USAC Silver Crown Championship cars
                                  
                                                         Hagar at Hoosier 100 2009 pic by aXe
 
Sept 2014
Sept 22
USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS: Sept 20-21,
- Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 33rd "4-Crown Nationals"

from USAC
  QUALIFICATIONS: (Sept. 20)
1. Jerry Coons Jr., 98, RPM/Gormly-16.513;
2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-16.607;
3. Bobby East, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-16.637;
4. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-16.658;
5. Chris Windom, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-16.883;
6. Bryan Clauson, 20, Nolen-16.898;
7. C.J. Leary, 35, Ferns-17.081;
8. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-17.215;
9. Caleb Armstrong, 9, Armstrong-17.340;
10. Shane Cockrum, 66, Hardy-17.342;
11. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-17.421;
12. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-17.615;
13. Robert Ballou, 53, SET-18.336;
14. Jack Hewitt, 21, Six-R-18.391;
15. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-24.150;
16. Christopher Bell, 99, RPM/Gormly-NT;
17. Brady Bacon, 14, McQuinn-NT;
18. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-NT;
19. Jake Simmons, 31, Simmons-NT;
20. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-NT.

 REMAINDER OF EVENTS CONDUCTED SEPTEMBER 21

FEATURE: (50 laps)
1. Jerry Coons Jr.,
2. Chris Windom,
3. Tracy Hines,
4. Shane Cockrum,
5. Bobby East,
6. Bryan Clauson,
7. Aaron Pierce,
8. Jacob Wilson,
9. Kody Swanson,
10. Caleb Armstrong,
11. Russ Gamester,
12. C.J. Leary,
13. Patrick Lawson,
14. Christopher Bell,
15. Davey Ray,
16. Jack Hewitt,
17. Robert Ballou. NT



**Gamester flipped during practice.
Darland flipped during practice.
Lawson flipped on lap 45 of the feature.

 FEATURE LAP LEADERS:
Laps 1-12 Coons,
Lap 13 Swanson,
Laps 14-19 Coons,
Laps 20-46 Swanson,
Laps 47-49 Armstrong,
Lap 50 Coons.

 NEW USAC SILVER CROWN POINTS:
1-Swanson-522,
2-Hines-510,
3-East-477,
4-Windom-418,
5-Coons-366,
6-Wilson-308,
7-Cockrum-264,
8-A.J. Fike-263,
9-Armstrong-261,
10-Darland-234.

 NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN RACE: October 11
- Syracuse, NY - New York State Fairgrounds



Sept 16
3 SILVER CROWN TITLE HOPEFULS READY FOR"4-CROWN NATIONALS"
USAC Silver Crown cars SATURDAY AT ELDORA SPEEDWAY

from Dick Jordan
 Saturday night's penultimate round of the 2014 USAC Silver Crown Series concludes the 33rd "4-Crown Nationals" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

 Three drivers enter the race separated by just 54 points with a total of 66 available. Leader Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. has a 27-point lead over runner-up Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. Third-place Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind. is the defending series champion and he and Hines are still without a victory this year.

 One of the primary reasons for Hines and East being unable to find victory lane so far is Swanson's proficiency on the dirt. He has won all but one of the five dirt races contested so far. Only the "Ted Horn 100" at DuQuoin, Ill. slipped from his grasp, a race won by David Byrne.

  Chris Windom, fourth in the series points, is the defending winner of the "4-Crown Nationals" Silver Crown race but he too is seeking his first 2014 win. Windom's best finish in eight starts has been fifth in the Hoosier Hundred in Indianapolis, Ind. and at Springfield, Ill. September 7.

 Hines has been close with four seconds, a third and two fourths in eight starts. East's best finishes have been a second, a pair of thirds and a pair of fourths.

 Saturday's 50-lap Silver Crown feature will follow a 25-lap Honda USAC National Midget race and a 30-lap AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car race, plus complete prelims for all series.

 2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:
1-Kody Swanson-483,
2-Tracy Hines-456,
3-Bobby East-429,
4-Chris Windom-361,
5-Jerry Coons Jr.-303,
6-Jacob Wilson-269,
7-A.J. Fike-263,
8-Dave Darland-233,
9-Caleb Armstrong-228,
10-Shane Cockrum-213.


Sept 9
ELDORA'S Silver Crown "4-CROWN NATIONALS" SEPTEMBER 20
"TONY BETTENHAUSEN 100" SWANSON'S 4TH WIN THIS YEAR!

 DICK JORDAN DICK JORDAN
   Only 54 points separate the top-three in USAC's Silver Crown standings entering the upcoming September 20 "4-Crown Nationals" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
  The "4-Crown" will offer 66 points, so the title could still be up for grabs in the series finale on October 11 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

 Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. scored his fourth win of the year in Sunday's "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. He won the pole in the Radio Hospital Maxim/Hampshire and never trailed, finishing a half-lap ahead of runner-up Tracy Hines.

 The point battle was affected only minimally, with second-place Hines and third-place Bobby East unable to close in on Swanson. Hines finished second and East third at the checkered flag, with A.J. Fike fourth and Chris Windom fifth. Sixteen of the 24 starters were still running at the finish of the 100 mile race.

 Swanson became the fifth driver to score a fourth victory during a single Silver Crown campaign. Jack Hewitt won six in 1986, while J.J. Yeley won four in 2003. Gary Bettenhausen also won four in 1980 and Dave Steele accomplished the same feat in 2005.

 2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:
1-Kody Swanson    -483,
2-Tracy Hines     -456,
3-Bobby East      -429,
4-Chris Windom    -361,
5-Jerry Coons Jr. -303,
6-Jacob Wilson    -269,
7-A.J. Fike       -263,
8-Dave Darland    -233,
9-Caleb Armstrong -228,
10-Shane Cockrum  -213.


Sept 8
USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RESULTS Sept 7, 
- Springfield, Illinois - Illinois State Fairgrounds - "Tony Bettenhausen 100"

 QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Kody Swanson,     63, DePalma-31.999;
2. Jacob Wilson,     07, Wilson-32.140;
3. Tracy Hines,      16, Lightfoot-32.314;
4. Brady Bacon,      14, McQuinn-32.415;
5. Bobby East,       10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-32.610;
6. A.J. Fike,         3, RFMS-32.923;
7. Shane Cockrum,    66, Hardy-33.046;
8. Bryan Clauson,    20, Nolen-33.101;
9. Dave Darland,     19, Longworth-33.235;
10. Steven Russell,  41, McQuinn-33.335;
11. Caleb Armstrong,  9, Armstrong-33.436;
12. Chris Windom,    17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-33.580;
13. Jerry Coons Jr., 98, RPM/Gormly-33.606;
14. David Byrne,     40, Byrne-33.705;
15. Davey Ray,       25, Sachs-33.877;
16. Levi Jones,      56, Fox-33.927;
17. Russ Gamester,   51, Gamester-34.347;
18. Chris Fetter,    88, Fetter-34.369;
19. Jackie Burke,    86, Burke-34.596;
20. Randy Bateman,   55, Bateman-34.656;
21. Patrick Lawson,   2, Lawson-34.913;
22. 22. John Hunt,   91, Hunt-35.558
23. Chris Urish,     77, Urish-NT;
24. Kenny Gentry,    18, Gentry-NT.

  FEATURE: (100 Laps)
1. Kody Swanson, 2. Tracy Hines,
3. Bobby East, 4. A.J. Fike,
5. Chris Windom, 6. Bryan Clauson,
7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Dave Darland,
9. Levi Jones, 10. Brady Bacon,
11. Russ Gamester, 12. Jacob Wilson,
13. Davey Ray, 14. Steven Russell,
15. Chris Fetter, 16. David Byrne,
17. Randy Bateman, 18. Jackie Burke,
19. Patrick Lawson, 20. Caleb Armstrong,
21. Shane Cockrum, 22. John Hunt,
23. Kenny Gentry, 24. Chris Urish. NT

 FEATURE LAP LEADERS:
Laps 1-100 Swanson.

 NEW USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS:
1-Swanson-483,
2-Hines-456,
3-East-429,
4-Windom-363,
5-Coons-303,
6-Wilson-269,
7-Fike-263,
8-Darland-233,
9-Armstrong-228,
10-Cockrum-213.

 NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN RACE:
September 20  OH - Eldora Speedway - "4-Crown Nationals"



Sept 3
PENALTIES ASSESSED FOR DuQUOIN SILVER CROWN VIOLATIONS
BYRNE MAKES DIRT DEBUT SUNDAY AT SPRINGFIELD

from DICK JORDAN USAC

 The United States Auto Club today announced penalties assessed to three Silver Crown teams for violations during Sunday's "Ted Horn 100" at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds.

 The #66 Hardy Boys entry driven by race winner Shane Cockrum was fined $300 and nine car entrant points, while the #77 Chris Urish entry and the #98 Fred Gormly entry driven by Jerry Coons Jr. were each fined $100 and three car entrant points.

 The penalties were levied as a result of violations of USAC red-flag competition procedures regarding pit personnel over the wall prior to the issuance of the starter's white flag signifying an "open" pit.

 In other series news, David Byrne, who became USAC's 100th different Silver Crown race winner with his July 24 "J.D. Byrider 100" victory at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind., will make his series debut on dirt in this Sunday's "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

 Byrne, of Shullsburg, Wisc., will pilot the Truck Country/Bytec Beast/Toyota in the race which was rescheduled for this Sunday after having been rained out August 16.

 Byrne's three Silver Crown appearances this year have all produced "top-10" finishes. He was third at Indianapolis in May and 10th at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. in June.

 Sunday's Springfield timetable has registration starting at 7 am and practice at 10, followed by qualifying and the 100-lap race.

--USAC--


Sept 2
"TONY BETTENHAUSEN 100" SUNDAY AT SPRINGFIELD;
COCKRUM SCORES "LOCAL" TED HORN 100 VICTORY

from DICK JORDAN USAC
 The unpredictable USAC Silver Crown Championship Series returns to the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield Sunday for the "Tony Bettenhausen 100," a race rained out on August 16.

 Kody Swanson, Tracy Hines and defending series champion Bobby East are locked in a tight point race entering Sunday's eighth race of the 2014 campaign. Races remain at Rossburg, Ohio September 20 and Syracuse, N.Y. October 11 after Sunday's event.

  Swanson takes a slim 19-point lead over Hines into the Springfield 100-miler, while East sits just 42 points in arrears with 66 points available Sunday.

 Last Sunday's "Ted Horn 100" at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds produced an epic battle for the ages as numerous drivers engaged in challenges for the lead, resulting in an extremely-popular victory for first-time series winner Shane Cockrum of nearby Benton, Ill.

 Cockrum was the last if five race leaders and grabbed the lead 11 circuits from the end when Chris Windom executed an end-over-end flip in turn two on lap 90. He was uninjured, as was Dave Darland, who flipped on lap 65 while battling with Jerry Coons Jr. after having led for 15 laps.

 Cockrum actually led 41 of the final 44 laps in his Marion Undergrounds/Shane Wade Enterprises Beast/Chevy. He was trailed at eh checkered flag by Levi Jones, who was making his return to the series after a year's hiatus and came from 13th starting spot in the 23-car field.

 Brady Bacon, Hines and A.J. Fike rounded out the "top-five" at the finish. Other leaders included East, who led 8 of the first 41 laps, Swanson, who led 23 laps, and Windom, who led three laps before his flip.

 Swanson stopped on the backstretch on lap 52 but was able to rejoin the race and finished 13th.

 Former "Tony Bettenhausen 100" winners expected to compete Sunday at Springfield include two-time and defending winner A.J. Fike, Hines, Darland and Russ Gamester.

 2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings
:1-Kody Swanson-417,
2-Tracy Hines-398,
3-Bobby East-375,
4-Chris Windom-313,
5-Jerry Coons Jr.-261,
6-Jacob Wilson-240,
7-Caleb Armstrong-215,
8-A.J. Fike-212,
9-Shane Cockrum-201,
10-Dave Darland-194


Sept 1

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE RESULTS:
August 31, - Illinois - DuQuoin State Fairgrounds - "Ted Horn 100"

 From USAC
QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Bobby East, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-30.571;
2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-30.729;
3. Jerry Coons Jr., 98, RPM/Gormly-31.199;
4. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-31.273;
5. Shane Cockrum, 66, Hardy-31.474;
6. Zach Daum, 5, Daum-31.766;
7. Caleb Armstrong, 9, Armstrong-31.838;
8. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-32.266;
9. C.J. Leary, 35, Ferns-32.349;
10. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-32.388;
11. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-32.430;
12. Brady Bacon, 14, McQuinn-32.458;
13. Levi Jones, 56, Fox-32.491;
14. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-32.915;
15. Randy Bateman, 55, Bateman-33.038;
16. Steven Russell, 41, McQuinn-33.521;
17. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-34.109;
18. Jake Simmons, 31, Simmons-34.171;
19. Chris Fetter, 88, Fetter-34.326;
20. Jackie Burke, 86, Burke-34.511;
21. Robbie Ray, 53, SET-39.720;
22. Chris Windom, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-NT;
23. Terry James, 23, Satterhouse-NT;
24. Jerry Bruce, 50, Bruce-NT.

  FEATURE: (100 Laps)
1. Shane Cockrum,
2. Levi Jones,
3. Brady Bacon,
4. Tracy Hines,
5. A.J. Fike,
6. Russ Gamester,
7. Chris Urish,
8. Jerry Coons Jr.,
9. Bobby East,
10. Steven Russell,
11. Randy Bateman,
12. Patrick Lawson,
13. Kody Swanson,
14. Chris Windom,
15. Zach Daum,
16. Dave Darland,
17. Chris Fetter,
18. Jake Simmons,
19. Caleb Armstrong,
20. C.J. Leary,
21. Robbie Ray,
22. Jackie Burke,
23. Terry James. NT

**Darland flipped on lap 65. Windom flipped on lap 90.

 FEATURE LAP LEADERS:
Laps 1-8 East,
Laps 9-31 Swanson,
Laps 32-41 East,
Laps 42-56 Darland,
Laps 57-86 Cockrum,
Laps 87-89 Windom,
Laps 90-100 Cockrum.

 NEW USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS:
1-Swanson-417,
2-Hines-398,
3-East-375,
4-Windom-313,
5-Coons-261,
6-Jacob Wilson-240,
7-Armstrong-215,
8-Fike-212,
9-Cockrum-201,
10-Darland-194.

 NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN RACE:
September 7 - Springfield, IL - Illinois State Fairgrounds -
 "Tony Bettenhausen 100"



Aug 2014
Aug 28
LEVI JONES RETURNS FOR SUNDAY'S "TED HORN 100"
from DICK JORDAN USAC
  One of USAC's most proficient drivers, Levi Jones, will return to the cockpit Sunday night in the "Ted Horn 100" USAC Silver Crown race at the beautiful DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds.

 The one-mile oval sits just an hour southeast of Jones' present residence of Swansea, Ill. and about thesame distance southwest of his hometown of Olney, Ill. and his appearance will end his USAC hiatus, which began just over a year ago. Last year he recorded his third career Silver Crown victory in the prestigious Hoosier Hundred" in Indianapolis, Ind. and he has 28 career Sprint wins and four in the Midgets.

 Jones will pilot the famed #56 entry for long-time car owner Galen Fox, the 1994 DuQuoin winner with Chuck Gurney driving. Fox also entered the recent Springfield race with driver Jon Stanbrough.

 The 2010 and 2011 USAC Silver Crown Champion and five-time USAC National Sprint Car Champion looks forward to Sunday's race: "It's a race I'd like to win, for sure," says Levi. "Not having competed full-time in a year or so, I feel like the miles (DuQuoin and Springfield) are ones where you can race and have some fun and I didn't want to pass up the opportunity to drive for Galen. "He's definitely got a car that can win the race. DuQuoin has special meaning for me, so close to my home. We used to go to the races every year and I've been going there for more than 20 years now."

 Jones' last USAC appearance came in last year's "Eastern Storm" Sprint races in Pennsylvania and New Jersey where he recorded three "top-10s."

 He'll face a formidable field of USAC Champions and Illinois veterans. They include USAC driving champions Bobby East, Tracy Hines, Dave Darland, Chris Windom, Russ Gamester, Kody Swanson, Robbie Ray, Jerry Coons Jr. and Caleb Armstrong, plus Illinois vets (Windom included) Patrick Lawson, A.J. Fike, Zach Daum, Steven Russell, Randy Bateman, Shane Cockrum and Chris Urish.

 Urish shocked the series regulars with his "Ted Horn 100" victory a year ago, while Fike also has a couple of recent victories in the "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds which returns to Springfield next week (September 7).

 Practice at DuQuoin begins at 5 pm, followed by qualifications and the 100-mile "Ted Horn 100."

--USAC--


Aug 26
"TED HORN 100" SUNDAY NIGHT AT DuQUOIN
from DICK JORDAN USAC
 A 66-year tradition continues Sunday night as the USAC Silver Crown Championship Cars make their annual trek to the beautiful DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds for the "Ted Horn 100."

 Round seven of the 2014 series will witness Kody Swanson trying to remain undefeated on the dirt after victories at Terre Haute and Indianapolis, Ind. and Belleville, Kansas. He enters Sunday's race with a 42-point lead over runner-up Tracy Hines.

 Swanson was the 2010 DuQuoin winner, while Hines won the race back-to-back in 2005 and 2006. Swanson was 12th and Hines 14th last year, both out of the race before the completion of lap one.

 Chris Urish of Elkhart, Ill. is the defending race winner and former winners, along with Swanson and Hines expected to compete Sunday include Russ Gamester (1997).

 Urish surprised the series regulars last year with his late-race charge, taking the lead three laps from the finish when Chris Windom ran out of fuel.

 This year's field is expected to include a number of Illinois hopefuls in addition to Urish. They include Patrick Lawson of Edwardsville, A.J. Fike of Galesburg, Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Windom of Canton, Tiffany Wyzard of Williamsville, Steven Russell of Springfield, Randy Bateman of Murphysboro, Shane Cockrum and Jerry Bruce of Benton and Tad Roach of Granite City.

 Tyler Walker holds the one-lap track record of 123.550 mph set in 2004.

 The race honors the driver who lost his life in a DuQuoin accident in 1948. Horn's Indianapolis 500 record is remarkable. Between 1936 and 1948 he never finished worse than fourth in nine starts, despite never winning the 500!

 2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:
1-Kody Swanson-390,
2-Tracy Hines-348,
3-Bobby East-336,
4-Chris Windom-288,
5-Jacob Wilson-240,
6-Jerry Coons Jr.-222,
7-Caleb Armstrong-200,
8-Dave Darland-173,
9-Tanner Swanson-165,
10-Christopher Bell-165

Aug 19
USAC"TONY BETTENHAUSEN 100" RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 7
DuQUOIN's "TED HORN 100" AUGUST 31

 From Dick Jordan USAC
   Track Enterprises and USAC officials have announced rescheduling of the "Tony Bettenhausen 100," which was interrupted by rain Saturday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, for Sunday afternoon, September 7.

 Rains began to fall as the cars were approaching the "one-to-go" signal is preparation for the 100-mile race on the one-mile dirt oval. Tracy Hines posted the fastest qualifying time to win the pole position, while Kody Swanson, the series point leader who has won all three dirt-track outings this season, had lined up on the outside of the front row in the 24-car starting field.

 A complete new program will face competitors at Springfield September 7, with practice at 10 am, qualifying and the 100-mile race on tap at 1:30 pm. Grandstand spectator gates open at 9 am. Tickets and pit passes from August 16 will be honored on September 7. Race fans wishing to secure tickets for the September 7 race can contact Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200 or at trackenterprises.com.

 "The Silver Crown Series is going in a positive direction," says series coordinator Andy Hillenburg. "With race organizer Bob Sargent's support we are delighted to be able to retain this marquee event for our fans and participants as we continue to strive for the prominence this series deserves."

 The "Ted Horn 100," round eight of the 2014 USAC Silver Crown Championship series, is slated August 31 at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds. The race continues a tradition dating back to 1948.

 Kody Swanson will take a 42-point lead over Tracy Hines into the DuQuoin event. Defending series champion Bobby East trails Hines by just 12 points in third.

 2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:
1-Kody Swanson-390,
2-Tracy Hines-348,
3-Bobby East-336,
4-Chris Windom-288,
5-Jacob Wilson-240,
6-Jerry Coons Jr.-222,
7-Caleb Armstrong-200,
8-Dave Darland-173,
9-Tanner Swanson-165,
10-Christopher Bell-165.



Aug 17
USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 16, 2014
 - Springfield, Illinois - Illinois State Fairgrounds - "Tony Bettenhausen 100"

  QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-30.646;
2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-30.835;
3. B East, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-30.965;
4. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-31.236;
5. Bryan Clauson, 20, Nolen-31.406;
6. Jerry Coons Jr., 98, RPM/Gormly-31.510;
7. Jon Stanbrough, 56, Fox-31.713;
8. Chris Windom, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-31.756;
9. Brady Bacon, 14, McQuinn-31.955;
10. Zach Daum, 5, Daum-32.213;
11. Shane Cockrum, 66, Hardy-32.489;
12. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-32.583;
13. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-32.925;
14. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-33.562;
15. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-33.796;
16. Steven Russell, 41, McQuinn-33.847;
17. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-33.891;
18. Caleb Armstrong, 9, Armstrong-34.044;
19. Randy Bateman, 55, Bateman-34.434;
20. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-34.550;
21. Terry James, 23, Satterhouse-34.619;
22. Jackie Burke, 86, Burke-35.628;
23. Chris Fetter, 88, Fetter-40.761;
24. Tiffany Wyzard, 30, King-NT;
25. Christopher Bell, 99, RPM/Gormly-NT.

  FEATURE: (100 Laps) RACE RAINED OUT
(Track Enterprises & USAC are discussing possible reschedule dates).

  NEW USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS:
1-K.Swanson-390,
2-Hines-348, 3-East-336,
4-Windom-288, 5-Wilson-240,
6-Coons-222,
7-Armstrong-200,
8-Darland-173,
9-T.Swanson & Bell-265.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN RACE: August 31
 - DuQuoin, IL - DuQuoin State Fairgrounds - "Ted Horn 100"

Aug 13
CLAUSON, BACON JOIN SPRINGFIELD SILVER CROWN FIELD
from Dick Jordan USAC
 Bryan Clauson and Brady Bacon, two of America's most talented open-wheel stars, are the latest drivers to join the field for this Saturday's "Tony Bettenhausen 100" USAC Silver Crown race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

 The expected field which could be the largest on dirt in three years will take the track for practice at 10 am Saturday, with a 100-mile race concluding the day's activities. The race is celebrating 80 years, having debuted in 1934, making it one of America's longest-running motorsports traditions.

  Clauson, of Noblesville, Ind., will return to the series for the first time in two years piloting an entry fielded by long-time car owner Gene Nolen of Edinburgh, Ind., who has also returned to the series after a brief absence. Clauson's last Silver Crown appearance was in October of 2012. Clauson's two previous series victories came in 2010 and 2012 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio and he was the 2010 series "Rookie of the Year."

 Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Okla., will make his series debut at Springfield piloting a car entered by Springfield natives Dennis and Dave McQuinn. Bacon currently stands second in the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car standings going into the August 21-23 "Sprint Car Smackdown" at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. McQuinn, a long-time series participant, will be seeking his first series win Saturday.

  Guiding Clauson's effort will be long-time chief mechanic and car owner Keith Kunz of Columbus, Ind., whose driver Cole Whitt won at Springfield in 2009 and Kyle Larson won at DuQuoin, Ill. in 2010. Kunz' Midget team is coming off a resounding victory by Rico Abreu at the famed Belleville (Kans.) Midget Nationals.

 Two-time Springfield winner (2012-2013) A.J. Fike will have his work cut out for him Saturday if he plans to become the second driver in 80 years to score a third straight victory. Chuck Gurney was the first in 1989-1990-1991.

 Challengers in addition to Clauson and Bacon include the following drivers who all have previous USAC National race wins in various series: Zach Daum, Jacob Wilson, Caleb Armstrong, Bobby East, Tracy Hines, Chris Windom, Dave Darland, Davey Ray, Russ Gamester, Jon Stanbrough, Kody Swanson, Chris Urish, John Heydenreich, Jerry Coons Jr. and Christopher Bell.

 Swanson currently leads the Silver Crown standings and has won all three previous 2104 races on dirt. Urish won last year's 100-miler at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds and Tracy Hines holds the one-lap Springfield track qualifying record of 122.846 mph.

 2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:
1-Kody Swanson-345,
2-Tracy Hines-300,
3-Bobby East-291,
4-Chris Windom-243,
5-Jacob Wilson-195,
6-Jerry Coons Jr.-177,
7-Tanner Swanson-165,
8-Bobby Santos-159,
9-Caleb Armtsrong-155,
10-David Byrne-147.

Aug 12
FIKE SEEKS 3RD STRAIGHT "TONY BETTENHAUSEN 100" SATURDAY
from Dick Jordan USAC
 Illinois driver A.J. Fike, of Galesburg, hopes to do something Saturday only one driver in the past 80 years has been able to do when the USAC Silver Crown Series returns to the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield for the "Tony Bettenhausen 100."

 Fike has won the past two runnings of the race, which dates back to 1934. Only Chuck Gurney, between 1989 and 1991, was able to string together three consecutive victories in the storied race.

 Last year Fike started from the pole, led the first seven miles, then wrestled the lead back from Chris Windom on the 93rd lap to secure the 100-lap win. Two years ago, Fike started fifth and ran down leader Levi Jones after 36 laps, then led the final 65 circuits for the victory.

 So far this year Fike has three "top-10s" in four starts. He's 14th in the latest Silver Crown point standings.

 Saturday's race is the seventh in this year's 10-race series and will prove pivotal in the title chase, with Kody Swanson holding a 45-point lead over Tracy Hines. Defending two-time champion Bobby East sits third in the standings, 54 points back of the leader with a maximum of 66 available Saturday.

  Hines holds the one-lap track qualifying record of 122.846 mph established in 2006. He finished fourth at Springfield last year but joins Dave Darland, Russ Gamester and Fike as former winners expected to compete Saturday. Darland is a three-time winner (1997, 1999 and 2003), while Gamester was the 1998 winner.

 Illinois drivers expected to compete Saturday in addition to Fike are Patrick Lawson of Edwardsville, Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Chris Windom of Canton, Jerry Bruce of Benton, Randy Bateman of Murphysboro, Shane Cockrum of Benton and Chris Urish of Elkhart.

 2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:
1-Kody Swanson-345,
2-Tracy Hines-300,
3-Bobby East-291,
4-Chris Windom-243,
5-Jacob Wilson-195,
6-Jerry Coons Jr.-177,
7-Tanner Swanson-165,
8-Bobby Santos-159,
9-Caleb Armtsrong-155,
10-David Byrne-147.


Aug 5
ENTRIES EXPECTED TO EXCEED 30-CAR STARTING FIELD
FOR "TONY BETTENHAUSEN 100" AUGUST 16 AT SPRINGFIELD;
SWANSON TAKES BELLEVILLE'S "HUSTLE ON THE HIGH BANKS"

from Dick Jordan USAC
 Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. enters the August 16 "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield with a 45-point lead over Tracy Hines in the UAC Silver Crown Championship series following his third victory of the season, last Friday at Belleville, Kansas.

 Swanson will lead a field of cars expected to eclipse the 30-car starting field. It could mark the largest Silver Crown field on dirt since the 2011 Hoosier Hundred in Indianapolis, Ind.

 Friday's "Hustle on the High Banks" 50-lapper at the Belleville High Banks saw Swanson catch Chris Windom on lap 45 and he led the final six laps around the half-mile oval in the Radio Hospital Maxim/Hampshire. Windom led the first 45 laps but encountered problems and was relegated to a ninth-place finish.

