SPRINTS: Kody Swanson Joins Nolen Racing For Little 500 Run

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Defending Little 500 winner Kody Swanson has joined Nolen Racing for this year’s running of the non-winged sprint car event. (Chris Seelman photo)

INDIANAPOLIS – Defending Little 500 champion Kody Swanson will drive the Nolen Racing No. 4 during the 2017 running of the annual event at Indiana’s Anderson Speedway.

“I’ve had to race against Gene (and his team) enough times between the Silver Crown series and the Little 500 to know how good they really are,” said Swanson. “They bring very well prepared, extremely fast and competitive race cars to the track. Nolen Racing is always a threat to win. I’m looking forward to the opportunity and excited to race with them this year. I’ll be joining a pair of great drivers in Jerry Coons Jr. and Shane Hollingsworth, and giving it my best shot to win this race as part of the Nolen team.”

Team owner Gene Nolen has fielded cars that have finished in the top-five in the Little 500 the past three seasons. Jerry Coons Jr. finished second in 2014 and third in 2016, while Shane Hollingsworth came home fifth for Nolen in 2015.

Nolen had previously contacted Swanson about driving one of his cars during the Tony Elliott Classic last fall, but Swanson was already committed to someone else.

The team change comes on the heels of the announcement that three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart will be filling the seat of the Hoffman Auto Racing No. 69 for the 2017 running of the event.

“I’m still so grateful to have driven for Hoffman Auto Racing team, and for the effort put forth by everyone last year,” said Swanson. “The incredible history that the Hoffman team already had made it really special for me to make my own unique contribution to their legacy, and be part of their first Little 500 victory.”

“The Little 500 is a spectacular event that is more than just a race. It features so many elements that come from all types of short track racing, and it’s a blast to blend them all together from behind the wheel of a pavement sprint car,” said Swanson. “It is such a grueling race with so many cars on a tight quarter mile track, but I have so much fun competing in it because you’re always racing hard with somebody.”

CREDIT: Dub Publications & Media

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