Injured Sprint Car driver Kevin Swindell got a little bit of good news from doctors Friday afternoon.
It was another step forward.
Swindell was released from Des Moines Mercy Hospital. The 26-year-old driver spent eight days in the facility and underwent two surgeries for injuries he sustained in an Aug. 13 crash at Knoxville Raceway.
The incident occurred on Night 2 of the Knoxville Nationals. The field got bottled up at the start of the heat race, which caused a chain reaction that sent Swindell into a series of flips on the frontstretch.
According to reports, Swindell suffered fractures in his back. He had surgery on Aug. 14 and another Monday to address the injuries.
"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," the Swindell family said in a statement.
"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."
The racing community has rallied around Kevin Swindell.
The World of Outlaws passed the helmet at Junction Motor Speedway, and Kolten Gouse's National Open Benefit is raffling off a Brian Brown helmet with proceeds going towards Swindell's recovery.
On Thursday, the Dale Jr. Foundation announced that all Dale Earnhardt Jr. items purchased in the eBay store this week will benefit Swindell.
"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," the Swindell family statement continued.
"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."
Donations can also be sent to "The Kevin Swindell Recovery Fund" in care of Spire Sports and Entertainment, P.O. Box 638, Cornelius, N.C., 28031.
Sammy Swindell, Kevin's father, is scheduled to race the ASCS High Roller Classic at Missouri State Fair Speedway on Sunday.