 Tracy Hines, the 2013 Belleville winner, finished second ahead of Christopher Bell, Bobby East and Dave Darland. Swanson was the fastest qualifier and the win was his third of the campaign.

 At Springfield, Swanson will try to improve on his seventh-place finish a year ago. Windom finished second last year at Springfield behind Illinois' A.J. Fike.

 2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:1-Kody Swanson-345, 2-Tracy Hines-300, 3-Bobby East-291, 4-Chris Windom-243, 5-Jacob Wilson-195, 6-Jerry Coons Jr.-177, 7-Tanner Swanson-165, 8-Bobby Santos-159, 9-Caleb Armtsrong-155, 10-David Byrne-147.


Aug 2
USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 1,
- Belleville, Kansas - Belleville High Banks - "Hustle on the High Banks"

from USAC
 QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-17.221;
2. Chris Windom, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-17.227;
3. Jerry Coons Jr., 98, RPM/Gormly-17.283;
4. Christopher Bell, 99, RPM/Gormly-17.324;
5. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-17.370;
6. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-17.414;
7. Caleb Armstrong, 9, Armstrong-17.772;
8. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-17.846;
9. C.J. Leary, 21, Team Six-R-18.149;
10. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-18.809;
11. Jake Simmons, 31, Simmons-19.277;
12. Grant Simpson, 96, Simpson-21.119;
13. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-NT;
14. Bobby East, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-NT;
15. Tim Barber, 28, Pierson-NT.

      FEATURE: (50 Laps)
1. Kody Swanson, 2. Tracy Hines,
3. Christopher Bell, 4. Bobby East,
5. Dave Darland, 6. Jerry Coons Jr.,
7. Chris Urish, 8. Jacob Wilson,
9. Chris Windom, 10. Jake Simmons,
11. Caleb Armstrong, 12. C.J. Leary,
13. Grant Simpson, 14. Davey Ray. 24:35.13


FEATURE LAP LEADERS:
Laps 1-44 Windom,
Lap 45-50 K.Swanson.

 NEW USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS:
1-K.Swanson-345,
2-Hines-300,
3-East-291,
4-Windom-243,
5-Wilson-195,
6-Coons-177,
7-Tanner Swanson-165,
8-Bobby Santos-159,
9-Armtsrong-155,
10-David Byrne-147.

 NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN RACE:
August 16 - Springfield, IL - Illinois State Fairgrounds
- "Tony Bettenhausen 100"

July 30
BELLEVILLE'S 2ND SILVER CROWN "HUSTLE ON THE HIGH BANKS" FRIDAY
100TH SILVER CROWN WINNER BYRNE GETS LAST-LAP JD BYRIDER WIN

from Dick Jordan USAC
 The second annual "Hustle on the High Banks" is on tap for the USAC Silver Crown Championship Series Friday night at the famed "Belleville High Banks" in Kansas. Tracy Hines is the defending race champion on the half-mile dirt oval which hosts this week's "Belleville Midget Nationals." The Silver Crown cars practice Thursday and race Friday, with a 50-lap main event.

 Hines enters the race 39 points behind Kody Swanson after a disappointing finish last Thursday night in the J.D. Byrider "Rich Vogler Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. Hines was involved in a tangle on lap 17 although his 19th-place finish kept him in the runner-up point slot.

 Defending two-time series champion Bobby East now sits third in the standings, just three point behind Hines going into Belleville. East, who was eighth at Indianapolis, is trying to become the first driver to earn three consecutive series titles.

 David Byrne of Shullsburg, Wisc. stunned the series with his victory at Indianapolis last Thursday. He passed Ryan Newman for second on lap 91 and caught leader Tanner Swanson (Newman's teammate) on the last lap for the victory. Bryne, driving the Truck Country Shullsburg/Bytec, Inc. Beast/Chevy, became the 100th different winner in the 44-year history of USAC's Silver Crown series.

 Fast qualifier Tanner Swanson, who had hoped for a third consecutive Indianapolis victory, ended up second ahead of brother Kody Swanson, Newman and Bobby Santos.

 Former USAC Silver Crown champion Ken Schrader started 12th and finished 10th in the 100-lap race.

 2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:1-Kody Swanson-282, 2-Tracy Hines-243, 3-Bobby East-240, 4-Chris Windom-204, 5-Tanner Swanson-165, 6-Bobby Santos-159, 7-Jacob Wilson-156, 8-David Byrne-147, 9-Jarett Andretti-139, 10-Jerry Coons Jr.-132.


July 25
USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (Presented by TRAXXAS) RACE RESULTS: July 24,  Brownsburg, Indiana - Lucas Oil Raceway @ Indianapolis -
"J.D. Byrider 100" - "Rich Vogler Classic"
from USAC

 QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Tanner Swanson, 11, Bowman-21.088;
2. Ryan Newman, 2, Bowman-21.142;
3. Bobby Santos, 98, RPM/Gormly-21.161;
4. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.165;
5. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-21.188;
6. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-21.214;
7. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-21.396;
8. Chris Windom, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-21.399;
9. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-21.453;
10. Bobby East, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-21.470;
11. Caleb Armstrong, 9, Armstrong-21.504;
12. K Schrader, 10k, Stewart/Curb-Agaj-21.540;
13. Kyle O'Gara, 27, RW-21.587;
14. Jarett Andretti, 4, Andretti-21.592;
15. C.J. Leary, 35, Ferns-21.785;
16. Cale Thomas, 92, Thomas-21.789;
17. Ryan Litt, 21, Team Six-R-22.021;
18. Davey Hamilton Jr., 60, Hamilton-22.083;
19. John Heydenreich, 90, Bank-22.096;
20. Chris Phillips, 99, RPM/Gormly-22.163;
21. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-22.186;
22. Davey Ray, 125, Sachs-22.480;
23. Jarid Blondel, 981, Blondel-23.769;
24. Patrick Lawson, 102, Lawson-24.054;
25. John Hunt, 81, Williams-NT.

 FEATURE: (100 laps)
1. David Byrne, 2. Tanner Swanson, 3. Kody Swanson, 4. Ryan Newman,
5. Bobby Santos, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Jacob Wilson, 8. Bobby East,
9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Ken Schrader, 11. Davey Hamilton Jr., 12. Chris Phillips,
13. Jerry Coons Jr., 14. Davey Ray, 15. Patrick Lawson, 16. Kyle O'Gara,
17. Caleb Armstrong, 18. Cale Thomas, 19. Tracy Hines, 20. C.J. Leary,
21. Ryan Litt, 22. John Heydenreich, 23. A.J. Fike, 24. Jarid Blondel. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS:
Laps 1-99 T.Swanson,
Lap 100 Byrne.

 NEW SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS:
1-K.Swanson-282,
2-Hines-243,
3-East-240,
4-Windom-204,
5-T.Swanson-165,
6-Santos-159,
7-Wilson-156,
8-Byrne-147,
9-Andretti-139,
10-Coons-132.

 NEXT SILVER CROWN RACE:
August 1 -Belleville (KS) High Banks -
"Hustle on the High Banks"



July 23
1999 USAC Champion Ryan Newman Enters Thursday Silver Crown Race


 RYAN NEWMAN JOINS "J.D. BYRIDER" LIST THURSDAY

 Newman, USAC's 1999 Silver Crown series champion, returns to the series for the first time since his 2011 appearance at LOR in which he finished eighth. He will pilot one of two entries for car owner Bowman Racing of Brownsburg, Ind. and will team with Tanner Swanson, the winner of USAC's last two Silver Crown races at the .686-mile paved oval.

 In 2010 Newman qualified for a front-row berth at LOR and led the opening lap but retired after 58 laps due to handling problems. His USAC career at the track includes five victories in Midgets (1997-1999) and one in the Silver Crown machines (1999). He was the 1999 series champion and three years earlier had been named the series "Rookie of the Year."

 The "J.D. Byrider 100" this year salutes the career of the late Rich Vogler, who amassed more USAC victories than any driver in history             Thursday's 100-lap race is the fifth in the 2014 Silver Crown series presented by TRAXXAS. Tanner Swanson (LOR) and Bobby Santos (Madison, Ill.) have earned pavement Silver crown victories so far this year.
 
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July 22

SCHRADER, STEWART TEAM UP FOR THURSDAY’S
J.D. BYRIDER “RICH VOGLER CLASSIC”

                                                                from USAC

Two USAC Silver Crown Champions will compete in Thursday night’s J.D. Byrider “Rich Vogler Classic” at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. piloting cars fielded by USAC Triple Crown driving champion Tony Stewart and Curb-Agajanian Motorsports. Both are former series champions but one has not competed in the series in 23 years!

Bobby East is the two-time defending series king and Ken Schrader won the title back in 1982, but remains one of America’s most active drivers.

The Stewart/Curb-Agajanian team owns a record 29 Silver Crown victories, the most recent by East at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado last year.

Schrader will be making his first Silver Crown appearance since 1991 at Phoenix, but his career includes a half-dozen victories, including two at the Indianapolis oval, in 1986 and 1989. His four other wins came at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio in 1983 and Phoenix International Raceway in 1987, 1989 and 1990.

Thursday night’s race is expected to attract a strong field of cars and drivers, including drivers from nine states and Canada. In addition to East and Schrader, former series champions Tracy Hines (2000), Jerry Coons Jr. (2008) and Dave Darland (1997) are in the field along with Canadian Ryan Litt and former Silver Crown winners A.J. Fike, Tanner Swanson, Chris Windom, Kody Swanson and Bobby Santos.

The Swanson brothers, Tanner and Kody, swept the top two spots in last May’s USAC “Hall of Fame Classic” at LOR and Tanner Swanson has won the last two Silver Crown races at the .686-mile paved oval.

Hines and Kody Swanson lead the series points entering the fifth round, tied at 228 points. East is 27 points behind in his bid to become the first driver to capture three consecutive series championships.

Drivers will be aiming at the late Jason Leffler’s one-lap track record of 121.667 mph. when qualifying starts at 7 pm, following practice at 6.


RYAN NEWMAN JOINS “J.D. BYRIDER” LIST FOR THURSDAY

                                                                                                                                                                    from USAC

Ryan Newman has joined the list of entered drivers for Thursday night’s “J.D. Byrider” Rich Vogler Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

Newman, USAC’s 1999 Silver Crown series champion, returns to the series for the first time since his 2011 appearance at LOR in which he finished eighth. He will pilot one of two entries for car owner Bowman Racing of Brownsburg, Ind. and will team with Tanner Swanson, the winner of USAC’s last two Silver Crown races at the .686-mile paved oval.

In 2010 Newman qualified for a front-row berth at LOR and led the opening lap but retired after 58 laps due to handling problems. His USAC career at the track includes five victories in Midgets (1997-1999) and one in the Silver Crown machines (1999). He was the 1999 series champion and three years earlier had been named the series “Rookie of the Year.”

The “J.D. Byrider 100” this year salutes the career of the late Rich Vogler, who amassed more USAC victories than any driver in history

Thursday’s 100-lap race is the fifth in the 2014 Silver Crown series presented by TRAXXAS. Tanner Swanson (LOR) and Bobby Santos (Madison, Ill.) have earned pavement Silver crown victories so far this year.


July 17

"STRONG" FIELD EXPECTED FOR "J.D. BYRIDER 100" AT LOR
from DICK JORDAN USAC
 Renewed enthusiasm in USAC's Silver Crown Championship Series presented by TRAXXAS has resulted in what promises to be a strong field of cars for the July 24 J.D. Byrider "Rich Vogler Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind.

 Highlighted by defending series champion Bobby East and former USAC Champion Ken Schrader piloting cars entered by Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, the field already includes a number of USAC Champions and could, by race time, include additional notable stars.

 Following the 19-car field at Lucas Oil Raceway in May, several additional car owners have committed to compete in the July 24 race. That comes amid a strong and focused effort by USAC and new series coordinator Andy Hillenburg to augment the car counts on both the pavement and dirt races in 2014 and beyond.

 Defending J.D. Byrider champion Tanner Swanson, who also won this year's USAC "Hall of Fame" Classic at LOR, is among early entries for round five of the series. He is joined by drivers from nine states and Canada who will compete in the 100-lap race on the .686-mile paved oval.

 Drivers Kody Swanson and Bobby Santos, both already winners in the 2014 Silver Crown series, are also in the field, along with Tracy Hines, the winningest USAC driver in LOR history, plus current "Indiana Sprint Week" point leader Dave Darland and ISW point runner-up Chris Windom.

 Throw in Canadian standout Ryan Litt, Sprint car standout C.J. Leary and leading west coast Midget rookie Jarid Blondel and the return to Silver Crown competition of long-time car owner Gene Nolen and his driver, USAC Triple Crown Champion Jerry Coons Jr., and you have what amounts to a versatile field certain to produce a spectacular race.

  "We are really excited as this race builds toward what we expect to be a stellar field of cars and drivers," says USAC President Kevin Miller. While acknowledging the increased interest in the Silver Crown series, he also points out that the decline in terms of Midget pavement participation has led to removing that portion of the originally-scheduled double-header. "We want to make sure this event represents the type of quality entertainment our race fans deserve, hence our decision to exclude the Midgets from this event."

 Drivers will be challenging the late Jason Leffler's one-lap track qualifying record of 121.667 mph during the July 24 activities.

--USAC--


July 1
J.D. BYRIDER 100 & "VOGLER CLASSIC" AT IRP JULY 24
MEMPHIS 100 POSTPONED BY RAIN

from DICK JORDAN USAC

 Tracy Hines and Kody Swanson will carry their tie for the USAC Silver Crown point lead into the July 24 "J.D. Byrider 100" in Indianapolis, Ind. following last Sunday's postponement at Memphis International Raceway due to rain.
  Torrential rains on Saturday and Sunday forced the Memphis postponement with track and USAC officials contemplating a rescheduling of the event later in the 2014 calendar. NASCAR star Ricky Stenhouse Jr., a Memphis-area native, was among those expected to compete at MIR.
   So now Hines and Swanson will enter the race at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis July 24 with a 27-point cushion over defending series champion Bobby East.
   Swanson won the Indianapolis race in May, while East was second and Hines third.

 2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:
1-Tracy Hines-228,
2-Kody Swanson-228,
3-Bobby East-201,
4-Chris Windom-158,
5-Jacob Wilson-114,
6-Bobby Santos-111,
7-A.J. Fike-109,
8-Jerry Coons Jr.-105,
9-Caleb Armstrong-105,
10-Jarett Andretti-103.
June  2014

June 30
RAIN & STORMS FORCE MEMPHIS POSTPONEMENT
Millington, TN........Torrential rain and continuing storms Sunday morning have forced postponement of the "Memphis 100" USAC Silver Crown Championship race scheduled at Memphis International Raceway. Track officials and USAC are investigating possible rescheduling dates later in the 2014 calendar for the race, which would be the first appearance of the series at MIR in 10 years.


June 24
MEMPHIS SERVES AS SILVER CROWN "TIE-BREAKER" SUNDAY
 from DICK JORDAN USAC
A rare tie for the USAC Silver Crown Championship point lead exists entering this Sunday afternoon's "Memphis 100" at Memphis International Raceway in Millington, Tenn.

 Drivers Tracy Hines and Kody Swanson each have 228 points and are 27 points ahead of defending two-time series champion Bobby East in the latest tally after four races.

 Round five at Memphis includes not only the battle for the series lead but the first USAC appearance in the series in six years of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who hails from nearby Olive Branch, Miss.

 Stenhouse has obviously assembled some racing stellar credentials, including the most recent successes in NASCAR competition, but he'll return to his "roots" for Sunday's race piloting a car entered by local car owners RE Technologies.

 Hines is one of four drivers who have competed in all four previous Memphis USAC Silver Crown outings (1998-1999-2000 and 2004). He was second behind race winner Brian Tyler in 2000. The other three drivers who competed in all four are current series competitor Dave Darland, Russ Gamester and two-time Memphis winner and track record holder Dave Steele. Steele's one-lap track record up for grabs Sunday is 129.789 mph.

 Bobby Santos and Tanner Swanson have each won races this year, but Kody Swanson has a pair of wins, one on pavement and one on dirt.

 It's been eight years since USAC competed in the Volunteer State but East won one of the 2004 events, a Sprint race at Nashville. He'll try to overtake the point leaders this weekend on his way to what would be a third consecutive title. In four starts this season he has a second, third, fourth and ninth.

 East could become the first driver in the 44-year history to win three consecutive Silver Crown championships.

 Sunday's practice begins at 10 am, followed by qualifying at 11:30. The race gets the green flag at 2 pm.

 2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:
1-Tracy Hines-228,
 2-Kody Swanson-228,
3-Bobby East-201,
4-Chris Windom-158,
5-Jacob Wilson-114,
6-Bobby Santos-111,
7-A.J. Fike-109,
8-Jerry Coons Jr.-105,
9-Caleb Armstrong-105,
10-Jarett Andretti-103.


June 20
SILVER CROWN AT MEMPHIS INTERNATIONAL JUNE 29;
SANTOS WINS GATEWAY BY A HALF-CAR LENGTH

 from DICK JORDAN  USAC
Memphis International Raceway in Millington, Tenn. hosts round five of the 2014 USAC Silver Crown Championship Series June 29 and Tracy Hines and Kody Swanson will battle for the point lead in the 100-lap race. Those two drivers exited Saturday's 100-mile race at Madison, Ill. in a tie for the lead, 27 points ahead of defending two-time series champion Bobby East,

 Bobby Santos of Franklin, Mass. won Saturday's "Gateway 100" USAC Silver Crown Championship race at Gateway Motorsports Park but the margin of victory in the PRM Auto Enterprise Beast/Mopar wasn't what he hoped it would be.

 Leading by a wide margin most of the race, he eked out a half-car length advantage over ProSource fast qualifier and pole winner Hines at the checkered flag! Santos admitted that "the car was coughing on the lap 93 restart and I'm not sure if we could have led another lap. Admittedly the yellow for John Andretti's magneto issue helped us save just enough."

 Attrition left numerous competitors on the sidelines as five cars finished the race, with Bobby East third, Caleb Armstrong fourth and Kody Swanson fifth. Early leader Tanner Swanson fell victim to transmission troubles after 20 laps, yielding the lead to Santos, who led the final 60 laps. East led the first four.

 Hines was the ProSource fast qualifier, a $200 bonus, while Kody Swanson, from 12th to 5th, earned the $200 hard charger award posted by Dr. Jim Logan.

 The race at Memphis will be the fifth for the series at that 3/4-mile paved oval. Dave Steele won races there in 1998 and 2004, while Brad Noffsinger was the 1999 winner and Brian Tyler won there in 2000.

 2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:1-Tracy Hines-228, 2-Kody Swanson-228, 3-Bobby East-201, 4-Chris Windom-158, 5-Jacob Wilson-114, 6-Bobby Santos-111, 7-A.J. Fike-109, 8-Jerry Coons Jr.-105, 9-Caleb Armstrong-105, 10-Jarett Andretti-103.

 

 STENHOUSE "COMES HOME" FOR "MEMPHIS 100" JUNE 29
from DICK JORDAN USAC
 NASCAR star Ricky Stenhouse Jr. of Olive Branch, Miss. will return to his home region June 29 to compete in the "Memphis 100" USAC Silver Crown Championship race at Memphis International Raceway in Millington, Tenn.

  He hasn't competed in the Silver Crown cars since 2008 when he took fourth in the "Ted Horn 100" for car owner RE Technologies of Memphis, who will field the car for him in the June 29 race. RE Technologies owns four Silver Crown victories with drivers Stenhouse and Cameron Dodson.

 "I am really looking forward to racing at Memphis and driving the RE Technologies car," stated Ricky Stenhouse Jr. "I drove for Roger Johnson and Chris Santucci early in my career and they have helped me tremendously. The last time I raced a Silver Crown Series car on asphalt was in 2006 so it should be a lot of fun. This is my home track, where I first ran a go-kart so I'm looking forward to getting back there and racing again."

 The appearance will be the first for Stenhouse in USAC competition since the 2008 "4-Crown Nationals" Midget event, one which he'd like to forget. Despite leading a few laps, he stopped and was relegated to the back of the pack on a restart. In the ensuing laps he raced toward the front, only to end up flipping down the backstretch late in the race."

 In 14 previous Silver Crown starts between 2006 and 2008 Ricky scored victories for RE Technologies at the 2007 opener at Manzanita Park in Phoenix, Ariz. and for Tony Stewart Racing in the "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

  Ricky's only previous pavement Silver Crown appearance came in 2008 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis where he ended up a disappointing 17th.

  One of USAC's most versatile drivers, Ricky earned USAC Sprint Car and Midget "Rookie of the Year" honors in 2007. The only other drivers to accomplish that feat in a single season were Darren Hagen in 2005 and Chad Boat in 2008.

  Stenhouse burst on the NASCAR scene and quickly made his mark by winning the Nationwide Series "Rookie of the Year" honors in 2010. He backed that up by winning the Nationwide Series Championship the next two years! Last year he claimed the Sprint Cup "Rookie of the Year."

 This year Stenhouse ranks 23rd so far in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings for car owner Roush Fenway Racing.

  The Memphis Silver Crown race is round five of the 2014 series. Drivers Tracy Hines and Kody Swanson enter the race in a tie for the series points lead. Swanson has won twice, while brother Tanner Swanson and Bobby Santos all have scored victories.

 Purchase your tickets in advance on www.racemir.com for the "Memphis 100 with Ricky Stenhouse Jr." and receive $5 off of adult general admission and pit passes. Also, available for advance purchase is the family four-pack which includes admission for two adults, two children and a free hot dog and small beverage for each family member for $60. Tickets the day of the race are available at the gate and are $25 for adults, $40 for a pit pass and children 12 and under are $10.

 For more information or questions regarding the "Memphis 100 with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.", please visit www.racemir.com or call (901) WOW-Race.

 2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:1-Tracy Hines-228, 2-Kody Swanson-228, 3-Bobby East-201, 4-Chris Windom-158, 5-Jacob Wilson-114, 6-Bobby Santos-111, 7-A.J. Fike-109, 8-Jerry Coons Jr.-105, 9-Caleb Armstrong-105, 10-Jarett Andretti-103.


June 8
ULTIMATE "TRADITIONAL" SILVER CROWN RECORD IN JEOPARDY AT GATEWAY?
from DICK JORDAN USAC
 USAC Silver Crown point leader Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. hopes to replace the record he already owns for the fastest qualifying run in "traditional" Silver Crown history when the series visits Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. June 14.

 Discounting the records established by the pavement-specialty cars which competed during the years 2006-2007, Swanson's record of 146.212 mph at Iowa Speedway in 2012 still stands. Last year Chris Windom won the pole at Gateway with a scintillating lap of 144.778.

 Swanson has won two of this year's Silver Crown races (Terre Haute and Indianapolis), while his brother Tanner won at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis in May, giving the Swanson family a clean sweep of the three races contested so far.

 Kody finished second to race winner Bobby Santos in last year's 100-mile Gateway race, his first attempt at the 1.25-mile paved oval.

 Tracy Hines and Brian Tyler are the only two drivers to have competed in all six previous USAC Silver Crown races at Gateway, dating back to 1997. Hines, who ranks second to Swanson in the 2014 standings, has a win and two seconds, while Tyler, who is still seeking a series ride for 2014, had a fourth and fifth in the most recent races.

 The race continues a great tradition of USAC racing in the St. Louis area with Silver Crown regular Christopher Bell of Norman, Okla. winning a USAC Midget race in May at Belle Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill.

 Tickets are on sale for the June 14 doubleheader, featuring the USAC Silver Crown cars and the Drivin' for Linemen 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, by calling the Gateway ticket office at (618) 215-8888, ext. 101.
--USAC--
May 28 2014
SWANSONS EYE 4TH STRAIGHT IN "GATEWAY 100" ON FLAG DAY JUNE 14
from DICK JORDAN
  Flag Day, June 14, brings the USAC Silver Crown Championship Cars to Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis for a 100-mile race expected to be pivotal in the battle for the 2014 title. The weekend at Gateway also includes the NASCAR Camping World Track Series.

 If past precedent is any indicator, the name Swanson might be emblazoned on the winner's trophy at the end of the day. So far this year a Swanson has won every race on the calendar.

 Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. is the series point leader after winning last Thursday night's "Hoosier Hundred" in Indianapolis, Ind. and the April 6 "Sumer Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. His brother, Tanner, won the May 17 USAC "Hall of Fame Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.

 The last time a name dominated the series was when Jack Hewitt swept four straight races during the 1986 series.

 Kody Swanson finished second in last year's thrilling finish at Gateway behind race winner Bobby Santos. Tanner has never competed at Gateway.

  The June 14 appearance will be the series' seventh at the 1.25-mile paved oval in Madison, Ill., in the shadow of the famed Gateway Arch. Pat Abold won the 1997 opener, while J.J. Yeley won in 1998, Ryan Newman in 1999, Tracy Hines in 2000 and Dave Steele in 2001 before the series returned there last year.

 Hines is the only driver to have started all six previous Gateway Silver Crown races, posting a victory, two seconds and a fifth.

 The race continues a great tradition of USAC racing in the St. Louis area which includes 95 total races in various racing series dating back to 1960.

 Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. established the track qualifying record of 144.778 mph last year, while Santos holds the 100-mile race record of 120.118 mph.

 In addition to Windom, Illinois drivers A.J. Fike of Galesburg and Shane Cockrum of Benton are also expected to be in competition.

 Once again, the name Swanson tops the chart, with Kody owning the ultimate series speed mark of 146.212 mph at Iowa Speedway in 2012 (discounting the generational pavement cars which raced in the late 2000s).

--USAC--


May 27 2014
GATEWAY NEXT FOR SILVER CROWN
SWANSONS 3-FOR-3 AS KODY TAKES "HOOSIER HUNDRED"

from DICK JORDAN USAC
 Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. hosts round four of the 2014 USAC Silver Crown Championship Series June 14 and if past precedent is any indicator a driver named Swanson will probably end up in victory lane.

 Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. claimed his second win of the young season Thursday night at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, winning the prestigious "Hoosier Hundred" on the mile dirt oval. He earlier won the series opening race at Terre Haute, Ind. April 6, while brother Tanner claimed the May 17 USAC "Hall of Fame Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.

 Thursday's victory in the DePalma Motorsports Radio Hospital Maxim/Hampshire leaves Kody holding a 12-point lead in the new standings over runner-up Tracy Hines, the pole winner at the "Hoosier Hundred" and third-place finisher.

  Defending series champion Bobby East took second Thursday after leading the first 77 laps of the race. Swanson led the final 23 laps after wresting the lead from East on lap 78.

 Thursday's race was halted on lap 30 when John Hunt flipped in turn three. He escaped injury.

 The June 14 Gateway race is held in conjunction with the track's NASCAR Camping World Truck race and it marks the seventh appearance of USAC's Silver Crown cars at the Illinois oval. Bobby Santos won last year's race there, while previous Gateway winners include Dave Steele in 2001, Hines in 2000, Ryan Newman in 1999, J.J. Yeley in 1998 and Pat Abold in 1997.

 2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:
1-Kody Swanson-180,
2-Tracy Hines-168,
3-Bobby East-147,
4-Chris Windom-120,
5-A.J. Fike-108,
6-Jerry Coons Jr.-105,
7-Zach Daum-93,
8-Shane Cockrum-93,
9-Jacob Wilson-87,
10-Christopher Bell-81.



