ever heard of the most brutal car race in the world: the Outlaw? You might hat off for its legendary figure - Sammy Swindell.

Pretty unfamiliar to the people of Nigerians, there's a thing, a race to be exact, in America that is not presented anywhere else in the world, the Outlaw race. And there was a name attached to this race, Sammy Swindell, who never dropped out of top 10 of the competition in his entire life.

Sammy was born in 1955 in a small town called Germantown in Tennessee and 15 years later, attended the dirt route of the Outlaw race in Arkansas. His first track was called Riverside Speedway.

Sammy Swindell holding a certificate

This man is the living legend of the Outlaw race track

When he was first involved in the competition, other Outlaw drivers quickly realized his talent and invited him in a crew with a daring name called the Band of Outlaws. The LA Times described him and his band as a group of hippies who made their names unforgettable by driving and competing in dangerous tiny little tracks.

In their races, there was almost no rule at all, everyone had their own car and started racing without seatbelt, helmets or anything of the sort, some of them regularly wore shorts and T-shirts. It was notable though, the race was not authorized by any official organization, such as the US Auto club, whose races are most of the motorist's dream. They just united together and held the race wherever there were space and dirt, everyone betting on cars and winners took all, fair and square. Their races are notorious all across the Midwest area. 

2 cars racing in the Outlaw race track

Racers at this competition used to murder each other once every week!

So, what is the origin of the race? Why do people have to wrestle themselves in the dirt when they can compete in paved asphalt roads?

To answer this question, we have to go back to the past decades where people competed in dirty routes with big and muscular cars. They floored the gas pedal, crashing into each other, daring each other if one could run over other without being flipped and all sort of aggressive acts they could think of. 

Not only that, they installed huge tires, which they called humpers, and colorful spoilers on the side so that they could drive in style. Safety was then put in priority list after at least 4 deaths per month became a norm those days. It generally became safer, but still, "safe" is not really a particularly impressive buzzword to market for the race.

Back to Sammy, by the late 19th century, he decided it's time for him to pursue something bigger, he competed in the NASCAR track. After a while, he felt like he didn't belong to all those fancy asphalt roads and came back to the Outlaw in 2009. The last thing to mention is Sammy has won nearly 300 races in his entire life.

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