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Swindell on board for 15 Nationwide races

Kevin Swindell and Biagi-DenBeste Racing will return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season, but in a much bigger role.

After a two-race season in 2012, Swindell and Biagi-DenBeste Racing announced Thursday that the pairing will run in 15 Nationwide Series races in 2013, starting at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9. Swindell's full schedule has not yet been announced.

The 23-year-old talent has six Nationwide races in three seasons to his credit; his best finish came last year with a ninth-place showing at Texas Motor Speedway in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Swindell also made 15 starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East from 2008-10, finishing with two top-five finishes and six top 10s.

"I am really thankful to Fred Biagi and Bill DenBeste for the great opportunity that I have to race for them this season," said Swindell, who will drive the No. 98. "I have been waiting for a chance to gain experience and race for a top-notch team for a long time. ? I look forward to seeing what the team and I can achieve together this year."

Swindell is perhaps best known for racing on dirt and in Automobile Racing Club of America. The son of well-known sprint car star Sammy Swindell, Kevin Swindell is the four-time consecutive champion of the Chili Bowl, which is regarded as the biggest Midget Nationals race of the year.

Jon Hanson will serve as Swindell's crew chief; Steve Plattenberger remains the team manager and competition director.

"We are really proud to have an outstanding young talent like Kevin driving for our team," said Biagi-DenBeste Racing co-owner Fred Biagi. "After coming off of his fourth consecutive Chili Bowl win, Kevin enters the 2013 season with a lot of momentum."

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