May 23 2014
SWANSONS ARE UNSTOPPABLE; KODY WINS "HOOSIER HUNDRED


Kody Swanson is joined by crew chief Bob Hampshire. Rich Forman Photo

from USAC
Indianapolis, Indiana…….After three Silver Crown Series events this season, the scoreboard reads “Swanson Family: 3, Everybody Else: 0.” Point-leader Kody Swanson scored his second victory of the season on Thursday night as he came on to take the lead on lap 78 and win the “Hoosier Hundred” at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

“I’m not even sure if I know what to think about all this. This is something special. You come out here and just try to do your job and perform for your team without ever really thinking about this moment. This whole team is quite a story. My deal with them started with a pavement car out in a barn where they could have left it sitting forever. It’s just an amazing group of people from the DePalma family to (crew chief) Bob Hampshire to Clark and everybody else who comes and helps us,” said an elated Swanson on the famous fronstretch.

Bobby East led from outside the front row, although the original start ended when Jon Stanbrough got turned around in turn-one and Dakota Jackson ended up as the unlucky recipient of a meeting with the turn-one concrete. His race was over, but Stanbrough restarted.

East led and opened up a comfortable margin as Swanson quickly made his way from eighth into fourth within the first ten laps. Shortly after, Caleb Armstrong got into the turn-four wall just after Swanson had passed him for third. His night was done.

The race hit a longer green run as East led Hines, Swanson, Shane Cockrum, and Chris Windom. A red flag stopped the action on lap 30, however, as John Hunt turned over in turn-three. He walked away.

Two-time race winner Jerry Coons, Jr. joined the top-five as they broke away from the field during a 34-lap green run that saw East open up a commanding lead. Swanson moved in on Hines for second using a lapped car, but he made contact which forced a caution on lap 63.

The race restarted with 34 laps to go, and Coons made a big move into turn-one to take a top-five spot. Then, Swanson jumped to the higher groove and went to work on Hines, taking the second spot on lap 73. With clear track between him and East, the gap was shrinking rapidly, and Swanson went to the outside of East entering turn-one on lap 78 to take the lead.

From there, Swanson was untouchable, winning by 4.148 seconds aboard the DePalma Motorsports – Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire.

“I felt like I messed up qualifying and told my guys I owed them some spots early. It was important to get those spots early. I was good for a while and stayed with Tracy, and then I’d have trouble keeping up. I knew if I was gonna get anything done, I’d have to get creative. Luckily, they pinched down more and I was using the outside, especially in turn-two,” Swanson said, further explaining his assault on the lead, “After working so hard to get Tracy. The closer we got to Bobby, the more he protected the bottom, and that probably helped a little. I got a good run to catch up to him, and I kinda thought I’d try the top and use my momentum to go after him quickly. I got a run to the outside and it stuck.”

East easily held on for second in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Chevy Performance #10 Maxim/Kistler, while Hines rounded out the podium in the Lightfoot Racing – Hughs Brothers#16 Beast/Chevy. Coons ended his strong run by climbing from 14th to fourth in the Fred Gormly – RPM Auto Enterprise #98 DRC/Mopar, and Windom rounded out the top-five in the RW/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Driven Racing Oil #17 Beast/Wallace Toyota.

USAC SILVER CROWN RACE RESULTS: May 22, 2014 – Indianapolis, Indiana – Indiana State Fairgrounds – “Hoosier Hundred”

QUALIFYING: 1. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-36.266; 2. Bobby East, 10, Stewart/Curb-36.759; 3. Shane Cockrum, 66, Hardy-37.028; 4. Caleb Armstrong, 9, Armstrong-37.048; 5. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-37.112; 6. Chris Windom, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-37.181; 7. Jon Stanbrough, 56, Foxco-37.233; 8. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-37.316; 9. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-37.471; 10. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-37.689; 11. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-37.693; 12. Zach Daum, 5, Daum-37.705; 13. Christopher Bell, 21, Team SixR-37.817; 14. Jerry Coons Jr., 98, RPM/Gormly-37.909; 15. Jarett Andretti, 14, McQuinn-38.070; 16. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-38.092; 17. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-38.114; 18. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-38.352; 19. Dakota Jackson, 33, Jackson-38.582; 20. John Hunt, 91, Hunt-38.721; 21. Andrew Felker, 30, King-38.757; 22. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-38.863; 23. Randy Bateman, 55, Bateman-39.141; 24. Joe Liguori, 99, RPM/Gormly-39.338; 25. Jake Simmons, 31, Simmons-40.238; 26. Taylor Ferns, 35, Ferns-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Bobby East, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 5. Chris Windom, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Aaron Pierce, 8. Chris Urish, 9. A.J. Fike, 10. Christopher Bell, 11. Joe Liguori, 12. Shane Cockrum, 13. Davey Ray, 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Jarett Andretti, 17. Randy Bateman, 18. Jacob Wilson, 19. Patrick Lawson, 20. Jake Simmons, 21. Russ Gamester, 22. John Hunt, 23. Caleb Armstrong, 24. Andrew Felker, 25. Dakota Jackson. NT

**Hunt flipped on lap 30 of the Feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-77 East. Laps 78-100 Swanson.

NEW SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1-Swanson-180, 2-Hines-168, 3-East-147, 4-Windom-120, 5-Fike-108, 6-Coons-105, 7-Daum-93, 8-Cockrum-93, 9-Wilson-87, 10-Bell-81.

NEXT SILVER CROWN SERIES RACE: June 14 – Madison, Illinois – Gateway Motorsports Park


May 20 2-014
"HOOSIER HUNDRED" THURSDAY IN INDIANAPOLIS;

VIRTUOSO PERFORMANCE FOR TANNER SWANSON IN HoF 100
from DICK JORDAN USAC
    Once again, USAC's Silver Crown Championship Series will try to crown a 100th different feature winner when the tradition-rich "Hoosier Hundred" unfolds Thursday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

 There have been 99 different winners since the series debuted in 1971 and Tanner Swanson's victory in last Saturday night's USAC "Hall of Fame Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis did nothing to change that total.

 Swanson, of Kingsburg, Calif., stunned the Lucas Oil Raceway attendees Saturday night with one of the most spectacular USAC Silver Crown performances of all time, leading all 100 laps of the USAC "Hall of Fame Classic" in his Bowman Racing Banjo Corporation Beast/Chevy.

 In the closing laps his bid to complete lapping every car in the field was thwarted by a yellow flag, as his brother Kody Swanson, who started dead last after failing to post a qualifying time, held off Tanner to save the night and on the lap 99 restart he actually made an attempt to overhaul Tanner, but to no avail. The win was Tanner's second straight win at LOR, leading the final 86 laps of last July's 100-lapper there. It also marked the second time that brothers had finished 1-2 in a USAC Silver Crown race. The two Swansons turned the trick in 2010 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich.

 David Byrne, who ran second much of the race, took third at the checkered flag, with Tracy Hines fourth and Bobby Santos fifth. Kody's finish enabled him to retain the series point lead by nine over Hines going into this Thursday night's "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Saturday's race was slowed by only two cautions, the first when Caleb Armstrong lost a wheel in turn three on lap 15 and the last when Jarett Andretti's car stalled on the front stretch on lap 95.

 Saturday's festivities included the annual USAC "Hall of Fame" inductions, which saluted Rollie Beale, George Bignotti, Don Branson, Larry Dickson, Gus Hoffman, Jud Larson, Norm Nelson, Eddie Sachs, Don Smith, Bob Stroud, Rodger Ward and Bob Wente.

  Thursday's 100-mile race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds continues a tradition started in 1953.

  Former race winners expected to compete Thursday include three-time winner Dave Darland and two-time winner Jerry Coons Jr.

  Kody Swanson enters the race with a nine-point lead over Tracy Hines in the series standings. Defending series champion Bobby East is third in points and none the three have ever won the Hoosier Hundred.

 2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:
1-Kody Swanson-120,
2-Tracy Hines-111,
3-Bobby East-87,
4-Chris Windom-72,
5-A.J. Fike-72,
6-Jacob Wilson-70,
7-Tanner Swanson-66,
8-Shane Cockrum-64,
9-John Hunt-59,
10-Jerry Coons Jr.-54.


May 18 2014
USAC's THURSDAY NIGHT THUNDER IS TRULY BACK IN INDIANA!!!



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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (Presented by TRAXXAS) RACE RESULTS: May 17 Brownsburg, Indiana - Lucas Oil Raceway @ Indianapolis - "USAC Hall of Fame Classic"
 from USAC
      QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Tanner Swanson, 11, Swanson-20.822;
2. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-20.934;
3. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.155;
4. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-21.211;
5. Bobby Santos, 98, RPM/Gormly-21.284;
6. Taylor Ferns, 35, Ferns-21.306;
7. Caleb Armstrong, 9, Armstrong-21.363;
8. C Windom, 17, R/C-Agajanian-21.409;
9. Kyle O'Gara, 27, RW-21.493;
10. Jarett Andretti, 4, Andretti-21.523;
11. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-21.690;
12. Bobby East, 10, S/C-Agajanian-21.764;
13. S Cockrum, 66, Hardy/Amati-22.003;
14. Cale Thomas, 92, Thomas-22.252;
15. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-24.259;
16. John Hunt, 81, Williams-28.494;
17. Christopher Bell, 21, Team Six-R-NT;
18. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-NT;
19. Dave Darland, 15, Logan-NT.

 FEATURE: (100 laps)
1. Tanner Swanson, 2. Kody Swanson,
3. David Byrne, 4. Tracy Hines,
5. Bobby Santos, 6. Chris Windom,
7. Kyle O'Gara, 8. Jacob Wilson,
9. Bobby East, 10. A.J. Fike,
11. Taylor Ferns, 12. Cale Thomas,
13. Chris Bell, 14. Jarett Andretti,
15. John Hunt, 16. Caleb Armstrong,
17. Shane Cockrum, 18. Davey Ray. NT
(Dave Darland (#15 Logan-DNS).

FEATURE LAP LEADERS:
Laps 1-100 T.Swanson.

 NEW SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1-K.Swanson-120,
2-Hines-111,
3-East-87,
4-Windom-72,
5-Fike-72,
6-Wilson-70,
7-T.Swanson-66,
8-Cockrum-64,
9-Hunt-59,
10-Jerry Coons Jr.-54.

 NEXT SILVER CROWN RACE: May 22 - Indianapolis, IN
 - Indiana State Fairgrounds - "Hoosier Hundred"


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May 14 2014
ONE OF AMERICA'S RACING GEMS - THE HOOSIER HUNDRED!
RETURNS TO THE INDIANA STATE FAIRGROUNDS MAY 22

from DICK JORDAN USAC
 Rain interrupted last year's change of date for the traditional "Hoosier Hundred" in Indianapolis, Ind. Originally scheduled for a departure from the normal Friday night tradition, the race was rained out on Thursday night and held on Friday. This year, the Thursday night date has been re-instituted to minimize conflicts with other "race-week" events in central Indiana.

 Opening the four-day barrage of motorsports events in the racing capital, the 100-mile USAC Silver Crown Championship race on the historic one-mile oval has a checkered history not unlike the Indianapolis 500. As a matter of fact, Indianapolis 500 winners Bob Sweikert, Jimmy Bryan, Rodger Ward, A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Mario Andretti and Al Unser all have their names engraved on the Wolcott Cup, emblematic of victory in the Hoosier Hundred.

 The Indiana State Fairgrounds actually hosted a 100-mile National Championship race in 1946 won by Rex Mays, but the Hoosier Hundred tradition began seven years later when Sweikert emerged the winner in a four-car blanket finish.

 The ensuing years have produced some of America's most revered motorsports memories, including last year's emotional victory by Levi Jones after years of trying to win. Jones actually led 99 laps of the 2006 race before eventually finishing second to teammate Josh Wise.

 This year's race is round three of an 11-race series schedule incorporating both dirt and paved ovals. The series will be coming off the May 17 USAC "Hall of Fame Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway where 12 inductees will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame.

 The two races five nights apart will certainly have a profound impact on the 2014 points race.

 Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. captured the April 6 "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, positioning him atop the early series standings. He was fourth in the 2010 Hoosier Hundred after starting 35th and finished fifth in 2012.

 Former race winners Dave Darland and Jerry Coons Jr. will return to try to grab yet another victory on the mile oval.

 The Hoosier Lottery Grandstand opens at 3 p.m. on May 22 for the Hoosier Hundred with practice at 5 p.m., qualifying at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. UMP modifieds will also race. To purchase tickets, please call 217.764.3200. For more information go to www.trackenterprises.com or www.hoosier100.
--USAC-



May 13 2014
SANTOS READY TO DEFEND "HALL OF FAME" CLASSIC TITLE
from DICK JORDAN USAC
 Bobby Santos of Franklin, Mass. is the defending champion of this Saturday's USAC "Hall of Fame Classic" Silver Crown Championship race at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. He won the 2012 inaugural while last year's race fell to the elements.

 Santos will be starting his 30th career Silver Crown race and has four victories to his credit, including the 2012 Lucas Oil 100-lapper. Three of those wins came at Lucas Oil, in 2009 and twice in 2012, while his latest triumph came in last year's race at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill.

 Saturday he'll face a formidable field, which includes former Silver Crown race winners A.J. Fike, Bobby East, Tanner Swanson, Tracy Hines, Chris Windom and Kody Swanson. Tanner Swanson won last year's July race at Lucas Oil Raceway.

 The third scheduled "Hall of Fame Classic" also includes the third annual induction ceremony for USAC's Hall of Fame, which began in 2012. This year's inductees include two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rodger Ward, drivers Rollie Beale, Don Branson, Larry Dickson, Jud Larson, Norm Nelson, Eddie Sachs and Bob Wente, official Bob Stroud, mechanic George Bignotti, car owner Gus Hoffman and race organizer Don Smith.

 Kody Swanson is the 2014 USAC Silver Crown point leader, the series presented by TRAXXAS. Swanson won the Sumar Classic at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in April and has a three-point lead over Tracy Hines, who owns more Lucas Oil Raceway USAC wins than any ever driver in history. His 13 wins there include a 2010 Silver Crown 100-lapper.

 2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:
1-Kody Swanson-63,
2-Tracy Hines-60,
3-Jerry Coons Jr.-54,
4-Bobby East-51,
5-Zach Daum-48,
6-Shane Cockrum-45,
7-Dave Darland-42,
8-A.J. Fike-39, 9
-John Hunt-36,
10-Joe Liguori-33.


May 9 2014
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 from DICK JORDAN/JOHN SUPINE USAC
 The legendary Hoosier Hundred serves as the kickoff to the nation's biggest motorsports weekend. One of America's most prestigious dirt-track motorsports events, the 100-lap Hoosier Hundred for USAC Silver Crown cars will bring wheel-to-wheel action to pull the crowd to its feet at the Indiana State Fairground's one-mile dirt track in Indianapolis on Thursday, May 22.

 Race promoter Bob Sargent, who also organizes Silver Crown races at Terre Haute, Ind., plus Springfield, Ill., and DuQuoin, Ill., made the switch to the Thursday event last season from the traditional Friday race because of a change in schedule at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Thursday running of the Hoosier Hundred allows the race to become the grand opening of the nation's best auto racing weekend by reducing conflicts with events surrounding the Indianapolis 500.

 By running the Hoosier Hundred on Thursday, fans now may enjoy the dirt track race before heading to Carburetion Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the following day. Also, this will allow Track Enterprises to work closely with the local race tracks in the area by not running on the same night.

 "We're into our second year of building a new tradition with the Hoosier Hundred kicking off a huge race weekend in Indianapolis by racing on Thursday night at the Indiana State Fairgrounds,'' Sargent said. "It adds another day to an already action packed schedule surrounding the Indianapolis 500.''

 The Hoosier Hundred dates back to 1953 and began as a September event. It moved to May and had been a Friday fixture for many years. This year, it's part of the 11-race USAC Silver Crown Championship Series, which began in April and ends in October.

 Last season, Levi Jones won the Hoosier Hundred to end the three-peat hopes of Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. Coons aimed to become the third driver to win three in a row. Al Unser won four straight from 1970-1973 and Jimmy Bryan won from 1954-1956.

 Over the years, the Hoosier Hundred has served as the perfect complement to the Indy 500, and the race still reminds long-time Indy 500 fans of the country's racing roots on dirt tracks. Seven winners of the Hoosier Hundred have also won the Indy 500, led by A.J. Foyt, who won the Hoosier Hundred six times and the Indy 500 four times.Thus, the historic one-mile dirt oval at the fairgrounds complex is known as the Track of Champions.

 The Hoosier Lottery Grandstand opens at 3 p.m. on May 22 for the Hoosier Hundred with practice at 5 p.m., qualifying at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. UMP modifieds will also race. To purchase tickets, please call 217.764.3200. For more information go to www.trackenterprises.com or www.hoosier100.

 --USAC-

April 8 2014
"HALL OF FAME CLASSIC" MAY 17 IN INDIANAPOLIS
SWANSON LEADS ALL BUT 2 LAPS TO WIN "SUMAR CLASSIC"

from DICK JORDAN USAC
 The May 17 USAC "Hall of Fame Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. is round two of the 2014 USAC Silver Crown Series and will feature the 12 new inductions into USAC's Hall of Fame.

 Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. will take a three-point lead over Tracy Hines into the May 17 race as a result of his victory in Sunday's "Sumar Classic" 100-lap race at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

 Swanson started second in the race next to pole-starter Hines and proceeded to lead the first 35 laps in his Radio Hospital Maxim/Hampshire. He relinquished the lead to Chris Windom on a restart for lap 36 and Hines led lap 37 before Swanson returned to the front to lead the final 63 laps for the victory.

 Hines took second at the checkered flag ahead of Jerry Coons Jr., Bobby East and Zach Daum.

  Rounding out the "top-10" were Shane Cockrum, Dave Darland, A.J. Fike, John Hunt and Joe Liguori.

 The victory was Swanson's fourth in Silver Crown competition, meaning that the search for the series' 100th different race winner will continue on May 17 at Indianapolis.

 2014 USAC Silver Crown Standings:
1-Kody Swanson-63,
2-Tracy Hines-60,
3-Jerry Coons Jr.-54,
4-Bobby East-51,
5-Zach Daum-48,
6-Shane Cockrum-45,
7-Dave Darland-42,
8-A.J. Fike-39,
9-John Hunt-36,
10-Joe Liguori-33


April 7 2014
USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (Presented by TRAXXAS) RACE RESULTS:
 April 6, 2014 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - "Sumar Classic"

SWANSON STOMPS SUMAR CLASSIC SILVER CROWN FIELD AT TERRE HAUTE 
Rich Forman Photo

 QUALIFICATIONS:
1. T Hines, 16, Lightfoot-21.112;
2. K Swanson, 63, DePalma-21.159;
3. B East, 10, S/C-Agaie-21.422; 4
. S Cockrum, 66, Hardy-21.455;
5. C Windom, 17,RW/C-Agaie-21.467;
6. J Coons Jr, 98, RPM/Gormly-21.534;
7. A Pierce, 26, Pierce-21.869;
8. C Armstrong, 9, Armstrong-22.045;
9. D Darland,19, Longworth-22.063;
10. Zach Daum, 5, Daum-22.144;
11. C Bell, 21, Team Six-R-22.221;
12. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-22.245;
13. J Liguori,99, RPM/Gormly-22.511;
14. J Wilson, 07, Wilson-22.520;
15. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-22.850;
16. D Jackson, 33, Jackson-22.865;
17. John Hunt, 91, Hunt-23.082;
18. T Ferns, 35, Ferns-23.088;
19. J Andretti, 14, McQuinn-23.231;
20. P Lawson, 2, Lawson-23.335;
21. Jake Simmons, 31, Simmons-NT.

 FEATURE: (100 laps)
1. Kody Swanson, 2. Tracy Hines,
3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Bobby East,
5. Zach Daum, 6. Shane Cockrum,
7. Dave Darland, 8. A.J. Fike,
9. John Hunt, 10. Joe Liguori,
11. Jacob Wilson, 12. Pat Lawson,
13. Chris Windom, 14. Aaron Pierce,
15. C Armstrong, 16. Christopher Bell,
17. Davey Ray, 18. D Jackson,
19. Taylor Ferns, 20. Jake Simmons,
21. J Andretti. NT

**Simmons flipped during practice.
Jackson flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

 FEATURE LAP LEADERS:
Laps 1-35 Swanson,
Lap  36 Windom,
Lap  37 Hines,
Laps 38-100 Swanson.

 NEW SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS:
1-Swanson-63,
2-Hines-60,
3-Coons-54,
4-East-51,
5-Daum-48,
6-Cockrum-45,
7-Darland-42,
8-Fike-39,
9-Hunt-36,
10-Liguori-33.

 NEXT SILVER CROWN RACE: May 17 - Indianapolis, IN
- Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis - "USAC Hall of Fame Classic"




April 4 2014
EAST & BELL FIGHT FOR SILVER CROWN CAR OWNER SUPREMACY
from DICK JORDAN  USAC
 Defending USAC Silver Crown Champion Bobby East and defending Honda USAC National Midget Dirt Champion Christopher Bell will continue the fight for their car owner's supremacy in the Silver Crown series this Sunday when they compete in the "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

 Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, who own East's car, has 29 career wins, while Team 6R, owners of Bell's entry, has 27. No other team has reached the 20-plus plateau in the 43 previous years of Silver Crown racing.

 Sunday will be the series' 373rd event since 1971. East has two of the Stewart/Curb-Agajanian wins, while Bell hopes to add his name to the Team 6R winners list. East's last Silver Crown win came at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado last year.

 Team 6R, headquartered in Zionsville, Ind., scored its first win with Jim Keeker at Phoenix, Ariz. in 1992. Subsequent winners for the team have included Jack Hewitt, Brian Tyler, Dave Steele, Tanner and Kody Swanson. Tyler posted Team 6R's last Silver Crown win at Springfield, Ill. in 2011. Stewart's winners started with Jason Leffler at Phoenix in 2000 and other winners include Kasey Kahne, J.J. Yeley, Dave Steele, Josh Wise, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Levi Jones, Bryan Clauson and East.

 Sunday's 100-lap race will headline a full afternoon of racing, beginning with practice at 4 pm. The UMP Modifieds share Sunday's slate, with NASCAR drivers Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace competing in the Modified series. The first feature race is scheduled for 7 pm at the half-mile dirt oval.
--USAC--

April 3 2014
KENNYS SPICE TERRE HAUTE ACTION THIS SUNDAY;
SCHRADER, WALLACE TO COMPETE IN UMP MODIFIEDS

 from DICK JORDAN USAC
Former USAC Silver Crown Champion Ken Schrader and NASCAR star Kenny Wallace will compete in the UMP Modifieds Sunday as part of the "Sumar Classic" activities at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. Both will also participate in an autograph session prior to the racing action.

 Schrader's lone USAC victory at Terre Haute came in a Late Model race in 1986 but he is no stranger to the half-mile oval, having competed in Silver Crown, Sprints, Midgets, Late Models and Modifieds, and he's among favorites to win Sunday's UMP feature.

 Wallace, a quarter century NASCAR vet, should offer Schrader a challenge in Sunday's modified race. A noted television color commentator, he doesn't lack in terms of fan appeal.

 Sunday's UMP race accompanies the "Sumar Classic" 100-lap USAC Silver Crown Championship race, the opening race of the 2014 season.

 Schrader, USAC's 1982 Silver Crown Champion, scored his only dirt-track Silver Crown win at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio the next year. He followed with five pavement wins, three at Phoenix and two at Indianapolis Raceway Park between 1986 and 1990.

 Practice is slated to begin at 4 pm Sunday, with the first feature event at 7.
  --USAC--



April 2 2014
WINDOM SEEKING SILVER CROWN REPEAT SUNDAY
from DICK JORDAN
 Chris Windom became USAC's 99th Silver Crown Championship race winner last September when he won the season-closing "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. He'd like nothing better than to repeat when the 2014 series debuts Sunday in the "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

 The 2013 Silver Crown "Rookie of the Year" finished second to Bobby East in last year's standings and hopes to move one notch up the ladder this year, piloting the RW/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports Curb Records/Driver Racing Oil Beast/Toyota.

 The Canton, Ill. veteran has a dozen Silver Crown starts and already has five "top-fives." The 2011 Indiana Sprint Week Champion has also recorded nine wins in the tough Sprint car ranks. In 2006 he won USAC's Kenyon Midget title.

 "Terre Haute is one of my favorite stops of the year," says Windom. "I'm really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the RW #17 this weekend."

 Chris will face formidable competition on Sunday, where practice starts at 4 pm and racing begins at 7.

 Former "Sumar Classic" champion Dave Darland (2008) headlines an all-star cast which includes defending series king Bobby East, 2013 USAC National Dirt Midget Champion Christopher Bell, former series champs Tracy Hines and Jerry Coons Jr. and a host of drivers hoping to become USAC's 100th different Silver Crown feature race winner.

 Josh Wise holds the 1-lap Terre Haute Silver Crown track record of 20-139 seconds set in 2005 and Gary Bettenhausen's 1980 100-lap race record of 50:37.20 still stands as the 100-lap mark.

 The UMP Modifieds will also be in action Sunday making for a variety of racing action on the fast Terre Haute dirt.

--USAC--

April 1 2014
5 SEEK REPEAT TERRE HAUTE GLORY IN SUNDAY'S "SUMAR CLASSIC" SILVER CROWN OPENER
from DICK JORDAN USAC
 Three Indiana drivers and one each from Illinois and Arizona will try to rekindle past victory at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track when the "Sumar Classic" USAC Silver Crown Championship opener unfolds Sunday at the half-mile dirt oval.

 The five drivers have a combined 15 victories at the storied oval, dating from 1993-2013!

 Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. and Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind., who are battling for numerous all-time USAC records, each have four wins at Terre Haute. Darland won the 1993 Tony Hulman Classic Sprint race, the 1999 and 2003 Hut Hundred Midget races and the 2008 Sumar Classic. Hines won the 1999 and 2003 Jan Opperman Sprint races plus the 2001 Tony Hulman Classic and Hut Hundreds.

 Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. won a 1999 Sprint race, plus the 2010 and 2013 Tony Hulman Classics. Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. took the 2011 Tony Hulman Classic and Jim Hurtubise Sprints. Defending Silver Crown Champion Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind. was the 2004 Hut Hundred winner and the 2012 Sumar Classic champ.

 Darland just surpassed the 1,000 mark in total USAC National starts, while Hines is rapidly closing on that milestone. Darland has 90 total USAC National feature wins to his credit, while Hines is at 88.

 Sunday's 100-lap "twilight" race should get the green at around 7 pm, following practice at 4 pm and qualifying.

  A field of 24 cars is slated for the 100-lap race and drivers will be aiming at Josh Wise's 1-lap track qualifying record of 89.379 mph. Gary Bettenhausen established the 100-lap Terre Haute Silver Crown record of 50 minutes, 37.20 seconds in 1980.

  Drivers A.J. Fike, Aaron Pierce and Kody Swanson also have previous USAC Silver Crown victories to their credit, while Sunday's field will include more than a dozen drivers seeking their initial series start.
 --USAC--


USAC Silver Crown Pool Kicks off Sunday!
from USAC
 (March 31, 2014) - Interested in earning the title of "USAC Silver Crown Fan of the Year"?  Want a chance to win prizes from each USAC Silver Crown race?

 Your chance for all that starts this Sunday with Round One of the Inaugural USAC Silver Crown Pool.  And, entry to this Pool is FREE, so no reason not to take your shot at the big win.

 Conducted in similar style to the popular Chili Bowl Pool among others, the USAC Silver Crown Pool will include six driver groups for each of the eleven events on the series schedule with Pool winners crowned for each event and ultimately a season-long Pool champion that will be crowned "USAC Silver Crown Fan of the Year" and earn a pair of tickets to USAC's Night of Champions awards banquet.

 Selection sheets along with rules and points breakdown for this Sunday's Sumar Classic at the Terre Haute action track are attached in both Excel and PDF formats.  Simply make one selection from each of the six groups, fill in the tiebreaker and get your entry to lonniewheatley@gmail.com by 4:00 p.m. EDT (3:00 p.m. CDT) on Sunday, April 6.

 The winner of Sunday's USAC Silver Crown Pool Round One will win a Hoosier Racing Tire jacket and toboggan.

 Inaugural USAC Silver Crown Pool Schedule:
Round One - April 6 (Terre Haute Action Track)
Round Two - May 17 (Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis)
Round Three - May 22 (Indiana State Fairgrounds)
Round Four - June 14 (Gateway Motorsports Park)
Round Five - June 29 (Memphis International Raceway)
Round Six - July 24 (Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis)
Round Seven - August 1 (Belleville High Banks)
Round Eight - August 16 (Illinois State Fairgrounds)
Round Nine - August 31 (DuQuoin State Fairgrounds)
Round Ten - September 20 (Eldora Speedway)
Round Eleven - October 11 (New York State Fairgrounds)

Mar 25 2014
"FULL FIELD" GEARING UP FOR "SUMAR CLASSIC;"
BAKERS DOZEN EYE HISTORIC SILVER CROWN #100

from DICK JORDAN
 More than a dozen drivers are scheduled to seek their initial USAC Silver Crown Championship victory April 6 when the "Sumar Classic" unfolds at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. If one can find victory lane they will become the series' 100th different race winner in its 44 years! Pre-entries already suggest a "full field" for the 100-lap race.

 Former Silver Crown winners Bobby East, A.J. Fike, Tracy Hines, Chris Windom, Dave Darland, Aaron Pierce, Kody Swanson and Jerry Coons Jr. are among entered drivers at Terre Haute. East is the defending series champion and Windom became the 99th different series winner at last year's "4-Crown Nationals" in Ohio. Pierce holds the ultimate series race record of 159.211 mph, established at Homestead, Fla. in 2006.

 Competing for the title of 100th race winner will be drivers from Indiana, Illinois, Oklahoma, Michigan and Florida.

  Christopher Bell of Norman, Okla. won last year's Honda USAC National Midget Dirt title and finished eighth in his Silver Crown debut at DuQuoin in 2013. Taylor Ferns of Shelby Township, Mich. is the winningest female driver in USAC history and won the 2011 USAC D1 Midget crown. Ferns was 4th at Rossburg, Ohio and 5th at DuQuoin in 2013.

 Joe Liguori of Tampa, Fla., grandson of long-time USAC driver Ralph Liguori, won USAC's 2009 Midwest and USAC/UMARA Ford Focus titles and finished seventh in last year's "4-Crown" Silver Crown finale.

 Jarett Andretti, son of John Andretti, competed in five events last year and notched an eighth-place at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

 Caleb Armstrong of New Castle, Ind., winner of USAC's 2011 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" Midget spectacular, is slated for his initial Silver Crown start at Terre Haute, along with Jake Simmons of Terre Haute, Dakota Jackson of Elizabethtown, Ind., John Hunt of Tulsa, Okla. and Grant Simpson of Avoca, Ill.

 Jacob Wilson of Crawfordsville, Ind. is a former "Joe James-Pat O'Connor" Sprint Car winner and has previous series experience, as do Illinois drivers Randy Bateman of Murphysboro and Shane Cockrum of Benton. Cockrum strung together "top-5" finishes in the final three Silver Crown races of last year.

  Illinois driver Patrick Lawson of Edwardsville posted a 10th at Rossburg, Ohio last year in his third series start.
--USAC-


Mar 13 2014
DARLAND 1ST "SUMAR CLASSIC" ENTRY AT TERRE HAUTE
from DICK JORDAN
 Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind., who seems to set new all-time USAC records nearly every time he sits behind the wheel, is the first driver listed on an entry for the 2014 USAC Silver Crown Series opening "Sumer Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track April 6.

 Darland could become the first driver to win at least one USAC National feature victory in 22 consecutive seasons. Earlier this year he became the first USAC driver to win at least one race in 22 consecutive years with his West Coast/Southwest Sprint wins at Peoria, Ariz.

 His February 20 appearance in the "Winter Dirt Games" AMSOIL USAC Sprint race at Ocala, Fla. was his 1,000th National start, which established another first.

 Darland will pilot the Marc Longworth MRT-Marco/Longworth Enterprises entry in the race which marks the 14th appearance for Silver Crown cars at the half-mile dirt oval. The first saw Gary Bettenhausen win a 100-lapper in 1980, then the Sumar tradition began in 1995. Rain has forced cancellation three times since 2007 and no race was held in 2009.

 "I'm really looking forward to Terre Haute," says Darland, whose 14 career Silver Crown wins rank fifth on the all-time list. "The track has a long history and makes for great racing, between the cushion and the bottom groove and it's one of my favorites. My new car owner Marc Longworth, doesn't have a long history but he has some good people who have been around this series for a while with some success. Last year, Matt Westfall finished second at Eldora and Justin Grant was sixth in the Hoosier Hundred in the car, so I'm pumped about 2014."

 Darland remains the only driver to win all three of the Terre Haute USAC "classics:" the Sumar Classic Silver Crown race, the Tony Hulman Classic Sprint race and the Hut Hundred Midget race (which has since moved to Granite City, Ill.).

  The April 6 race will be a 100-lap contest and Darland will be the most recent "active" winner. He won in 2008, while Levi Jones, who won in 2010, will not compete.

 Former race winners include Donnie Beechler (1995 and 1997), Kevin Thomas (1996), Tony Elliott (1998 and 2002), Jack Hewitt (1999), J.J. Yeley (2003). Brian Tyler (2004), Josh Wise (2005) and Bud Kaeding (2006).

 The race opens an ambitious 11-race calendar featuring seven races on dirt and four on pavement, concluding with the October 11 return to the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. In between, races will occur in Indianapolis, Ind., Madison, Ill., Millington, Tenn., Belleville, Kans., Springfield, Ill., DuQuoin, Ill. and Rossburg, Ohio.
--USAC--
November
Nov 21 2013
USAC Silver Crown Series Joins 'Racing's Biggest Party'
during NAPA Super DIRT Week in October 2014 at the N.Y. State Fairgrounds
Open-wheel stars join stout field of Super DIRT car Series Big-Block Modifieds, DIRTcar 358-Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds and DIRTcar Pro Stocks at Syracuse

from Chris Dolack USAC  
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Nov. 20, 2013 - Al Unser topped Mario Andretti and a field of open-wheel superstars the first time the USAC Silver Crown Series raced at the New York State Fairgrounds "Moody Mile" in 1974. Now, 40 years after that historic event, the USAC Silver Crown Series will return in October 2014 to Syracuse during the 43rd annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week.

 The USAC Silver Crown Series will tackle the Mile on Saturday, Oct. 11, along with the showcase 150-mile event for the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. The DIRTcar Sportsman Modified feature will shift to Sunday, Oct. 12, where it will join the DIRTcar Pro Stock event and the Super DIRTcar Series' premier $50,000-to-win Syracuse 200.

 "We're excited to bring the Silver Crown Series back to Syracuse," said USAC President Kevin Miller. "Super DIRT Week is such an historic event, and we are definitely looking forward to putting on a show for the passionate race fans that have been going there for more than 40 years."

 NAPA Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds will kick off on Wednesday, Oct. 8, with a Big-Block Modified Happy Hour practice before Thursday's qualifying runs for the Big-Blocks and 358-Modifieds. The USAC Silver Crown cars will hit the Mile on Friday afternoon for a practice session along with the Futures events, followed by "Friday Night Lights" featuring the Sportsman Modified Triple 10s, the 358-Modified Twin 20s and the Big-Block Modified Triple 20s.

 All of that sets the stage for two huge days of racing Saturday and Sunday on the Mile.

 "The USAC Silver Crown Series has a rich history at Syracuse, and we're thrilled to welcome them back in 2014," said World Racing Group CEO Brian Carter. "We're always trying to enhance our events for our fans. We have incredible racing at Syracuse with the Big-Blocks, 358-Modifieds, Sportsman and Pro Stocks, now bringing the Silver Crown cars back to the Mile will make the week even bigger for everybody."

 The USAC Silver Crown Series last raced on the Syracuse Mile in 2003 during NAPA Super DIRT Week, with J.J. Yeley taking the checkered flag.

 For NAPA Auto Parts information and tickets, click www.SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com, or follow on Twitter @SuperDIRTWeek or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SuperDIRTWeek. For more information on the USAC Silver Crown Series, click www.USACRacing.com.

 The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast Region is brought to fans by several sponsors and partners including Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Chevy Performance Parts, NAPA Auto Parts, and Safety-Kleen. Contingency sponsors are ASI, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix, ButlerBuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, KSE Racing Products, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD Performance, Penske Shocks, Racing Electron

Sept 25 2013
8-FOR-8 TIES 23-YEAR-OLD SILVER CROWN RECORD
 from DICK JORDAN
 The TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Series, which has earned the title as one of America’s most competitive major racing series according to Auto Racing Analysis in New York which tracks such information, lived up to its hype in 2013.
 
The eight different winners in eight races marked the first time in 23 years that nobody had repeated during a calendar year. In 1990 nine drivers accomplished that feat in nine races.
 
Drivers Bobby East, Levi Jones, Bobby Santos, Tanner Swanson, Tracy Hines, A.J. Fike, Chris Urish and last Saturday’s “4-Crown Nationals” winner Chris Windom all tasted victory during the season.
 
East repeated as the champion by only six points over the fast-closing Windom, but East’s title also produced a record-extending 16th USAC National Championship for Tony Stewart, whose Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team hoisted the championship tropies at Eldora. Stewart’s crowns include four as a driver and 12 as a car owner in USAC’s three National series.
 
“Wow, what a great season. Eight winners in eight races shows the competitive balance of the diverse Silver Crown series,” states USAC’s James Spink. “Not only did we have eight different winners but a championship that came down to the last lap of the last race!”
 
Windom became the 99th different race winner in TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown history, a span of 372 races over 43 years.
 
The 2014 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Series schedule is being finalized now and is expected to be announced in early October.
  --USAC--


Sept 24 2013
WINDOM WINS “4-CROWN,” EAST REPEATS AS CHAMPION  
 from DICK JORDAN
  Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind. and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team celebrated their second consecutive TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown championship Saturday night after Bobby’s sixth-place finish in the “4-Crown Nationals” finale at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio left him with a six-point margin over series runner-up Chris Windom.
 
Windom, of Canton, Ill., passed East on lap four and led the rest of the 50-lap race to win in the RW Motorsports/Mike Curb-Agajanian Rotondo Weirich/Curb Records Beast/Wallace Toyota. Matt Westfall finished second ahead of Shane Cockrum, Taylor Ferns and Dave Darland.
 
East led the first three laps and protected his “top-10” run in the Chevrolet Performance/Curb Maxim/Kistler as the race wore on. Tracy Hines, who was second on the white-flag lap, flipped exiting turn four but escaped injury.
 
 Windom’s win made him the eighth different race winner in eight 2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown races.
 
Final 2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Point Standings:
1-Bobby East                      -387,
2-Chris Windom                 -381,
3-Tracy Hines                    -359,
4-Jerry Coons Jr.              -359,
5-Kody Swanson               -349,
6-A.J. Fike                          -272,
7-Brian Tyler                     -249,
8-Taylor Ferns                  -213,
9-Shane Hollingsworth   -182,
10-Shane Cockrum          -165.



Sept 22 2013
TRAXXAS USAC SILVER CROWN RACE RESULTS September 21
– Rossburg, Ohio – Eldora Speedway – 32nd “4-Crown Nationals”

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Bobby East, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-16.517;
2. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-16.598;
3. Christopher Bell, 21, Six-R-16.749;
4. Matt Westfall, 19, Longworth-16.750;
5. Chris Windom, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-16.879;
6. Jerry Coons Jr., 27, RW/Curb-Agajanian-17.031;
7. Kody Swanson, 25, Sachs-17.163;
8. Mitch Wissmiller, 7, RW/Curb-Agajanian-17.200;
9. Dave Darland, 26, Pierce-17.207;
10. Shane Cockrum, 15, Hardy-17.589;
11. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-17.817;
12. Joe Liguori, 99, Gormly-18.137;
13. Taylor Ferns, 35, Ferns-18.140;
14. Jarett Andretti, 14, McQuinn-18.267;
15. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-18.413;
16. John Hunt, 91, Hunt-18.509;
17. Jerry Nemire, 176, Nemire-18.763;
18. Kellen Conover, 76, Conover-19.024;
19. Tad Roach, 84, Spivey-19.255;
20. Robert Ballou, 63, DePalma-NT.
 
FEATURE: (50 laps)
1. Chris Windom,          2. Matt Westfall,
3. Shane Cockrum,       4. Taylor Ferns,
5. Dave Darland,           6. Bobby East,
7. Joe Liguori,                8. Kody Swanson,
9. Tracy Hines,            10. Patrick Lawson,
11. Jarett Andretti,    12. Jerry Nemire,
13. Robert Ballou,      14. Jerry Coons Jr.,
15. Christopher Bell,  16. Tad Roach,
17. John Hunt,              18. Kellen Conover,
19. Mitch Wissmiller, 20. Chris Urish. NT
 
**Ballou flipped during practice.
Hines flipped on lap 49 of the feature.
 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS:
Laps 1-3 East,
Laps 4-50 Windom.
 
FINAL TRAXXAS USAC SILVER CROWN POINTS:
1-East                        -387,
2-Windom                 -381,
3-Hines                     -359,
4-Coons                    -359,
5-Swanson               -349,
6-A.J. Fike                -272,
7-Brian Tyler           -249,
8-Ferns                     -213,
9-S Hollingsworth  -182,
10-Cockrum             -165.



Sept 17 2013
QUINTET BATTLE FOR TITLE IN “4-CROWN” SILVER CROWN FINALE
 from DICK JORDAN
Five drivers enter Saturday night’s 33rd “4-Crown Nationals” at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio with a mathematical chance of winning the 2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Championship.
 
Defending Champion Bobby East leads the parade, holding a five-point lead over 2008 champ Jerry Coons Jr. Tracy Hines, the 2000 champ, sits third in the standings, only 16 back. Chris Windom and Kody Swanson, each seeking their initial Silver Crown titles, are 21 and 29 behind respectively, with a total of 66 points available Saturday.
 
It’s been 23 years since an entire Silver Crown series had alldifferent winners, but that could end this year since seven different drivers have won in the seven races held to date. In 1990 there were 10 winners in 10 events.
 
East and Hines have found victory lane this season but Coons, Windom and Swanson could complete the diversified winners list for 2013 with an Eldora win. Coons won the “4-Crown” Silver Crown race in 2007.
 
The 50-lap Silver Crown race completes Saturday’s USAC lineup at the half-mile oval, which includes a 25-lap Honda National Midget race and a 30-lap AMSOIL National Sprint race.
 
Added incentive Saturday will be the record-tying $1,000-to-start minimum purse for a dirt-track Silver Crown race.
 
 
2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Point Standings:
1-Bobby East        -339,    2-Jerry Coons Jr.            -334,
3-Tracy Hines      -323,    4-Chris Windom               -318,
5-Kody Swanson -310,    6-A.J. Fike                         -272,
7-Brian Tyler       -249,    8-Shane Hollingsworth  -182,
9-Taylor Ferns    -162,   10-David Byrne                 -127.


Sept 3 2013
“4-CROWN” FINALE AT ELDORA SEPTEMBER 21;
URISH “SHOCKS” TED HORN 100 FIELD!

     Five drivers remain in the running for the 2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown championship after one of the strangest finishes in series history! Only 29 points separate the contenders entering the series final at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio September 21 – the “4-Crown Nationals.”  
    Defending series champion Bobby East stands atop the mountain after finishing second in Sunday night’s “Ted Horn 100” at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds. He is five points ahead of Jerry Coons Jr., 16 ahead of Tracy Hines, 21 ahead of Chris Windom and 29 ahead of Kody Swanson.  
    Concluding with a script nobody in Hollywood could have imagined, Sunday’s 100-miler at DuQuoin concluded with Elkhart, Ind. driver Chris Urish earning his first series victory in his Urish Motorsports Beast/Foxco. He was third five laps from the end and watched as leaders Chris Windom and Shane Cockrum encountered problems. Urish officially led the final three laps for the win, becoming the seventh different race winner in seven series events this season!  
    Robert Ballou had the field covered most of the day but ran out of fuel after leading the first 80 miles. Windom then led the next 17 laps before he, too, ran out of fuel. Jerry Coons Jr. also fell victim to engine woes.  
    Neither Hines nor Swanson were able to complete a lap and will need top
finishes at Eldora to challenge for the title.  
    A.J. Fike ended up third in the official finish, ahead of Cockrum and Taylor Ferns, whose fifth-place finish was the highest in series history by a female driver.
    Honda USAC National Midget Dirt point leader Christopher Bell ran third for numerous laps before eventually taking eighth in the final tally.
 
 
2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Point Standings:
1-Bobby East                    -339,
2-Jerry Coons Jr.            -334,
3-Tracy Hines                  -323,
4-Chris Windom              -318,
5-Kody Swanson             -310,
6-A.J. Fike                        -272,
7-Brian Tyler                   -249,
8-Shane Hollingsworth -182,
9-Taylor Ferns                -162,
10-David Byrne              -127.


Sept 2 2013
TRAXXAS USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE RESULTS:
September 1 DuQuoin, Illinois – DuQuoin State Fairgrounds – “Ted Horn 100”

 
QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Jerry Coons Jr., 27, RW-30.462;
2. Robert Ballou, 63, DePalma-30.484;
3. Bobby East, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-30.507;
4. Christopher Bell, 21, Six-R Racing-30.678;
5. Chris Windom, 17, RW-30.870;
6. Shane Cockrum, 15, Hardy-31.439;
7. Taylor Ferns, 35, Ferns-31.772;
8. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-31.948;
9. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-32.032;
10. Miranda Throckmorton, 33, Six-R-32.513;
11. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-32.603;
12. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-33.490;
13. Tiffany Wyzard, 30, King-34.989;
14. Kody Swanson, 25, Sachs-NT;
15. Tracy Hines,
16, Lightfoot-NT.
 
FEATURE: (100 Laps)
1. Chris Urish,            2. Bobby East,
3. A.J. Fike,              4. Shane Cockrum,
5. Robert Ballou,          6. Taylor Ferns,
7. Chris Windom,           8. Jerry Coons Jr.,
9. Christopher Bell,      10. Russ Gamester,
11. Miranda Throckmorton, 12. Tiffany Wyzard,
13. Kody Swanson,         14. Patrick Lawson,
15. Tracy Hines. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS:
Laps 1-80 Ballou,
Laps 81-97 Windom,
Laps 98-100 Urish.
 
NEW TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS:
1-East-339, 2-Coons-331,
3-Hines-321, 4-Windom-315,
5-Swanson-308, 6-Fike-272,
7-Brian Tyler-249, 8-Shane Hollingsworth-182,
9-Ferns-159, 10-Ballou-150.
 
NEXT TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN RACE: September 21 – Rossburg, Ohio – Eldora Speedway – “4-Crown Nationals”


Aug 28 2013
BELL JOINS “TED HORN 100” LIST AT DuQUOIN
 from DICK JORDAN
 Christopher Bell, the 18-year-old Norman, Okla. driver who has spurted to the top of the Honda USAC National Dirt Midget standings with spectacular victories so far this season, will make his TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown debut Sunday night in the “Ted Horn 100” at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds.
   Bell will drive for one of the winningest car owners in series history, Six-R Racing of Westfield, Ind. Six-R has amassed 27 wins in series competition,
including 1993, 2008 and 2010 DuQuoin victories with drivers Jack Hewitt, Brian Tyler and Kody Swanson respectively.
   Wins at Putnamville, Ind., Kokomo, Ind., Belleville, Ill. and the recent
Belleville (Kans.) Midget Nationals have helped propel Bell to the top ranking in the Honda National Dirt Midgets. He has also competed in this year’s AMSOIL USAC Sprint cars. In addition, he earned his initial Honda National Pavement Midget victory recently at Schererville, Ind.
   Bell will face a formidable field at DuQuoin, including former race winners
Tracy Hines, Kody Swanson, Shane Cottle and Russ Gamester plus title challengers
Jerry Coons Jr., Chris Windom and defending champion Bobby East.
   “I’m really excited,” says Bell, who admits this will be his first outing on a
mile. “The biggest track I’ve been on so far was probably at Lucas Oil Raceway
(.686) so Sunday will be a new experience. Keith (Kunz, his Midget and Sprint
mechanic), has briefed me on what to expect and given me some good tips on how
Kyle Larson adapted in his Silver Crown debut. I’m sure I’ll ease into it in hot
laps and go from there. The race will be a whole new challenge, with tire wear
critical and the changing fuel load presenting new problems for me, but I’m
optimistic.”
--USAC--


Aug 27 2013
SILVER CROWN POINTS RACE STILL TIGHT;
5 DRIVERS WITHIN 25 ENTERING “TED HORN 100”

 from DICK JORDAN
   Two races from the end of the 2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Series finds five drivers locked in a duel for the series championship. Three are former champions while two are seeking their initial USAC National titles.
   Sunday night’s “Ted Horn 100” at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds continues a tradition of American championship racing dating back 65 years. Always a Labor Day weekend fixture, the race annually figures prominently in the battle for the title and this year is no exception.
   It’s been two years since the 100-miler played out on the 1-mile dirt oval. Last year’s race fell to the elements, so Kyle Larson is the most recent winner, in 2011.
   Former race winners Tracy Hines, Kody Swanson and Brian Tyler all have sights on the championship, although Tyler, the 2008 winner, is 49 points behind Hines in the latest tally. Hines, who put together back-to-back wins in 2005 and 2006, enters the race nine points ahead of Jerry Coons Jr., who continues to seek his initial DuQuoin victory.
   Defending champion Bobby East is third in the standings, while Kody Swanson, who won at DuQuoin in 2010, is fourth. Chris Windom, hoping for a DuQuoin first Sunday, sits fifth in the points.
   Former DuQuoin winners Russ Gamester (1997) and Shane Cottle (2007) could also be threats for victory Sunday.
   The TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown series is set to conclude September 21 in the “4-Crown Nationals” at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
 
 2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Point Standings:
1-Tracy Hines              -298,
2-Jerry Coons Jr.       -289,
3-Bobby East               -282,
4-Kody Swanson        -281,
5-Chris Windom         -273,
6-Brian Tyler              -249,
7-A.J. Fike                  -218,
8-S Hollingsworth    -182,
9-David Byrne           -127,
10-Jarett Andretti    -118.





Aug 19 2013
5-HORSE RACE EYES DuQUOIN SEPTEMBER 1;
FIKE REPEATS AT “TONY BETTENHAUSEN 100” WINNER

 from DICK JORDAN    13-200
    A five-horse-race for the TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Championship has developed
after the series produced its sixth different winner in six races following
Saturday’s “Tony Bettenhausen 100” at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in
Springfield.
 
    Only 25 points separate the top-five drivers in the standings entering the
September 1 “Ted Horn 100” at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds, currently
the penultimate race on 2013. The series is currently slated to conclude with
the September 21 “4-Crown Nationals” at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
 
    A.J. Fike, Saturday’s winner, sits seventh in the points, 80 back of leader
Tracy Hines, but with 66 available at DuQuoin, any one of the top-six could
actually emerge as the leader after DuQuoin.
 
    Hines’ lead over Jerry Coons Jr. is just nine points, while defending series
champion Bobby East is 16 behind. Kody Swanson is 17 back and Chris Windom is 25
in arrears. Brian Tyler’s deficit is 49 points in sixth place.
 
    Fike’s victory in his Liberty Village/McGladrey Beast/Foxco repeated his 2012
victory at Springfield as he led the first seven and last eight laps for the
win. Windom led 85 laps before Fike charged to the front on lap 93 for good.
Trailing runner-up Windom at the checkered flag were Coons, Hines and Shane
Cockrum.
 
    Fike also won the pole for Saturday’s race at 112.062 mph.
 
 
2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Point Standings:
1-Tracy Hines-298,
2-Jerry Coons Jr.-289,
3-Bobby East-282,
4-Kody Swanson-281,
5-Chris Windom-273,
6-Brian Tyler-249,
7-A.J. Fike-218,
8-Shane Hollingsworth-182,
9-David Byrne-127,
10-Jarett Andretti-118.


Aug 18 2013
TRAXXAS USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 17
Springfield, Illinois – Illinois State Fairgrounds – “Tony Bettenhausen 100”

 From USAC
QUALIFICATIONS:
1. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS                -32.125;
2. Brian Tyler, 21, Six-R            -32.298;
3. Shane Cockrum, 15, Hardy-NT;      -32.414;
4. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester       -32.544;
5. Todd Kane, 78, Kane               -32.798;
6. Chris WIndom, 17, RW/Curb-Agie    -32.817;
7. Kody Swanson, 25, Sachs           -32.887;
8. Jerry Coons Jr., 27, RW/Curb-Agie -32.888;
9. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot        -33.011;
10. Chris Urish, 77, Urish           -33.069;
11. Bobby East, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agie-33.074;
12. Jarett Andretti, 141, McQuinn    -33.494;
13. Miranda Throckmorton, 33, Six-R  -33.513;
14. Robert Ballou, 63, DePalma-      -33.605;
15. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson        -34.739;
16. Taylor Ferns, 35, Ferns          -35.316;
17. Kenny Gentry, 18, Gentry         -35.470;
18. Dave Darland, 14, McQuinn        -37.693;
19. Randy Bateman, 55, Bateman       -NT;
20. Kellen Conover, 76, Conover      -NT.
 
FEATURE: (100 Laps)
1. A.J. Fike,       2. Chris Windom,
3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Tracy Hines,
5. Shane Cockrum,   6. Brian Tyler,
7. Kody Swanson,    8. Bobby East,
9. Robert Ballou,  10. Taylor Ferns,
11. Chris Urish,   12. Jarett Andretti,
13. Dave Darland,  14. Patrick Lawson,
15. Todd Kane,     16. Miranda Throckmorton,
17. Kenny Gentry,  18. Russ Gamester. NT
 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS:
Laps 1- 7 Fike,
Laps 8-92 Windom,
Laps 93-100 Fike.
 
NEW TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1-Hines           -298,
2-Coons           -289,
3-East            -282,
4-Swanson         -281,
5-Windom          -273,
6-Tyler           -249,
7-Fike            -218,
8-S Hollingsworth -182,
9-David Byrne     -127,
10-Andretti       -118.
 
NEXT TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN RACE: September 1 – DuQuoin (IL) State Fairgrounds –
“Ted Horn 100”

Aug 16 2013
ANDRETTI NAME RETURNS TO SPRINGFIELD SATURDAY

 from DICK JORDAN
 The name Andretti is magic when it comes to American oval dirt racing. This
Saturday the name returns to the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile in Springfield
when Jarett Andretti makes his TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown dirt debut in the “Tony
Bettenhausen 100.”
    Jarett will be the third Andretti to test the Springfield mile. His great uncle
Mario won the “Tony Bettenhausen 100” three times (1969, 1973 and 1974 and was
USAC’s 1974 Silver Crown Champion. His father John competed in the 1985 race and
finished seventh.
    “I have to thank car owner Dennis McQuinn for the opportunity,” says Jarett,
USAC’s 2011 Eastern Ford Focus Champion. “It’s always been a dream of mine to
compete on the dirt miles and I’m sure it’ll be a learning curve for me.
Fortunately, I’ll have Dave Darland as a teammate to help me and I’ve already
spent some time talking to Jack Hewitt who has been a great mentor.” Hewitt owns
more USAC Silver Crown victories than anybody (23) and has three “Tony
Bettenhausen 100” trophies in his collection.
    Andretti, of Mooresville, N.C., made his USAC Sprint Car debut earlier this
year and has spent some time this year competing in selected dirt-track races in
the Midwest.
    He competed in Silver Crown cars on the mile paved ovals at Gateway Motorsports
Park in Madison, Ill. and Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo.,
earning an eighth-place in Colorado.
    Saturday’s “Tony Bettenhausen 100” is the sixth stop on the 2013 TRAXXAS Silver
Crown calendar and so far nobody has been able to score a second win. Levi Jones
won the Indianapolis, Ind. opener in May, while Bobby Santos was the June
Madison, Ill. winner. Bobby East won in June in Colorado and Tanner Swanson won
in Indianapolis in July.
    Tracy Hines, the most recent winner at Belleville, Kans, leads the series
standings entering this Saturday’s race. The series will conclude September 1 at
DuQuoin, Ill. and September 21 at Rossburg, Ohio.   -USAC-
Aug week 2 2013
Aug 14 2013
SPRINGFIELD ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR HINES & HISTORY!
 from DICK JORDAN
   TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Series point leader Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind.
continues to re-write USAC history with every start these days. The only driver
to win in all three USAC National racing series this year can add another notch
to his impressive belt this Saturday when the “Tony Bettenhausen 100” reaches
its 80th year at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.


Tracy Hines negotiates a turn at the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile.
photo from the USAC Silver crown web site

   A USAC staple for the past 58 years, the 100-mile race is among the most
traditional racing events in all of America. From its 1934 beginning, the race
has spawned a winners list which includes Indianapolis 500 champions Wilbur
Shaw, Mauri Rose, Johnnie Parsons, Rodger Ward, Sam Hanks, Jimmy Bryan, A.J.
Foyt, Mario Andretti and Al Unser.
   Hines won the 2006 running, one of nine Silver Crown wins on his resume. He is
the most recent series winner too, taking the August 2 race at the famed
Belleville (Kans.) High Banks.
   THis two Sprint, two Midget and Belleville Silver Crown wins this year give him
88 total USAC National wins, surpassed only by A.J. Foyt, Rich Vogler and Mel
Kenyon on USAC’s all-time list.
 This is the third time Hines has been able to win a race in all three USAC National series in a single year.
He also achieved that in 2006 and 2010.
He is hoping this year to join Pancho Carter, Dave Darland, Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley
and Jerry Coons Jr. as the only USAC “Triple Crown Champions,” earning National championships in all three National classes.
He already has titles in Silver Crown and Sprints and is on the verge of a possible Midget title this year.
   Hines will face stiff competition this Saturday, nursing a narrow four-point
lead over defending series champion Bobby East. Third-ranking Kody Swanson
stands third, just eight points back, with Coons in fourth, just 12 behind. Saturday’s race offers 66 total points, so the top-seven in points are all in contention with three races left on the calendar.
   East, Swanson and Coons will all be seeking their initial Springfield victories. East was eighth last year, Coons had a third in 2011 and Swanson was eighth in 2011.
   Illinois veteran A.J. Fike and North Carolina’s Brian Tyler will also be in the
hunt Saturday. Fike became the first Illinois driver to win the race in 30 years
last year, while Tyler hopes to become only the second driver to post a fifth
“Tony Bettenhausen 100” triumph. Tyler won in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2011 and was
second to Fike last year.
 
2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Point Standings:
1-Tracy Hines                 -247,
2-Bobby East                  -243,
3-Kody Swanson            -239,
4-Jerry Coons Jr.           -235,
5-Chris Windom             -213,
6-Brian Tyler                  -204,
7-Shane Hollingsworth-182,
8-A. J. Fike                      -155,
9-David   Byrne              -127,
10-Bobby Santos           -108.

Aug 13 2013
BETTENHAUSEN LEGACY LIVES ON AT SPRINGFIELD
 From Dick Jordan
 Tony Bettenhausen was among inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame this year.
This Saturday’s TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds
continues his legacy, one which resulted in numerous major racing triumphs and
titles, including the 1951 AAA and 1958 USAC National Driving Championship.
 Tony won at Springfield in 1947, 1950 and 1951 and his son Gary was the 1978
and 1983 winner.
 This year, four-time race winner Brian Tyler will try to become only the second
driver to win five “Tony Bettenhausen 100” classics. Chuck Gurney won seven
between 1994 and 1996. A.J. Foyt and Jack Hewitt each won four times, while Dave
Darland, Mario Andretti, Al Unser, Rodger Ward and the aforementioned Tony
Bettenhausen himself each recorded three wins in the race which dates all the
way back to 1934.
 Tracy Hines, who won at Springfield in 2006, will lead the series to the
100-miler, holding a tenuous four-point lead over Bobby East in the latest
standings. Hines won the most recent race, August 2 at Belleville, Kans.
 Kody Swanson and Jerry Coons Jr., each like East seeking a Springfield first,
stand just eight and 12 points behind Hines with 66 points on the line in
Saturday’s race.
 A.J. Fike, the defending race winner, and Russ Gamester, the 1998 race winner,
complete the quintet of former “Bettenhausen” champions in Saturday’s field.
 Last year, Fike became the first Illinios driver to win the “Tony Bettenhausen
100” since Gary Bettenhausen’s 1983 victory.
 
 
2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Point Standings:
1-Tracy Hines-247,
2-Bobby East-243,
3-Kody Swanson-239,
4-Jerry Coons Jr.-235,
5-Chris Windom-213,
6-Brian Tyler-204,
7-Shane Hollingsworth-182,
8-A. J. Fike-155,
9-David Byrne-127,


Aug week 1 2013
Aug 6 2013

USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES EYES SPRINGFIELD AUGUST 17;
HINES WIRES BELLEVILLE’S TRAXXAS DEBUT

 from DICK JORDAN
   Tracy Hines has vaulted to the top of the TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown standings
after his victory last Friday at Belleville, Kans. And he will take a four-point
lead over defending series champion Bobby East into the August 17 “Tony
Bettenhausen 100” at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
    Hines won the Springfield classic in 2006 while East will be seeking his
initial victory at the dirt mile.
    Friday’s 50-lap race at the Belleville High Banks ushered in a new era of
racing at the venerable half-mile dirt oval, with Hines leading wire-to-wire to
record his 88th USAC National race win. His victory in the Adam Lightfoot
College Fund Beast/Chevy also makes him the first driver this year to score wins
in all three USAC National series.
    East finished second at Belleville, followed by Robert Ballou, Jerry Coons Jr.
and Chris Windom. Hines also won the pole position, his speed of 106.787 mph
eclipsing the track’s existing Midget record.
    Shane Hollingsworth escaped injury when he flipped exiting turn four on the
24th lap of the race.
 
2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Point Standings:
1-Tracy Hines-247,                    2-Bobby East-243,
3-Kody Swanson-239,               4-Jerry Coons Jr.-235,
5-Chris Windom-213,                6-Brian Tyler-204,
7-Shane Hollingsworth-182,   8-A. J. Fike-155,
9-David Byrne-127,                 10-Bobby Santos-108



Aug 3 2013
TRAXXAS USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES  RESULTS: August 2
Belleville, Kansas – Belleville High Banks – “Hustle on the High Banks”

    QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Tracy Hines,          16, Lightfoot-16.856;
2. B East,               10, Stewart/Curb-Aggie 16.949
3. Jerry Coons Jr.,      27, RW-17.050;
4. Robert Ballou,        63, DePalma-17.068;
5. Shane Hollingsworth,  20, Nolen-17.211;
6. Chris Windom,         17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-17.274;
7. Kody Swanson,         25, Sachs-17.421;
8. Brian Tyler,          21, Six-R-17.502;
9. A.J. Fike,            3, RFMS-17.747;
10. Miranda Throckmorton,33, Six-R-17.765;
11. Tim Barber,          28, Finkenbinder-17.963;
12. Dave Darland,        14, McQuinn-18.090;
13. Chris Urish,         77, Urish-18.672.
 
FEATURE: (50 Laps)
1. Tracy Hines,
2. Bobby East,
3. Robert Ballou,
4. Jerry Coons Jr.,
5. Chris Windom,
6. A.J. Fike,
7. Kody Swanson,
8. Brian Tyler,
9. Dave Darland,
10. Tim Barber,
11. Shane Hollingsworth,
12. Miranda Throckmorton,
13. Chris Urish. NT
 
**Hollingsworth flipped on lap 24 of the feature.
 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS:
Laps 1-50- Hines
 
NEW TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS:
1-Hines        -244,
2-East         -243,
3-Swanson      -239,
4-Coons        -235,
5-Windom       -213,
6-Tyler        -204,
7-Hollingsworth-182,
8-Fike         -155,
9-David Byrne  -127,
10-Bobby Santos-108.
 
NEXT TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN RACE:
August 17 – Springfield, IL – Illinois State
Fairgrounds – “Tony Bettenhausen 100”

July 31 2013
IS BELLEVILLE TYLER’S NEXT COW?
 from DICK JORDAN
   There might be a new cow in Brian Tyler’s pen in North Carolina and after this weekend it’s name might just be Belleville!
   The most experienced TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown driver in history, Tyler is among top favorites for Friday night’s “Hustle on the High Banks” at the Belleville High Banks in Kansas. The race marks the debut of the series at the venerable half-mile dirt oval which has hosted one of the nation’s signature Midget events since 1979.
   Part of this year’s “Belleville Midget Nationals” fare is Friday’s 50-lap Silver Crown race, which will be Tyler’s USAC record 186th Silver Crown start.
He has 17 wins, which ranks second all-time, as well as 14 seconds and six thirds, which means a “podium” finish every five starts over the last 24 seasons!
   Recently Tyler started adding cows on his North Carolina ranch after his victories. He already has a Springfield and a DuQuoin among others and he’d like
nothing better than to name one Belleville!
   Two of Tyler’s 17 wins have come on dirt tracks shorter than a mile in length.
In 2002 he won the “4-Crown Nationals” at Rossburg, Ohio and two years later he won the “Sumar Classic” at Terre Haute, Ind.
   It remains to be seen if he wins at Belleville whether he’ll actually load up a
cow at the North Central Kansas Free Fair and cart it back home.
   He’ll have plenty of competition Friday, including series point leader Kody Swanson, who will pilot the Eddie Sachs entry, his third different car this
season, as he tries to protect his point lead of 11 points over defending series
champion Bobby East, who drives for USAC Triple CrownChampion Tony Stewart and Curb-Agajanian.
   Tyler is sixth in the latest point standings, just 32 behind Swanson as he pursues what would be his first series championship. His last series win came in the 2011 “Tony Bettenhausen 100” at Springfield, Ill.
   Also, Tyler is powered by Ignite Ethanol fuel, which would be worth a $5,000 cash bonus if he wins or a $2,500 cash bonus if he is the highest finishing car utilizing Ignite fuel.
   Three-time defending Belleville Midget Nationals champion and USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons Jr. is also among top Silver Crown drivers, as well as fellow
Triple Crown champ Dave Darland and Tracy Hines, who just posted his 87th USAC National victory last Saturday in the “Rich Vogler Classic” Midget race in
Indianapolis, Ind.  
--USAC--


July 30 2013

BELLEVILLE SILVER CROWN DEBUT FRIDAY;
TANNER, KODY SWANSON 1-2 IN “J.D. BYRIDER 100”

  from DICK JORDAN
   Kody Swanson heads for the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks this Friday as the new
point leader in the Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Championship Series. The “Hustle
on the High Banks” race marks the debut of the series at the famed half-mile
dirt oval. It splits the “Belleville Midget Nationals” which hosts the Honda
USAC National Midgets on Thursday and Saturday.
   Swanson completed the 1-2 sweep of Saturday night’s “J.D. Bryrider 100” at
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis for the brothers Swanson. His runner-up finish
behind Tanner Swanson produced the second 1-2 brother sweep in history,
duplicating their 1-2 finish at Marne, Mich. in 2010.
   Tanner’s 2013 series debut found him passing Kody on lap 15 and leading the
rest of the way to take the 100-lapper, driving the Bowman-Canine Racing Banjo
Corporation Beast/Kistler. David Byrne took third ahead of Chris Windom and
Tracy Hines.
   Kody Swanson won the pole for the 100-lapper at a speed of 117.338 mph and led
the first 14 laps of the race.
   Kody’s point lead over Bobby East stands at 11 points, while Jerry Coons Jr.,
who broke an axle during Saturday’s race, ranks third, 13 behind the leader.
 
 
2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Point Standings:
1-Kody Swanson-197,
2-Bobby East-186,
3-Jerry Coons Jr.-184,
4-Tracy Hines-181,
5-Chris Windom-165,
6-Brian Tyler-165,
7-Shane Hollingsworth-151,
8-David Byrne-127,
9-A.J. Fike-110,
10-Bobby Santos-108.
 


BELLEVILLE HALF JOINS SILVER CROWN FAMILY
PRE-RACE EVENTS SLATED AT THE NCK FREE FAIR GROUNDS

 from DICK JORDAN
   Friday night’s “Hustle on the High Banks” at the Belleville High Banks will not
be the first TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown race in the state of Kansas, but it will
be the first on dirt.
    Aaron Pierce and J.J. Yeley scored victories in 2006 and 2007 in the Silver
Crown cars when they competed at the paved Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.
    Pre-race activities at grounds adjacent to the North Central Kansas Free Fair
also will include a picnic, an autograph session for race fans and a ball game
involving race drivers, teams and official. Defending Belleville High Banks
Midget Champion Jerry Coons Jr. has welcomed all race fans to attend the
pre-race festivities. “Belleville is such a unique piece of Americana,” Coons
stated. “My family loves it and it’s one of our favorite events. To have won it
three times has been fantastic but we always enjoy the fair and its various
attractions” The USAC merchandise trailer will also be on hand offering numerous
collectible items and apparel for purchase.
    Friday’s race will continue a tradition of Silver Crown racing on the shorter
dirt ovals which began at Williams Grove (Pa.) Speedway in 1980.
    In the ensuing 33 years, short-track dirt Silver Crown events have been staged
at Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK, Terre Haute, IN, Rossburg, OH, Knoxville, IA,
Flemington, NJ, Denver, CO, Tampa, FL, Parkersburg, WV, Hagerstown, MD, Las
Vegas, NV, Phoenix and Tucson, AZ.
    Current Silver Crown drivers who have won races on these tracks include Bryan
Clauson, Brian Tyler, Dave Darland, defending Belleville Midget Nationals
Champion Jerry Coons Jr. and defending Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Champion Bobby
East.
    Kody Swanson is nursing an 11-point lead in the standings over East, with 66
points available at Belleville. Coons is third in the points, just two behind
East. Swanson will pilot the Eddie Sachs entry at Belleville.
    Friday’s event follows Thursday night’s opening night of racing for the Honda
USAC National Midgets and precedes Saturday night’s finals of this year’s
“Belleville Midget Nationals.”  
--USAC--



July 23 2013
PANCHO CARTER NAMED “J.D. BYRIDER 100” GRAND MARSHAL

 Poncho inducted into USAC Hall of Fame
photo from USAC
 from DICK JORDAN
Pancho Carter, one of only five USAC Triple Crown Champions, will serve as the
Grand Marshal for Saturday night’s “J.D. Byrider 100” TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown
race at Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Indianapolis.
 
The Honda USAC National Midget Series also competes in the “Rich Vogler
Classic” as part of Saturday night’s racing program at the .686-mile paved oval.
 
Carter, a four-time winner at LORP (3 Sprints and a Midget), ranks 10th
all-time in terms of USAC National feature wins. They include five in Silver
Crown competition, 23 in Midgets and 42 in Sprints.
 
Carter’s USAC National Championships came in 1972 (Midgets), 1974 and 1976
(Sprints) and 1978 (Silver Crown).
 
Inducted into the USAC Hall of Fame this year, he is also in the National
Sprint Car and Midget Halls of Fame. A veteran of 17 Indianapolis 500s, he
posted six “top-10s” including a third in 1982. In 1985 he piloted a
Buick-powered car to the Indianapolis 500 pole. He also competed in selected
NASCAR events.
 
Saturday night’s program features a 30-lap Midget and 100-lap Silver Crown
feature plus preliminaries. Darren Hagen, winner of this year’s “Night Before
the 500” Midget classic at LORP, leads the USAC National Midget Pavement
standings, while Jerry Coons Jr. sits atop the Silver Crown points.  
--USAC--



COONS LEADS SILVER CROWN TO SATURDAY’S “J.D. BYRIDER 100”
 from DICK JORDAN
Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. continues his quest for a second Traxxas USAC
Silver Crown championship this Saturday in the “J.D. Byrider 100” at Lucas Oil
Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. The program at the .686-mile paved oval also
includes the “Rich Vogler Classic” Honda USAC National Midget event.
 
Coons holds a 15-point lead over defending series champion Bobby East, who won
the most recent series race in Colorado. Kody Swanson is third in the standings,
just 22 points behind, with Tracy Hines just 26 back, Shane Hollingsworth 27 in
arrears and Brian Tyler 30 off the pace with 66 points available Saturday.
 
Since 2010 Swanson has won at LORP in all three of USAC’s National racing
series. East won Silver Crown races at the track in 2005, 2007 and 2008, while
Coons continues to search for his initial USAC victory at LORP.
 
Hines is the all-time leader in terms of LORP USAC victories, with 13,
including a 2010 Silver Crown win.
 
Bobby Santos, currently 10th in the points, scored a victory at Madison, Ill.
in June and will try to earn his third consecutive LORP victory, taking both
100-lap Silver Crown races last year.
 
Nobody has ever won three LORP Silver Crown races in a row. Mike Bliss and
Bobby East previously won back-to-back races.
 
 
2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Point Standings:
1-Jerry Coons Jr.-159,
2-Bobby East-144,
3-Kody Swanson-137,
4-Tracy Hines-133,
5-Shane Hollingsworth-132,
6-Brian Tyler-129,
7-Chris Windom-114,
8-A.J. Fike-110,
9-Levi Jones-102,
10-Bobby Santos-87
.



July 2 2013
TRAXXAS USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 29, --Fountain, Colorado – Pikes Peak International Raceway – “Rocky Mountain Classic”
QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-25.498;
2. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-25.687;
3. K Hamilton, 33, Six-R-Hamilton-25.709;
4. Bobby Santos, 17, R/-Agajanian-25.787;
5. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-25.893;
6. J Coons Jr., 27, R/-Agajanian-25.906;
7. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-25.913;
8. Bobby East, 10, S/-Agajanian-25.920;
9. C Windom, 7, RW/Curb-Agajanian-25.954;
10. Brian Tyler, 21, Six-R-25.993;
11. Taylor Ferns, 35, Ferns-26.148;
12. S Hollingsworth, 20, Nolen-26.236;
13. Jarett Andretti, 4, Andretti-26.427;
14. Frank D’Alonso, 25, Sachs-NT.
 
FEATURE: (100 Miles)
1. Bobby East, 2. Jerry Coons Jr.,
3. Tracy Hines, 4. Brian Tyler,
5. Kody Swanson, 6. Shane Hollingsworth,
7. David Byrne, 8. Jarett Andretti,
9. Chris Windom, 10. Kyle Hamilton,
11. Taylor Ferns, 12. A.J. Fike,
13. Bobby Santos, 14. Frank D’Alonso. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS:
Laps 1-4 Hines,
Laps 5-25 Tyler,
Laps 26-100 East.
 
NEW TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN SERIES
POINT STANDINGS:
1-Coons-159,
2-East-141,
3-Swanson-137,
4-Hines-133,
5-Hollingsworth-132,
6-Tyler-129,
7-Windom-114,
8-Fike-110,
9-Levi Jones-102,
10-Santos-87.
 
NEXT TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN RACE:
July 27 – Indianapolis, IN
– Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis –
 “J.D. Byrider 100 – Rich Vogler Classic”



“RICH VOGLER CLASSIC” JULY 27 IN INDIANAPOLIS;
EAST GRABS “ROCKY MOUNTAIN CLASSIC” 100-MILER

 from DICK JORDAN
  Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. emerged from Saturday’s “Rocky Mountain
Classic” as the TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown point leader and he will take a
15-point lead over defending series champion Bobby East into the July 27 “Rich Vogler Classic” race at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind.
 
  Coons made an early pit stop, then came from behind to track down East in the
closing laps of the 100-mile “Rocky Mountain Classic” at Pikes Peak
International Raceway in Fountain, Colo.    Saturday but was unable to mount a
serious challenge at the end.
 
  East, of Brownsburg, Ind.. won Saturday’s 100-miler in the Tony
Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing Chevrolet Performance/Curb Beast/Kistler. The win
was the 29th in series competition for Stewart as a car owner.
 
  East passed Brian Tyler on lap 26 and held on to post the victory over Coons,
Tracy Hines, Tyler and fast qualifier Kody Swanson, who qualified at 141.188
mph. Hines led the first four laps and Tyler led the next 21 before yielding to
East.
 
 2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Point Standings:
1-Jerry Coons Jr.-159,
2-Bobby East-144,
3-Kody Swanson-137,
4-Tracy Hines-133,
5-Shane Hollingsworth-132,
6-Brian Tyler-129,
7-Chris Windom-114,
8-A.J. Fike-110,
9-Levi Jones-102,
10-Bobby Santos-87

June 30 2013
EAST WINS “ROCKY MOUNTAIN CLASSIC”
from USAC
Fountain, CO……..Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind. won Saturday’s 100-mile “Rocky Mountain Classic” TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Championship race at Pikes Peak International Raceway, the race, in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing Chevrolet Performance/Curb Beast/Kistler was the 29th in series competition for Stewart as a car owner. East passed Brian Tyler on lap 26 and held off a late-race challenge from Jerry Coons Jr. to post the victory over Coons, Tracy Hines, Tyler and fast qualifier Kody Swanson, who qualified at 141.188 mph. Coons emerged as the series point leader by 18 over East. Hines led the first four laps and Tyler led the next 21 before yielding to East.
 
TRAXXAS USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 29, 2013 – Fountain, Colorado – Pikes Peak International Raceway – “Rocky Mountain Classic”
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Kody Swanson,                  63, DePalma                           -25.498;
2. Tracy Hines,                       16, Lightfoot                           -25.687;
3. Kyle Hamilton,                   33, Six-R-Hamilton                -25.709;
4. Bobby Santos,                    17, RW/Curb-Agajanian       -25.787;
5. David Byrne,                      40, Byrne                                 -25.893;
6. Jerry Coons Jr.,                 27, RW/Curb-Agajanian       -25.906;
7. A.J. Fike,                              3, RFMS                                   -25.913;
8. Bobby East,                       10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian -25.920;
9. Chris Windom,                   7, RW/Curb-Agajanian         -25.954;
10. Brian Tyler,                      21, Six-R                                  -25.993;
11. Taylor Ferns,                   35, Ferns                                  -26.148;
12. Shane Hollingsworth,   20, Nolen                                  -26.236;
13. Jarett Andretti,                4, Andretti                               -26.427;
14. Frank D’Alonso,            25, Sachs                                          -NT.
 
FEATURE: (100 Miles)
1. Bobby East,            2. Jerry Coons Jr.,
3. Tracy Hines,           4. Brian Tyler,
5. Kody Swanson,      6. Shane Hollingsworth,
7. David Byrne,           8. Jarett Andretti,
9. Chris Windom,     10. Kyle Hamilton,
11. Taylor Ferns,      12. A.J. Fike,
13. Bobby Santos,    14. Frank D’Alonso. NT
 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS:
Laps 1-4 Hines,
Laps 5-25 Tyler, Laps
26-100 East.
 
NEW TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS:
1-Coons               -159,
 2-East                 -141,
3-Swanson         -137,
 4-Hines              -133,
5-Hollingsworth-132,
6-Tyler                -129,
7-Windom          -114,
8-Fike                 -110,
9-Levi Jones     -102,
10-Santos           -87.
 
NEXT TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN RACE: July 27 – Indianapolis, IN – Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis – “J.D. Byrider 100 – Rich Vogler Classic”





June 26 2013
PIKES PEAK GEARS UP FOR “ROCKY MOUNTAIN CLASSIC”
 from DICK JORDAN
 The biggest weekend of the year for Colorado race fans is upon us and USAC racing will be a big part of the celebration.
 
The “Rocky Mountain Classic” returns to Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo. Saturday featuring both the TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown cars and
the Honda USAC National Midgets on the demanding one-mile paved oval which will
host its first USAC activity in eight years.
 
It’s all part of the weekend which includes Sunday’s 91st “Race to the Clouds,” the annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb, west of Colorado Springs.
 
Speed will be at its ultimate with possible all-time USAC track records in the offing at PPIR and the Hill Climb featuring its all-paved course for just the second time.
 
Seven drivers with previous PPIR experience are expected to compete in
Saturday’s doubleheader. They include A.J. Fike, Bobby East, Bobby Santos, Brian Tyler, Darren Hagen, Jerry Coons Jr. and Tracy Hines.
 
Five of the seven have competed in both series. Hines won the 1999 Silver Crown race and was the fastest qualifier for the final Silver Crown appearance in
2005. Santos was second in the 2004 Silver Crown race and second from the pole in the 2005 Midgets. East was second from the pole in the 2004 Midgets, Fike and Coons were fifth and eighth respectively in the 2002 Silver Crown race. Tyler’
Silver Crown outings produced a victory in 2002 and Hagen’s lone Midget
appearance ended in an eighth in 2005.
 
A media day is set for Friday, June 28, with the racing action unfolding on the
one-mile oval on Saturday. Friday night will see USAC drivers and fans mingling
in a festive “Fan Fest” atmosphere from 5-10 pm in downtown Colorado Springs.
 -USAC-



June 25 2013
TRAXXAS POINT BATTLE SWITCHES TO PPIR SATURDAY
 from DICK JORDAN    
    The torrid battle for the 2013 Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Championship point
lead continues Saturday in the “Rocky Mountain Classic” at Pikes Peak
International Raceway in Fountain, Colo.
 
    In the shadow of Pikes Peak, the one-mile paved oval re-opens for USAC racing
this weekend with a 100-mile Silver Crown race and a 25-mile Honda USAC National
Midget race on tap.
 
    Former series champions Levi Jones and Jerry Coons Jr. share the Silver Crown
point lead after the first two races. Jones won the “Hoosier Hundred” opener in
May at Indianapolis, Ind and added a seventh at Madison, Ill. the following
week. Coons has recorded a second and sixth in the two races.
 
    Bobby Santos is not in the “top-10” in the standings but won the June 1
“Gateway 100” and rates among favorites for Saturday’s race at PPIR.
 
    It’s been eight years since USAC last raced at the track located just south of
Colorado Springs. A “media day” is on tap Friday and the racing activity unfolds
Saturday.
 
    Defending series champion Bobby East will pilot a car entered by NASCAR star
and former USAC Triple Crown Champion Tony Stewart. Sixth in the current series
standings, will have to contend with the RW Motorsports team of drivers Coons
and Santos. Last year, the RW team won five of the eight series races with three
different drivers!
 
    Silver Crown drivers will challenge Tracy Hines’ 1-lap qualifying record of
143.227 mph in Saturday’s time trials. Hines ranks seventh in the current
standings. Hines won at PPIR in 1999 and Brian Tyler, who is also expected to
compete Saturday, won at PPIR in 2002.
 
 
2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Point Standings:
1-Levi Jones-                   102,
2-Jerry Coons Jr.          -102,
3-Shane Hollingsworth  -87,
4-Kody Swanson            -86,
5-A.J. Fike                        -81,
6-Bobby East                  -81,
7-Tracy Hines                  -79,
8-Chris Windom              -78,
9-Brian Tyler                   -78,
10-Aaron Pierce              -65

June 4 2013
USAC SILVER CROWN EYES JUNE 29 “ROCKY MOUNTAIN CLASSIC;”
SANTOS EARNS NARROW “GATEWAY 100”

 by DICK JORDAN    
 Levi Jones and Jerry Coons Jr. enter the June 29 “Rocky Mountain Classic” at
Pikes Peak International Raceway in a virtual tie for the TRAXXAS USAC Silver
Crown Championship lead. They finished seventh and sixth respectively in
Saturday’s 100-mile race at Madison, Ill.
 
 Bobby Santos of Franklin, Mass. wheeled the RW Motorsports/Mike Curb Agajanian
Rotondo Weirich/Curb Records Beast/Wallace Toyota to victory in Saturday’s “Gateway 100” at Gateway Motorsports Park, the first USAC race there in 12 years.
 
 Santos outlasted a late-race challenge from Kody Swanson and Chris Windom, who
chased Santos to the checkered flag in a spectacular three-way battle to the
finish. Swanson took second ahead of Windom, who posted the fastest qualifying
time to win the pole position at a new track record speed of 144.778 mph.
 
 The race featured 10 lead changes involving drivers Windom, Bobby East, Brian Tyler and Santos, who took over the lead when East ran short on fuel on lap 75.
 
 The upcoming race at Pikes Peak International Raceway will be the first for the USAC series at the one-mile paved oval since 2005.
 
 2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Point Standings:
1-Levi Jones                   -102,
2-Jerry Coons Jr.          -102,
3-Shane Hollingsworth  -87,
4-Kody Swanson            -86,
5-A.J. Fike                        -81,
6-Bobby East                  -81,
7-Tracy Hines                  -79,
8-Chris Windom              -78,
9-Brian Tyler                   -78,
10-Aaron Pierce              -65.



June 2 2013

TRAXXAS USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 1,
Madison, Illinois – Gateway Motorsports Park – “Gateway 100”

 from USAC
QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Chris Windom, 7, RW/Curb-Agi-31.082;
2. Bobby East, 22, Stewart/CurbAgi31.220;
3. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-31.309;
4. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-31.334;
5. Bobby Santos, 17, RW/Curb-Agi-31.423;
6. L Jones, 10, Stewart/Curb Agai31.512;
7. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-31.638;
8. J Coons Jr., 27, RW/Curb-Agi-31.797;
9. Jarett Andretti, 4, Andretti-31.848; 10. Brian Tyler, 21, Six-R-31.869;
11. S Hollingsworth, 20, Nolen-32.018;
12. Zach Daum, 5, Daum-32.302;
13. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-32.481;
14. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-NT;
15. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-NT;
16. Randy Bateman, 55, Bateman-NT.
 
FEATURE: (80 laps)
1. Bobby Santos, 2. Kody Swanson,
3. Chris Windom, 4. Jerry Coons Jr.,
5. Levi Jones, 6. Bobby East,
7. Shane Hollingsworth, 8. A.J. Fike,
9. David Byrne, 10. Zach Daum,
11. Jarett Andretti, 12. Tracy Hines,
13. Aaron Pierce, 14. R Bateman. 49:57.05

 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS:
Lap 1 Windom,
Laps 2-9 East,
Laps 10-28 Tyler,
Laps 29-31 East,
Laps 32-37 Tyler,
Laps 38-50 East,
Laps 51-54 Santos,
Laps 55-57 East,
Laps 58-67 Santos,
Laps 68-74 East,
laps 75-80 Santos.
 
NEW TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS:
1-Jones-102, 2-Coons-102,
3-Hollingsworth-87, 4-K.Swanson-86,
5-Fike-81, 6-East-81,
7-Hines-79, 8-Windom-78,
9-Tyler-78, 10-Pierce-65.
 
NEXT TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN RACE: June 29 – Fountain, CO – Pikes Peak
International Raceway – “Rocky Mountain Classic”


May 31 2013
IGNITE FUELS POWER HOOSIER HUNDRED POLE WINNER
 from Dick Jordan
   Russ Gamester of Peru, Ind. found a $2,500 cash bonus in his winnings from the May 24 “Hoosier Hundred” at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Ind.
It came from Ignite Fuels, who powered his pole-winning car at the mile dirt
oval!
   Part of the Ignite participation in this year’s TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown
Series includes bonuses for competitors who utilize Ignite Fuels. The highest
finishing car using Ignite receives a $2,500 bonus and a victory is worth a
$5,000 bonus!
 
  Gamester nearly garnered the bigger bonus last week, leading 58 laps of the
race in his First Financial Bank/Green Gable Village GRP/Toyota. He slipped
behind Jerry Coons Jr. on lap 59 and eventually fell victim to brake problems
after 88 laps, finishing 11th.
   “I have no problems with it,” says Gamester. “Once we sorted it out it’s been great. We were sure fast. It has great throttle response. I’m very pleased.”
   In addition, Brian Tyler was running third and challenging for the lead in his
Six-R Racing entry when he was squeezed into another competitor and slid into
the backstretch wall on lap 79, ending his bid for victory.
   “We are really happy with Ignite,” says Tyler’s car owner Daryl Guiducci. “It’s
a competitive fuel and we are pleased with its performance. I think there is a
lot of misunderstanding about it and we plan to use it the rest of the season.”
--USAC--




May 29 2013

USAC'S SILVER CROWN RETURNS TO GATEWAY SATURDAY;
LEVI JONES FINALLY GETS “HOOSIER HUNDRED” VICTORY

 from DICK JORDAN
      Illinois veteran Levi Jones (Olney) is looking forward to Saturday’s “Gateway
100” at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. as racing returns to the
1.25-mile oval after a brief hiatus.
 
  Saturday’s 80-lap, 100-mile race is the first for the TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown
Series at Gateway since 2005 and records may fall as the track has been among
the fastest in history for the “traditional” Silver Crown machines.
 
  Jones comes off one of his greatest career victories, winning last Friday
night’s “Hoosier Hundred” at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.
Seven years ago he led the first 99 laps before slipping behind his teammate
Josh Wise, finishing second. Friday he tracked down Jerry Coons Jr. on lap 94
and led the final seven miles in his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing
Chevrolet Performance/Mike Curb Maxim/Kistler.
 
  The victory was the Stewart team’s 28th, an all-time Silver Crown series
record. This Saturday the team again will field Jones and defending series
champion Bobby East, who finished eighth in last Friday’s race.
 
  Dave Steele’s 2001 Gateway record of 143.967 mph. is eclipsed only by Kody
Swanson’s 146.212 mph at Iowa Speedway last year, discounting the
“next-generation” cars which competed for several years.
 
  The June 1 “Gateway 100” will mark the sixth appearance of the series at
Gateway and the first event of any kind on the oval since the 2010 season.
Previous Gateway Silver Crown races were won by Pat Abold (1997), J.J. Yeley
(1998), Ryan Newman (1999), Tracy Hines (2000) and Steele (2001).
 
  Pole winner Russ Gamester led the first 58 laps of Friday’s “Hoosier Hundred,”
then yielded to defending two-time race winner Jerry Coons Jr. Coons slipped
behind Jones on lap 94 and finished second, ahead of Tracy Hines, Shane
Hollingsworth and A.J. Fike.
 
 Prior to the race
Jack Hewitt, Tom Bigelow and Tony Bettenhausen (represented by son Merle)
were celebrated as new inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame.
 
 2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Point Standings:
1-Levi Jones-60,    2-Jerry Coons Jr.-57,
3-Tracy Hines-54,   4-S Hollingsworth-51, 5-A.J. Fike-48,     6-Justin Grant-45,
7-Aaron Pierce-42,  8-Bobby East-39,
9-Russ Gamester-37, 10M Throckmorton-36.





May 25 2013
TRAXXAS USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES  RESULTS: May 24, 
Indianapolis, Indiana – Indiana State Fairgrounds – “Hoosier Hundred” –
Presented by Federated Auto Parts

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-32.937;
2. Casey Shuman, 15, Hardy-33.070;
3. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-33.245;
4. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-33.277;
5. Robert Ballou, 63, DePalma-33.313;
6. Levi Jones, 10, S/C-Agajanian-33.375;
7. J Coons Jr.,27, RW/C-Agajanian-33.680;
8. C Windom, 17, RW/-Agajanian-33.999;
9. Dave Darland, 14, McQuinn-34.061;
10.Shane Hollingsworth, 20, Nolen-34.085;
11. Brian Tyler, 21, Six-R-34.280;
12. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-34.398;
13. B East, 22, S/C-Agajanian-34.427;
14. Tim Barber, 28, Finkenbinder-34.539;
15. Shane Cockrum, 114, Hardy-34.599;
16. Kody Swanson, 43, Nix-34.661;
17. Todd Kane, 78, Kane-34.738;
18. Justin Grant, 19, Longworth-34.974;
19. Randy Bateman, 55, Bateman-35.269;
20. M Throckmorton, 25, Sachs-35.602;
21. Kellen Conover, 76, Conover-36.258;
22. Kenny Gentry, 18, Gentry-37.745;
23. Taylor Ferns, 35, Ferns-NT;
24. Tad Roach, 84, Spivey-NT.
 

Jones and Crew Victory Lane                                                photo by aXe

FEATURE: (100 laps)
1. Levi Jones,      2. Jerry Coons Jr.,
3. Tracy Hines,     4.S Hollingsworth,
5. A.J. Fike,       6. Justin Grant,
7. Aaron Pierce,    8. Bobby East,
9. M Throckmorton, 10. Kellen Conover,
11. Russ Gamester, 12. Kody Swanson,
13. Brian Tyler,   14. Dave Darland
15. Casey Shuman,  16. Chris Windom,
17. Tim Barber,    18. Taylor Ferns,
19. Randy Bateman, 20. Tad Roach,
21. Shane Cockrum, 22. Kenny Gentry,
23. Todd Kane,     24. Robert Ballou. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-58 Gamester, Laps 59-93 Coons, Laps 94-100 Jones.
 
NEW TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS:
1-Jones                -60,
2-Coons               -57,
3-Hines                 -54,
4-Hollingsworth     -51,
5-Fike                    -48,
6-Grant                 -45,
7-Pierce                 -42,
8-East                   -39,
9-Gamester           -37,
10-Throckmorton -36.
 
NEXT TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN RACE: June 1 – Madison, IL – Gateway Motorsports Park


May 21 20-13
HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS RESET
THURSDAY AT HOOSIER HUNDRED, SATURDAY AT LUCAS OIL!

 from DICK JORDAN
   Five of this year’s USAC “Hall of Fame: inductees will be honored Thursday
night at the Indiana State Fairgrounds as part of the pre-race activities at the
“Hoosier Hundred,” the Traxxas USAC
Silver Crown Series race. Five more will be honored Saturday night at the “Night Before the 500” National Midget race at
Lucas Oil Raceway.
   Indianapolis Motor Speedway qualification extensions and logistical problems conspired to force cancellation of last night’s “Hall of Fame” Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway Park, creating these changes of venue for the Hall of Fame
ceremonies.
  Drivers, Jack Hewitt, Tom Bigelow and Tony Bettenhausen, race organizer Earl Baltes and USAC official and driver Henry Banks will share the spotlight in
Thursday’s pre-race ceremonies. Saturday’s ceremonies at Lucas Oil Raceway will include inductions for Pancho Carter, A.J. Watson, Bob Wilke, Don White and Johnny Rutherford. Details regarding 2013 induction ceremonies involving Al and Bobby Unser are pending and will be announced when finalized.
   The “Hoosier Hundred: now serves as the 2013 Traxxas Silver Crown Series opener after last night’s cancellation at Lucas Oil Raceway. Defending two-time winner Jerry Coons Jr. hopes to become the third driver in the 60-year history of the race to win it three straight years. The previous three-in-a-row winners were Jimmy Bryan and Al Unser, who won four in a row.
   Saturday’s “Night Before the 500” classic continues USAC’s 2013 National
Pavement Midget Series. and concludes with a 50-lap feature.
--USAC--


NEW THURSDAY USAC “HOOSIER HUNDRED” UP NEXT;
HALL OF FAME CLASSIC POSTPONED, 5 TO BE HONORED AT ISF

 from DICK JORDAN
   This week’s “Hoosier Hundred” ushers in a new era of Traxxas USAC Silver Crown racing and for the first time the race will occur on a new weeknight – Thursday.
 
   The 100-mile race on the 1-mile dirt Indiana State Fairgrounds oval has
tradition and history rivaling any other American dirt race, dating back to the
inaugural in 1953 won by soon-to-become 1955 Indianapolis 500 winner Bob
Sweikert.
 
   This year’s running becomes the series opener since rain forced an April 28 postponement at Terre Haute, Ind. and last Saturday night’s “Hall of Fame”
Classic was also postponed due to the extension of Indianapolis 500 Pole Day
activities which created logistical impositions for race officials and fans.
 
   The “Hoosier Hundred” has historically been the target of American dirt-track racers and its list of winners includes Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, Al
Unser, Mario Andretti, Jimmy Bryan, Rodger Ward, Parnelli Jones and Sweikert.
 
   Defending series champion Bobby East will be searching for his first Hoosier
Hundred win as he tries to give his team – Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing –
a record breaking 28th series victory. His teammate, Levi Jones, will also be
seeking his first victory in the classic.

   Thursday night’s event will also now include induction ceremonies for five of this year’s USAC Hall of Fame inductees, since the scheduled inductions were
delayed by last Saturday’s postponement at Lucas Oil Raceway. Those being
honored Thursday include Tom Bigelow, Jack Hewitt, Earl Baltes, Tony
Bettenhausen and Henry Banks.
 
   The official one-lap qualifying record at the Indiana State Fairgrounds is 114.726 mph, established in 1995 by Johnny Parsons. Kenny Jacobs set the
100-mile race record of 106.977 mph in 1987.
 
   Drivers Jerry Coons Jr. and Chris Windom will try to give RW
Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian a fourth consecutive Hoosier Hundred race win. Shane Hmiel was the 2010 winner and Coons won the last two years.
--USAC--



May 14 2013
SANTOS GOES FOR 3-IN-A-ROW AT “HALL OF FAME CLASSIC”
 by DICK JORDAN
    Bobby Santos of Franklin, Mass. will try to score an unprecedented third
consecutive Traxxas USAC Silver Crown victory at Lucas Oil Raceway Saturday in
the second USAC “Hall of Fame Classic.”
 
    Saturday’s event salutes USAC’s 57-year heritage as twelve individuals will be
inducted into the USAC Hall of Fame during ceremonies prior to the 100-lap
feature event. They include Henry Banks, Tony Bettenhausen, Tom Bigelow, Pancho
Carter, Earl Baltes, Jack Hewitt, Johnny Rutherford, Bobby and Al Unser, A.J.
Watson, Don White and Bob Wilke.
 
    The opening race of the 2013 Silver Crown series features former Lucas Oil
Raceway Silver Crown race winners Santos, East (3), Tracy Hines, Brian Tyler,
Kody Swanson and Russ Gamester. East is the defending series champion, while
Hines’ 13 victories in various series leads all USAC drivers at the .686-mile
paved oval.
 
Jason Leffler holds the one-lap LOR track record of 121.667 mph. from 2000,
while Mike Bliss set the 100-lap record of 104.306 mph in 2001.
 
Tyler, East and Levi Jones will each try to give their car owners the all-time
lead in terms of career series victories. Tyler pilots a car fielded by Six-R
Racing, while East and Jones team up in cars fielded by Tony
Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing. Each have 27 series wins.
 
In the 37 previous LOR Silver Crown races, 25 drivers have tasted victory lane,
with only seven scoring multiple wins.
 
Grandstand ticket holders at LOR will have all-access pit passes to enjoy the
evening’s activities and a special Hall of Fame autograph session is planned
from 6:30-7:30 pm.
--USAC--


May 11 2013
HOOSIER HUNDRED MAY INCLUDE 2 FEMALES!
 by  Dick Jordan
   It’s been 32 years since a female driver competed in USAC’s TRAXXAS Silver
Crown Series at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. That could change on Thursday night, May 23 when the Hoosier Hundred unfolds at the one-mile dirt Indianapolis
oval on its new date.
 This year two female drivers are expected to compete in the 100-mile race which switches from its traditional Friday date to Thursday prior to the Indianapolis
500.
   Taylor Ferns of Shelby Township, Mich. and Miranda Throckmorton of Avon, Ind.
are targeting the Hoosier Hundred for their series dirt-track debuts. The race
would be Throckmorton’s first Silver Crown race ever while Ferns competed in
three pavement Silver Crown events last year.
   Ferns’ eight USAC feature wins top the 24 females who have visited USAC victory
lanes through the years and in 2011 she scored a rare USAC driving championship
in the D1 Midget Series. The 17-year-old will pilot a car fielded by her father
Jim.
   Throckmorton is entered in a car fielded by Eddie Sachs Racing and in 2007 she became the first female to post a Sprint race victory in Indiana in a
non-USAC-sanctioned race at Paragon Speedway. An 11-year racing veteran, she
finished fifth in USAC’s Kenyon Midget Series in 2005.
   “I’m looking forward to teaming up with Six-R for this race,” says Ferns, who has done a fair amount of dirt racing. “The Silver Crown car will provide a new challenge for me but with the car and team I have we should have a great shot at a top finish. The race has a fantastic tradition and it’ll be an honor to now be
a part of it”
   “I’m excited to get my first laps in a Silver Crown car and it’ll be my first
trip on a mile race track,” says Throckmorton, who got a taste of the track Wednesday when she rode in the two-seat car piloted by Jack Hewitt. “I picked up a few pointers from Jack,” she admits. “I’ve always looked up to him, ever since he actually provided my first baby bed. It’ll certainly be a learning experience and I just hope to give Eddie (Sachs) and the team a respectable showing.”
   The only previous female driver in series history at the Indiana State
Fairgrounds was Washington state sprint car driver Cheryl Glass, who participated in the 1982 Hulman Hundred but lasted just nine laps before mechanical woes sent her to the sideline.
--USAC—



COONS EYES “HAT TRICK” IN MAY 23 HOOSIER HUNDRED
 from DICK JORDAN
   Only twice in 63 years has a driver been able to string together three
consecutive victories in the prestigious “Hoosier Hundred,” the USAC Traxxas
Silver Crown race slated May 23 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in
Indianapolis.
   Jimmy Bryan won in 1954, 1955 and 1956 and Al Unser scored a remarkable four in
a row from 1970-1973 before taking second behind Jackie Howerton in 1974.
   Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. has a chance to join that exclusive company
when this year’s race is held on a new date – Thursday night – during the
world’s biggest motorsports week.
   The Hoosier Hundred joins Wednesday night’s (May 22) “Tony Hulman Classic”
AMSOIL USAC Sprint race at Terre Haute, Ind. and Saturday night’s (May 25)
“Night Before the 500” USAC Midget race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis,
all leading up to the May 26 Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway.
   Coons won the 2011 and 2012 classics at the Fairgrounds and returns this year
to again drive the RW/Curb-Agajanian Rotondo Weirich/Curb Records Beast/Wallace
Toiyota.
   One of only five USAC “Triple Crown” champions, Coons looks forward to the
challenge: “I didn’t qualify very well in 2011,” he adds, “but we were able to
get through traffic and be in the right place when we needed to. The track
changes during the event and you have to make sure you protect your tires. Our
car is good on restarts and the double-file restarts seem to favor us.” Jerry
will pilot the same car he drove to last year’s win. “I’m pretty confident in my
team and the car they give me, so we should be right there.”
   This year marks Coons’ 11th Hoosier Hundred appearance. He was second in 2001
and fourth in 2003, but he knows he has plenty of competition May 23.
   Three-time winner Dave Darland and 2009 winner Shane Hollingsworth are expected
to be in the hunt, along with defending series champion Bobby East and others.
   Coons’ task is more taunting when one considers that A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti,
Chuck Gurney, Jack Hewitt, Darland and Tony Elliott all had back-to-back Hoosier
Hundred wins but were unable to grab that elusive third in a row.
--USAC--
Apr 29 2913
WEATHER CLAIMS USAC SUMAR CLASSIC AT TERRE HAUTE
  TERRE HAUTE, IN........Persistent rain and inclement weather have forced
cancellation of Sunday's "Sumar Classic" Traxxas USAC Silver Crown race at the
Terre Haute Action Track. Track and USAC officials are investigating options for
rescheduling but no new date has yet been established. The 2013 series will now
debut with the May 18 USAC "Hall of Fame Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway in
Indianapolis.


Apr 23 2013
 
“SUMAR CLASSIC” SILVER CROWN OPENER AT TERRE HAUTE

 from DICK JORDAN USAC
   Only one defending Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Champion has ever won the “Sumar
Clas
sic” at the Terre Haute Action Track. Bobby East hopes to become the second
when the 2013 series debuts Sunday at the half-mile dirt oval in Terre Haute,
Ind.
   J.J. Yeley turned the trick in 2003 after winning the 2002 title. He’s the only defending series king to win the race in its 13 previous runnings.
   East led all 100 laps enroute to clinching the 2013 series crown. He returns as part of the potent Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team for this Sunday’s event, which concludes with a 50-lap feature.
   The “Sumar Classic” was East’s 10th Silver Crown win and gave the Stewart/Curb-Agajanian team an all-time record 27th series win, tying them with Team 6R. East’s teammate Sunday will be two-time Silver Crown Champ and 2010
“Sumar Classic” winner Levi Jones, while the Team 6R camp will field 2004 “Sumar
Classic” winner Brian Tyler.
   Practice Sunday is scheduled at 5 pm, followed by qualifications at 6. Josh
Wise, the 2005 “Sumar Classic” winner, holds the 1-lap track qualifying record
of 20.139 seconds. No record has yet been established for the 50-lap distance.
   Donnie Beechler won the inaugural race in 1995 and repeated in 1997, Other
winners have been Kevin Thomas (1996), Tony Elliott (1998 and 2002), Jack Hewitt
(1999), Yeley (2003), Tyler (2004), Wise (2005), Bud Kaeding (2006), Dave Darland (2008), Jones (2010) and East.
   “We are excited to kick-start the 2013 Traxxas Silver Crown Series at Terre
Haute with fans getting pit access starting at 3 pm,” states series director
James Spink. “This is going to be a great season for the series and we think the
fans will especially like the double-file restarts.”
  Adult race fans purchasing front-gate tickets after the 3 pm opening will be
able to access the pit area. Front-gate adult tickets are $25. Infield tickets
are $15 and children 5-12 are $5 each. A 15-lap modified feature precedes the
“Sumar Classic” main event.
--USAC
--


Apr 17 2013
SUMAR CLASSIC TIMETABLE REVISED, PIT ACCESS FOR FANS!

 from DICK JORDAN
 Tickets for the April 28 “Sumar Classic” Traxxas USAC Silver Crown race at the
Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track will go on sale at 3 pm race day and fans
purchasing front-gate tickets that day will also receive pit access.
 
 Pit gates open at noon for participants and spectator gates open at 3 pm. An
adult front gate ticket is priced at $25, while infield tickets are $15 and kids
5-12 are $5.
 
 The opening race of the 2013 Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series renews a
tradition dating back to 1995 when Donnie Beechler was the first winner. One
previous Silver Crown race pre-dated the “Sumar Classic” when Gary Bettenhausen
was the 1980 winner.
 
 The April 28 timetable finds a 4:30 drivers meeting, followed by practice at 5.
Silver Crown qualifying is scheduled at 6, followed by modified heats. Opening
ceremonies are slated at 7. A 15-lap modified feature precedes the 50-lap “Sumar
Classic” main event.
 
 Defending Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Champion Bobby East won last year’s “Sumar
Classic.” Previous winners have included Levi Jones, Dave Darland, Bud Kaeding,
Josh Wise, Brian Tyler, J.J. Yeley, Tony Elliott, Jack Hewitt and Kevin Thomas.
--USAC--



Apr 3 2013
TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR JUNE 1
USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES RETURN TO GATEWAY

 from Dick Jordan
 One of the fastest tracks in “traditional” USAC Silver Crown history returns to
the series June 1 when the TRAXXAS series returns to Gateway Motorsports Park in
Madison, Ill.
 Dave Steele’s 2001 Gateway record of 143.967 mph. is eclipsed only by Kody
Swanson’s 146.212 mph at Iowa Speedway last year, discounting the
“next-generation” cars which competed for several years.
 The June 1 “Gateway 100” will mark the sixth appearance of the series at the
1.25-mile paved oval near St. Louis and the first event of any kind on the oval
since the 2010 season. Previous Gateway Silver Crown races were won by Pat Abold
(1997), J.J. Yeley (1998), Ryan Newman (1999), Tracy Hines (2000) and Steele
(2001).
 The race is round four of the 2012 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Series and will be
the second on pavement, following the May 18 USAC “Hall of Fame Classic” in
Indianapolis, Ind.
 “The Silver Crown series has a tremendous tradition in this region and we’re
extremely excited to have them re-open the Superspeedway in this historic
event,’ said Chris Blair, Gateway Motorsports Park Senior Vice-President. “The
stars of USAC produced some incredible events here between 1997 and 2001 that
were some of the most talked about in the long history of this incredible
series.”
 The Gateway 100 caps off a spectacular weekend of USAC national events
 in the St Louis Metro Area.
 On Friday, May 31,
 The USAC National Midget Series will compete at nearby Tri-City Speedway
in Pontoon Beach, Ill.
 “Gateway is truly a driver’s track and this series is known for producing the
stars of tomorrow,’ continued Blair. “Thanks to USAC and TRAXXAS, the excitement
is building and the series is growing. This event could go down in the books as
one of the greatest in the long history of asphalt champ car racing.”
 Gateway Motorsports Park produces a tremendous challenge for drivers with it’s
long straightaways, sweeping high banks through turns 1 and 2 and a tight
configuration through turns 3 and 4. The cars will be capable of circling the
track at over 180 miles per hour.  It’s anticipated that all-time USAC speed
records will be shattered.
 In addition to the modern, high-speed marvels of the Silver Crown Series, the
event will also feature historical racing from Can-Am Limited of St. Louis. The
group will feature classic Indy cars on display and exhibition racing throughout
the afternoon.
 “The Gateway 100 will become a must attend event for race fans of all
generations,” continued Blair. “We want the older fans to relive the glory of
seeing former USAC champions such as Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Jeff Gordon,
Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman as they became champions behind the wheel of these
beautiful machines. At the same time, we are working with the historical groups
to provide younger fans with the opportunity to marvel at the machines from the
past and see how the sport has evolved.”
 Tickets are now on sale by calling the Gateway Motorsports Park ticket office
at 618-215-8888 or by visiting www.gatewaymsp.com. Advance adult tickets are
only $25 and kids 6-12 are just $5. All tickets are $5 more day of show.
Children 5 and under are free.
 “We look forward to our return to the St. Louis metro area,” adds USAC’s James
Spink. The race at Gateway returns the series to one of the venues that
contributed to its successful. “Gateway has always presented a unique challenge
for our participants and coupled with out “Hut Hundred” at nearby Tri-City, race
fans will surely target this weekend as a destination in 2013.”  
--USAC—


BOBBY EAST OPENS USAC TITLE DEFENSE IN APRIL 28 “SUMAR CLASSIC”
TIMETABLE HAS PRACTICE AT 3 AND THE FEATURE AT 6

  from DICK JORDAN
    Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Champion Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind. is set to
open defense of his 2012 title April 28 when the series returns to the Terre
Haute (Ind.) Action Track, site of its 2012 season finale.
 The “Sumar Classic” serves as the first of 10 rounds in this year’s series and
continues a tradition dating back to 1995 when Donnie Beechler won the inaugural
at the half-mile dirt oval.
 East’s wire-to-wire victory in last year’s race contributed to the 12-point
margin of victory he enjoyed over Jerry Coons Jr. at season’s end. He is
expected to return at the wheel of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian
Racing/Chevrolet Performance – Curb Records/Maxim/Kistler.
 East is one of 11 drivers who have won the Terre Haute race. Beechler and Tony
Elliott are two-time winners, while Kevin Thomas, Jack Hewitt, J.J. Yeley, Brian
Tyler, Josh Wise, Bud Kaeding, Dave Darland and Levi Jones also are former
winners.
 Terre Haute’s rich history actually includes one other Silver Crown appearance.
Gary Bettenhausen won the 1980 running before the race was christened the “Sumar
Classic” 15 years later.
 The April 28 schedule sees gates opening at noon, followed by the drivers
meeting at 2:30 pm. Practice commences at 3, with heats for modified races at 4.
Silver Crown qualifying starts at 4:30 and a modified feature is planned at 5.
Pre-race begins at 5:45 and the 50-lap “Sumar Classic” feature is slated to get
under way at 6 pm.
 An interesting sideline will be the ongoing struggle for supremacy between Tony
Stewart Racing and Six-6 Motorsports in their battle to become the winningest
car owner in series history. Each has 27 victories to their credit.
 East will team with Levi Jones in the Tony Stewart Racing/Curb-Agajanian
entries while Brian Tyler will pilot the Six-R entry.  
--USAC--

Mar 29 2013

                                            USAC TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN Series
         

            

Jan 9 2013
BOB JENKINS BECOMES USAC’S “SILVER VOICE”

From

 by DICK JORDAN
  Bob Jenkins of Carmel, Ind. has accepted the role of chief broadcaster for the
TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Series for 2013. He will orchestrate the announcing duties for 11 events, beginning with the April 28 “Sumar Classic 100” at Terre Haute, Ind. and ending with the September 21 “4-Crown Nationals” at Rossburg, Ohio.
  Events Jenkins will announce also are scheduled at Indianapolis, Ind. (3),
Madison, Ill., Fountain, Colo., Milwaukee, Wisc., Belleville, Kans., Springfield
and DuQuoin, Ill.
 
 "Getting a chance to work in the USAC Silver Crown series will take me back to my roots of racing’” says Jenkins. “My first exposure to racing in the early 60's was sprint cars and what are now Silver Crown cars. It has always been an exciting form of competition and I look forward to working with the drivers, car
owners, crew members, track owners and officials this coming season."
  Jenkins, with Hollywood credits on movies like Days of Thunder and Talladega Nights, is a graduate of Indiana University and Short High School in Liberty, Ind. and served as a cornerstone anchor on ESPN when it debuted in 1979.
  Most recently Bob was the lead commentator for the IndyCar Series on NBC Sports Network.
  His motorsports expertise with ABC and NBC and his long tenure with the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway have solidified his position as one of America’s most respected and knowledgeable motorsports aficionados.
  At IMS, Bob’s voice has graced the Indianapolis 500, NASCAR’s Brickyard 400,
the Formula One United States Grand Prix and the Red Bull MotoGP, among others.
  “Obviously, we are beyond delighted that Bob will join our team in 2013,” offers TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Director James Spink. “Hisexpertise and knowledge of our participants, plus the intense appreciation of this type of motorsports, makes him the obvious choice to fill this post. We are indeed fortunate to have his services.”
  The 2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Series schedule and related series information can be found at USAC’s website: www.usacracing.com
--USAC--




Ja
n 82013

NEW THURSDAY DATE SET FOR 2013 HOOSIER HUNDRED
 by DICK JORDAN
 Crowds are expected to climb in 2013 for one of America’s most prestigious
dirt-track motorsports events – the “Hoosier Hundred,” scheduled for May 23.
  Race organizer Bob Sargent, who also organizes Traxxas USAC Silver Crown races
at Terre Haute, Ind. plus Springfield and DuQuoin, Ill., is making the major
change for the 100-mile race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The change from
the previous Friday schedule should allow more race fans to attend the race,
minimizing conflicts with May-time activities surrounding the Indianapolis 500,
which include numerous Midwestern Sprint car events.
  One conflict which will be avoided is the traditional Friday “carburetion day”
activity at IMS, which also involves the Freedom 100 for the Indy Lights.
  “We’ve thought about this for several years,” says Sargent. “The schedule now
dictates that a Thursday night Hoosier Hundred will best serve the participants
and race fans and we look forward to augmenting the tradition of this
spectacular event.”
  The Hoosier Hundred dates back to 1953 and began in September. It moved to May
and has been a Friday fixture for many years. This year it’s part of the 11-race
Traxxas Silver Crown Championship Series which starts in May and ends in
September.
  “The 2013 Traxxas Silver Crown Series will include a number of new innovations
and events,” adds series director James Spink. “The move to the Thursday slot
for the Hoosier Hundred make perfect sense and we welcome it as we continue the
great tradition this series has built. The Hoosier Hundred has a rich history
and its place in the week prior to the Indianapolis 500 gives it the chance to
attract an international audience.”
  Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. is the defending winner of the Hoosier Hundred
and hopes to be the third driver to win three in a row. Coons won in 2011 and
2012, while Al Unser won four straight from 1970-1973 and Jimmy Brywn won from
1954-1956.

--USAC--

Dec 7 2012
2013 USAC TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN SERIES
MAKES BELLEVILLE DEBUT, PIKES PEAK RETURN 
 
by Dick Jordan
  The addition of the historic Belleville (Kans.) High Banks and returns to paved ovals at Pikes Peak International Raceway and Gateway Motorsports Park enhance the expanded slate of 2013 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Championship events announced today.
 
  A total of 11 events comprise the preliminary schedule, opening with the “Sumar Classic 100” at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on April 28 and again concludes with the annual “4-Crown Nationals” at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio September 21.
 
  The storied Belleville (Kans.) High Banks, already announced as an August 2 date, will host its inaugural Silver Crown event as part of this year’s “Belleville Nationals.”
 
  Returning to the series in 2013 are events at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. and Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo. and the famed Milwaukee (Wisc.) Mile is targeted for a July race yet to be announced.
Gateway hosts the series June 1 and the Pikes Peak race is June 29. The Silver Crown cars last competed at Gateway in 2001 and the race Silver Crown race at Pikes Peak occurred in 2005. Milwaukee last hosted a 2011 race.
 
  The “USAC Hall of Fame” race May 18 and “J.D. Byrider 100” July 27 are on the slate at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, while the traditional one-mile dirt races return at Springfield and DuQuoin, Ill. and Indianapolis, Ind. The “Hoosier Hundred” In Indianapolis is May 23, “Tony Bettenhausen 100” at
Springfield is August 17 and the “Ted Horn 100” at DuQuoin is September 1.
 
 
2013 USAC TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE
 Date     Location/Track 
 
April 28    Terre Haute, IN/Terre Haute Action Track
May 18     Indianapolis, IN/Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
May 23     Indianapolis, IN/Indiana State Fairgrounds
June 1     Madison, IL/Gateway Motorsports Park
June 29     Fountain, CO/Pikes Peak International Raceway
July TBA    Milwaukee, WI/Milwaukee Mile
July 27     Indianapolis, IN/Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
August      Belleville, KS/Belleville High Banks
August 17   Springfield, IL/Illinois State Fairgrounds
September 1 DuQuoin, IL/DuQuoin State Fairgrounds


SILVER CROWN COMMITTEE EYES BANNER 2013 YEAR
 by  DICK JORDAN
 One of the more ambitious schedules is recent TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Series
history was presented to enthusiastic participants gathered at the USAC
Headquarters yesterday.
 Discussion included a wide range of topics as the 2013 calendar offers both new
and renewed venues as well as purse structure incentives. In attendance were
more than 25 car owners, drivers and crew members.
 The race slate, scheduled to be released at next month’s Indianapolis
Motorsports Industry Show in the Hoosier capital, spans approximately a dozen
events, including the recently-released debut at the Belleville High Banks in
Kansas.
 Also adopted during the meeting were “Delaware Double File” restarts for all
races in the series in 2013. In addition, all races conducted on half-mile ovals
will constitute 50 laps with yellow-flag laps not counted.
 "An open invitation was extended to all Traxxas Silver Crown teams to discuss
the upcoming season,” said USAC’s Silver Crown Director James Spink. “I was very
happy to see some new car owners, those who have been on the sidelines, and our
staunch series supporters attend to discuss the upcoming season in a positive
manner. The schedule offers to be one of our most entertaining in years and it
was met with positive feedback from all involved."
 Defending Series Champion Bobby East, who won races on the pavement at Newton,
Iowa and on the dirt at Terre Haute, Ind., was delighted at the proposed
schedule and is ready for a repeat championship. “It’s great that USAC has taken
the initiative to move this series forward and everything I’ve heard has been
positive. The title in 2012 was huge and I’d like nothing more than to do it
again. Belleville has always been a favorite for me and that race is going to be
fun and the fans should see a great race. My focus is on repeating as the
champion next year!”
 Daryl Guiducci, whose cars are tied for the most wins ever in Silver Crown
competition with Stewart at 27, said, despite his retirement from the series as
an owner after a long tenure: “I’m pleased at James’ direction and the fact the
series is receiving the most attention it’s had in years. People will make this
work, obviously, and just because I’ve taken a back seat doesn’t mean I’m not
150 percent behind this. This year should be a turning point for the series and
everything right now points in the right direction. The negative feedback
certainly does not help the situation so I hope everybody continues on this
recent positive track. My cars should all be continuing in the series even
though my name won’t be affixed. At present Brian Tyler doesn’t have a solid
ride but he hopes to compete in 2013.”
 Long-time car owner Galen Fox who competed only in this year’s Hoosier Hundred,
commented: “This was the most productive meeting in years. There were a lot of
participants and 2013 sounds exciting. I’m really looking forward to Belleville.
In all the years I’ve been in this game I’ve never been there!”
 Gene Nolen, who has fielded cars for many years and most recently fielded
driver Shane Hollingsworth, noted: “The positive atmosphere was refreshing. The
interest in the series among the participants seems to be at a high and if
things that came from the meeting come together it should be a great year. Like
Galen, I’ve never been to Belleville before and I can’t wait to get there.”
 Indianapolis 500 veteran Davey Hamilton, whose son Davey Jr. is among USAC’s
new talent pool, is also excited about the direction of the series. “I feel that
USAC is on track to bring back the series we all dearly love with bigger fields
and the right cars under a stable rules package. The mix of pavement and dirt
with the expansion of premier venues will obviously create an interest in series
investment and I hope to be involved with one or two cars myself in 2013. The
true test of a champion is to have a split between dirt and pavement and it
appears that has been achieved.”
--USAC-

Oct 20 2012
GATEWAY USAC SILVER CROWN TEST SUCCESSFUL
 Four TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Championship cars ventured to Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis Wednesday for an evaluation test aimed at a possible series engagement at the 1.25-mile paved oval in 2013.
 The Madison, Ill. facility last hosted the USAC series in 2001, the last of five races held between 1997 and 2001 resulting in victories for drivers Pat Abold, J.J. Yeley, Ryan Newman, Tracy Hines and Dave Steele.
 Car entrants 6R Racing of Noblesville, Ind. and RW Motorsports of Lederach, Pa. participated in the test, with drivers Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. and Taylor Ferns of Shelby Township, Mich. piloting 6R cars and Bobby Santos of Franklin, Mass. and Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. in RW machines.
 According to all accounts, the tests were successful, with speeds reaching 141.764 mph., near the track record of 143.967 mph achieved by Steele in 2001. The fastest speed of the session was posted by Santos, who scored two series pavement victories this year at Indianapolis, Ind.
 "We were pleased with the results of the test and the enthusiasm exhibited by Gateway management and the teams involved," said USAC's Silver Crown Director James Spink. "We look forward to future involvement at Gateway and the excitement generated by a possible 2013 series appearance."
 6R Racing, under the tutelage of Darryl Guiducci, and RW Motorsports, guided by Steve Weirich, each own historic Silver Crown achievements. 6R shares the all-time series victory record of 27 by Tony Stewart Racing, while RW captured this year's 2012 series car entrant championship and recorded five wins by three different drivers.
 Coons participated in the 2001 Silver Crown race at Gateway, finishing 13th in the 100-mile race.
 Ferns, USAC's winningest female driver ever with eight feature victories and a 2011 USAC D1 Midget Championship on her resume, is a Silver Crown series rookie, while Coons, Santos and Swanson all have series victories


Oct 16 2012
12-POINT SILVER CROWN MARGIN FOR CHAMPION EAST
by DICK JORDAN
 New USAC TRAXXAS Silver Crown Champion Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind. finished
with a 12-point margin of victory over runner-up Jerry Coons Jr. as a result of
Saturday night’s “Sumar Classic 100” finale at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action
Track.
 East led all 100 laps to win the event, with Coons taking second ahead of Russ
Gamester, Bud Kaeding and Tracy Hines.
 The victory by East in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Maxim/Kistler left
Stewart tied for the all-time lead in terms of USAC Silver Crown wins with 27.
 RW Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian of Lederach, Pa., who fielded cars for Coons and
sixth-place Clauson at Terre Haute, emerged with the 2012 USAC TRAXXAS Silver
Crown car entrant title.
 East’s margin of victory in Saturday’s 100-lapper was 12.751 seconds.
 Driver Steve Adams suffered a concussion during a practice session flip and was
transported to a local hospital for treatment.
 
 FINAL 2012 USAC TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN STANDINGS
 1-Bobby East-412, 2-Jerry Coons Jr.-400, 3-Kody Swanson-374, 4-Bud Kaeding-358,
5-Tanner Swanson-325, 6-Tracy Hines-310, 7-Brian Tyler-276, 8-Levi Jones-270,
9-Bobby Santos-253, 10-Russ Gamester-249.


Oct 14 2012
TRAXXAS USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RESULTS: October 13, 
Terre Haute, Indiana – Terre Haute Action Track – “Sumar Classic 100”

 
 QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bryan Clauson, 17, RW-20.467; 2. Bobby East, 22,
Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-20.480; 3. Robert Ballou, 63, DePalma-20.799; 4. Tracy
Hines, 16, Lightfoot-20.965; 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 27, RW-20.975; 6. Kody Swanson,
33, Six-R-21.007; 7. Bud Kaeding, 29, BK-21.025; 8. Shane Hollingsworth, 20,
Nolen-21.135; 9. Brian Tyler, 21, Six-R-21.376; 10. Dave Darland, 19,
Six-R-21.419; 11. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-21.795; 12. Rich Tobias Jr., 39,
Aqualini-NT; 13. Shane Cottle, 14, McQuinn-NT; 14. Tanner Swanson, 23, Six-R-NT;
15. Steve Adams, 500, 500 Motorsports-NT.
 
 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Bobby East, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Russ Gamester, 4. Bud
Kaeding, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Brian Tyler, 8. Robert Ballou, 9.
Kody Swanson, 10. Tanner Swanson, 11. Rich Tobias Jr., 12. Dave Darland, 13.
Shane Hollingsworth, 14. Shane Cottle. NT
 
**Adams flipped during practice and was transported for observation for a
concussion. T.Swanson cleared the wall during practice.
 
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-100 East.
 
FINAL SILVER CROWN SERIES STANDINGS: 1-East-412, 2-Coons-400, 3-K.Swanson-374,
4-Kaeding-358, 5-T.Swanson-325, 6-Hines-310, 7-Tyler-276, 8-Levi Jones-270,
9-Bobby Santos-253, 10-Gamester-249.



Oct 10 2012
6R-STEWART SILVER CROWN “SHOOTOUT” AT TERRE HAUTE 
  by DICK JORDAN
  Saturday’s “Sumar Classic 100” at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track not only
offers a “shootout” for the 2012 USAC TRAXXAS Silver Crown driver championship,
it will also feature the all-time battle for supremacy among car entrants, with
6R Racing and Tony Stewart Racing/Curb-Agajanian separated by just one victory.
 Drivers  Bobby East, Jerry Coons Jr. and Kody Swanson are separated by just 11
points, while car owners RW/Curb-Agajanian, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian and
RW/Curb-Agajanian are separated in the car entrant points by just 35. Six-R
Racing stands just 53 out of the lead.
 The all-time leader in terms of Silver Crown victories is Six-R Racing with 27.
Stewart is second at 26. Six-R will field entries for Dave Darland, Brian Tyler,
Kody and Tanner Swanson and Taylor Ferns, while Stewart’s driver will be East.
The RW/Curb-Agajanian drivers will be Bryan Clauson and Coons.
 Six-R first burst on the victory podium in 1992 with Jim Keeker’s win at
Phoenix, Ariz. In the ensuing victories they have encompassed drivers Jack
Hewitt, Dave Steele, Tyler and the two Swansons. Since Jason Leffler’s initial
Stewart victory at Phoenix in 2000, other drivers victories have included Kasey
Kahne, J.J. Yeley, Steele, Jay Drake, Josh Wise, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Levi
Jones, Clauson and East.
 Coons is the latest of drivers for RW Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, who also
fielded Mat Neely’s first at Eldora Speedway in 2006 and a 2012 win by Shane
Hmiel. They have eight total wins, including two this year.
 East sits atop the driver standings eyeing his first Silver Crown crown,
piloting the Stewart/Curb-Agajanian entry. Coons is second in the points in an
RW/Curb-Agajanian entry and Kody Swanson ranks third in one of the Six-R Racing
entries.
 Stewart/Curb-Agajanian entries won at Terre Haute in 2003, 2005 and 2010, while
6R Racing entries won at Terre Haute in 1999 and 2004. A win by
RW/Curb-Agajanian would be their first at the half-mile oval.
 --USAC--




Oct 9 2012
“SUMAR CLASSIC 100” SILVER CROWN “SHOOTOUT”
WITH CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE LINE SATURDAY

 by DICK JORDAN 
 Two years ago the USAC TRAXXAS Silver Crown Championship featured three drivers
separated by just 11 final points. Entering this Saturday night’s “Sumar Classic
100” finale at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, the same 11 point separation
is evident among the top three drivers in the standings.
 Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind. is the point leader in pursuit of his first
series crown, while former champion Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. is six
points back and Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. is 11 in arrears eyeing his
initial series title.
 Swanson ended up third in the 2010 standings behind Levi Jones and Bud Kaeding,
but Tony Stewart, East’s car owner along with Curb-Agajanian, remembers the
closest top-three series shootout ever when he won in 1995. Stewart edged Dave
Darland by just two points and Jack Hewitt by nine on his way to the USAC
“Triple Crown.”
 Five drivers actually have mathematical chances for the 2012 championship,
although Kaeding trails by 42 points and Tanner Swanson by 57 with 66 points
available Saturday.
 Kody Swanson fared the best of the title hopefuls when the series last visited
Terre Haute in 2010. Swanson was fifth in the 100-lap race, compared to a
seventh for East, a 15th for Tanner Swanson, a 15th for Kaeding and a 24th for
Coons.
 Levi Jones, the 2010 winner, will not compete at Terre Haute, recuperating from
season-ending neck injuries.
 The Tony Stewart Racing/Curb-Agajanian team is trying to open the way for a
unique entrant “Triple Crown” of sorts, with Curb-Agajanian also currently
involved in the 2012 AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader and the Mopar
National Midget point leader.
 Saturday’s event completes a two-night Terre Haute USAC extravaganza, with the
“Jim Hurtubise Classic” AMSOIL National Sprint Cars racing on Friday night.
 
 2012 USAC TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN STANDINGS
 1-Bobby East-349, 2-Jerry Coons Jr.-343, 3-Kody Swanson-338, 4-Bud Kaeding-307,
5-Tanner Swanson-292, 6-Levi Jones-270, 7-Tracy Hines-262, 8-Bobby Santos-253,
9-Brian Tyler-234, 10-A.J. Fike-221.



Sept 23 2012
TRAXXAS USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 22, 2012 – Rossburg, – Eldora Speedway – 31st “4-Crown Nationals”
 
 QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kyle Larson, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-16.366; 2. Bobby
East, 22, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-16.528 ;3. Bryan Clauson, 17, RW-16.776; 4.
Robert Ballou, 63, DePalma-16.907; 5. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-16.981; 6.
Jerry Coons Jr., 27, RW-17.105; 7. Bud Kaeding, 29, BK-17.121; 8. Dave Darland,
19, Six-R-17.285; 9. Mitch Wissmiller, 7, RW-17.305; 10. Brian Tyler, 21,
Six-R-17.355; 11. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-17.381; 12. Shane Hollingsworth,
20, Nolen-17.478; 13. Shane Cockrum, 114, Hardy-17.730; 14. Kody Swanson, 33,
Six-R-17.753; 15. Tanner Swanson, 23, Six-R-17.964; 16. Rich Tobias Jr., 39,
Aqualini-18.228; 17. Steve Adams, 500, 500 Motorsports-19.216.
 
 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4.
Bobby East, 5. Bud Kaeding, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Brian Tyler, 8. Shane
Hollingsworth, 9. Kody Swanson, 10. Tanner Swanson, 11. Russ Gamester, 12. Rich
Tobias Jr., 13. Steve Adams, 14. Shane Cockrum, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Mitch
Wissmiller. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 East, Laps 11-50 Clauson.
 
NEW SILVER CROWN SERIES STANDINGS: 1-East-349, 2-Coons-343, 3-K.Swanson-338,
4-Kaeding-307, 5-T.Swanson-292, 6-Levi Jones-270, 7-Hines-262, 8-Bobby
Santos-253, 9-Tyler-234, 10-A.J. Fike-221.
 
NEXT SILVER CROWN SERIES RACE: October 13 – Terre Haute (IN) Action Track –
“Sumar Classic 100



Sept 4 2012
TITLE HOPEFULS EYE FINAL 2 USAC SILVER CROWN RACES
AFTER ISAAC’S RAINS CANCEL DuQUOIN’S “TED HORN 100”

 
 by DICK JORDAN 
   Nearly all the top-10 drivers in the TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown standings are
mathematically still in the hunt for a championship with two races remaining in
the 2012 season after rains from tropical storm Isaac lashed the DuQuoin (Ill.)
State Fairgrounds, forcing cancellation of Sunday’s “Ted Horn 100.”
 
   The cancellation was only the third in the 64-year history of DuQuoin’s Silver
Crown event, which was also rained out in 1962 and 2009.
 
   Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. has a four-point lead over Bobby East of
Brownsburg, Ind. heading into the September 22 “Four Crown Nationals” at the
Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The series concludes October 13 with the
“Sumar Classic 100” at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

   Drivers Jerry Coons Jr., Levi Jones, Tanner Swanson, Bud Kaeding, Bobby Santos,
A.J. Fike, Tracy Hines and Brian Tyler all fall under the umbrella which
encompasses the 132 points available in the remaining races, although Jones will
not be competing after announcing he is having season-ending neck surgery.
 
 
2012 USAC TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN STANDINGS 
 1-Kody Swanson-302; 2-Bobby East-298; 3-Jerry Coons Jr.-289; 4-Levi Jones-270;
5-Tanner Swanson-259; 6-Bud Kaeding-259; 7-Bobby Santos-253; 8-A.J. Fike-221;
9-Tracy Hines-217; 10-Brian Tyler-192

Aug 29 2012

HINES EYES 3RD USAC DuQUOIN SILVER CROWN VICTORY SUNDAY
 by DICK JORDAN
   Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. is the only driver in the last 17 years to
claim two trophies in the annual “Ted Horn 100” at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State
Fairgrounds. He’ll shoot for his third victory in the annual USAC Traxxas Silver
Crown event Sunday night at the “Magic Mile.”
 
  Hines scored back-to-back victories at DuQuoin in 2005 and 2006. Since 1995 a
total of 15 different winners have emerged from the 16 races held (the 2009
event was rained out). Winners during that stretch also include Johnny Parsons,
Chuck Gurney, Russ Gamester, Jimmy Sills, Tony Elliott, Kasey Kahne, Paul White,
J.J. Yeley, Rich Tobias Jr., Tyler Walker, Shane Cottle, Brian Tyler, Kody
Swanson and Kyle Larson.
 
  DuQuoin race winners with three or more victories include A.J. Foyt (6), Gary
Bettenhausen (5), Mario Andretti, Tom Bigelow and Chuck Gurney (3 each).
 
  Hines, who ranks ninth in the current Traxxas standings, is tied for the lead
among all active USAC drivers with 81 career National wins, eight of which have
come in the Silver Crown series. He has four National wins this season but his
best Silver Crown finish in 2012 has been a fifth at Toledo, Ohio. Dave Darland,
who will also compete at DuQuoin, also has 81 career National wins.
 
  Only A.J. Foyt (154), Rich Vogler (134), Mel Kenyon (111) and Gary Bettenhausen
(82) have more USAC National wins than Hines and Darland.
 
  Three races remain on the 2012 Traxxas Silver Crown calendar, so the 198 points
available are sufficient enough to give Hines a chance to compete for the series
title. He’s currently 85 behind leader Kody Swanson entering Sunday’s race.
 
  Hines, who has 14 career DuQuoin starts, was third in last year’s 100-miler. He
also posted “top-10” finishes in 2000 (5th), 2002 (6th), 2003 (5th) and 2004
(3rd) in addition to his 2005 and 2006 victories.
 
2012 USAC TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN STANDINGS 
1-Kody Swanson-302; 2-Bobby East-298; 3-Jerry Coons Jr.-289; 4-Levi Jones-270;
5-Tanner Swanson-259; 6-Bud Kaeding-259; 7-Bobby Santos-253; 8-A.J. Fike-221;
9-Tracy Hines-217; 10-Brian Tyler-192.



Aug 28 2012
DuQUOIN’S MAGIC MILE HOSTS USACs “TED HORN 100” SUNDAY NIGHT;
STEWART TEAM EYES RECORD-TYING 27TH WIN
 

 by DICK JORDAN 
 The “magic” returns to the one mile oval in DuQuoin, Ill. Sunday night as the
historic “Magic Mile” at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds hosts the USAC Traxxas
Silver Crown Series.
 
 USAC Triple Crown Driving Champion Tony Stewart will be among those intently
watching the results as he tries to score a third DuQuoin Silver Crown win. A
victory by either of his drivers Sunday (Levi Jones or Bobby East) would
actually be his fourth at DuQuoin when added to his 2003 victory as a driver in
the ARCA Stock car race.
 
 Stewart, who failed to win at DuQuoin in six tries as a Silver Crown driver,
owns a pair of wins as a car owner, with Josh Wise in 2006 and J.J. Yeley in
2003. Bob East, whose son Bobby will team with Levi Jones in Stewart’s cars
Sunday, was the co-owner of Yeley’s 2003 car.
 
 Stewart’s six DuQuoin Silver Crown starts between 1992 and 1997 produced a pair
of thirds a fourth, fifth and a sixth.
 
 Added incentive Sunday for Jones, of Olney, Ill. and East, of Brownsburg, Ind.,
will be a record-tying 27th win for the Stewart team, matching the 27 wins
achieved by 6R Racing, which will field cars Sunday for Kody and Tanner Swanson,
Dave Darland and Brian Tyler. East posted the Stewart team’s 26th series win in
June at Iowa Speedway.
 
 East ranks second in the 2012 standings, only four points behind leader Kody
Swanson, with Jones fourth, 19 behind third-place Jerry Coons Jr.
 
 A.J. Fike of Galesburg, Ill. and Coons, of Tucson, Ariz., are considered top
threats for victory Sunday, following their victories on one-mile dirt ovals
already this season. Coons won the “Hoosier Hundred” in Indianapolis, Ind. in
May and Fike won the August 18 “Tony Bettenhausen 100” at the Illinois State
Fairgrounds in Springfield. 
 
2012 USAC TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN STANDINGS 
 1-Kody Swanson-302; 2-Bobby East-298; 3-Jerry Coons Jr.-289; 4-Levi Jones-270;
5-Tanner Swanson-259; 6-Bud Kaeding-259; 7-Bobby Santos-253; 8-A.J. Fike-221;
9-Tracy Hines-217; 10-Brian Tyler-192.



Aug 21 2012
SILVER CROWN POINTS TIGHTEN WITH DuQUOIN NEXT;
 FIKE 1ST ILLINI “BETTENHAUSEN” WINNER SINCE 1983

    by DICK JORDAN
 Kody Swanson’s USAC Traxxas Silver Crown series point lead over Bobby East
 has dwindled to just four points entering the September 2 “Ted Horn 100”
 at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds.

 Swanson failed to finish Saturday’s “Tony Bettenhausen 100” at the
 Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, despite leading the first 19
 laps. East finished eighth in the 100-mile contest.

 A.J. Fike of Galesburg, Ill. became the first Illini driver to win the
 Springfield classic in 29 years as he sped to victory Saturday in his RFMS
 Racing Liberty Village/McGladrey & Pullen Beast/Foxco. He grabbed the lead
 on a restart from Levi Jones and led the final 65 miles for the win.
 Defending race winner Brian Tyler took second at the checkered flag ahead
 of Tanner Swanson, Jones and Bryan Clauson.

 Jones led 16 laps of the race in his bid to become the first Illini driver
 to win the race since Gary Bettenhausen in 1983.

 Only 49 points separate the “top-seven” in the current standings going
 into the DuQuoin race.




Aug 9 2012
29-YEAR “TONY BETTENHAUSEN 100”
DROUGHT
FOR ILLINOIS DRIVERS COULD END AUGUST 18

by DICK JORDAN
    It’s been 29 years since an Illinois driver won the “Tony Bettenhausen 100” at the Illinois State Fairgrounds but that drought could end with at least eight Illini drivers expected to compete in the August 18 USAC Traxxas Silver Crown race on the one-mile dirt Springfield oval.
    Gary Bettenhausen of Tinley Park, Tony’s son, was the last to get the job done, in 1983. It was his second victory in the race named for his famous father, himself a three-time Springfield winner.
    Defending USAC Traxxas Silver Crown champion Levi Jones of Olney might have the best chance to end the drought. He finished second to winner Brian Tyler last year on his way to his second consecutive series title. His five 2012 podium finishes include a pair of thirds in his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian entry.
    A.J. Fike of Galesburg, who won the pole for the 100-miler in 2009 and finished 12th last year, joins Jones as major threats for victory. Throw in Springfield’s own Donnie Beechler, the Indianapolis 500 veteran who has competed in numerous races at the Springfield mile but got upside down during last year’s race, and 2011 USAC “Hut Hundred” Midget winner Zach Daum of Pocahontas and you have some real contenders.
    Fellow Illinois drivers Randy Bateman of Murphysboro, Chris Urish of Elkhart, Shane Cockrum of Benton and Steve Adams of Cooks Mills are also expected to be in the field.
    North Carolina’s Brian Tyler will aim for his fifth Springfield victory. He won in 2004, 2005, 2008 and last year. Chuck Gurney holds the all-time Springfield record of seven triumphs.
    Jones and Fike are both in the “top-10” in the series standings entering the August 18 race. Jones is fifth, 60 points behind leader Kody Swanson, while Fike is ninth, 121 in arrears.
    Swanson, with three seconds, a fourth and a fifth in five starts, has a 20-point lead in the series over Bobby East, the winner at Newton, Iowa in June. Jerry Coons Jr., winner at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in May and at Toledo, Ohio in June, is third, ahead of Bobby Santos, winner of a pair of races at Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Ind.

2012 USAC TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN POINT STANDINGS: 1- Kody Swanson-279, 2-Bobby East-259, 3-Jerry Coons Jr.-244, 4-Bobby Santos-222, 5-Levi Jones-219, 6-Bud Kaeding-217, 7-Tanner Swanson-205, 8-Tracy Hines-190, 9-A.J. Fike-158, 10-Jacob Wilson-141.

July 312012
SWANSON WILL LEAD SILVER CROWN TO SPRINGFIELD;
SANTOS WINS “J.D. BYRIDER 100”

by DICK JORDAN 
Kody Swanson finished second in Thursday night’s “J.D. Byrider 100” at Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Ind. and leads the USAC Traxxas Silver Crown Series to its next event, the “Tony Bettenhausen 100” at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield August 18. He has a 20-point lead over Bobby East, who took third in the Indianapolis race.

Bobby Santos of Franklin, Mass. led all 100 laps of Thursday night’s race, part of a USAC “Rich Vogler Classic” doubleheader honoring the late USAC driver who won more USAC features than any driver in history.

Santos and his Rotondo Weirich/Curb Records Beast/Wallace Toyota were chased to the checkered flag by Swanson, East, Kyle Larson and Tanner Swanson.

Seven drivers emerged from the Indianapolis race separated by 74 points in the latest series standings. Thursday’s race was the 300th presented by USAC at the Indianapolis oval.


2012 USAC TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN STANDINGS
1-Kody Swanson-279, 2-Bobby East-259, 3-Jerry Coons Jr.-244, 4-Bobby Santos-222, 5-Levi Jones-219, 6-Bud Kaeding-217, 7-Tanner Swanson-205, 8-Tracy Hines-190, 9-A.J. Fike-158, 10-Jacob Wilson-141.




July 27 2012
TRAXXAS USAC SILVER CROWN RACE RESULTS: July 26, 2012
 – Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis – “J.D. Byrider 100” – “Rich Vogler Classic”

    QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bobby Santos, 17, RW-20.947; 2. Tanner Swanson, 23, Six-R-21.010; 3. Kyle Larson, 11, Bowman/Canine-21.035; 4. Kody Swanson, 19, Six-21.071; 5. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-21.111; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 27, RW-21.144; 7. Eric Gordon, 2, Bowman/Canine-21.217; 8. Brian Tyler, 21, Six-R-21.469; 9. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-21.469; 10. Kyle Hamilton, 33, Six-R/Hamilton-21.470; 11. Bobby East, 22, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-21.531; 12. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-21.590; 13. Taylor Ferns, 35, Ferns Racing/Six-R-21.638; 14. Levi Jones, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-21.639; 15. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-21.720; 16. Bud Kaeding, 29, BK-21.968; 17. Aaron Pierce, 26, Vance-22.379; 18. Damion Gardner, 02, Vance-NT; 19. Jimmy Kite, 25, Sachs-NT.
    FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Bobby Santos, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Bobby East, 4. Kyle Larson, 5. Tanner Swanson, 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 7. Eric Gordon, 8. Russ Gamester, 9. Levi Jones, 10. Bud Kaeding, 11. Jacob Wilson, 12. Kyle Hamilton, 13. Brian Tyler, 14. A.J. Fike, 15. Taylor Ferns, 16. Tracy Hines, 17. Aaron Pierce, 18. Jimmy Kite. 36:48.05
    FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-100 Santos.
    NEW TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-K.Swanson-279, 2-East-259, 3-Coons-244, 4-Santos-222, 5-Jones-219, 6-Kaeding-217, 7-T.Swanson-205, 8-Hines-190, 9-Fike-158, 10-Wilson-141.

    NEXT TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN RACE: August 18 – Springfield, IL – Illinois State Fairgrounds – “Tony Bettenhausen 100”


July 26 2012
"J.D. BYRIDER 100” PART OF THURSDAY’S “RICH VOGLER CLASSIC”
 AT RACEWAY PARK IN INDY

BY DICK JORDAN 
   Thursday’s “J.D. Byrider 100,” round five of the 2012 USAC Traxxas Silver Crown Championship, is part of Raceway Park at Indianapolis’ Rich Vogler Classic racing program presented by J.D. Byrider, also featuring the USAC Mopar National Midget Series.
   Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. enters Thursday’s program with a 17-point lead over Bobby East in the series standings, both drivers seeking their first Silver Crown title. East won USAC’s 2004 Mopar National midget crown.
   Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. stands third in the rankings, only 23 back of Swanson, trying to earn his second Silver Crown championship. The USAC “Triple Crown” titlist was the 2009 Silver Crown king and is the only driver with two wins so far this season. He won the “Hoosier Hundred” in Indianapolis in May and the June race at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway.
   Long-standing track records drivers will aim at Thursday include Jason Leffler’s 2000 one-lap mark of 121.667 mph and Mike Bliss’ 2001 100-lap record of 115.326 mph.
   Defending series champion Levi Jones is currently fifth in the standings, 39 behind the leader but only one behind fourth-ranking Bud Kaeding, who is seeking a record fourth series title.
   Bliss and East own the most USAC Silver Crown wins at the Indy oval, Bliss five and East three.
   Thursday’s program honors the memory of USAC’s winningest driver of all time, Rich Vogler, whose 171 career feature wins include four in the Silver Crown series.

2012 USAC TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN STANDINGS
1-Kody Swanson-222, 2-Bobby East-205, 3-Jerry Coons Jr.-199, 4-Bud Kaeding-184, 5-Levi Jones-183, 6-Tracy Hines-169, 7-Tanner Swanson-157, 8-Bobby Santos-156, 9-A.J. Fike-133, 10-Jacob Wilson-110.


July 3 2012

SILVER CROWN IDLE UNTIL JULY 26
COONS SPECTACULAR IN “ROLLIE BEALE 100” VICTORY

by DICK JORDAN 
    Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. bolted into contention for the 2012 USAC Traxxas Silver Crown championship Friday night, scoring a sensational victory in the Hemelgarn Super Fitness “Rollie Beale 100” at the Toledo (Ohio) Speedway.
    Overtaking leaders Bobby East and Bobby Santos with just 14 laps remaining, Coons sped to victory in his Rotondo Weirich/Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil Beast/Wallace Toyota, leading the final 14 laps around the half-mile paved oval. Fast qualifier East finished second, followed by Santos, Kody Swanson and Tracy Hines.
   Swanson emerged with a 17-point lead in the series standings which he will take into a 100-lapper at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. July 26.
    Coons’ late-race charge to the front ended a spectacular three-car battle for the lead at Toledo which had lasted most of the race with Coons holding down the number three spot for most of the distance. The win was Coons’ second in Silver Crown competition at Toledo, having previously won the “Rollie Beale 150” in 2010.
   Female Michigan driver Taylor Ferns, in only her second series start, qualified seventh in the 15-car field.

2012 USAC TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN STANDINGS
1-Kody Swanson-222, 2-Bobby East-205, 3-Jerry Coons Jr.-199, 4-Bud Kaeding-184, 5-Levi Jones-183, 6-Tracy Hines-169, 7-Tanner Swanson-157, 8-Bobby Santos-156, 9-A.J. Fike-133, 10-Jacob Wilson-110.
June 30 3012
TRAXXAS USAC SILVER CROWN RACE RESULTS: June 29, 2012 – Toledo, Ohio
 – Hemelgarn Super Fitness “Rollie Beale 100”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bobby East, 22, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-15.051; 2. Kody Swanson, 19, Six-R-15.114; 3. Bobby Santos, 17, RW-15.126; 4. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-15.211; 5. Kyle Hamilton, 33, Six-R/Hamilton-15.220; 6. Tanner Swanson, 23, Six-R-15.244; 7. Taylor Ferns, 35, Ferns Racing/Six-R-15.316; 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 27, RW-15.331; 9. Bud Kaeding, 29, BK-15.351; 10. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-15.399; 11. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-15.403; 12. Brian Tyler, 21, Six-R-15.516; 13. Eric Gordon, 2, Bowman/Canine-15.557; 14. Doug Berryman, 63, DePalma-15.881; 15. Levi Jones, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 2. Bobby East, 3. Bobby Santos, 4. Kody Swanson, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Kyle Hamilton, 7. Tanner Swanson, 8. A.J. Fike, 9. Levi Jones, 10. Jacob Wilson, 11. Bud Kaeding, 12. Eric Gordon, 13. Brian Tyler, 14. Doug Berryman, 15. Taylor Ferns. 27:07.40

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-86 East, Laps 87-100 Coons.

NEW TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-K.Swanson-222, 2-East-205, 3-Coons-199, 4-Kaeding-184, 5-Jones-183, 6-Hines-169, 7-T.Swanson-157, 8-Santos-156, 9-Fike-133, 10-Wilson-110.

NEXT TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN RACES: July 26 – Indianapolis, IN – Lucas Oil Raceway



June 26 2012
TOLEDO HOSTS “ROLLIE BEALE 100” SILVER CROWN RACE FRIDAY;
EAST WINS “CASEY’S GENERAL STORE USAC CHALLENGE” AT IOWA

by DICK JORDAN 
    Kody Swanson is the new leader in the 2012 TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Series standings after finishing second in last Friday’s 100-lap race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. He leads the series to this Friday’s “Rollie Beale 100” at the Toledo (Ohio) Speedway.

Swanson led the first 55 laps at Iowa before yielding to eventual race winner Bobby East. East led the final 45 laps in his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing Chevrolet Performance/Curb Records Beast/Kistler to beat Swanson, Levi Jones, Jerry Coons Jr. and Russ Gamester.

Bud Keading, who finished seventh at Iowa, trails Swanson by 18 points, while Jones, the defending series champion, is third, just six behind Kaeding.

Swanson is the defending Toledo race winner, leading all 150 laps of last year’s event at the half-mile paved oval. East was third at Toledo last year, while Coons was fourth.

Coons won USAC’s inaugural Silver Crown race at Toledo in 2010, a race in which Swanson finished second.

Friday’s Toledo race honors the 1973 USAC National Sprint Car Champion who scored 32 USAC Sprint Car victories during his USAC racing career, including five at Toledo Speedway.

2012 USAC TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN STANDINGS


1-Kody Swanson-171, 2-Bud Kaeding-153, 3-Levi Jones-147, 4-Bobby East-142, 5-Jerry Coons Jr.-139, 6-Tracy Hines-121, 7-Tanner Swanson-115, 8-Bobby Santos-102, 9-Russ Gamester-100, 10-A.J. Fike-94.


June 23 2012
TRAXXAS USAC SILVER CROWN RACE RESULTS: June 22, 2012 – Newton, Iowa
– Iowa Speedway – “Casey General Store USAC Challenge”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kody Swanson, 19, Six-R-21.544; 2. Tanner Swanson, 23, Six-R-21.557; 3. Brian Tyler, 21, Six-R-21.767; 4. Bobby Santos, 17, RW-21.842; 5. Bobby East, 22, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-21.898; 6. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-22.096; 7. Levi Jones, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-22.122; 8. Bud Kaeding, 29, BK-22.255; 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 27, RW-22.303; 10. Kyle Hamilton, 33, Six-R/Hamilton-22.852; 11. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-22.919; 12. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-23.003; 13. Taylor Ferns, 35, Ferns Racing/Six-R-23.235; 14. Jimmy Kite, 25, Sachs-23.235; 15. Zach Daum, 50, Daum-23.875; 16. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Bobby East, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 5. Russ Gamester, 6. A.J. Fike, 7. Bud Kaeding, 8. Bobby Santos, 9. Brian Tyler, 10. Taylor Ferns, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Jacob Wilson, 13. Jimmy Kite, 14. Tanner Swanson, 15. Kyle Hamilton. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-55 K.Swanson, Laps 56-100 East.

NEW TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-K.Swanson-171, 2-Kaeding-153, 3-Jones-147, 4-East-142, 5-Coons-139, 6-Hines-121, 7-T.Sweanson-115, 8-Santos-102, 9-Gamester-100, 10-Fike-94.

NEXT TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN RACES: June 29 – Toledo (OH) Speedway

June 19 2012

KAEDING LEADS SILVER CROWN TO IOWA FRIDAY
by DICK JORDAN 
    Three-time USAC Traxxas Silver Crown Champion Bud Kaeding of Campbell, Calif. leads the series to this Friday’s “Casey’s General Stores USAC Challenge” at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.
    Kaeding is seeking to become USAC’s first four-time Silver Crown Champ. Jimmy Sills also owns three series titles.
    Kaeding has a second and a third in the two previous Silver Crown races this season. That gives him a slim three-point lead over Kody Swanson, who has a second and a fifth in two starts.
     Bobby Santos won the series opener at Indianapolis Raceway Park and Jerry Coons Jr. won the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Santos finished second in last year’s Iowa race to winner Bobby East.
    Friday’s 100-lap race is round three of the 2012 series and defending two-time series champion Levi Jones ranks third in the standings, 18 points behind Kaeding. Jones was eighth at IRP and third in the Hoosier Hundred.

2012 USAC TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN STANDINGS
1-Bud Kaeding-111; 2-Kody Swanson-108; 3-Levi Jones-93; 4-Tanner Swanson-90; 5-Tracy Hines-90; 6-Jerry Coons Jr.-88; 7-Bobby East-82; 8-Bobby Santos-63, 9.Daum-63; 10.Gamester-52


May 27 2012
COONS GOES BACK-TO-BACK WITH "HOOSIER HUNDRED" VICTORY 

                                                                                                                    USAC Photo
Indianapolis, Indiana.......Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Arizona counted last year's win in the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds as one of the biggest of his career. He came back on Friday night to back it up with his second-straight victory in the 100-mile event aboard the RW Motorsports - Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil #27 Beast/Wallace Toyota.
    "Winning this race just once and joining that list of names, that was a huge deal in itself. To come back and join the group of guys who have won it more than once, and won it back-to-back, it's just amazing," Coons said of his romp that accounted for 87 laps led.
    Tracy Hines jumped from the front row to lead at the start, but a cluster of cautions slowed the pace and set up multiple double-file restarts. Those proved pivotal, as Coons used a restart on lap 14 to leap past Hines and take a lead he would never relinquish.
    Hines, who had trouble in particular on restarts, lost a few positions as Bud Kaeding became the sole threat to Coons' domination. Kaeding kept pace throughout much of the race, even as they left the rest of the field far behind, but a small mistake late in the race cost the Campbell, California driver any chance at the win.
    "We hung right with him there a good part of the race, and then I hit the fence down on the inside of turn-four and shot myself up the track. I lost a lot of ground there and picked up a vibration, so just under-drove it from there trying to hang on. I'm not sure we had a better car than him, but we definitely have made progress, especially on restarts. It's gonna be a learning curve year, but I'm glad we're on the front end of it," Kaeding said of his pursuit of a fourth series championship aboard the BK Motorsports - Alviso Rock #29 DRC/Speedway Mopar.
    Back-to-back and defending series champion Levi Jones had a huge hill to climb, but after qualifying 14th, the Olney, Illinois driver climbed to a podium finish aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing - Chevrolet Performance #10 Maxim/Kistler.
    "We're just trying to figure everything out with the fuel and everything. We thought we had a pretty good handle on everything, but obviously we were terrible early. We got it to where it restarted pretty well and didn't get hot, but I think we hurt it a little at the beginning of the night. To get that far, we just had to hit some restarts and put ourselves in a decent position, and we got a good finish out of it," Jones said.
    Bobby East followed his teammate home to finish fourth aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing - Chevrolet Performance #22 Maxim/Kistler. Kody Swanson rounded out the top-five in the Jet Star - Toyota #19 Beast/Claxton.

 TRAXXAS USAC SILVER CROWN RACE RESULTS: Indiana State Fairgrounds - 59th Running of "Hoosier Hundred"
QUALIFYING: 1. Bryan Clauson, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-34.768; 2. Bud Kaeding, 29, BK-34.847; 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 27, RW-34.942; 4. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-35.025; 5. Kody Swanson, 19, Six-R-35.126; 6. Dave Darland, 56, Foxco-35.397; 7. Shane Hollingsworth, 20, Nolen-35.407; 8. Bobby East, 22, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-35.451; 9. Shane Cockrum, 114, Hardy-35.502; 10. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-35.518; 11. Brian Tyler, 21, Six-R-35.565; 12. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-35.697; 13. Zach Daum, 50, Daum-35.789; 14. Levi Jones, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-36.033; 15. Tanner Swanson, 23, Six-R-36.258; 16. Justin Grant, 63, DePalma-36.453; 17. Steve Adams, 500, Adams-36.978; 18. Jimmy Kite, 25, Sachs-38.360; 19. Todd Kane, 78, Kane-NT; 20. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-NT; 21. Robert Ballou, 43, Nix-NT; 22. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-NT (time of 35.884 disallowed).
 
FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Jerry Coons, Jr., 2. Bud Kaeding, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Bobby East, 5. Kody Swanson, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Tanner Swanson, 9. Zach Daum, 10. Shane Hollingsworth, 11. Chris Urish, 12. Todd Kane, 13. Justin Grant, 14. Brian Tyler, 15. Steve Adams, 16. Jimmy Kite, 17. Russ Gamester, 18. Dave Darland, 19. Shane Cockrum, 20. A.J. Fike.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Hines, Laps 14-100 Coons.


NEW TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-Kaeding-111; 2-K.Swanson-108; 3-Jones-93; 4-T.Swanson-90; 5-Hines-90; 6-Coons-88-; 7-East-82; 8-Santos-63; 9-Daum-63; 10-Gamester-52.


 
May 24 2012
59TH RUNNING OF "HOOSIER HUNDRED" STARTS DIRT SILVER CROWN SCHED.


With the Indianapolis 500 looming just two days later, the 59th running of the "Hoosier Hundred" on Friday, May 25th at the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the Traxxas Silver Crown Series takes center-stage with a full cast of racers ready for the test of 100 grueling miles around the storied Indy Mile.

Defending race-winner Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Arizona leads the charge aboard his RW Motorsports #27 as two-time series champion Levi Jones of Olney, Illinois still looks for his first win on a mile in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #10. Jones finished second in all four dirt Silver Crown races in 2011 and claimed the pole for last year's "Hoosier Hundred."

Just days before running the Indy 500, Coons' new teammate at RW Motorsports, Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Indiana, is scheduled to race in his third "Hoosier Hundred." Clauson has been teammates the past two seasons with Jones.

In addition to Jones, Six-R Racing has never won on the Indy Mile and will return with three entries on Friday, including last year's Springfield winner Brian Tyler.

Promoter Sargent is excited to kick off another season of bringing the beautiful Silver Crown cars to all three miles.

"I've been a strong supporter of the Silver Crown Series, and I'm looking forward to getting these races going again this year. I'm 100% behind these cars and the mile races, just as I have been for years. I'm hoping everyone will join us again, not only at Indy, but for Springfield in August and Du Quoin in September," Sargent said.

Gates open at 3:00 with racing at 7. Tickets are available by calling 217-764-3200 or at the box office on race day. Modifieds will run along with the Silver Crown cars, with former USAC champion Ken Schrader in the field.


May 22 2012

SANTOS SMOKES THE FIELD IN USAC "HALL OF FAME CLASSIC"
   Clermont, Indiana - An early-race restart gave Bobby Santos the opening he wanted to see and the Franklin, Massachusetts drivers never looked back en route to dominating Saturday night's Inaugural "Hall of Fame Classic" Traxxas Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

  In his first race aboard the RW/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports Rotondo Weirich - Curb Records#17 Beast/Wallace Toyota Silver Crown car, Santos pulled away as the 100 laps wore on, posting an eventual winning margin of 7.512 seconds.

  "I don't think Kody's car was restarting the greatest, so I just took advantage there and went underneath him. The car was so good, it was a pretty easy drive from there. Usually, I push my car as hard as I can without losing the tires, and I'm really more comfortable coming from behind, but that's just how good my car was tonight. I'm excited for all the races with this team, and to join with my teammates to run for a championship in the Midgets and with Bryan (Clauson) in this," Santos said.

  Kody Swanson, who won the last Silver Crown race at the facility, took the pole and led at the start, before a lap-four yellow for Brian Tyler, who suffered a broken axle on the front-stretch. On the restart, Santos pounced, leaving everyone to watch the battles behind him.

  Three-time series champion Bud Kaeding reeled in Swanson over the final few laps looking for the runner-up spot. Kody held on to finish second in the Six-R Racing - Jet Star - K&N Filters #19 Beast/Claxton Toyota. Kaeding held on to fill the podium in the BK Motorsports - Kaeding Performance - Alviso Rock #29 Beast/Speedway Mopar.

  The best battle over the final few laps developed as Jacob Wilson encountered a pack of lapped cars. Using the traffic as his opportunity, Tanner Swanson swept by to claim fourth in the Six-R Racing - Jet Star - K&N Filters #23 Beast/Claxton Toyota. Wilson rounded out the top-five in the Wilson Brothers Racing - Jet Star - Toyota #07 Beast/Toyota.

  The event was run just after ceremonies held to honor the inaugural class inducted into the newly-formed USAC Hall of Fame, which consisted of J.C. Agajanian, Mario Andretti, Gary Bettenhausen, Tom Binford, Jimmy Bryan, Duane Carter, A.J. Foyt, Tony Hulman, Parnelli Jones, Mel Kenyon, Roger McCluskey, and Rich Vogler.

 TRAXXAS USAC SILVER CROWN RACE RESULTS: May 19, 2012 - Clermont, Indiana - Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis - Inaugural "Hall of Fame Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 19, Six-R-20.763; 2. Bud Kaeding, 29, BK-20.988; 3. Bobby Santos, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-20.995; 4. Tanner Swanson, 23, Six-R-21.013; 5. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-21.137; 6. Bobby East, 22, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-21.167; 7. Levi Jones, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-21.296; 8. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-21.341; 9. Brian Tyler, 21, Six-R-21.366; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 27, RW-21.421; 11. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-21.443; 12. Kyle Hamilton, 33, Six-R/Hamilton-21.464; 13. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.512; 14. Eric Gordon, 2, Bowman/Canine-21.572; 15. Zach Daum, 50, Daum-21.590; 16. Doug Berryman, 63, DePalma-21.917; 17. Jimmy Kite, 25, Sachs-22.149; 18. Donnie Beechler, 14, McQuinn-NT; 19. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-NT.

  FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Bobby Santos, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Tanner Swanson, 5. Jacob Wilson, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Eric Gordon, 8. Levi Jones, 9. A.J. Fike, 10. Russ Gamester, 11. Bobby East, 12. Kyle Hamilton, 13. Zach Daum, 14. Jerry Coons, Jr., 15. Jimmy Kite, 16. Doug Berryman, 17. David Byrne, 18. Brian Tyler, 19. Donnie Beechler. 47:57.38

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 K.Swanson, Laps 14-100 Santos.

NEW TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1- Santos-63; 2-K.Swanson-60; 3-Kaeding-54; 4-T.Swanson-51; 5-Wilson-48; 6-Hines-45; 7-Gordon-42; 8-Jones-39; 9-Fike-36; 10-Gamester-33.







Apr 12 2012

USAC SILVER CROWN INCENTIVES ANNOUNCED FOR 2012

The United States Auto Club announced today numerous new member incentives for the 2012 TRAXXAS Silver Crown Championship, which debuts with the May 19 running of the "USAC Hall of Fame Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind.

Expanding on the participant rewards which have always accompanied USAC membership, the 2012 season will offer new incentives for participants in the TRAXXAS Silver Crown Series, which dates to 1971 and has roots dating to the foundation of America's National Championship.

All Silver Crown events will offer a minimum of $8,000 to win - $700 to start. Races on one-mile tracks and at the 7/8-mile Iowa Speedway will pay $10,000 to Win, with the nine-race calendar experiencing a distribution of more than $350,000 in total prize money.

USAC will also reward the Top 5 in Owner Points at season's end through a $35,000 point fund and free Ignite Ethanol Performance Fuel, USAC's new official fuel for the Series. 

2012 TRAXXAS SILVER CROWN SERIES INCENTIVE PROGRAM
All Races Pay Minimum $8000 To Win - $700 To Start
All Mile Tracks & Iowa Pay $10,000 to Win
More than $350,000 in Prize Money In Nine Races
$35,000 Owner Payout to Top 5 at Year End
FREE IGNITE ETHANOL FUEL SUPPLIED FOR ALL RACES
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